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TWL #7: This Number is Illegal

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Support Wendover Productions on Patreon: https://www.Patreon.com/Wendover Productions 85650789657397829 + 1402 more digits is an illegal number. To understand why this is, we need to learn a little bit of cryptology, a little bit of math, and a little bit of programming. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, etc. For a small channel like this, it helps a lot. Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendoverpro Email: WendoverProductions@gmail.com Series inspiration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_articles Episode inspiration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_prime Attributions: Jeopardy music used under fair use courtesy of orangefreesounds.com Select footage provided by VideoBlocks LLC Music provided Epidemic Sound Select maps provided by OpenStreetMap Select maps provided by Google Maps Select visuals provided by Wikipedia Commons Licenses available upon request Licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 or fair use guidelines
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Death B. Grapes (13 hours ago)
I'm not an American so
Austin Martín Hernández (3 days ago)
It's unconstitutional, writing that number is free speech. But no one would ever care about writing it down
jaredloveless (4 days ago)
deet0109 (1 month ago)
You don’t have to divide the potential prime by every number less than it, you divide it by every (whole) number less than the square root.
TreeMonsterRoblox (1 month ago)
DWAAAN (1 month ago)
_says this number_ *FBI OPEN UP*
Aneesh Raghavan (1 month ago)
The last digit in your fake number is 4... Obviously not prime.
Terry Rodbourn (1 month ago)
You could say the RIAA didn’t understand DVDs are NOT forever! Plus the technology of making your purchase to digital storage! Hence Steve Jobs have to teach the RIAA people wanted old music was sought by many consumers when they stopped printing older music 45s!
Horváth Áron (1 month ago)
2:52 neither of them are primes
Horváth Áron (1 month ago)
1:53 calculated before the number 5 even apeeared
Horváth Áron (1 month ago)
1:25 that doesn't prove ANYTHING! I liked the video up until that point, in fact this way you could prove that there are infinite Fermat-primes, but probably that is not true
Horváth Áron (1 month ago)
0:28 stop at the right moment, also because I am not in the US I can say that number :D
popindosin228 (1 month ago)
Chick sex
Ray Shi (1 month ago)
Actually wendover, you don’t, you only need to go up to half of the number because a number divided by more than half itself will always fall between 1 and 2
Deez Deez (2 months ago)
country baller (2 months ago)
Olga Sergeyeva (3 months ago)
Imagine if someone posted that number on r/madlad.
HyperCuriosity (3 months ago)
but that number is ending with a 44, it is divisble by 2...How the fuck is it prime
HolaSoyAlejandro (3 months ago)
HyperCuriosity he swiched a few digits
LIYALANIDANNI Alex (4 months ago)
I have a new favorite number
Zach Watson (4 months ago)
dosent the first amendment protect you if you have this number though
Gangsta Steve (4 months ago)
I made calculators for things that cant be calculated with a normal calculator in python. Example: 4/5 of a number is 8. what is 5/5 of this number? and my calculator found it(10). I was so proud of myself. If anyone wants the source code just ask idc.
Gangsta Steve (4 months ago)
I hope it doesnt sound like im trying to brag I didnt know how else to say it.
Emangel x (4 months ago)
Palp Palp (5 months ago)
4:02 can you find the hidden 666
SaltyStudentGaming (5 months ago)
Video: this number is illegal because it is used to copy movies and disks Me: OHHHH LETS COPY SONG DISCKS!!! It’s a joke. Very cheesy but still
Liam Ralph (5 months ago)
1:00 You only have to check up to 1/2 of the number. Have you ever heard of a number n where n/2+any amount divides evenly into n? No, cuz it doesn't exist.
Thatyou GoOn (5 months ago)
It is incorrect to state that there are an infinite amount of primes since there are infinite numbers. I know it is irrelevant for the video, but if you don't have to do a mathematical proof, don't go into the "why" with faulty reasoning. :)
Memojy (5 months ago)
Uh it end by 4
Memojy (5 months ago)
İts not a prime
Kaden Bui (5 months ago)
My number’s illegal, thats why i can’t give it to you.
bob bob (5 months ago)
FBI open up
PaintedSim (5 months ago)
3:57 31st 32nd and 33rd numbers in third coloumn
The gamer Scientists (5 months ago)
Whammel (5 months ago)
I'm in the UK so can I have this number
Cupid (5 months ago)
put a minus sign in front of it. It becomes a different number.
Cupid (4 months ago)
That's the point.
