The Wadsworth Constant

The Wadsworth Constant

Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 11:28PM EST by Brad.

Added Oct 10, 2011 at 12:59PM EDT by spencer102.

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The Wadsworth Constant is an axiom which states that the first 30% of any video can be skipped because it contains no worthwhile or interesting information.

For EVERY youtube video, I always open the video and then immediately punch the slider bar to about 30 percent. For example, in this video, it should have just started at :40. Everything before :40 was a waste. This holds true for nearly every video in the universe.


Origin

On October 1st, 2011, Redditor grim_fandango posted an image on the r/pics subreddit titled “And so ends 20 years of frustration,”[1] which contained instructions on how to fold a bed sheet. In the comments, Redditor KillerRefreshRate asked “How the hell do you get from 3 to 4?”[9], to which Redditor octal9 responded with a link to an instructional YouTube video. Redditor Wadsworth[2] commented on the video link with the following message:



Redditor Redebo replied to Wadsworth saying, “perhaps this should be known as the Wadsworth Constant.”

Spread

The same day, the blog The Daily Dot[6] posted an article about the axiom and numerous definition entries for the term were submitted to Urban Dictionary.[10] Redditor ReachingHorizons posted a follow-up thread called “And so the Wadsworth Constant was born,”[3] which received over 19,005 up votes and 15,768 down votes before archival.

On October 4th, YouTuber monadamm uploaded an explanatory video titled “What is the wadsworth constant?” which also demonstrated as an example of the axiom with the definition beginning at 0:10:



Application

Redditor and YouTube employee newtuber[5] revealed a new URL parameter “&wadsworth=1” which can be added on to the end of a YouTube video URL to load the video at 30%.





Redditor buggg posted a Python script[7] that applies the Wadsworth Constant on a command line.


#!/usr/bin/env python2

import sys

def wadsworth(original):
if len(sys.argv) != 0: phrase = ’ ’.join(original[1:])
else: phrase = original
output = phrase[int(len(phrase)-len(phrase)*.70):]
return output

if name == ‘main’:
print wadsworth(sys.argv)


On October 13th, 2011, the tech blog Lifehacker[8] published an article about a Wadsworth Constant bookmarklet.

javascript:location.search+=(location.search?‘&’:‘?’)+’wadsworth=1’


Redditor ReachingHorizons posted a link to a java application[13] which calculates the 30% mark of input text.



Redditor WadsworthIt posted a link to the website “Wadsworth It!”[14] which processes any image or video URL and crops the first 30% of the media.



Defying Wadsworth

On October 14th, Redditor thesoundandthefury published a video titled “Defying the Wadsworth Constant,”[11] which was intended to demonstrate that not all videos can be skipped in the beginning.



Dozens of other YouTube videos have been since posted onto Reddit’s “The Wadsworth Constant” subreddit[12] section either in demonstration of or defiance against the axiom.

Search Interest

Search queries for “Wadsworth Constant” spiked on October 3rd, 2011, two days after the original post.



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Omiyage
Omiyage

You can apply the Wadsworth Constant to any Youtube video, put &wadsworth=1 at the end of the URL.

And here is the original comment: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/kxfxy/and_so_ends_20_years_of_frustration/c2o1cyy?context=3

Which then became famous on this post: www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/kxtzp/and_so_the_wadsworth_constant_was_born/

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Mister J
Mister J

Apply the about of this article:

The Wadsworth Constant is an axiom which states that the first 30% of any video can be skipped because it contains no worthwhile or interesting information. For every YouTube video, I always open the video and then immediately punch the slider bar to about 30 percent."

Apply the Constant:

can be skipped because it contains no worthwhile or interesting information. For every YouTube video, I always open the video and then immediately punch the slider bar to about 30 percent.

IT WORKS

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