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Standard Reference Materials [video] (youtube.com)
26 points by xbmcuser 6 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments





I actually have a big problem with the fact that their peanut butter contains sugar!

It's not needed. Already WAY too much sugar in our diet!


Your opinion might change if you reframe SRMs as descriptive, not prescriptive.

The title of the video is -

"The world depends on a collection of strange items. They're not cheap"


The current HN post title of "Standard Reference Materials" is accurate and neutral.

Veritasium's title as you mentioned is clickbaity.

Veritasium also admits to changing the title to test viewer responses, as mentioned in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2xHZPH5Sng "Clickbait is Unreasonably Effective" [2021-08-17]. He also explains the problem with titling a video with a term that you would only understand after watching the video.


One of the previous titles for this video was "The US Government Sells Human Poop".

I must say, I think it's great to have laboratory results traceable to NIST.



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