Top 10 Incredible TECHNOLOGIES You Can’t Use



hello I'm Simon Whistler you're watching top 10s and in the video today we're looking at the top 10 most incredible technologies that you can't use number 10 Damascus steel during the Middle Ages swords made out of a metal known as Damascus steel were produced in the Middle East by using a raw material known as wootz the Damascus steel was so strong that it is said it could cut through any other type of sort by examining the steel scientists could deduce that it had a high concentration of carbon in its mixture making it much stronger than regular steel but at the same time flexible enough not to shatter on impact even though people now know the composition of Damascus steel they don't know the exact process through which the medieval Arabs were able to make it the exact recipe was lost due in part to the secrecy with which the blacksmiths were making the alloy as well as the emergence of gunpowder number 9 vikrum flexible flexible glass the story behind flexible glass is more of a legend than anything else the tale takes place in ancient Rome it is said that one day a glass maker requested an audience at the Imperial Court in order to present a glass vial to the Emperor the glass maker took a glass vial and threw it on the ground but instead of shattering like any other ordinary glass vial should it bent slightly at the point of impact with the use of a small hammer the glass maker was then able to restore the bottle to its original shape seeing this the Emperor truly amazed asked the glass maker if it revealed his invention to anyone else after saying no Tiberius the Emperor had the glass maker killed in the workshop burned fearing that this new invention would undermine the value of gold and silver in the Imperial Treasury and possibly collapse the economy in 2012 the American glass and ceramics company corning introduced a new product called willow glass which is very flexible and used in the construction of solar energy collectors the only difference is that this glass can't be returned to its original state number 8 the Thurid Artyom and antidote to all poisons an antidote to all poisons as well as a cure to many ailments is said to have beamed by King Mithridates the sixth of Pontus and then later refined by the personal physician of emperor nero of rome according to historians the original formula was lost but did manage to survive as late as the Renaissance some say that among the 36 ingredients found in this universal antidote were opium small quantities of various poisons and their antidotes and even chopped vipers number 7 Greek fire among all of the technologies on this list we're glad this particular item has been lost to us back in 673 ad a citizen of the Byzantine Empire came up with a weapon of such great devastation it's still frightening just that think about it this is Greek fire or as its inventors called it liquid fire with this weapon the Byzantines managed to save their empire from being conquered by the Arabs in two attacks on Constantinople Greek fire was extremely flammable burning as high temperatures and sticking to any surface it came into contact with it even continued burning on water making it ideal for naval warfare not wanting it to fall into the wrong hands the recipe for this Byzantine super weapon was a closely guarded secret it was handed down from one Emperor to another but during a period of instability this didn't happen and the formula was lost number six ink and stone masonry the first mystery here is how the Incans were able to bring a 140 tons stone slab from the quarry to a construction site some 35 kilometers away the Incas hadn't yet discovered the wheel land based on the stones polished surface it is possible that they simply dragged it there on gravel roads using at least 2,500 men to do it the next bit of the mystery is the precise positioning of these stones as they fit perfectly with one another and without the use of any mortars or adhesives we're talking about being able to fit a single sheet of paper between any two stones located in an earthquake prone area of the world it is a true feat of engineering that these walls are still standing centuries after their construction number five Roman concrete even though the Romans were heavily influenced by the Greeks in their architecture they were able to take those constructions to a whole new level while the concrete we use today is made to last about 120 years the one the Romans were using made their buildings last for millennia it's been known for a while now that the volcanic sand used in Roman concrete and mortar made their buildings last for this long moreover while Portland cement the one we use today needs temperatures of about 1450 degrees Celsius to be produced Roman concrete only needed roughly 900 degrees or even less the only thing with Roman concrete is that while we know what it's made out of we don't know precisely how it's made even though we know the basic recipe number for the iron pillar of Delhi the iron that never rusts there is an iron pillar in Delhi standing 23 feet 8 inches high and has a diameter of 16 inches this isn't anything out of the ordinary but the fact that it's 1600 years olds out in the open and not completely rusted is there are several theories as to why it's still standing one is based on the material it's made out of which is 98% wrought iron of pure quality while the other is based on environmental factors number three Tesla's free wireless energy Tesla was the one who discovered alternate current and gained a lot of Fame for his victory over Thomas Edison in the well-publicized battle of the currents in 1905 Tesla was ready to put into practice his greatest invention yet by building the one hundred and eighty seven foot tall Wardenclyffe tower atop this tower was a 55 ton dome of conductive metals which continued down the tower and then 300 feet into the ground itself his aim was to use both the planet itself and the overhead ionosphere as huge electrical conductors transporting electricity wirelessly anywhere on the face of the earth not long after construction began another competing scientist named Marconi executed the world's first transatlantic wireless Telegraph signal though considerably less ambitious and despite the fact that Marconi's project borrowed heavily from Tesla his new device scared Tesla's investor no further investments would be made into the Wardenclyffe tower after Tesla's death many other scientists trying to recreate his invention but to no avail number 2 starlight in the 1980s an amateur scientist by the name of Maurice Ward came up with an invention that was said to have the ability to revolutionize space travel as we know it he came up with an indestructible heat-resistant plastic that could withstand 10,000 degrees Celsius NASA was ecstatic about all the improvements starlight could have on spaceship and security designs but Ward was reluctant to part with the recipe fearing that some companies would profit from his creation Maurice never released the exact composition of starlight he died in 2011 without parting with the secret formula since then scientists have tried to replicate this amazing material but have had no luck number one the suit digital coding system in the early 1990s sloot came up with a revolutionary data compression technique that claimed to compress a 10 gigabyte movie down to just 8 kilobytes without any loss of quality a lot of people doubted the possibility of Sloot's invention that the technology company philips saw the potential and arranged to sign a deal with him the day he was due to sign however Sloot died of a heart attack nevertheless Philips was still interested and prepared to utilize snoots technology after his death but a key floppy disk that contains the actual coding software had gone missing after months of searching Sloot's disk was never found and his technology forgotten so I really hope you enjoyed the video if you did 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37 Comments

