What is the Gold Play Button REALLY made of?!?

What is the Gold Play Button REALLY made of?!?


When I first got my Silver Play Button for
passing 100,000 subscribers, my first thought
was is this real silver?
Is the Gold Play Button real gold?
If only I knew someone who was willing to
destroy their Play Buttons.
[Dan] I can help you with that.
[Intro]
[Zack] So Dan is from the YouTube channel
What’s Inside.
And Dan, what in the world drove you to destroy
your buttons?
[Dan] It was a tough decision but that’s
what we do, we cut stuff open for our channel.
So when we got the Silver Play Button we thought
that would be a really funny thing if we cut
it in half and then hung it back up and it
actually signifies our channel pretty well.
But then after we did that and we marched
onto a million subscribers, I was a little
nervous to do it but we took it on our trip
around the world.
So it was a fun trip and we cut it open in
Casey Neistat’s office so it was worth it,
but honestly it was a little sad cutting it
in half.
[Zack] Where did you take this again?
[Dan] So we took this thing to China, Japan,
Guam, Australia, Dubai, the Netherlands, Ireland,
England, Paris, New York, Austin Texas…just
with this button, like 11 pounds in my backpack
the entire time.
[Zack] Well I know one place this button hasn’t
been and that’s inside of this electron
microscope.
What do you say we toss it in here and see
what it’s actually made of.
[Dan] It’s funny cuz my thing’s been cut
in half so you’d think that I’d be okay
with it, but just as long as it doesn’t
turn it purple or like blue or something I’m
good with it!
[Zack] I can’t promise anything, but let’s
do it!
[Dan] Great.
[Zack] So here’s the back of the Play Button.
This is the gold one and it looks like there’s
just a series of Phillips head screws all
along the back and the back is made of wood.
And then we got a wood panel right here and
then a metal plate on the outside.
This back panel comes off.
[Dan] That’s it.
Now you’ve got these 4 screws right there.
But you want to take…oh there’s even more…sorry!
There are more screws.
[Zack] Well, we got a screwdriver, let’s
do it!
[Dan] Okay lift it up and then hold onto the
back so it doesn’t fall out but because
right now we’ve just got the glass on this
side, but basically you just have to take
this panel off.
[Zack] Oh boy.
[Dan] There you go.
Now you got it.
Hold the frame.
That’s it.
[Zack] We’re getting closer.
[Dan] Gold Button right there.
It’s super dirty.
I don’t think I even washed it before I
put it back in.
Look at all the fingerprints on it.
[Zack] There it is.
This thing is so heavy.
Geez.
[Dan] Look how dirty it is.
[Zack] Looks like you cut it right along that
screw line there.
Alright so here, this is the electron microscope…part
of this microscope.
You can see the electron beams come out of
that little silver thing right there.
And then what tells us the makeup of the actual
item inside is this part right here.
And this is the energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry
gizmo and that tells us what the Play Button
is actually made up of.
Let’s put it in here.
And we are good to go.
Alright Dan, your Play Button is now inside
of the machine.
How do you feel?
[Dan] There’s no turning back.
This is legit here.
I’m a little nervous.
[Zack] Inside of this machine there’s a
vacuum and it sucking all of the air out because
an electron microscope can’t work in normal
air.
There needs to be zero air for it to function.
And this is a live feed of different cameras
inside of the machine.
So this is top down.
You can see kind of the arrow of the Play
Button there.
This is a side profile.
And this is a zoomed in shot of the Play Button
itself.
And then on this screen we have a readout
of what actually the Play Button is made up
of.
So we have this nickel right here and we also
have a little bit of gold.
There’s a huge chunk of nickel and then
we have the gold right below that at 15 percent
and then we have the zinc and the copper.
And the zinc and the copper is kind of making
up like a brass alloy, but on the surface
most of it is the nickel and the gold.
You can see here that it’s evenly dispersed
across the button.
All of the nickel and the gold are mixed together.
We’re done testing the top part of it.
We just barely pulled it out of the machine
and I’m a little bit surprised that it’s
not…I didn’t see as much gold as I thought
there would be because right here…show them
on the bottom there.
[Dan] It says 24 karat gold plated if you
can see it just right there.
And 24 karat gold is known as pure gold, 100
percent gold or 99.9 percent gold.
[Zack] So let’s flip it over, we’ll stick
the back in there and see if it’s “plated”
on the back.
[Dan] The back’s not as shiny.
You can see it on there, it’s just…I don’t
know, it’s just not as shiny.
Check the front out.
It’s shiny, it’s glossy.
The back just has these scratches on it and
it’s flat…so I think we might be onto
something.
Oh and look at this.
You can see the shine comes around the edge
right here but then it’s not on this part…so…
[Zack] Interesting.
Let’s find out.
So right now inside of the machine we have
the back of the Gold Play Button here and
this is the zoomed in portion of that button.
And if we go over here to the graph of the
composition we still see the nickel and here
we have the gold.
And it’s actually a larger percentage of
gold on the back of the button than we saw
on the front of the button which is very interesting.
The machine…we’re getting like a lot of
readings inside of it.
We’re getting nickel, we’re getting gold,
we’re getting copper, we’re getting one
other thing and we’re trying to decide like
whether it’s just on the exterior or the
interior.
The only problem with that is that the button
is too big for the machine.
