How Weird Is My Audience? I Polled 15,408 People To Find Out
I asked my audience six questions: some sensible, some ridiculous. I compared their results to the public. And the results were... interesting. • Graphics by William Marler: and his Lungs Podcast:
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    And that's it for the videos in 2020! As usual, there are some brilliant guest videos coming up in January: please give them a warm welcome!

    • Michael Fussell
      Michael Fussell

      Your audience probably just chose cats more often from their “viral-ness” online

    • Elias Niwert
      Elias Niwert

      I think the reason for the results of the "how weird are you" question is that YOU, Tom are a solid 5 on that scale. We watch your videos, we sympathise with the ways you think and behave so we must be ona similar wavelength here

    • God's Gamer
      God's Gamer

      A banger of a video

    • Kenny's Life Stories
      Kenny's Life Stories

      my guess for why tom's audience rates it's wierdness at five is because we are ussually well aquanited with the internet, where we find weird interests, but we see more weird interests that we don't have,

    • Dan K
      Dan K

      peap pik

  • No, Thank you
    No, Thank you

    I have no inner monolog, and can't see things in my head.

  • GAMATIC -_-
    GAMATIC -_-


  • Protector of the Realms
    Protector of the Realms

    It looks like Bob Mortimer’s owl Mavis lmao




    8:46 That's cuz of normal on longer has a true definition like 50+ years ago

  • Burned paper
    Burned paper

    Out of W.E.I.R.D I am an E.I.D Edit: I'm not Western or rich ( - _ - )

  • The Editor
    The Editor

    I have an idea about why so many people chose Henry. There's that video where someone asks her grandma to name pokemon, and I think that the grandma named one of the pokemon Henry. Maybe everyone who knows that video unconsciously linked that with the owl? I have no idea why that would be the case Edit: I was thinking of said grandma naming a charmander "Hamilton." I'm out of ideas.

  • Lilac Dreams MLP and HRT
    Lilac Dreams MLP and HRT

    . Hi. Hi.

  • Selin Tozkoparan
    Selin Tozkoparan

    *kokakikukekuk, esimitasolink, osakilenmis.*

  • Rina

    I thought henry instantly then maybe harry then oswald...

  • Tian Louw
    Tian Louw

    If that owl ain't a Frank...

  • Littlefox_100

    5:32 it looks like a Henry I know I’m late

    • Littlefox_100

      Oh my gosh I thought I was original 😐

  • Littlefox_100

    5:32 it looks like a Henry I know I’m late

  • Littlefox_100

    Thumbnail Me: uhhhhhhhhh

  • Adam Greene
    Adam Greene

    6:27 My elementary school had an eagle as its mascot, and they put the name up for a vote and Jimmy Talon won.

  • bianca

    i was excited when i saw jeremy on the list of owl names becuase thats what i named it too

  • Pendragon

    The ones that answered yes to the mist challenge question: 🤡

  • Derrad - دراد
    Derrad - دراد

    Jimmy Talon got me 😂

  • Ches Nogat
    Ches Nogat

    All the Nerodivergent people probably flocked here

  • Jesse Lindsey
    Jesse Lindsey

    I will die on my hill over and over again - IT'S TWO SPACES YOU CRETINS. I had no idea how disgusted I would feel that 2 spaces is falling out of style. Oh my god, why is this affecting me this badly? What is the matter with all of you?

  • retrosashia

    i didnt think anything about the owl because i wasnt paying attention but im going to name it tessa because i feel like it

  • Ma Kako
    Ma Kako

    I named the owl Geoffrey :)

  • chinthor

    I'll admit to only learning this about myself now, here, today. I was a 2-spacer. The internet eventually got me to not bother. It wins.

  • SkippyTrx

    I think we're all just weid Actually

  • Nace CapV
    Nace CapV

    Haven't taking this and I am a 5

  • Alfia Ishmetova
    Alfia Ishmetova

    8:29 The audience hiveminded and made a middle finger.

  • Quinn Collins
    Quinn Collins

    I’m so shook that I thought of Henry when I saw the owl and then it turns out most viewers also thought of Henry... so random lmao

  • Koen 23
    Koen 23

    If the answer to the question 'how weird is my audience?' is slightly more weird then you think you are and i'm part of your audience and the thing that I thought was also slightly more weird then I think I am, then what does that mean?

