Vsauce

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Vsauce
Vsauce logo.jpg
Presentation
Hosting
  • Michael Stevens
  • Kevin Lieber
  • Jake Roper
Genre Educational / Informational
Language English
Publication
Debut 24 June 2010; 3 years ago (2010-06-24)
Website www.youtube.com/vsauce

Vsauce comprises a number of YouTube channels created by Internet personality Michael Stevens.[1] The channels are known for producing videos relating to various scientific topics, as well as gaming, technology, culture, and other topics of general interest.[2][3][4][5][6]

History[edit]

On July 30, 2007, the Vsauce username was registered on YouTube, by an unknown person who never used the account. On June 24, 2010, Michael Stevens launched the main Vsauce channel.[7] Initially, the channel's programming focused on video games and featured a number of different hosts.[8] However, certain segments such as "IMG!" slowly took over and Michael Stevens became the sole host. The channel then graduated to a mix of information and online activities, and solely educational segments popped up. The educational segments became more popular, and since September 9, 2012, only the solely educational segment (known as DOT) has been presented.[9] According to episode #18 of "LÜT" on the original Vsauce channel, the name "Vsauce" was generated using the fake website generator portion of www.fakenamegenerator.com, after he generated the fake website "Vsauce.com" he registered it, and started making videos.[10]

In December 2010, the Vsauce2 (on December 7), and Vsauce3 (on December 24) channels were opened.[11][12] On July 25, 2012, the WeSauce channel was opened.[13]

Vsauce was one of the fastest growing channels during September 2012.[14] During September 2012, the main Vsauce channel reached 1 million subscribers.[15][16] In the same month, Bill Nye appeared in one of the main channel's videos, which focused on the joke, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"[17]

Stevens details in the video A Defense of Comic Sans that the text font Alsina is used by the Vsauce channels because of the close resemblance it has to the handwriting of Nik Guinta, the creator of the Vsauce logo.[18]

Statistics[edit]

Channel statistics as of April 9, 2014.

Channel Subscribers Views Ref.
Vsauce 7,102,264

Vsauce

595,592,272 [7]
Vsauce2 2,704,967 340,294,582 [11]
Vsauce3 1,741,602 119,233,978 [12]
Vsauce Leanback 64,132 13,617,032 [19]
WeSauce 115,393 2,100,214 [13]
Vsauce Radio 3,117 N/A [20]
TOTAL 11,696,688 1,070,838,078

Channels[edit]

The main Vsauce channel is hosted by the founder, Michael Stevens, and dedicated for a mix of philosophical and scientific questions about the universe and its contents (including humans). It questions things such as "Is anything real?", "What if everyone jumped at once?" or "How big can a human get?"[21][22]

Stevens has stated he researches on Wikipedia and academic papers to find information for his videos.[23]

Videos of Vsauce have been featured on several online news publications,[24][25] such as the Huffington Post,[26][27] CBS,[28][29] and Gizmodo.[2][30][31][32]

Vsauce2[edit]

Vsauce2[33] is a channel that has 6 recurring segments, that cover unusual knowledge and technology.[34] The six segments include: MindBlow, FAK, BiDiPi, WAC, 54321, and BOAT. Vsauce2 also includes The Vsauce2 Leanback. Kevin Lieber is the main host of the Vsauce2 channel.[35]

MindBlow is a segment where Lieber showcases current inventions that are useful, of significant value to society, or are simply humorous. FAK (which stands for Facts And Knowledge) is a segment about trivia. BiDiPi (which stands for Build it, Draw it, Play it) is a segment where things that were built and drawn by people from all around the world including Vsauce fans are submitted to Vsauce and the best ones are showcased on the show. 54321 is a segment where Kevin covers four topics, each having one, two, three, or four things related to each other according to order shown, giving a short summary of each, and then ending with five word problems or riddles. WAC (Weird Awesome Crazy) is a segment that focuses on people who participate in unusual activities from around the world.[36] BOAT stands for Best Of All Time, a segment in which Kevin presents lists of, as the segment name implies, the best word plays, best flash mobs, best pranks, etc.[37]

Vsauce2 also created an April Fools joke segment called PAB, (which stands for People Are Boring), in which Kevin treated normal, everyday events like they were unusual.

