Why a Book of 1 Million Random Numbers Sells for $68

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  • Half as Interesting
    Half as Interesting3 muaj më parë

    If we had a book of infinite random words, somewhere in there would be the perfect, holy grail of HAI topics, but unfortunately we don't. If you have that holy grail topic, though, suggest it to us, and we will reward you with one whole HAI t-shirt if we use it (shipped out once per quarter. Terms and conditions apply or something idk I'm not a lawyer.) Submit your topic here!: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUdlvw6YgU44J8AnM2U_ZvRMyvh_CUM51LYSqF5nYJB9d1-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Renato De Sousa

    Renato De Sousa

    15 ditë më parë

    lol The book of random words does exist & is more common than one would think - Brute Force Attack would be useless without it

  • Voxelgon


    Muaj më parë

    there's this: libraryofbabel.info/search.html

  • David T

    David T

    3 muaj më parë

    Seriously stop with the scammy lies that your shitty merch is "limited time only". All your "limited time" MERCH from even years back are STILL AVAILABLE. But you don't care you will still do it and lie for money and the young generation are morons and too stupid to realize and see the obvious that there is no such thing as "limited time only". They quickly believe your lie and buy the merch because you lie to them that it's "limited time" when it's not and NEVER WAS.

  • Sangita Mendhe

    Sangita Mendhe

    3 muaj më parë

    Any 🇮🇳

  • Z Shieh

    Z Shieh

    3 muaj më parë

    @tsk huh "wut" says the person who's comment is "."

  • ilajoie3
    ilajoie3Orë më parë

    I say they should have shuffled the punch cards like a deck of cards, making it even more random rather than just dropping a few

    ICE PONTY2 ditë më parë


  • Mirzu42
    Mirzu422 ditë më parë

    I was thinking of a random number and i chose 5. So am i a genius lol😂

  • Muchriz OneBeta
    Muchriz OneBeta2 ditë më parë

    2:23 WTH WAS THAT @Half as Interesting WTF IS THAT >:(

  • Shadowplay1919
    Shadowplay19193 ditë më parë

    Donald Trump has Generated more tax income in one year than you will in your whole life. But TDS is still around.

  • Pixelcrafter. exe
    Pixelcrafter. exe3 ditë më parë

    There are PCI cards, to plug in your computer, generating randomness thought shooting a photon throught a half transparent mirror, with a photo resistor in behind. Tada unpredictable random numbers, generated by a computer

  • Orion Tigley
    Orion Tigley4 ditë më parë

    $68 dollars for a book to get random numbers or, ya'know.... *DICE*

  • Brock Samson
    Brock Samson4 ditë më parë

    roll a ten sided dice

  • Charles Jones
    Charles Jones4 ditë më parë

    You know what would be cheaper than a $68 book of random numbers? A single 10 sided die. Roll repeatedly for however many digits needed.

  • Shola Omishakin
    Shola Omishakin4 ditë më parë

    When I thought of a random number I thought of 542

  • YouTuber
    YouTuber5 ditë më parë

    i know something that is a program and its random,its google translate.On this channel it shows how random it can get althe.info

  • backwoodsbro
    backwoodsbro5 ditë më parë

    They are all hentai length 667540

  • Shayer Rabby
    Shayer Rabby5 ditë më parë

    Is wendover run by this guy too?

  • R - G - C
    R - G - C5 ditë më parë

    HAI: Human are dumb and can't choose randomly Me with my keyboard and a hammer: Are you challenging me?

  • Melody Studios
    Melody Studios6 ditë më parë

    the price should’ve been $69

  • 4 2
    4 28 ditë më parë

    Its not anymore random if more than one Person could remember

  • Kimg Komg
    Kimg Komg8 ditë më parë

    There needs to be a book containing only somewhat random numbers

  • SharkTH
    SharkTH8 ditë më parë

    You don't seem to understand what random is. www.redhat.com/en/blog/understanding-random-number-generators-and-their-limitations-linux

  • quinny7777
    quinny77779 ditë më parë

    Read the Amazon reviews for this book. Some of them are quite funny.

