Why danger symbols can’t last forever

  • に公開 2018/01/26
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    Chances are you wouldn’t be able to recognize a biohazard even if you were looking right at one. But the biohazard symbol? It’s pretty easy to spot. Most warning icons rely on previously established objects or symbols: a general caution might use an exclamation point, and a fire warning might use an illustration of a flame. But the biohazard symbol references an idea that is much harder to picture - and in the 50 years since its invention, it has become one of the most recognizable icons on the planet. But can the meaning of a symbol like this last an eternity? A special Department of Energy project is trying to figure that out.
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コメント数 • 5 732

  • Vox
    Vox  10 ヶ月 前 +998

    Watch the previous video from our partnership with 99% Invisible here: bit.ly/2DDIQAL

    • Ruthless
      Ruthless ヶ月 前

      Vox at 0:14 why do you eat your mic?

    • StormyWeather
      StormyWeather 2 ヶ月 前

      My aunt's ex boyfriend's dad (from many years ago) designed the danger gas flammable signs on gas trucks and made $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    • Timothy Benjamin
      Timothy Benjamin 2 ヶ月 前

      Screw VOX

    • Iz Flash
      Iz Flash 2 ヶ月 前

      The Arabic version of warning or attention is wrong

    • EG:UK
      EG:UK 3 ヶ月 前

      The skull is a timeless indicator of death.

  • arttheboy
    arttheboy 時間 前

    Came for symbols stayed for the new cat religion

  • Emillie Rolland
    Emillie Rolland 6 時間 前

    They're simple. You only need a straight edge and a where do I find a freaking compass??

  • JRedd
    JRedd 10 時間 前

    Vox > Vice

  • DashFlash- The Life
    DashFlash- The Life 11 時間 前 +1

    3:43 is a cringey dance used by fortnite users and 5 yeas olds around the world

  • QueenOf NC
    QueenOf NC 11 時間 前

    I feel like an easy solution is to just do the danger symbols as shown in this video but then at the same time add words under to communicate it more effectively, that way it's still universal in case someone can't read the language they have the symbol, and if the symbol changes meaning like the skull and crossbones then you still have the words. The only negative is that language changes over time too but it shouldn't change enough to be made irrelevant in a few hundred decades.

  • Alexander Knight
    Alexander Knight 14 時間 前

    That’s pretty interesting to think about, people thinking about how people will think thousands of years from now.

  • mad pizza basher

    For,the Jolly Roger one I said death pirates and poison then he said death pirates and poison big oof

  • Thomas Sawyer
    Thomas Sawyer 日 前

    i'm sorry but your point was completely destroyed in the first 5 seconds of the video. If people see a skull and cross bones they are going to think twice.

  • Yahargul Denizen

    Those spike fields are very interesting. Gives me an Rlyeh vibe.

  • Paul horneto
    Paul horneto 日 前

    A cracked skull with a knife in it.

  • Watchling
    Watchling 日 前

    If we assume whoever might go there in the future doesn't understand what ever symbols or imagery we might put there, we need to find something that will keep even animals away. If we manage that, we should have the best possible solution. For example, some kind of structure that creates an uncomfortable noise when the wind blows through it.

  • robert brown
    robert brown 日 前

    What??? Wasted 7 minutes of my life...
    Thanks VOX!

  • Ben Jeremiah
    Ben Jeremiah 2 日 前

    Mangekyou sharingan

  • Alex Jacob
    Alex Jacob 2 日 前

    Plague inc

  • kittycat0876
    kittycat0876 2 日 前

    Jolly roger is still used as a danger symbol

  • Mosieur Pepe
    Mosieur Pepe 2 日 前

    Just put a picture of Logan Paul up
    That's sure to keep people miles away. Hell, the USA might be uninhabited until it degrades naturally

  • Alexandre
    Alexandre 2 日 前

    how about a fence

  • The0Stroy
    The0Stroy 2 日 前

    Paradoxical lack of symbol will work - sacrefice of one person will be best symbol. If one come there and died, rest will avoid this place.

  • Alexis Harper
    Alexis Harper 3 日 前 +1

    I feel like if someone actually used a jolly roger as a real danger symbol, you know it’s pretty serious, because people don’t use it that much anymore, and so you know that it’s something that probably will be very dangerous for a very long time because it definitely signals death.

  • Diana SUNSHINE Wulf

    10,000 years

  • Scar
    Scar 3 日 前 +1

    We constantly stumble across plague pits in Europe, some less than a 100 years old, others over a thousand. We dig into, grow crops on and run water through potential biohazard disasters on a daily basis because we simply don't know its there. Symbols and warnings left by forgotten generations are simply misunderstood, ignored or wiped away by the passage of time. Humans are quick to forget where we hide our dark history. A lot can happen to our society in 10,000 years, and history is a fan of repeating itself.

