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Five of the World's Most Fascinating Small Towns

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In this reel, we're traveling to unfamiliar places. We visit the most crowded island on earth, see how the Aussies live underground and visit a zero-waste town in Japan. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb #SmallTowns #Island #Travel This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and let us connect you to some of the most peculiar, stirring, extraordinary, and distinctive people in the world. Got a story idea for us? Shoot us an email at hey [at] GreatBigStory [dot] com Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: http://goo.gl/2KABeX Make our acquaintance on Facebook: http://goo.gl/Vn0XIZ Give us a shout on Twitter: http://goo.gl/sY1GLY Come hang with us on Vimeo: http://goo.gl/T0OzjV Visit our world directly: http://www.greatbigstory.com
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Great Big Story (7 months ago)
New to our channel, or don’t have time to look through our back catalog? This video is part of a series of Great Big Reels we’ve put together for a blast through our world. Don't dig the reels but love our single-serving size stories? You can always tell a reel by the collage-style thumbs. If it's got four small images, it's a reel.
M D (5 months ago)
the only brown/black people here never spoke for themselves,,,,,
Spencer Lim (5 months ago)
Thanks for going in depth and wasting our time.
neeon Fox (6 months ago)
thanks Great Big Story for this little compilation....ive watched 2 of the stories before and didnt know about the other small towns.....now i will because of this!!
C. Inorite (6 months ago)
Whoever wrote this Great Big Story comment (your marketer? ) phrases this infirmation very well along giving it personality👍
Asylum (1 day ago)
Looks like these people aren't culturally enriched enough, need to import some migrants!
MadVulcan (2 days ago)
1. Women in charge. 2. Cramp living conditions. 3. Lots of regulations. 4.Freakin' Amazing! 5. Depopulation. Over all I kinda got a Agenda-21 vibe from all the picks 'cept #4 cause number four is just plain awesome ingenuity.
Marco Camargo (6 days ago)
Interesting how the only town we see no interview or testimonies from locals is the Colombian town. I wonder why they thought those people did not have anything interesting to say compared to others.
Jeremy McDonald (6 days ago)
I would dislike this multiple times if I could.
drServitis (6 days ago)
MATRIARCHAL SOCIETY. Women have no problem with female dominance if it occurs, but the modern woman fights like hell against male dominance. Hypocrisy. You see the same thing with racism among minorities as well.
Nock (8 days ago)
2:27 is that a woman or whats going on there?
Curiosi Tea (10 days ago)
I always thought underground houses were a great idea. who would have thought there was a whole town underground out in the middle of no where.
Vilver II (10 days ago)
I wanna live underground like a hobbit.
Zach Waltz (10 days ago)
something all these town had in common, they are all homogeneous
Rainy Chain (11 days ago)
See? Vampires (¬3¬).
Diamondare (11 days ago)
Great video, but I was under the impression that Migingo island on Lake Victoria, Kenya was the most densely populated island.
Savage King (13 days ago)
Feminist island is the first clip
#3 (13 days ago)
awesome video!
Want the soundtrack for the small packed island video.
Viktor Hjorth (16 days ago)
If you want to know real recycling in huge masses come to sweden. We even buy other countries garbage to recycle lol.
Mossi1992 (16 days ago)
Estonia isn't in Eastern Europe.
George Holmes (17 days ago)
Skirts..frocks ..dresses r in🍒
Jerome Sam (18 days ago)
Most underrated channel in YouTube
MrHan (19 days ago)
12:08. She must be telepathic. Mike is a man of many words.
Fall (20 days ago)
paradise ? that small island town looks like a fucking slum, making that town "trashless" is pretty much a second job for all the residents, underground town seems pretty cool besides the fact that there are no windows
Finnlander (21 days ago)
I skipped the first minute and was really confused when everything looked so familiar.
Charles Hall (22 days ago)
but has the underground town got underground chungus?
Army Otaku (24 days ago)
I know it's impossible to replicate the Kamikatsu’s success, but I hope we can be more like them!
Alexis Williams (6 days ago)
Army Otaku imagine: they thought it was impossible too
Selza Rodrigues (24 days ago)
Great Content....
Austin Jones (26 days ago)
I don't understand the zero waste one; they didn't explain why they had to separate the trash and where it went
Dr. Zoidberg (16 days ago)
Different types of things undergo different recycling processes -- separating it out makes it easy to process everything correctly. As for where it goes, I should imagine it goes to one or more recycling plants nearby.
