Meet the enormous boats that carry your stuff

Meet the enormous boats that carry your stuff


This is the Empire State Building. With 102
floors, it’s one of the tallest buildings in the US. But it’s 4 floors shorter than the MSC Oscar.
Which isn’t a building, but a boat: The largest container ship in the world. Launched in January 2015, the MSC Oscar is nearly the size of four football fields laid end-to-end. It has a draft of 16 meters, which means that
if you were to stand at the bottom of the ship, you’d be 5 stories underwater. It’s one of 5000 container ships crossing
the world’s oceans, carrying the vast majority of products you buy and the parts those products
were made from. These ships are the engine of the global economy, but 60 years ago, they
didn’t even exist. How did all this happen? For hundreds of years,
shipping was a bit of a nightmare. Goods had to be unloaded into storage at ports, then individually packed onto ships and unpacked afterwards. This process was painfully slow and expensive, and it left items vulnerable to damage and theft. In 1956, Malcom McLean, an American trucking
executive, proved that you could save time and money by loading truck containers directly
onto ships. On the other side they’d be put back onto trucks or trains, and reach their
destination without ever being opened. McLean later got the government on board by
using containerized service to help the military provide supplies for the Vietnam War. “Some of the more notable innovations in solving the logistical problems in Vietnam have been in the field of containerization” After the industry recognized how efficient
container shipping was, the use of container ships exploded. International standardization was the key. The unit of measurement is TEU, or twenty-foot equivalent. Most containers used today are
twice as long. Shippers quickly realized that the larger
the boat, the cheaper the shipping price per container. So the size of the largest ships has
grown exponentially. In 1999, a shipping executive predicted an
eventual ceiling of 12,000 TEU. But the MSC Oscar has a capacity of over 19,000. To accommodate these huge ships, ports have
been rebuilt, with vast yards to store the containers and huge cranes to load and unload
them simultaneously, in a specific order. Today’s biggest ships are so huge that they
can’t actually fit through the Panama canal or dock at any American port. They’re used
mostly for shipping between Europe and Asia. It’s hard to overstate how much all this has
transformed the world economy. After containerization, global trade in merchandise
soared while insurance costs and inventories decreased. Jobs at ports and in factories in the U.S.
dropped while consumers gained access to a greater variety of products at a lower price. As a result, products we buy can be made with parts from several different countries, by people on the other side of the world. And it’s hard to imagine any of this happening
without someone first deciding to put the stuff in a box and put the box on a boat.

97 thoughts on “Meet the enormous boats that carry your stuff

  • July 17, 2019 at 11:12 am
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    0:39 song name?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Just looking at those wooden pallets holding the ship is giving me anxiety

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  • July 19, 2019 at 9:20 am
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    so we just not gonna talk about that thumbnail?

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    That boat is he

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    No one really think the ship look arousing ?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 5:08 am
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    Dude I thought that thumnail was a giant hot dog

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  • July 20, 2019 at 6:20 am
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    And it still fits for Panama Canal?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    Is no one going to talk about the tip of the boat

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    That’s a big floating hot dog on the bottom

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  • July 20, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    M. m Maersk is now bigger lol

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    It's called a ship

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  • July 21, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    Is anybody else as tired of seeing those little white banners across the top of the screen as I am ? 😣

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  • July 21, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    What if we destroy all the 5000 ships?

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  • July 21, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    0:53

    He died the year I was born.

    People has lived before me.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm
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    Quality content..in less time…no waste of time like many other channels

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  • July 22, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    Im grateful to be a Naval pilot and be able to be in charge of those ships. Its awesome

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  • July 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm
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    ship not boat

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  • July 22, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    One time there was one of those things barrelling towards me in Miami. It was like 50 metres away and I almost finna died

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  • July 23, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    Just wonder how much money lost if the ship faces catastrophic accident in the mid of ocean

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  • July 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    Msc Gulsun 23k TEU! Just launched

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  • July 23, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    the teamsters and longshoremen were really howling when Graceline was the first to use these container ships in the West. now they don't even land here. be careful what you wish for~

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  • July 23, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    If the ships are so big how come they fit on my screen?

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  • July 24, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    economy at the expense of nature humanity at its best.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    did that ship have one of the muffled propellers poor whales can barely communicate nowadays over so much boat noise

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  • July 25, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    …."the engine of the global economy"….

