The Universal S

  • Published on Aug 10, 2019
  • People from all over the world have been drawing this S-shaped symbol for decades yet no one seem to know anything about it. In this video I explore some of the popular origin theories and showcase my own findings after five years of on and off searching.


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  • Tatiana Raine
    Tatiana Raine 12 hours ago

    uhmm.... im from the philippines and i remember drawing this when i was in elementary together with my classmates and i really thought it was a chain ( i mean it kind of reminds me of those big metal chains used to lock some huge ass door) lol this symbol wasnt a huge deal for me until i saw this video now im sure as hell i wont be able to get this off my mind for weeks lmao

  • R Y
    R Y 12 hours ago

    i always thought it was some secret cult or something connected to harry potter

  • Srcsqwrn
    Srcsqwrn 12 hours ago

    Hmm, crazy. I always thought it was a Nordic symbol, or something. Frustrating that we may never know where it came from, though.

  • Muzska 4
    Muzska 4 12 hours ago

    I thought it was a company logo or something

  • Nerd Cat
    Nerd Cat 12 hours ago


  • randy mckoy
    randy mckoy 12 hours ago

    Suzuki??? Its not an s it stands for 'hope'

  • Larry Knicks
    Larry Knicks 12 hours ago

    The video I never knew I needed

  • Tony Jee
    Tony Jee 12 hours ago

    lol wtf that is pretty weird. me and my brother also learned to draw the symbol as children and for no reason in particular other than it looked cool. we probably drew that symbol thousands of times as kids and occasionally still to while doodling.

  • Houtaro Oreki
    Houtaro Oreki 12 hours ago

    I am more interested in the keyboard. Can anyone tell me the model?

  • Delusionalgamer
    Delusionalgamer 12 hours ago

    It’s called the cool s

  • Cody Columbia
    Cody Columbia 12 hours ago +1

    I remember drawing this back in middle school. Somehow every kid knew how to draw it but couldn’t remember where they learned it. I was in middle school in 2006.

  • Kevin Muldoon
    Kevin Muldoon 12 hours ago

    This is exactly what USclip should be! 1 part absolutely fascinating, 1 part infuriating and absolutely worthless. Kudos to you! I'm hitting the subscribe button.

  • Uncle Marcus
    Uncle Marcus 12 hours ago

    May have origin in the 1920s as a gang sign for the street gang "Scarlett Manchester" which later became "Scarlet Harlem" in NYC, "Scarlet Lima" in Peru and other similar organized crime gangs.

  • Spookybuns
    Spookybuns 12 hours ago

    What Keyboard is that?

  • Spookybuns
    Spookybuns 12 hours ago

    What Keyboard is that?

  • The Flip
    The Flip 12 hours ago

    I remember drawing that in seconds grade on my notebooks.

  • Kay S
    Kay S 12 hours ago

    I used to suck at drawing this

  • Buttons
    Buttons 12 hours ago

    I feel like I was the only person to never learn how to draw the S, like all my friends knew how but I just never figured it out

  • Andrew Krivansky
    Andrew Krivansky 12 hours ago

    back when i drew it in middle/high school (approx. 2010-2015) there was an extra horizontal line connecting the two diagonals on each end that close it off. 🤔

  • lil dont know
    lil dont know 12 hours ago

    Cool s

  • Jackson Stuhr
    Jackson Stuhr 12 hours ago +1

    Now I can brag to my friends that I know a potential origin for this.

  • OnePersonCirclePit
    OnePersonCirclePit 12 hours ago

    You sir are a miracle worker

  • RustyToast YT
    RustyToast YT 12 hours ago

    This was also in India too

  • Jordan Martini
    Jordan Martini 12 hours ago

    I thought is was Stone Cold Steve Austin S oh damnnn

  • Jarmahent
    Jarmahent 12 hours ago

    Yes what kind of keyboard is that

  • Levi Watson
    Levi Watson 12 hours ago

    Its been too long

  • Grant Silliman, Jr.
    Grant Silliman, Jr. 12 hours ago

    I thought it came from Celtic knots. the method of drawing them can be used to make the universal S.

  • Manvir Cheema
    Manvir Cheema 12 hours ago +1

    waste of time

  • Isaac Cool
    Isaac Cool 12 hours ago

    People at school always called the supper S. Not superman S just supper S.
    Canada btw 2008-present

  • Gavin Sticker
    Gavin Sticker 13 hours ago


  • [Zebu] Neutrality
    [Zebu] Neutrality 13 hours ago

    Nice animations and fancy stuff like that👌👌

  • chabchae
    chabchae 13 hours ago


  • Sniff
    Sniff 13 hours ago

    Im shook oml

  • Wasteland Goat
    Wasteland Goat 13 hours ago

    I remember this thing being drawn on tablets and homework around 1997, i was always told it was the Shaquille O'Neal "SHAQ" S

  • mrmcnugget420
    mrmcnugget420 13 hours ago

    love the vids

  • 16thekid
    16thekid 13 hours ago

    i’m elementary, we called it the Bad Boy S

  • datcoolass nigga
    datcoolass nigga 13 hours ago

    Can u talk about the Palestine and Israel conflict

  • Takumeme
    Takumeme 13 hours ago

    I remember drawing that back in 10,000 b.c.

