The Universal S

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  • Published: 11 August 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
    https://jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/bananas-instrumental

    Fabien Tell - Never Before
    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/vYhGIQi5p6

    Jazz Spastiks - Fresh Oranges Instrumental
    https://jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/fresh-oranges-instrumental

    Grant Newman - Last March of Heroes
    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/dTSZSYrpwJ

    Jazz Spastiks - Apples Instrumentals
    https://jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/track/apples-instrumental

    Jon Björk - Divisive Alliance
    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/QgftTsL1p3

    Charles Holme - Informal Parameters
    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/CtauqiUO4H

    Fabien Tell - The Farmer
    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/CMh170ud8g


    [Credits & References]
    https://www.lemmi.no/post/the-universal-s
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Comments • 18 918

  • 1Adrix1
    1Adrix1  6 hours back

    I have seen this symbol a few times back in school, but I always assumed it was an initial of a clothing or skateboarding brand or something like that. Interesting to see that it goes so much deeper than that.

    • Vikdude ,
      Vikdude ,  7 hours back

      to be honest no. the UNIVERSAL S has probably been drawn before beginning of time even before god said ''let there be light'' and has not only be drawn by humans but by other sentient alien species across the universe. Hence the name The Universal S

      • Braincoral
        Braincoral  7 hours back

        it's like a moebius strip
        *edit* damn lol

        • Gambom Riram
          Gambom Riram  9 hours back

          Whens the next video.... I have more intrest in your video than the kurzgesagt one..

          • BlueDanny
            BlueDanny  10 hours back

            what kind of keyboard is that?

            • Gila Basreng123
              Gila Basreng123  10 hours back

              top facts about jack the ripper or black death, it will be nice if you can know who is in behind of jack the ripper.

              • Patrick Thomsen Mantzouridis

                It is definitely S and I was always drawing it as the first letter of Smile. I used to draw the l (L) as a palm tree.

                • Jam Manubag
                  Jam Manubag  13 hours back

                  Top ten facts: Deep web

                  • Mike Mox
                    Mike Mox  13 hours back

                    I was always told not to draw it, because it was a gang sign

                    • BraveKnightYT
                      BraveKnightYT  19 hours back

                      I always thought the S was part of the logo to NC State University as I lived nearby and it was often used in that context. I never realized it was universal until I moved to Australia and saw it there too ;-;

                      • Absolute Glamour
                        Absolute Glamour  20 hours back

                        Idk how scary it is that I also recognise this symbol as the Team Skull symbol from Pokémon even though the two are so different...

                        • Butter Rabbit
                          Butter Rabbit  21 hours back

                          do vid on mortal kombat

                          • Amazing Havlect / ABFDie
                            Amazing Havlect / ABFDie  23 hours back

                            My friend in the fourth grade said it was a gang symbol. I’m not sure if this is correct...

                            • CommunistCommanderComradeCombatCat

                              Where does his intro come from? I mean the voice that says lemmino did it come from a movie or did he just make it up?

                              • Shim Wytch
                                Shim Wytch  1 days back

                                I’ve been watching you for 4 years man pls keep up the amazing work! 🤘🏿🕺🏾😁

                                • honociti 3
                                  honociti 3  1 days back

                                  this is just like the billy bat manga lol

                                  • Game Joker
                                    Game Joker  1 days back

                                    Wow

                                    • LastGen
                                      LastGen  1 days back

                                      13:41 **OH NO**
                                      Is that a JoJo reference?
                                      (bottom centre)

                                      • Cassive
                                        Cassive  1 days back

                                        That's the "Super S" and it's sacred AF

                                        • flexiblity gymnastics
                                          flexiblity gymnastics  1 days back

                                          I don't get it though. I'm Indian and I somehow recognise this from somewhere but I didn't have exposure to most Western stuff like your stussy clothing or graffiti in the 40s

                                          • Abel Castrejon
                                            Abel Castrejon  2 days back

                                            Guys don’t hate me for this but... lemmino you should do a top 10 facts fortnite. You could a lot of view and I just want more videos and this is one of them

                                            • MORTER!!!
                                              MORTER!!!  2 days back

                                              no one:
                                              not one human:
                                              not a single soul:
                                              not a single living cell or organism:
                                              lemmino: im swedish and i dont like denmark

                                              • random gamer 23
                                                random gamer 23  2 days back

                                                Lemmino went from rage comics to top ten facts to now vscause style videos

                                                • kt c
                                                  kt c  2 days back

                                                  i wanna get an "S" tattoo
                                                  .
                                                  also your background music is great I'm subscribing

                                                  • Sheinna Armecin
                                                    Sheinna Armecin  2 days back

                                                    Top ten fact about blackhole please

                                                    • Merv Watson
                                                      Merv Watson  2 days back

                                                      5:05 had me dying.

