Misnomers

Misnomers


Hey Vsauce, Michael here. I’m sorry. Look, I didn’t name myself but
apparently Michael is the ninth most disliked baby name for a boy – according to a survey by BabyNameWizard.com At least it didn’t top the charts like the rhyming a ‘den’ names – Jayden, Brayden, Aiden. The most disliked name for a baby girl, by the way, was Nevaeh – ‘heaven’ backwards. Names can be more than just
controversial – they can also be just plain wrong, or misleading. MISNOMERS And I’m not talking about the daughter of Mr. Nomer. Over the summer I went to Singapore and I saw many many things. I saw an infinity pool, the world’s largest
column-less glass house, beautiful beautiful orchids, including the laboratories where scientists
genetically design custom orchids and very very humid air that condensed all over my cool glasses. But even after I cleaned my glasses off I didn’t see any Lions. In fact, it’s believed that no Lions have ever naturally lived in Singapore, even though Singapore comes from a Malay word for Lion City. It’s believed that in 1299 when Sang Nila Utama named Singapore, he mistakenly thought that a tiger he saw was a Lion. It’s a misnomer. But here is the biggest mystery of them all, did I really go to Singapore? I mean, look at these photos. That guy certainly looks like me but he’s not exactly like me. I have made a video about misnomers and that guy hasn’t. This photo was from May, and since May I have been to Australia, New Zealand. The guy in these photos has never been there. I am similar to that guy but he’s not exactly me. We can resolve this problem by realising that oranges are apples You see, in Old English the word ‘apple’ was used to describe apples, but also any fruit in general. For instance, dates were ‘finger apples’ and bananas were ‘apples of paradise’. Cucumber’s were ‘Earth apples’. In French the word for ‘apple’ acted similarly, giving us ‘Earth apple’ for the potato. In the Middle Ages the old French word for orange meant ‘apple of the orange tree’. And the Swedish word for orange still means ‘apple’ from China because Orange’s originated in the East. But this leads us to an even bigger
question: what came first orange, the fruit or orange, the colour? Well, the answer is neither. The tree came first. The word ‘orange’ comes from the Sanskrit
word for the tree that these fruits grow on. Before being introduced to these fruits the English-speaking
world called this colour not orange, but yellow-red. The first recorded use of the word
‘orange’ to refer to the colour, instead of the fruit, wasn’t until 1512. So the colour was named after the fruit, which was named after the tree that it came from. But what’s a fruit? Well, botanically a fruit is a part of a
flowering plant that disseminates seeds, like an apple or an orange or a lemon or a grape. In cooking, because they’re not sweet,
we tend to call things like wheat grains and bean pods vegetables, even though they are actually fruits. Vegetable is a culinary term for other
edible parts of a plant that aren’t fruit, like roots or leaves. Corn on the cob tastes like a vegetable but scientifically corn kernels are fruits, which means that corn on the cob is really just a bunch of fruits packed together. One of the veggies we put on our pizza is the mushroom. Of course, mushrooms aren’t really vegetables because they aren’t even plants. They’re fungi. Names can also be confusing because of Stigler’s Law – our tendency to name things not after who discovered them, or
originated them, but instead to simply honour someone else. Venn diagrams are cool. They were named after John Venn in the 1880s, although Leonhard Euler actually introduced them in 1768. And Avogadro’s Constant? Not actually discovered by Avogadro. He proposed that such a number could exist but it was a different guy who discovered the exact figure. Straight up misnomers are my favorite. French horns are not French Your Funny bone is not a bone; it’s a nerve. The Ulnar nerve. And this is not Big Ben. Nothing about this is officially called Big Ben. Its real name is The Elizabeth Tower. People often say that the bell inside is named Big Ben but even that’s not true. The main bell inside Elizabeth Tower is officially called The Great Bell. The Great Bell’s nickname is Big Ben and we have since applied that nickname for a bell to the entire tower. Kosher salt isn’t actually kosher, it’s just used to make things kosher, to draw blood out of meat. So really it should be called Koshering salt. The Rocky Mountain Oyster of course