  • Viiolated
    Viiolated 3 日 前

    How about.

  • 24- mago
    24- mago 3 日 前 +1

    What does ر ا د ش ه mean?

    • Cman
      Cman 2 日 前

      هشدار it mean warning

  • Trydodis
    Trydodis 3 日 前 +1

    What they should do is have the sign shoot out brain chemistry altering gamma rays to tell the person
    ‘Hey it’s radioactive you should stay away’

  • Cooldad42069
    Cooldad42069 4 日 前

    Lrn2voiceover Jesus Christ, you'd think that a well established news media channel like vox would know how to record, mix, and master properly

  • TheCarse
    TheCarse 4 日 前

    This video is a joke

  • Real Ganstas
    Real Ganstas 4 日 前

    Or you could just write warnings

  • Stefan Luginger
    Stefan Luginger 4 日 前

    Very interesting

  • Blu BoX
    Blu BoX 4 日 前

    If I went to a random field and saw a skull and crossbones I honestly would have ran the other way, no way am I going there because I know it means death

  • Vulpus
    Vulpus 4 日 前

    Just draw a keep out sign, if they go in, well lets say they deserve to die.

  • puro
    puro 4 日 前

    Saw this everywhere in my universe and I didn’t felt comfortable about it

  • Prince Laviña
    Prince Laviña 5 日 前

    To save yourself👌

  • ValoTheBrute
    ValoTheBrute 5 日 前 +3

    The Scull Is One of the best we have

  • super soaker
    super soaker 5 日 前 +2

    but i still see something threatening in the jolly roger, depending on what its on

  • Abd karim najebudin

    Woahh this video came out on my birthday

  • Adrian Vegas
    Adrian Vegas 5 日 前

    As a child, I used to think the biohazard symbol depicted a medical tool one step above the syringe. Something they used to slice your arm open if you didn't behave at the doctors..at least that was I was told.

  • Miguel Ignacio Lajot Chua

    Why not just write "dangerous" ?

    • Delilah Fox
      Delilah Fox 5 日 前 +1

      Language changes faster than symbols do.

  • DapperCuttlefish
    DapperCuttlefish 6 日 前

    Yeah... huge spike field isn't the best way to keep people away. If I find a big forest made of spikes, my first instinct is definitely gonna be to touch the spikes.
    It's probably easier to just hide the site than it is to trust humans to Not Touch Things.

    • B e a n
      B e a n 5 日 前

      Hiding it will make it sound mythical and mysterious and people would hunt for it like Area 51 defeating its purpose.

  • Pipe Alcaraz
    Pipe Alcaraz 6 日 前

    the background song is so distracting

  • Heartworn Fox
    Heartworn Fox 6 日 前

    Skull and crossbones are still associated with death and poison...
    let’s just keep the ones in America, and use them permanantly

  • Oolong Tea
    Oolong Tea 6 日 前

    Can anybody tell what song started on 0:50 ?

  • Daniel Skrivan
    Daniel Skrivan 6 日 前 +1

    The skull and crossbones doesn't mean treasure. It means pirates. The only reason it means treasure is because of pirate's treasure.
    Same thing with Halloween. The jolly roger doesn't mean Halloween. People wear it on Halloween because of the pirates or because of the danger that symbol represents.

  • royal ant
    royal ant 6 日 前 +1

    But schools will still be around? warning and danger are always a part of socialisation and survival of the group and or nation.
    If the symbol remains universal, the explanation can come with education.

  • Eduquiles
    Eduquiles 6 日 前

    *Those aesthethics tho... Image ID you are doint it RIGHT!*

  • arti shrivastava
    arti shrivastava 6 日 前

    I don't like the hazardous sign

  • I post random comments

    I want one of those cats

  • Nihilist
    Nihilist 8 日 前 +2

    Just take all the signs away and watch the world burn.

  • night ranch
    night ranch 8 日 前 +2

    The spike field is the most stupid idea I have ever heard of. It’s a strange monument that everyone will want to check out and try to find out what’s inside.

  • Daniel Souza
    Daniel Souza 9 日 前

    The people will go there and die, this way the other ones will be warned ;)

  • Caleb Kirschbaum
    Caleb Kirschbaum 12 日 前 +1

    So, what about ancient civilizations? Could the Easter Island Heads mean something to warn us?

