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Why Do We Get Bored?
Why Do We Get Bored?
Why Do We Get Bored?

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Our World is Amazing. Questions? Ideas? Tweet me: Vsauce was created by Michael Stevens in the summer of 2010. Vsauce is... Michael Stevens: Producer/Host of Vsauce1 Kevin Lieber: Producer/Host of Vsauce2 Jake Roper: Producer/Host of Vsauce3 Eric Langlay: VFX for Vsauce1/2/3 You: Thanks for watching!!!

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"Cosmological Principle" by Zach McCoy [VIDEO]:
"Cosmological Principle" by Zach McCoy on iTunes:


Genie documentary:

VICE deprivation documentary:

10MinutesOfYourLife channel:

take a train across Russia:

Boredom Proness Scale:

1 for highly disagree 4 for neutral 7 for highly agree

Excel file download:

Great books on boredom:

"bore" etymology:

Jennifer Schuelssler article on boredom:

Anna Gosline article on boredom:



Sensory Deprivation:

More Genie links:

Thomas Silverstien:

Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions:

more boredom links:

Besides last song, 'Trip Hop' song, and reflective guitar song: MUSIC by Jake Chudnow:

Trip Hop and guitar music from:
Is Anything Real?

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS MEGA-COLLAB: Follow me: LINKS/SOURCES: music by: song at end: "Pious Reflection" by Paul Mottram downloaded from it's on YouTube: Human senses: Color illusion: Audio illusion: temperature illusion: Tactile illusions: epistemology wiki pages: proof: a priori truth [pdf]: rotating brain gif: neuroscience of memory: LTP: engrams: storage of human brain: SKYentists: philosophy of science: The Matrix defense: solipsism: Martin Gardner books: why cats like keyboards:

What's The Most Dangerous Place on Earth?

Subscribe to Vsauce. It's FREE! My watch is from: Michael Stevens on Twitter: Music by Jake Chudnow: Vsauce2: Vsauce3: Falling into lava video: Flowing lava video: What death by lava would actually be like: Where you can find a lava lake: How percentage of people are still alive? Hypothermia: Mariana Trench: AMAZING xkcd chart showing depths to scale (click for larger pic): Influenza: Black Death: Malaria total fatalities: Global Peace Index: Cabot Cove murder rate: Most dangerous cities by murder rate: Dirtiest cities: Lake Karachay: Chernobyl as haven for wildlife:

Will We Ever Run Out of New Music?

Click here to subscribe to Vsauce (it's free!): Follow Michael Stevens: Links Below: Axis of Awesome 4 Chords: Interactive video demonstrating common meter: Everything is a Remix: Stairway to Gilligan's Island: WeSauce: JAKE CHUDNOW's channel: Covered in Bees calculates the number of possible 5 minute CD-quality audio files: ferrouslepidoptera calculation: yerricde calculates with only 3 note-lengths allowed per melody: Sounds Just Like: songs that sound like other songs [StraightDope forum]: Common Meter on TV Tropes: Compression and song enjoyabliility: Compression and song enjoyability [PDF]: My Sweet Lord vs He's So Fine: Why are octaves divided into 12 intervals:

What Will We Miss?

Follow Michael Stevens for MORE: LINKS AND SOURCES BELOW When was I conceived? Another conception calculator if the above link is down: (you can also Google "conception calculator" and find a bunch) Birthday star calculator: 6009: Zeitpyramide / Time Pyramid: Time Pyramid today VIDEO: Chernobyl: Awesome Kraftwerk preformance of "Radioactivity": Supernova viewed from Earth simulation VIDEO: Betelgeuse: Eta Carinae: Andromeda and Milky Way collision: FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out): Fate of Niagara Falls, Mt. Rushmore, and total solar eclipses: Saturn's rings in the future: a photon's path out of the sun: Troxler's Fading:'s_fading MUSIC BY Jake Chudnow: and

What Does Human Taste Like?

