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The North Doesn’t Have to Be Up on Maps

February 11, 2020

Okay. Is this statement correct or bogus: If someone
asked you to show where North is on a map, you’d instinctively point up, right? But would you believe it wasn’t always that
way? And are the continents really moving because
I don’t feel any shifting under my feet! Let’s play a little game of “true or false”! (I’ve got a sweet bonus for ya at the end
too!) 1) Mount Everest is the highest summit on
the planet. False:
Everest stands a proud and impressive champion at just over 29,000 ft above sea level. But it’s not the closest point to space! Because our planet isn’t perfectly round but
more of a squashed sphere, mountains closer to the equator get some extra elevation. This is how Chimborazo in Ecuador is the closest
you can get to the Sun and stars. And if you dive into the Pacific, you’d find
a giant that’s 3,000 feet taller than Everest. Above sea level, though, Mauna Kea is just
13,800 ft tall. The rest is hidden underwater. Speaking of things hiding in the ocean… 2) The Mariana Trench could fit Everest in
it completely. True:
The deepest place on this planet could easily host Everest and still have room for another
decently sized 7,000-ft-tall mountain! 3) A sea must have a coast. False:
The Sargasso Sea is nothing like your regular vacation destination. It has no coasts whatsoever. It’s surrounded by 4 ocean currents – the
Gulf Stream in the West, the North Atlantic Current in the North, the Canary Current in
the East, and the North Atlantic Equatorial Current in the South. That means its borders are always shifting. 4) The continents are constantly moving. True:
And they’re doing it at the same speed your fingernails are growing! As a result, the Pacific Ocean is shrinking
by about an inch a year. So, Asia and North America are getting closer
every year (yay shorter flights!), but Europe is drifting away as the Atlantic widens (aw,
longer trips…). 5) Iceland is becoming larger each year. True:
And it’s a natural process. The land of geysers is also the place where
the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. The gap between them is growing by nearly
2 inches a year. 6) The African continent sits in all 4 hemispheres. True:
Africa is the only continent that spans over the northern, southern, eastern, and western
hemispheres. I mean, it does cover 12 million square miles
– I’d expect at least a few hemispheres in there! Both the Prime Meridian and the Equator cross
it, and that’s unique too! 7) The people on Earth are evenly spread. False:
90% of the entire population (that’s around 7 billion out of 7.7 billion people) live
in the Northern Hemisphere. Before you imagine igloos, polar bears, and
eternal winter – the North actually includes North America, Europe, most of Africa and
Asia, and even some parts of South America! 8) The Earth is extremely densely populated. False:
If we all squeezed up like residents in any major city, we’d need much less room than
the entire planet Earth. 250, 000 square miles would do. That means we could all fit into the state
of Texas, and still have some room to spare! But the price of apartments in Houston and
Dallas would skyrocket! 9) There’s plenty of drinkable water here
on the Blue Planet! False:
71% of the Earth might be covered by water, but it’s not the kind you’d drink first thing
in the morning. Only 2.5% of that water is fresh, and only
1% is available to drink. The rest makes up glaciers and snowfields. Salty seawater has its own benefits though,
and humanity is always finding innovative ways to use it, from new technologies to the
beauty industry. 10) The Sahara Desert is always hot. False:
Most people think of it as the driest and one of the hottest places on Earth, but it
does get snow! In the last 40 years, it’s happened 3 times
already. So it does get chilly sometimes, mostly during
