Serving Weeds at NYC’s High End Restaurants

From Great Big Story. There are people who dismiss dandelions and cattails as common weeds. Tama Matsuoka Wong sees them as fine cuisine. She is a forager, and she hunts for edible plants in the woods. It isn’t just a hobby. Wong, a former corporate lawyer, supplies some of New York City’s top restaurants—including Daniel,…

This Clam Is NSFW

From Great Big Story. A geoduck is the world’s largest burrowing clam. That’s pronounced “gooey duck.” And it looks like a… um… (well, you have eyes.) This saltwater clam is unique to the Pacific Northwest and is challenging to harvest. But the crew at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Bow, Washington, have their methods. Most geoducks…

The Liquor that Could Save Our Bees

From Rare Earth. My plan to save the bees? We get a bunch of hipsters drunk. Feed us our daily honey: https://www.patreon.com/rareearth Follow our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rareearthseries/ Follow my twitter: https://twitter.com/Evan_Hadfield Merch (more designs to come): https://teespring.com/stores/rareearth This video was made possible thanks to our incredible Patreon subscribers Aaron lx, Abram Blocton, Adam Theo, Alan Bryce,…

Using Math to Skate On Thin Ice

From Great Big Story. People get nervous when they see Märten Ajne ice skating. He intentionally skates on extremely thin ice. Ajne has pursued this dangerous hobby for 40 years and has skated on more than 1,800 bodies of water from Norway to North America. So why hasn’t he fallen through the ice? He uses…

How To Keep Your App Alive, Or Put It Out Of Its Misery

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Here’s the links to sources from my monologues: The now-dead site for our Emoji messaging app: http://emoj.li/ More than 75% of apps are only opened once: http://fortune.com/2016/05/19/app-economy/ 80% of users delete an app after 90 days:…

How To Survive On The App Store

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Here’s the sources for the stats in my intro: The average person touches their phone more than two and a half thousand times a day: https://www.businessinsider.com/dscout-research-people-touch-cell-phones-2617-times-a-day-2016-7 Average time spent on phones is increasing by 11 minutes…

How To Make Your App Delightful

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks again to Fen Court in London (http://www.fencourtlondon.com/) for letting us film from their roof garden. Here’s a great article showing the design processes behind Monument Valley: https://www.cultofmac.com/273790/inside-monument-valley/ I’m at http://tomscott.com

How To Make Sure Your App Isn’t Evil

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to Crystal Palace Park Maze for letting us film some incredible difficult tracking shots there: https://crystalpalacepark.org.uk/things-to-do/maze/ There is more information on the UK Government’s Nudge Unit here: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/uk-the-nudge-unit-uses-behavioural-science-to-influence-policy-outcomes-such-as-improved-tax-collections-and-pension-enrolment#gs.09d06c Harry Brignull’s Dark Patterns: https://www.darkpatterns.org/ Cognitive Biases…

How To Make Money With Your App

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to the Regency Leisure Arcade in Brighton for letting us film there. Here’s the source for the stats in my intro: App economy expected to be worth $120bn in 2019: https://www.zdnet.com/article/app-economy-expected-to-be-120-billion-in-2019-as-small-screen-leads-digital-transformation-efforts/ By 2020 75% of…

How To Find Out If Real People Can Actually Use Your App

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks again to Patterns Bar in Brighton for letting us film there: http://patternsbrighton.com/ Here’s UX Designer Richard Littaeur’s site The User Is Drunk: https://theuserisdrunk.com/ Huge thanks to all our user testers – Vasnich Srishinkar, Sejul Malde,…

Connecting Your App To The Cloud

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks again to the Science Museum in London for letting us film in their Information Age gallery. If you’re in London, you can go there to see the very first web server: http://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects/co8232360/next-cube-computer-1990-personal-computer More info on…

How To Connect Your App To The Real World

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to the Science Museum for letting us film in their Information Age Gallery! And thanks to Jordan: you can find her on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1H1NWNTG2Xi3pt85ykVSHA and at https://jordanharrod.com Here are the sources for the facts…

How To Make Your App Less Frustrating

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Here’s the sources for the stats I mention in the intro: 1 in 20 people suffer from hearing loss: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss 3 million Americans have some form of vision impairment: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/study-finds-most-americans-have-good-vision-14-million-are-visually-impaired 8% of men with European ancestry…

How To Talk To A Coder Without Looking Stupid

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Shaka, when the walls fell: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/06/star-trek-tng-and-the-limits-of-language-shaka-when-the-walls-fell/372107/ There are loads of free online tools to help you build mockups of your app, but here’s a couple to start with: https://proto.io/ https://www.fluidui.com/ https://balsamiq.com/ https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/xd.html I’m at http://tomscott.com on…

Where Are Your First 1,000 Users?

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to Patterns Bar in Brighton for letting us film there: http://patternsbrighton.com/ The story about Tinder’s launch is told in a brilliant Google I/O 2014 talk by Sean Rad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdiKhqGVHg4&t=1341s And thank you to the 1,920…

Where Do You Want Your App To Live?