                                                      • Skidi
                                                        Skidi  2 days back

                                                        I used to draw those in elementary school back in the 2004-2005 without actually knowing what's the meaning of it it just looked cool later on when I was studying at vocational school around 2015 I saw time to times that some younger students had drawn them on their school books or other stuffs and I remembered the logo again made me feel so nostalgic

                                                        Finland

                                                        • Priyanshu Kumar
                                                          Priyanshu Kumar  2 days back

                                                          Man, Oak Island. 👏PLEASE👏

                                                          • BarlB0se
                                                            BarlB0se  2 days back

                                                            I wonder who invent the word “the”.

                                                            LEMMiNO : *content*

                                                            • eeeshkoy
                                                              eeeshkoy  2 days back

                                                              ØØØØØØØØ

                                                              • notbrianthesqueaker
                                                                notbrianthesqueaker  2 days back

                                                                "schutzstaffel"

                                                                i'm sorry, but how the hell does the SS s look like the one everyone draws.

                                                                • Elias Kennbäck
                                                                  Elias Kennbäck  2 days back

                                                                  I drew that when i was 8 years

                                                                  • Yungkebab
                                                                    Yungkebab  2 days back

                                                                    I really think that this symbol doesn’t actually originate from anywhere in particular. The reason it exists in so many countries is not because it spread from one country to the other, but because it was invented many different times, being such a simple yet interesting design.

                                                                    • No Name
                                                                      No Name  3 days back

                                                                      Google The Ambassadors the S is in the middle rotated 90°

                                                                      • Xenon480
                                                                        Xenon480  3 days back

                                                                        i remembered drawing that S thing at 3rd grade

                                                                        • Noname #lol
                                                                          Noname #lol  3 days back

                                                                          Omg

                                                                          • Axl In The Middle
                                                                            Axl In The Middle  3 days back

                                                                            those penguins im done.

                                                                            • Matthew Toop
                                                                              Matthew Toop  3 days back

                                                                              Do top ten facts the nightmare before Christmas

                                                                              • Le Pooper Man
                                                                                Le Pooper Man  3 days back

                                                                                tbh i never seen this symbol before..


                                                                                EDIT: wait i just remebered... there's one actually carved a symbol like that in our school... damn. also i am from Sri Lanka...

                                                                                • Chim 23
                                                                                  Chim 23  3 days back

                                                                                  Å?

                                                                                  • AAKGamer
                                                                                    AAKGamer  3 days back

                                                                                    Bro pls do one on the phantom time hypothesis plss

                                                                                    • ChaosAT
                                                                                      ChaosAT  3 days back

                                                                                      I saw it on a German book from older times

                                                                                      • Hugo Jobring
                                                                                        Hugo Jobring  3 days back

                                                                                        Top 10 - Wow! (World of warcraft)

                                                                                        • Digital Prism
                                                                                          Digital Prism  3 days back

                                                                                          0:03 Think of gta San andreas opening.

                                                                                          • Shuvaib Akhtar
                                                                                            Shuvaib Akhtar  3 days back

                                                                                            Why don't you just google things

                                                                                            • Roger Tsai
                                                                                              Roger Tsai  3 days back

                                                                                              As a Taiwanese, I never saw or heard about this in my 30 year life

                                                                                              • Kryštof Marášek
                                                                                                Kryštof Marášek  3 days back

                                                                                                Could you do a video about 9/11? You are so good at rationalizing conspiracy theories.

                                                                                                • SeTi Inv
                                                                                                  SeTi Inv  3 days back

                                                                                                  Watch me burn is a masterpiece. Thank you