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Japan's Ominous Dancing Cats and the Disaster That Followed

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In the 1950s, the people of Minamata, Japan started seeing strange behavior from the local cats, and it wasn't long before humans were showing the same symptoms. Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters: D.A. Noe, Nicholas Smith, سلطان الخليفي, Piya Shedden, KatieMarie Magnone, Scott Satovsky Jr, Bella Nash, Charles Southerland, Patrick D. Ashmore, Tim Curwick, charles george, Kevin Bealer, Philippe von Bergen, Chris Peters, Fatima Iqbal ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1175560-overview https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/jeremy-piven-mercury-poisoning/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/oct/16/japan.jonathanwatts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10812838 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1550196/pdf/bmjcred00586-0061.pdf http://www.cas.org/news/insights/science-connections/mad-hatter http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.lib.uts.edu.au/doi/pdf/10.3109/10408449509089885?needAccess=true https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090818150020.htm http://science.sciencemag.org/content/339/6125/1332 http://www.environmentalhistory.org/mercury/history http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02jcqmm Images: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marushima_Port_Minamata.JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MadlHatterByTenniel.svg
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V 4 Vendetta (6 дней назад)
And they are putting mercury into vaccines which is injected directly into your bloodstream and causes brain damage, especially in children which are being injected with more toxic vaccines then ever before. Because of this and other contributing factors brain disorders have gone from 1 in 100 to 1 in 10 and is projected to be 1 in 5 in a few years. There is nothing wrong with the science of vaccines but they are being used to destroy our brains
Spoofy Swagger (8 дней назад)
Can this in any way be related to the dancing plague?
Sergeant Johnson伍世 (8 дней назад)
And the chisso corporation still operates today rebranded as japan new chisso. You'd think they would be closed down after poisoning thousands of people.
Chip Kosboth (9 дней назад)
Catalyst... come ON!!
Suit (13 дней назад)
Why are corporations willing to give MORE time and effort into taking the moral low road? It just doesn't make sense to me
chairmanofrussia (14 дней назад)
This is why we need regulations
Dus The Shiny Glaceon (22 дня назад)
dance til you’re dead
ShAdOwMaN (24 дня назад)
Dancing cats!
naylene hess (26 дней назад)
well i immediatly regret looking this up...
John Draisey (26 дней назад)
I love you EPA.
Bill Does Stuff (27 дней назад)
Pretty fascinating story. Literally, "the perfect storm" of environmental and chemical variables fell into place. I was wondering how dancing Cats fit into this. Now I know, thank's SciShow. Lol.
TheDerpy Kitty (1 месяц назад)
One issue: Methylmercury is NOT the most poisonous. That goes to dimethylmercury. Seriously
Chuck Philpot (1 месяц назад)
It used a "cat"alyst lol
BASSCODE PROJECT (1 месяц назад)
Is there a movie about this? if not somebody go make it. i will pay money to see radioactive cats dance, and NO CGI cats dammit i want the real deal so find some plutonium! SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEYYYY!!!!
Spapez The Octopus (1 месяц назад)
CATalist
Naveek Darkroom (1 месяц назад)
woo hoo when i feel heavy metal woo hoo when i'm pins and i'm needles
Macnutz420 (1 месяц назад)
Ah, the huge power of corporations that the company was able to continue to dump poison in the bay for years after the basic problem was figured out. Pure corruption. Big corporations are NOT your friends, in any country in the world. Their political power is outrageous and very dangerous to humans. It is the political power they can literally buy that makes them dangerous.
SuicideBunny6 (1 месяц назад)
Losing electrons to form positively-charged ions, now THAT'S Heavy Metal ! 🤘🤘
Korrie Rose (1 месяц назад)
"Here's where it gets bad" It wasn't already bad before this point?????
Scott Anderson (1 месяц назад)
I came here for dancing cats...
Cruznick06 (1 месяц назад)
The reason the cats were affected so much sooner than humans was not only due to their size but also the parts of the fish that were thrown out as scraps. The organs had greater amounts of mercury than the flesh. Shinzo Co. denied their culpability in the disaster for decades and even buried the work of one of their physicians. They stuck to the story of "we aren't dumping organic mercury so it isn't us" far longer than they should have. The whole disaster actually inspired the story and world of Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind.
Peldyn - Life with Cats (1 месяц назад)
This is one of the most horrifying things I have heard of.
Vanlalchhanhima Vanchhawng (1 месяц назад)
Had to write note on this in my last semester XD
Stuart Alexander (1 месяц назад)
Thanos approves of depopulation, he would consider it a paradise now
Jebrone Love Kitten (1 месяц назад)
Why can't we stop these things :( if we know it's bad why can't we stop corporations from doing bad things.
