This Is Not Yellow

This Is Not Yellow

Using GPS, these trails represent pizza delivery
in Manhattan on a typical Friday night. And is this a frog or a orse? It’s episode 52 of IMG! This lemon looks yellow to me, and it probably
looks yellow to you as well, but not in the same way. You see, here in this room,
this lemon is “Subtractively Yellow.” It absorbs all visible wavelengths of light except for
yellow light, which it reflects onto my retina. But the screen that you are using to watch
this video doesn’t produce yellow light at all. In fact, it can only produce red, blue,
or green light. The really cool, but kind of disturbing thing about this is that here
in the room, I am actually seeing “real” yellow light. But you are seeing “fake” yellow. Absolutely
no yellow is coming off your screen and falling onto your retina. But it still looks yellow
because it’s quite easy to lie to the brain. Our retinas contain three different types
of cone cells that are receptive to color and each one is best suited to detect a certain
color. One is great for blue, the other is great for green and the third is great for
red. Notice that there is no individual cell looking for yellow. So, the way we actually
see yellow happens like this. The wavelength of yellow light falls between the wavelengths
of red and green. And, so, when an object reflects yellow light onto your retina, both
the green and the red cones are slightly activated, which your brain notices and says “well, that’s
what happens when something’s yellow, so it must be yellow.” All a computer monitor or a mobile phone screen
has to do to make you think you’re seeing yellow is send a little bit of red and a little
bit of green light at you. As long as the pixels and the little subpixels on them are
small enough that you can’t distinguish them individually, your brain will just say “well,
I’m recieving some red and some green, that’s what yellow things do…hmm…it must be yellow.”
Even though it actually is not… Lemons can also produce electricity. A little
bit of zinc, a little bit of copper, and boom, you’re moving electrons around. But not that
many, I mean, the current voltage are quite low.
You could run an LCD, but even a potato could do that… If you wanted to run a flashlight bulb, that
would take 3,000 lemons. And if you wanted to run a halogen bulb, well, that would take
37,000 lemons. But artist Caleb Charland doesn’t care. He spent 11 hours hammering nails into 300
living apples hanging on trees. By connecting them to a household lamp, he was able to make
it glow just dimly enough to capture this image with a 4 hour exposure. Less alive and more frightening are Steve
Shaheen’s sculptures: little dudes with bulb heads desperately trying to plug themselves in. Merve Kahraman’s “Revitalizer” never dies.
It’s a lightbulb surrounded by wax. Now, the wax melts because of the lightbulbs heat,
and drips into a special container into all kinds of weird new shapes, but whenever you
want you can just flip it so that the new, cooled wax is at the top. But my favorite is the Fukusada wooden lightbulb.
It looks like a solid block of wood, but it’s actually hollow and chipped to a nearly paper-thin
width. When you turn it on you can see the light coming from inside. Combos. Artist Tang Yau Hoong blew my mind this week.
We’ve got clear days and smoke, boats and crocs, whales and hearts, Pie-bike, brains
and boxing gloves, day and night, but don’t be scared, you can always paint yourself some
light. Or just swing on some light. Ok, let’s frame it this way. Climbing Wall.
This fitness club in Japan uses frames and other pretty interior elements to create a
decidedly less rugged climbing wall. But let’s get simple. Like, minimal. Thanks to Lego, here are their bricks arranged
to represent famous characters. Enjoy. Now for some Art Illusions. Here’s a cute couple, but can you see, in
this very same image, the baby they will soon have? Or how about these zebras? There’s
a lion hiding amongst them. Can you find it? Billboards can be clever, but here’s a great
one that makes it look like someone is pushing out a section of the building. But how many of you will remember seeing it?
If we assume that you don’t remember experiencing major cultural events before you’re 5 or 6
years old, that means that every year there are fewer and fewer people alive who remember
experiencing recent historical events. xkcd made this amazing chart to show when,
in the future, the majority, more than half of living americans, will not remember being
alive when certain things happened. For instance, he calculated using data from the US Census
Bureau that 2012, this very year, is the first year in American history since in which
fewer than half of living Americans remember being alive in the 1970’s. By 2041, most of us won’t remember a time
when Pluto was actually called a planet. By 2043, most of us alive won’t remember living
during George W. Bush’s presidency. And by 2047, more than half of living Americans
will not have been alive to have remembered anything that you did today. Like when you made that funny face in the
yearbook. No, no, no, THAT funny face. If you’re not following @tweetsauce, you’re
missing out on daily Vsaucey content, most of which never makes it to a video. So go
follow us on Twitter and I’m gonna leave you with another combo. A tessellation, while you
listen to Jake Chudnow’s “Flan.” He made a music video for this song over on his channel,
so check that out. And as always, thanks for watching.

Comments (100)

  1. When my phone is in nightime mode it just looks like kinda white light

  2. Wait, why am I still here? What happened to my Tom and Jerry? WHERE ARE THEY?!?!?! WHERE'S MY ASTRO BOY ACTION FIGURE!?!?!?!?

