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Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea

We still shouldn't be using electronic voting. Here's why. • Sponsored by Dashlane — for free on your first device @ MORE ... Tom Scott
4 days ago

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Can The Words You Read Change Your Behavior?

"Priming" is the idea that the words you read can change the way you act. And yes, there are papers that show an effect: but we also need to talk about the ... Tom Scott
1 week ago

Comments: 900

Is The World Running Out Of Helium?

At the National Helium Reserve in Amarillo, Texas, the US government once stored 32 billion cubic feet of helium. There have been breathless news articles ... Tom Scott
2 weeks ago

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Why The Elevator Shaft Was Invented Before The Elevator

It sounds ridiculous, but it's true. At the Cooper Union Foundation Building in New York, there's the world's first elevator shaft: constructed four years befor... Tom Scott
3 weeks ago

Comments: 1456

I Almost Learned To Fly In The World's Only Wingsuit Tunnel

In Stockholm, there's a diagonal wind tunnel, used for one very specific purpose: learning to fly a wingsuit. I tried. I almost managed it. More about FlyLikeBr... Tom Scott
1 month ago

Comments: 781

How The Netherlands Simulated The Sea Before Computers: The Waterloopbos

"Build some models" seems obvious: but this is a story of ingenuity, of using natural resources well, and of a country that humans dragged from the sea. Tom Scott
1 month ago

Comments: 1400

This Video Is Sponsored By ███ VPN

I tried to write a more honest VPN commercial. The sponsor wasn't happy about it. • Get ·· days of ··· VPN free at ······.com/honest The ASA ... Tom Scott
1 month ago

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The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet

Next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the Buitenschot Land Art Park, a giant set of ridges and furrows cut into the landscape. Yes, it's art: but it also stops ... Tom Scott
1 month ago

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Why Helsinki's Library Robots Aren't Important

Oodi, the new Helsinki Library, has robots to help reshelve books. They get a lot of press attention. But they're not the important part of the library: here's ... Tom Scott
2 months ago

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The Self-Driving Race Car

I got an email asking if I wanted to be driven around the most famous racetrack in Britain by an autonomous racing car. I wasn't going to refuse that offer. Tom Scott
2 months ago

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Inside The Tunnels That Will Store Nuclear Waste For 100,000 Years

Onkalo, on the Finnish island of Olkiluoto, is planned to be the first geologic storage facility for high-level nuclear waste: eventually sealed for 100000 year... Tom Scott
2 months ago

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What Counts As The World's Shortest River?

If you've been a subscriber for a while, you probably know where this one is going. Although you may still be surprised about where I ended up going. Tom Scott
2 months ago

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The Toxic Pit With A $3 Admission Fee

The Berkeley Pit, in Butte, Montana, was once the richest hill on Earth: the Anaconda Copper Mine. Now: it's not all that rich, and it's not much of a hill. Ins... Tom Scott
2 months ago

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The Only Bit Of Louisiana's Coast That Isn't Sinking

On a coastline that's steadily sinking under the waves, the Wax Lake Delta is rising: which is a wonderful thing for researchers.Historically, every time humans... Tom Scott
3 months ago

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Cash and Grab (with Bird Keeper Toby and Inés from Draw Curiosity)

I'll say this about this week's Game Garage: we definitely had fun. Thanks to Toby: and Inés: ... Tom Scott
3 months ago

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The Language Sounds That Could Exist, But Don't

The International Phonetic Alphabet: one sound for each symbol, and one symbol for each sound. Except for the sounds we can't make. Pull down the ... Tom Scott
3 months ago

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Checkpoint (with Ashens and the Polybius Heist crew)

This game turned out a lot more stressful than we thought it would. Thanks to ASHENS and the POLYBIUS HEIST crew, you can watch their first movie here: ... Tom Scott
3 months ago

Comments: 632

I'm Not A Robot ✅

What those boxes are for, and why you might not have to click them soon. • Sponsored by Dashlane —try 30 days for free at: Tom Scott
3 months ago

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Personal Best (with dodie, Sammy Paul, Daniel J Layton and Reb Day)

We're back! New games, same garage. Thanks to the crew from SOME LOVELY BOARD GAMES: Dodie: ... Tom Scott
3 months ago

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Flying A Plane With Fireworks On The Wings

Aerosparx are a British aerobatics team that perform displays with fireworks attached to their wings. This is how they do it. More about Aerosparx: ... Tom Scott
3 months ago

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The Two Generals’ Problem

Time to tell a story about idempotency, computer science, and the Night of the Multiple Orders. • Sponsored by Dashlane —try 30 days for free at: ... Tom Scott
4 months ago

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Why “No Problem” Can Seem Rude: Phatic Expressions

"Hello!" "Thank you!" "You're welcome!" These are all phatic expressions, and people can argue about them. Pull down the description for the references! MORE ..... Tom Scott
4 months ago

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The Fetch-Execute Cycle: What's Your Computer Actually Doing?

The fetch-execute cycle is the basis of everything your computer or phone does. This is literally The Basics. • Sponsored by Dashlane —try 30 days for free ... Tom Scott
4 months ago

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How To Stop A Colossal Bridge Corroding

A decade ago, engineers found the Humber Bridge had the same problem as many of the world's suspension bridges: unexpectedly fast corrosion. Here's how ... Tom Scott
4 months ago

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why typing like this is sometimes okay.