Eman Prosic (4 months ago)
Cupid its not a prime then
Украинец рептелойд Илюминатович (5 months ago)
Wait. That's illegal!
Craftmasy (5 months ago)
What a crack number
Rufus The Spaceman ! (5 months ago)
Number: *exists* Number: *Am I a joke to you?*
Smashedsinger (5 months ago)
Couldn’t you make any number but with a 1 at the end and call it “prime” For example:10000000000000000000000001 would be prime since you can’t divide it Idk if I’m correct but it just makes sense in my head
Campsite CB (5 months ago)
Pirate's Piggy (5 months ago)
I just want to own this number just to live on the edge
Zx Lc1 (5 months ago)
sorry mate i really stupid at math
Fresh Inky Boi (5 months ago)
Number 7? (Not being serious) hint for finding prime numbers (if 2 digit or more also this may not work for some idk I am too lazy to check ) add the digits example number: 11 1+1=2 is it divisible by 3 if no its prime if yes it's composite
eleventy-two subscribers with only two dead mooses (5 months ago)
Box V5 (5 months ago)
I was just about to leave jail after a four year sentence then I said this number. Shit.
ArmyMenMan (5 months ago)
They are just odd numbers
Princess_Unicorn (5 months ago)
this number is illegal *makes video about it*
OllieMakesVideos (5 months ago)
"You could probably figure out pretty easy that it was 143" me: fuck off, stop teasing me
Alexander 64 (5 months ago)
Me: says illegal number The US: Wait, That’s Illegal
Chris Klugh (5 months ago)
So I probably have 1000's of this number on my hard drives... Time to install a self destruct feature on my computer so if the police came to cease my stuff...
zouhil (5 months ago)
Big Oof (5 months ago)
How can you ''own'' a number?
sub human scum (5 months ago)
Splitzy (5 months ago)
Wait a minute did I see gay bomb
Merciless SSJ2 (5 months ago)
"I'm in jail for murder, what's your story?" "I wrote some random numbers on a piece of paper" "YOU MONSTER!"
RhinoSaurousReks 543 (5 months ago)
When she claim to be be the illegal number but actually nine Officer I swear I didn’t know she was 9
La Lil Goat (28 days ago)
Khaled El-Zaemey (5 months ago)
Shit it’s my favorite number Jk
Neon Lights (5 months ago)
I know one of the numbers you changed. The last one. Prime numbers (except 2) are all odd 😎
Snovaltica (5 months ago)
Shrayus Masanam (5 months ago)
Imagine if you typed this number onto your phone and the person on the other end was from the FBI lol
Justan_ idiotTJ (5 months ago)
*screenshots* FBI: WHAT DID YOU JUST DO? Me: 👍
RedonexYT (5 months ago)
GiveMe YourSelf
Taser the fox (5 months ago)
*stumbles across this prime* Me:oh look! A pr- *gets arrested*
ironix (5 months ago)
EMS 76 (5 months ago)
You get your information for videos from wikipedia? good god.
PhantomGamer29 Squared: Minecraft PE (5 months ago)
本刀にهُنْطُ نِクスノギ کُسُنُگِ (5 months ago)
i could probably set up a program that finds primes y = n/x (where x is any integer between 1 and x) run x from 1 > x if y returns more then 2 integers (meaning there is factors other then 1 and x) return not prime the problem is, extremelt big numbers with millions of digits are too big for most computers...
Azure CoffeeStar (6 months ago)
literally a bowl of cereal (6 months ago)
Number: *exists* The entire universe: Wait. That's illegal.
Donut Dog (6 months ago)
two sciles italy (6 months ago)
quantum computers are a thing
The Awkward Wolf (6 months ago)
I legitimately thought that the illegal number was going to be like 385,121 or something
Linus Nadler (6 months ago)
Your formular would imply that one is also a prime. Primes are actually defined as having two divisors.
Raion 792 (6 months ago)
I understand that i don't understand
KeyStroke (6 months ago)
2:56 - That isn't a supercomputer 🤣 — it's the switch in a phone company central office.
Lil Boi (6 months ago)
i... i dont understand...
Connor (6 months ago)
Wow! The algorithm loves you! This was recommended to me 2 years after it was posted
Musculander (6 months ago)
This was nice. Finally something that isn’t click bait
69696 subscribers with no videos challenge (6 months ago)
wait. thats illegal
The Seed 219! (6 months ago)
What if a prime numbers are larger the 64bit. Then my computer will crash?