long winter nights. Speaking of unexpected places where you can
find snow… 11) It snows in Hawaii. True:
Hawaii’s volcanoes Mauna Kea (remember what it’s famous for?), Mauna Loa, and Haleakala
all rise above 10,000 ft. This altitude is high enough to get a good
amount of the white fluffy stuff during winter. 12) The North Pole is the coldest place on
Earth. False:
The South Pole is! It’s because the North Pole sits on floating
chunks of ice. That ice is thin enough to let the heat coming
from the Arctic Ocean get through. Antarctica – home to the South Pole – is
a massive continent that doesn’t have such a natural heater. The average winter temperature there is -76°F,
compared to -40°F in the North. 13) The North is always “up.” False:
Old Egyptian maps had South as “up” because that’s where they lived. In Medieval times, “North” was actually
East on many maps because that’s where the Sun rises. People heading to the Americas held maps with
West where you’d expect North to be today. Ptolemy was the first to put north on top
of a “global” map, but that could be because he didn’t have much information on the Southern
Hemisphere. Centuries later, people discovered there’s
a magnetic north pole where a compass needle will point straight down. That’s only possible at the Geographic North
Pole. But technically, you could mark that point
anywhere on the map, not just the very top –especially now that the magnetic north
pole is moving! Who knows where the North might end up centuries
from now? 14) You’re walking on gold every day. True:
The Earth’s core is home to some expensive substances, including diamonds and gold! If you took all the gold out and spread it
on the surface, it would be enough to cover the entire planet in a 2-ft-thick layer up
to your knees! That’s an expensive highway! 15) There are no more real isolated areas
on this planet. False:
Two words: Point Nemo. “Nemo” translates from Latin as “no
one” and it’s the perfect name for a place so remote from any land – 1,000 miles in
any direction – that astronauts are the closest humans to it. When the International Space Station is flying
over Point Nemo, the crew is only 260 miles away from it! 16) Two people can be 43 miles yet 24 hours
apart. True:
In 2011, Samoa just skipped December 30 and became 3 hours ahead of Sydney Australia,
the nearest large business center. It used to be 21 hours behind it. So now, Samoa and American Samoa are a mere
43 miles yet a whole 24 hours apart! 17) A journey down the Mississippi River takes
90 days. True:
That is, if you’re a droplet of water. Three months is what it takes to cover the
distance of almost 2,350 miles from Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Would you want to go on that journey? Let me know in the comments below! 18) Canada has the highest concentration of
lakes. True:
Over half of all the natural lakes on Earth are in the Great White North. That’s over 30,000 of those natural pools
covering 9% of the country’s territory. 19) Kentucky has the longest cave in the world. True:
If you ever visit Mammoth Cave National Park, you’ll only get a sneak peek of the largest
cave system on the planet. 400 miles have already been officially explored,
and half as much is believed to still be waiting underground. 20) The poles are in all time zones at the
same time. True:
If someone asked you what time it is during a trip to either the North or the South Pole,
you could never give them the right answer. That’s because all the longitude lines that
divide one time zone from another come together here. Technically, you could use any time, but most
people stick to their country’s research station’s zone. Bonus! I enjoyed this journey around the globe with
you so much, that I’d like to show you something. We’ll need to take a quick trip down to
the Great Barrier Reef. Here it is – a heart-shaped reef to show
how much I appreciate ya! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!


