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Tom Scott, and the formidable power of escalating streaks

Visit Tom Scott, and the formidable power of escalating streaks

Ten years ago yesterday, Tom Scott posted this video to YouTube about “Special Crossings For Horses In Britain”. It was the first in his Things You Might Not Know series, but more importantly it was the start of a streak.

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After ten years, it’s time to stop making videos. Ten years ago, my friend Tom Scott started a deliberate streak of posting YouTube videos—initially about one a day before settling into a cadence of one a week. He kept that up for the full ten years, growing his subscribers to over 6 million in the process.

Today he’s ending that streak, in unparalleled style.

(I’m proud to have made an appearance in video number 13, talking about Zeppelins.) # 1st January 2024, 10:59 pm


A Zeppelin, A Cat, and The World’s First In-Flight Radio Message. Tom Scott asked me for “something you might not know” at our leaving party in London before we moved to California. I went with the story of Kiddo the cat and the first attempt at an aerial Atlantic crossing. Here’s the resulting YouTube video. # 14th January 2014, 11:05 pm


Journalism Warning Labels. These are absolutely fantastic. “I’ve been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the London Underground. You might want to as well.” # 14th August 2010, 11:16 am