Take a Trip Through Space!

Published by Darron Toy on

Hello, I’m Hank and I talk about how things
work for my job. When I do this, I use a lot of big words . Sometimes I have to, but other
times I think maybe we only do that to sound like we know lots of things. Randall Munroe of XKCD has written a whole
book explaining how things work using only the ten hundred most used words. I really
like that book, and so we thought maybe we could do the same thing. So here is a look at our star area, using
only the ten hundred most used words in our language. Our world is big and great, but it is only
one of a lot of worlds that go around the sun. The sun is a star, like all of the other
stars you see at night, but much closer up. The sun is the biggest thing near us. Next
to the sun, our world looks tiny. We are close to the sun, but not the closest.
Closest is a small but heavy world. The sun’s power pushed all of the not heavy stuff away
from this world, so only the heavy stuff remained. The side that is facing the sun is always
very hot, but because there is very little air the dark side cools off very fast at night. Second is the hot sky world. It’s a lot like
our world but it’s very hot. One reason it’s hot is because it’s closer to the sun. But
it is also hot because it has a really thick sky that warms it like it’s wearing lots of
shirts. This world is so hot that if you landed there you would be on fire. It can be even
hotter than the heavy rock world. Next is our world, which you know all about.
Our world has a moon, which are worlds that go around other worlds that go around a star.
Our moon was probably made when a world slammed into our world a very long time ago. Even further out is the Red World. The red
world is my second favorite after our world because it had water like our world when it
was very young. It is cold and dry now, and all of the water is ice. But because it once
had water, we think maybe it could have once had life on it. Next we have a large area of small worlds
that some might just call big rocks. Only one or two of these worlds are big enough
to even be round, we just sent a space boat to one for the first time, which was exciting. After that are the Big Worlds. This is where
most of the air went when the sun pushed all the light stuff out of the inside of our star
area. These big worlds are made of almost all air. The first one is the biggest world,
which has a storm so big that our whole world could fit in it. The big world has lots of
amazing moons like the ice water moon which is warm on the inside, and so things might
be able to live there. The Ring World is the next air world, it’s
a lot of people’s favorite world because it’s so pretty. It also has an ice moon, and a
lot of other really cool moons. The rings are very bright, even if they aren’t very
thick. There are two more air worlds, they are smaller
and have more kinds of air, including the kind of air that we pull out of the ground
here to warm our houses. That kind of air makes them more blue. The closer of these
worlds rolls on its side around the sun instead of spinning like all of the other worlds.
We don’t really know why, but we think maybe some other worlds hit it when it was young
and turned it to its side. After the air worlds are the cold dark worlds.
These are small, but many and made of ice and rock. We just sent our first space boat
to one of these, and it was pretty much the best day this year. The pictures are very
good. Worlds like these go around the sun very slowly in a big wide ring. Even farther out there are a lot of small
ice worlds that sometimes get pushed into our area and, as they get close to the sun
the ice burns off which we can see in the sky. We also just sent our first space boat
to one of those, which is another reason why this year was great. The final reason this year is great is that,
as of today, this book, “Thing Explainer” is a thing you can buy at all of the places
where you would think to buy books. Thank you to the book making people for paying us
to make this. And thank you for watching this moving picture
thing, we hope you watch more of them soon!


Martin Alejandrez · December 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

What a difference it makes by using limited vocabulary. It sounded terrible.

Huntsmen Entertainment · December 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

You sound stupid

Jim E · December 30, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Cool, maybe next time we can just have subtitles with abbreviated SMS text script to dumb it down even more.  I'm sure the millenials will love it.

Ilman Hakim · December 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many worlds…

The LimeBox · December 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

American friendly SciShow.

Anna McVey-Tyson · December 31, 2015 at 6:14 am

I thought that was adorable. I think my 7-year-old and 3-year-old might actually understand what's going on when I watch it with them later.

Elisah Garrido · January 1, 2016 at 11:49 pm

This made me laugh..

Awais Chaudhry · January 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

ice world ,red world, a world slammed into our world ,a moon is a world that moves around another world so many worlds

Irish Englishman · January 3, 2016 at 5:56 am

Drinking game.

Take a shot every time Hank says world or worlds and good luck being sober by the end of the video.

hipotesator · January 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm

mind twisting.

KAYTØ · January 4, 2016 at 10:49 am

Its harder to understand lol

Henry Postulart · January 4, 2016 at 3:36 pm

What a ludicrous idea!!!

