John Oliver runs a regular segment called “How Is This Still a Thing?”, but he’s decided to turn it on its head. So “How Is This Not a Thing?” describes the things that Oliver would like see invented—preferably as soon as possible.
Many of the call centers that handle your emergency calls are powered by out-dated technology. John Oliver thinks that’s “fine if you’re describing a Radio Shack, but a little scary if you’re calling a place that handles emergency situations.” He reckons that it’s time things changed.
“Is science bullshit?” asked John Oliver on Last Week Tonight. “No, but there is a lot of bullshit currently masquerading as science.” And so began his hugely entertaining twenty-minute take-down of crappy scientific studies and the way they’re reported.
This year, the cicadas flooding the northeast will actually be 17 years old, due to the strange insect’s 17-year-long gestation period. Needless to say, lots of things have happened since 1999.
“Cadbury Creme egg is a terrible candy that tastes like mermaid placenta covered in candle wax. Every year these eggs show up in January. But... why?” demands Jon Oliver in his very own YouTube conspiracy video. “The reason is simple if you just follow the money.”
“The FBI and its supporters can be weirdly dismissive of [the encryption] issue, in ways that indicate they don’t fully understand how technology works—or are pretending not to,” explained Jon Oliver on Last Week Tonight. And so begins his wonderful take on the state of encryption.
Sometimes you sit in front of your TV and realize you’re watching something important. It happens quite often on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Sunday’s episode was no exception. In addition to an incendiary piece about abortion laws, Oliver attacked Hollywood whitewashing.
Three ladies from Chechnya scammed ISIS fighters online and got ‘em good.
“Congratulations on your white penis — because if you have one of those, you probably have a very different experience of the internet,” explained Jon Oliver on last night’s Last Week Tonight. And in this 15-minute video, he explains why that’s the case.
Patent trolls can stymie innovation and bring otherwise successful companies to their knees. They’re also crazy, as John Oliver points out in this clip from Last Week Tonight.
Surprise! There's a new surprise segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on YouTube and god I needed this as much as I didn't need The Interview: Three minutes of slamming New Year's Eve—the holiday when all the amateur party-goers invade the world to be extremely annoying—and how to get out of it.
Remember the salmon cannon? That supremely overenthusiastic answer to the problem of fish migration being blocked by dams? Well, John Oliver found that single use to be lacking something more... Pythonesque.
It goes about as well as you'd expect. If there is one thing that Cookie Monster isn't prepared to deal with, it's a possible lack of cookies.
Now that Lowe's is using robots to guide its customers to the plumbing aisle, it may have lost its most important failsafe: Human beings who can stop other human beings from tearing each other apart when they're shopping for drill bits.
John Oliver sat down with primatologist Jane Goodall recently to discuss the "objectivity" of scientific research and, more importantly, brainstorm dirty chimp names. It was a surprisingly productive meeting, notwithstanding Goodall's feelings toward Oliver.
John Oliver took a look at drones on Last Week Tonight and didn't like what he saw. Oliver's focus is military drones, not hobbyist quadcopters, and he targeted recent U.S. drone strikes on Pakistan and Yemen.
Quite correctly, John Oliver was devastated by the loss of Russia's space sex geckos. So he and A Great Big World performed "Say Something" as a tribute. Complete with a sex gecko mascot.
Sponsored content, native advertising, advertorials. Maybe better to call it what it is: media content, paid for by advertisers, produced to look like news. Whether you think it's ethical or not, we need to first acknowledge one important fact. The fight over this kind of advertising is about 150 years old.
If you've been paying attention since, well, since the Cold War started, you know that the United States has an insanely huge number of nuclear weapons. And if you've been paying even closer attention, you'll know that the military is not very good at keeping track of them. In fact, it's laughably bad at.
Physicist Stephen Hawking's recent appearance on Last Week Tonight was genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious. Oliver had him kickstart a new segment called "People Who Think Good," where he was asked about the dangers of AI, time travel — and Oliver's metaphysical odds of dating Charlize Theron. A must watch.