So there’s no way to get a reading of this
cross section inside of that thing.
So I’m going to try to shave a little bit
of it off and see if we can get enough of
a sample to make it work.
So I just took a small fragment from that
little screw hole there and we’re putting
it on this tape right here so that it will
go on the machine.
That particular fragment is from the center
of the Gold Play Button right here so we’ll
be able to see what’s inside of the button
instead of just on the surface.
There’s that itty bitty sample inside of
the big machine and we are ready to go.
Here’s the side profile of it and we got
the beam coming down from the top, sample
is here, this is the super zoomed in electron
microscope image of it so you can see all
of the detail.
If we come over here to this monitor it’s
got the center, so the inside of the Gold
Play Button is copper and zinc and there’s
actually no gold on the inside so we know
that’s all part of the coating.
The two most common elements on the surface
of the Play Button, nickel and gold, are not
inside of the button.
So now we’re going to check and see what
the Silver Button is made of.
Inside of the machine it goes.
So with the Silver Play Button inside of the
machine you can see right here is the top
down view…here we have the side cross section,
and this is the magnified image of the Play
Button.
And over here we have this reading which is
actually 100 percent nickel on the surface
of that Play Button.
So it might be something a little bit different
underneath the surface, but the surface is
100 percent nickel.
So we zoomed in a little bit on a scratch
on the Silver Play Button and if we look over
here it actually has some copper inside of
it as well.
So if we jump down here the copper is 6.3
percent and the nickel is 93.
So the nickel is definitely 100 percent the
surface of the Silver Play Button, but it
looks like it’s alloy underneath with a
little bit of copper added to it.
So I was a little bit surprised that there
wasn’t as much gold as I thought there was
going to be.
[Dan] I mean to YouTube’s credit, 24 karat
does rub off easily and we traveled to probably
6 different continents with it.
So some of it could have rubbed off.
[Zack] That’s true cuz it was in like your
pocket and your backpack and everything like
that.
And also on the front of the button where
it’s all smooth and glossy there was 15
percent gold and like 85 percent nickel.
But on the back of the button where there
was those ridges it was actually more gold.
And I think that’s because it wouldn’t
rub off as easily.
[Dan] Probably.
I mean we did do the part, which I liked,
where we took off that small spec that shouldn’t
have been 24 karat gold plated.
And you got to give YouTube credit because
they could easily send these things out because
the metal that they send looks like gold already,
but they actually plated these Gold Play Buttons
because we saw it on the front, the back and
we didn’t see it in the middle.
So it’s on there.
[Zack] It’s real gold.
The Gold Play Button is gold, which is cool.
One other variable that we haven’t really
thought about as well is that the electron
microscope, when it looks at the surface of
something it’s actually penetrating the
surface just a little bit.
So that also might be why there’s some variance
between the gold and the nickel on the Gold
Play Button.
So I think it would be really interesting
to see actually how these things are made
and what the process is for getting the gold
on them.
[Dan] Yeah.
Can you imagine like going into a building
where they make these things and you just
have like a pile of like hundreds of Gold
Buttons everywhere?
[Zack] That would be so cool!
[Dan] That would be pretty fun to see.
[Zack] I would just grab one before I hit
a million subscribers.
[Dan] I would just try to find the Diamond
Play Buttons and take that home so I could
cut it open.
[Zack] We’ll get it early.
[Dan] And if you take a look back here, we
have both the Gold Play Button and the Silver
Play Button.
Zack just stuffed the Silver Play Button here.
He has no respect for it.
In fact take a look at it.
He put it in backwards!
You see that?!
It’s a rewind button now!
[Zack] That’s what happens.
And speaking of the Silver Play Button, it’s
not actually silver.
And there was no silver inside of it.
Which, you know, it’s fine.
It’s not plated in silver or anything.
The exterior was pure nickel and the inside
was a nickel – copper blend.
[Dan] We got this in May of 2016 before we
took our trip around the world with it.
And what I’ve seen is that the buttons that
are coming out now are a little bit different.
So they’ve changed the Gold Play Button
a little so Zack’s going to get it soon.
You guys are helping him.
He is on the way.
You’ve gained like 300,000 subscribers in
the last couple of months.
[Zack] It’s been a lot.
[Dan] It’s going to come soon enough and
as soon as you get yours I want to test that
one out and see if it’s the same 24 karat
plated gold.
YouTube’s probably watching this right now
and they’re like uh oh, when we send Zack
his let’s put a little bit more gold on
that one.
[Zack] I’m fine with that.
Give me as much gold as you want!
If you want to see how well traveled this
Gold Play Button is and where some of the
gold might have rubbed off, go ahead and click
this video right here and it will take you
to Dan’s channel where he actually cut it
open with Casey Neistat.
[Dan] It was a once in a lifetime experience.
[Zack] Pretty cool.
[Dan] It was great.
And so I’m excited, as soon as you get yours
let us know if you want us to cut it open.
[Zack] I think I’m going to keep mine in
the frame and I’m going to keep it facing
the right direction.
[Dan] Alright if you change your mind…
[Zack] We’ll see.
Okay, thanks a ton for watching.
I’ll see you around!
[Dan] See you guys!

