Which Way Is Down?

  • Published on Nov 2, 2017
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    Links to sources and to learn more below!
    my twitter twitter.com/tweetsauce
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    Thanks to Eric Langlay (thexvid.com/user/ericdraven30) for producing, editing, and animating this episode with me. Thanks also to Henry Reich (thexvid.com/user/minutephysics) for his advice and guidance.
    Universe Sandbox² : universesandbox.com/
    Mass vs weight:
    Great Veritasium video: thexvid.com/video/_Z0X0yE8Ioc/video.html
    two other great videos: thexvid.com/video/6ccIjRwYO9U/video.html and thexvid.com/video/aCqQzrPCcFM/video.html
    baseballs coming together under gravitational attraction can be simulated in Universe Sandbox 2. More math behind it can be found here: www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2vyxl7/eli5_will_two_baseballs_a_foot_apart_in_deep/
    Weight to mass (on surface of Earth) convertor: www.convertunits.com/from/kilograms/to/newton
    pencil and Earth falling numbers: www.quora.com/When-we-drop-a-pencil-the-earth-attracts-it-and-it-seems-that-the-pencil-is-falling-towards-earth-Why-doesnt-the-earth-come-up-towards-the-pencil
    NASA HD footage: archive.org/details/NASA-Ultra-High-Definition
    Buoyancy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buoyancy
    Earth’s spin and its effect on ‘down’: www.freemars.org/jeff/Earth/down.htm
    The measurement of Earth and its gravity:
    Movement of Earth’s center of mass:
    you get heavier before you get lighter as you descend into Earth: www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/4qfl52/do_you_get_lighter_the_further_underground_that/
    vertical deflection:
    practical uses of measuring gravity: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravimetry
    Interactive Earth geoid: experiments.withgoogle.com/chrome/geoid-viewer
    your weight when moon is overhead: www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=11639.0
    Hammer and feather drop on moon: nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollo_15_feather_drop.html
    Why things fall at the same rate: www.quora.com/If-an-object-has-more-mass-then-its-pull-on-earth-would-be-greater-than-an-object-with-less-mass-and-therefore-should-fall-to-earth-faster-Why-do-objects-of-different-mass-fall-to-earth-at-the-same-speed
    Wolfram Alpha cone geodesic tool: demonstrations.wolfram.com/ConeGeodesics/
    General Relativity:
    simple animation showing geodesic on cone and how it causes motion DOWN in space: thexvid.com/video/DdC0QN6f3G4/video.html
    GREAT pbs spacetime video (watch the whole channel): thexvid.com/video/AwhKZ3fd9JA/video.html
    time and gravity:
    tests of general relativity: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tests_of_general_relativity
    great introductory texts:
    “Relativity Visualized” by Lewis Carroll Epstein www.amazon.com/Relativity-Explained-Classics-Science-Mathematics/dp/0486293157
    There’s also this PDF that takes Epstein’s diagrams into more detail: www.relativity.li/uploads/pdf/English/Epstein_en.pdf
    “Relativity Simply Explained” by Martin Gardener www.amazon.com/Relativity-Explained-Classics-Science-Mathematics/dp/0486293157
    great intro to the math of general relativity:
    “A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity” by Peter Collier www.amazon.com/Most-Incomprehensible-Thing-Introduction-Mathematics/dp/0957389469/
    Requires some background in relevant math topics (see above) but very very good:
    “Spacetime And Geometry: An Introduction To General Relativity” by Sean Carrol www.amazon.com/gp/product/9332571651/
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  • bobs'r'vegana
    bobs'r'vegana 19 hours ago

    six and a half flat thousand earthers disliked this video

  • Developing Mind
    Developing Mind 20 hours ago +1

    And this concluded one of the most valuable channels on TheXvid.

  • Deez Nuttz
    Deez Nuttz 20 hours ago

    So you're saying that if you jump out of an airplane you're not going to feel it

  • nosense
    nosense 23 hours ago +1

    R.I.P in peace Michael

  • DreamZz Reality
    DreamZz Reality Day ago

    Is this how to basic?

