The Potato Paradox


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  • Vsauce2
    Vsauce2   1 years back

    Go tell someone that salad is 5% away from being soup.

  • Khatia Nasrallah
    Khatia Nasrallah  3 hours back

    Is Kevin always like this? He seems a little strung out

    • Brian Obey
      Brian Obey  1 days back

      Your shirt is a paradox, no joke

      • Brian Obey
        Brian Obey  1 days back

        Beetles were right

        • andy sitton
          andy sitton  2 days back

          Very long winded. Far simpler to just point out that that the 1lb of solid now represents one fiftieth of the total so the total is fifty. Why all the extra unnecessary arithmetic?

          • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
            Zlatan Ibrahimovic  3 days back

            Jesus could walk on water,
            Babies are 85% water,
            I can walk on babies,
            I am

            in prison.

            • David Gallego Álvarez

              *7,8/10 TOO MUCH WATER*

              • David Gallego Álvarez


                That music =

                *50% Stranger Things Intro + 50% Electrodynamix*

                • j g
                  j g  6 days back

                  OK. So it's not a physical paradox (impossible) but a language paradox, sneaking in the 2% solid, which must mathematically mean the potatoes must weigh half to accord with the double percentage of solid. A bit like a car salesman's guarantee..."Up to 100 mpg..." A linguistic, not a math problem.

                  • Masterme
                    Masterme  7 days back

                    Is that a sharpy???

                    • Jacob Wharton
                      Jacob Wharton  1 weeks back

                      The paradox that's only a paradox if you never went to middle school

                      • Neutrox
                        Neutrox  1 weeks back

                        Amikäfer xD

                        • hvitekristesdod
                          hvitekristesdod  1 weeks back

                          I don’t get this at all. Why would you divide the solid by half

                          • Jerome's Games
                            Jerome's Games  2 weeks back

                            what has more water than watermelon water

                            • NBAKIDD
                              NBAKIDD  2 weeks back

                              can someone help me? he said the percentage of water goes down by 1. i get that. there’s a shift in percentage. but what if FROM THE PERCENTAGE of water 1% is removed. like it’s literally only 1% water less. but 1% out of 99 is 0.99 isn’t it? so it’d still be 1.99% more solid mass and by his method almost the same result. isn’t the mistake that 1% solid potato in 100lbs potato doesn’t has to be 1lb? i mean i refuse to believe that just because 1% of water is removed (no matter if it’s 1% LESS water from the total or 1% OF total water in the potato) the mass of the potato halves. i’ve never felt more off reality… pls help

                              • EffKay9
                                EffKay9  2 weeks back

                                Now we know that the next Stranger Things season will be about potatoes

                                • Amano Wa
                                  Amano Wa  2 weeks back

                                  An Irish beetle

                                  • Nehal Sayyad
                                    Nehal Sayyad  3 weeks back

                                    Why does he look like Jim Moriarty from Sherlock?

                                    • RavioliRavioliwhatsinthepocketoli


                                      • WolfOfJustice
                                        WolfOfJustice  3 weeks back

                                        10K dislikes is a bit too much.

                                        • Jon Johnson
                                          Jon Johnson  3 weeks back

                                          Who is this guy? I am not compelled at all to listen to him?

                                          • Motu Thicc
                                            Motu Thicc  3 weeks back

                                            but isn’t the idea of a veridical paradox paradoxical within itself because paradoxes don’t have an answer yet this kinda of question with no answer has an answer: BOOM paradox

                                            • Creeper? Aw man.
                                              Creeper? Aw man.  3 weeks back

                                              *slowly eats potato chips*

                                              • Lars Buijtendijk
                                                Lars Buijtendijk  3 weeks back

                                                U.s. potatoes look weird

                                                Greetings from the Netherlands

                                                • Mash Z
                                                  Mash Z  4 weeks back

                                                  This is not a paradox. If you find this "paradox" fascinating u r probably dumb af

                                                  • Isaiah Zhamil Pablo Santi

                                                    ho is Japanese , it means retention

                                                    • Isaiah Zhamil Pablo Santi

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                                                      • Isaiah Zhamil Pablo Santi


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                                                            • David Bowman
                                                              David Bowman  4 weeks back

                                                              I thought how many potatoes but since he didn't say I went with 99 should I get credit for that...