Follow Michael Stevens for more: EXTRA INFO & LINKS BELOW! Guest Star: Elsie the cat. Music by and from FLAVOR NETWORK ARTICLE (the cool food network graphs): Hygiene hypothesis: Eating snot: human meat CHART: Calories in an entire human body's worth of meat: Rick Gibson: Marco Evaristti: Other work by Evaristti: Japanese genitals: the tweet: Cannibalism on Dutch TV show: Cannibalism wikipedia: Taste buds: William Buehler Seabrook: site based on food networks and flavor 'principles': Orange juice and toothpaste: Cats and sweetness: Another way you eat yourself: SEA SQUIRT LINKS: Amount of mucus swallowed in a day: Ouroboros: also:

Are We Ready For Aliens?

FOLLOW MICHAEL STEVENS: **Big thanks to Antonius from AVbyte for helping with audio! His channel is great: ** My video about space travel and the Fermi Paradox and Drake equation: What to do if you meet an alien: UN Office of Outer Space Affaris: Galileo and forward contamination: SETI declaration: Royal Society on post-detection policies: Mazlan Othman denies Earth/Alien ambassadorship: Paul Davies as Earth/Alien ambassador: RIO SCALE: RIO SCALE CALCULATOR: RIO SCALE applied to movies and real life: face on mars: See SETI data live! Help SETI process data with your own computer! SETI and first contact steps: Apollo Quarantine: Outer...

The Science of the Friend Zone

Subscribe to Vsauce and follow @tweetsauce for knowledge points! MUSIC BY: Wild Sex episode: My episode about how much money love is worth: Can guys and girls just be friends? VIDEO: Jenna Marbles on "nice guys" [NSFW language]: FRIENDS episode about the Friend's zone: Clip of friend zone moment on FRIENDS: Know Your Meme on the friend zone: Limerence: Bateman's Principle:'s_principle Assortative mating: Homogamy: Marshall Fine description of the friend zone: Scarcity principle and attraction: Escaping the friend zone (includes Ben Franklin effect): Good article on other reasons we desire what we can't have: BOWLING ALONE book: Sad article about...

Why Do We Feel Nostalgia?

James and I talk more about music HERE: And EXTRAS here: FOLLOW ME: MUSIC BY: James May (on piano on screen) & Jake Chudnow (not on screen): Feel some nostalgia: Origin of "nostalgia" links: "reminiscence bump": Lincoln poetry: Lincoln assassination eye-witness [VIDEO]: Lincoln assassination eye-witness [NEWS ARTICLE]: Lincoln assassination eye-witness [WIKI]: Shall We Dance video with Lawrence Parsons: Other music+moving links: Earworm links: Ironic Process Theory: False memory paper: Longplayer: Compression wave .gif: Great Alan Watts video animated by Trey Parker and Matt Stone:

Moving Illusions

The newest Mind Blow on Vsauce2: LINKS AND SOURCES BELOW: FOLLOW MICHAEL STEVENS: music by and brusspup anamorphic illusions: ANOMALOUS MOTION by Akiyoshi Kitaoka: "Out of Focus" by Akiyoshi Kitaoka: anomalous motion explanations: how to make YOUR OWN anomalous motion images: Animal Collective illusion cover: "illusion" etymology: really great "game" etymology image: dazzle paint: "Command And Control" book: Disneyland forced perspective: Birds use forced perspective: Müller-Lyer Illusion and culture: anamorphic illusions on street: anamorphic illusions STUART TRAY: Titanic and recovered bodies: Titanic and optical illusions: Tooth-drilling and optical illusions: The End of History illusion: The illusion of control: a bunch of neat illusions: Architectural illusions: Ames room:

What Is Consciousness?

LEANBACK IS HERE: Music courtesy of Jake Chudnow: TWITTER: @tweetsauce FACEBOOK: Learn more: Cleverbot: Wikipedia on Consciousness: Philosophical ZOMBIES: NAMI on Anosognosia: Information is Beautiful on Consciousness Theories: Google Books: Awarenes of Deficit After Brain Injury": "What is consciousness" conscious "what is identity" identity vsauce "Michael Stevens" brain neuroscience "other minds"

Where Do Deleted Files Go?