Ryan Monti (1 месяц назад)
My teacher told me about this
Dominic Lee (2 месяца назад)
2:40 i think carbon is wrong... should be CH3.
Chlorophyll ! (2 месяца назад)
That was a CATastrophe
Khyrid (2 месяца назад)
Well at least the company did the right thing they saw the problem that they caused and without hesitation in a short 12 years they stopped their practice of dumping chemicals into the ecosystem.
bradley pyne (2 месяца назад)
Im calling it the chemical plant has something to do with it
bradley pyne (2 месяца назад)
I was right
michelle amy templetonn's stepdad (2 месяца назад)
you know those bastards were eating the cats lol
Jade Neal (2 месяца назад)
Cats are really animals of routine (from my observation). When the cats start acting weird, something is usually wrong. My cat saved me from a black widow by acting weird.
I. Wannabangō (2 месяца назад)
Love the shirt dude
cakeslop (2 месяца назад)
i cant eat mercury its too big
Jason Ballweg (2 месяца назад)
For those who've not heard it, the Dead Kennedys song 'Kepone Factory' has way more than a tiny mention of this.
Michael Alexander (2 месяца назад)
I was hoping for a comical episode
Shelbi Marquez Bell (2 месяца назад)
Me up until 3:30: Omglob! Dancing cats! Hahahahahahahaha...oooh and now I’m sad...
meremortal (2 месяца назад)
What IS that on your shirt, Hank?
Adam Osborne (2 месяца назад)
Twelve years and at least one major cover-up, too. Chisso Corp did some horrific things to Minamata.
Dan c (2 месяца назад)
Guess that CATalyst caused a CATaclysm... Kill me. Please
Chris Kramer (2 месяца назад)
look....i'm not a chemist, but i don't understand why anyone would think it is a good idea to just dump waste into nature.....just spend the extra money and properly dispose of it......this is why we humans are a cancer to this planet
Your Worst Nightmare (2 месяца назад)
A Cat-aclysmic Event!!!
Matt TheChosen (2 месяца назад)
Reminds me of DuPont in West Virginia, except DuPont was far worse and the government will never force them to clean up the mess(if that would even be possible).
atm12 (2 месяца назад)
Lol
Holly Patricia (2 месяца назад)
I'm scared now hold me
Eman Name (3 месяца назад)
People are abominations..
Eric Cole (3 месяца назад)
Wait, did Hank actually say "ideallic???"
Carlos Murphy (3 месяца назад)
A "CATalyst"
Miu (3 месяца назад)
that poor kitties
Hailstormand (3 месяца назад)
This kind of videos spark my interest in chemistry.
RitsarStudios (4 месяца назад)
I'm a simple man - I see dancing cats, and I immediately click... then cry for the poor lost souls. And those of people as well.
Captain Raz (4 месяца назад)
Rough
kskits ._ (4 месяца назад)
I just love how much suffering, death, and serious harm has come from lazy, greedy corporations that will do anything horrendous if that means that they save money, regardless of the results on its consumers (like McDonalds) and others involved.
Thomas Slone (4 месяца назад)
i gotta get some therapy before this stuff turns me semievil
yourguardianangel (4 месяца назад)
nice shirt m’dude
birdsdaword (4 месяца назад)
In grad school, I studied metallothionein with Hg and other heavy metals and with acid.
Cobra6x6 (4 месяца назад)
This is probably one of the reasons "mysterious deadly disease covered up by a conspiracy" is a common trope in thoughtful scary japanese media. As in one of my favorite anime, Higurashi no Naku koro ni.
Bob Harvey (5 месяцев назад)
Keypone poisoning Minamata, turning people into Bonzai trees. :D
Stanley Chen (5 месяцев назад)
How do you even clean up a bay with chemical waste in it?
Evan Moffitt (5 месяцев назад)
What about dimethyl mercury?
Juan Marcus Lopez (5 месяцев назад)
a CATalyst.
Dirty Harry (6 месяцев назад)
Asian corporations. 10 times worse than any American corporation.
Blank (6 месяцев назад)
And I guess the company and it’s ownership got away with it too. Absolutely disgusting.
gschdean (6 месяцев назад)
Just to let you know, the banner ads provided by google cover up most of the screen and I am unable to read any of the annotations. The banner ad has no way of turning it off due to new aggressive advertising. It is not your fault however if your audience suffers, you will too. Suggestion is to contact Youtube about their banner ads OR remove monitization (sp) temporarily till Youtube quits their monopoly control issues. I do not run ads at all on my channel.
