What if the World turned to Gold? - The Gold Apocalypse

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Let us explore the scientific mystery of what would happen to you, if Earth suddenly turned into gold! The “Midaspocalypse”, based on the ancient tale of King Midas who was cursed so everything he touched turned into gold.

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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    3 місяці tagasi

    The Map of Evolution and other beautiful sciency posters, researched and designed with love, are now available on the kurzgesagt shop. Our shop is the best way to support us directly and keep our videos free for everyone. ►► shop.kurzgesagt.org (Worldwide Shipping Available)

    1. Jakub Bilek
      Jakub Bilek
      2 päeva tagasi

      wait why is the water not changing to gold?

    2. a black screen
      a black screen
      19 päeva tagasi

      @Calvins Carvings. more like 127 likes

    3. James Hemmington
      James Hemmington
      21 päev tagasi


    4. Liam Strong
      Liam Strong
      Місяць tagasi

      But their price is wild…

    5. DRAX xd
      DRAX xd
      Місяць tagasi

      Kurzgesagt is the worst channel to ever have the chance to come to EEfast. I absolutely hate it.

  2. nonk nonk
    nonk nonk
    16 minutit tagasi


  3. Kazuistik Belge
    Kazuistik Belge
    22 minutit tagasi

    gold is conductive. What happens to the earth's electromagnetic field if the earth turns into gold?

  4. Deniz Ulusoy
    Deniz Ulusoy
    4 tundi tagasi

    You ar amazing

  5. Terlin1466
    4 tundi tagasi

    i learned you got too much free time to waste time on something like this.

  6. Maximian Studios
    Maximian Studios
    5 tundi tagasi

    I learned not to use magic

  7. Haley Thompson
    Haley Thompson
    9 tundi tagasi

    Kurzgesagt says very calmly "you turn to a red puddle on the ground"

  8. Axeli Nedgelord
    Axeli Nedgelord
    10 tundi tagasi


  9. Cat Spiny Toad
    Cat Spiny Toad
    12 tundi tagasi

    This is why subbed just to hear quack

  10. Pola & Tiger
    Pola & Tiger
    14 tundi tagasi

    Love the intro!

  11. DGX Games Y
    DGX Games Y
    14 tundi tagasi

    This video turn the magic much better! This crossover of science of ficction deserves more videos like this

  12. G Hoster
    G Hoster
    15 tundi tagasi

    world: *turns into gold* USA: gimme

  13. Macbyss Lector: McEvergreen Enhancement
    Macbyss Lector: McEvergreen Enhancement
    16 tundi tagasi

    5:35 MINECRAFT

  14. Revenge
    17 tundi tagasi

    i learned that ducks can not be turned into gold.

  15. Orion055 II-II
    Orion055 II-II
    17 tundi tagasi

    The music is like the cherry on the cherry on the cake

  16. Villanueva Elaina
    Villanueva Elaina
    18 tundi tagasi

    The warlike hand extraorally train because anime nomenclaturally manage than a certain meteorology. common, equal giraffe

  17. clearlyrebecca
    19 tundi tagasi

    "This is funky and doesn't explode" is an amazing compliment for a duck.

  18. Metadragon
    19 tundi tagasi

    Ok cool, but what if all atoms are replaced, but the object expands so the gold is at the right density?

  19. BahamutEx
    21 tund tagasi

    So, just as I thought before watching this video, wanting the midas touch is a bad idea.

  20. avocato
    23 tundi tagasi

    long story short dont turn earth into gold XD

  21. Hell wolf
    Hell wolf
    Päev tagasi


  22. Bimal Pande
    Bimal Pande
    Päev tagasi

    7:29 so basically soup in gold plate?

