10 Symbols That Aren’t What You Thought They Were!


– Hey everybody! So you know that mistletoe
that you’re thinking of hanging this Christmas or that Jesus fish that might be on the back of your car, or that swastika that
might be in your house, hopefully not. Well, guess what, none
of those things mean what you think they do. Here are 10 symbols that aren’t
what you thought they were. Number 10 is the Jesus fish. Okay, you’ve likely spotted the Jesus fish on the back of more than just a few cars. Well the Jesus fish is actually an ichthys and is one of the most recognized
symbols in Christianity. The symbol has been found
in Christian artwork and writings from as far
back as the 2nd Century AD. But it’s true identity
dates back even farther. As Christianity developed
symbols from other religions and pagan belief systems were
adapted to Christian beliefs, since they would have been more familiar to the people of the time. The ichthys had originally been associated with various goddesses,
including Aphrodite and Venus and represented female fertility. In fact, if you flip that
fish long way around, it pretty clearly looks
like some lady parts. This is because back
in the day, the vagina was believed to be super-sacred, since it literally brought
life into this world. Look at all y’all drivin’
around with little metal vaginas on the back a ya car. What are you trying to advertise? Number nine is mistletoe. (bells jingling) Every December bundles of
mistletoe are hung from doorways, and if your lucky enough
to meet someone beneath it, it’s time to pucker up. But kissing under the mistletoe, is the result of two
even older traditions. Legend has it than arrow
poisoned with mistletoe, killed the Viking God, Baldur. But he was brought back
to life and decided that the plant must not
be a symbol of death, and so it must never touch the ground. The Celtic Druids also
worshiped mistletoe, that grew from oak trees. They believed that it was a
secret symbol of fertility strength and overall manliness. What’s up girl? You like this mistletoe, hmm hmm. And cutting it from the
tree was seen as a form of ritual castration and
hanging it in your home would bring you the same qualities. Since the mistletoe
berries grow in winter, it eventually became
associated with Christmas. Oooh, what’s happening girl? You wanna kiss me under
this castrated plant. Number eight is the pentagram. (bells jingling) The pentagram is a five-pointed star made of inter-connecting
lines in a circle, and it has long been
associated with witches, Satanists and anything
basically resembling anything to do with devil worship. Christian tradition has
labeled the pentagram, a symbol of evil, but in pagan traditions, it was a symbol of protection from evil. In early Christianity, the
pentagram was interpreted to represent the five wounds
of Christ on the Cross. Historically the number
five has been considered sacred and magical, and
represents all the elements that make up life. The pentagram’s upward facing point, represents the spirit
and the other four points represent the elements,
earth, wind, fire and water. But today, of course, the
pentagram, and particularly the inverted pentagram
is generally considered to represent the dark side. But it really represents conquering evil. Still, that being said, kids
please don’t go to school with a pentagram, talkin’
to your teacher like, “Oh, Matthew Santoro
said that it was okay!” Arrgh! Number seven is the inverted cross. Much like the pentagram,
the inverted cross has become associated with Devil worship. In modern society Satanist have adopted it as one of the most popular symbols, which shows allegiance to the anti-Christ. But the inverted cross
is actually the symbol of St. Peter, the very first Pope. I am the Pope, this is my symbol, and everybody got it wrong. What’s up with that? When Peter was said to be crucified, he requested to be hung
upside down because he didn’t think that he
was worthy enough to die in the same way that Jesus did. In fact, the inverted cross
is still used frequently in Catholicism. It’s even on the Pope’s
throne and his big ole hat as a reminder of St. Peter’s martyrdom. This is why confused
Catholics and Satanists have used this as fuel
for conspiracy theories that the Pope is actually the anti-Christ. But hey, I guess that’s
what happens when you sleep through Sunday school, or
a Matthew Santoro video. What’s up? Number six is Uncle Sam. (bells jingling) The Uncle Sam that we all know today, actually started out in satirical comics about the United States government. He first came about
