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An Elevator That Actually Goes Sideways Tom Scott

An Elevator That Actually Goes...

I've filmed a paternoster lift; I've filmed the strange Genoa elevator that sort-of goes sideways. So when I got an email from Thyssenkrupp, an elevat...


20 hours ago

Julie D Tom Scott

Julie D'Aubigny and Dueling Sc...

In this episode: four men from England, talking about a woman from France. Nothing can possibly go wrong. BONUS MATERIAL: https://youtu.be/KNq4PdbnDtg...


5 days ago

The Runways of Fire That Let WW2 Planes Land In Fog: FIDO Tom Scott

The Runways of Fire That Let W...

Landing on a runway surrounded by fire might not sound like a good idea, but it's better than trying to land without modern instruments in thick fog. ...


1 week ago

The Museum of Failure Tom Scott

The Museum of Failure

In Helsingborg, Sweden, the Museum of Failure has just opened. It's just one room, but inside, curator Samuel West has assembled some of the world's g...


2 weeks ago

Stephens Island Wren and the Cobra Effect: Citation Needed 6x03 Tom Scott

Stephens Island Wren and the C...

Please welcome our guest panelist Will Seaward, as we run through ecological disasters and unintended consequences! BONUS MATERIAL: ...


3 weeks ago

Blocking People in Real Life: Tom Scott at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail Tom Scott

Blocking People in Real Life: ...

I'm not saying this would be a good idea, and it's definitely not a prediction of the future. It's just a story. I think. An Evening of Unnecessary De...


3 weeks ago

The $100 Hamburger and Tach Time: Citation Needed 6x02 Tom Scott

The $100 Hamburger and Tach Ti...

Today, we're not delving into history: instead we're talking about language, pop culture, and one heck of a sandwich. BONUS MATERIAL: ...


4 weeks ago

The Poison Garden of Alnwick Tom Scott

The Poison Garden of Alnwick

Inside the beautiful Alnwick Garden, behind a locked gate, there's the Poison Garden: it contains only poisonous plants. Trevor Jones, head gardener, ...


4 weeks ago

Jack Churchill and a Live Studio Audience: Citation Needed 6x01 Tom Scott

Jack Churchill and a Live Stud...

We're back! And we start Season 6 with a tale of bravery, bagpipes, and big Scottish swords - with a live studio audience. BONUS MATERIAL: ...


1 month ago

The World Tom Scott

The World's Most Powerful Tida...

Near Bodø in Norway, there's the strongest tidal current in the world: Saltstraumen Maelstrom, a constantly-changing rush of whirlpools, boils and vo...


1 month ago

Why The YouTube Algorithm Will Always Be A Mystery Tom Scott

Why The YouTube Algorithm Will...

The mysterious YouTube algorithm. It's confused people for years, and will continue to do so. So why isn't YouTube more transparent? It used to be tha...


1 month ago

How The Arecibo Telescope Could Help Save The World Tom Scott

How The Arecibo Telescope Coul...

The radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico can do something that most radio telescopes can't: it can transmit. And that's useful fo...


2 months ago

Why Sci-Fi Alien Planets Look The Same: Hollywood Tom Scott

Why Sci-Fi Alien Planets Look ...

There's a reason that a lot of planets in American science fiction look the same: they're all filmed in the same places. But why those particular loca...


2 months ago

How To Not Break A Mars Rover Tom Scott

How To Not Break A Mars Rover

The Mars Yard, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is one of the closest simulations of Mars that we've got. Admittedly, there's a bit more atmospher...


2 months ago

Voyager 1 Tom Scott

Voyager 1's Getting Closer to ...

The Voyager 1 space probe is the furthest man-made object from Earth, and the fastest. But right now, it's moving towards us. Relatively speaking. At ...


2 months ago

Drones vs Lightning ⚡ Tom Scott

Drones vs Lightning ⚡

At the University of Manchester's High Voltage Laboratory, we see what happens when a DJI Phantom 3 drone gets hit with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV...


3 months ago

Why This “Zero Calorie Sweetener” Isn’t Zero Calories Tom Scott

Why This “Zero Calorie Sweet...

The final video of this run is from Alex at Technicality Studios! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/TechnicalityTime Splenda is a "zero-calor...


3 months ago

Why Song Translations Usually Suck Tom Scott

Why Song Translations Usually ...

Today's guest video is from Alex at PlayTheMind! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-oBbYS4LqupJ1vhOqUhJw It's been a long time since I ...


3 months ago

The Foil That Went To The Moon And Back Tom Scott

The Foil That Went To The Moon...

Today's guest video is from Amy at Vintage Space! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/vintagespace Amy brings with her one of the greatest props I'v...


3 months ago

The Disaster That Changed Engineering: The Hyatt Regency Collapse Tom Scott

The Disaster That Changed Engi...

Today's guest video is from Grady at Practical Engineering! Go subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/gradyhillhouse The Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse...


3 months ago

You Can Hear The Difference Between Hot and Cold Water Tom Scott

You Can Hear The Difference Be...

The guest videos start here! Go subscribe to Steve Mould: https://youtube.com/stevemould Hot and cold water sound different when you pour them. When S...


4 months ago

One Town, Four Elements: Ytterby Tom Scott

One Town, Four Elements: Ytter...

Yttrium, terbium, erbium and ytterbium were all named after one small town on the Stockholm archipelago. But it could have been different, and there c...


4 months ago

The Beer Pipeline of Bruges Tom Scott

The Beer Pipeline of Bruges

In Belgium, there's an underground beer pipeline. Yes, it's inherently difficult to film something that's underground, but I headed over to Bruges to ...


4 months ago

Inside YouTube Tom Scott

Inside YouTube's Mixed Reality...

At YouTube Space New York, there's the Mixed Reality lab: a virtual reality setup using an HTC Vive, a third controller, and some fancy compositing eq...


4 months ago

The World Is Slowly Running Out Of Sand Tom Scott

The World Is Slowly Running Ou...

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 the sea...


4 months ago

America Tom Scott

America's First Supermodel: Au...

One woman's face is all over New York, although you've probably never heard of her. This was written with Amor Sciendi: go check it out!


5 months ago

Elia: The World Tom Scott

Elia: The World's Most Frustra...

Near the town of Herning in Denmark sits Elia, a giant metal dome sculpture by Ingvar Cronhammar that occasionally spouts flame. I reckon it's the wor...


5 months ago

ᚼᛒ: Harald Bluetooth and Your Phone Tom Scott

ᚼᛒ: Harald Bluetooth and Y...

The Jelling Stones, thousand-year-old Viking runestones, sit in the town of Jelling in Denmark. They tell the tale of Harald Bluetooth: one of the fir...


5 months ago

Zero-G Experiments on Earth: The Bremen Drop Tower Tom Scott

Zero-G Experiments on Earth: T...

In Bremen, Germany, there's a tower more than a hundred metres high: it's called the Fallturm, or the Drop Tower. If you want a cost-effective way to ...


5 months ago

The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets Tom Scott

The Little-Known Patterns on B...

I thought about saying "secret patterns" or "mysterious patterns" in the title, but that'd be a lie: they're just mostly unknown! So let's talk about ...


6 months ago

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