How High Can We Build?

  • Published on Jun 3, 2012
  • What's the tallest THING we've ever built? How tall will we EVER be able to build?
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Comments • 29 682

  • booczech123456
    booczech123456 3 hours ago

    What about push this cable down from orbit station? ...Oh crap we have to delivery 100 km tall cable to orbit ...crap ...

  • Steve V
    Steve V 21 hour ago

    The KTHI-TV mast tower is a 2,063-foot-tall (629 m) television-transmitting mast in Blanchard, Traill County, North Dakota, United States, used by Fargo station KVLY-TV channel 11. Completed in 1963, it was the tallest structure in the world until succeeded by the Warsaw radio mast during 1974, which collapsed in 1991, again making the KTHI/KVLY-TV mast the tallest structure in the world until the Burj Khalifa exceeded it in 2008. I grew up watching KTHI.

  • Michael Zimmer
    Michael Zimmer Day ago

    The acronym is btboat ya cheater

  • Recrofne
    Recrofne Day ago


  • Matt JBG
    Matt JBG Day ago

    This video is hot ass

  • Luxi Turna
    Luxi Turna 2 days ago

    This boring vid is about space elevators.

  • Bokoblin
    Bokoblin 2 days ago

    Vsauce: goes to giza to look at a pyramid and say a line for a video

  • Ateliers Électroniques avec Mister Jonathan

    Wait, are you saying that if the building was tall enough, the centrifugal force of the upper part could "pull" enough on the bottom part that the base of the building would weigh almost nothing at ground level??

  • Dragyn Fyng
    Dragyn Fyng 2 days ago

    3:40 *"D O N T D O T H A T!"*

  • Joseph Mundelius
    Joseph Mundelius 2 days ago +1

    I remember doing this in high school but instead it was “ how high can I get “

  • KingOfTheLion : Gaming
    KingOfTheLion : Gaming 2 days ago +1

    Minecraft players will say 256 blocks is the maximum high of build limit.

  • Logan Playz / LP
    Logan Playz / LP 2 days ago +1

    Eiffel Tower Is 1,063′ to tip i use height like that sometimes

  • big tiddy
    big tiddy 3 days ago

    no one :
    elon musk: hold my beer we going to space

  • Will Harvey
    Will Harvey 3 days ago +2

    After the Eiffel Tower was the sky tower not the christler building

    • Demir Sezer
      Demir Sezer 5 hours ago

      @Will Harvey i just corrected :)

    • Will Harvey
      Will Harvey 6 hours ago

      Demir Sezer sorry I’m not good at spelling

    • Demir Sezer
      Demir Sezer Day ago

      it's not christler,
      it's Chrysler

  • loopter gd
    loopter gd 3 days ago

    Reminds me of 9/11 2001

  • Vegan Swag
    Vegan Swag 3 days ago

    Thanks for letting me virtually touch the Nile.

  • amateur everything
    amateur everything 3 days ago

    3:02 done a research it was in 1993

  • Darth Vader
    Darth Vader 4 days ago


  • Murdaklez
    Murdaklez 4 days ago +1

    V sauce should be a tv show. Very easy to watch. Explanations are accurate and easy to understand. Seriously. It would be a great show.

    • Dex Stevens
      Dex Stevens 2 days ago

      Murdaklez it is with youtube red. thats why he rarely posts nowadays

  • Boris06ik
    Boris06ik 4 days ago +1

    And as always, thank for watching!

  • Larry Garmon Jr
    Larry Garmon Jr 4 days ago

    What about the pyramid in Mexico;The Pyramid of Chaloula that's almost twice as big as the great pyramid

  • Bio Hazard
    Bio Hazard 4 days ago

    ? Everyone know that it's 256 meters..

  • un- kreativ
    un- kreativ 4 days ago

    256 blocks of course

  • dylan hunt
    dylan hunt 5 days ago

    The "space elevator", an unfeasible and absurd idea, contradicting the laws of Physics.

  • Joe Mama
    Joe Mama 5 days ago

    6:42 Experiement, is that a typo or just how they spell it across the channel?

  • Maxie Pattie
    Maxie Pattie 5 days ago

    A lot of the guys I work with are *So Super High* all day everyday. And I got to tell you, they are really good at building high.

  • Lil Sizzurp
    Lil Sizzurp 5 days ago

    Approx 255 blocks

  • Patrick Gragg
    Patrick Gragg 6 days ago

    The Earth is flat! You can't go any higher than the top of the firmament, ask Nimrod, he tried.