is not seafood – it’s a fried bull testicle. Arabic Numerals are not Arabic, they were invented in India but introduced to Europe by Arab mathematicians. Haley’s comet is named after Edmund Hayley but had been witnessed by people at least as early as 240 BC. Peanuts are not nuts, they’re legumes, and coconuts are not nuts, they’re drupes – stone fruit, like cherries, apricots, peaches, etc. French fries, as they are especially known in America, are not from America but were probably named by
British and American soldiers during the First World War, who discovered
them where they were likely invented… Belgium. Now since French was the official language of the Belgian Army, the soldiers may have mistakenly thought
they were in France. Koala Bears are not bears, they just
kind of look like they are and egg plants don’t grow eggs. Eighteenth-century cultivators simply thought they kind of resembled eggs. Dry cleaning isn’t dry at all, it involves lots of wet liquids but just not water. And, silly guy, hamburgers are not
named after ham, the pork product, they’re named after
Hamburg, Germany. Probably because at Hamburg citizens who emigrated to the US and brought their minced beef patty, a
Hamburg steak with them. Guinea pigs are not pigs at all, they’re just similar looking to pigs – kind of. And Greenland isn’t green land at all, it’s believed
that about a thousand years ago Erik the Red named it Greenland hoping that
the name would trick settlers into coming over. We drive on parkways and park on driveways not because work makers want to confuse us but
because the park in parkways refers not to stopping a car but to the
nature parks parkways often run along. Skeuomorphs are design elements that today are merely ornamental, even though in the past originally they had a purpose. For instance, on a modern mobile phone the icon for phone call is shaped like an old phone. The icon for e-mail is shaped like an old snail mail envelope. Or, when you take a camera phone picture, you hear the sound of a mechanical shutter, even if your phone doesn’t have one that
makes that noise. Older cameras did, so the new ones do too. It’s a skeuomorph. Your own name is a kind of skeuomorph. Let’s call it a skeuonom. It was necessary at birth your parents gave it to you but before
they knew exactly what you would be like when you grew up. You have changed since you were born but your name has stayed the same. When we called it ‘The Moon’, we didn’t know that we would find other moons in the solar system. When you
were named no one knew how you would change, or what you would become, and you change frequently. You change many, many times over the course of your life. You learn things, you forget things, you meet people, you stop
talking to people. You experience things for the first time,
at a cellular level millions of times a second you change
costume, cells die and new ones are born. And, at the atomic level, with the
exception of non-living things, like tattoos and piercings, every five years pretty much every single atom in your
body is replaced. So to what degree is the future or past you, really you now. Robert M Martin puts this in a really cool perspective
in his book ‘There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book*’ “That person, who will have your name in the very far future, will be connected
only very tenuously to the present you. The person will remember very few of
your current experiences, will be psychologically quite different,
will have a body that resembles your present one only a bit, and contains almost none of the same matter. So it seems that this person is the
future you only to a small degree. In a way, in terms of memories and experiences in history, you have more in common with a
stranger today than you do with yourself 10 or 20
years ago.” Martin goes even further, saying why be afraid of death if the future you who dies will resemble
you today so little? Well, to that I say YOLO? Well, it’s probably more accurate
to say YOLOBLOMLMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAW- CHEOBOITOD. You only live once, but living once means
living many times, as a series of similar, but technically different people, who
know each other, but only in one direction, and who can help each other, but only in
the other direction. And as always, thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “Misnomers

