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Napoleon Wasn’t Short, Vikings Didn’t Wear Horned Helmets, and 3 More Historical Misconceptions

There’s nothing a history geek likes more than saying, “Actually, everything you think you know about [insert historical event here] is wrong. And here’s why.” In this four-minute video, C.G.P. Grey tackles five historical misconceptions, contrasting the commonly accepted stories with what the historical record actually shows. My favorite is his explanation of Napoleon [...]

What if the Presidential Election is a Tie?

(YouTube link) C.G.P. Grey explains the system in place for breaking an electoral college tie. It’s convoluted, of course, and may possibly return a result contrary to the wishes of the people. But this explanation also highlights one of the many reasons that it’s as important to vote for your preferred senators and representatives as the [...]

The Secret City of London: Government

A while back, Miss C told us about a video clip by C.G.P. Grey that explains the most complicated political entity in the world: The City of London. No, not London, the capital of England. [...]

The “City of London” Lives Inside a Larger City Named London

As an American, my knowledge of London is pretty limited — you know, big city, Big Ben, big Olympics, yeah, I get it. But it came as quite a surprise to learn that there is another London inside of London. In this video, serial mindblower C.G.P. Grey explains how the City of London is a [...]

8 Bogus Ideas About Animals

Do lemmings really jump off cliffs? Are “daddy longlegs” the deadliest spiders, but with fangs too small to hurt you? Do dogs only see in black-and-white? In this fun and educational video, truthwizard C.G.P Grey busts these and five other longstanding myths and misconceptions about our cuddly (and creepy-but-non-deadly) animal friends. [...]

The Perverse History of Copyright

In this short video, explainmaestro C.G.P Grey explores the history of copyright, using the only slightly less alarming headline Copyright: Forever Less One Day (there’s also a transcript at that page). Copyright is an important system; it underlies much of the commerce I do every day. And its current implementation is basically cuckoo bananas, [...]

On Canada’s No-More-Pennies Policy

We’ve covered the problems with pennies before. In exciting news for the anti-penny lobby, the good people of Canada formally decided to abolish the penny by stopping production, joining a growing list of countries doing away with this ultra-low-denomination coin. Existing pennies will still be accepted for purchases but the supply of pennies [...]

8 Animal Misconceptions

(YouTube link) C.G.P. Grey busts some myths you may have heard about animals. He goes pretty fast, so in case you want to check the facts more slowly, the script is available at his site. Link -via The Daily What

10 Misconceptions Rundown

(YouTube link) C.G.P. Grey gives us ten more reasons we take anything we see on the internet with a grain of salt. You can always look for more information.  -via reddit

2012 & The End Of The World

(YouTube link) Some people still think the world will end in 2012, because that’s where the Maya calendar ends. C.G.P. Grey explains how that strange idea came about. An even simpler explanation came from Dan Pirraro a couple of years ago. If this goes too fast for you, the script is at Grey’s website. Link -via [...]