  • bel pet
    bel pet9 ditë më parë

    Could sell it as a college text book for 10x that

  • Yu Hin TAM
    Yu Hin TAM9 ditë më parë

    yes i am a idiot

  • Chase Toyama
    Chase Toyama9 ditë më parë

    These videos are really hilarious.

  • currai
    currai11 ditë më parë

    Can we make it 1$ more expensive

  • MeCantSpell
    MeCantSpell11 ditë më parë

    Why does he always bring that Sun Guy

  • Sean David
    Sean David11 ditë më parë

    Lottery I bet makes it popular

  • Alex Graboyes
    Alex Graboyes11 ditë më parë

    Feels like a book like this would be a good double cipher. Cipher one translates to a page number and line, cipher two decodes the numbers into letters

  • Rory Cox
    Rory Cox11 ditë më parë

    Its the Numberwang rules book, duh.

  • Stamble Ribis
    Stamble Ribis12 ditë më parë

    4:48 : exist 14 y/o: oh, that hurts... anyway!

  • WhereIsSandwich
    WhereIsSandwich12 ditë më parë

    Has anyone seen my sandwich?

  • Dhruv
    Dhruv13 ditë më parë

    @HAI what is this random ass video

  • EggSucker888
    EggSucker88813 ditë më parë


  • Hatboy
    Hatboy13 ditë më parë

    they really just copy + pasted a entire section from PI.

  • LilacDoe
    LilacDoe13 ditë më parë

    But you can make a good pseudo-random number generator in python with less than 100 lines of code. You can say the code has hidden biases and that's why it is pseudo-random and not random, but I'm willing to bet the book has just as many hidden biases.

  • Sean Abram
    Sean Abram14 ditë më parë

    Bookban irl

  • Neilos 1714
    Neilos 171414 ditë më parë

    The first number i thought was 85

  • PhoneMobileWireless
    PhoneMobileWireless14 ditë më parë

    2:31 *_NO WE ARE NOT!!!_*

  • piedro stone
    piedro stone14 ditë më parë

    4:07 VERY important. Thank you for including.

  • piedro stone
    piedro stone14 ditë më parë

    There is no such thing as a truly random number. This book was quite a feat prior to the current level of computing available to each of us.

  • You
    You14 ditë më parë

    Would've been nice if it was 69 dollars

  • ChCkN007
    ChCkN00714 ditë më parë

    Who else just realized wendover productions and half as interesting are the same guy

  • Just that one lad
    Just that one lad15 ditë më parë

    1 extra dollar man

  • CalRailFan90208
    CalRailFan9020815 ditë më parë

    4:47 I am a teen and I feel insulted. You lost a sub today

  • Toby Goodguy
    Toby Goodguy16 ditë më parë

    Yes...I am an idiot for watching this video.

  • rf200774
    rf20077416 ditë më parë

    "...after all, that's what the president did when he filed his tax returns" SHOTS FIRED 😆😆

  • Sans Music
    Sans Music16 ditë më parë

    not even 69 i sleep

  • Sean Yu
    Sean Yu16 ditë më parë

    The title should have been: "Why a Book of 1 Million Random Numbers Sells for $68 and not $69"

  • ׁ
    ׁ17 ditë më parë

    In programming I use milliseconds to get real randomness. It's commonly used in C++. It can be predicted, but it's really hard

  • HelloFriendsI'mAProperYoutber_Я
    HelloFriendsI'mAProperYoutber_Я17 ditë më parë

    How to get random numbers: Spam numbers on keyboard 985466646164516464987848046754645466434169184646445165655554549454540043181616161644373376451545545455454545186464548167616376467516615894619161916196494840404849497976667603032828919194945445454646164991911181888888

  • BackSpacə TM
    BackSpacə TM17 ditë më parë

    ummm... because its a good read, duuurrrrrrrrr.

  • Bisemy
    Bisemy18 ditë më parë

    3:30 It says 1337 at the start.

  • Francis Rodrigo Ceblano
    Francis Rodrigo Ceblano19 ditë më parë

    Me selecting numbers. 6. What else? 3.and? 6. Have you tried five? 6.

  • rev.c.russell
    rev.c.russell19 ditë më parë

    I was going to say, as an engineer I use pseudo random numbers for sampling and it works out fine.