Vsauce3[edit]

Vsauce3[38] is a channel that is dedicated to fictional worlds, as well as video games.[34][39] There are currently 6 recurring segments: HeadShot, Game LÜT, DONG, App All Knight, 9bit, and Fact Surgery. This channel is hosted by Jake Roper, although some videos feature Joey from another channel called Clan of the Grey Wolf.

HeadShot is a segment that discusses video games and how they are connected to real life, and the science that is in these games. Game LÜT displays merchandise pertaining to video games. DONG, which stands for (Things to) Do Online Now, Guys, demonstrates many interesting webpages from around the Internet. App All Knight talks about new apps that can be bought on the App Store or Google Play. 9bit details facts about video games. Fact Surgery dis-assembles a video game system as trivia about said system is shown.

A Vsauce3 video detailing the real-life costs of Call of Duty warfare was featured in an online Kotaku publication.[40]

WeSauce[edit]

WeSauce[41] is a channel that shows off works from the fans of the Vsauce channels. The channel features the "Your BiDiPi" segment.

Music[edit]

With the exception of BiDiPi and some of Vsauce's older videos, the music has always been composed by Jake Chudnow.[42] Chudnow should not be confused with the host of Vsauce3.

All three channels use his music in their videos. One of the most recognizable pieces of his music is Moon Men, it's used in the original Vsauce channel and is often played whenever Michael Stevens asks a question to the audience. Other pieces of music used in the main channel are "It's Good To Be D" and "145 (poodles)" and are often played when the audience are encouraged to think. "Flan", "Rainstorms and Rainbows (I Am the Hero)" and "Going Down" are common songs played at the closing of videos. "Meet Men and Party (All Night)" and "Banana" are also often used in Vsauce 2 & 3.

Collaborations and other appearances[edit]

