The Universal S

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  • Published on Aug 10, 2019
  • People from all over the world have been drawing this S-shaped symbol for decades yet no one seem to know anything about it. In this video I explore some of the popular origin theories and showcase my own findings after five years of on and off searching.

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    [Music]
    Jazz Spastiks - Bananas Instrumental
    jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/bananas-instrumental
    Fabien Tell - Never Before
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/vYhGIQi5p6
    Jazz Spastiks - Fresh Oranges Instrumental
    jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/fresh-oranges-instrumental
    Grant Newman - Last March of Heroes
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/dTSZSYrpwJ
    Jazz Spastiks - Apples Instrumentals
    jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/apples-instrumental
    Jon Björk - Divisive Alliance
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/QgftTsL1p3
    Charles Holme - Informal Parameters
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/CtauqiUO4H
    Fabien Tell - The Farmer
    www.epidemicsound.com/track/CMh170ud8g

    [Credits & References]
    www.lemmi.no/post/the-universal-s
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Comments • 19 700

  • Santiago Fernández
    Santiago Fernández 20 minutes ago

    4:33 in the bottom center u can read ''SpongeBob''.



    Nice detail man :v

  • sean hobbart
    sean hobbart 2 hours ago

    bruh thought my mom invented it

  • Billy BoB
    Billy BoB 3 hours ago

    Am i the only one who thinks it means Swag

  • Ella S
    Ella S 3 hours ago

    So... was I the only one who called it "hip-hop S" 😳🤪

  • iCR Slayer
    iCR Slayer 8 hours ago

    Madman across the water album cover by Elton John 1971?

  • The Aryan Empire
    The Aryan Empire 9 hours ago

    I remember when we called it Superman s. I saw it as a dollar sign

  • ThiccMcMustard
    ThiccMcMustard 10 hours ago

    what if the universal S is actually the answer for life the universe and everything and we just found it

  • toilette pepper
    toilette pepper 10 hours ago +1

    how can this guy make a documentary about a thing I draw when I'm bored in class

  • Donkomatik
    Donkomatik 16 hours ago

    you can hear the elevated caffeine levels in his voice

  • Smlfan jeffy 357
    Smlfan jeffy 357 19 hours ago +1

    I thought it stand for super sexy furries 😹

  • Dat1FnafGurl YT
    Dat1FnafGurl YT 23 hours ago +1

    Every kid in my class said that was the "Chinese S" I, the only asian kid knew it wasn't true

  • plus
    plus Day ago

    I've seen this in carvings, sometimes symbolizing a chain. This should be at least a few hundred years old

  • LoL loL90
    LoL loL90 Day ago

    Nämen va fan you actually did it

  • Tristan Anatoliy

    At 11.00 theres strawhat pirates, sans, papyrus and others

  • Arguinghen JIP
    Arguinghen JIP Day ago

    The universal S is sorta like the rumour your friend starts who got it from his brother who got it from his cousin and his cousin got it from his teacher and etc etc.

  • a lonely taco
    a lonely taco Day ago +1

    girl from greece here, when he mentioned the s being in the word smile with a palmtree as the letter L IT TOOK ME WAY BACK DUDE

  • Andrés De la Oliva Guzmán

    I'm amazed he didn't touch the fact that humans are born to create symbols out of nothing because of their predisposition to patterns...

  • yhbdanik
    yhbdanik Day ago

    never heard of it before watching this vid .

  • Galaxy guy
    Galaxy guy Day ago

    4:33 bruh did I miss an episode where spongebob became a gangster?

  • Kane DidWhat
    Kane DidWhat 2 days ago +3

    Someone in my math class in graved this logo into the desk

  • C0c0 n4tt
    C0c0 n4tt 2 days ago

    10:52 THE GOD

  • Adventure Fighter
    Adventure Fighter 2 days ago

    Maybe its just something we thought is cool, *no* story behind it

  • Alex Choucair
    Alex Choucair 3 days ago

    who miss the top 10 facts? likeee

  • The BlackCat
    The BlackCat 3 days ago

    Even Aliens know this Symbol

  • Jafezy JD
    Jafezy JD 3 days ago

    11:47 isn't guy from Buzzfeed unsolved?

