Skip Past Boring Intros On YouTube Videos With A Bookmarklet

Have you ever watched a YouTube video and thought, "The first 40 seconds of this was completely unnecessary?" With a simple bookmarklet, you can jump right to the 40% mark in the video so you can get to the good stuff.

The Wadsworth Constant, for those of you that don't know, is a joke slash genius discovery made on Reddit by a user named Wadsworth, who noted that the first 30 per cent of every YouTube video is unnecessary, and you can usually just skip 30% of the way in to get to what you're looking for. While the Wadsworth Constant has become a fast-spreading internet meme, Redditor PublicRestrom notes that YouTube has actually added a feature to the site that incorporates the constant:

To apply the Wadsworth Constant to any Youtube video, put &wadsworth=1 at the end of the URL.

Surprisingly, the trick works, and even more surprisingly, so does the Wadsworth Constant -- at least in many cases. In an effort to streamline the process, we put together a bookmarklet that you can just click from any YouTube page to immediately skip to the 30% mark in the video. Just drag this link into your bookmarks bar and go nuts. The JavaScript, for those of you that are curious, is:'&':'?')+'wadsworth=1'

Give it a try for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

And so an internet celebrity was born... [Reddit]


    or you could press 4 on the keyboard.. each to their own

      Yep. Who are these people? It's as easy to click somewhere in the playback position bar as it is to click a bookmark. Ridiculous - just press 4 FFS.

      This. 1-9 = 10%-90%

    Wadsworth constant applies.

    Heh it's very strange seeing the Wadsworth constant appear everywhere. I remember reading the original thread on Reddit.

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