This excellent video from 1947 uses a grapefruit to show map distortion
Flat maps distort the spherical Earth. By how much, exactly? This 1947 film draws a world map on a grapefruit and unpeels it in various ways to show how the land masses' sizes and shapes change when they get projected on a flat surface.Even if you use a globe, you can't real...
Short documentary about why championship chess sets are so expensive
When the narrator says "less than 10 people are entrusted to carve the knights for world championship sets", one's mind may wander to the fact that chess authorities are among the most blatantly corrupt sporting bodies on Earth, so perhaps something hinky is at hand. But if ...
Have you met one of your unrelated identical twins?
Experts estimate you have about half a dozen unrelated "twins" roaming the earth. Origin profiled a few who met each other.Ever wondered if there's someone out there who looks exactly like you? Well, statistically, it is estimated that for every face there are 7 doppelganger...
Tiny corpse-hands reaching from the earth turn out to be armadillo legs
When you see skeletal hands reaching up through the earth, is it wise to poke them with your bare fingers to see if anything happens? Is a corpse? from Unexpected Fortunately, it's just a sleeping armadillo, happy to return to its ground cover after being disturbed, and not ...
This video helps you envision very large numbers
This video starts by helping you visualize 1 million. A thick book has about 1 million alphanumeric characters. It moves to 1 billion — it would take 32 years to count to 1 billion. A trillion bacteria can fit in a single cube of sugar. About 1 quadrillion ants live on earth...
This video shows that "natural" produce is anything but natural
"Most of the foods found in the grocery store at one point were much smaller, bitter, sour or unpalatable," says the host of the Earth Titan YouTube channel. In this video he compares supermarket produce with the wild ancestors they were cultivated from.Image: YouTube...