The origins of the popular phrase "In a nutshell" can be traced back to 77 AD where Pliny the Elder said he once saw Homer's Illiad being miniaturized so it could fit inside of a nutshell. It's crazy to think of a 700+ page epic novel fitting inside what was once a walnut's exoskeleton, but here we are, thousands of years later where all of the known past can be stored on a microchip the size of our pinky nail.
In German, the phrase translates as kurzgesagt, which is also the name of a Munich-based design studio that pumps out some of the best video infographics I've ever seen. Founded in 2013 by Philipp Dettmer and Stephan Rether, the studio engages in information design projects of all kinds. They love science, minimalism, colors and music. But most of all combining them to tell stories.
Their YouTube channel, Kurz Gesagt - In a Nutshell provides the whole wide world with a window to view and share their personal projects. Like the designer's interests, the videos range in subjects -- often sparked by current events -- and are typically things you've heard of your entire life. The list includes: nuclear energy, fracking, measles, evolution, the solar system, The Iraq War, Ebola and the birth of the Internet. And the best part is, they give us all this vast and valuable information in the teeniest, tiniest amount of space possible. That's just enough to woo friends and colleagues with your intellectual panache, and earn at least $500 on the first round of Jeopardy. Some favorites are posted below. GO NUTS!