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to Fen Court in London (http://www.fencourtlondon.com/) for letting us film from their roof garden. iOS Human Interface Guidelines: https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/ Google Material Design Guidelines: https://material.io/design/guidelines-overview/ Here’s Google’s guide to Progressive Web Apps: https://developers.google.com/web/progressive-web-apps/ I’m at http://tomscott.com

How To Find Out If Your App Idea Is Any Good

From Tom Scott. Watch all the episodes in this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGJu6skU4TBYrIWxggkZBrF5 • This educational series is sponsored by Google Thanks to our MVP testers: Dom Burgess https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGI000V6ZIAQf97MNybAaLQ Rachel Krishna Tim Blais https://www.youtube.com/acapellascience Amelia Zak Justin Helps https://www.youtube.com/primerlearning I’m at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo

Four Stories All About the Midwest

From Great Big Story. Road trip! Hop in the car. We’re headed to the U.S. Midwest. Among our destinations: Gross, Nebraska, inhabited by a population of just two people; Regent, North Dakota, home to a road known as the Enchanted Highway that’s lined with massive metal sculptures; and Kansas City, Missouri, where we head 150…

Cracking the Uncrackable Code

From Great Big Story. Jim Sanborn created a sculpture containing a secret message. It sits on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Yet no one has been able to solve it. Code breakers from around the world have tried for 30 years. They’re stumped. The artist meets with people like cryptologist Elonka Dunin…

We’ve Got Answers to Five Whys

From Great Big Story. Who? What? When? Where? Why? That’s a lot of questions all at once. Let’s stick with “why” for this reel. We’ll going to tell you everything from why mathematicians are obsessed with a certain kind of chalk to why a Japanese company is making baseball bats out of chopsticks to why…

This is Not a Cactus

From Rare Earth. “Wow, what a pointless episode. It seems like he put this together at the last minute as a response to some side-bet he’d been running with his wife during the filming! What a loser.” You are correct. That’s exactly what happened. I am a loser. But sometimes in life you’ve got a…

This Is What Happens When Mad Scientists Make Music

From Great Big Story. High-voltage. That’s the best way to describe an ArcAttack show. The Austin, Texas-based performance art group uses science to make music. Their homemade instruments include a Tesla coil that spits out lightning that is transformed into sound. ArcAttack founder and guitarist Joe DiPrima wears a chainmail Faraday suit onstage to protect…

Four Stories All About Booze

From Great Big Story. Need a drink? This reel’s all about booze. We’ll start with the worst liquor Chicagoans can’t get enough of, then we’ll chase that story with another about an underwater winery in Croatia. Next, we’ll introduce you to a Japanese spirit that might be tied to living longer, and we’ll close out…

3 Unexpected Stories Behind Your Favorite Video Games

From Great Big Story. Did the CIA create a video game that gave people seizures and night terrors? What happened to “The Hobbit’s” missing hero? And why does Mario have that mustache? Join us as we explore the bizarre histories behind your favorite video games in Great Big Story’s Emmy® nominated series, 8 Bit Legacy.…

Risky Climbing for Food and Sport

From Great Big Story. You’re in for a real cliffhanger. Not of the TV kind. But of the climbing kind. In this reel about climbing, you’ll meet people who scale jagged cliffs for food and people who ascend to the highest peaks for sport, including the first blind rock climber to summit Mount Everest. SUBSCRIBE:…

Is this Obelisk Italy’s Greatest Shame?

From Rare Earth. The battle of Adwa is among the most famous battles in history. Hard to call rare. So instead, I want to talk about an obelisk. All joking not aside, everything, of course, is a matter of perspective. To me, for example, Italy’s greatest shame is Francesco (thanks for filming the scenes in…

Surfing the Amazon River’s Endless Wave

From Great Big Story. The indigenous people who live along the Amazon River in Brazil have a word for the tidal bore that rushes in from the Atlantic Ocean. They call the wave Pororoca, which translates to “big roar.” You can actually hear it coming. That’s how loud and powerful it is. It’s risky to…

Five Stories All About Cats

From Great Big Story. Aren’t cats wonderful? The person writing this copy thinks they are, so there is no debate to be had here. It’s a fact. Cats are wonderful, and this reel is full of cat tales sure to be enjoyed by cat lovers everywhere. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb #Cats #Animals #Nature This story is a…

Creating the New Sounds of Dubai

From Great Big Story. There was a time when singer Layla Kardan knew of just one spot to hear live jazz music in Dubai. Nowadays, the singer can suggest a lot more places to catch a show. Kardan loves being a part of Dubai’s growing music scene and collaborating with musicians from all over the…

This Chicago Farmers Market Is on Wheels

From Great Big Story. The South Side of Chicago is littered with food deserts, considered to be areas without access to affordable food or produce. So when the Fresh Moves Mobile Market bus stops in the neighborhood, people are eager to board. What were once Chicago Transit Authority buses have now been transformed into farmers…

A Hub For Art and Pop Culture in Dubai

From Great Big Story. Alserkal Avenue is a massive Dubai art hub housed in a complex of 91 warehouses that were once the site of a marble factory. This center of creativity is home to galleries and workshops where artists are given the tools they need to create as well as perks like an artisan…

This Transgender Ballerina Is Raising the Bar

From Great Big Story. Jayna Ledford is a transgender ballerina. Assigned the male gender at birth, Ledford danced as a male from age 5 until she came out as female at 17. Not everyone in the ballet world has been accepting of Ledford’s identity. But she is now studying at a supportive dance academy; she…

Four Bizarre Paper Creations

From Great Big Story. From a prop master who creates items made of paper for TV shows and movies—everything from wanted posters to books to passports—to people who suit up in armor made of cardboard to do battle, we’re introducing you to people who are doing fun and interesting things with paper in this reel.…

The Photographer Finding Inspiration in Dubai

From Great Big Story. Rémy Abouchakra is a photographer and social content creator in Dubai. Abouchakra likes to play with light, shadows and motion, and he is always out to find a new angle. Architects and photographers Anna Devis and Daniel Rueda meet up with the man known as A French in Dubai on social…