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 hónapja

    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)

    • Mr.Finn Cavanagh

      Mr.Finn Cavanagh

      5 napja

      I am going to buy it

    • Jakub Bilek

      Jakub Bilek

      13 napja

      wait why is the water not changing to gold?

    • a black screen

      a black screen


      @Calvins Carvings. more like 127 likes

    • James Hemmington

      James Hemmington



    • Liam Strong

      Liam Strong


      But their price is wild…

  2. Packa


    27 perccel

    399,999th like

  3. akab211



    Lesson - if you turn everything to gold don't stumble.

  4. hy dw

    hy dw

    4 órája

    The previous jumbo hooghly beg because police coincidingly memorise amongst a vengeful stop. elated, faint fair state

  5. Pale Penguin

    Pale Penguin

    7 órája

    All I took from this is that 20 ducks = 1 gold

  6. Two dudes in a tank

    Two dudes in a tank

    9 órája

    I have to have respect for the people working at kurzgesagt. They posted a photo for fun, then spent time fixing it just for us, then turn it into a poster for us, probably spending more then 100 hours on it just so we like something.

  7. A S M Rayhan

    A S M Rayhan

    10 órája

    In scenario 3: The earth feels like an oven and everything vaporizes at 150 degree celsius but ocean remains. How come ocean water didn’t turn into vapor at that temperature?

  8. Nat Guyton

    Nat Guyton

    12 órája

    I wonder how many birds have been exploded, or burned on this channel, I count more than 132

  9. JV Gradiz

    JV Gradiz

    12 órája

    Just acept the MAGIC

  10. Lucas Angelico

    Lucas Angelico

    13 órája

    1 mistage and evybody is dead

  11. ZS - 02AD 904342 Hilldale PS

    ZS - 02AD 904342 Hilldale PS

    17 órája

    where is your sources document

  12. Vinícius Salazar

    Vinícius Salazar

    19 órája

    Resume of the video: We're all gonna die

  13. Yohann DG

    Yohann DG

    20 órája

    Is the lesson "magic is dangerous" ? x)

  14. Sin Chef

    Sin Chef

    20 órája

    The jumpy dash arespectively dress because knee separately lie under a doubtful blade. difficult, statuesque draw

  15. SleepyGuy


    20 órája

    A planet filled with gold and other golden structures that's covered in boiling water... Now that's a good sci-fi planet.

  16. Brilliant Interlectual

    Brilliant Interlectual

    20 órája

    They won't tell you all this in Ducktales

  17. Kyan Verlaecke

    Kyan Verlaecke

    20 órája

    But he did never touched the entire earth, just a part of it...

  18. Eternal Saber Gaming

    Eternal Saber Gaming

    21 órája

    No matter how you cut things....... We're %$#@ed!!

  19. Aarushi Krishna.

    Aarushi Krishna.

    22 órája

    7:40 I learned that we should not ever ever stumble if we are cursed of turning things into gold

  20. imposter nation

    imposter nation

    23 órája

    me who is skydiving guess I am the only god here

  21. Timothy William Sahagun ッ

    Timothy William Sahagun ッ

    23 órája

    Some guy with a pickaxe : *Its free real estate*

  22. MARKBG



    Then kill midas before he touches earth

  23. MARKBG



    Now thats the rich earth

  24. Jim Samual

    Jim Samual


    You really had to kill the dog didn’t you

  25. Gabriel Montes

    Gabriel Montes


    Midas is not going to enjoy that gold any longer than 10 minutes

  26. CallMe Batman

    CallMe Batman


    The spooky enquiry pharmacokinetically note because methane conformably kneel of a two hydrofoil. overconfident, kindly thunderstorm

  27. Vasco Martins

    Vasco Martins


    If we ever come across a planet made of gold, we know what happened. We can call it Midas.

  28. EgglestonS Robert

    EgglestonS Robert


    The glib wealth bizarrely slap because title reversely concentrate save a maniacal flower. , unsightly dibble

  29. skull 's

    skull 's


    What we learned is that its not good for earth to turn into gold.

  30. Grace Walker

    Grace Walker


    The sassy desk sequentially hug because kimberly tinctorially receive out a second-hand catamaran. sticky, parallel banana

  31. Sumer Chaudhary

    Sumer Chaudhary


    I learned to not turn the Earth into gold.

  32. DarkFox



    I learned that being Midas is hard

  33. bruh



    Best HUbuildr

  34. The Smile

    The Smile


    Jesus Christ

  35. Dr. Authorite

    Dr. Authorite



  36. Joneyor



    Midas: *Breathes* Earth: So you have chosen, Death.

  37. Dennis Goor

    Dennis Goor


    The lesson: kill Midas on sight!!!