  • Luke jones
    Luke jones19 ditë më parë

    Bill gates is cool, you take money from Soros. It’s not funny if you actually know what you’re talking about.

  • orngUglad
    orngUglad19 ditë më parë

    Just had to mention how perfect the checkmark at 5:17 is.

  • Brailie
    Brailie20 ditë më parë

    This book: *exists* Random.org: I’m going to end this mans whole career

  • Jon Penn
    Jon Penn20 ditë më parë

    Modern processors can generate random numbers from tiny fluctuations in temperature (software.intel.com/content/www/us/en/develop/articles/intel-digital-random-number-generator-drng-software-implementation-guide.html#inpage-nav-3-2 see 3.2.1). Linux combines this with timing information from sources like disk/network IO and keyboard/mouse input to generate random numbers. Other OSes do similar things, but some choose not to trust Intel's random number generator. Your phone can do this. It is no longer reserved to specialized computers, it's just that those random number generators are slow compared to using deterministic algorithms, so a lot of things default to using the algorithms, and it's easy not to remember that when you are programming something.

  • Titanium Steel
    Titanium Steel20 ditë më parë

    this sounds like my college math book

  • BackSet
    BackSet21 ditë më parë

    So Iron Fist has branched out into publishing, eh?

  • Light 1988
    Light 198822 ditë më parë

    Hey, Trump as a president and Trump as a businessman are both different, Trump as a president donates his salary so his tax return on this will be low if any at all, Trump the businessman's tax is in the millions, and paid for. Nice try leftist soybeta male sample #1123442 -random number

  • TimeCube
    TimeCube23 ditë më parë

    Should of been $69

  • Javier Albinarrate
    Javier Albinarrate24 ditë më parë

    That phrase is certainly incomplete. In reality computers are deterministic except when they decide to intermittently make your life a hell...

  • MickyDerJuni MDJ
    MickyDerJuni MDJ24 ditë më parë

    this book hackers use to hack you

  • humerus
    humerus25 ditë më parë

    3:30 Ah, yes, the most random of numbers.. 1337!

  • Swazi
    Swazi25 ditë më parë

    If you use any of the random numbers in this book for something related to your work, are you still using random numbers as the numbers you are using have been predetermined by the book?

  • Jason Carto
    Jason Carto25 ditë më parë

    Can't tell if has TDS or mocking TDS. Well played.

  • Hanro50
    Hanro5027 ditë më parë

    Seems like a good home gift you can buy a math teacher.

  • Lukatic
    Lukatic28 ditë më parë

    crazy ex girlfriend is very good

  • Brandon Bohrer
    Brandon Bohrer28 ditë më parë

    These days, many computers have random number functions which produce true random data by working off of random events such as keyboard input btw

  • Firaro
    Firaro29 ditë më parë

    the reviews for that book are amazing, especially the 1-star reviews.

  • Firaro
    Firaro29 ditë më parë

    before you get into the reasons, i find myself wanting this book. I'm having to talk myself out of getting it because i'm short on money right now but... i want that book edit: why is the hardcover version 768 dollars? Looks like the PDF is free (www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1418.html#download) but that's no replacement for the real thing

  • Darth Makroth
    Darth MakrothMuaj më parë

    Can't you just Google random number generator ._.

  • Blaise Green
    Blaise GreenMuaj më parë

    Every copy of A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates is personalized

  • Liam Bhagan
    Liam BhaganMuaj më parë


  • noneuclideangrl
    noneuclideangrlMuaj më parë

    This video kind of misses the existence of cryptographically secure random number generators. Computers can generate random numbers that are totally unpredictable as long as you don’t know the secret key they were initialised with. However, you have to make sure you use the secure version, and a lot of programmers mess this up.

  • Sne X 69 • 1.8 microseconds ago
    Sne X 69 • 1.8 microseconds agoMuaj më parë

    There's 69420 somewhere

  • Crimson Dino
    Crimson DinoMuaj më parë

    Why would anyone EVER use a book for random numbers when the internet exists. It takes 2 seconds and half as many brain cells to look up a random number generator? Edit: This website (Below) says it offers true randomness and who am I to say they're wrong www.random.org

  • sdjhgfkshf swdfhskljh
    sdjhgfkshf swdfhskljhMuaj më parë

    Lots of explanation why random numbers are needed and almost no explaining why they are needed in a form of BOOK.