Wolfy Kaname (27 days ago)
Oh well that certainly explains why my homie said you could drive past it and never know you were right over the town. Not exactly much in the way of telling you "hey, there's a city here"
wtf chloe (27 days ago)
i myself make more trash then that trashless town
Dr. Zoidberg (16 days ago)
I _am_ more trash than the trashless town.
Millimeters of Mercury (1 month ago)
what a well-edited and interesting video. subscribed!
Mohankumar K (1 month ago)
Ko panyi, Thailand must have been added to this list.
YAHYE sTudios (1 month ago)
I am sitting here in my house where I can see the OUTSIDEE and just suffocating thinking living underground.
Gerald Winn (1 month ago)
On the story regarding the Japanese village of Kamikatsu: "burning all that garbage created carbon dioxide emissions that became dangerous and the nature around them was suffering"?!?!?!? That doesn't make sense: at all. AT ALL. Why don't you run these things by somebody with at least some basic training in science? These types of statements are very careless and reflect badly on the author of the script. Indeed, there are both pros and cons of CO2 emissions, but the final calculus is that, at the global scale, the impacts from CO2 induced climate change are generally BAD. The narration made it sound as if the local ecosystem in Kamikatsu were "suffering" directly because of burning CO2 from garbage. That's ridiculous because seeing an effect of atmospheric CO2 at that local geographical scale is just wrong (unless Kamikatsu is capped under a small dome with no exchange of gases with the global atmosphere). It is as stupid as saying that two persons standing next to each other in an open field with one person opening a carbonized soda can and running on the spot makes the other person feel faint because of the increased CO2 output. CO2 induced climate change DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY. More likely, the local ecosystem might "suffer" from chemicals that are released into the atmosphere and soils (e.g. mercury, PFAS chemical compounds, perchlorate compounds, etc), which are likely to be transported away by rain and air currents and diluted to some concentration depending on the circumstances. The narration about CO2 is plain WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, and WRONG. Please, talk to somebody who has some basic science training before you write STUPID STUFF LIKE THAT.
Clifford Keni (1 month ago)
i reckon the loudmouth mayor of town of 2's nickname is rowdy, the chatterbox jibbering monkey LoL
Rais Dariq (1 month ago)
If Kihnu was modernized, there could be a whole island of Instagrammers.
Shower Cap (1 month ago)
Alot of undercover scissoring going on in the first island...
Justin _ (19 days ago)
so what are the men doing out at sea?
Sidharth Chandla (1 month ago)
You guys rock, loved your concept video!
shiroineko13 (1 month ago)
04:50 Carbon Dioxide is not the immediate danger of burning trash here. It's the release of dioxins, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and other chemicals that are an immediate threat to its direct environment. Please correct this.
Kenneth Dokus (1 month ago)
That first place should be renamed lesbos. Oh shit there's already one in Greece. And PS you should show a world map and show exactly where each island or place is...
Wonderful Mom (1 month ago)
No diapers there. Or pads or tampons, toilet paper???
Jean Takarada (1 month ago)
I so wish more people/towns/cities would adapt the system of this small Japanese town regarding recycling. So much waste could be prevented- even if time consuming to sort and separate, but the long term benefit is worth it
That first one reminds me of the Amazonians from wonder woman
Ra Clarke (1 month ago)
So lots of lesbians in Estonia island then?
ᚢᛁᚫᛁᚾᚷ (1 month ago)
zero waste town was not unique it's same in my town in sweden
Tadd Spencer (2 months ago)
I would love to live anywhere that has been shown here :)
Đức Anh NGUYỄN (2 months ago)
How about underground communism
Marcus Harmon (2 months ago)
Let me loose on this Island I'd be popping off babies left right and center
Tobias Johansson (2 months ago)
Just have to say that this was a great and well produced video! Thank you.
RelentlessBoner (2 months ago)
so boring. just superficial content and doesn't ever actually explain any of the downsides or more gritty realities of these places
pitpotdeeerste (2 months ago)
considering those trash less ppl have been burning their trash for the past decades the ground pollution from those ashes containing heavy metals and such they wil stil get them cancer
Rina Quartz (2 months ago)
I want to live in the zero waste town
Chelsea (2 months ago)
Of course Nebraska. I live in Nebraska and my village is 600 people. More then 2, but still tiny.
ِ (2 months ago)
love those kei vans in japan lol
Dave Christan (2 months ago)
not much sex going on there sadly lol
Don Ventura (2 months ago)
We could create a lot of jobs and help the Earth with a zero trash declaration in the US.
Texas Ray (2 months ago)
"Burning garbage created carbon dioxide emissions that became dangerous". This is total BS. All that vegetation decays every year and produces millions of times more CO2 than that one little village could. Sure it's a good thing to recycle waste but let's keep it honest shall we?