  • Yeet Yeeter
    Yeet Yeeter 12 日 前

    Roman mars

  • Cindy Hua
    Cindy Hua 12 日 前 +1

    Just purposely make it look dangerous. In Canada I'm pretty sure there was this abandoned mine called The Great mine or something like that ( I know great name ) and it affected thousands or many First Nations peoples because it was arsenic / arsenic trioxide that was leaking in soil, leaking in water and present in the air. So they purposely made it look ugly/let it be so further generations would know that it was deadly. They called it "The Grey and Ugly" (Probably because it was grey and ugly but I don't know.)

  • Kristopher Miller
    Kristopher Miller 12 日 前

    EVERYONE still thinks "Poison" first when they see skull and crossbones. It's the UHS symbol for acute toxicity for goodness sake. Vox bungles it again.

  • Jewish Gecko
    Jewish Gecko 12 日 前

    The video is really interesting, but i don't actually see the problem. If humanity falls back into stone age the radioactive waste sites are the last thing they'll need to worry about. If someone finds it and then dies of it, the tribe will think of it as a cursed place and carry this information through generations. If we're talking about humanity developing so much it will have a new form of communication - it doesn't mean they'll forget what lays there and how dangerous it is.

  • Andy Mac
    Andy Mac 13 日 前

    How about a car silhouette with the red and blue lights on top of it? That'd be an ultimate danger warning sign.

  • Pyrovan
    Pyrovan 14 日 前

    Tbh the skull sign is kind of scary

  • ╬K■Konti:
    ╬K■Konti: 14 日 前

    Yes we should be totally afraid of glowing cats

  • drose83
    drose83 14 日 前 +1

    I'm glad they consulted a science fiction creator. This is one of those challenges that require a higher dose of creativity. Great subject, by the way.

  • Itzlaide Xx
    Itzlaide Xx 14 日 前 +1

    Just goes to show, we would have a lot less problems in this society if we weren’t stupid

  • DestinationMan
    DestinationMan 14 日 前 +3

    0:49 damn i thought they're going to use Wii theme music lol

  • Justin K.
    Justin K. 14 日 前

    Kill de last one

  • SSnappyGamer
    SSnappyGamer 15 日 前

    I actually thought the jolly rancher symbol standed for poison

  • A VERY horny Mr.Dinosaur

    just put a picture of a bare foot that is about to step on a lego. TIMELESS indicator of DANGER.
    if i saw that, id think "no, i dont want that"

  • Iwan Wahid
    Iwan Wahid 16 日 前

    *see title of the video*
    Who cares if danger symbol cant last forever?
    *watch the video*
    Who the heck make a pink rectangle as a biohazard symbol?

  • TheAngryDriftMob
    TheAngryDriftMob 16 日 前

    Why don’t they use something like a hour glass from a black widow spider. Newborn babies are born to be afraid of spiders like that

  • Riche Bright
    Riche Bright 16 日 前

    I guess nuclear waste is the only hazard that would stick around for THAT long. Seeing how curious we humans are, the only real solution might be to keep using the current trefoil icon as the warning signage but also design future long term storage facilities to realize the possibility that once in a great while some future explorers may have to find out "the hard way." Those explorers (or their survivors) will re-learn the icon's meaning pretty quick.
    A better approach might be to contain the waste in a bunch of thick, rugged, chemically inert casks (something like ceramic) and drop them in a specially designated ocean area that is extra deep. If they are forgotten, any future society with the technology to discover and raise some of those casks will nearly certainly also have the technology to detect any lingering radiological danger.

  • Unhumanized
    Unhumanized 16 日 前 +2

    *comes across nuclear waste storage facility and sees jolly Roger* HUh bUrieD trEaSurE

  • Kydrax
    Kydrax 16 日 前

    this is dumb, that symbol came from pirates of the carribbean

  • Nicolas Lopez
    Nicolas Lopez 17 日 前

    Vox never fails to impress me with their videos.

  • Antonis Zakheos
    Antonis Zakheos 17 日 前

    This video is so pointless. Back then there was no real working knowledge behind environmental, health, safety or welfare. Nowadays we have organisations such as the HSE in the UK and as time goes by, knowledge about this will be common sense, even though it already is. We are improving day by day. Improvements will be made where appropriate but some of the suggestions said in this video are simply ridiculous. In 2015 the GHS(Global Harmonised System), CLP(Classification, Labelling and Packaging) introduced symbols which removed wording from hazard symbols making them less prone to misundestanding. That is one example of how the world is dealing with this. . If it's not broken don't fix it.

  • kamalindsey
    kamalindsey 17 日 前 +2

    If ppl see a floppy and think save then a skull and crossbones could be a warning

  • James KNIGHT
    James KNIGHT 17 日 前

    Or... you could physically block people from going there

  • Arthur G. Machado
    Arthur G. Machado 17 日 前

    People far in the future will have technology to know a place is radioactive...