  • December 31, 2019 at 7:52 am
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    Dude: Let's call this an apple of the orange tree!

    Person: What's an orange?

    Dude: Dunno

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  • December 31, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    apple from China

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  • December 31, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    Пришел сюда что бы понять шутку про мисномэр!

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  • December 31, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    Corn actually does taste like fruit. That's why it's called *sweetcorn*.

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  • December 31, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    instructions unclear, broke my ankle

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  • December 31, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    dont know much aout misnomers but i kjnow all about mysogyny

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  • December 31, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    Im number 7 for boys get bullied im hated more :p

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  • December 31, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    9 – Micheal
    10- Jackson
    MICHEAL VSAUCE IS MICHEAL JACKSON!?!?!

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  • January 1, 2020 at 12:52 am
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    That thumbnail still haunts my dreams

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  • January 1, 2020 at 8:58 am
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    Guinea rats wet cleaning and chocolate fries

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  • January 1, 2020 at 9:50 am
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    Wait so you telling me that in 5 yrs a different human is gonna be in my room, sleeping in my bed, eating my breakfast?

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  • January 1, 2020 at 7:23 pm
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    So, van I say Orange Orange orange
    (Orange-colour orange-fruit from orange-tree)

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  • January 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm
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    I love that people are still watching the same vsauce videos to this day because of how amazing they are

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  • January 1, 2020 at 8:45 pm
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    This one's one of my favorite vsauce videos (theyre all fucking amazing btw), just because of the sheer accuracy of its ending.
    YOLOBLOMLMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAWCHEOBOITOD (this)

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  • January 1, 2020 at 9:27 pm
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    btw michael is a completely different person from what he was when he released this video

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  • January 1, 2020 at 10:23 pm
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    Me: Be yourself!
    Michael:But that's not me…
    VSAUCE MUSIC INTENSIFIES

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  • January 2, 2020 at 3:52 am
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    When you’re names #4 on most hated girl name

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  • January 2, 2020 at 5:08 am
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    My mom had no idea. She wanted to arbitrarily name me after a boy friend, that she admired, but did did not marry, who was called Lawrence. The person she married, did not like that name. That is how I was called Jonathan. The person she married was a TV and stage actor. That is why she married him.

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  • January 2, 2020 at 6:01 am
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    Care to explain that thumbnail

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  • January 2, 2020 at 7:49 am
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    #YOLOBLOMLMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAWCHEOBOITOD

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  • January 2, 2020 at 8:55 am
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    How do I have the 3rd most disliked name if everyone hates it

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  • January 2, 2020 at 1:29 pm
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    #YOLOBLOMLMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAWCHEOBOITOD

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  • January 2, 2020 at 9:41 pm
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    The mouth in an anus uh ew

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  • January 2, 2020 at 11:57 pm
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    Ok stop youre hurting my Brain.

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  • January 3, 2020 at 1:03 am
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    My name is the 4th most hated boy name? ;-;

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  • January 3, 2020 at 2:16 am
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    so the original chickens came from chicken trees?

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  • January 3, 2020 at 3:17 am
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    Euler is pronounced Oiler

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  • January 3, 2020 at 3:47 am
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    6:52 easterEGG

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  • January 3, 2020 at 4:48 am
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    Oranges are apples okay

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  • January 3, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    2:18

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  • January 3, 2020 at 11:13 am
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    I always use mini theater when watching vsauce, he is CREEPY

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  • January 3, 2020 at 8:29 pm
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    Micheal, is your future body really a different person if your current cells remember it changing? Maybe you are actually becoming these new cells so that your true self never gets lost completely. Compared to you 1 year earlier or later, you're a different person, but have you really changed at all?

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  • January 4, 2020 at 1:41 am
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    MOUNTAIN CHICKEN

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  • January 4, 2020 at 6:25 am
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    i clicked because i absolutely despised the thumbnail

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  • January 4, 2020 at 4:23 pm
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    Oranges are apples

    Michael 2013

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  • January 4, 2020 at 4:39 pm
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    God damn, people really hate my name

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  • January 4, 2020 at 7:50 pm
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    life is a lie

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  • January 5, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    In other words… your life is a lie. Get used to it😂

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  • January 5, 2020 at 6:21 am
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    Oh god

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  • January 5, 2020 at 12:12 pm
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    So that means that I won't die, future me will.

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  • January 5, 2020 at 12:28 pm
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    My Japanese classmate tells me smartphones there are required by law to make a noise when taking a picture, to deter people from taking unsolicited or inappropriate pictures. Is that a repurposed skeuomorph or is there a different name for such a thing?

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  • January 5, 2020 at 8:07 pm
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    Ur not alone my first is Tristan and middle Jayden

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  • January 5, 2020 at 8:13 pm
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    5th most hated name

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  • January 6, 2020 at 6:08 am
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    I watch Vsauce to get answers, but I end up leaving with more questions.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 7:15 am
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    i feel bad for jaiden

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  • January 6, 2020 at 11:39 am
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    In Russian orange is also written and pronounced apelsin.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 12:04 pm
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    #YOLOBLOMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAWCHEOBOITOD

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  • January 6, 2020 at 5:56 pm
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    And remember everyone,
    YOLOBLOMLMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAWCHEOBOITOD

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  • January 6, 2020 at 11:34 pm
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    #yoloblomlmtaasosbtdpwkeoboiodawcheoboitod

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  • January 7, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    Bro take down your tabs!!

    2:52

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  • January 7, 2020 at 2:32 am
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    9. Micheal
    10. Jackson
    I just came back from the spooky coincidences video
    Coincidence, I think Not!

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  • January 7, 2020 at 3:23 am
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    Micheal Jackson’s name is on that list

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  • January 7, 2020 at 10:14 am
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    bruh i m named adian and I have the life skills of a baby, i guess this explains why no one likes me

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  • January 7, 2020 at 3:53 pm
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    Now in french we say orange

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  • January 7, 2020 at 8:18 pm
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    Sir, sir, I only asked what your name is

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  • January 7, 2020 at 9:12 pm
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    0:12 Michael Jackson would be fuming

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  • January 7, 2020 at 9:52 pm
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    I work in a bakery with cake decorating. Ive seen this a few times –> Forest : Sssst

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  • January 7, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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    Nobody:

    18th century cultivators: oh yeah, this large, big, black plant that grows from the ground surely resembles a little round yellow egg that comes out of my chicken, so let's name it eggplant.

