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What Is Sea Level, Anyway?
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Why Hold Music Sounds Worse Now 03:36
Why Hold Music Sounds Worse Now
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It's not your imagination; hold music on phones really did sound better in the old days. Here's why, as we talk about old telephone exchanges...
The Bizarre Plan to Drain the Mediterranean: Atlantropa 03:29
The Bizarre Plan to Drain the Mediterranean: Atlantropa
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Herman Sörgel wanted to create the largest civil engineering project the world has ever seen: a colossal dam across the Strait of Gibraltar, lowering the...
The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes 04:30
The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes
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Remember Heartbleed? Well, this is probably worse. Here's a (somewhat simplified) explanation of what Shellshock actually is. Don't worry: I haven't included instructions on how...
Why Old Screens Make A ᴴᶦᵍʰ ᴾᶦᵗᶜʰᵉᵈ Noise 04:12
Why Old Screens Make A ᴴᶦᵍʰ ᴾᶦᵗᶜʰᵉᵈ Noise
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Last week I made a video surrounded by old-school CRT monitors and televisions - cathode ray tubes. And I completely forgot to remove the high...
Regression to the Mean 07:38
Regression to the Mean
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Check out Audible.com: http://bit.ly/ZJ5Q6z Filmed at Perimeter Institute: http://pitp.ca Is punishment or reward more effective for helping people learn. A lot of people would say different incentives...
Why Britain Uses Separate Hot and Cold Taps 02:58
Why Britain Uses Separate Hot and Cold Taps
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http://tomscott.com - @tomscott - Why don't we use mixer taps? I've talked about the British plug before, and how it's a wonderful design: British plumbing,...
The World Is Slowly Running Out Of Sand 03:22
The World Is Slowly Running Out Of Sand
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I never thought of sand as a non-renewable resource, but there's only a limited supply: and to make things worse, it keeps getting washed into...
Fantastic Features We Don't Have In The English Language 04:00
Fantastic Features We Don't Have In The English Language
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http://tomscott.com - @tomscott - There are lots of interesting features in other languages, some of which English would really benefit from having. I'm going to...
Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible 03:29
Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible
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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 why. Thanks...
What is Sea Level? 03:26
What is Sea Level?
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FREE FACT: An oblate spheroid is a special case of an ellipsoid where two of the semi-principal axes are the same size. A special thanks to...
The Giant Cranes and Robots That Keep Civilisation Running 03:59
The Giant Cranes and Robots That Keep Civilisation Running
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With many, many thanks to all the team at DP World London Gateway (http://londongateway.com - http://twitter.com/LondonGatewayUK )! This isn't a sponsored video: they just went...
Lies on the London Underground 02:28
Lies on the London Underground
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Tom Scott (http://tomscott.com @tomscott) and Matt Parker (http://standupmaths.com @standupmaths) investigate some of the London Underground's greatest lies.
The Centuries-Old Debt That's Still Paying Interest 03:58
The Centuries-Old Debt That's Still Paying Interest
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In the archives of Yale University, there's a 367-year-old bond from the water authority of Lekdijk Bovendams, in the Netherlands. And it's still paying interest. Thanks...
Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball 03:34
Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball
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In Göttingen, Germany, there's a four-tonne steel ball that can be raised up a 14-metre tower -- and then dropped in less than two seconds,...
58 and other Confusing Numbers - Numberphile 09:55
58 and other Confusing Numbers - Numberphile
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Squarespace: http://www.squarespace.com/numberphile More links & stuff in full description below ↓↓↓ More linguistics on Numberphile: http://youtu.be/SbZCECvoaTA Billion and Trillion: http://youtu.be/C-52AI_ojyQ Tom Scott on numbers and linguistics - a discussion...
Should This Lake Exist? 07:16
Should This Lake Exist?
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The Salton Sea is the largest body of water in California, home to the second most diverse group of birds in America and it exists...
Ten Illegal Things To Do In London 02:03
Ten Illegal Things To Do In London
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A quick and dirty video from Tom (http://tomscott.com - @tomscott) and Matt (http://mattg.co.uk - @unnamedculprit) - ten illegal things to do in London. Yes, these...
The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart 02:30
The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart
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The town of Staufen, in the south-west of Germany, has a problem: a drilling operation in 2007 that went very wrong. Half a metre of...
The Bielefeld Conspiracy 02:21
The Bielefeld Conspiracy
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http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - In north-west Germany sits Bielefeld, a city complete with castle, cathedral and citizens. Just one catch: according to something that's half...
Elon Musk's Basic Economics 10:22
Elon Musk's Basic Economics
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Get your custom domain at http://hover.com/wendover Check out Joseph from Real Life Lore's book: http://amzn.to/2laZBie Subscribe to this new channel from Wendover Productions: https://www.youtube.com/halfasinteresting Check out my podcast...
British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why 04:26
British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why
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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. And while I'm willing to...
I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is 03:52
I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is
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I can show a brighter pink. I can show a more saturated pink. But I can't show you this pink. Not quite. More about Stuart...
Rotary Jails and Accidental Amputations 03:17
Rotary Jails and Accidental Amputations
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In Crawfordsville, Indiana, there's a rotary jail: an invention that, with hindsight, should probably never have been built. But it was, here and in other...
The Null Hypothesis 03:58
The Null Hypothesis
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While I was trying to read a script to a camera in zero-g, the student researchers behind me were trying to prove their own ideas...
In Calipatria, California, the town is below sea level -- but their flag pole isn't. But what does "sea level" mean? Is it just theory, or is there more behind it?

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Hi, I'm Tom Scott. These are some of the things I've made and done. They'll probably come back to haunt me in a few years' time. (Want to get in touch about anything? Use the "contact me" link below, not YouTube messages!)


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