  • Joshua McLean
    Joshua McLean

    I heard intellectuals are more likely to be cat people, so if you are doing scientific or educational videos that could be why cays were preferred.

  • Jouke

    As soon as the picture of the owl came up i said henry and apparently I'm not the only one

  • H Arz
    H Arz

    That is OBVIOUSLY Owl McOwlface

  • Nicklas VEVA
    Nicklas VEVA

    Why would you ever use TWO spaces after a period? Books, articles, everything uses one space. What is the purpose of two spaces? It's not aesthetically pleasing. That's for sure.

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  • French Onion
    French Onion

    That’s crazy that Harold was #2

  • Nathan Zaremskiy
    Nathan Zaremskiy

    The internet gave tom the finger on the weirdness scale

  • Bus Italique
    Bus Italique

    5:50 I'm sure it's because oh harry potter

  • Aala Elsadig
    Aala Elsadig

    I swear to God I never knew that the discussion of having one or two spaces after a full stop is a thing.

  • Neil Lunavat
    Neil Lunavat

    I put. Two spaces. After period.

  • Niamh O'Connor
    Niamh O'Connor

    People who uses two spaces after a period are the same people who call the fire department to light their cigarette

  • Jonne Breitholtz
    Jonne Breitholtz

    This was really interesting. Yee yee

  • Ryanファイサル

    I named the owl John

  • Wyatt Braun
    Wyatt Braun

    Dude that's super weird. I thought of the owl as Harold

  • Temmie Mew
    Temmie Mew

    I saw the owl. I said "Harold" INSTANTLY. WHAT!?!??!! W H A T ??!?!??!?!?!?!?!?

  • Meedup Carol
    Meedup Carol

    in portuguese 1 space after the period is the gramatically correct version as far as I know, so it isnt a matter of preference

  • ToasterBread

    a tad quirky

  • Shariq Shafi
    Shariq Shafi

    This is the most passive aggressive way anyone has ever to ld me I'm a computer nerd.

  • Daniel Gerber
    Daniel Gerber

    two spaces! that's what I learned when I learned to type on an old manual typewriter, as a child.

  • Katherine Montano
    Katherine Montano

    Before the results of the "how weird are you" were showed, I had choosen 5 in my head😶

  • TomteNisse

    Wow. I've never heard of putting two spaces after a period before. Never even reflected on it being a thing, whenever I've seen it I've just probably thought the person writing it made a mistake.

  • itsthecolleenlife

    Those are some great owl names.

  • Willum_

    What makes you S.P.E.C.I.A.L

  • Massimiliano Curzi
    Massimiliano Curzi

    I'm surprised there was not an "Owly Mc Owlface" option!

  • Klondike

    8:57 the right graph is flipping me off

  • mysteryshrimp

    My pet theory as to how weird your audience self-identified as: we behave as a hive mind, and wanted to give online polls the middle finger.

  • adam comerford
    adam comerford

    I have never even heard of putting two spaces after a period. Is that specific to typing? Because I've never seen that in a book before.

  • Maric

    how weird am i? 5/7 is the obvious answer

  • Mr. Pavone
    Mr. Pavone

    7:53 Anyone rating themselves as very weird are lying or trying to be interesting. Anyone rating themselves as normal? THAT is weird.

  • Norb T
    Norb T

    Sad I couldnt participate :(

  • Idefix

    I never heard of two spaces ever.

  • vompattimies

    Maybe some people though the mist challenge was the mist movie?

  • Revnik

    The motion/info-graphics are really great. Very good work, William Marler.

  • Moomoobeef h
    Moomoobeef h

    partially surprised there's no hoodie.mp4 on the desktop

  • hi im nick
    hi im nick

    The owl's name is Garrett, guys. Sorry, but it is what it is.

  • red apple one
    red apple one

    james van der beak

  • Obama

    your editor is hilarious😂😂

  • Trash.

    people use 2 spaces???? like anywhere on the planet????