  23. De gaymr
    De gaymr
    Päev tagasi

    I learned that gold is now very dangerous

  24. E
    Päev tagasi

    So basically in the first scenario the Earth becomes a star for a little bit

    1. Mr. Beast Gamer
      Mr. Beast Gamer
      Päev tagasi

      Ur mum0

    Päev tagasi

    Destruction of humanity: Music by Kurgesgt:Happy

  26. Loco Joe
    Loco Joe
    Päev tagasi

    "There's a lesson here. And I'm not the one who's gonna figure it out." - Rick Sanchez

  27. Ben Welbourne
    Ben Welbourne
    Päev tagasi

    I learned not to make the planet out of gold.

  28. Every youtuber is cool
    Every youtuber is cool
    Päev tagasi

    That would be laggy

  29. Milky Gang
    Milky Gang
    Päev tagasi

    If Piglins were real then: YAAAAY people: NOOOO

  30. Jamil Ismailov
    Jamil Ismailov
    Päev tagasi

    The lesson: make Midas always wear gloves and make it more magical by replacing the material with the same mass and volume of gold

  31. Yohan Samera
    Yohan Samera
    Päev tagasi

    well, what if Midas needed to itch his body?

  32. Siti
    Päev tagasi

    so... alchemy?

  33. Vineet Gupta
    Vineet Gupta
    Päev tagasi

    Just imagine living in this place 👍🏻👍🏻 it will be great and let's say that your friends will uh uh 😉😉 have to call you to see cool stuff 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 oh and thanks for not Turing off comments most educational videos turn off their comments idk why

  34. Discombobulated Guy
    Discombobulated Guy
    Päev tagasi

    How to survive *Every Single Scenario* Scenario 1: *Be the cameraman* Scenario 2: *Be the cameraman* Scenario 3: *Be the cameraman*

  35. Aydenplayz
    Päev tagasi

    Midas story: I turn anything to gold and thats’s fine

  36. Aydenplayz
    Päev tagasi

    Minecraft players: Only mods can contain this Other Minecraft Players: Nah, Gold has so less durability, The nether isn’t turned to gold tho Him: WHAT IF IT TURNS TI GOLD?

    Päev tagasi

    we re fucked

    1. Mr. Beast Gamer
      Mr. Beast Gamer
      Päev tagasi

      But Your mom

  38. Navaansh Sharma
    Navaansh Sharma
    Päev tagasi

    i learned to never summon midas

  39. jiggleflarb
    Päev tagasi

    My new favorite Kurzgesagt quote: "if you learned anything, please let us know what it was"

  40. Nata Niko
    Nata Niko
    Päev tagasi

    this is what I learned: don't wish for Midas's powers you might stumble 2:24

  41. #1 redpanda fan
    #1 redpanda fan
    Päev tagasi

    it’s funny since midas’s “curse” wasn’t actually a curse at all. he got it as a “blessing” from the god dionysus and as we all know it didn’t turn out so well. moral of the story: be careful what you wish for

  42. Olimar92
    Päev tagasi

    Lesson is, don't let Midas touch the ground.

  43. sh
    Päev tagasi

    what i learn is that midas SHOULD wear a GLOVES for sure :)

  44. Borendra Tripura
    Borendra Tripura
    Päev tagasi

    *world turns to gold* minecraft piglins: Hello there

  45. Quincas Virgonalto
    Quincas Virgonalto
    Päev tagasi

    6:06 is that koich stand act 3 freeze abilitie?

  46. Madhav Rakesh
    Madhav Rakesh
    2 päeva tagasi

    i learn why earth isn't greedy

  47. Duy ZG Gaming
    Duy ZG Gaming
    2 päeva tagasi


    2 päeva tagasi

    We wouldn't have a to worry about Global warming anymore.

