# Here Are Some Joyously Random Facts About Every Country in the World [Updated]

If you’re a map nerd or a history buff or someone who likes to travel or just a person who enjoys learning new things, the latest video from Wendover Productions is an absolute delight to watch. It’s a quick tour of all the countries in the world (this is the first part, so exactly half the countries show up) filled…

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# Smart Animation Taught Me More About the Civil War Than History Class

I’m pretty sure I could pass a high school history test about the Civil War armed with only the knowledge that was dropped on me from watching this highly entertaining 10-minute animation from John D. Ruddy. I’m actually halfway certain I would do better on that test after watching this YouTube video than I would have…

# Why Does the Letter Q Almost Always Go with U?

The history of why Q is almost always followed by U is fascinating, and dates back to when the Normans invaded England in 1066. Before that, English didn’t even have a Q; it used “cw” to replicate the sound. After the invasion, though, the spelling of English was changed to match the French ways: “cw” was replaced…

# Super Smart Ping Pong Table Teaches You How to Play Like a Pro

Table tennis is a hard game that requires quick instincts and even quicker reflexes. But what if you had some help? Like, what if the table could tell you what to do? This ‘smart’ ping pong table shows you where to serve, tracks each shot you take, and gives you oodles of data on your game. It’s a clever projection…

# Truly Interesting Animation Breaks Down the Story Behind Zero and Why It's So Important

The story of how zero came to be and the history of math is actually quite fascinating! They should have taught us that instead of actual math in high school, if you ask me. Thankfully, Hannah Fry tells us in the animation story below all we need to know. There’s fascinating bits about how the number system (and zero)…

# Cute Animation Explains Newton's Laws of Motion

Do you remember Newton’s laws of motion? Something something apple, right? No! Something something force equals mass times acceleration? That’s more like it. That’s only the second law, there are two others laws of motion that you’ll find out in the video below. The animation to Mars is neat enough to watch even if…

# Watch a 80-Foot Tall Boat Somehow Clear a Bridge That's Way Too Low

It’s the classic dilemma of being on a sailboat that has a 80-foot tall mast but needing to get under a bridge that only has a 65-foot clearance. The answer is obvious, right? Just strap some heavy bags to the mast so you bend the boat diagonal so it shortens the height of the ship. Instead of sailing straight, you’re…

# What exactly is light?

It’s simple enough, right? Light is light. We get it from the Sun, when we flip on the switch, or turn on the flashlight. We see it! But that explanation doesn’t really explain anything. Kurz Gesagt breaks down what light is using wavelengths and frequencies and the speed of it to explain why it’s so damn special.

# How movies cleverly tilt the camera angle to influence what we see and feel

The Dutch angle is a film technique where the camera is tilted a bit so that the shot looks purposely off, what’s happening in the shot is not parallel to the frame, it’s at an angle instead. The Dutch angle heightens tension and is disorientating and can make us uneasy (to match the character’s uneasiness). It’s an…

# Cute animation video explains how smart dolphins actually are

We always hear that dolphins are smart but how smart are they actually? Lori Marino explains for Ted-Ed in this cute animation and it’s almost stunning how intelligent they are. Their encephalization quotient (brain size to body size) is second only to us dumb humans and goes into detail how they can pass down…

# Android Auto Preview: It's Not Perfect, But You Want It

I was really excited when Google announced Android Auto last year. I spend a lot of time driving, and it sounded way safer and more convenient than sticking my phone to the dash. Eleven months later, I finally got to take it for a spin. The TL;DR version? I want it in my car, like, now. I bet you’d like it too.

# Video: How the poetry of beautiful films is in the details

The world view changing Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting takes a deep dive into the films of Lynne Ramsay, a director whose work I’m mostly unfamiliar with, and explains how the poetry of a film isn’t in the plot but in the details. Like with most of Zhou’s videos, I walked away learning something I never really…

# The New Smart ForTwo May Have The Best Smartphone Integration Of Any Car

I’m actually pretty excited about the newly redesigned Smart ForTwo. It’s based on the new Renault Twingo, and that platform is about as close to my ideal modern Beetle as anyone is likely to make any time soon. But what I want to point out is a detail, albeit a big one — the Smart’s phone dock system looks really…

# Math explains the best way to shuffle a deck of cards and why

Everyone who has played poker or even Go Fish knows the basics of shuffling cards. There's the riffle shuffle (combining two halves of a decks and making a bridge), overhand shuffling (quickly splicing cards from the deck back into the deck) and regular ol' mixing all the cards up on a table. Which way is the best?

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# The daily routine of famous people, visualized

Blue is sleeping, red is their creative work, green is their actual day job (if they have it), yellow is food/leisure time and blue is exercise. By comparing all these successful famous creative people's daily schedules, I have figured out how to become one of them: sleep early and quit your day job.

# Why Earth isn't flat and why you wouldn't fall off of it even if it was

Some people seriously think that the Earth is flat. No one can save them. But the always thinking Vsauce explores the possibility and tries to figure out if the Earth actually could be flat in his latest video and details some rather interesting things about a flat Earth: that life would suck on it and that we…

# Everything you need to know about the Cold War in a 9-minute animation

These cute animations that teach you about our history are just the best. Partly because I love history, partly because the cartoon drawings make me laugh and partly because I really think I'm learning more than I ever did in school. I mean, spending 10 minutes on YouTube is better than a semester at school.

# Genius app instantly solves math problems by using a phone's camera

I've seen the future and it is math less and it is awesome and it is this PhotoMath app that solves math problems just by pointing your phone's camera at them. It's like a cross between a text reading camera, a supremely sophisticated calculator and well, the future. Point and solve and never do math again.

# Why David Fincher might be the best director in Hollywood today

David Fincher is one of the best directors in Hollywood and if you disagree, you need new eyeballs. Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting shows how it's not what Fincher does in his movies that make him special, but what he doesn't do. Fincher's talent and skills are incredible but it's his restraint that sets him apart.

# This Animation Video Explains Everything You Need to Know About Earth

Kurzgesagt sums up all you need to know about our planet Earth in this nice animation explainer that's much more easy to understand than school ever was. It shows how fascinating and unbelievable Earth is and makes you realize how seemingly impossible it is for us to be living here. But we're here!