  • Reply 仲間死・ February 10, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Did you know that Pokemons Mount Lanakila is based on the Mauna Kea

  • Reply hunter burns February 10, 2020 at 6:23 am

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  • Reply Hand Made Human February 10, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Turn over your globe and read the sticker on the bottom!😉

  • Reply Raaj Kapoor Singh February 10, 2020 at 6:48 am

    amzing work i love this vid my dear BRIGHT SIDE in the light 😍

  • Reply Maths with Muneer February 10, 2020 at 6:58 am

    How do you guys find time to literally do all the research, since you are posting everyday.

  • Reply Sam Quist February 10, 2020 at 7:02 am

    0.54 The Sun is a star

  • Reply Sam Quist February 10, 2020 at 7:08 am

    5:14 whitch white stuff

  • Reply ilias jacobs February 10, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Lets go gravel in time in Hawaï

  • Reply Arminius February 10, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Did any of you answer all of them correctly?

  • Reply gacha frost fox February 10, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Its may birthday 😀

  • Reply Ernie Bilale February 10, 2020 at 7:18 am

    True According To Science Pacific Are Shrinking And American Continent Will Be Eaten By Mariana Trench Under The Ocean But It Will Happened In Billions Of Years

  • Reply Shalina Akhtar February 10, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Got all right

  • Reply Skinny Boon February 10, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Pacific is getting smaller??gr8

  • Reply P U M O S H February 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Genial rifa más :v

  • Reply Marinó Máni February 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    2:39 yes but the ocean waves when they smash on the beaches Iceland gets smaler so it's only changing looks.

  • Reply Kirk Morrison February 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

    At The Poles just give the time in in UTC. (Universal Coordinated Time. That way you will always be on the correct time

  • Reply Lucky Fish February 10, 2020 at 8:06 am

    The noth pole is very interesting in beautiful place.👍👍👍👍

  • Reply juli julic February 10, 2020 at 8:06 am

    What did i learn:He love's us all

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  • Reply Kyle Rei Matanguihan February 10, 2020 at 8:35 am

    I learned this in 6th grade lol

  • Reply ItsmeZahi February 10, 2020 at 8:48 am

    1:58 why did the moving stop?! And the last time i checked it was 8 Billion people 3:17

  • Reply lena v February 10, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Of course I want to go down the Mississippi River

  • Reply Dennis Reineking February 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

    On The Bright Side very Interesting video USA

  • Reply V Bhaiya February 10, 2020 at 9:16 am

    My mind went somewhere else while reading the everest and Mariana trench fact

  • Reply josh786manchester February 10, 2020 at 9:32 am

    The earth us a triangle

  • Reply Super Luminous Anomaly February 10, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Here's one for ya. You can be only approx 2 miles distant from one island to the other and still be a day apart. Little Diomede island (USA) and big Diomede (Russia) aka Tommorow Island.

  • Reply Nerutan Athokpam February 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Hey bright side please do research about MANIPUR and northeastern states of India. They look like Chinese but are Indians.

  • Reply BRIGHT SIDE February 10, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Hey guys! Which hemisphere do you live in?

  • Reply classical_cookie February 10, 2020 at 10:29 am


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  • Reply sulemana mutawakkil February 10, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Bright side trying to be that kid who always thinks differently from every one in the class

  • Reply DJ Hypro February 10, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Very informative 🤓

  • Reply K Z February 10, 2020 at 11:04 am

    The earth is flat.

  • Reply Cecilia G February 10, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Cool, I never knew that!

  • Reply Kris Bart February 10, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for thr trivia, Bright Side!

  • Reply Jack Stir February 10, 2020 at 12:13 pm

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  • Reply Marie Jourdain February 10, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Rocket : I'm the only one who can get you to outaspace .
    Mountains: try me!

  • Reply Daniel Binder February 10, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    On the note of gold.. Its not native to planet earth. Theres only about 2 olympic swimming pools worth of real natural gold on this planet. Sighs silly humans ..i just dont wana pik this apart anymore 90% of this is wrong.👎

  • Reply Jordi Llach February 10, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    9:37 Hey, guys that globe is turning in the wrong direction!

  • Reply Markoman 4life February 10, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Thats not true Kentucky doesn't have the longest cave sistem it in slovenia

  • Reply dead gamer February 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    My answer were all correct except one

  • Reply The Necromaniac and Nerdologist February 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I don't want to take that Mississippi River trip, cause bull sharks are scary

  • Reply Anony Mous February 10, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Brightside: The North doesn't have to be U…


  • Reply leo king February 10, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    If you believe the Earth is flat put a like
    I believe it's round by the way

  • Reply ~PÏĞĢÎË~ February 10, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I live in North Hemisphere

  • Reply Soheli Shabnam Mita February 10, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    5:20 & 4:34 I think it's True

  • Reply arin sqard February 10, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    This week is sinec week and today we learned that the earth moves 365 mils per second

  • Reply Jon The Backpack Kid February 10, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I said now at 5:52 because the world is always rotating, there is no real North or south.

