Find the unexpected | Destin Sandlin | TEDxVienna

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  • Published: 11 December 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Discovery often happens outside your comfort zone. It’s when you step out into the unknown that interesting discoveries start to take place. When they do, it’s your responsibility to share the knowledge with society.


    Destin Sandlin is an aerospace and mechanical engineer from Alabama and the creator of Smarter Every Day, a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers and 125 million views. He’s curious about the world and the science behind everyday occurrences. Some of his most popular videos involve investigating helicopter physics, finding butterflies in the Amazon, shooting an AK-47 underwater and dropping cats in weightlessness.

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Comments • 613

  • Magissimus
    Magissimus  3 days back

    Did he mention that you have to be a thinker and a doer?

    • William mcCall
      William mcCall  2 months back

      He has the R6S bomb defuser

      • karel bellic
        karel bellic  2 months back

        Your comedy transitions great to stage. You're a star... In the making, bro. (see what I did there?)
        Smarter every Day

        • Benjamin Esver
          Benjamin Esver  2 months back

          6:09

          PENNYWISE: DO YOU WANT YOUR BOAT BACK

          GOERGIE: YOULL FLOAT TOOOOOOOOOO

          • Benjamin Esver
            Benjamin Esver  2 months back

            At 5:04 the kids are just looking at him like why do you even do YouTube just delete your channel already and why are you tearing up the car?

            • Funny Memes
              Funny Memes  2 months back

              Destin is one of the OG science YouTubers... I am huge fan, along with a lot of other SciTubers... Destin is a huge inspiration to me, and a lot of other people, including other SciTubers...

              • Matthew Gray
                Matthew Gray  3 months back

                That was a great speech. You're smarter than you give yourself credit for.

                • Troubledsham
                  Troubledsham  3 months back

                  "does that make sense?" 32 times

                  • josorr
                    josorr  3 months back

                    Destin's channel is the best on YouTube.

                    • Patrick Denney
                      Patrick Denney  3 months back

                      Roll Tide.

                      • MikeyDL Studios
                        MikeyDL Studios  3 months back

                        He just made me really sad when he said that he didn’t meet the requirements for being an astronaut

                        • Furyizh
                          Furyizh  3 months back

                          yeah, i was pretty sad too. but if he did, then we wouldnt have his amazing videos.

                      • Tiny Ford
                        Tiny Ford  3 months back

                        Finally Ted got the smartest Youtuber to talk

                        • Fadez77
                          Fadez77  4 months back

                          To this date, 'Getting Smarter Every Day', is my favourite channel on YouTube. Amazing dedication. Awesome vids.

                          • John B. Cook
                            John B. Cook  4 months back

                            Fascinating. I just learned new ideas about the chickenesian guidance system!

                            • DangerC Gaming
                              DangerC Gaming  4 months back

                              Im a big fan of dustin and i swear to God he deserves way more than this audience

                              • Solivagant
                                Solivagant  4 months back

                                thank you for showing the world the quiet awesomeness of the every day so commonly overlooked. I see the world like that too. I wondered if you noticed the other oddity of poured honey. when the stream is extremely thin it will bounce or reflect back off its surface. the tension so strong and the stream so thin as to not have energy enough to break its surface. like in Quantum physics, it's the observation that can change the reality. Oh, and I love your Youtube channel. well done.

                                • Chaim S
                                  Chaim S  4 months back

                                  "Glass is glass, and glass will break."

                                  • yaboygarrett
                                    yaboygarrett  4 months back

                                    lmao he said "LISTEN TO ME"

                                    • Jeff Jefferson
                                      Jeff Jefferson  4 months back

                                      Niece, got recommended after 5 years

                                      • JoshuaBuildster
                                        JoshuaBuildster  4 months back

                                        Wait destin has been on fed ex...

                                        • John Tack
                                          John Tack  4 months back

                                          Catch y’all at the chicken videos comments section 😂

                                          • Michael Dwyer
                                            Michael Dwyer  4 months back

                                            thanks Destin, that was awesome

                                            • E. Camilo
                                              E. Camilo  4 months back

                                              Actually, in the Amazon rainforest you have thousands of insects that have not been studied yet. If you are a biologist you can simply walk to the Amazon and you are going to be able to document and even name insects that have never been studie before.