  1. SubversiveCitizen said:

    Sounds like theres a billion dollar floppy at some Goodwill somewhere XD

    May 22, 2019
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  2. donward mayfield said:

    The world would be a much different place had Tesla's work not been repressed

    May 22, 2019
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  3. Manuel Valentin said:

    Greek fire, isn't that like Napalm? Just sayin'…

    May 22, 2019
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  4. James Endicott said:

    The Sloot Compression System had a small key but required a non-trivial piece of hardware to work with it. When you hear the analogy used "it's like postscript, it's not about compression but the sender and receiver having a shared resource to refer to".

    When you combine the hardware and that description, it's pretty clear what he was describing. He envisioned that we'd go to blockbuster once a month to get a DVR containing everything we were going to watch then use a floppy disk or dial in with a modem to unlock the stuff when it was actually available.

    That's not conceptually a bad idea. The people he pitched it too were absolutely in the market for an alternative to VHS at time. It's not mathematically impossible and it is much more consistent with what was described in the patent which boasted things like "8× compression".

    Just remember, TopTenz is for entertainment purposes only. It isn't a factual series any more than Ripley's Museum was.

    May 22, 2019
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  5. Kohlenstoffisotop12 said:

    i bet in greek fire was fat

    May 22, 2019
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  6. pens odyssey said:

    Hard for me to believe that chemists and smiths can’t reverse engineer Damascus steel.

    May 22, 2019
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  7. Andrew Paint said:

    I suspect in this list only one or two are credible technologies; the rest are rumors and urban legends.

    May 22, 2019
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  8. Robert Rauch said:

    No – Tesla did not discover alternating current – he would have study it in college like everyone else his age.

    May 22, 2019
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  9. Benjamin Holmes said:

    Greek fire= napalm.

    May 22, 2019
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  10. Aetherguy 1234 said:

    Potatoes. According to lays.

    May 22, 2019
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  11. Justin Akers said:

    5:41 are you a ghost Simon?

    May 22, 2019
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  12. Speedzy PCXP said:

    Of course u can use Damascus I have many knives and swords that are Damascus

    May 22, 2019
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  13. Connor Hunter said:

    First one is wrong. I have knives made of it. So many of these are so dam wrong

    May 22, 2019
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  14. tsmall07 said:

    This video was disappointing. Several things on the list probably never existed and we have created Starlite-like products. Look at intumescent paints.

