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by the way, where the hell are we?

"Hi. You're on a rock floating in space. Pretty cool, huh?"
—The intro to the video. It only goes deeper from there.
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history of the entire world, i guess is a video made by bill wurtz, a follow up to his 2016 video history of japan. The video condenses the entire history of Earth, from the universe's formation to the very near future, summing up nearly every major event usually taught in standard Western World History classes (and some which aren't), into a 20 minute crash course with the aid of catchy jingles and humorous visuals.

Not to be confused with History of the World Part I.

Watch it here.


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The tropes are a deadly lazer:

  • Black Comedy: There were already hints of it in the original, but it's in full force here.
    • "(PERMIAN EXTINCTION) Aw, fuck, now everything's dead."
    • "Japan is conquering the east, and they're so excited about it they rape Nanking way too hard. They should probably just deny it."
    • The Black Death gets a comically short mention: "whoops, half of Europe just died."
    • "[Sugar plantations in the Caribbean] are so goddamn profitable, you might forget to not do slavery."
    • ""I know! Let's rape Africa!" said Europe, scrambling to see who could rape it the fastest."note 
    • 9/11: "whoops, someone just attacked America."
    • We got to start pillaging some stuff.
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    • "Germany's back, featuring Hitler the angry moustache model! And he's mad at the Jews for existing!"
    • "The Aztecs and Inca empires are off to a good start. Wonder if they know that Europe just discovered their continent... (Grim Reaper Looms)
  • Bland-Name Product: "squirrel search" appears in the technology montage.
  • Blatant Lies: The Great War is so great, they won't need a second one!
  • Book-Ends: The video ends with "By the way where the hell are we?" and starts with "Hi, you're on a rock floating in space, pretty cool huh?".
  • Bowdlerise: Some smaller YouTubers have omitted the swearing from the original video. Watch one of these here
  • Call-Back: A couple jokes return from history of japan:
    • "Knock-knock—er, clop clop. It's the horse people."
    • The "how about sunrise land?" jingle can be heard as an instrumental when Bill mentions Japan as the "sunrise kingdom".
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Even Gandhi seems surprised that starving himself in public actually succeeded in getting the British to leave India.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Turns out that some of the Crusades almost didn't fail.note 
  • Dark Reprise: "Now you can eat sunlight!" is reflected around 2.5 billions years later when "The sun is a deadly lazernote "
  • Demoted to Extra: Japan is only mentioned a handful of times
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Brought up a few times, noticeably here:
    russia's to do list:
    • ✓ expand
    • ✓ grow in size
    • ✓ get larger
    • get bigger
    also:
    • guess who's in rome? barbarians! what's a barbarian? "non-romans" said the romans being invaded by non-romans.
    • "let's bring stuff to the coast and sell it and become the swahili on the swahili coast" said the swahili on the swahili coast.
  • Eleventy Zillion: How hot was the universe at the big bang? A "kjghpillion" degrees.
  • False Reassurance: Frequently invoked to indicate sarcasm.
    "Don't worry about Rome, it won't fall."
    "Nice going Genghis! I bet that [the Mongol Empire] will last a long time." (Mongol Empire falls apart before he completes the sentence)
    "Don't worry, the big banks won't fail, because they're not supposed to."
  • Flipping the Bird: Done by the American colonies in response to Britain taxing themnote . Ironically, the Bowdlerised version linked above edits out the verbal swearing, but not this instance of potentially offensive content.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The narrator knows time and space can be invented because "everything is here and probably already happened".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • "i have nightmares" appears briefly during the Big Bang.
    • During the foundation of Israel, there's a brief chart providing a Beige Prose version of the Ten Commandments.
    • A "hippo-mobile" can be seen among the actual tech during the "technology is about to go crazy!" jingle. In fact, it was a real thing, invented in 1863, and that is an actual drawing of it, albeit with a hippo head added onto it.
    • During the "technology's better too" aside, one of the graphics is a VHS tape with the caption "my terrible vacation".
    • When an email inbox is shown, addresses include "george-bush@whitehouse.gov"
    • When the video gets to 9/11, before the planes crash into the World Trade Center, a cat appears on the plane that crashes into the North Tower a fraction of a second before impact.
  • How We Got Here: You're on a rock. We're separated by oceans. How did this happen?
  • Intermission: The video has a joke intermission that lasts exactly one second. And it's after the first time it mentions Japan, so it might be there just in case you want to watch the first one.
  • Intoxication Ensues: How does Bill describe Christopher Columbus "discovering" America?
    "Wait!" said Christopher Columbus, probably smoking crack. "If the world is round, let's go this way [west] to India."
  • Jewish Complaining: A justified example, since it's in response to their homeland getting invaded by the Romans.
  • Layman's Terms:
    • The names for the many war weapons featured in the video, like "fire gun"note , "exploding pineapple"note , and "extinction ball"note .
    • The "technology's better now" montage later in the video includes "thinking box"note , "idea container"note , and "music box"note .
  • Mind Screw: The video begins by explaining what it was like before the universe began.
    "A long time ago, actually never (and also now), nothing is nowhere. When? Never. Makes sense, right? Like I said, it didn't happen. Nothing was never anywhere. That's why it's been everywhere. It's been so everywhere you don't need a where. You don't even need a when. That's how every it gets."
  • Motor Mouth: As with history of japan, this is necessary when you want to tell billions of years worth of history in twenty minutes. There is exactly one minute worth of video with no dialogue.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Robespierre's answer to French wealth inequality? Cut everybody's heads off!
  • Name's the Same: invoked Chandragupta and Chandra Gupta I. note 
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Norse find a land of green and a land of ice. Bill says "they named them accordingly." prankd
  • Oh, Crap!: The Byzantine Empire has this reaction to the rise of the Seljuk Turks.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The video momentarily turns into a TV commercial to introduce the mechanism of photosynthesis.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • The pause after the above mentioned mind screw lasts ten seconds before continuing with the idea to invent time and space.
    • One of the longest jingles. "New arrivals in India! Maybe it's those horse people I was talking about... or their cousins or something... and they wrote some hymns, and mantras, and stuff."
    • And the second-longest. "...many different types of machines and factories with machines in them so they can make a lot of products real fast."
  • Pun: China "breaking."
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Just like its predecessor, only it stretches on for more than twice as long.
  • Rhymes on a Dime:
    • Twice, when Cambodia is touched upon.
      Guess who's here?
      Khmer!

