History of the Entire World, I Guess could have been the best online video of 2005


Do you have about 20 minutes of free time? Good, go watch this video. Trust me, it’s worth it. I’ll wait.

Okay, are you done? “History of the Entire World, I Guess” is the latest production from Bill Wurtz, a YouTube artist known for random, quirky videos that all share a simplistic aesthetic, with text, clip art, and Microsoft Paint drawings. They’re torn right out of the old-school heyday of YouTube and internet videos, somehow miraculously transported to 2017.

But while Wurtz’s channel is largely filled with random 10-second ditties, his most popular piece was “History of Japan,” which originated the high-velocity, jingle-filled, history documentary format that returns in a far grander scale in “History of the Entire World, I…

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