The 4 a.m. mystery | Rives

Published on Jul 19, 2007
www.ted.com Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.

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  • 420 ; ) Wake an' bake

  • *2 0 0 7 M E M E S*

  • I Am watching it at 4:00 am. believe it or not😉😉😎

  • My phone says it is 4 pm now ..ha ha

  • Hey Rives! Here's another one! It's Brian Tracey relating courage to being up at 4 in the morning!!! I'm laughing my head off!!! See minute 55:12. us-tv.org/tv/video-4bUeV2QGYds.html

  • Clinton's are murdering rapists

  • Guys, you should check why this guys is so obsessed with 4 am in the morning... I think it's the most romantic thing I ever witnessed. Just check "4 am museum TED". It's unbelievable : )

  • I watched this at 3pm, and will now slap myself at FOUR(4) in the morning

  • 4AM knows all your secrets

  • I dont know what he want to talk ?

  • I don't know which I disliked more: that this entire talk was a poor stand up routine derivative of James Burke's Connections or the pretentious car commercial at the end. Definitely not up to TED standards at all.

  • The tin foil hat brigade would be freaking out after watching this

  • "I sneak in my own house, it's four in the morning I had too much to drink, said I was out with the boys I creep in my bedroom, I slip into bed I know if I wake her I'll wake up... dead" Wake up dead by Megadeth

  • Forgot lil uzi vert

  • These people laugh at the stupidest things

  • Can somebody describe what sort of speaking style this is? I have university professors who lecture this way and I find it insanely hard to follow. This exact style and language use.

  • lol 4.4k likes.

  • wtf was this BULLSHIT?!

  • Travis Scott recently dropped the song 4AM too lol.

  • This is hilarious as a stand-up routine. As a TED Talk, not so much. This just isn't the right platform for your offbeat Steven Wright inspired stand up.

  • Alarm ringer at 4:00 am!

  • Alas, they laugh.

  • Damn...oldschool !

  • Many words to say nothing. A showman like PT Barnum. However if he is going to use famous names he should learn how to properly pronounce them. Giacometti is not geea but jah, .... moron!

  • what's the point?

  • It's 4:00am here .... Coincidence? No conspiracy theory

  • I’m literally watching this at 4am, lol. Yeah, I was bored.

  • WHY IS THIS A TED TALK

  • Well it's 4am on Christmas day as I'm watching this.

  • US-tv, this is not what I was expecting

  • I stoped at 4 minutes...mabye it's funy fome some people but it's usless...

  • this guy needs therapy - utter nonsense

  • Hi! Please check out my channel. I’m new to US-tv and my channel is about spiritual growth where I share my experiences as I learn. It’s not as informational as this but it’s a good place to go if you want to relate to the very first spiritual experiences someone may face Thank you ;)

  • 8 bells 0400 double dog watch

  • Coincidentally I started this video exactly at 4 AM ! INSANE !!

  • 3.59 is a little more surreal

  • But I still don’t get why I wake up at 4am each night

  • TED talks are becoming more and more irrelevant regarding what they promote : "sharing ideas"

  • Fucking worthless, to be completely honest.

  • a perfect time for being attacked by nazies

  • why is this even a ted talk?

  • 240p, Ted? Really?

    • Khanyiso Mapuma its uploaded 10 years ago what do u expect

  • 1. Go to sleep early 2. Go to the gym 3. Eat healthy

  • this is a pile of crap...you can turn anything into coincidence with google search, learn maths

  • Why is 4th so much exaggerated? I know , 4th July is something special Considered by Y'all Christians , but it's okay if it is a DAMN CO-INCIDENCE* ?

  • Amazing. You can dress anything up, make it pretty, and deliver it -and we will take it. That's 6mins I'm not getting back. He can keep the other 5

  • Another video with super jumping, master of words. Can anyone please summarize the secrete in one sentence and save my time?

  • This guy is actually good

  • At least US-tv is suggesting some awesome videos on how good is to wake up early. I thought this video would talk about it.

  • @6:00 "Wait wait wait wait, let me get this strait......Matt!" "Laughter and applause" SO WHO IS THIS MATT??? THE MYSTERY CONTINUES

  • Watching this @4:19am

  • Boring jerkoff.

  • Well presented!

  • f*cking cringe

  • Great speaker .. but wtf is he talking about !! 🙃

  • watching this video at 4 A.M.!!!!

  • I was up at 3:30. Saw this at 4:45. Too funny.

  • Was 240p the standard 10 yrs ago?

  • bla bla bla but he is hot....

    • Georgiana Wheat please enlighten me (congrats though!) how on Earth do you have 35k subscribers?

  • What was the main useful point of the whole talk?

  • Annoying speaker. TED sucks.

  • I can watch this guy talk about conspiracies all day XD

  • Should I be getting up at 4am?

