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Rep. of Antarctica (23 hours ago)
All the more reason to thank and take care of the remaining farmers who feed the world. It's very difficult work.
Jinu Sibi (2 days ago)
where the fuck do you get your information? you are literally wrong on so many things. london largest city in the world? are you retarded? it is not the largest geographically OR population wise. paris is not even close to being on either of those lists.
Dafydd ap Ffranc (2 days ago)
Few Europeans would consider Istanbul as a European city. While Moscow although European is not part of the European sphere of influence but rather within the central Asian sphere.
Glasses Gus (2 days ago)
Istanbul Is Europe's Largest City
Vincent Finn (3 days ago)
London is not the largest city in Europe. It's Istanbul. Number two is Moscow. London is number 3.
RepR | CS:GO And More! (3 days ago)
5:22 You put cologne where it should say Frankfurt
What_are_we_doing ? (5 days ago)
0:13 gotcha, gare centrale Anybody else from Luxembourg??
s3vaGOD (4 days ago)
Moien :))
Freddy Lubin (6 days ago)
Philadelphia at 3:40?
TheEpic 21 (7 days ago)
10:30 is Moscow
Mateusz Kaczmarek (9 days ago)
Moscow and Instanbul are bigger than London. Moscow is the largest city in Europe by population and area.
Ambrose Burnside (9 days ago)
Istanbul isn't Europe even tho it's technically in the continent because Turks aren't European but I didn't know that about Moscow how many people are there?
Rehmat (11 days ago)
Half of 54 is 27
Ancient Skeptic (14 days ago)
CITY = CIVILISATION/SAFETY
Ambrose Burnside (9 days ago)
Then why are cities 100x more dangerous than rural areas?
Erick Cisneros (14 days ago)
I really enjoy these videos!
Justin Keith (14 days ago)
Says law explains everything you’ll ever need to know Supply creates it own demand. And supply comes first not the other way around like dumbass Keynesians preach Cities exist because the geography of that area was greatly favorable and supplied conditions ideal for economic activity. With certain resources procured people were able to create assets. Those assets compounded on themselves and created more assets. The more the supply grew the more the demand grew. It all starts with the geography. New York is not New York by accident. It had coastlines great for ports. Rivers. Land tenable for agriculture. Minimal parasitic insects to allow for domestication of animals. So on and so forth.
M Neztsosie (14 days ago)
This video showed two locations where I have lived in NYC Out of three. The one where I only lived a year was not shown. Is there a formulae for that?
Stevan Miladinovic (17 days ago)
isn't this the same effect that makes the most frequent word in a language appear twice as often as the 2nd, 3 times as often as the 3rd, etc.?
paul cezanne (17 days ago)
Only 5 acres? That's terrifying
Nigel Marvin (18 days ago)
Bro. This 13 minute video taught me more than a semester of school.
Zoilo Edjan (18 days ago)
Why do all these types of channels sound the same and start off the same lol
psychicopus (18 days ago)
This is why I love humans! We can do anything if we put our minds together!
Aaron Dyckman (19 days ago)
I'm gonna just come out n say the elephant in the room here, Top 2 countries are Europeans SLAVIC. The #1 Is Arab cause oil, 3 poorest countries are all black Africa, so...................ya "certain people are better at certain things" dude said it
EPL7268 (19 days ago)
Youtube's most subscribed channels don't follow the rule of 1,1/2,1/3, etc :(
Football reaction (19 days ago)
Paris isn’t 2nd it’s 5th
Alex Van Surksum (19 days ago)
Ok. What do you consider a city. Like over a certain population or what. Like where I live there is only 5000 people. Would you consider that a city or a population of like 15000?
Darth Sagit (18 days ago)
It's ambiguous and mainly depend on the countries' own administrative definition what is a city (by population, infrastructure etc.)
Peepee Train (20 days ago)
Am I the only person here who doesn’t live in a city because they are too expensive? Many countries like australia, are urging people to go to the country because cities are getting filthy expensive to live in.
Dan Freedom (21 days ago)
in one word : efficiency.
DuBose 87 (21 days ago)
Detroit 😔
while_1_ STAY cool (25 days ago)
the distribution theory is nonsense...
MelonHead1848 (25 days ago)
When you said Frankfurt you showed Cologne
luis guti (27 days ago)
There are larger cities than Paris, and Moscow is larger than London
Pawel Zybulskij (1 month ago)
Those crazy very tangled highways look like as if they right out of Cities Skylines. I didn't thought such things could exist outside the game
B5429671 XJ (1 month ago)
Moscow is the largest city in Europe.