  • Ricky Ricardo
    Ricky Ricardo 3 days ago +1

    that s is actually just what god looks like nbd

  • Eily Sheehan
    Eily Sheehan 3 days ago

    My school referred to it as the graffiti S

  • Blaze
    Blaze 4 days ago +1

    5:31 what about the countries which has nothing to do with The S because of no english exposure or no use of roman alphabets,
    i am talking about japan, korea, china, or mainly countries with different writing systems.

  • JoshuaXD
    JoshuaXD 4 days ago

    Call me miSter worldwide

  • Ash Heaven
    Ash Heaven 4 days ago +1

    XD I thought this was going to be a troll.
    I love the sarcasm, though.

  • Rosa
    Rosa 4 days ago

    People used to tell me it was super smash bros
    I’m from Australia

  • ihateusernames
    ihateusernames 4 days ago

    I thought stussy was pronounced sta-see

  • ihateusernames
    ihateusernames 4 days ago

    I thought stussy was pronounced sta-see

  • ihateusernames
    ihateusernames 4 days ago

    We all called it the Chinese s and said it was a gang symbol at my school

  • Sebastian Marquez
    Sebastian Marquez 4 days ago +1

    -Everyone: The Universal S
    -Me, a retard: The Universal 🅱️

  • Chiatastic
    Chiatastic 5 days ago

    This video was hilarious ahaha

  • Two Wheel Motoring
    Two Wheel Motoring 5 days ago +1

    this video is brought to you by the letter "S" and the number "8" ah ah ah ah

  • (Insert Name Here)
    (Insert Name Here) 5 days ago +2

    bruh i drew this symbol 10 years ago along with my classmates at school and we completely forgot about it 'till i watched this video.

    I'm from Egypt.

  • Brawlhalla Isaiah
    Brawlhalla Isaiah 5 days ago +2

    Like 3 of my friends practically worship this


    We’re in middle school.

  • HMS Africa
    HMS Africa 5 days ago

    ah yes, the doogie s

  • kawaiiDango
    kawaiiDango 5 days ago

    I used to draw that too, just because my friend showed it to me, but he used to draw 4 lines and then curve the ends instead of making it pointy.

  • Mighel do PUBG
    Mighel do PUBG 5 days ago +8

    Man i tought that this "S" was to represent Skyrim

  • DragonSoul龍
    DragonSoul龍 5 days ago

    7:58 i used to do it usually unconsciously, without anyone learning it to me

  • Matthew Smith
    Matthew Smith 5 days ago

    everyone at my school called it the "super S"

  • Kronaz邪児
    Kronaz邪児 5 days ago

    Anyone who thinks this is a Stussy S is mentally disabled. It never was, and never will be, you simpletons.

  • 519 Forestmonk
    519 Forestmonk 6 days ago

    @LEMMino please investigate Toynbee Tiles.

  • Johnney Journey
    Johnney Journey 6 days ago +1

    Random guy in 2010:someone tell me the origin of the "pointy S"
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    9years laters
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    LEMMiNO:here is the answer your welcome

  • Striker Erika
    Striker Erika 6 days ago

    I swear i remember a matchstick puzzle with the S when I was little too. 0-0

  • Scorch428
    Scorch428 6 days ago +1

    pretty sure its from Bang Bros, a porn site. GL tho man.

  • Evan Smith
    Evan Smith 6 days ago

    We called it super S

  • Caroline Huang
    Caroline Huang 7 days ago

    Stussy?

  • BEPIS
    BEPIS 7 days ago

    The Universal S seems to stem from the german "Alt deutsch" meaning something like old german
    it was used in papers during the 18 century and up, if im not mystaken this should be the thing you were looking for

    • BEPIS
      BEPIS 7 days ago

      nevermind debunked it

  • wolf The outcast ranger

    I was always told it was a “cool Superman S”

  • Devashish Porwal
    Devashish Porwal 7 days ago

    Check Mount Kailash . It needs your attention

  • Sorry, what? Name?
    Sorry, what? Name? 7 days ago +1

    yo, what keyboard is that?

  • David Barry-Ramoi
    David Barry-Ramoi 8 days ago

    A c i d

  • David Jenkins
    David Jenkins 8 days ago

    7:24
    scooby-doo

  • Manuel Penalva
    Manuel Penalva 8 days ago

    No te confundas. Es la S de la MARA MS-13

  • IceKreamCat
    IceKreamCat 8 days ago

    GOD so epic

  • Julius Reyes
    Julius Reyes 8 days ago

    Wow