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

Why Do We Get Bored? - Vsauce

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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:
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:

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:

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...

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 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:

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:

How People Disappear

Follow Michael Stevens: Sources and MORE stories below! Target story: World population clock: How to disappear: DOCUMENTARIES: "A Certain Kind of Death": The Imposter: various articles about disappearences: Venus transit: Steve Jobs premature obit: CNN premature obits: Other premature obits: Britney Spears obit rumor: Woman eaten by her own cats: Woman not checked on for three years: Oklahoma story: Whitney Cerak and Laura Van Ryn: Canary island twins separated at birth: Babies switched at birth: missing missing: Earth orbiting black hole gif: on wikipedia: David Wong's article about what you have to look forward to: *********MUSIC******** and "Giving It My All" by Max Brodie "Conversation 2" by Bob...

INSIDE a Spherical Mirror

FOLLOW MICHAEL STEVENS: LINKS AND SOURCES BELOW Vsauce3 -- What Does Star Wars Look Like?: Vsauce2 -- Star Wars LÜT! Science Friction episode on Star Wars in real life: Richard Feynman talks about how mirrors 'reverse' things: Mirror etymology: Infinity mirror room: Japanese TV show uses a REAL mirrored sphere 'room': Spherical Mirror links: Love / Hate shirt: Why mirrors don't reverse up and down as well: Curved mirror mug trick: mere-exposure effect: NPR RadioLab on reflections: Your image's size on a mirror: ******* Music by Jake Chudnow:

Why Don't We Taxidermy Humans?

Click here to subscribe to Vsauce (it's free!): LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC: Big thanks to my friend at Order Of The Good Death for info: Music by: Song at end of video [direct link]: Taxidermied animal from "Unnecessary Otter": Space Burial: Get yourself space-buried: Cat body turned into diamonds: CHUCK TESTA: Taxidermy cat quadcopter: Creative taxidermy: Interesting article on displaying human bodies: Jeremy Bentham "mummy": 3D Jeremy Bentham: Get mummified: Galileo's Middle Finger: Taxidermy on Wikipedia: Skin facts [PDF]: Freeze-drying your pets: Abraham Lincoln's moving body: Embalmbed guy on motorcycle: Lenin video [gross]: After We Die [BOOK]: How plastination...

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


FOLLOW MICHAEL STEVENS ON TWITTER: FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM: Kevin is VSAUCE2: music by: Top 1000 US first names over time INTERACTIVE: surname geographical distribution INTERACTIVE: Dolphins using names: Mental Floss VIDEO: things you didn't know had names: US ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Freakonomics "How Much Does Your Name Matter?": Story of two children named "Winner" and "Loser": auto-antonyms: Most common surnames: LONGEST NAME:,_Senior Adolf Hitler Campbell: endonym vs. exonym: name laws: Dads_Secret tweet: Legally mononymous people: Name-letter Effect: Quirkology: Quirology on names: US State denonyms: New Zealand name laws: "hierarchy of disagreement":

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...

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"

Spooky Coincidences?

Donate to Comic Relief’s SCHOOL OF YOUTUBE: THERE’S MORE! Click to watch the LEANBACK playlist: my twitter: my instagram: “7 Laws of Magical Thinking”: “The Improbability Principle”: Speed of light and pyramid coincidence: Illinois lotto numbers: Anagram genius website: Other anagrams: Michael Stevens illuminati tweet: reverse speech sites: virtual recorder app: Karsten Johansson phonetic palindrome poem: Pareidolia: Apophenia as exhibited by a person with Schizophrenia: “may he poop on my knee?”: iTunes shuffle: dancing spiderman gif: dancing ninja gif: dancing gif sync explanation: Movie SYNCS: vague predictions: Disney World coincidence: Kennedy and Lincoln coincidences: lightning coincidence: Spooky coincidences contest: Littlewood’s Law:'s_law

Why Do We Wear Clothes?

CLICK HERE to follow us to Vsauce2 -- Intro cameo by my 1 tru luv Hannah Hart: SOURCES: history of clothing: Etymology of embarrassment: The fear of nudity: SINA and other pranks: Embarrassment: Brain and embarrassment: Embarrassment experiment: Embarrassment and trust: Embarrassment and flirting [PDF]: Havelock Ellis "evolution of modesty": BBC article: Megapode: Development of human babies: Brain size and body size: EQ: VSAUCE TWITTER: MUSIC BY VSAUCE FACEBOOK:

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 Are Bad Words Bad?

Follow Michael Stevens for more: EXTRA INFO & LINKS BELOW! Music by Marchex Institute study: Canada's most vulgar city: "Bad" etymology: "Grawlixes": Mort Walker - The Lexicon of Comicana: First use of grawlixes: Slate's Lexicon Valley: "A Brief History of Swearing": 1 Kilohertz censor beep: Steven Pinker lecture: Swearing history: remembering taboo words: Swearing in the brain: no words should be banned? Mythbusters' Swearing Test: Coprolalia: Lalochezia: 7 dirty words: Swearing is changing: Swearing in the future: Swearing behaviour on Twitter: McKay Hatch - The No Cussing Club: N.W.A. F*ck Tha Police:

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]:

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:

Why do we ask questions? Michael "Vsauce" Stevens at TEDxVienna

Michael Stevens the persona behind the YouTube sensation Vsauce, is an online personality with an entertaining approach to explaining the science behind seemingly ordinary, everyday phenomena. Michael's videos have been watched over 400 million times and Vsauce's 4.5 million subscribers continues to add an astonishing 15 thousand subscribers each day. Michael lives in London where he works for Google as an in-house consultant for other creators on the platform. YouTube Channel: November 2, 2013 at Volkstheater Wien, Vienna, Austria. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a...

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 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:

Is Your Red The Same as My Red?

Subscribe to Vsauce: Follow Michael Stevens: All music by Jake Chudnow: Tommy Edison (Blind guy on YouTube): Color Blindness: and Qualia: We experiences are subjective: Explanatory Gap: Mary's Room and the Knowledge Argument: Who Asked the First Question? [PDF]: Theory of Mind and Sally-Anne Task: Koko the talking gorilla [VIDEO]: Questioning Behaviour: Synesthesia coupled with color blindness: Do blind people DREAM images?