Tom Scott

Welcome to Life: the singularity, ruined by lawyers
Published: 6 years ago
http://tomscott.com - Or: what you see when you die. If you liked this, you may also enjoy two novels that provided inspiration for it: Jim Munroe's Everyone in ...
The Grave of the Man Who Never Was: Operation Mincemeat
Published: 1 year ago
In a cemetery in Huelva, in Spain, is the grave of Major William Martin, of the British Royal Marines. Or rather, it's the grave of a man called Glyndwr Michael, who ...
Paternoster Lifts: Dangerous, Obsolete and Quite Fun (including over the top!)
Published: 2 years ago
http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - There aren't many paternoster lifts left in the world: they're inaccessible, tough to maintain and a bit more ...
Do The Numbers On Toaster Dials Mean Minutes?
Published: 3 years ago
http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - There's been a "Life Pro Tip" going around the internet lately saying that the numbers on toaster dials are actually ...
The Bizarre Plan to Drain the Mediterranean: Atlantropa
Published: 1 year ago
Herman Sörgel wanted to create the largest civil engineering project the world has ever seen: a colossal dam across the Strait of Gibraltar, lowering the ...
How The Rosetta Stone Unlocked Hieroglyphics
Published: 2 years ago
Thanks to the British Museum! Go help choose their first YouTube series: https://youtu.be/luXVd6M-wQM The Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous ...
Why Sci-Fi Alien Planets Look The Same: Hollywood's Thirty-Mile Zone
Published: 1 year ago
There's a reason that a lot of planets in American science fiction look the same: they're all filmed in the same places. But why those particular locations?
The Man Who Set Up His Own Toll Road, Without Permission
Published: 3 years ago
http://tomscott.com - @tomscott - Welcome to the Kelston Toll Road: Fed up with a 14-mile diversion caused by a landslip, businessman Mike Watts has taken a ...
Crash Blossoms and Being Drunk: Ambiguity
Published: 2 years ago
One comma can make a lot of difference. Language is ambiguous -- but in some very specific ways. Here's how. Written with GRETCHEN MCCULLOCH: ...
The Centuries-Old Debt That's Still Paying Interest
Published: 8 months ago
In the archives of Yale University, there's a 367-year-old bond from the water authority of Lekdijk Bovendams, in the Netherlands. And it's still paying interest.
Danger: Humans
Published: 4 years ago
http://tomscott.com - @tomscott - A message from the Interstellar Safety Council. What if the rest of the universe wasn't built on "survival of the fittest"? The post ...
Why Snow and Confetti Ruin YouTube Video Quality
Published: 2 years ago
Your sports team wins. The confetti drops. And suddenly, the video quality falls apart. Why? Let's talk about interframe compression, bitrate, and unnecessary ...
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