  • XtremeMAX Gaming
    XtremeMAX Gaming 6 days ago

    256 blocks

  • Mark S
    Mark S 6 days ago +1

    8:20 is his shirt inside out? Why are the stitched seams on the outside?

  • Ghost
    Ghost 6 days ago

    it's 256 blocks

  • American_bacon 10
    American_bacon 10 6 days ago

    *What is a building?*

  • ashraf A Alhashmy
    ashraf A Alhashmy 6 days ago

    I'm holding my cellphone by mouth watching you through a reflection in a mirror infront of me ,while taking shower 🤣🤣🤣

  • Carter Hanes
    Carter Hanes 6 days ago

    The answer= 256 meters

  • dorian diddles
    dorian diddles 6 days ago

    I used to be subbed to this channel but can NOT stand the music so much I can't watch it anymore.

  • Mr Foxydoodles
    Mr Foxydoodles 6 days ago

    theres no reason for us to build this at all. there are people dying in the streets starving, theres no reason for this to be built at all.

    • Mr Foxydoodles
      Mr Foxydoodles 3 days ago

      Jhon Voyage what attempt of retardation did you just try to type ?

    • Jhon Voyage
      Jhon Voyage 3 days ago

      You have just said, we haven't built that tall, yet people die on the streets.

  • zekeor
    zekeor 7 days ago +1

    Bruh the tallest we can go is 64 blocks

    CROSTY 7 days ago +3

    About 256 blocks is the build limit

  • WeeHenThe Amazing
    WeeHenThe Amazing 7 days ago +7

    Download the cubic chunks mod so the build limit is deleted

  • Yamaha Squad
    Yamaha Squad 7 days ago

    naw its 256 blocks

  • T Rex
    T Rex 7 days ago

    Wheres all my flat earthers now?

  • under brakedown
    under brakedown 7 days ago

    Good job of getting 14 million subscribers

  • JØ
     7 days ago +1


  • Kyle McDonald
    Kyle McDonald 7 days ago

    Flat-earthers must close this video by 6:43

  • SuperFred1.9
    SuperFred1.9 7 days ago +1

    Green SAAAAAAAAAAAUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason Patrick
    Jason Patrick 7 days ago

    What a dick.
    Never showed Christine's channel "right there "

    MOHAMED AL MNSOURI 7 days ago

    I like burj khalifa

  • ZeroVizibility
    ZeroVizibility 8 days ago +2

    Vsauce must be joking. The height limit is 256 blocks.

  • rhager842
    rhager842 8 days ago

    *You cannot build past the 200 block limit.*

  • Alexon Zosa
    Alexon Zosa 8 days ago +19

    Just fold a paper 50 times you'll reach the sun

  • dipsheep
    dipsheep 8 days ago +164

    Long answer: **watch the video**

    Short answer: 256 blocks

  • Real Hanzo Main
    Real Hanzo Main 8 days ago

    265 blocks

  • 123ASF 321
    123ASF 321 8 days ago

    the limit is 256, i didn't watch the video but i think that's

  • Jack Douglas
    Jack Douglas 8 days ago +1

    How amazing it must be to be you :)

  • youtube youtube
    youtube youtube 8 days ago +4

    I read the title as " How high can we be"

  • ANDY LUMEH© Ministries, Evangelist. My Father's Kingdom, Chelsea Black Church, London

    See Karfriii video above this comment.....Now back here; Genesis 11:4-9 (KJV)...4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
    5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
    6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
    7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
    8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
    9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth...Genesis 11: 4- 9. Jesus Christ is Lord.......See Karfriii video above this post.

    • Jhon Voyage
      Jhon Voyage 3 days ago

      Dude, do you really think anyone would have interest in a Biblical comment under a science video? How can you be such naive?!

    • Richardatf
      Richardatf 8 days ago +1

      What a waste of time.

  • Pstefi Gaming
    Pstefi Gaming 9 days ago +8

    true minecrafters kow that the height limit is 256

  • Kyle Starkie
    Kyle Starkie 9 days ago +1

    I got anxiety for 1 second at 5:05, and I'm barley afraid of heights.

    • Darth Vader
      Darth Vader 4 days ago

      Wanna feel even more uncomfortable?

  • Sir Duck II
    Sir Duck II 9 days ago +2

    If you wanna save 10 minutes:

    256 blocks

  • cjfinetune
    cjfinetune 9 days ago

    Sooo jack and the beanstock is fiction?