RainbowChocolate (2 months ago)
would be nice if they spend more time on the second island
Khondker Rifat Hossain (2 months ago)
Excellent video....just awesome:)
Ingrid Weiner (2 months ago)
Canadump could learn a lot from these people.
Jewela (2 months ago)
no sealand? lol
wolfsmaul-GER (2 months ago)
"i just burned it in the yard"
Darkboy2525 (3 months ago)
Japanese people are very inspiring. There determination is truly respect worthy !
Fox the gamer (3 months ago)
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Rubicon Outdoors (3 months ago)
Did Muslim refugees get to Khanu ?
Republic Of Seaska (3 months ago)
the one in japan seems nice to live in. imagine living in a town that doesn't have trash or anything like that?
Adventure (3 months ago)
Jomari Roxas (3 months ago)
A place without people is still better than that 'zero-waste town'
Amellia Ladd (3 months ago)
Wow. I idealize the idea of no waste policy. Maybe others should look at them, and imitate there choice.
CJ Vaughn (3 months ago)
All feminists should live here
Juksu (3 months ago)
Hearing estonian language always cracks me up because I'm finnish and the languages sound so alike but still gibberish :DD all my love ror Estonia tho!
Claire Lemke (3 months ago)
What an interesting little documentary, thank you
Andrew (3 months ago)
And the election results are: Well. It’s a tie
Andrew (3 months ago)
Kamikatzu sounds like heaven
yunxin wen (3 months ago)
the first island is about the culture they'll remain or not, the second is about life is difficult, the third is about how people live with the natural environment, the forth is about industry abandon, the last one, small city? town?
Mike Lincoln (3 months ago)
No men, no fishing, no money, no people living on island.
SP10 Currency (3 months ago)
How can a business survive in a town of one?!
Off-Grid Optimist (3 months ago)
Holy Jesus, a whole underground city, this is exactly what I dreamed of. It makes perfect sense for the sustainability of Humanity. Good thing my house has wheels I think I'm going there very soon!
CampbellRocksAgain (3 months ago)
That last 1 could use a caravan of people
scyvir paixn (3 months ago)
Last one is a perfect place for loners
Megapixel (3 months ago)
i live in estonia
Canadian Syrup (3 months ago)
9:20 FUN FACT: That church is Serbian, made by the Serbian immigrants, and is the biggest in the town.
rétro (3 months ago)
Quick question: So did Monowi have a lot of resident in the ‘older’ days?
WasuWasuSu (3 months ago)
Honestly, I’m envious that some culture last so long. One of my own culture basically became erased because modern times was simply too widespread. Even now, I find it difficult to find people that remember and can share their stories with me. The young don’t even want to listen to a story anymore. To those who are keeping their culture alive, you’re doing great. It’s tough, but keep doing it. My heart aches for my culture, but one day, a new culture will be created from this time, even if it’s very different, and years from now that will become culture and I hope the young grow up to at least appreciate a little.
Glip Abazza (3 months ago)
I love lesbian island at the beginning.
Nova Chandra (3 months ago)
I love my solitude.. and the underground homes would be fabulous for me..
rockerseven (3 months ago)
The towns with no waste and no crime are wonderful. It's too bad society can't do that in larger towns.
TBT (3 months ago)
Just look at the way they dressed up, it shows they have respect for them selves. Compared to western countries.
Karl Johansen (3 months ago)
japan people are so genuinely nice! omg iam gonna puff up and fly away :3
Samantha Semesta (3 months ago)
Kamikatsu is most fascinating. Green, beautiful landscape, and the great mindset of people.
The First Town Is Practically The Estonian Matriarch Order
Kayla Madigan (3 months ago)
Those Australians are definitely prepared for a nuclear war.
Halfling (3 months ago)
The Australian guy is my new favorite person.
HeyIt'sAthena (3 months ago)
I love Japan Soo much
Halcyon (3 months ago)
Surely all thèse places néed immigrants , their societies are far too homogenous.
h0lyone (4 months ago)
I love your content! Keep it coming!
Ben The Great (4 months ago)
The underground town reminds of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys comic
Maria ღ (4 months ago)
The trashless and underground town seems amazing.
LifeOf Axel (4 months ago)
So basically Where i live It’s pretty small
Jether john Castillo (4 months ago)
mary: i nominate mike as the next mayor. mike: i nominate mary as the next mayor.
Heidi W (4 months ago)
hmmm I thought Estonian would sound like Russian, but it sounds more like Swedish or Norwegian to me

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