  • Reply Ryan Salman February 10, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you Bright Side

  • Reply Will Nash February 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm


  • Reply Ruby Chung February 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    If north was up then the sun would be setting on mountains

  • Reply Goose n' Foof's Playroom February 10, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I live by mammoth cave

  • Reply como chingas February 10, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Aww thanks
    I also appreciate bright side
    I learn different things every day 💞💞

  • Reply Jack Rabbit February 10, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Or you can just flip the map on its side

  • Reply Brandon Heim February 10, 2020 at 9:36 pm


  • Reply sad shit February 10, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Yes i would like to go down missippi river

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:41 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    False, it’s not wide enough

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Maybe not :/

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:42 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    What u think a super continent is?

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    No it is an iceberg like Antarctica it’s just big

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:45 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    True it’s right in the middle

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    It has a population of 7 billion people, and thats not even 0.0000001% of the species that live on earth

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:51 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Ummm I think 70% of earth is enough to drink, and you can’t ever run out because of the water cycle

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:52 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Meh true

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    But we can purify it so for us ya

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    False, it’s a desert it gets extremely cold at night
    Kinda like Mercury
    (I said mars XD mars isn’t warm to begin with)

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Um ya it does you basicly just said, “ speaking of weird places to find snow” as if you were saying it snows a lot in Hawaii

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    No I think the Antarctic is

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Knew it!

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    No I hear it changes every 100- 500 years
    Also you said in the beginning ,” you instinct is to go up but that isn’t always the case,”

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    False humans haven’t lived in the ocean for a while, it’s very expensive only a couple people have been under da sea ( I’m not sorry) for more than a day

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    I think true because they never said how to get there, that would take a day or even several days to walk there

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    OMG I never thought of time zones XD

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I think true, not now tho, but about 100 years ago it took about a month (not quite 90 but close) to travel a couple states, even in a boat

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    I think yes because it has the Great Lakes and it probably has a lot more being about the size of the USA
    ( I’m not a geography expert)

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Hmmm I didn’t know there where about 30 thousand

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    No? Idk for sure tho

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Maybe so…

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    There are 2 time zones just from Luisiana to Alabama
    There are tons if just 2 states have 2

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:07 pm


  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    I forgot those all meet there

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Sorry for bothering you

  • Reply Ryan Bonaventure February 10, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Bye and you stay on the bright side too!

  • Reply Achievementz February 10, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Flatearthers have another view on this subject

  • Reply girlypanda 88 February 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    [Point Nemo] Nemo=nowhere finding Nemo Nemo is lost so basically nowhere

  • Reply Sam Davis February 11, 2020 at 2:55 am

    North is the center of our True world, with fixed star Polaris smack dab above …

  • Reply Çømêndêr Bøy February 11, 2020 at 5:16 am

    I Live in dalles texas

  • Reply Ezra Shah February 11, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Why did the spin stoped before the answer apeared? 1:58

  • Reply Abdul Rafeh February 11, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Hi brlght !!

  • Reply MnM S February 11, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    That time travel in Samoa and South and North's timelessness

  • Reply Tina Burnley February 11, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Bunch of baloney……draw a circle and then divide the circle into 24 slices. Now take the New Standard Map of the World and lay it in the circle with the 24 slices and each slice represents the time zones – verify the cities within the slice are in the same time zones! We are on a flat plain with contour hills, mountains, valleys, oceans, rivers, etc. and if you were to plan a trip around the world – everything is on the ground and you have to take an airplane up in the sky to get there. Think and use your common sense – quit wondering around in Wonderland!

  • Reply Qboom Iolllo February 11, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Flat earth

  • Reply af Ibrahim February 11, 2020 at 7:51 pm


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