Filip Třeba (6 месяцев назад)
12 Years... No wonder Godzilla liked Tokio so much.
niccatipay (6 месяцев назад)
Mix tape be lit
Bluefiresea (6 месяцев назад)
A majority of the time, does anything good ever come from chemical factories? It seems a majority of them either blow up, set on fire, poison either the workers or environment, as well as deny everything and run somewhere else to repeat the process for money. ALL AROUND THE WORLD, in the same process.
Viknesh Jayasekaran (7 месяцев назад)
Wheres the poisoned dancing cats I came here to see the cats
Michael18599 (7 месяцев назад)
Interesting bit about where the Mad Hatter came from! Thanks!
MadM Moxie (7 месяцев назад)
I love the shirt
Sky Smith (7 месяцев назад)
Poor cats 😸
TurboCMinusMinus (7 месяцев назад)
But mercury is safe! My vaccinologist told me so!
james (7 месяцев назад)
People like those should be tortured for twenty years then slowly fed the methylmercury while still being tortured till the mercury kills them as they watch their own children being tortured and fed more methylmercury so that they watch them die before they lose their own ability to comprehend their own children's death.
KIC 7766 (7 месяцев назад)
I don't like 15 seconds of voltaren garbge. don't buy it. it dont work.
Savannah Rose (7 месяцев назад)
Chisso, Shinra, same thing
Paige Robinson (7 месяцев назад)
This would have been helpful 2 months ago when I wrote a review on methylmercury 😆 great video!
Prepperjon (7 месяцев назад)
What?! No videos of the dancing cats?! I wish you would use more visuals and less time of you talking to the camera. Your topics are the best and you have lots of good info to share but after watching over a hundred of your videos I’ve become frustrated at the lack of good visuals and tired of watching you stand there reading to me. I’ve been considering donating through Patreon but I think I’ll hold back until you make changes to your format. Sorry
stuffums (7 месяцев назад)
No videos because the cats weren't dancing, they were having seizures and dying. Only a psychopath would want to see that or put that in a video
Mocha (8 месяцев назад)
poor kitties
Malevolent Macaroni (8 месяцев назад)
disguise implying mercury is sentient? misleading language
Mary Gebbie (8 месяцев назад)
Why are you saying chi as shi? Do you also pronounce cheese as sheese?
Tealgirl360 (8 месяцев назад)
Isn't dimethylmercury worse than methyl mercury?
Dawson Williams (8 месяцев назад)
The most dangerous form of mercury, I believe, is actually dimethylmercury. It's much worse than methylmercury, at least
AutisticGenderTurtle (8 месяцев назад)
889th comment
0record0 (8 месяцев назад)
0:52 Oh yeah, because CATalyst
0record0 (8 месяцев назад)
0:51 Asydhuldhuhyde
GhostShipSupreme (8 месяцев назад)
"Sir! Scientists suspect the toxic waste we're dumping in the lake is poisonous!" "Ehh, let's just wait 12 years"
Dylan Truong (8 месяцев назад)
Uh no, I'm not living in 1950's Japan. Especially southern Japan. Not after what my nation did...
8000 cats (8 месяцев назад)
Yet more proof that corporations have never and never will care for the people. Even aside from the moral degeneracy of these action, I don’t get it. Eventually, in this pursuit for money, they will find the money that they hoard will be useless, for all those who they suck money from will be dead. Money will have no worth, since they make it so life has no worth. It’s sickening.
hokiepokie (9 месяцев назад)
But wait?!?! So no more dancing cats?!?!? That's horrible!
partlycurrent (9 месяцев назад)
This is nothing more than propaghanda! Corporations would never do something like that! If they did, they would have to face the consequences, since the invisible hand of the market "punches" everybody that does other people wrong. Look around people, has any corporation that ever did something evil managed to survive? Didn't think so
Milena Drań (9 месяцев назад)
i though that here will be videos.
Milena Drań (9 месяцев назад)
ur boring. -europe voice
Vince P (9 месяцев назад)
Surely the people responsible for knowingly poisoning a whole town should have been executed or at least imprisoned forever?
medviation (9 месяцев назад)
Humans are stupid. They poison their environment then they wonder why they are getting sick.
Triamcinolone Acetonide (9 месяцев назад)
It's a CAT-alyst
Triamcinolone Acetonide (9 месяцев назад)
Oh
Face Nemesis (9 месяцев назад)
:( i came here for dancing cats
Aaron Lowe (9 месяцев назад)
They used mercury as a cat-a-lyst. Is that why the cats were walking funny?
Fartonaut (9 месяцев назад)
Wtf
CrittingOut (9 месяцев назад)
Isn't the most deadly mercury Dimethylmercury?
!? (10 месяцев назад)
No, no, Heavy Metals are songs.

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