A history of pretty much everything

By Phil Plait | February 11, 2010 7:13 pm

Well, that’s what this art student calls his flipbook animation of almost pretty much everything. And if by "everything" you mean everything that’s violent with stabbing and blowing up stuff and shooting and things. But it’s pretty funny.

Love the ending.

Tip o’ the timeline to Geekologie.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff

Comments (28)

  1. Floyd

    I like the not too subtle Monty Python foot reference at the end…

  2. Astrofiend

    Wow – that must have been a fairly serious investment of time. Time well spent I say.

  3. Ah, I love the homage. I learned English by watching the “reference” at the end.

  4. Pi-needles

    Great fun. LOL. ūüėÄ

    Classical music – & Monty Python refs ROCK!!! 8)

    Like the sound effects, red-veined eyes, the “critical hit” and late addition of the squared to the speed of light on Einstein’s equation.

    Mind you, “pretty much everything” could be considered a trifle misleading … what about sports, arts, trilobites, belemites & ammonites, Newton’s apple, the invention of the bikini, evolution of pasta dishes & pirates, the moon landing, space probes to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Venus, women’s lives, musicians, the difference beween African and English swallows, how to tell a witch by comparing her weight to that of a ducks, the difference between the People’s Front of Judea, Judean Peoples Front & Judean Popular Front, et cetera et cetera … ūüėČ

    Oh and the assassinated Roman dude – asssuming he’s meant to be Julius Caesar – he should have a *lot* more knives in him – Brutus, Cassius and many more senators all took a stab so to speak! ūüėČ

  5. pyrokittens

    No one else noticed all the TF2 sounds?

  6. PlasticRectangle

    @ pyrokittens I actually subscribed to this guy a while ago, because his TF2 videos are great! So I was rather surprised to see the BA link to this.

    It’s funny seeing my twin hobbies of gaming and space meet!
    I don’t think that’s happened before.

  7. Craig

    The Moon landing was an epoch level event. It’s the first time Earthlings stood on another planet. Poor choice to include the shuttle instead.

  8. 4. Pi-needles Says: “Classical music ‚Äď & Monty Python refs ROCK!!!”

    That was Offenbach, “Orpheus in his underwear,” er, “in the underworld”

    – Jack

  9. That was awesome. I’m definitely checking out his other stuff.

  10. NewEnglandBob

    Bravo! (stands and claps vigorously)

  11. Pieter Kok
  12. Derek

    It reminded me of another great song, “The History of Everything” by the Barenaked Ladies:


    (Yes, an abridged version was used as the theme song for “The Big Bang Theory” sitcom.)

  13. For some reason, the ending reminded me first, not of Monty Python, but of Bambi Meets Godzilla.

  14. I’m with Ken@13, my first thought was Bambi Meets Godzilla, but I was exposed to that before I discovered Monty Python. I remember literally ROTFL for several minutes…

  15. Gus Snarp

    That’s pretty funny, and it gives me a great idea for creating a demonstration of time scales sort of like the sliding scale of the sizes of things in the Universe.

    But I do have two criticisms:
    1. The time scale is all wrong. He has this brief period where nothing is happening on earth, but that should be longer than the entire time that there are living things. The time with just single cell organisms should be longer than the entire time with higher living things, and the time with humans should be much shorter than any other segment (OK, I’m not looking up dates on any of this to verify my statements, but you get the idea).

    2. Can’t we find a better way to animate evolution than having one organism change into a future organism? Fantasia does it wrong, this does it wrong, I think these animations are part of the reason some people have so much trouble wrapping their heads around evolution.

    But I did enjoy it, it’s quite amusing.

  16. Daffy

    Brilliant! Non-CGI animation! It’s like a breath of fresh air…bravo! Bravo!

  17. michael d

    There is another one videoclip with the same concept. Wrong on many scientific counts but delightful (and a great song too!).


  18. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    He has this brief period where nothing is happening on earth, but that should be longer than the entire time that there are living things. […] (OK, I‚Äôm not looking up dates on any of this to verify my statements, but you get the idea).

    The idea is correct, but that particular claim is just plain ugly wrong. The first tentatively acceptable signs of life (debated isotope ratios at 3.8 Ga and nowadays rather verified biological stromatolites at 3.5 Ga or so) is a mere 1 Gy after Earth coalescence.

    In fact, if the data from last year holds up, I believe they tell us most of our volatiles _must_ come from the Last Heavy Bombardment. (To predict mantle isotope ratios – the planetoid coalescence is ruled out as dominant source.) At the same time new models predict that cellular life would survive LHB. (Since cells would spread faster than LHB could keep up sterilizing.)

    So AFAIU it is now likely life started under the LHB, somewhere between 4.1 and 3.8 Ga, if not earlier. Sure it would have probiotic and protobiotic life sites at risk, but what are the odds that cells didn’t have time to evolve somewhere?

    And it really looks like life was thriving when LBH stopped. Mind, the only reason we don’t know about earlier times is that tectonics ate our rocks. There are observations that predicts life, IIRC the first starts at 4.2 Ga or so, isotope ratios from diamond inclusions in zirconium, but they are debated for that very reason – too much uncertainties because the material is recycled.

    Which all means that Earth has been lifeless between 9 and 16 % of its 4.5 Gy history at the most.

    PS Don’t tell BA. HE WROTE A BOOK?! … which isn’t titled “Life From the Skies! These are the ways the world will start…”

  19. Robert E

    Loved it. But when I hear that music I think more of Can-Can lines than Offenbach.

  20. Gus Snarp

    @Torbj√∂rn Larsson – Thanks for the info, but that’s why I said “OK, I‚Äôm not looking up dates on any of this to verify my statements, but you get the idea”. I suppose if I’m going to be pedantic, then I reap what I sow.

  21. Greg23

    If it wasn’t digitally done, do you think a gross of legal pads was enough to cover it? I wonder if he gets a discount?

  22. The Other Ian

    Only thing that bugs me is that it shows the three Magi, and then Julius Caesar being assassinated. The latter happened in 44 BC, so those events should be in the opposite order.

  23. Gary Ansorge

    I loved the image of the Star falling on the Magi,,,which is kinda symbolic of what happened when the teaching of that particular prophet was debased and turned into a secular religion,,,(ok, rant over!)

    GAry 7

  24. GQ


    He haz ’em.

  25. BigUp

    This is awesome !

  26. TL

    reminds me of playing spore :)


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