Hooked on Chronics (1 month ago)
Tesla is located in the Bay Area, which is probably just as expensive as NY, I know SF itself is more expensive. Fremont is cheaper but it still ain't cheap land
Jeff (1 month ago)
Why do we live in cities? Because of Squarespace
Mblocky Bloks (1 month ago)
the largest city in europe is moscow, bro
Ike M (1 month ago)
This is like primary school economics for half of it. Really padding out the time on this one.
BlackHatMDA (1 month ago)
The largest city in Europe is Moscow, not London.
Dan Freedom (21 days ago)
BlackHatMDA Moscow is a little bit far.
Raj Lama (1 month ago)
Europe's largest city when this video was published is Istanbul not London. Even Moscow is larger than London. Then, Berlin and Madrid are bigger than Paris in Europe. I loved the story but needs lityle bit more research.
Ezra Petty (1 month ago)
The screen said cologne twice. You said cologne then framckfurt, but we saw cologne then cologne
Gilgamesh Of Sumer (1 month ago)
5:20 he showed cologne twice.
Riddele (1 month ago)
1: at 5:19 why cologne coming 2 times and Paris at 3:50 is not the 2th biggest City in 2018 in Europe look an example Berlin has over 3.5 Million people
XerainLongnose (1 month ago)
The largest city in Europe is actually Istanbul
CB (1 month ago)
Agriculture created cities; industries created mrtropolises. Maybe robots and computers will end cities, as we don't need to be so close to each other anymore.
Israel Amor (1 month ago)
This is just so stupid. Do you even know how small Qatar, Singapore, and Luxembourg are? Inevitably, because of their minuscule territory, 90% of their population live in the city!
Adam Hlali (1 month ago)
Am I the only one that noticed that Frankfurt isn't spelled Cologne?
Boogey MANN (1 month ago)
Istanbul and Moscow are both bigger than London.
Geoffrey Russo (1 month ago)
Zipf law of distribution
Ben Saiger (1 month ago)
Berlin is bigger than paris
Dozenazer (1 month ago)
In Russia, the rules break you 4:55 Moscow: 12,5m residents (1) St. Petersburg: 5,3m residents (0,42), not close enough to half Novosibirsk: 1,8m residents (0,144 or 1/6), not even a half of third. Ekaterinburg: 1,5m residents (about 1/8) 11 other cities with 1m to 1,25m population (0,08 to 0,1).
mstahl1000 (1 month ago)
hmm, London, Paris? how about moscow? 11 million? still in Europe, Americans haha
not left blank not left blank (1 month ago)
Australia has Sydney and Melbourne at approximately the same size.
not left blank not left blank (1 month ago)
Copy-pasta: Frankfurt/Cologne.
not left blank not left blank (1 month ago)
34% x 2 = 68% not 54%.
Brian Mo (1 month ago)
because they do
muhammad jazidi (1 month ago)
city are natural because greed is (some?) humans nature
Josh Boak (1 month ago)
Elon Musk watching this: “WHAT!? Nobody can make cars better than me!”
Ákos Palkovics (1 month ago)
Im from central(ish but closer to the east) EU. This "an average individual in the us can buy a brand new car from the money he earn in 6 months" thing hurt me so much... :)
The Chronicles of SSS (1 month ago)
your city calculations dont work fo australia but we are a bit younger than Merica ..... but our upheaval has been much greater than what was experienced in the US . ^^Given Australia had a much harder time of it and is now a much stronger nation.
Tanner Spurlin (1 month ago)
this is why i love ur channel. keep up the good work
Francisco Fuica (1 month ago)
*C O L O G N E*
The Best Person In All Of Space (1 month ago)
Saw many errors
David Urban (1 month ago)
Vsauce flashbacks be like...
Artem Makeev (1 month ago)
But what will happen to cities when AR/VR and robotics become ubiquitous? You would be able to live anywhere of your choosing, yet communicate and interact with anybody on earth. Travel time becomes time it takes for light to travel through fiber optics. Imagine your job, your pleasure all can be accessible from anywhere in the world. You can hang out with anybody through VR/AI translation. Would you still chose polluted city? Can anybody theorize why it won't happen?
charlesissleepy (1 month ago)
london is not the largest city in europe. moscow has at least 12 mil, with a large undocumented migrant worker population. istanbul, which straddles the bosphorus and sits, therefore, in both europe and asia, has at least 15 million. love your videos, and i hope i’m not mislead in posting this fact check
Nitish D. Suresh (1 month ago)
5:21 it says Cologne again!!!
