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Why Wuppertal’s Suspended Monorail Wasn’t The Future Of Travel

Why Wuppertal’s Suspended Monorail Wasn’t The Future Of Travel

There’s a reason that the old, retro-futuristic dreams of monorail travel didn’t come true. Nowadays, monorails are mostly known as attractions in theme parks, or short systems around airports, or as impractical, expensive boondoggles. Sydney, Australia, actually demolished theirs a… Continue Reading

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The Most Complex Borders in Europe: Why Do We Have Nations?

The Most Complex Borders in Europe: Why Do We Have Nations?

I am in Baarle-Hertog, which is in a bit of Belgium, inside the Netherlands. And if I cross this road, without being run over, I am now in Baarle-Nassau, which is in a bit of the Netherlands, inside a bit… Continue Reading

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The US Government’s $983 Freeze-Dried Urine

The US Government’s $983 Freeze-Dried Urine

This is a packet and bottle of freeze-dried urine, and the United States government will sell it to you for $983, plus shipping. Which is perhaps the strangest sentence I’ve ever started a video with, but it’s true. What’s even… Continue Reading

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Why The Government Shouldn’t Break WhatsApp

Why The Government Shouldn’t Break WhatsApp

There’s been a lot of talk about whether the British government will force companies like WhatsApp to introduce a backdoor into their encryption, so that the police and government can read your messages if they need to. As I record… Continue Reading

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Archimedes and a Boat Lift: the Falkirk Wheel

Archimedes and a Boat Lift: the Falkirk Wheel

This is the Falkirk Wheel, and it’s one of the greatest bits of modern industrial design in the world. On the top of that hill is the Union Canal, and down here is the Forth and Clyde Canal. And the… Continue Reading

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The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle

The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle

I’m not allowed to cross this road, because this is the town of Stanstead, Canada. On the other side of the street is Derby Line, USA and the border between the two countries runs right down this: Rue Canusa. For… Continue Reading