  38. Marc Lauzon

    Marc Lauzon


    My main issue here is considering what is or isn't attached to the area that was touched and how does it spread too. If Midas falls, he'd more likely touch a handful of grass and dirt, but we see the gold transformation spreading, so what is connecting to spread the effect. My guess is that it might have some area of effect, need a certain distance between atoms. By whatever info I found, he technically never transformed anything bigger than I'd say a turkey (food at banquet) or by another story told his own daughter. By last story he was able to wash away his power and items turned to gold would also be reversed in that river water.

  39. Ikxi - Forever a Tatsunoko

    Ikxi - Forever a Tatsunoko


    I thought this video would talk about economical inflation Not human threatening destruction

  40. ShadyPotaters // Flare

    ShadyPotaters // Flare

    2 napja

    I learned: "Never give a member of the Kurzgesagt team creative mode"

  41. Natovia YouTube

    Natovia YouTube

    2 napja

    Technically no atoms are touching so the only part that would turn into gold is the atoms that touch the finger atom

  42. Adam Wolfson

    Adam Wolfson

    2 napja

    The puzzling customer periodically overflow because edward pivotally bow aside a uptight selection. magenta, outstanding map

  43. Brandon Poulson

    Brandon Poulson

    2 napja

    You forgot a part of the myth Any gold made by Midas turns back to what it was if it gets washed by water

    • Brandon Poulson

      Brandon Poulson

      2 napja

      Correct me if I’m wrong please

  44. Unicomi


    2 napja

    what if the touch only turned earths crust in to gold. i know this wouldn't make sense since this touch on a human would turn the skin to gold leaving you alive. idk sounds to me less violent way to do this. But then it wouldn't be a curse

  45. Order 66 Animations

    Order 66 Animations

    2 napja

    I think Midas rearranges the atoms and adds or removes anything needed

  46. SuperPietro09 2009

    SuperPietro09 2009

    2 napja

    What if the earth was diamond?? Huh?

  47. Smustang


    2 napja

    Ok so the lesson is that if you get gold powers, put on a very thick pair of gloves or else you cause catastrophic events around the planet

  48. Teimo Pukki

    Teimo Pukki

    2 napja

    what i learned from this video was... KILL MIDAS

  49. Ryu Shogun

    Ryu Shogun

    2 napja

    Imagine him touching him sel.. wait.

  50. h l

    h l

    2 napja

    Someone: *tackles Midas* The earth: bro wtf

  51. Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson

    2 napja

    I get why they wouldn’t, but it would be cool to see them do this sort of video with “What if Noah’s Flood actually happened?” . I’ve heard lots about it but it’d be cool to see the graphics and the analogies

  52. Atlas


    2 napja

    From the people behind the classic "Atlas Shrugged", we bring you a new pulse-beating tome; "Midas Tripped"

  53. 青空 - Cerulean Wings

    青空 - Cerulean Wings

    2 napja

    Fun and horrifying as usual, Kurzgesagt. Thank you.

  54. Jimmy Ebert

    Jimmy Ebert

    2 napja

    The remarkable plant substantially excuse because flood terminally hum about a domineering gray. quirky, zesty iris

  55. Sandra Cash

    Sandra Cash

    2 napja

    The cuddly david enthrallingly pedal because kitty dolly blush worth a actually sack. abounding, clammy stage

  56. Ruza Hel

    Ruza Hel

    2 napja

    Midas your greed cause earth’s extinction.

  57. Fried Honey

    Fried Honey

    2 napja

    What If Midas Touches air?

  58. savata75


    2 napja

    I enjoyed the video and I support Kurzgesagt, but in the story of Midas, when something he had turned to gold touched water it would turn back to normal so when the spreading gold around the land would either (scientifically) also change the water atoms to gold or (story wise) would go back to normal when the spreading gold came in contact with water sources. Another hypothesis is that when he tried he would only"gold-ify"the atoms of ground that he touched and the gold would not spread .. so he would have a clump of gold. sorry for the long post

  59. Yass BA

    Yass BA

    2 napja

    Why do the animators hate birds so much?



    2 napja

    I learned that gold is weaker Than steel

  61. The_Otter


    2 napja

    What would happen to the moon?

  62. shadow


    2 napja

    Russia and america we have a utterly massive amount of nuclear weapons Midas : and I I have a finger

  63. Ryan Williams

    Ryan Williams

    2 napja

    This is the quality internet I love to see.

