Origin Of Everything

Every aspect of our daily reality, whether its the words we use, the pop culture we love, the technology that get us through the day, or even the identities we give ourselves, emerge from thousands of intersecting histories. And on this channel, we're going to explore them ALL! . . . Okay, maybe not ALL, but you get the idea.

  • Is Poisoned Halloween Candy a Myth? | Origin of Everything

    Every year around Halloween, we hear the same concern: you gotta check the candy for poison because strangers put laxatives in Tootsie Rolls, Razor Blades in Apples and heroin in Snickers. But is this trick or treat dilemma an actual reality or just a clever way for your parents to steal your candy?

    Grades: 9-12
  • Why is There a North and South Korea? | Origin of Everything

    While the short answer is the Korean war, the reality is that seeds for the separate Republic of Korea and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea goes back much further and has to do with the late 19th century Chinese imperialism and the formation of different resistance factions to the early 20th century Japanese annexation of Korea.

    Grades: 9-12
  • How WWII Created Godzilla & Mecha Robots | Origin of Everything

    Underneath the surface of fearsome monsters we can see that Godzilla is closely linked to the fears of atomic radiation and mecha robots emerged from the extremely rapid industrialization of Japan during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

    Grades: 9-12
  • How Columbus Invented Cannibals | Origin of Everything

    While evidence of people who eat other people existed long before Columbus, the idea of tribes of “savages” in the jungle who hunt other people for food was truly birthed with Columbus. He is even the first person to ever use the word “Cannibal” to describe such people. The problem is, no such people really existed in the Caribbean islands where Columbus landed.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Where Does the #Hashtag Symbol Come From? | Origin of Everything

    It’s gone by many names, (the pound sign, the number sign, the octothorpe and the hashtag symbol) and it’s had many meanings, but what is the origin of this # mysterious symbol? Well the truth is it goes back all the way to ancient Rome. But what’s even stranger is that the hashtag symbol can help us understand the always changing nature of the abstraction that is language itself.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Why Are 18 Year Olds Considered Adults? | Origin of Everything

    While you might not personally consider your average 18 year old a full-fledged adult, 18 is a pretty magic number in the US. It’s the the age when you can vote, go to war, work full time, and move out of their parents house. Why is this the case? Well while you might think there’s some sort of biological or traditional explanation, that’s not the case.

    Grades: 9-12
  • How Did Makeup, WWII, & Communism Create U.S. Healthcare? | Origin of Everything

    If there's one debate you can't avoid today it's what to do about the US health insurance. While many countries around the world have some form of nationalized, government run healthcare most people in the US have their healthcare provided by their employer. Why is that the case?

    Grades: 9-12
  • The True Origin of Killer Clowns | Origin of Everything

    Well, sure the answer is partly from 1980s horror movies like IT and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, but the reality is much deeper than that. From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to 19th Century England, clowns have always been around to bring a little chaos. And the truth is, up until the late 1800s they were NEVER for kids. The truth is, terrifying killer clowns are nothing new.

    Grades: 9-12