                                              • blzrdphoto
                                                blzrdphoto  4 months back

                                                “I love you to the comet belt”. This is so good. I have Twin two year old boys. I’m going to have to start using this line. So poignant!

                                                • S N
                                                  S N  4 months back

                                                  He still talks a lot.. even though he’s a thinker and doer

                                                  • Pee Sweezy
                                                    Pee Sweezy  4 months back

                                                    Ya we should send Destin to area 51, theyll let him right in no Naruto running needed

                                                    • Amun Greiss
                                                      Amun Greiss  4 months back

                                                      Has Destin achieved to be an astronaut, does anyone know?

                                                      • Denis Hazlewood
                                                        Denis Hazlewood  4 months back

                                                        Destin says "There are listeners, and there are doers." Dixie (Homemade Wanderlust) says "There are wishers, and there are willers." Be a doer, and a willer. Get out there and do things - just because. You'll get smarter every day.

                                                        • Aslan Guseinov
                                                          Aslan Guseinov  4 months back

                                                          Hey, I’m Destin from Smarter Everyday!
                                                          Hi, I’m Aslan from Dumber So Often!

                                                          • Mark Bisson
                                                            Mark Bisson  4 months back

                                                            And now I'm going to die, unless I find out why the balloon seems to contradict the first law of motion (object at rest tends to stay at rest...). Is it the air moving back in the car so the buoyancy of the balloon moves it forward?

                                                            • K-M: Ehrenworth all rights reserved.

                                                              See tetrahedragram on the floor "Lucifer rising"Golden spiral" fractle imagry

                                                              • Sammy Spaniel
                                                                Sammy Spaniel  5 months back

                                                                All of this is why the Bible states when referring to God: "His ways are past finding out". People knew that 2,600 years ago and we still must admit it today.

                                                                • GameDirection
                                                                  GameDirection  5 months back

                                                                  Are we not going to talk about the pentagram under him?

                                                                  • David Wilkie
                                                                    David Wilkie  5 months back

                                                                    Demonstrations that show "learning by doing" are the best kind of YouTube videos. Thank y'all.

                                                                    • EyeInTheSky
                                                                      EyeInTheSky  5 months back

                                                                      Man, somehow I suddenly feel... Smarter every day..

                                                                      • DDT DDT
                                                                        DDT DDT  5 months back

                                                                        Destin you’re good. Thanks

                                                                        • Nick Annies
                                                                          Nick Annies  5 months back

                                                                          Brilliant, love Destin, really inspirational and inquisitive, a perfect combination!

                                                                          • Ay Boss
                                                                            Ay Boss  5 months back

                                                                            I'll be a doer and not a talker

                                                                            • Farzan R.Nobakht
                                                                              Farzan R.Nobakht  5 months back

                                                                              The concept he brings in is so underrated, this exploration method and insight can change lives

                                                                              • John Fuhrman
                                                                                John Fuhrman  5 months back

                                                                                Destin has inspired me!

                                                                                • Charlie Angkor
                                                                                  Charlie Angkor  5 months back

                                                                                  the fridge is running and i just cant hear the whispering even at 100% volume!

                                                                                  • Charlie Angkor
                                                                                    Charlie Angkor  5 months back

                                                                                    could you speak and not whisper?

                                                                                    • M J
                                                                                      M J  5 months back

                                                                                      How much glass dust did he inhale?

                                                                                      • Ashraful Islam
                                                                                        Ashraful Islam  5 months back

                                                                                        Ohhhh ma. This is a gem <3

                                                                                        • Sinbad s
                                                                                          Sinbad s  5 months back

                                                                                          thank you Destin.

                                                                                          • Blake the Tank
                                                                                            Blake the Tank  5 months back

                                                                                            112 downvotes is PETA?

                                                                                            • Fabian Weber
                                                                                              Fabian Weber  5 months back

                                                                                              This dude coming to the stage with a r6 bomb defuser

                                                                                              • Weird World
                                                                                                Weird World  5 months back

                                                                                                Look at the symbol on the stage, illuminati confirmed, cue X-file theme song....