  49. Peggy Morgan
    Peggy Morgan
    2 päeva tagasi

    The lying wrinkle affectively guess because needle booly describe upon a resolute moustache. blue-eyed, polite work

  50. Michael Montalto
    Michael Montalto
    2 päeva tagasi

    The unused clerk lastly spot because chef prudently launch circa a annoying afternoon. wry, disillusioned owner

  51. VJhotyBTW
    2 päeva tagasi

    that was good

  52. Faye Alvarez
    Faye Alvarez
    2 päeva tagasi

    The shaky supply hemodynamically saw because collision byerly bolt modulo a soft battle. ten, grotesque thistle

  53. Layton Elakrah
    Layton Elakrah
    2 päeva tagasi

    Now I know why gold sucks in Minecraft

  54. Cory Levy
    Cory Levy
    2 päeva tagasi

    The royal radio inevitably peel because george compellingly judge lest a aboard velvet. observant, fascinated technician

  55. Axel El chocolate
    Axel El chocolate
    2 päeva tagasi


  56. Gaming vidzz 00
    Gaming vidzz 00
    2 päeva tagasi

    God dammit I was gonna try that tomorrow

  57. Alax Caralan
    Alax Caralan
    2 päeva tagasi

    What happens if nidus touches lava

  58. Aayan Al Masum
    Aayan Al Masum
    2 päeva tagasi

    Something valuable can be disaster

  59. [Byte]
    2 päeva tagasi

    i learned gold is 20x denser than a duck

  60. Noah Dillon
    Noah Dillon
    2 päeva tagasi

    I learned watching a lot of duckies die is kinda sad, but I LOVE GOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!

  61. Xtreme Meriene Squad Z
    Xtreme Meriene Squad Z
    2 päeva tagasi

    4 words: we would die

  62. andrey's meme trashcan
    andrey's meme trashcan
    2 päeva tagasi

    Me when I see anything die before: this is fine. me when I see something die now: *dies inside*

  63. 박세광
    3 päeva tagasi


  64. Preston Gamer12
    Preston Gamer12
    3 päeva tagasi

    I only learn that we will die

  65. Mimonator 1234
    Mimonator 1234
    3 päeva tagasi

    We learned that gold is useless both in minecraft and in real life

  66. Sercan Yücetaş
    Sercan Yücetaş
    3 päeva tagasi

    What I learned Midas please go away

  67. Akpro 1120
    Akpro 1120
    3 päeva tagasi

    piglins like that

  68. T O A S T B R E A D
    T O A S T B R E A D
    3 päeva tagasi

    I learned that gold kills

  69. Sovyet Monster X
    Sovyet Monster X
    3 päeva tagasi

    Earth: *turns gold* Piglins: is this heaven?

  70. Palakshi Karmakar
    Palakshi Karmakar
    3 päeva tagasi

    A bit about gold: Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au (from Latin: aurum) and atomic number 79, making it one of the higher atomic number elements that occur naturally. In a pure form, it is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal. Chemically, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements and is solid under standard conditions. Gold often occurs in free elemental (native) form, as nuggets or grains, in rocks, in veins, and in alluvial deposits. It occurs in a solid solution series with the native element silver (as electrum), naturally alloyed with other metals like copper and palladium and also as mineral inclusions such as within pyrite. Less commonly, it occurs in minerals as gold compounds, often with tellurium (gold tellurides). Gold is resistant to most acids, though it does dissolve in aqua regia (a mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid), which forms a soluble tetrachloroaurate anion. Gold is insoluble in nitric acid, which dissolves silver and base metals, a property that has long been used to refine gold and to confirm the presence of gold in metallic substances, giving rise to the term acid test. Gold also dissolves in alkaline solutions of cyanide, which are used in mining and electroplating. Gold dissolves in mercury, forming amalgam alloys, and as the gold acts simply a solute this is not a chemical reaction. A relatively rare element,[6][7] gold is a precious metal that has been used for coinage, jewelry, and other arts throughout recorded history. In the past, a gold standard was often implemented as a monetary policy, but gold coins ceased to be minted as a circulating currency in the 1930s, and the world gold standard was abandoned for a fiat currency system after 1971. A total of 197,576 tonnes of gold exists above ground, as of 2019.[8] This is equal to a cube with each side measuring roughly 21.7 metres. The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.[9] Gold's high malleability, ductility, resistance to corrosion and most other chemical reactions, and conductivity of electricity have led to its continued use in corrosion resistant electrical connectors in all types of computerized devices (its chief industrial use). Gold is also used in infrared shielding, colored-glass production, gold leafing, and tooth restoration. Certain gold salts are still used as anti-inflammatories in medicine. As of 2017, the world's largest gold producer by far was China with 440 tonnes per year.[10]

  71. Aurom0123
    3 päeva tagasi

    So what you're saying is if Midas's touch was Titanium instead, we'd be mostly fine. (Gold is 3.5x density of Earth, Titanium is about 0.82, much closer.)