Follow Michael Stevens for neat things every day! LINKS AND SOURCES BELOW MUSIC BY: final song is "Midnight Sound" by Gareth Johnson / David O'Brien from: Lost silent films: Wonders of the Ancient World: What have we lost forever? snapchat: Lenin and Trotsky doctored photos: Archived person-removal-service site: Google Ngram tool: links to info about digital file deletion: Melanie Willhide glitched photos (NSFW): Electronic waste dumps in Africa: Paper-shredding: UNSHREDDER: Iranian reassembly of documents: HEAT DEATH: HEAT DEATH button on etsy: entropy: "The Last Question" by Issac Assimov: bleached flags on moon:

Cruel Bombs

Command And Control book: FOLLOW MICHAEL STEVENS: music by and general info about nuclear weapons and testing: Nevada nuclear test footage: AMAZING channel with HD restored historical nuclear footage: Edgerton detonation photos: Amazing shot of nuclear weapon test. notice it occured nearly past the horizon! shot from Nagasaki: North Carolina incident: Nuclear boyscout documentary: Kokura spared: Feynman text: Hiroshima bonsai: Nuclear effects isotopes put into atmosphere by nuclear testing have allowed historians to detect art forgeries: The flag of Bikini Atoll has an interesting story:

What if You Were Born in Space?

Subscribe to join the sauce! Cool stuff every day: Links to learn more below: music by "Space Oddity" sung in space by Chris Hadfield: Tears in space: Chris Hadfield's videos: My video with minutephysics that talks about oribits: First man in space: list of people who have been to outer space: history of humans in space (good timeline): Good read about "zero-gravity" vs zero-g:!msg/ Orbit: weightlessness: NASA info on how zero-g affects people: flame in space [VIDEO]: zero-g biology flow chart: 2suit: what if a baby was born in space? conception and fertility in space: zero-g studies: rat fetus: pregnant rats: muscles:...

Why Do We Kiss?

The scientific study of kissing is "philematology" Follow Michael Stevens: Sources and links to learn more: Kissing facts: Longest kiss: general info on kissing: birds kissing ("billing"): kiss researcher interview [video]: pac man's shape: premastication: Alicia Silverstone premastication video: history of baby food: old baby food instructions: infant vision: Pareidolia: Being watched: Scopophobia: Gaze papers: psychic staring effect: Harry Harlow [video]: Harry Harlow links: Hess ducklings: imprinting: Attachment links: (TEXT BOOK scans) description of puppy experiment: puppy experiment in Guy Murchie's book: acceptance of uncertainty:'s_cultural_dimensions_theory ***************** music by: Vsauce on facebook: Euronews Knowledge channel:

Why Do We Dream?

Leanback and IMG! later this week! LINKS TO LEARN: Smarter Every Day: How to Lucid Dream: Whatswhat reviews my beard and other stuff: ALL music by Jake Chudnow: **SLEEP STUFF** Good general sleep info: Sleep facts: REM sleep: Old video about REM sleep: Lucid Dreaming on the Discovery Channel: Quick info in different dream theories: Incredible documentary on a fatal disease that keeps you from sleeping:

How Much Does a Shadow Weigh?

Veritasium SLINKY video: Veritasium channel... SUBSCRIBE: A great Veritasium episode about using video to teach: Vsauce2 LEANBACK about shadows: Vsauce3 explains how realistic SimCity is... SUBSCRIBE: ALL MUSIC BY: Jake's YouTube channel: Vsauce on Twitter (lots of extra mindblows): Vsauce on Facebook (your chance to blow MY MIND): Hand shadow book: Light "pushes" us: Solar Sail: solar sail GIF: Venutian Shadows: Speed of light in different materials: sonic boom demonstration: Cherenkov radiation: and: Photonic booms in your eyes: Pushing a lightyear-long object: compression / longitudinal waves: cool site for putting things in perspective (this link is for 1 sq. inch):...

The Science of Awkwardness

awkward......... Sources and extra links below! me on twitter: me on instagram: music by Embarrassment and prosociality: Empathetic Embarrassment: Cringe subreddit: awkward hug gifs: Embarrassment: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (on YouTube): “Why Are We Morbidly Curious?” (related Vsauce video): social rejection and physical pain: Social awkwardness and genetics: Psychology experiments that test the breaking of social norms are called “breaching experiments”: Stage Fright: Oxytocin: Oxytocin and fear/anxiety: negativity bias: more negative emotions than positive: Eleanor Roosevelt quote: “in you 20s and 30s…” quote: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (on YouTube): “sonder” gif:

Why Do We Clap?