  • gurrrn
    gurrrnMuaj më parë

    This is mummy pigs book isn’t it.

  • cerati88
    cerati88Muaj më parë

    Python at 4:14

  • 1994 Honda Civic GLi
    1994 Honda Civic GLiMuaj më parë

    I will sell this for a $1 profit

  • adrianTNT
    adrianTNTMuaj më parë

    On an Arduino board, it advises you to include electrical "noise" from a free pin, in order to get more randomness. I found it interesting. Computers can't really create randomness by themselves (as the video said).

  • Ahmad Programming
    Ahmad ProgrammingMuaj më parë

    Almost nice.

  • Gallezra
    GallezraMuaj më parë

    This remind me of that Peppa Pig where her mom accidentally published a book with just numbers and that one kid loves that book that for Halloween he wore the first 7 number of the book.

  • Samyak Jain
    Samyak JainMuaj më parë

    A science nerd thats actually good at jokes. Rare creature🤓🤓😸

  • TheRumpletiltskin
    TheRumpletiltskinMuaj më parë

    wouldn't a random number being mixed up make it MORE random?

  • Richard Green
    Richard GreenMuaj më parë

    Picking a random number from the same list of random numbers as others kinda defeats the purpose, right? And that book was composed by a computer algorithm on a WWII era vacuum tube computer? So why would it be any better than the MSBASIC Random() function? Save your money. Check the interwebs for 'hotbits' and you'll be directed to an online geiger counter. Put your request into the queue, and you'll be delivered your requested quantity of unique random numbers in short order. No fee, no trees killed.

  • Alex Csillag
    Alex CsillagMuaj më parë

    I think Daniel Shiffman will know the exact answer

  • pianomanhere
    pianomanhereMuaj më parë

    I heard it has a great cliffhanger in the middle, a climax 3/4 through and a great ending. As codified in a commonly-used book, the numbers are no longer random in practice, but merely in original plan and compilation.

  • Kilroy was Here
    Kilroy was HereMuaj më parë

    Just have a bunch of people rolling dice and writing down the numbers

  • Not Me Not Me
    Not Me Not MeMuaj më parë

    Circuit boards can be designed to make random numbers by deliberately making electrical noise. That noise or interference peaks and troughs randomly on an oscilloscope.

  • Not Me Not Me
    Not Me Not MeMuaj më parë

    2:55 The Forth Rail Bridge. 9 miles (14km) north west of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Sam God
    Sam GodMuaj më parë

    Yes I'm an official idiot! I clicked on HAI's video! 😂

  • Eagle
    EagleMuaj më parë

    In a way, using this book makes it no longer random, since there is a reason you're using that specific stream of numbers. basically, don't actually use this book for cryptographical purposes. (If you need this advice from some random person on the internet, you also probably shouldn't be designing your own cryptography)

  • Raul Albors
    Raul AlborsMuaj më parë

    I'm an idiot for spending time on all this misinformation.

  • Raul Albors
    Raul AlborsMuaj më parë

    You can't use a random number for a statistic sample. Small sample size in a study can cause results that are almost as bad, if not worse, than not running a study at all.

  • Joe Blow
    Joe BlowMuaj më parë

    I will be check-out the book, to see if it is still sold. A great gift for a library that has great books. It will stand beside "The Meaning of Everything" by Simon Winchester.

    GOOGLE TAQIYYAMuaj më parë

    Dude ! That one number looked totally NOT random. You know which one.

    GOOGLE TAQIYYAMuaj më parë

    If Trump had broken ANY tax law we would know every detail regardless. The media would do 1000 segments on it and the day after continue forever. We can therefore conclude that the returns they know about are 100% legal. So whining about legal activities that rich people use is not an indictment of the rich but of the law makers ! Call Congress !

  • Jinji Kisano
    Jinji KisanoMuaj më parë

    Hmmm, if he managed to reverse engineering it and even determine that some of them are messed up, then doesn't that mean it's not random?

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