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YouTube isn’t only a rabbit-hole of time-wasting videos. You can be having fun while learning something new. Check out these YouTube channels that make animated videos to explain, educate, and entertain.
No, this list doesn’t include old stalwarts like CGP Grey, ASAPScience, Minute Physics, or Wendover Productions. We want to talk about some of the less heralded channels that follow the “animation for explanation” format. And yet, they deliver something new which is just as interesting and fascinating as the YouTube bigwigs.
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Every Thursday, Half As Interesting releases a new video that packs a fascinating story into a tight five minutes. What’s awesome is that the channel isn’t dedicated to any broad topic, so you get astounding facts about a wide range of subjects.
The makers are the same people behind Wendover, so you’re assured of thorough research and thought-out arguments. For example, the featured video seeks to find out the longest drivable distance on Earth. They’re careful to lay out caveats, explain why certain routes aren’t possible, and then show you the longest possible connection. It’s a wild ride.
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Half As Interesting doesn’t rely as heavily on humor as stalwarts like CGP Grey do, but maybe that’s for the better. These bite-sized lessons are entertaining because of the subject matter and given their short duration, it’s fun to learn too.
Like Half As Interesting, Second Thought doesn’t focus on one subject. So you’ll learn about enough diverse subjects rooted in science and fact, like the loneliest place in the universe, or a secret Soviet death island, or how one man cheated death 600 times.
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Where it gets interesting is in exploring the unknown. Like some of the other great “what if” blogs and vlogs, Second Thought tries to answer the craziest hypothetical questions too. Videos include explorations into what happens after death, how to denuclearize...
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