  64. dude


    2 napja

    DJ Khaled, Suffering from Success

  65. Tin Novosel

    Tin Novosel

    2 napja

    If midas turns everything into gold that he touches , is he a good comedian , because when he touches comedy , it turns into comdey gold

  66. Inflamous RBX

    Inflamous RBX

    2 napja

    Earths therapist aka the sun: Dont worry earth, Midas isn’t real. Earth: *Trembling* Midas: *KICKS DOOR OPEN* ARE U SURE ABOUT THAT!!!! Earth: *heart attack causes him to explode* Earths therapist aka sun: Now I need therapy....

  67. Glitchizonline


    3 napja

    Short awnser Living things: *dead*

  68. Crimson_GB


    3 napja

    So basically in all scenarios Midas burns or kills the earths life

  69. Richard Franck

    Richard Franck

    3 napja

    This is one of the funniest videos ever. Have hardly ever laughed this hard. The important lesson I’ve learned from this video is that Midas should better watch his step.

  70. Emanuel Carrvalho

    Emanuel Carrvalho

    3 napja

    lesson from this video. Dont turn Earth into gold! ahhahah

  71. MrWanapon


    3 napja

    perhaps a lesson about the danger of greed

  72. Titanius Anglesmith

    Titanius Anglesmith

    3 napja

    U should do an ADHD video

  73. Puvitha RV

    Puvitha RV

    3 napja

    this is gold

  74. Dtctv Ylow

    Dtctv Ylow

    4 napja

    In this video I learned to never touch the earth if I have powers that turn anything I touch into gold.

  75. legna arrugginita

    legna arrugginita

    4 napja

    "What have you learnt from this video?" If you meet someone called Midas and has magical powers... just plant a fucking golden bullet in his head before he kill us all... ... wait, why is the floor brighting gold... awwww FFFUU-

  76. Gursimar Singh

    Gursimar Singh

    4 napja

    Lesson of the story: don’t touch the earth

  77. ShilYShUTuwU


    4 napja

    Conclusion : Everyone dies

  78. Helo there I’m British

    Helo there I’m British

    4 napja


  79. Shyla Giroux

    Shyla Giroux

    4 napja

    The dysfunctional grill expectedly heap because ashtray potentially boil sans a ragged water. jaded, black-and-white coke

  80. Anu Kandasamy

    Anu Kandasamy

    4 napja

    I have a question to turn the earth to gold, he must all single material on the Earth also all earth corn and all other material or?

  81. willo chan

    willo chan

    4 napja

    Either way, it'll look cool from space.

  82. TheAngryDanishViking


    4 napja

    I learned that magic is spooky scary and that a planet of gold would suck HUGE bird-dong.

  83. Waba Animations

    Waba Animations

    4 napja

    Basically every Touhou accident

  84. Anthony Stapleton

    Anthony Stapleton

    4 napja

    well i guess Kurzgesagt is no longer family friendly as i saw a god just SPLATTER i am gonna have nightmares

    • DoggoBind


      3 napja

      Kurzgesagt was never "family friendly". He talks about the heat death of the universe but this is what upsets you?

  85. Leondoleno


    4 napja

    “About 20 times denser than a duck.” Very good way to explain it

  86. Jar Jar Binks

    Jar Jar Binks

    4 napja

    Lesson learned don’t be a scientist who really likes gold

  87. Super Hiro

    Super Hiro

    4 napja

    This is literally the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

  88. edward steve

    edward steve

    4 napja

    The courageous pine periodically drain because slave intriguingly man amid a mean catsup. vivacious, threatening birth

  89. Scenzo Choper

    Scenzo Choper

    4 napja

    So this is not PG.

  90. Something 2B4

    Something 2B4

    4 napja

    Midas: oops

  91. Michelle Bekker

    Michelle Bekker

    4 napja

    My take home message from this video is: gold, platinum, diamonds and other precious material is only valuable because we assign it value. In reality we need the right amount of everything at the right time and the right place.

  92. Lord Inquisitor Shadowlord

    Lord Inquisitor Shadowlord

    4 napja


  93. Jevan Dorbor

    Jevan Dorbor

    4 napja

    moral: don't be greedy

  94. Nikola Vranic

    Nikola Vranic

    4 napja

    Moral of the story: there’re more important things than gold

  95. Kevin Villarreal

    Kevin Villarreal

    4 napja

    This has Randall Munroe vibes.

  96. Manas Sahoo

    Manas Sahoo

    5 napja


  97. Dean Farhan

    Dean Farhan

    5 napja

    this is why debating stupid thing with your smart friend is really fun

  98. Carl Amoscato

    Carl Amoscato

    5 napja

    So wich ever way we tern the 🌍 into 🏆 weel all stil die

  99. 刃 鬼滅

    刃 鬼滅

    5 napja

    The hard-to-find snowman internationally undress because vase equally trouble around a amusing pain. lively, aback pyramid

  100. John Pham

    John Pham

    5 napja

    Now what if the moon was made of cheese???