  • SpagYeti

    The owl is called Erold and I will fight you on that

  • aluminyo

    When scott lost his composure you could slowly so him smiling more and more

  • vsm1

    Regarding the cats vs. dogs difference, I think it's not your audience thing, but the "general public" thing. The audience was american and it's a cultural thing for americans to be dog people. One of the reasons is dog food companies, they constantly run ads which link puppy/dog images with images of happiness. They don't "sell" you dog food, they "sell" you an idea that owning a dog means you feel better. It's much more profitable because if you get a dog, you become a dog food buyer for the next 5-10-15 years.

  • Darris Hawks
    Darris Hawks

    Two spaces is stupid

  • Matthew Wu
    Matthew Wu

    Can someone explain henry the owl?

  • Alessio Doomboy
    Alessio Doomboy

    Cats are Dogs for introverts

  • Imbad

    Ayyy 1 space gang

  • Flinchous

    5:04 I didnt even know that there were people who would even think to use 2 spaces. I dont understand why you would either

  • AstolfoIsMyHusbando

    i said henry •-•

  • vogonp 42
    vogonp 42

    Let's create a mist challange.

  • JY - 06PS 782412 Thomas Street MS
    JY - 06PS 782412 Thomas Street MS

    i would have picked 5 on the scale too :| i guess it's true

  • Lambogis

    Why would anyone use two spaces?

  • Adrian Tam
    Adrian Tam

    Animator at the end having a bit of fun

  • Killian Brady
    Killian Brady

    It feels weird having always been two-space despite being terminally online for at this point literally more than half my life. It's definitely reflex, but I also think it looks magnitudes better in longer-form text, which is where my typing leans anyway. Just one of those things, I guess. 25-34 group, too.

  • Neil Ghaskadvi
    Neil Ghaskadvi

    this is a bit outdatEd bEcausE EveryonE is making an 📧 with youtubE polls

  • BʟɪᴛᴛᴇʀBᴜɢ

    The owl is clearly called Horace.

  • Skyquaky

    this owl is clearly an edric

  • IT'S MEEE333M
    IT'S MEEE333M

    8:26 You plotted a middle finger thanks

  • Steven Utter
    Steven Utter

    Wait people can make themselves smell things the same way we can imagine a picture in our heads? I smell something and am bombard with any memories or experiences connected to that smell, but the other way around doesn't produce the smell. I can't force myself to smell a fart that isn't there.

  • Shreya Sanjay
    Shreya Sanjay

    I've heard somewhere that smart people like cats more soooo I'm gonna leave that here 😉

  • Ben Stanfill
    Ben Stanfill

    I would have put very normal. I think I'm interesting enough, I have plenty of random knowledge and I'm fairly personable, but I don't consider anything about me 'weird'

  • Td Td
    Td Td

    When I saw that owl I immediately thought that's Henry. Wierd. The algorithm has us, the audience, down to a T.

  • Jan Dudek
    Jan Dudek

    What stuck me actually weird is the fact that you didn’t list Hedwig as definietly female name. My guess would be that’s the result of lack of articles in English, animals are by default addressed in neuter (it). I don’t think any Polish or German HP viewer would ever consider Hedwing to be anything else but female, despite her sex was never addressed in the books


    We all know that the best thing on the World is the Walter-Dog aka Nelson

  • Slaps Only
    Slaps Only

    I can’t accept these findings as legitimate. Owl McOwlface wasn’t in the top 3 of owl names from Twitter results.

  • Eris

    Wow. Does yt do that?

  • Bo

    that owl totally does look like a henry

  • Probably Maybe
    Probably Maybe

    1:42 I suspect it is an introvert thing. Or possibly an indoorsy person thing. (They tend to go hand in hand, from what I've heard.)

  • au7WeeNg

    I think Athena was because there's a literal genus of small owls called Athene, not _directly_ because of the general association of Athene with owls. IOW, the respondents wouldn't have said Athena to a picture of a big owl.

  • CD80QL2

    i love the very specific names for the owl

  • NotANameist

    I got to the answer for question 1 and I’m already going to peace out. I don’t want to be associated with *those* people.

  • QueenEon

    I so glad Scruffy was in the top 20 for the owl because that was my immediate reaction to seeing it’s scruffy little face

  • Christopher Briggs
    Christopher Briggs

    So when they teach typing in school do they say one or two spaces