  • debigcheze
    debigcheze 13 hours ago

    You're a fucking legend dude

  • joseph barovich
    joseph barovich 13 hours ago

    the price is right

  • DiddyMcGee
    DiddyMcGee 13 hours ago

    Over here in England, Liverpool I learnt the name for the 'S' as the Super S

  • Benjamin Luu
    Benjamin Luu 13 hours ago

    Bruh I never thought of this, as a kid growing up I just saw my older cousins draw it and copied thinking it was just a cool way to draw an S

  • eat.some.dukey
    eat.some.dukey 13 hours ago

    how you make a nearly 20 minute long, well edited, informational video about a letter

  • DeusAndante
    DeusAndante 13 hours ago

    yayayayy what a great video lemmino i love u so much thank you

  • AHAL0L
    AHAL0L 13 hours ago

    i swear the s is a brand for something

  • MyNameIsNidos
    MyNameIsNidos 13 hours ago

    I hear Sacred Reich mentioned, I immediately like. 🤘

  • KRC
    KRC 13 hours ago

    I remember in elementary school someone saying it had something to do with satan so I was always kind of scared to draw it 😂

  • bashaelkebir
    bashaelkebir 13 hours ago

    @LEMMiNO this is an amazing video essay, I love your narrative style

  • A- Shotter
    A- Shotter 13 hours ago

    bor what do you use to edit

  • some cartoon person
    some cartoon person 13 hours ago

    I have never drawn this S. Even tho I am a cartoonist now but really I have never ever drew this S

  • Seal
    Seal 13 hours ago

    Omg I found it it was from the dinosaur movie its from 7 million years ago!

  • Keeter
    Keeter 13 hours ago

    I don't usually subscribe to people, but you, you dude,have been subscribed too.

  • Spencer Foust
    Spencer Foust 13 hours ago

    Those theatrics in the map were magnificent!

  • PantsuMann
    PantsuMann 13 hours ago

    No you're not. There will be a part 2, you just dont know it yet ;)
    Awesome video, I have never given the S a secont thought, but everyone I knew from elementary school drew those. Universal face next?

  • jacob johnson
    jacob johnson 13 hours ago

    I’m in high school and I draw the S every single day still so thas crazy it was created a century ago lmao

  • Arziel1992
    Arziel1992 13 hours ago

    Totally off-topic, what's the keyboard model shown?

  • zephh_
    zephh_ 13 hours ago

    We drew this in Slovakia too, back when I went to grade school... so you can update your map, I guess.

  • The Contagious Gamer
    The Contagious Gamer 13 hours ago

    This will always be know as the 'Super S'
    Best fad of my childhood haha

  • Mufasa IsYEET
    Mufasa IsYEET 13 hours ago

    Lets be honest everyone has drawn this alot from this i think you can solve where humans came from

  • IG lurk
    IG lurk 13 hours ago

    *cool S*

  • My Name is not Thomas
    My Name is not Thomas 13 hours ago

    I’m from the Caribbean
    And I see this S just once

    Primary School

  • Daniel Escoz
    Daniel Escoz 13 hours ago

    It's just a simple pattern you can do in a square paper page when sufficiently bored. I drew the double-helix ones that repeated the middle piece ALL THE TIME. Not because I saw it or anything but because it was there, in the squares.

  • shrek slayer
    shrek slayer 13 hours ago


    • Joanna
      Joanna 13 hours ago

      Does this mean we finally get top 10 facts 2018?

  • q370p
    q370p 13 hours ago

    Random video comment section.

  • Chris Anthony
    Chris Anthony 13 hours ago

    Who invented the 5-pointed star with a single pen stroke? Probably a lot of people in different places at different times. The universal S is a bit more complex than the 5-pointed star, but I still think it's a symbol that a lot of people would be able come up with on their own if they spent enough time doodling.

  • Ryan Hernandez
    Ryan Hernandez 13 hours ago

    The zoomers have stopped this hundred-year tradition. So sad!

  • Riss Twig
    Riss Twig 13 hours ago +1

    When I was little, I used this to draw hair braids with my friends. I'm from México.

  • poison shift
    poison shift 13 hours ago

    I know exactly why this was so prominent for kids in school. The post about it being a puzzle was halfway correct. I remember this from at least 2 different instances in math while I was in school. The point on connecting the two sets of three lines was not to make an S. It was to connect both lines without crossing over one another in the process. I had never seen this before that first time. This was created as a result of trying to solve the puzzle. You would really do well trying to contact some elementary and middle school teachers and asking about the original three line puzzle. Pull out a piece of paper, draw two sets of three lines and try to connect the two sets with one another without crossing over. This s initially was a demonstration by my teacher of how not to correctly solve the puzzle. This is the reason it is so prominent, despite the coincidence that it's been around for a few hundred years. I'm sure there's some teaching subs on Reddit. Start with the two line puzzle and ask the teachers from there about how the s is developed.
    Not many kids remember specific things from when they were that young, I suppose I'm fortunate. I remember the entire thing. Was one of those impression moments

  • Jan Sitkowski
    Jan Sitkowski 13 hours ago


    It's a simple pattern, in fact Originaly, number 8 was written as two squares which is quite close to this symbol, even if not the same. Arabic numbers were based on the number of angles they had, giving them their numerical value.

  • Suzy Pittman
    Suzy Pittman 13 hours ago

    my brain just broke

  • Tom Ato
    Tom Ato 13 hours ago

    Oh I was told it was the Superman symbol 😂

  • Bo Holland
    Bo Holland 14 hours ago

    If only a small amount of humans on Earth had the same motivation as you..... Man, if I had some of your motivation, my life would be really different.

  • The Devil Herself
    The Devil Herself 14 hours ago

    Dude that S is actually my school’s logo I’m gonna cry

  • intheclouds
    intheclouds 14 hours ago

    The effort put into the video editing is astounding. There were many times I was like "how did he"... Cool stuff man

  • Turtle Person
    Turtle Person 14 hours ago

    I thought it was a stylish 8.