                                                              • neuro sc
                                                                neuro sc  4 weeks back

                                                                I dnt believe this

                                                                • Stefan Peev
                                                                  Stefan Peev  4 weeks back

                                                                  To every genius here that says this is totally easy and not a mindfuck.
                                                                  Calculations are wrong, its not that simple , its not so obvious before results that 1 lbs potato equals 2% of the total, since when you remove 1% of water you remove a part from the original composition not just water. So if you have 99lbs of water and 1 lbs of potato and remove one lbs water (which should logically be 1% of the whole), youd have 98 lbs of water and 1 lbs of potato, making it a total of 99 lbs. 1 lbs of 99 lbs doesnt sum up to your "obvious" calculations of 2% , so to reach a 2% composition you have ro remove a lot more lbs of water, the brain is fooled because 1% seems to be equal to 1 lbs, but its not, its equal to 49 in reality.So it is a paradox, and as he said a veridical one.Concentration and ratios work out strange in reality, the mindfuck is not because there are 2 answers as in a traditional paradox as superposition, its because there is an answer, it just plays out so weirdly in reality and when you put traditional logic in it.

                                                                  • MasterVelyk
                                                                    MasterVelyk  4 weeks back

                                                                    remove another water

                                                                    • SubTo PewDiePie
                                                                      SubTo PewDiePie  1 months back


                                                                      • Order of the True Force
                                                                        Order of the True Force  1 months back

                                                                        100lb of potatoes is the 100% where, 99% (99lb) is water, 1%(1lb) solid. Now, 1% (1lb) of water is lost, so, 99lb potatoes is the new 100% where, 99% out of 99lb (98lb) is water and 1% (1lb) solid (which stays the same because only water was lost).  That = 99lbs which checks.  It’s not a “potato paradox” it is a miscalculation. Heat the potatoes in an oven to evaporate the 1% of water and weight them, then will see whos wrong. I dare you.

                                                                        • Happy Fakeboulder
                                                                          Happy Fakeboulder  1 months back

                                                                          "You must hug your potatoes so that they know that you care." -- Kevin, 2018

                                                                          • Awesome_Dante
                                                                            Awesome_Dante  1 months back

                                                                            "You want ants? This is how you get ants."

                                                                            • En Why
                                                                              En Why  1 months back

                                                                              When mashed, potatoes seem to resemble Stephen Hawking.

                                                                              • Cristian Mancillas
                                                                                Cristian Mancillas  1 months back

                                                                                Fun fact Squirrels eat potatoes

                                                                                • Micah B.
                                                                                  Micah B.  1 months back

                                                                                  0:15 VOicE CRAck

                                                                                  • Sandra Smith
                                                                                    Sandra Smith  1 months back

                                                                                    I can sprint on water at 75mph but i need a really good boat.

                                                                                    • james hallam
                                                                                      james hallam  1 months back

                                                                                      but at no point does the solid become 2% of the whole, it would be 1.010101010101010101010101010101010101...…. of the whole after removing 1% of water

                                                                                      • Logan Lewis
                                                                                        Logan Lewis  1 months back

                                                                                        This isn't even close to a paradox

                                                                                        • Maggie Q
                                                                                          Maggie Q  1 months back

                                                                                          3:08 funny voice crack XD

                                                                                          • Excel_Pupdog
                                                                                            Excel_Pupdog  1 months back

                                                                                            3:08 is it just me or did he have a voice crack

                                                                                            • DΞDSHOT
                                                                                              DΞDSHOT  1 months back

                                                                                              This was such a random video!

                                                                                              • Hi How ya doin ?
                                                                                                Hi How ya doin ?  1 months back

                                                                                                There were 31 water potatoes left