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The Beach Where Lego Keeps Washing Up

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Sound mix by Graham Haerther I'm at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Faceboo...

Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine

Drone camera: Tom Francone Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Thanks very much to all the team at Octopus Energy and EWT! Filmed safely: ...

What Color Is My Hoodie?

Grey? Blue? Purple? It can look different, depending on the context. Let's talk about color perception, color temperature, and the history of laundry....

I asked an AI for video ideas for other YouTubers. It went badly.

GPT-3: not quite up to the task. Yet. • ElectroBOOM: https://youtube.com/electroboom • Answer in Progress: https://youtube.com/answerinprogress • hbom...

Why Real Explosions Don't Look Like Movie Explosions

Explosions on film are made to look good: fireballs and flame. In reality, though, they're a bit disappointing. Here's how Hollywood does it. • Produc...

YouTubers have to declare ads. Why doesn't anyone else?

Around the world, there are regulations for "influencers". Those regulations make sure that if someone is paid to endorse a product, they have to decl...

How Weird Is My Audience? I Polled 15,408 People To Find Out

I asked my audience six questions: some sensible, some ridiculous. I compared their results to the public. And the results were... interesting. • Grap...

England's Oldest Attraction Turns Teddy Bears To Stone

In Knaresborough, in Yorkshire, sits Mother Shipton's Cave. Folks there have been charging admission for nearly 400 years, and the star of the show is...

It's like a spaceship for sharks.

"Life support system" were the three key words that convinced me to do a video about an aquarium. Because yes: behind the scenes at The Deep, an aquar...

I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good

OpenAI had no control or sign-off on this video, although I agreed to abide by their ethical guidelines and social media policy. Thanks to Eddie the c...

The Difference Between High Explosives and Low Explosives

I didn't even realise that "low explosives" were a thing; let's talk about deflagration, detonation, and how high explosives can actually be safer. • ...

The Hidden Rules of Conversation

Gricean Maxims are a vital part of how we understand each other: a set of... well, maybe "rules" is a bit strong. They're guidelines that we follow wi...

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Why Shakespeare Could Never Have Been French

(Those are affiliate links that give a commission to me or Gretchen, depending on country!) Audio mix by Graham Haerther: https://haerther.net I'm at ...

Why Progress Bars Don't Move Smoothly ▓▓▓░░░░░░

4 minutes remaining. Then 15 seconds. Then 5 hours. Why can't computers just tell you how long something's going to take? • MORE BASICS: ...

Why Web Filters Don't Work: Penistone and the Scunthorpe Problem

In a small town with an unfortunate name, let's talk about filtering and innuendo. And use it as an excuse for as many visual jokes as possible. I'm a...

What Counts As The Steepest Street In The World?

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, has the Guinness World Record for "steepest paved road over a continuous distance of more than ten metres".

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...

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...

The World's Most Famous Teapot: The Utah Teapot

At the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, California, there sits a small teapot. It's the world's most famous teapot, after a computer graphic...

The Two Generals’ Problem

Time to tell a story about idempotency, computer science, and the Night of the Multiple Orders. • Sponsored by Dashlane —try 30 days for free at: ......

Trying To Create an AI Tom Scott (on a $100 budget)

Check out Jordan's channel! https://youtube.com/jordanharrod - or start with her video on AI diagnosis of coughing: ...

Basically A Tom Scott Video

Much love to Tom, no ill-intent, of course. As promised, here is a list of some of my favourite videos of Tom's: "I Asked 64182 People About “Jingle B...

The Radioactive Beach In New York

Dead Horse Bay served as an unofficial dump for decades, and now as the sand is washed away the boroughs' history is slowly being revealed, one china ...