Language changes over time, and that's fine. Time for a dose of descriptivism, as the Language Files return. Pull down the description for the references! MORE ... Tom Scott
5 months ago

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How To Build An App: Everything You Didn't Know You Needed To Know

Watch all 15 episodes right now: • This educational series is sponsored by ... Tom Scott
5 months ago

Comments: 391

The Giant Underground Tunnels Protecting Tokyo From Floods

If you believe the hype, then the Metropolitan Area Underground Discharge Channel stops Tokyo flooding. It doesn't. But it is one colossal part of a huge networ... Tom Scott
5 months ago

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Why You Can't Trust Me

I went to a place called Coober Pedy to tell a story about water. • Sponsored by Audible: Go to or text 'trustme' to 500 500 to get... Tom Scott
5 months ago

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The World's First Solar Powered Train

The Byron Bay Railroad Company runs the world's first 100% solar-powered train. It wouldn't work everywhere - but in the bright sunshine of Australia, it might ... Tom Scott
5 months ago

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Mr Olds’ Remarkable Elevator

Olds Engineering, a traditional workshop and foundry, sits in Maryborough, Australia. It's not the sort of place you'd expect to find a new industrial invention... Tom Scott
5 months ago

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The One-Lane Bridge Shared By Cars And Trains

Near Hindon, on the South Island of New Zealand, there's one of only two remaining one-lane road-rail bridges in the country. No barriers, no lights, no sirens:... Tom Scott
6 months ago

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What Counts As The Steepest Street In The World?

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, has [update, July 2019: had] the Guinness World Record for "steepest paved road over a continuous distance of more ... Tom Scott
6 months ago

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Testing A Zip Line That Goes Round Corners

If you invent a new theme park or amusement ride, how do you test it to make sure it's safe? There's no Federal Bureau of Zip Lines. I visited one of the ... Tom Scott
6 months ago

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The Circle Visible From Space

Mount Taranaki, on the North Island of New Zealand, is a large-scale circle that's visible from space: a stratovolcano with six miles of forest around it. But t... Tom Scott
6 months ago

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The First 3D Color X-Rays

At the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand, the team at Mars Bioimaging are using detector equipment originally developed for the Large ... Tom Scott
7 months ago

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The Brain-Eating Amoebas of Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek is a natural hot spring near Rotorua, on the North Island of New Zealand. And there have been official warnings for years: don't put your head ..... Tom Scott
7 months ago

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The Hundred-Tonne Robots That Help Keep New Zealand Running

The Ports of Auckland are automating their straddle carriers, which might not seem like much: until you phrase it as "hundred-tonne autonomous robots guided ... Tom Scott
7 months ago

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The Sculpture That Looks Like A Real-Life Cartoon

Gibbs Farm, in New Zealand, is an enormous private sculpture collection. Its most famous piece is Horizons, by Neil Dawson - and it looks like a cartoon tissue ... Tom Scott
7 months ago

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Where Two Oceans Meet, Debunked

Cape Reinga, at the very northern tip of New Zealand, is known for being where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, where two oceans collide. The truth ... Tom Scott
8 months ago

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I Drove My Childhood Favorite Racing Game In Real Life

When I was a kid, I played the demo version of Need for Speed II a lot. Just the demo: it came free on a CD with a monthly computer magazine. Every detail of ..... Tom Scott
8 months ago

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The Artificial Gravity Lab

In the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory at Brandeis University, there's the Artificial Gravity Facility: otherwise known as the rotating room. No-... Tom Scott
8 months ago

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Blindfold Balancing in the Spinning Space Chair

The Multi-Axes Rotation and Tilt Device (MART) is used for spatial orientation experiments: it's a chair balanced on a metaphorical knife-edge, powered by ... Tom Scott
8 months ago

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The Library of Rare Colors

The Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums is a collection of pigments, binders, and other art materials for researchers to use as standards: so .... Tom Scott
9 months ago

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Keep It or Dump It (with Matthew, who is lovely but not internet famous)

The final episode in this run of the Game Garage gives us a Proper Quiz: complete with all-or-nothing questions and a prize of FIVE THOUSAND PENCE. Tom Scott
9 months ago

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The Last Play-For-Cash Fascination Parlor

On Nantasket Beach in the seaside town of Hull, Massachusetts, sits the last play-for-cash Fascination Parlor in the world. It's a century-old arcade game, made... Tom Scott
9 months ago

Comments: 955

Above Average (with too many people to fit in this title)

Today in the Game Garage, it's not about what you know: it's about what you can do. Pull down the description for the full cast and links to everyone's channels... Tom Scott
9 months ago

Comments: 780

The Broken Building That Must Not Be Destroyed

St Peter's Seminary sits in woodland about an hour west of Glasgow, near a village called Cardross. If you like Brutalist architecture, then it's a beautiful ru... Tom Scott
9 months ago

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Weight For It (with Evan Edinger and Luke Cutforth)

Welcome to the Game Garage! A series of three new, experimental quizzes and games. Thanks today to Evan Edinger - - and ... Tom Scott
9 months ago

Comments: 1080

A Questionable Experiment in Motion Sickness

Go see William Osman's video about building the car! - and thanks to Michael Reeves for being a guinea pig: ... Tom Scott
9 months ago

Comments: 1203
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