The Universal S

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  • 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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    [Music]
    Jazz Spastiks - Bananas Instrumental
    jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/bananas-instrumental
    Fabien Tell - Never Before
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/vYhGIQi5p6
    Jazz Spastiks - Fresh Oranges Instrumental
    jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/fresh-oranges-instrumental
    Grant Newman - Last March of Heroes
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/dTSZSYrpwJ
    Jazz Spastiks - Apples Instrumentals
    jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/apples-instrumental
    Jon Björk - Divisive Alliance
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/QgftTsL1p3
    Charles Holme - Informal Parameters
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/CtauqiUO4H
    Fabien Tell - The Farmer
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/CMh170ud8g

    [Credits & References]
    www.lemmi.no/post/the-universal-s
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  • Bluey
    Bluey Hour ago

    THE UNIVERSAL

  • Apoapsis Periapsis
    Apoapsis Periapsis 23 hours ago

    me to be the first person on mars:


    S: time to ruin this person's whole career

  • Isaac Pastore
    Isaac Pastore Day ago +1

    I called it in elementary school the “savage s” XD

  • Mr.BananaMan
    Mr.BananaMan Day ago

    A: spartans. In Michigan

  • Arthur123
    Arthur123 Day ago +1

    well 2019 and im still drawing the Kool S

  • Muse
    Muse Day ago

    I just want to point out that only you could have had the time and patience to create it. lol

  • Bluey
    Bluey Day ago

    EUREKA

  • Chris Kokolios
    Chris Kokolios Day ago

    It is from Stanford university

  • Jotaro Kujo
    Jotaro Kujo Day ago

    In my country "Philippines" we called it "Tribal S"

  • Nicolas Blazquez

    My school does a thinner S

  • Jude Plummer
    Jude Plummer 2 days ago

    shut up please

  • MadHatter YT
    MadHatter YT 2 days ago

    for some reason we called it the Steelers s. i never knew why. the first time i saw the Steelers logo i was like "wait wasnt it the s thing"

  • Santiago Fernández
    Santiago Fernández 2 days ago

    4:33 in the bottom center u can read ''SpongeBob''.



    Nice detail man :v

  • sean hobbart
    sean hobbart 2 days ago

    bruh thought my mom invented it

  • Billy BoB
    Billy BoB 2 days ago

    Am i the only one who thinks it means Swag

  • Ella S
    Ella S 2 days ago

    So... was I the only one who called it "hip-hop S" 😳🤪

  • iCR Slayer
    iCR Slayer 2 days ago

    Madman across the water album cover by Elton John 1971?

  • The Aryan Empire
    The Aryan Empire 2 days ago

    I remember when we called it Superman s. I saw it as a dollar sign

  • ThiccMcMustard
    ThiccMcMustard 2 days ago

    what if the universal S is actually the answer for life the universe and everything and we just found it

  • toilette pepper
    toilette pepper 2 days ago +1

    how can this guy make a documentary about a thing I draw when I'm bored in class

  • Donkomatik
    Donkomatik 2 days ago +2

    you can hear the elevated caffeine levels in his voice

  • Smlfan jeffy 357
    Smlfan jeffy 357 3 days ago +1

    I thought it stand for super sexy furries 😹

  • Dat1FnafGurl YT
    Dat1FnafGurl YT 3 days ago +8

    Every kid in my class said that was the "Chinese S" I, the only asian kid knew it wasn't true

  • plus
    plus 3 days ago

    I've seen this in carvings, sometimes symbolizing a chain. This should be at least a few hundred years old

  • LoL loL90
    LoL loL90 3 days ago

    Nämen va fan you actually did it

  • Tristan Anatoliy
    Tristan Anatoliy 3 days ago

    At 11.00 theres strawhat pirates, sans, papyrus and others

  • Arguinghen JIP
    Arguinghen JIP 3 days ago

    The universal S is sorta like the rumour your friend starts who got it from his brother who got it from his cousin and his cousin got it from his teacher and etc etc.

  • a lonely taco
    a lonely taco 3 days ago +1

    girl from greece here, when he mentioned the s being in the word smile with a palmtree as the letter L IT TOOK ME WAY BACK DUDE

  • Andrés De la Oliva Guzmán

    I'm amazed he didn't touch the fact that humans are born to create symbols out of nothing because of their predisposition to patterns...