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  • January 8, 2020 at 4:01 am
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    My Middle name is the 5th most disliked name why!!!😡

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  • January 8, 2020 at 4:15 am
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    Hey michael you missed th second w

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  • January 8, 2020 at 6:24 am
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    When I was small, I heard that the moons actual name was something like Selene

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  • January 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm
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    This guy is rich af …
    He did that from YouTube ?

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  • January 9, 2020 at 12:53 am
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    When Michael is talking about “skeuomorphs” he says that cameras on phones make a clicking aperture noise, phone cameras don’t do that anymore. Strange how 6 years can change so much, which is funny because that’s pretty much what this video is about: mistakes.

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  • January 9, 2020 at 2:14 am
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    Michael- 1:01
    Me- WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU SO CUTE HOSER.

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  • January 9, 2020 at 2:53 am
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    subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1V1qywk297KBSP7dkbB9Gg

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  • January 9, 2020 at 2:59 am
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    I love how VSauce can swap topics on a dime. One moment it’s orange trees, skip ahead and you get bull testicles.

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  • January 9, 2020 at 3:23 am
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    my name is aiden 🙁

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  • January 9, 2020 at 3:47 am
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    George Carlin reference there.

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  • January 9, 2020 at 4:57 am
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    Who else liked the
    the video?
    ;—;

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  • January 9, 2020 at 6:27 am
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    Welcome to Singapore, where its so hot you can cook MRE rations by putting it out in the sun for 30 minutes.

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  • January 9, 2020 at 7:19 am
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    popcorn is a fruit

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  • January 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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    Lettuce

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  • January 9, 2020 at 4:07 pm
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    The end part about 2 people only being able to help each other in reverse order really reminded me of Doctor Who and River Song. Meeting each other in reverse order, one always knowing whats ahead for the other, and the other being the naive version that the older one used to know.

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  • January 9, 2020 at 8:06 pm
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    #YOLOBLOMLMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAWCHEOBOITOD

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  • January 10, 2020 at 3:53 am
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    Veal sweetbreads is also a misnomer. It’s a pancreas

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  • January 10, 2020 at 4:59 am
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    YOULER

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  • January 10, 2020 at 5:21 am
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    "We all change, when you think about it. We're all different people, all through our lives. And that's okay, that's good. You gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people you used to be." -11th Doctor

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  • January 11, 2020 at 3:36 am
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    The best!

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  • January 11, 2020 at 8:52 am
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    lol

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  • January 11, 2020 at 12:40 pm
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    I died when he said May lay word

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  • January 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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    2:51 wtf are those tabs?

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  • January 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm
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    I've changed my body three times.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:21 am
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    Singapore?
    Marina Bay Sands Infinity pool?
    The world's largest column-less glass house? (Gardens by the bay flower dome)
    Much more indeed….

    been there done that

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  • January 12, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    0001

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  • January 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm
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    In German, oranges used to be called "Apfelsine" – "Apfel" meaning apple, and the particle "-sine" probably stemming from china (i.e. sinology). Just realized this – the more you know.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 11:01 pm
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    Wait… did you pronounce Euler as “yooler”? Irony 😂

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  • January 14, 2020 at 11:30 pm
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    My name is hayden

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  • January 15, 2020 at 1:33 am
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    0:00 – 0:05 i thought he was choking at first

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  • January 15, 2020 at 2:53 am
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    2:00 goddammit Michael I don't need this kind of existential crisis

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  • January 15, 2020 at 11:29 pm
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    5:57 bookmark

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  • January 15, 2020 at 11:36 pm
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    How is the name James not on there wtf

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  • January 16, 2020 at 12:29 am
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    Do vegetables have fruits? Comment if you know what I mean

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  • January 16, 2020 at 2:25 am
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    Fried bull testicle got me so much

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  • January 16, 2020 at 8:23 am
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    9: Michael
    10: Jackson
    hmmm..

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  • January 16, 2020 at 10:23 am
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    My sisters name is neveah

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  • January 16, 2020 at 7:53 pm
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    wait I have an annoying cousin named jayden

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  • January 17, 2020 at 7:28 am
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    #YOLOBLOMLMTAASOSBTDPWKEOBOIODAWCHEOBOITOD

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