MicrowavableToast · January 5, 2016 at 2:49 am

I couldn't stop laughing at the word, "Space Boat." … Space boat? That shows that "Ship" isn't one of the common words used. LOL.

BuckbeakSpeaks · January 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm

I had a real chuckle at 'space boat'

sock · January 10, 2016 at 12:07 am

Space boat lmao

Dom Aldrich · January 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm


Prabathi Gunathilake · January 11, 2016 at 6:28 am

hahahaa Spece boats 😀 lol
'world' doesn't sound like a word anymore :p

raposa realm · January 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm

"Space boat". Frankly, we all should start calling space probes this, as "space probe" sounds more like a bad encounter with some particularly mean extraterrestrials.

retrogamefox · January 14, 2016 at 5:28 am

This… for some reason hurts my brain.

Kordell Avery · January 15, 2016 at 5:08 am

I liked this video and added it to my favorites and now I'm commenting on how much I love it but I feel like I haven't expressed it enough. how do I show more like. so much like.

Kordell Avery · January 15, 2016 at 5:14 am

people aren't understanding this video? like that's cool, but this was the easiest scishow video for me to understand (I mean I probably have a word-related learning disability. that probably has something to do with it)
it's interesting how different people learn. brains are so cool.

Dracula Says I Have Great Taste · January 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

Now do the HP Lovecraft remix.

phishbi · January 18, 2016 at 7:58 am

Space boat… Huh.

TheBoomerpirate · January 18, 2016 at 10:47 pm


Andrew Butler · January 20, 2016 at 4:29 am

The "Space Boat" one made me chuckle

Dylan R · January 31, 2016 at 6:32 pm

This is how you would explain the solar system to a child…

Austin Pinheiro · February 1, 2016 at 11:08 pm

space boat lol

Miguel Francis · February 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

finally a episode that i understand

ICEknightnine · February 4, 2016 at 1:39 am

Wow water-water is on mars! I suppose water-water is water but like water.

VertigoFrost · February 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm

This is painful to listen to but awesome all at the same time

Corey Jenkins · February 5, 2016 at 5:45 am

"It's cold and dry now, and we thought all the water was ice. But this year we found there was some WATER WATER, which made me happy."

crying xD

Corey Jenkins · February 5, 2016 at 5:46 am

"space boat"

buddhavskungfu · February 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

Welcome to SciShow, I love you…

I'm a pooping unicorn · February 10, 2016 at 11:11 pm

I feel really dumb after this video. lol he said the word "world" so much!!!!

Anno · February 27, 2016 at 12:06 am

This feels like a low intelligence run in fallout.

purpleCupfish · March 3, 2016 at 4:39 am

That was great! Air world, Space boat.

Carlito Samson · March 3, 2016 at 5:39 am

Is it just me getting chills because were pretty close to the sun

jordan fink · March 4, 2016 at 5:49 pm

i'm surprised that the words "light" and "air" are not in the list

BeautyWillSaveUs00 · March 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm

space boat XD

Jerryz Channel · March 17, 2016 at 3:40 am

?? Did the sun push the lite planets away or did the heavy planets move towards the sun faster??

Umneriko · March 19, 2016 at 7:18 pm

that was fun…

Shine N. Hatfield · March 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

Spaceboat hahahahahahahahahahaahahahah

AK · March 26, 2016 at 9:56 pm

World is a weird word.

crazypercentage · March 27, 2016 at 11:57 pm

I thought a couple parts sounded kinda silly, and I stayed straightfaced for those, but I totally lost it at "Space boat."

conor27 · April 4, 2016 at 9:23 pm

"Space boat" hahaha

James Wright · April 8, 2016 at 1:27 am

It hurts!

Auriansmule · April 11, 2016 at 11:34 pm

I feel like my intelligence is being insulted as I watch this.

Madushanka Fernando · April 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm


Nesh K · April 25, 2016 at 5:37 am

LOOOL.. clearly "planet" is not part of the list!! xD

SmolKing · April 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

"space boat"

KingIsulgard · May 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm

This feels like the start of idiocracy.

Avery Bentley Sollmann · May 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

This video was SO GREAT!

Nick · May 13, 2016 at 12:45 am

I died at "Space Boat"

Michael Gerges · May 13, 2016 at 11:32 pm

lol, this isn't working at all, Are u sure the paid you to do such joke

perfect bench · May 14, 2016 at 9:51 pm

"Space Boat"

The One Who Shall Remain Nameless · May 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

The thing is I actually learnt something here which says a lot about the big fancy words used a lot

Benjamin Lamothe · May 31, 2016 at 12:52 am

is anyone else angered by this video?