  • ZimiZE
    ZimiZE Day ago

    close your eyes 2:58

  • Ivan Bok
    Ivan Bok Day ago

    13:52 thank me later

  • Steelsolid gaming

    Bruh you got me thinking if I was actually born

  • Disabled Unicorn

    Current Curiosity Box 2017

  • backlash bassin
    backlash bassin Day ago

    Me: Hey Michael whats up?
    Michael: which way is down?
    Vsauce music plays
    Me: oh no not this shit again.

  • Ora nge
    Ora nge Day ago +2

    Did vsauce just pirate the game?

  • talha ehsan
    talha ehsan Day ago

    coughs black blood. That clogged my throat

  • baccon eatter
    baccon eatter Day ago

    what I can drop a pencil a trillion times form 6ft earth will go up by a proton so ive already dropped a pencil 300,000

  • Braeden Martin
    Braeden Martin Day ago

    thexvid.com/video/rd1Rm-oXlGs/video.html watch to increase your IQ

  • James Luqqy
    James Luqqy Day ago

    When you realize time travel is real. We are moving through time forward one second per second. Just think about it

  • Killer Gamer
    Killer Gamer Day ago

    I guess TheXvid red shows what type of a person you are. If he really wanted to educate all of us he would still be uploading new videos for us not just TheXvid red. I don't speak for everyone but I definitely feel that at least for this channel at first he wanted to give information to all and then TheXvid red comes around and it's f*** you throwing everyone else who can't afford it under the bus who actually brought him to this point and he's f*** you give me money although I could definitely be wrong it's just how I feel

  • lthammox
    lthammox Day ago

    Amazing vid!

  • TouchyBanana
    TouchyBanana Day ago

    fucking sellouts

  • Bill Cunigan
    Bill Cunigan Day ago

    At the time marker of 12 :41 this video made my day I have wondered what the earth was really shaped like since I was a kid thank you.

  • NickMurph
    NickMurph Day ago

    Michael: It's got moving/changing insides...
    Me giggling at 2 in the morning: ooooh i love it when you talk dirty to me 😍

  • Will Mattes
    Will Mattes Day ago

    Moons haunted

  • Jake Shealy
    Jake Shealy Day ago

    I liked "the earth weighs 180lbs on me" shot. Noice!

  • Dark Rebel
    Dark Rebel 2 days ago

    The way down is this

  • Srokasodo
    Srokasodo 2 days ago

    I miss when he uploaded these videos :’)

  • chasebh89
    chasebh89 2 days ago

    12:51 how do you have so many tabs open

  • Little Kitty Crafter

    Next video: 5 is a multiple of 1. Or is is?

  • MTRX 2010
    MTRX 2010 2 days ago

    He said horizontal slapping.

  • Jason McFarland
    Jason McFarland 2 days ago

    Down is at the enemy's gates

  • Minecraft Platinum Fireworks Inc.

    My mind was blown.

  • Kei _
    Kei _ 2 days ago

    scientists scream: everybody is going away from each other, soon we wont see stars in the sky.... Meanwhile: everybodys gettin in a same spot: great attractor... wtf

  • lemnoch
    lemnoch 2 days ago

    Just watch the channel D!NG if you want to watch Michael be Michael. Same shit different channel.

  • Bambam0386
    Bambam0386 2 days ago

    Horizontal slapping

  • Buddy Butt
    Buddy Butt 2 days ago


  • Reed Pearson
    Reed Pearson 2 days ago

    “First things first let’s turn the sun into a black hole” vsauce

  • PhantomVirus
    PhantomVirus 2 days ago +2

    I keep telling everybody should move on to DING/DONG. Some do. But not us.

    • Crack's Ex Acc.
      Crack's Ex Acc. 2 days ago

      Wooooooow... one of the best comments on this channel

  • Sons of Anarchy
    Sons of Anarchy 2 days ago

    I just wanted to know WHICH way is down.