Vsauce has collaborated with Henry Reich of Minute Physics on two videos: Guns in Space[30] and What if the Earth were Hollow?.[43] Vsauce has also collaborated with Periodic Videos[44][45] and Sixty Symbols,[23] chemistry based channels both created by the video journalist Brady Haran. As aforementioned, Bill Nye appeared on a Vsauce video in September 2012.[17] On February 28, 2013, Michael Stevens appeared on James May's "Head Squeeze" YouTube Channel.[46] Stevens has also joined Truthloader in a live Google hangout with Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows, Jay Famiglietti, Steve Mould, and UNEP's Nick Nuttall in which they discussed the issue of overpopulation. Stevens also spoke about the main Vsauce channel and topics he presents on the channel during a TEDTalk at TEDActive 2013.[47] Stevens has also appeared on The Mythical Show With Rhett And Link where he was asked random questions by Rhett and Link.[48] He also has appeared in a few Barely Political videos, and is well recognised as the Bearded Nun.[49] Michael Stevens also made an appearance in Travel Channel's "America Declassified" for "The Quiet Zone" episode. [50]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Eric Limer (September 30, 2012). "What Is the Hottest Temperature Anything Can Be?". Gizmodo. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Rocco Penn (August 19, 2012). "If everyone jumped at once, not much would happen". Techi. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Phil Plait (August 25, 2012). "Jump!". Discover Magazine. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Mark Russell (November 6, 2011). "How Much Does the Internet Weigh?". Newser. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sean Ludwig (July 22, 2012). "The spacebar is pressed 6M times a second & other crazy typing facts (video)". Venture Beat. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Vsauce about". Vsauce. YouTube. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
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  12. ^ a b "Vsauce3 about". Vsauce3. YouTube. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "WeSauce about". WeSauce. YouTube. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
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  16. ^ Simon Usborne (January 30, 2013). "How to explain absolutely anything: Academics pick apart mysteries of the cosmos on YouTube". The Independent. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Amanda Walgrove (September 17, 2012). "Vsauce And Bill Nye Dissect The Classic Joke, ‘Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?’". What's Trending. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ "'A Defense Of Comic Sans': Vsauce Gives History Of The World's Most Hated Font (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. February 13, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Vsauce Leanback about". Vsauce Leanback. YouTube. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Vsauce Radio about". Vsauce Radio. YouTube. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
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  23. ^ a b Brady Haran (March 2, 2013). "Meet Vsauce – Sixty Symbols". Sixty Symbols. YouTube. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ Daniel Hurwitz (April 16, 2013). "TV on the Web: Why are there limits on human size?". USA Today. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  25. ^ "The 5-second rule for dropped food is dangerously optimistic". MSN. December 2, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  26. ^ Jacqueline Howard (August 26, 2012). "What If Everyone On Earth Jumped At Same Time? (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  27. ^ "'A Defense Of Comic Sans': Vsauce Gives History Of The World's Most Hated Font (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. February 13, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  28. ^ Bailey Johnson (October 1, 2012). "How hot can it get?". CBS. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Watch: Why do humans have two nostrils?". SciTech. CBS. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  30. ^ a b Kyle Wagner (August 27, 2012). "Guns in Space, and How to Kill Our Sun". Gizmodo. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  31. ^ Eric Limer (November 10, 2012). "How Many Pictures Have Ever Been Taken?". Gizmodo. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  32. ^ Casey Chan (January 10, 2013). "The Science of Being in the Friend Zone". Gizmodo. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Vsauce2 channel". YouTube. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  34. ^ a b Dave Metzener (March 31, 2013). "Vsauce, Vsauce2 & Vsauce3 – YouTube Channels". Metzener. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  35. ^ "About". Julius Bloop. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  36. ^ Lieber, Kevin (January 27, 2013). "Unborn Baby Handshake – WAC #1". Vsauce2 (YouTube). Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  37. ^ Lieber, Kevi (December 28, 2010). "BEST Flash Mobs of ALL TIME – BOAT 1". Vsauce2 (YouTube). Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Vsauce3". Vsauce3. YouTube. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  39. ^ Dan Van Winkle (November 25, 2013). "Vsauce and a Stop Motion Animated PlayStation Bring You Six Awesome PlayStation Facts [Video]". Geekosystem. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  40. ^ Patricia Hernandez (April 15, 2013). "One Hour of Call of Duty Warfare In Real Life Sure Would Be Expensive". Kotaku. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  41. ^ "WeSauce". WeSauce. YouTube. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  42. ^ Michael Stevens (April 23, 2013). "How Much Money is There on Earth? (Chudnow's name appears in video's description)". Vsauce. YouTube. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  43. ^ Keith Shaw (August 27, 2012). "Science Monday: MinutePhysics teams with VSauce for a What-if-a-palooza". IT World. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  44. ^ "Vsauce Visit – The Periodic Table of Videos". Periodic Videos. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  45. ^ "Standard Weight (feat. Vsauce) – Periodic Table of Videos". Periodic Videos. YouTube. November 17, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  46. ^ "How Does Glue Work?". HeadsqueezeTV. YouTube. February 28, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  47. ^ Kate Torgovnick (April 24, 2013). "How much a video weighs and why the chicken crossed the road: 13 great questions from Vsauce creator Michael Stevens". TED-Ed. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  48. ^ "The Mythical Show Ep 12 (Vsauce, Key & Peele, KassemG, ChesterSee)". The Mythical Show. YouTube. July 11, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  49. ^ "YouTube Complaints!". Barley Political. YouTube. June 30, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  50. ^ "The Quiet Zone". Travel Channel. Travel Channel. November 3, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 

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