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If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos

There's a reason music videos look strange. I could just talk about framerate, cuts and continuity... or I could get an actual music video director. A...

How The First Ever Telecoms Scam Worked

In the 1830s, two French brothers, François and Joseph Blanc, pulled off the first telecoms scam in history. The optical telegraph, a line of semaphor...

Wingwalking Isn't What It Used To Be, And That's A Good Thing

Back in the 1920s, wingwalking claimed lives. Daredevils would move around on the top of a plane's wings, in mid-flight, often without any harness or ...

We Made a Banhammer (feat. NerdCubed)

For years, moderators of online forums and chat rooms have wielded a metaphorical "banhammer" to deal with anyone who steps out of line. Now it's real...

That Time I Got In Trouble With The Government

The first part of "How To Be Popular On The Internet*" is all about an old saying: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And if you do succee...

What's The Longest Word You Can Write With Seven-Segment Displays?

That's right, we're kicking Season 2 of the Basics off with a technical episode about a somewhat-obsolete technology! IT'S PARTY TIME. Wait, no, not p...

So You've Learned To Teleport

http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - A guide for the newly empowered, courtesy of the Superhero Help Academic Foundation Trust, Educati...

We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It

The title says it all, really. Thanks to Barry from My Virgin Kitchen - go see him cook and test three different garlic breads here: https://youtu.be/...

Making an International Standard Cup of Tea

As far as I can find, no-one has actually made a International Standard Cup of Tea - ISO 3103 or BS 6008 - for the internet before. Lots of people hav...

Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur | PLAYTHROUGH | International Tabletop Day 2017

YouTuber Tom Scott has flown drones through lightning, he's taken on the first human-powered theme park, he's even visited Penistone. But he's never t...

Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea - Computerphile

Voting is centuries old, why can't we move with the times and use our phones, tablets and computers? Tom Scott lays out why e-voting is such a bad ide...

The Collapsible Crash Test Robot Car

The Global Vehicle Target is the new standard for testing autonomous driving and crash test systems. To cameras and radar, it looks like a car: but if...

A Brief History of Radar with Tom Scott | STARRSHIP

Thank you to Tom Scott and the RAF for allowing us to make this video. Find out more about Cyberspace Communication Specialists and becoming one: ...

The Most Dangerous Stretch of Water in the World: The Strid at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

I know, I know, it's a clickbait title. But I stand by it, because the water is so deceptive, and so pretty, and there's a path that leads straight do...

How The 90s VHS Look Works

90s VHS video filters are in fashion right now, and most producers are using the same filter as everyone else. Why does the filter look like it does? ...

We Fired a Civil War Mortar at a Caravan | Featuring Tom Scott

What happens when you fire a Civil War mortar at a caravan? We invited YouTuber Tom Scott to find out. The mortar used is a replica of Roaring Meg, wh...

Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

In Lancaster, California, there's a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it's out of tune. Here's ...

How To Debunk Perpetual Motion Machines - with Tom Scott

Warning: Contains flashing images. You know those videos showing working perpetual motion machines? They're fake. Tom Scott helps us explain how to .....

The Moiré Effect Lights That Guide Ships Home

I'd never heard of moiré effect beacons until I got an email asking me about them. It seemed like a really clever idea - but it was really hard to res...

British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why

http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - ALL THE ELECTRICS I USED WERE UNPLUGGED. DO NOT DO THIS. Yep, I'm going all patriotic again.

Will YouTube Ever Run Out Of Video IDs?

In the URL of each YouTube video is the 11-character video ID, unique for each video. Can they ever run out? Just how many videos can YouTube handle?

Keeping Aircraft Safe without Radar: The North Atlantic Tracks

Over the North Atlantic, there's no radar coverage: so how do air traffic controllers keep planes safe? The answer, at least in part, can be found at ...

⚫ How The Black Point Message Crashes Android Apps

"_If you touch the black point then your whatsapp will hang_", says the message that's being sent around, and it's right. It's a text rendering bug, ...

Why The Prime Meridian Isn't At 0º

http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - If you travel to Greenwich, stand on the famous Prime Meridian Line -- which is marked with a phys...