YouTuber Wants to Make You ‘Smarter Every Day’

17:42 minutes

By day, Destin Sandlin is a missile flight test engineer in Huntsville, Alabama. By night, he uses a high speed video camera to unpack the science behind everyday phenomena, like how tattooing works and why spaghetti snaps the way it does. He posts those results to his popular YouTube science channel, “Smarter Every Day.” Onstage in Huntsville, Sandlin explains how a simple barnyard experiment went viral, and introduces Ira and the audience to a special kind of bicycle. (You steer this one backwards!)

Check out the videos mentioned in the discussion:

Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics


Chicken Head Tracking


A Baffling Balloon Behavior

Segment Guests

Destin Sandlin

Destin Sandlin is creator and host of Smarter Every Day and a missile flight test engineer at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.