Aayush Raj (1 month ago)
I am not sure if you have any questions or concerns please visit the plug-in settings are you still have the same goes for a relationship with you and your family and friends is he still has a lot of time?
Kyle Davis (1 month ago)
Cities aren’t natural because of Zipf’s Law. They are natural because other species besides humans create them as well. Ants and bees being the most notable examples.
Not Me (2 months ago)
At 11:00 its competitive advantage, a microeconomics concept.
Not Me (2 months ago)
And 3:22 is NYC Bronx looking inti Upper Manhattan?
Not Me (2 months ago)
At 1:25 is tha MIT/Cambridge?
Philip Buckley (2 months ago)
the evolutionary mind set....
Colton Russell (2 months ago)
@ 5 24 IN GERMANY
Austin Moon (2 months ago)
If you ever feel like you don’t matter, just remember: Somewhere in the world exists 1 acre of farmland for you.
CookiezX VLOGS (2 months ago)
7:26 In Poland nokia3310 is unbreakablle AMD thats true
TheBuggyGamer (2 months ago)
8:15 um Amazon’s putting their factory in New York
The MTA NJT AMTRAK SEPTA PATH MBTA TTC (2 months ago)
Why i dont see any one say "ENGLAND IS MY CITY"
luis montenegro (2 months ago)
you said Paris is the second and showed it has 2.2M and later in the video showed Berlin had 3.5M
Daily dose of Airplanes (2 months ago)
Why when he says Frankfurt it says Cologne
Big Chungus (2 months ago)
This is wrong London is the third or second largest the largest are Istanbul and Moscow
EJV (2 months ago)
Wrong Paris is not second largest in Europe. Berlin is bigger. Also Madrid I think
Darth Utah 66 (2 months ago)
On that note, some cities in the US are growing faster than others. Until recently, Philadelphia had a larger population than Phoenix. At some point after 2030, Houston and Dallas may surpass Chicago in population.
Dr LMAO (2 months ago)
The largest city in Europe is Istanbul followed by Moscow.
Kyle A. (2 months ago)
London is the third most populous city in Europe, not first.
fortnitecringe (2 months ago)
my depression is about to get me
Ja-Shwa Cardell (2 months ago)
4:44 seems like pseudoscience. observing a pattern that exists today but hasn't existed historically and drawing a broad conclusion from that is bad analysis. I find it interesting that you didn't carry that analysis onto Philly and San Antonio, particularly since the distribution you outline stops working for those cities.
jjmaia (2 months ago)
Which city at 2:25?
jjmaia (2 months ago)
And 5:28?
Royle Hun (2 months ago)
how many tonnes poop does create the cities every year? and you forgot one industry to mention, Pornography industry. The larger the city the wilder and lonely person you are
Youssef Yehya (2 months ago)
it's a lot like Game Theory, Nash Equilibrium Theory
Thomas Gouldson (2 months ago)
The use of Germany as proof of that ZIPF city law is curious. Germany is a federal state that was only recently unified - Italy has a similar rule for similar reasons. But France is incredibly skewed towards Paris and the UK, while almost completely self contained, has London with 10 times more people than the second and third cities which are about the same size...
Dmitriy Burtsev (2 months ago)
Thank you for your videos! Consistency of high quality content and editing is great! Sub from me :)
oyvey (2 months ago)
bring africans to cities, still fail. might be genetic.
Ronan Dunlea (2 months ago)
I love your videos. Your explanations are fascinating. Keep up the good work!
Rune Lietaert (2 months ago)
The largest city in Europe is Istanbul
SergTrips (2 months ago)
Every wendover productions video is probably someone’s homework topic 😂
Vincent Cleaver (2 months ago)
Six months income buys a car?! And five minutes ago you said manufacturing moved out of cities...
Davis Wetter (2 months ago)
AP Human in a video
Hamza Hussain (2 months ago)
ITS Called zipfs law you unejucated sub mongoloid
Alex.F (2 months ago)
Says Tesla won’t move there factory to New York Elon musk says: hold my beer Elon musk build headquarters in New York
Stefano Volpe (2 months ago)
Not a fan of the info you were fabricating...
Vuph 2 (2 months ago)
becuz they can