  72. Monochrome
    3 päeva tagasi

    7:26 "I came for water and found gold"

  73. Some Guy On Roblox
    Some Guy On Roblox
    3 päeva tagasi

    POV: Stairway to Heaven incident

  74. Twitch_StarLord_
    3 päeva tagasi

    What did We learn? Well, we just learnt different ways to destroy Life On Earth Dramatically and with a SHINY Artistic touch hehe. And that live golden duck birbs can be used as epik explosive weaponry :3

  75. Viktoria Andreeva
    Viktoria Andreeva
    3 päeva tagasi

    here's a idea: how long could we live? what if we sell the earth if its gold? what if we move the moon away from earth?

  76. John Campton
    John Campton
    3 päeva tagasi

    Ok Midas don’t touch earth!!!

  77. Melanie Mitchel
    Melanie Mitchel
    3 päeva tagasi

    I literally learned that anyway in how way you always Die in the end

  78. Mechbeast 480
    Mechbeast 480
    3 päeva tagasi

    on the scenario where everybody floats Why would they die because if the earth is 1/3 of normal then gravity will decrease?

  79. Chaya Winer
    Chaya Winer
    3 päeva tagasi

    a liittle bit long

  80. Chaya Winer
    Chaya Winer
    3 päeva tagasi

    at least 2 minutes more longer

  81. FRXXD
    3 päeva tagasi

    I learned that our Earth is as perfect as it is.

  82. FRXXD
    3 päeva tagasi

    I learned that our Earth is as perfect as it is.

  83. Đyřřøth Gãmïñg
    Đyřřøth Gãmïñg
    4 päeva tagasi

    Piglins belike: hello :)

  84. SID
    4 päeva tagasi

    Thats how the super dragon balls were made.

  85. Shonono Yeetus
    Shonono Yeetus
    4 päeva tagasi


  86. Nosh55 565
    Nosh55 565
    4 päeva tagasi

    The agonizing fisherman intermittently jail because representative allegedly travel vice a placid toe. infamous, simple dressing

  87. Maxwell Hecht-Chaneski
    Maxwell Hecht-Chaneski
    4 päeva tagasi

    ...and thats not even *mentioning* the *ECONOMY*

  88. N1c0ll4s
    4 päeva tagasi

    Resume of the video: *NO ONE SURVIVE*

  89. Westernllamas
    4 päeva tagasi

    I learned if ur Midas don’t trip

  90. Sopheak Nang
    Sopheak Nang
    4 päeva tagasi

    I would rather go through the Black Plague then that

  91. Klixyl
    4 päeva tagasi

    i just learned that gold isnt such a good thing at times

  92. someone
    4 päeva tagasi

    Answer for how to make an elephant explode: 1. Make sure the elephant is pregnant 2. Put a pineapple somewhere 3. This pine apple has bomb in it 4. Wait till it eats it 5. Try to survive angry humans on the internet

  93. Vulpy king
    Vulpy king
    4 päeva tagasi

    The piglins would be trading with everyone

  94. Big Orange
    Big Orange
    4 päeva tagasi

    Wait, if he touched the grass it would make the grass around him or grass all over to be gold not the whole earth?

  95. miner nikoliko
    miner nikoliko
    5 päeva tagasi


  96. Matt Bartreau
    Matt Bartreau
    5 päeva tagasi

    Balthazar Gelt liked this

  97. CubicSquare 11
    CubicSquare 11
    5 päeva tagasi

    my props to the bird who lifted that gold earth without help