      Hey, Khmer, time to share
      New kingdoms herenote  and therenote 
    • During the Spanish-American War:
      "What should we blame on Spain?"
      "Let's blame the Maine on Spain!"
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe, empires are often praised for their conquests.
    "So you think you can conquer the Byzantine Empire? 'Yep', said the Ottoman Turks. Nice job Ottoman Turks!"
  • Running Gag:
    • Congratulating various Turkish empires over history for invading Southwestern Asia.
    • "You could make a religion out of this!" is repeated several times throughout the video. Eventually, when the people of France cut the heads off of the royalty, he interrupts it.note 
    "You could make a religion out o- no, don't."
  • Sarcasm Mode: "'Thanks for invading our homeland,' said the Jews, who were starting to get tired of people invading their homeland."
  • Scare Chord: Regarding pre-ozone Earth:
    "Hey, can we go on land?"
    NO
    "Why not?"
    the sun is a deadly lazer
    "Oh okay."
  • Serial Escalation: The original took nine minutes to explain the history of Japan. This one takes twenty minutes to explain the history of the entire world. i guess.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Singularity: hinted to happen in the year 2028. note 
  • Sudden Video-Game Moment:
    • The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are presented like a fighting game, unlike its predecessor.
      finish him!!
    • The pillaging of china by the horse nomads of Mongolia is also depicted like a character collecting coins in a platformer by bouncing against the scenery.
  • Talking to Themself: Wanna see a map of the world? Sure!
  • Tempting Fate:
    • "The Mongols just invaded most of the universe. Nice going, Genghis! I bet that will last a long time." Mongolia then immediately breaks into several large kingdoms.
    • "Hopefully the Arabs won't mind giving part of Palestine to Israel for the Jewish people to live. And dividing up the land between Israel and Palestine will surely make everyone happy."
      "SIKE! they both get ang-ri-eeeeeeer."
    • "Don't worry about Rome, it won't fall."
    • During the 1920s:
      The economy's great and it'll probably be great forever. [BOOM] Just kidding.
  • The Theme Park Version: Since he wants to take a large global view of history in a short time, Bill offers single thumb-tack summaries of famous events, some of which are Dated History (such as Imperial Germany being made to pay undue and punitive reparations) and others are overly simplified, such as his explanation of The French Revolution as merely out of non-payment of taxes for funding The American Revolution (which most see at best as a minor cause) and also reducing the Reign of Terror to mere head-chops rather than Emergency Authority fighting a civil war.
  • Tradesnark™: Time™
  • The Unpronounceable: Bill goes through every combination of syllables before getting "Majapahit" right.
    "Oh, look who controls all the islands. It's the mahajapit (wrong), majahapit (wrong), mapajahit (wrong), mahapajit (wrong), mapajahit (wrong)... ma-ja, pa-hit? (correct!)"
  • Verbal Backspace: When Chandragupta starts to conquer all of India—or most of India! (Because no one conquers the Tamil kings.)
  • Visual Pun: When talking about Christopher Columbus sailing to America when trying to actually get to India, he remarks that Columbus found the Indies and Japan. The visuals show it's actually the Bahamas and Cuba, angled similarly to Japan.
  • The War on Terror: Touched upon, very briefly.
    Whoops, someone just attacked America. I bet they'll remember that.
  • Who's on First?: "Hey, guess who's here? Khmer!" "Where?" "Here!"

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