Enhance Skills 

Why the US drinking age is 21

Why is the US drinking age 21? And how did it happen? In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the history of the somewhat unusual way the drinking age became 21. Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It brings you closer to our work and gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at After prohibition — the total…

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Enhance Skills 

Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

The people of Hong Kong are protesting in record-breaking numbers. Become a Video Lab member! Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers have taken to the streets to protest a controversial extradition bill that could send Hong Kong residents to mainland China to be tried in court. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the bill is meant to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a safe haven for fugitives. But its opponents fear that Hong Kong would be exposed to China’s flawed judicial system, which would lead to further erasure of the…

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Enhance Skills 

When white supremacists overthrew a government

The hidden history of an American coup. Join the Vox Video Lab for a behind-the-scenes look into Ranjani’s reporting process and to support future episodes of Missing Chapter: . Correction at 7:23: Cynthia’s ancestors lived in Wilmington, not her descendants. In November 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a mob of 2,000 white men expelled black and white political leaders, destroyed the property of the city’s black residents, and killed dozens–if not hundreds–of people. How did such a turn of events change the course of the city? For decades, the story…

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News & Politics 

The New Year’s Eve song, explained

The US associates “Auld Lang Syne” with the New Year, but not everyone does. Join the Vox Video Lab! https://www.vox.com/join After the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the crowd cheers, couples kiss, confetti flies and the song you hear is “Auld Lang Syne.” For Americans this song is associated with another year passing, but it means something else entirely in other cultures. Since the Scottish poet Robert Burns first published the words to the song in the 18th century, the melody has been adapted as a…

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Education 

Cities at Sea: How Aircraft Carriers Work

Sign up for free at http://Brilliant.org/Wendover The first 200 to use that link will also get 20% off their annual premium subscription Subscribe to Half as Interesting (The other channel from Wendover Productions): https://www.youtube.com/halfasinteresting Get the Wendover Productions t-shirt: https://standard.tv/collections/wendover-productions/products/wendover-productions-shirt Check out my personal channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDA1X6RrhzZQOHOGvC3KsWg Support Wendover Productions on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wendoverproductions Youtube: http://www.YouTube.com/WendoverProductions Instagram: http://Instagram.com/Wendover.Productions Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/WendoverPro Email: sam@wendover.productions Reddit: http://Reddit.com/r/WendoverProductions References: [1] https://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2011/10/18/how-many-people-live-near-the [2] https://web.archive.org/web/20180906195559/http://www.nvr.navy.mil/SHIPDETAILS/SHIPSDETAIL_CVN_68_5151.HTML [3] https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/cdg-design.htm; http://www.parisaeroport.fr/docs/default-source/groupe-fichiers/presse/cp_janvier-mars-2017/fr-cp-trafic-decembre-2016.pdf?sfvrsn=2 [4] https://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/carriers/powerhouse/cvbg.asp [5] https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-the-worlds-first-nuclear-powered-aircraft-carrier-19491 [6] https://web.archive.org/web/20120119091625/http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/The-Fleet/Ships/Future-Ships/Queen-Elizabeth-Class/Facts-and-Figures [7] https://nimitznews.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/sail-mail-the-nimitz-post-office/ [8] https://www.embraercommercialaviation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Embraer_spec_145_web.pdf [9] https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/step-aboard-nimitz-class-aircraft-carrier-reason-why-us-navy-unstoppable-25356 [10] https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a24409627/aircraft-carrier-obsolete/ Animation by Josh Sherrington and Jorrit…

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News & Politics 

Why monks had that haircut

There was a lot of thought behind the style — and controversy. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO What was the deal with that monk haircut? In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the history and controversy behind the style. Known as “tonsure,” the typical monk hairstyle has many variations throughout religions. The particular hairstyle worn by Christian monks has its own variations and controversies as well. Three different types of tonsure were popular: a coronal tonsure, a Pauline tonsure, and a third Celtic tonsure that came to represent…

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News & Politics 

How IKEA gets you to impulsively buy more

IKEA has mastered the “Gruen effect.” Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Researchers estimate that 50 percent of purchases are unplanned. These purchases, especially impulse buys, present an opportunity for retailers who can entice consumers to deviate from their shopping lists. One of the most effective ways to influence this is through a store’s architecture. In the 20th century, the architect Victor Gruen, who pioneered the first American shopping malls, used light and space to dramatically stage goods in storefront windows. His designs were meant to capture the attention of passersby…

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News & Politics 

Why the Marvel Cinematic Universe feels empty

What makes a fictional universe good? In this requested episode of Overrated, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the past and present of fictional universes to try to figure it out. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Want to read more? Check out Sean Howe’s book about Marvel: https://www.amazon.com/Marvel-Comics-Untold-Sean-Howe/dp/0061992119 And explore Tommy’s Universe: The Master List Fictional universes and crossovers have been around long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Green Hornet radio show had a crossover with the Lone Ranger that kicked off the trend. In comics, the Marvel Universe started long…

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Enhance Skills 

How Jackson Pollock became so overrated

There’s an overlooked reason for Pollock’s fame. Even if you love him, you might not know the name of the man who made him famous. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Jackson Pollock is one of the 20th century’s most famous artists. But do you know the critic who made his reputation? Clement Greenberg is a well-known name in the art world, but not necessarily to art fans. However, he earned a reputation as one of the most influential art critics in the 20th century, whose legacy included the canonization of…

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