Follow Michael Stevens: LINKS BELOW! All music by Jake Chudnow: Really neat Grand Illusions video: Grand Illusions (site): Loudest clap: Fastest clap: WEsauce: My video on 'the friendzone': Driftless Pony Club (band from concert footage): Driftless Pony Club (VidCon concert footage): clapping speed, clap frequency, and recognizing claps: how "The Clapper" works: BPM counter: unpitched percussion instruments: steven connor on clapping: resources on clapping: sudden clarity: crowd influence on applause: claques: "My Life in a Claque" New Yorker 1944 article: clapping and babies: cocooning links: lazy_joe_ tweet: how many times has Vanna White clapped?

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LINKS AND SOURCES BELOW First and last songs by Zach McCoy CHECK HIM OUT: Zach McCoy on YouTube: other music by FOLLOW Michael Stevens: Ze Frank video on trees and carvings: Silent-K: Warren G's "What's Next": 2:44: "What's Next" lyrics: Science and mistakes and correctness: Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth": "Hey Jude": BEATLES ANOMALIES site: prayer book and calculus: San Diego fire: Mars Climate Orbiter: moon landing footage: Henry Tandy: The science of leaves: accidents:

What is Déjà vu?

Learn more: music by Jake Chudnow: Great article about constant Deja vu: Blindsight obstacle course: Blindsight (science channel) Blindsight article: Excellent blindsight demonstration for people who aren't blind: Hypnagogic Jerk: Hypnosis causing deja vu:

Mysterium Cosmographicum

GET THE CURIOSITY BOX: Follow DONG on Twitter! MORE INFO: Images from: Vsauce PO Box: PO Box 33168 L.A. CA 90033 ***CREDITS*** Hosted by Michael Stevens Edited by Jack Merline VFX by Eric Langlay ( Music by Jake Chudnow ( ***VSAUCE LINKS*** Vsauce1: Vsauce2: Vsauce3:

If Euronews Knowledge channel: LINKS BELOW! Music by: Vega rocket launch: Live wind map: CARPE DIEM tool: Solar Scope: Double pendulum gif: "Death By Black Hole" book: Voyager retrospective [video]: Butterfly Effect paper [PDF}: Reynaldo Dagsa: Great historical "what is?" subreddit: An ENTIRE collection of EAS messages [VIDEOS]: Emergency Alert System: EAS text-to-speech voices: NORAD: NORAD [official]: Seed Vault: Moscow Cosmonaut museum: Krechet-94 suit: Soviet space dogs: Laika: William Safire talks about moon disaster speech: Read full moon disaster speech: More speeches that were never given: Satellites: ESTCube-1 (electric solar sail test): Proba-V: VNREDSAT-1: For when you need it:

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

Thanks to Bill Nye! Check him out here: Vsauce3: FOLLOW @TWEETSAUCE: Vsauce MERCH: Music by Jake Chudnow: Great list of how famous people would approach the chicken question: How we should all FIRST hear the chicken joke: E.B. White: Frog Dissection app: Anti-Joke Chicken: Anti-Joke Cat: "No soap, radio": OLDEST JOKE: Original Summerian: Agyrophobia: Death Clock: Percentage of earth that is paved: Chicken Population: Mary had a little lamb (pics in video from a book I own): Computational theory of humor [pdf]:

9 Weird Things To Do When You Are Bored / Funny Pranks!

Subscribe Here: Makeup Challenge. Full Face Using Food And School Supplies!: If you run out of interesting ideas and you're a little bored, it's time to have some fun! Let’s turn a banana into a cucumber, paint a flower pot, play egg theatre, or take an epic photo in the blue smoke! Watch these and other funny ideas in our new video! Supplies and Tools: • Smoke bomb • Banana • Knife • Gelatin • Water • Food coloring • Brush • Spoon • Matchbox • Mini pictures • Acrylic paint • White and color paper • Glue • Pencil • Scissors • Glow eyeshadow • Black pen • Plate • Mashed potato • Sausage • Cup • Cheese • Heart shaped cutter • Dill...