  • yhbdanik
    yhbdanik 4 days ago

    never heard of it before watching this vid .

  • Galaxy guy
    Galaxy guy 4 days ago

    4:33 bruh did I miss an episode where spongebob became a gangster?

  • Kane DidWhat
    Kane DidWhat 4 days ago +4

    Someone in my math class in graved this logo into the desk

  • C0c0 n4tt
    C0c0 n4tt 4 days ago

    10:52 THE GOD

  • Adventure Fighter
    Adventure Fighter 4 days ago

    Maybe its just something we thought is cool, *no* story behind it

  • Alex Choucair
    Alex Choucair 5 days ago

    who miss the top 10 facts? likeee

  • The BlackCat
    The BlackCat 5 days ago

    Even Aliens know this Symbol

  • Jafezy JD
    Jafezy JD 5 days ago

    11:47 isn't guy from Buzzfeed unsolved?

  • Ricky Ricardo
    Ricky Ricardo 5 days ago +2

    that s is actually just what god looks like nbd

  • Eily Sheehan
    Eily Sheehan 6 days ago

    My school referred to it as the graffiti S

  • Blaze
    Blaze 6 days ago +1

    5:31 what about the countries which has nothing to do with The S because of no english exposure or no use of roman alphabets,
    i am talking about japan, korea, china, or mainly countries with different writing systems.

  • JoshuaXD
    JoshuaXD 6 days ago

    Call me miSter worldwide

  • Ash Heaven
    Ash Heaven 6 days ago +1

    XD I thought this was going to be a troll.
    I love the sarcasm, though.

  • Rosa
    Rosa 7 days ago

    People used to tell me it was super smash bros
    I’m from Australia

  • ihateusernames
    ihateusernames 7 days ago

    I thought stussy was pronounced sta-see

  • ihateusernames
    ihateusernames 7 days ago

    I thought stussy was pronounced sta-see

  • ihateusernames
    ihateusernames 7 days ago

    We all called it the Chinese s and said it was a gang symbol at my school

  • Sebastian Marquez
    Sebastian Marquez 7 days ago +1

    -Everyone: The Universal S
    -Me, a retard: The Universal 🅱️

  • Chiatastic
    Chiatastic 7 days ago

    This video was hilarious ahaha

  • Two Wheel Motoring
    Two Wheel Motoring 7 days ago +1

    this video is brought to you by the letter "S" and the number "8" ah ah ah ah

  • (Insert Name Here)
    (Insert Name Here) 7 days ago +2

    bruh i drew this symbol 10 years ago along with my classmates at school and we completely forgot about it 'till i watched this video.

    I'm from Egypt.

  • Brawlhalla Isaiah
    Brawlhalla Isaiah 7 days ago +2

    Like 3 of my friends practically worship this


    We’re in middle school.

  • HMS Africa
    HMS Africa 7 days ago

    ah yes, the doogie s

  • kawaiiDango
    kawaiiDango 7 days ago

    I used to draw that too, just because my friend showed it to me, but he used to draw 4 lines and then curve the ends instead of making it pointy.

  • Mighel do PUBG
    Mighel do PUBG 7 days ago +14

    Man i tought that this "S" was to represent Skyrim

  • DragonSoul龍
    DragonSoul龍 7 days ago

    7:58 i used to do it usually unconsciously, without anyone learning it to me

  • Matthew Smith
    Matthew Smith 8 days ago

    everyone at my school called it the "super S"

  • Kronaz邪児
    Kronaz邪児 8 days ago

    Anyone who thinks this is a Stussy S is mentally disabled. It never was, and never will be, you simpletons.

  • 519 Forestmonk
    519 Forestmonk 8 days ago

    @LEMMino please investigate Toynbee Tiles.

  • Johnney Journey
    Johnney Journey 8 days ago +1

    Random guy in 2010:someone tell me the origin of the "pointy S"
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    LEMMiNO:here is the answer your welcome

  • Striker Erika
    Striker Erika 8 days ago

    I swear i remember a matchstick puzzle with the S when I was little too. 0-0