  • Arthur G. Machado
    Arthur G. Machado 17 日 前

    I completely desagree on the skull with the two bones. I think there isn't something that cumunicates danger more, even tho it is already part of pop Culture.
    If you are at an unknow place and you see a skull in a door anyone will surely know it means danger

  • Riandhita
    Riandhita 18 日 前

    Just put dead decapitated head symbol

  • *U.S.S.R* 00
    *U.S.S.R* 00 18 日 前

    Ya Dow Chemical! Midland Michigan supports you!!

  • Brandon L
    Brandon L 18 日 前

    Mcdonalds golden arches symbol is the most scariest too me!

  • The Java Hut
    The Java Hut 18 日 前

    What was the music in the background, at the beginning

  • 8Inch Donkey
    8Inch Donkey 18 日 前

    You guys can put sjw drivel into anything

  • Screw The Net
    Screw The Net 18 日 前 +15

    And yet why is it that EVERy ancient culture, even just 3 or 4 hundred years back, used skulls, sometimes very real ones, and corpses, as warning signs and tools to instill fear? Seems those have always been the universal "warning" signs. O>o

  • David Daivdson
    David Daivdson 18 日 前

    The arrow is a symbol that has lasted tens of thousands of years.
    A single frame with a warning sign such as the trefoil, an arrow pointing from it to a stick drawing of a person who in the frame has another arrow through their chest with an expression of sadness/shock drawn on a simple face.
    That would signal to pretty much anyone that going near the trefoil symbol = death or at least that the sign warns of danger.

  • Alex Gilbert
    Alex Gilbert 18 日 前 +15

    Just put corpses on pikes around the border

    • D Sandoval
      D Sandoval 10 時間 前

      I think we have a winner... that is unless, corpses on spikes start being in vogue for some reason. And with the way we're going with the whole "I feel 60% male, 20% female, and 20% *other* " bullshit I'm going to say it's not fully impossible. Yeah. 😐

    • ARguy_
      ARguy_ 17 日 前 +4

      I mean Vlad the impaler shows it works

  • epicsnail14
    epicsnail14 19 日 前

    2:18 abstergo?

  • d2002assassin
    d2002assassin 19 日 前

    2:27 if you play assassins creed u know that symbol in the top right is Abstergo

  • Marcos Hernandez
    Marcos Hernandez 19 日 前

    Glowing cats... but not actual glowing cats, just stories and myths of glowing cats. That will serve as a warning for thousands of years to come. Yeah that's better than creating a new design every few decades.

  • I dont know anymore
    I dont know anymore 19 日 前

    I know how to fix this problem!
    where do I contact someone so I get the credit???

  • 「 」
    「 」 20 日 前 +1

    In my top right corner I get a one piece treasure cruise add

  • Jahseth Bascom
    Jahseth Bascom 20 日 前

    This persons voice... end of comment

  • Daily Fortnite
    Daily Fortnite 20 日 前

    So you need danger signs that actually last forever.
    Look at this:

  • viar888
    viar888 20 日 前

    The heck is up with the voices? so annoying, ruined the video :(

  • Tom Jones
    Tom Jones 20 日 前

    What’s going on with the audio in this vid???

  • Jonah Lynx
    Jonah Lynx 21 日 前

    Okay... make the skull and crossbones on fire too? I don't know how much more obvious an image of literal death could be.

  • Kevin Carter
    Kevin Carter 22 日 前

    Let's play "Spot the Varian helium mass spec leak detector"

  • GameAttack 089
    GameAttack 089 22 日 前

    Or just put on a sign “radioactive material ahead: you will die!” Then again people are dumb, someone would go in

  • levet byck
    levet byck 22 日 前

    Maybe symbols isn’t necessary as the conscious creature will use its own instincts to determine the danger of an unknown material..unless we want to make symbols to offer an effort of peace an sympathy to a new conscious and creative species

  • ii kimochi
    ii kimochi 23 日 前 +2

    So many idiots misunderstanding the comment about the skull symbol. He was just making a broader point about the way symbols change their meaning. His example was obvious not meant to be taken literally...

  • Voltz
    Voltz 24 日 前 +1

    The change in the narration voice is awful. You go from a high fast spoken narrative to a slow paced deep voice narrative. The two do not go together. You should just stick with one narrative voice as crossovers or the collaboration, doesn't work well.
    You're -velcome-

  • Mo Cuishle
    Mo Cuishle 24 日 前

    What I learned from this is: When I occasionally dig out an old box with a ‘snake and staff’ symbol printed on it, I should stay away from it.

    THE GREY MAN 25 日 前

    Why not just an X? It means No, to Cancel Out, and to ultimately Stop doing something or present a way of movement. If that means anything at all, and it’s already in our heads, then why not?