  • Who is this guy?!! Absolutely incredible speaker. Is he an actor?? I don't care what was all this talk about, but he kept me fascinated, focus, smiling the whole time😳

    • Juliene Bernardes He’s a poet. Watch his poetry. Type in Rives Dej Jam Poetry

    • lol

  • Haha I got up at 4am once.Let me tell ya,it's way overrated.

  • Got up at 3 - keep up guys. Winks

  • What is the point of this talk :S

  • whys video titled 430 am?

  • whos watching it at 3am

  • nice

  • watching this exactly at 4am, coincidence?

  • 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 THREES EVERYWHERE

  • God am I sick of TED talks. Enough already with this pithy bullshiiit.

  • it's 4:44 pm am checking out comments here now

  • yo....IM.WAKING UP AT 4AM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! #4AM

  • OK....but what time should you go to bed at if you're up at 4am? I don't get home from work until midnight

  • That was fun. :) Great speaker!

  • BRILLIANT!!!!

  • Did he just say meme 5 years before the word appeared?

    • yeah haha

    • There are courses present on memes.

    • No he didn't.. I can't fathom why you would even just assume it's a new word or why you have so many likes but Richard Dawkins coined the word meme in the mid 1970's when writing "The Selfish Gene" and it means literally exactly what it's used to mean today, so not a different context or new interpretation at all.

    • September 22 2036 exactly. The term has been around for ever really. Now memes themselves are sort of a meme. I also think a lot of younger people overuse the term and some incorrectly.

    • What? Memes existed in 2007 and before that. You're saying memes originated in 2012?

  • Fun fact: Hour of the Wolf is the time at about 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 and that's when the body's activity is at its lowest. If you're awake during this time it is also the time of day you feel like the worst, regardless of how much sleep you got. This is also the time most of the humans are being born or dies.

    • This somewhat explains what I have experienced. If I stay awake to that time my body just crumbles. Waking up at that time is another story. Ty for info.

    • Its an incorrect fact, I wake up between 4 and 5 and it’s the time I’m relaxed and active. I get a lot of work done in that time

    • Ok lets reach here, what if werewolves are real? Perhaps we would romanticize our time?

  • i understood nothing

    • neither did the speaker

    • Anything can be turned into a conspiracy theory. That's point of the talk.

    • bee care oooooo

    • ayub abdikarim I think...that is at the time when Allaah subhana Hu wa tala decends to the lowest heavens. ( check some hadeeth about it) Hence the night pray (Attahajud) - is a potential time for dua to be accepted. Plus starting your business or studies or anything else for that matter ,from that time onwards, insha Allaah. Has with it emence blessings for whoever is up and active in something one way or another. It has reminded myself of this blessed time that is available to all who seek it. Hope that helps bro. Peace. ( just to explain a little - A person would derive the most blessings, success or whatever you what to call it, in what he or she is doing) Hence and Allaah knows best: " For the most part...you see that Wealthy people are awake and active at these times taking advantage of the time...but in the unseen forces in life...they are actually conciously or unconsciously reaping the blessings and benefits of starting anything at the peak blessed time on the morning before sunrise. These guys have named it as 4am".

    • ayub abdikarim me too😂😂

  • what a waste of my f***** time -.-

  • Wake up sheeple

  • There is also Gwen Stefani song called 4 in the morning.

  • Hahaha once i got up at exactly 4:20 universe has a good sense of humor xD

    • Wake 'n' bake mf blaze it!

  • I got up and watched this video at 4 in the morning.

    • Me too

    • victorJ2050 I'm watching this at 3:00 am. why did I have too wake up at this time? ;-;

  • Watsky "It's almost 4am, Monday in my room again"

  • it also rhymes

  • two hours after two oclock in the morning. thats four a.m. im getting chills down my spine. super weird.

    • Jason Miller -Yes and 3 hours after 3 is 6am. So what is your point?

    • Jason Miller ?

  • wow... so all this crazy obsession of his with 4am in the morning links back to his college romance... which was explained in his another TED talk nice years later.... The Museum of Four in the Morning.... wow.... very romantic....

  • This is so funny

  • For all the Truthers, Birthers, and religious apocalyptic fundementalists out there, hilarious satire :)))

  • Four in the morning, came without a warning.-Night Ranger

  • The used. The song is called taste of ink and the lyric is. "The taste of ink is getting old It's, 4 o'clock in the fucking morning"

  • 4 in the east is a number of death...

  • Gwen stefani "4 in the mornin"

  • No joke watching this at night, panicky, I glanced at the clock... 12:37 whoo... Hate when people say "giving up the ghost" ... we're not giving up the ghost, we are shedding our physical body...

  • He is a great speaker.

  • Kanye West "4 in the morning, and I'm zoning they say I'm possesed, it's an omen..."

  • At 4am I'm briefly haunted by (thoughts) of a couple of people I recently love(d). Rives is my hero.