9 Crazy Mysteries Solved On The Internet

8. Solving The Webdriver Torso Mystery

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In 2014, YouTube sleuths noticed that there was one particularly weird channel that was uploading with concerning regularity. The channel account was called Webdriver Torso (weird) and not a single one of the uploads made any sense (weirder).

With the internet being what it is, people started speculating about what was going on. Theories varied from mundane things like glitches or bots right through to the government sending encrypted messages for espionage purposes.

One wise-guy saw through all the nonsense though, and drew the connection between the channel and YouTube's parent company, Google. People started directing their queries toward the company, who ended up responding in good humour.

They explained that it's a tester channel to look at the technical quality videos lose when they're uploaded to YouTube, even going as far as to rick-roll us all with their statement:

"We're never gonna give you uploading that's slow or loses video quality, and we're never gonna let you down by playing YouTube in poor video quality."

As a little Easter Egg for this mystery, head over to Google and search Webdriver Torso, and see what happens...


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