RiperGamingHax · June 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

world, world, air, air, PLANET AND ATHMOSFERE! please don't do this ever again. WAS A PAIN!

RED Engineer · June 3, 2016 at 7:56 am

To the space boat!

Matthew Poston · June 3, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I love 'Space Boat'!

sogerc1 · June 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm

Wow, you sounded like a 5 year old, hahaha.

Hal Grotke · June 10, 2016 at 12:11 am

Where can I buy a space boat?

Esteban Wants to Die · June 10, 2016 at 4:28 am

You remind me of a child that knows way too much, but lacks vocabulary.

Attila Rischt · June 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm

This was ridicolously entertaining.

Dana B · June 15, 2016 at 10:11 am

Actually lost me and I had to restart the video. I need big words or I start to feel dumb.

Pixel Pusher · June 16, 2016 at 10:56 am

Awesome! Ten one hundred.

Ricardo Fuentes · June 18, 2016 at 11:58 pm

This was so stressful

Madeline D · June 25, 2016 at 6:58 am

space boat

Martin Franset · July 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

I lost it at space boat

Jose Brito · July 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm

I think you just made 'world' the new most used word

Patar · July 16, 2016 at 3:04 am

So fucking funny

Hannah Sutter · July 17, 2016 at 2:46 am

How many times did he say "world"?

abi · July 21, 2016 at 6:42 pm

This was actually really hard to understand.

Jelly Squiddles · July 21, 2016 at 7:20 pm

That was amusingly cute

Danny O'Sullivan · July 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm

where can I find one of these space boats?

Ethan Thompson · July 30, 2016 at 4:41 am

do the planets really align?

jeremy jozwik · July 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm

fun… and scary!

Ahmes Syahda · August 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm

0:23 ten hundred me: wait… is it one thousand?

2 · August 21, 2016 at 11:22 pm

I prefer people just expand their vocabulary so we can just use more specific words all the time. It adds some clarity sometimes.

Arian Gorman · August 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm

working my way through the playlists and this is among one of my favorites, it's funny because you put a restraint on big words but just goes to show how limiting words "make talking about space not easy". I love these people and this is my favorite channel on youtube.

Adjuni · September 16, 2016 at 6:21 am

This, for me, was super confusing.

diana kittley · October 17, 2016 at 2:07 am

space boat

Mark Susskind · October 18, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Way to ham it up, Hank!

Cheyne Eddy · October 31, 2016 at 1:57 am

you sound so illiterately intelligent. lol

Lunatic Prime · February 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

Gas is not in the 1.000 words?

The Phantom 2018 · February 15, 2017 at 11:15 pm

I liked this video. It was harder to understand as it is less precise, but it was cute. It's a cool writing exercise. It's kind of like "Anglish" (writing English using only the words that are Germanic). It's fun and I don't see why people are so offended

2Awesome · April 17, 2017 at 7:21 am

Any one want to help me paddle this space boat?

Tyler Hanley · May 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Oh my god, hot world, ringed world, space boats? Amazing. Just amazing.

Emma Clement · June 3, 2017 at 8:58 pm

I lost it at "space boats" lol

Robin Chesterfield · May 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Ohmygod, this is adorable. And way less weird sounding than I thought it would be, considering. That said…HAIL SPACE-BOATY MC.SPACEFACE! XD

GeneralStaff · May 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

I dont like this way of explaining thing.

RAMpayge · August 7, 2018 at 3:02 am

Speed it up and throw in some trippy effects and you get a Bill Wurtz video

BirdDana · August 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm

This hurt my brain

markj127 · October 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm

That was one of the funniest videos I've seen in a long time.

*-Candy Corn-* · November 19, 2018 at 6:21 pm

Space boat! LOL

IntermediateJesus · January 16, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Ok but not using the names for the world's is actually kind of confusing. Also I'm not sure what gas we use to warm houses.

Ch0rr1s · February 17, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Man this was great 😄
It SO reminded me of people trying to explain stuff to kids.

Squirrel ASMR · April 18, 2019 at 3:34 am

This is sooo funney 😂 space boats

Patient Hermit · October 10, 2019 at 11:10 pm

I love this so much! Thanks for making it!

infinitecanadian · October 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

So the English language can still be understood even without many foreign-derived words.

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