  • Hl_Scientist
    Hl_Scientist 2 days ago

    I was expecting a mom joke

  • GoFuck Yourself
    GoFuck Yourself 2 days ago

    How fast is time?

  • Killa Buds
    Killa Buds 2 days ago +1

    time travel is pulling me down the comments 2019

  • Angela D'amico
    Angela D'amico 2 days ago

    Hey how to basic Michael here

  • BillyBoy Buster
    BillyBoy Buster 2 days ago

    So if you were in minecraft space and you were orbiting the theoretical spherical earth then you would just be building up fall damage since you’re just falling

  • Thomas Pursglove
    Thomas Pursglove 2 days ago

    im just saying, i really need to know the background music at around the 10:00 mark

    • Vorzky
      Vorzky 2 days ago

      Sounds like copyright free elevator music

  • Sam Weaver
    Sam Weaver 3 days ago

    Down is everything below you from your perspective. So if someone is upside-down and there is a bystander, they are actually both upside-down and right-side up because of both of your perspectives.

  • SkippitySkoop925
    SkippitySkoop925 3 days ago

    Person: What’s your favorite color?
    Vsauce: first of all, WHATS A COLOR?

  • SkippitySkoop925
    SkippitySkoop925 3 days ago

    *when someone tries to weigh air*

  • Sopnorajjo Foundation

    The theory of mass you gave is inertial mass not gravitational mass so

  • SuperCrazy Gamer
    SuperCrazy Gamer 3 days ago +3

    the entire first minute of this video gives me thousands of emotions that aren't even real

  • Abid Fauzan
    Abid Fauzan 3 days ago +1

    wait is him howtobasic

  • Detuk Rjerbs
    Detuk Rjerbs 3 days ago

    Fuck Can you chill the shit out hmyour fuckn buggin me out

    SCRUMB 3 days ago

    Looking at the thumbnail and looking at the title, makes me feel retarded

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 3 days ago +1

    *T I M E T R A V E L*

  • Joshua Jowers
    Joshua Jowers 3 days ago

    "Its an AIR-ror"...His puns are so subtle

  • EloquentTroll
    EloquentTroll 3 days ago

    Need to find my shotput shot now.

  • jaden bailey
    jaden bailey 3 days ago

    You are a fucking retard u fucking ass hole peace of shit and don’t mind my spelling

  • Jaspreet Takhar
    Jaspreet Takhar 3 days ago

    whats with the random music playing over top of him speaking near the end last quarterish. couldnt hear shit lol

  • Junior Gabe
    Junior Gabe 3 days ago

    I will destroy earth with a pencil.

  • Jay Starr
    Jay Starr 3 days ago

    0:44 A cop asked to see my drivers license the other day and this was my response.
    Was I wrong?

  • Helyus HD
    Helyus HD 3 days ago

    This is soooo fascinating!!!

  • Miss Snick Snick
    Miss Snick Snick 3 days ago

    Down is down

  • Eric TheRed
    Eric TheRed 4 days ago

    2:40 who or what was on that hammock...i bet a black hole was involved

  • Chi Phan. D
    Chi Phan. D 4 days ago

    Hint: if you make long 100 meter straight beam, it still bend, that count on the gravitation forces and the beam strength thin or thickness. If you make a beam that has no bend forces, like straight line in computer
    Think they like the start point beam to end point beam are going out space

  • Unsupervised Potato
    Unsupervised Potato 4 days ago

    He said he put in a code to get the game for free, is there a way
    i can do that too? if i find the code?

  • Muzzy
    Muzzy 4 days ago

    but guys his youtube red show is really REALLY good
    and then there is vsauce 2

  • Maverick3334
    Maverick3334 4 days ago

    #GotMass ?