    May 22, 2019
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  15. Donald Sayers said:

    Wootz steel is not the same as Damascus steel

    May 22, 2019
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  16. hawk paul said:

    But they make 'Damascus' on 'Forged in Fire' all the time.

    May 22, 2019
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  17. The Brad Marks Channel said:

    The American government spends 100's of billions on planes and weapons. They're not going to let some guy stay silent about a super metal that doesn't melt.

    May 22, 2019
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  18. aa said:

    the last one, 10G zipped to 8K or more than 1:1-million compression, is not science, it's maaagic (along with wizards, witches, big fukcing giants, dragons and unicorns)

    May 22, 2019
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  19. Don Robertson said:

    #8 any number of miracle cures and superfoods would qualify – cannabis oil, fish oil, quinoa …..

    Pity big pharma suppresses them all

    May 22, 2019
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  20. Richard Vasquez said:

    Renee sance?

    May 22, 2019
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  21. kingpest13 said:

    5:42 Simon phases out but thankfully re stabilizes and finishes the vid. Glad you're ok Bud.

    May 22, 2019
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  22. Edward Johnson said:

    Biz-en-teen… jfc

    May 22, 2019
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  23. Bxnkroll said:

    5 is not difficult to reproduce

    May 22, 2019
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  24. LightningwingDragon said:

    Ok, calling it now. Mithranditum is totally going to end up in the next Rick Riordan book. If not i am goig to write a strongly worded letter to him.

    May 22, 2019
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  25. Mark Rowland said:

    Tie Inca did have wheels. Strangely only on toys.

    May 22, 2019
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  26. Iso Gh0sted said:

    Um. Yeah we know how to make Damascus steel.

    May 22, 2019
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  27. Rich Beatty said:

    A sheet of paper is pretty big when talking about slipping between stones. More informative numbers would be the largest size.

    May 22, 2019
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  28. Chi_squared said:

    Valerian steel and wildfire, anyone?

    May 22, 2019
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  29. MAKER HAPPY said:

    Without the captions I would have no idea what you're saying cuz you don't know how to pronounce anything. I've never heard anybody pronounce Byzantine like that or even Renaissance. By the way I live in Waterloo now still haven't heard anybody say it like that

    May 22, 2019
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  30. Michael Mote said:

    Damascus has been successfully recreated

    May 22, 2019
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  31. Kelleren said:

    We actually have rediscovered how to make Greek Fire!!

    May 22, 2019
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  32. Netseer2000 said:

    I have a cousin whos father-in-law was an old style no electric tools master carpenter. He had a secret recipe for wood that dries quick and the bond was unbreakable. At family parties, he would join two pieces of wood and have the guest try to separate the pieces. The family for years tried to get him to sell the recipe to big business. After many years he finally agreed but while in negotiations he died taking the secret with him. Even after searching his workshop and a sample of the glue recreating it was impossible.

    May 22, 2019
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  33. Deborah L. said:

    What’s with the closed captioning?? 😆

    May 22, 2019
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  34. jamesstevens623 said:

    the buildings we can't understand is cause we live in a time where anything u make u do it as cheap an fast as possible where back when the building were built by hand they demanded perfection an quality wit a mindset we don't wanna do this again in our lifetime so put extra time an care to do it right now we jus want it done don't need to b perfect cause well b building another in cpl yrs

    May 22, 2019
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  35. PatInSpats said:

    Where is your face?

    May 22, 2019
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  36. ZarlanTheGreen said:

    "Free Wireless Energy"?
    That's a myth. It goes against all laws of physics. (like the Laws of Thermodynamics)

    May 22, 2019
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  37. ZarlanTheGreen said:

    The term "Damascus steel", is best avoided. It is often misused, to refer to pattern-welded metal. It's best to simply use "Wootz" and "pattern-welded" respectively, and avoid the term "Damascus", which needs to be clarified. Also, it was not made in Damascus, or any other Arab area. It was made in India.

    May 22, 2019
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