  3. Nothing hits better like a vsauce vid at 2 in the morning

  4. 1:01 best thing i have ever seen…

  5. If you dilute green enough it does become yellow even though it's technically just diluted green. I do not agree with this post delit

  6. I just got clickbaited

  7. Nobody:

    Vsauce: this isn't yellow

  8. The Thumbnail Was Green and Red!!!!

  9. Michaels fat now

  10. So basically, Michael Steves created the daltonic clickbait?

  11. You're right. It's highlighter.

  12. This isn't yellow, this is America


  14. "this isn't yellow"

    looks alot like it, though.

  15. This isn't yellow
    Lemon isn't yellow
    Bulb headed dolls
    Wooden bulbs
    Art illusions
    2041 2043
    Cats jumping, birds flying


  16. Now we actually have yellow pixels

  17. What is his outro

  18. Me: I will really enjoy this holiday and get out everyday
    Me after a week: *watching this isn’t yellow *

  19. This must be old if this ing video is disguised as IMG

  20. 4:50 I don't see it, someone please tell me

  21. i don't get it not being alive to experience trying to say Eyjafjallajökull in Icelandic, i mean you can always hear someone say that if you are in the right place

  22. why did he upload this video in 720p

  23. Is this me writing? No, it's just me, making you, think that I am writing.

  24. You all are wrong. It's not yellow,

    It's red and green.

  25. black and white printers be like = This Is Not Yellow, it is NOTHING

  26. How the hell does that look like a horse
    Oh wait

  27. So.. When you see orange your actually seeing red&yellow?

  28. In the zebra picture I saw the lion first

  29. The Thumbnail is banana You said not yellow so i pick banana

  30. I actually got scared by the frog horse thing because I counted see it s first but I blinked and saw it.

  31. Did you just assume it's colour?

  32. This is yellow.

    oR iS iT?

  33. Vsauce makes me depressed sometimes

  34. Of course, the cone 1:10 is depicted as yellow, fml.

  35. @1:27 , not so fast , step back missed the redline!

  36. Me: sees title of the video
    Also me (a colorblind person): Ah sh$t here we go again

  37. The Simpsons are not yellow, they're #FFFF00.

  38. We've been tricked,we've been backstabbed,and quite possibly,bamboozled.

  39. Where tf is the horse.? Anyone having trouble?

  40. what if i'm watching in a rgby screen?


  41. what about RGBY screens?

  42. but the camera man can also see the yellow and vsauce is talking that way so… he is wrong

  43. This is not a sentance

  44. Michael: This is not yellow.
    Me: How so?
    Micheal: The screen you're looking at projects yellow as a mix of red and green. Only I can correctly perceive the yellow-ness of this yellow lemon.
    Me: But what if they're actually not red and green? What is color? And how do you know I'm not there, looking at the same lemon?
    Michael: Ahem. New episode.

  45. but chris martin said it was all yellow

  46. This makes digital art all the more confusing

  47. Who else didn’t see the horse at the beginning

  48. whats that music he ended with?

  49. Why the thumbnail change

  50. This is not a comment section

  51. 5:30 Ya sure people won't remember Chernobyl in 2020? HBO turned it up a notch.

  52. I feel like this had so many tangents

  53. Looks at thumbnail and then looks at title: yes, it is

  54. Me: thinks its yellow

    Vsauce: yes, but actually no

  55. Wtf the thumbnail isnt yellow anymore on my youtube wtf youtube

  56. Will we ever see the green color?

    Probably not.

  57. Think of a color you had never seen before. Our eyes are RGB as well but can we think of a color never seen by mankind before?

  58. “I am actually seeing REAL yellow light! But YOU are seeing FAKE YELLOW! Absolutely NO yellow is coming off your screen!” Words hurt, Michael…

  59. Me: That is yellow

    VSauce: Well yes, but actually no

  60. hello my english teacher i hope you're watching this i am amazed how someone arabic knows this guy i hope you know who i am

    my name is abdullah

  61. It’s not yellow it’s a guy next to a tree

  62. Wait so is this an img or a standard episode?

  63. Ngl that only looked like a frog to me

  64. Sees thumbnail

    What a twist!

    Confess the truth 2004 plays

  65. I didnt see a horse

  66. Till this day i still cant see if its a horse

  67. Nope ypu painted it its blue


  69. 4:32
    when is the mixtape droppin?

  70. My mind: Bob Ross…. what’d he think 🤔

  71. "By 2041 most of us alive wont remember Pluto being called a planet"


  72. This is not comment

  73. My colors are the best , I mean mine are awesome I swear , especially Turquoise Red Orange Blue Yellow … I hope you guys can see them .

  74. This is not yellow

    You won't be remembered

  75. This is not a pipe!

  76. 0:57 why you gotta slam it in my face like that 😔

  77. How to clickbait without clickbaiting

  78. 3:58 brain vs brawn

  79. If my brain thinks it’s yellow, it’s yellow. Doesn’t matter what the screen does.

  80. It took me s minute to see that horse

  81. I remenber my birthday party when when when I was 4

  82. things are basically many things not except one.

  83. pls watch because is not true

  84. 0:12 I can't see horse

  85. here's a question: oranges are called oranges because they're orange. why aren't lemons called yellows?

  86. The memory stuff makes me sad

  87. Color blind people : It’s blue what are you talking about

  88. 2:56 no, we will still remember it as a planet i think

  89. Its going from pixels to climbing walls

  90. He didn't said he's intro in this video

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