  • Diamond_legend 10101

    Ur down is my up and a half

  • Falling Star
    Falling Star 4 days ago +2

    I've been watching too much vsauce tonight, now I'm questioning what I really know

    • k y 6 t e
      k y 6 t e 3 days ago

      Deadass bruh i learned that im floating while in bed rn 😨

  • Volstx
    Volstx 4 days ago +3

    I miss the old VSauce... Michael here... :(

  • WikiTay
    WikiTay 4 days ago


  • Isaiah Armour
    Isaiah Armour 4 days ago +3

    Which way does down go? Does it have to do with time travel? First, let’s turn the sun into a black hole.
    Never stop being Vsauce, Vsauce.

  • Oscar Osorio
    Oscar Osorio 4 days ago

    Fake ..flat earth

  • Team Nirn
    Team Nirn 4 days ago

    2:58 close your eyes and listen

  • Nameless Niiick
    Nameless Niiick 4 days ago


  • Selene Duenes
    Selene Duenes 5 days ago

    I always did think if you dig deep enough you would reach the opposite side of the world

    OVERATED ASIANS 5 days ago +3

    For some reason... the background music is more relaxing than 3 hours of the coconut song

  • CedrickPlayz
    CedrickPlayz 5 days ago

    *Where are your fingers*

  • Taylor Haws
    Taylor Haws 5 days ago

    5:35 Did you say that pounds are units of mass and not force? because that is incorect. pounds are units of force, and slugs are units of mass in the same way that killograms are units of mass and newtons are units of force.

  • TheReal Hardcase
    TheReal Hardcase 5 days ago

    20:36 meow

  • Bick Barl
    Bick Barl 5 days ago


  • LotionMan
    LotionMan 5 days ago

    the flaw with the cone model is that time doesnt loop. if you follow the cone youd come back around and travel up the geodesic.

  • ca5ualm3dia
    ca5ualm3dia 5 days ago

    they tell you up is to the sky down is the earth , i say down is away from the strongest gravity , up is to it !!!

  • Nick Korkodylas
    Nick Korkodylas 5 days ago

    God dam it, Michael! I just asked what's up!

  • Alva Johansson Staaf

    Jag älskar dig


    Me and my friends were having my bday party last year and we saw this video. We all began questioning existence for the rest of the night. Thanks.

  • yaoub hanna
    yaoub hanna 5 days ago

    rip vsauce michael
    died actually making a good deal and some money so you guys should just relax and pirate it all

    • JD
      JD 3 days ago

      sell out.

  • Zyngarde
    Zyngarde 5 days ago

    9:51 It's actually quite noticeable

  • Gabe Riehman
    Gabe Riehman 5 days ago

    so according to this logic if there were enough pencils above the earth the earth would be drawn to the pencils and not the other way around

  • Mergen Nomo
    Mergen Nomo 5 days ago

    Down is sideways

  • MattVega
    MattVega 5 days ago

    The music is so damn distracting !!!! Who ever edited this shit really fucked up. I can’t even finish watching this shit.

  • Deus
    Deus 5 days ago

    I see 1 video, i subscribe.
    Go to chanel
    All videos are premium
    Unsub fast af

  • Kaiser Wilhelm II
    Kaiser Wilhelm II 6 days ago

    6:39 how he get a pic of that

  • t i m t a m s
    t i m t a m s 6 days ago

    His iq is beyond

  • Cosmo Mangiocco
    Cosmo Mangiocco 6 days ago

    No one:
    Vsauce: WhiCh wAy iS DoWN

    THE DIAMOND TV 6 days ago

    3:00 going to let you think

  • BluPlayer
    BluPlayer 6 days ago

    That background music sounds so much like tasty planet's tune

  • Yeetus Pacitus
    Yeetus Pacitus 6 days ago

    How does he make a 26 minute video trying to explain which way is down

  • WOBERT _
    WOBERT _ 6 days ago

    First things first
    Lets turn the sun into a black hole

  • Jerritto Knight
    Jerritto Knight 6 days ago


  • cuzim batman
    cuzim batman 6 days ago +1


  • AntBloxy
    AntBloxy 6 days ago +1


  • Call me Le Bon Bon
    Call me Le Bon Bon 6 days ago

    that intro is a feckin roller coaster
    (had o use feck so m'dude doesn't get swear words in chat ruining his monitization