How 4 Adrenaline Seekers Find Fun

From Great Big Story. Experience an adrenaline rush—and some pretty wild hallucinations—without leaving the comfort of your home. We’re tagging along with some of the world’s most adventurous risk takers as they bomb down the French Alps and explore untouched paths in the North Pole on mountain bikes, free dive with wild seals off the…

The Tiny Monorails That Once Carried James Bond

From Tom Scott. The Roadmachines Mono-Rail may have been the only truly useful, fit-for-purpose monorail in the world. Of the hundreds that were built, most were never meant for passengers. But they did carry a couple of famous people in their time, including a certain secret agent… Thank you to the staff and volunteers at…

7 Ways to Eat Pizza | Around the World

From Great Big Story. No matter how you slice it, one pizza-themed episode of “Around the World” simply wasn’t enough for Great Big Story senior producer Beryl Shereshewsky. The pizza enthusiast asked for your recommendations on how you top your pizza. And, wow, a lot of you put pineapple on your pizza. Who knew that…

How The U.S. Stole the Middle East

From Johnny Harris. It started with one dot on the coast of Saudi Arabia Get 2 months of Skillshare premium for free: https://skl.sh/johnnyharris12 Timelapse of Middle East Borders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIADs7Ct-Q Thank you David Vine, who writes about this stuff and talks to me about it. https://www.amazon.com/Base-Nation-Military-America-American/dp/1627791698 I launched a Patreon. If you want to support my…

An Alien in Montevideo

From Rare Earth. HUGE NEWS! Just before the pandemic I signed some paperwork that fundamentally changed this channel. For the better, I hope, but who knows, it’s life, right? Back in April, or March maybe, god this summer has breezed by… back whenever that was I signed up with an organization called Nebula. You might…

Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

From Tom Scott. Normally, the answer would be no. But in these very limited circumstances, at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, you can swim in geothermal power plant wastewater, and it’s even healthy: although the marketing material doesn’t usually mention it. Here’s a story about geothermal energy, cheap heat, and how to keep some ducks warm. Sources:…

What Pizza Is Like Around the World

From Great Big Story. We’re all grown-ups here. Or very mature children. Which means we can debate exactly what should go on a pizza without descending into chaos, right? Well, we’ll see. In the latest episode of “Around the World,” we take a look at how pizza is prepared by seven people in seven countries,…

DIY to the Extreme: Power Stations to Gyroplanes

From Great Big Story. These people take the whole do-it-yourself ethos to the nth degree. These are the inventors, the artists, the makers who construct the most astonishingly detailed replicas of airplanes out of manila folders; use access to a river and scrap metal to construct hydroelectric power stations; build small-scale fusion reactors right in…

8 Ways to Eat Instant Noodles | Around the World

From Great Big Story. Do you boil your favorite instant noodles and simply dump them into a bowl? If so, it’s time to elevate your approach. In the latest episode of “Around the World,” Great Big Story senior producer Beryl Shereshewsky sources eight instant noodle recipes from eight countries, including Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago and…

You Ask, I Answer | Q&A

From Johnny Harris. I get these questions often, so I decided to answer them here. Start listening with a 30-day Audible trial. Choose 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free. Visit http://audible.com/johnnyharris or text johnnyharris to 500-500. I launched a patreon. if you want to support my videos, or if the benefits look interesting…

Swimming Between Two Continents, Debunked

From Tom Scott. Silfra, in Þingvellir National Park in Iceland, is where the Eurasian and North American continental plates are dividing. It’s a crack in the earth where you can snorkel or dive between the continents. Well, sort of. As ever, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Þingvellir geology: https://www.thingvellir.is/en/history-nature/nature/geologic-history/ https://notendur.hi.is/oi/geology_of_thingvellir.htm Þingvellir history: https://www.thingvellir.is/en/history-nature/history/…

Is The Most Northern Part Of Iceland Still There?

From Tom Scott. Kolbeinsey is the most northern part of Iceland, a tiny island that, according to Wikipedia, is due to disappear due to wave erosion "probably around the year 2020". Which raised an obvious question: is it still there? THANKS TO: This video was inspired by some tweets from author Sam Hughes. You can…

Why You Should Turn On Two Factor Authentication

From Tom Scott. The short answer is: "because it’ll make things more secure". The long answer involves Ronald Reagan. • MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha Written with Sean Elliott https://twitter.com/SeanMElliott/ • Camera by Tomek • Graphics by William Marler https://wmad.co.uk Filmed at the Centre for Computing History, Cambridge: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/ Their current fundraiser: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/computermuseum Image of Dr Corbató…

I WANT TO MAKE MORE MAP VIDEOS

From Johnny Harris. I launched a Patreon. If you want to support my videos, head here: https://www.patreon.com/johnnyharris For anyone who likes smarter travel, Iz and I started a company: https://brighttrip.com/ Subscribe to my channel: https://goo.gl/1U8Zy7 My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnny.harris/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnnyHarris Tom Fox makes a lot of my music: https://tfbeats.com/ I also get music from Artlist:…

The Abandoned Hill With Two Members Of Parliament

From Tom Scott. Old Sarum, in Wiltshire, is a now-desolate hillfort run by English Heritage. But it was once one of the most important sites in southern England: so important that it had two members of Parliament. Then, it became a "rotten borough": and a warning about power. Thanks to English Heritage: more information and…

The Delicious Meat Sludge Factory

From Rare Earth. Dear Australia, I thought you were more keen on Marm. Apparently you’re all about that Vegem. I kind of want to do this story again as a real documentary, with an hour and tons of stock footage. It seems like it would be a cool ‘follow the thread’ type tale through a…

The Swiss Colony of Uruguay

From Rare Earth. No bang, no excitement. Just some farmers living life. I thought the Volk deserved a story, too. Your support keeps us going: 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 Abram Blocton, Adam Lenk,…

Are the Charrúa Extinct?

From Rare Earth. Edit: Sal*SI*puedes, not sal*IS*puedes, you dumb Canadian. In case it isn’t clear to some through the text, I believe in Charruan rights. I believe in the rights of people in Uruguay to look to their heritage for support and guidance. I believe in the value of the state recognizing and understanding the…

How Does Uruguay Exist?

From Rare Earth. Sorry I took a week off, it was my birthday and I wasn’t really feeling the birthday work. This is somewhat of an update to that old Laos introductory video idea. I had so much footage of Artigas I kind of had to. Hopefully this helps set the scene for future episodes.…

How Wind Turbines Make You Sick

From Rare Earth. Be it known that I take no responsibility for this video giving you typhoid. Your support keeps us going: 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 Abram Blocton, Adam Lenk, Adam Kaufman, Alanna…