100 thoughts on “What is the Gold Play Button REALLY made of?!?

  • September 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm
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    3:13 regret on face

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  • September 24, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    Vengo por Un Poco de Todo :v

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  • September 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    Like si vienes de un poco de todo

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  • September 24, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Da land down under boiiii

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  • September 24, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    me: IRELAND IRELAND *gets a heart atack

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    Could you wear a hat or get hair implants.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 11:42 pm
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    YouTube : Come dm

    YouTube : delete this ho

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  • September 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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    It is made in china i guess….lol

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    Well, if they used 24k gold, they won’t have enough to supply the youtubers

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    Next video: Is the diamond button made of diamond?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    Yooo . A nickel
    What!!
    Its a prank , its prank

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    결론은 코팅만 금이란거죠..?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    Youtube has left the chat.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    Who left you two alone with an electron microscope

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  • September 25, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    EXPOSED

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  • September 25, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    I'm just people watching

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  • September 25, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    600,000-800,000 dollars

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  • September 25, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    Why are all of the locations upside down but Australia?

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  • September 26, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    I'm just wondering who gave you unrestricted access to an electron microscope?!

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  • September 26, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    Why was "Australia" upside down

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  • September 26, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    6:27 Big Bwain

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  • September 26, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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    They actually did the Australia right 😂

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  • September 26, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    JERRY LOOKS LIKE HITMAN

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  • September 26, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    PLEASE DO MORE ELECTRON MICROSCOPE THINGS

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  • September 26, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    ☑️🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰

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  • September 26, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    So is the diamond play button made of diamond????

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  • September 27, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    They can't silver plate a silver button since the silver will tarnish very quickly and just holding it will tarnish it, nickel will not no matter what.

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  • September 27, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    That golden play button has been in more places that what I'll probably visit in my life. 🙁

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  • September 27, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    KGP what it mean ? Karat Gold Plated?

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  • September 27, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    So it scratches at level 6 with deeper grooves at level 7?!

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  • September 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    When you look on the back it says made in China

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  • September 27, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    Just check it like Archimedes

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  • September 27, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    RIP for gold & silver buttons 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  • September 27, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    Has the iphone 11 passed the wheelchair durability test?

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  • September 27, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    What’s Inside !!!

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  • September 27, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    Just find the density

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  • September 28, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    My left ear.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    1:01 come on man

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  • September 28, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    Can't believe you scratch the front of the play button, so badly. Even though you destroy it, you could have been more protective of the award in you curiosity.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 4:59 am
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    why was Australia upside down ?

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  • September 28, 2019 at 6:10 am
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    Congratulation you got gold Shilpa YouTube

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  • September 28, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    4 million people subscribe to find out what gold plated means……..