Tehran Kizaki (6 months ago)
2:18 that looks to be a dead or dying board
xl (6 months ago)
How that specific prime number and decss are related are way beyond the scope of this channel. I'm not even sure the author knows how they are related, given that at some point he's talking about public cryptography, which is unrelated to this number.
xl (6 months ago)
3:00 Good luck with factoring a big prime number. It will take some time..
Frencheagle gaming A (6 months ago)
Darkonov destroyer (6 months ago)
But I don't live in the USA
mmmmmmmmmmnmnnnnnnnn (6 months ago)
me 10 mins before FBI busts my door: 8565078965 7397829309 8418946942 8613770744 2087351357 9240196520 7366869851 3401047237 4469687974 3992611751 0973777701 0274475280 4905883138 4037549709 9879096539 5522701171 2157025974 6669932402 2683459661 9606034851 7424977358 4685188556 7457025712 5474999648 2194184655 7100841190 8625971694 7970799152 0048667099 7592359606 1320725973 7979936188 6063169144 7358830024 5336972781 8139147979 5551339994 9394882899 8469178361 0018259789 0103160196 1835034344 8956870538 4520853804 5842415654 8248893338 0474758711 2833959896 8522325446 0840897111 9771276941 2079586244 0547161321 0050064598 2017696177 1809478113 6220027234 4827224932 3259547234 6880029277 7649790614 8129840428 3457201463 4896854716 9082354737 8356619721 8622496943 1622716663 9390554302 4156473292 4855248991 2257394665 4862714048 2117138124 3882177176 0298412552 4464744505 5834628144 8833563190 2725319590 4392838737 6407391689 1257924055 0156208897 8716337599 9107887084 9081590975 4801928576 8451988596 3053238234 9055809203 2999603234 4711407760 1984716353 1161713078 5760848622 3637028357 0104961259 5681846785 9653331007 7017991614 6744725492 7283348691 6000647585 9174627812 1269007351 8309241530 1063028932 9566584366 2000800476 7789679843 8209079761 9859493646 3093805863 3672146969 5975027968 7712057249 9666698056 1453382074 1203159337 7030994915 2746918356 5937621022 2006812679 8273445760 9380203044 7912277498 0917955938 3871210005 8876668925 8448700470 7725524970 6044465212 7130404321 1826101035 9118647666 2963858495 0874484973 7347686142 0880529443
SpySpaceTR (6 months ago)
What happens if I calculate it?
Triggered Potato (6 months ago)
*Sike, that’s the wrong number!*
ejonesss (6 months ago)
you mean to tell me if i have a text file on my system that contains a string of digits say the 1419 digits mentioned i could go to jail. so if i was to say all 1419 digits to someone on the phone me and the other person can go to jail? how would the police and the feds even know that it is an illegal number?
ItzYoBoi DatOneGuy (6 months ago)
So if I asked Alexa to say the largest know prime number I would be arrested
Not Elon Musk (6 months ago)
Vice (6 months ago)
*The FBI wants to know your location...*
hun demojumper (6 months ago)
So if i generate a random number, it'll allways have a tiny chance to get me arrested? This world is rough
Marvin Roth (6 months ago)
It freaks me out that you changed the last two diggets to 44, so it wouldn't ever be a prime number 🙁
Lauch v2 (6 months ago)
"Oh, hey! Look at this long-ass Nummer, guys!" - FBI, OPEN UP!
Dog playing guitar hero (6 months ago)
Why is the FBI at my house?
Ng John (6 months ago)
Soo What's the number? Click bait
Rayhw1 Ander (6 months ago)
so why havnt they arrested all the people with those programs that let you copy DVD's or the companies that make said programs? oh right because the court would say hahahaha you wanna charge them for just having a number? get the fuck out of my court room case dismissed!
Brampoint (6 months ago)
Fbi open up
Johann Miller (6 months ago)
There are so many things wrong with this. First, the algorithm you describe in the beginning on how to determine if a number is prime is not how they do this for large primes. There are so many other theorems on how to determine if a number if prime that are far more efficient. Also, and infinite number of numbers does not imply an infinite number of primes. If you look at any of the dozens of proofs of this fact, none of them simply state "infinite numbers => infinite primes".
Chromazmoves (6 months ago)
I saw gay bomb
Evan Zhao (7 months ago)
0:28 "I switched a few digits to protect myself since you know, it's illegal." BUT HOW DID YOU GET THE NUMBER TO SWITCH IN THE FIRST PLACE???
Christian Dilger (7 months ago)
ima go up to a cop and spew 1450 numbers at them and see if they arrest me now
SHANOOBS ! (7 months ago)
FBI open up