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  • July 25, 2019 at 7:55 am
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    Who thought that was a giant sausage in the thumbnail

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  • July 26, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Ini siapa ? Pelernya siapa itu?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 8:41 am
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    Palletization

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  • July 29, 2019 at 1:27 am
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    Ayeee my name in the thumbnail

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  • July 29, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    i thought the thumbnail said humans for sale

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  • August 1, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    Maybe there can be a more condensed version of this world changing subject in the near future? 2.3 minutes becomes old and stale after the 120 second point.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 4:43 am
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    I want to see this under a hydraulic press

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  • August 2, 2019 at 9:16 am
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    Thanks for carrying my pens

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  • August 2, 2019 at 9:41 am
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    Hong kong

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  • August 2, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    Please don't call a ship a boat…

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    He’s the man who invented it is was my grandfather

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  • August 2, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    What's the song from 0:39 to 1:11 called?

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  • August 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    The thumbnail just look perfect you know

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  • August 3, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    Why do large boats have a 'Willy ' theese days

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    just because the t-shirt is $1 does not mean you should but it. Please, don't buy it unless it was locally made.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    Yeah, I'll give you 200 for that.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    It’s a ship not a boat

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  • August 9, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    We need banana for scale

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    This is scary

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    Ship not a boat…

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    I love watching those videos where the ship is in rough waters and drops some of those containers

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    STOP CALLING THEM BOATS, OR I'LL START CALLING YOUR SKYSCRAPERS "SHACKS"

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:50 am
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    i work stowing this ships, sometimes they are normal sized but other times they are so big that is ridiculous

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    Stick to this type of news, not politics 👌🏽 Thanks!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    I don’t feel like I actually learned much about the actual boat but about more about shipping containers.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    2 A.M in the morning:
    YouTube: Do you wanna see how small humans are comparing to the boat carrying your stuff 🧐?
    Me:No … Ahh actually yes.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    I thought the thumbnail was a giant sausage.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    0:08 I actually climbed up there in Spiderman

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Why do Americans have to measure EVERYTHING in football fields

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    Why don’t the biggest cargo ships come to the US?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    This video has been recommended to me for the past year

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    Amazing how a tugboat can pull them boats

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    Am I watching this in 2x speed

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    I have a friend in Miami, his grandfather was in India with his dad who worked at a shipping yard in India shipping products to America and unloading products when he was under 5 years old..he went to hide on ship and it left for America and he was found then..nobody knew who his family was and he stayed in America his whole life.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    Wait is titanic bigger than that historical Ship?

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    Bottom of the ship lookin like a sausage

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  • August 25, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    Great video ! And I understand that we will in a fast world, but please, slow down what you're narrating during a video:)

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  • August 26, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    I wonder if ships were designed by women if they would be shaped differently. LOL

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  • August 26, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    How to fix that? provide a third party website which exposes ratings and reviews for airlines. Then people will finally start selecting the airlines based on both price and rating instead of just the price. Like people already do for accomodation

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    It took me 2 minutes to realize that was a boat in the thumbnail

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  • August 27, 2019 at 7:01 am
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    i like that massive sausage

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    I'm getting a custom iPad so that's cool I know where it comes from

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  • August 28, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    Whoa that is a huge boat

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    It has a boatner

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  • August 28, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Dang ur mom still wont fit in that boat…

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    Youtube mesurements:
    African elephant
    Football field
    Human
    Empire state building
    Blue whale

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  • August 29, 2019 at 9:45 am
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    I'm sorry but ship penises.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    The Empire State Building is 443m not 381m that’s a huge difference

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  • August 30, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    That Thumbnail got me

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  • August 31, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    That’s bigger than a football field

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  • September 1, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    The thumbnail looks like a sausage

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  • September 2, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    You can't be American if you don't measure with foot ball fields.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    I thought the thumbnail said ”human for sale”

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  • September 2, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    I'd have MAJOR anxiety standing next to that

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  • September 3, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    Giant ship used for international shipping are called Row Rows

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  • September 4, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    Can it carry Mrs Lacefield

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    imagine ur mama as big as that thing.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    actually containers are the building blocks of current human society.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    thank u

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  • September 8, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Your device how you are watching this right now is shipped by these vechiles

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  • September 9, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    I, too, watched season 2 of The Wire.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    Who read the thumb nail like “human for sale”

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  • September 10, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Im here for the scale and then this guy starts talking about containers..

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  • September 10, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    Step 1: cut a hole in a box

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  • September 11, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    I tought a boat was gonna carry a huge hot dog in the thumbnail

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    They lied to us, you should not think outside the box.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    "containerization" 😐

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    That tittle tho

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  • September 23, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    Their ships not boats

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  • September 24, 2019 at 1:25 am
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    Hey! They used Austin's music… "Dear Vox…"

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