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  • September 28, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    i love how u put australia upside down 😂

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  • September 29, 2019 at 12:31 am
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    They have zinc and copper so it doesnt rust

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  • September 29, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    I wonder why the australia text upside down…
    Fuck you Zack 😂

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  • September 29, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    This Guy is Reallife Saitama.

    But in Rich version

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  • September 29, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    You really rig everything 🔥🔥🔥🔥

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  • September 29, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    We demand a scratch test!

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  • September 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Yo vine por UPDT

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  • September 29, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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    I love the how jerry got Australia right

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  • September 30, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    Bro I understand all this and u being excited but y u sacrifice your hair just to receive ten doses of nikelodian overdose of radiation

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  • September 30, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    Dan acting like a bad ass: i CaN hElP yOu WiTh ThAT.

    Me: ight imma head out.

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  • September 30, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    You're suck.

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  • September 30, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    Let me guess:

    It scratches at level 6 and deeper grooves at level 7

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  • September 30, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    That's not 24 karat. Why did they not mention this fact. That percentage is more like 10 karat or less

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  • September 30, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    Playbotton was already cut

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  • September 30, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    Lol he actually put Australia upside down lmaooo

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  • September 30, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    The electron beams come out of this silver thing

    The entire machine is silver

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  • October 1, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    Lol make two YouTube channels

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  • October 1, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    Conclusion: there is some gold in gold button, but their is no silver in silver button.
    .
    Well done YouTube

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  • October 2, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    What? YouTube lies?!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    IT'S AN ALLOY, NOT PURE!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    Scratches at the back n no deeper groves in the front

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  • October 2, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Depth of penetration is the reason for other element's peak. The pure gold film must be just few nanometers in thickness.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Trust YouTube..the most bigger liars than fake news

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  • October 3, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Australia is up side down wtf lol

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  • October 3, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    This is soo disrespectful to not only YouTube but all your viewers. I think you should be demonetized for this trick. Their is so many people trying to receive this plaque and working hard to get it that they would not think about doing this especially cutting it into. Demonetized Insider YouTubers for this

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  • October 3, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    DEMONETIZED

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    16 times the detail

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  • October 4, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    But is the electron microscope made of electrons?!!

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  • October 4, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    Is youtube, Made of YOU?!!

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  • October 4, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    New title, exposing YouTube on YouTube

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  • October 5, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    Left side results is EDAX

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  • October 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    "YouTube is not a real job" 🤔🤔🤔

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  • October 5, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    I thought he was going to cut open his OWN gold play button. If he did I wouldn't have been surprised, it probably would have also scratched at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    1:00 wow australia

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  • October 6, 2019 at 6:28 am
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    Can u extract that gold and show us how much you can make out of it

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  • October 6, 2019 at 10:38 am
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    утуб всех наэбал

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  • October 6, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    So its a nickle play button now ?

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  • October 6, 2019 at 5:53 pm
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    Some wierd audio isseus with L and R

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  • October 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    I'm 99% convinced that the play button is MADE IN CHINA.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    What is YouTube made out of

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  • October 7, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    1Mil nickel play button*

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  • October 7, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    You looks like a hitman..

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  • October 7, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    This is lame! Actually thought it would harm it or whatever?! Or is that just queer scripting?

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  • October 7, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    What about Diamond ▶ Button..? 🧐

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  • October 7, 2019 at 10:06 am
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    Did you see 👀 his T-shirt it was written
    YouTube is not ❌ a real ®📧🅰🕒
    Job

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  • October 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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    GP meaning…it's Gold plated

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  • October 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    Haven't watched the video yet, but I'm guessing it's brass?

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  • October 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    The reason i have trust issues nowadays…

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  • October 7, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    I’m actually really impressed there was any gold at all

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    I used the YouTube to destroy the YouTube

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  • October 8, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    Discount Ryan Reynolds 😂

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  • October 8, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    Why is every country he lists is upside down except Australia? 0:58

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    You know u can buy one

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  • October 8, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    Someone gifted jerry an aeroplane and jerry was like…lets cut it down to check wats inside..hahhahahhah

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  • October 8, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    AUSTRALIA IS NOT UPSIDE DOWN

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  • October 8, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    Hmmm Australia upside down🤔🤔 Jerry is keppin' up with the memes😂

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  • October 8, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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    Money play button

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  • October 9, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    Love your voice man😍😘😘

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