(and Why) SpaceX will colonize Mars (2015)

One of life’s great leaps may be just around the corner. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 days ago

You Won’t Believe My Morning

A highly unexpected turn of events. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 11 days ago

From 1M to Graham’s Number

Graham's number is so big, we need a whole new set of tools to even discuss it. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 month ago

You Secretly Hate Cool Bars

Going to cool bars is a bad life experience every time. So why do so many people do it? | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 2 months ago

A Sick Giant

We really need to do something about this. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 2 months ago

It’s 2020 and you’re in the future

Some people are young, just not you. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 months ago

The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce

The thing I learned from Elon Musk that changed the way I think about life. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 months ago

Political Disney World

Not all Disney movies are fictional. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 months ago

Idea Labs and Echo Chambers

What are the speaking rules in your world? | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

The Story of Us: Full Series

Welcome to the biggest Wait But Why series yet. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

The Thinking Ladder

Let’s talk about the four ways people form their beliefs. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

The American Brain

One neuron’s take on how 300 million people can think as one. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction (2015)

Part 2: "Our Immortality or Our Extinction". When Artificial Intelligence gets superintelligent, it's either going to be a dream or a nightmare for us. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

The Mute Button

It’s not a good button. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

The Enlightenment Kids

A how-to guide for starting the U.S. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping (2014)

Whenever you're not sure what to tip someone, you risk ending up in the dreaded Ambiguous Tipping Situation. This post is here to help. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 6 months ago

A Story of Stories

Remember the time our species' random primate tribes transformed into world-conquering beasts? That was weird. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 7 months ago

A Game of Giants

To understand the human, you need to get to know the human giant. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 7 months ago

The Great Battle of Fire and Light

This is why all humans are crazy. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 7 months ago

The Story of Us

It turns out “Us” is a big topic. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 7 months ago

Everything You Should Know About Sound

We all know what sound is. Except actually, no we don't. Let's fix that. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 8 months ago

Did James make the right Final Jeopardy bet?

I kinda think he didn't. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 10 months ago

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence (2015)

Part 1 of 2: "The Road to Superintelligence". Artificial Intelligence — the topic everyone in the world should be talking about. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 11 months ago

7.3 Billion People, One Building

This isn't gonna be pleasant for anyone. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Wait but Why: Neuralink (2017)

I knew the future would be shocking but this is a whole other level. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Putting Time in Perspective (2013)

Putting massive amounts of time in perspective is incredibly hard for humans, so we made this graphic. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

The American Presidents–Washington to Lincoln

Who were Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and the rest of the first 16 US presidents, what did they do, and what do they hope history has forgotten? | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Why Bugs Ruin Everything

Some might say I'm "overreacting" or "being a little bitch" when I say that bugs make life "basically not worth living," but I'm not. Here's why. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think (Taming the Mammoth)(2014)

We all care way too much what other people think of us. Here's why. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate

The full story about why procrastinators routinely ruin their own lives. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

How to Name a Baby (2013)

Meet the Name Fad. In 30 years, the names Natalie, Chelsea, Samantha, and Lindsay will sound how Nancy, Cheryl, Susan, and Linda do today. And in 60 years, the names Ethan, Cody, Brandon, and Matthew will be Earl, Chester, Bernard, and Melvin. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Life Is a Picture, but You Live in a Pixel

Jack sees his life as a rich picture depicting an epic story and assumes that the key to his happiness lies in the broad components of the image. And he's completely wrong. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

How to Beat Procrastination (2013)

Part 2. Where does a procrastinator go wrong and how can you actually improve your procrastination habits? | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

The Fermi Paradox (2014)

The Fermi Paradox: There should be 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy — so why haven't we found any of them? | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

The Tail End (2015)

No matter what your age, you may, without realizing it, be enjoying the very last chapter of the relationships that matter most to you. Make it count. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

The Tail End

No matter what your age, you may, without realizing it, be enjoying the very last chapter of the relationships that matter most to you. Make it count. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Religion for the Nonreligious (2014)

Not a theist? Okay so what are you then? | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

The Titanic Compared with a Modern Cruiseship (image)

How does the Titanic stack up in comparison to Allure of the Seas, the world's largest modern cruise ship | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

Your Life in Weeks – Wait but Why

All the weeks in a human life shown on one chart. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)

Our career path is how we spend our time, how we support our lifestyles, how we make our impact, and even sometimes how we define our identity. Let’s make sure we’re on the right track. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 1 year ago

100 Blocks a Day

Everyone gets 100 10-minute time blocks to use every day. How are you using yours? | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 years ago

The Second Presidential Debate

In case you missed it, here's what happened. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 years ago

SpaceX’s Big Freaking Rocket – The Full Story (G-Rated Version)

It's not a small rocket. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 years ago

Wait But Hi – Full Report

Last weekend (August 13th and 14th) was Wait But Hi — a global hangout weekend for Wait But Why readers. Here's how it went. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 years ago

Clueyness: A Weird Kind of Sad

No one likes to feel cluey. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 years ago

Mailbag #1

Tim answers 46 reader questions about almost everything. | Continue reading


@waitbutwhy.com | 3 years ago