His Hand Doesn't Even Move

His Hand Doesn't Even Move

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His Hand Doesn't Even Move is a viral video of M.I.T Professor Walter Lewins drawing dotted lines on a chalkboard so quickly that it appears as though his hand does not move. The video has been the subject to numerous remixes and discussion since uploading.


On March 24th, 2009, YouTuber [1] mohrjaffa uploaded a video called "MIT 8.01 Some of Walter Lewins best lines." The video features a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named Walter Lewins draw dotted lines incredibly fast without moving his hand. The lecture itself was recorded in 1999 according to The Wayback Machine.[2] As of November 2017, the video (shown below) has more than 1 million views.

On December 7th, 2011, YouTuber[3] ItMustBeCollege re-uploaded the video and titled it "His Hand Doesn't Even Move." This video has more than 31 million views as of November 2017 and is often credited as the original video.


After the re-upload, on March 12th, 2012, YouTuber[4] Justin Van Horne created a video titled "How to draw dotted lines like Walter Lewin." As of November 2017, the video has more than three million views (shown below).

On April 15th, 2012, the video was posted onto the /r/videos subreddit where it got 586 points (76% upvoted).[3] Ten days later, on April 25, a remix was created by YouTube user Will Koz. As of November 2017, the video has more than 100,000 views (shown below, right).[4]

On January 25th, 2013, a video was uploaded by YouTube user Aero B featuring the professor explaining how to draw the lines. This video has more than 850,000 views as of November 2017 (shown below, left).[5] On April 27th, 2017, YouTuber Mike Boyd uploaded a video in which he attempts to learn how to draw the famous dotted lines. As of November 2017, the video has more than 2 million views (shown below, right).[6]

On May 31st, 2017, the video was submitted to 9gag, where it gained more than 6,500 points and almost 500 comments before getting removed.[8]

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