during the War of 1812, with Uncle Sam being
the nickname for the US, that was on soldiers’ uniforms and stamped on government property. He’s officially been
recognized as being inspired by the businessman, Sam
Wilson, who supplied the army with barrels of beef during the war. Yeah, but this cartoon
image originated from a mix of Yankee Doodle Dandy, and
the character Brother Jonathan. Uncle Sam was actually used
to embody the US government and political system and show
how inept and dishonest it is. It wasn’t until after
the America Civil War that his image was used
on recruitment posters during the First World War, and eventually becoming
the unofficial mascot for America and its military. America I want you to tell
the truth about who I am! I don’t even know who I’m
supposed to be anymore. Number five is a rabbit’s foot. Rabbits are adorable,
hoppy, floppy fur babies. So when did we decide chopping
off their feet and hanging it from a key chain was lucky. Well, it’s actually a
tradition that has existed for centuries across many cultures, going as far back as 600 BC in Europe. Yeah, that rabbit, it looks so lucky! You bring it home, I cut it up. But in North American
culture, it’s associated with African American hoodoo folk lore, which believed that witches
were actually disguising themselves as rabbits. So if you cut one,
you’d inherit its power. But it wasn’t exactly
that straight forward. There were lots of rules
involved to actually getting that power to work. First of all, the rabbit
had to have been shot, preferably with a silver bullet,
or caught in a graveyard. Okay, sounds reasonable so far. Next, it had to be the left
hind foot of the rabbit that was chopped off. And most importantly, it had to be taken, either on a full moon or a new moon. Okay, yeah, no, that’s just weird. This is all just weird. Stop choppin’ off bunny feet, weirdos. Number four is the swastika. The swastika came to mean hate and evil, when it was adopted by
Adolf Hitler to become the symbol of the Nazi Party. But the swastika symbol is
actually nearly 12,000 years old, and was used in many
cultures, all over the world, before the Aryans started to use it. It actually dates back to
the Indian subcontinent, and is considered a
sacred symbol in Buddhism, Hinduism and more. So contrary to modern associations, its name in ancient
Sanskrit, actually means, auspiciousness or good fortune. But that’s not all. It was even used by ancient Greeks, the Druids, Celts,
Nordic tribes and various Native American tribes. Unfortunately, despite
thousands of years of history and culture, a symbol that once meant life and eternity, has been completely stripped of any positive meaning. So this is more for the adults, but yeah, even though you know the truth now, don’t be goin’ out and gettin’
that and tryin’ to explain to people ’cause it’s not gonna work. Number three is the peace sign. (bells jingling) The hippie days might be long gone man, but this symbol has continued
to be a universal symbol for peace, love and unity, but it didn’t actually start that way. In 1958, British artist, Gerald
Holton, designed the symbol as a logo for the Campaign
for Nuclear Disarmament March, which was protesting nuclear weapons. Holton was actually
using semaphore letters from the hand-held flag signaling system. He chose the letters N and
D for nuclear disarmament. Then he superimposed the
symbols which look like an inverted V and a
straight line in a circle that represented the earth. His intent was for it to
look like a human being bent over in despair. He actually regretted
that the symbol’s origins we’re so depressing and made
a flipped version, of it. But by that time, the original
was already too popular. Disarm the nuke man (faint speaking). Number two is Guy Fawkes. Anarchists and hackers
have adopted this mask as a symbol for anyone
fighting against corruption. The mask features a pointed
mustache and goatee, and is worn by those who don’t want their true identity exposed. It was designed by the
illustrator, David Lloyd, for the V for Vendetta comic series, that began back in 1982. The comic’s lead character and his mask were meant to represent a resurrection of the real Guy Fawkes, from the 1600s. If you don’t know your
history, allow me to explain. On November 5, 1605, Guy
Fawkes attempted to blow up the House of Lords in British Parliament, as part of a larger
plan to kill King James. The only problem is that
he wasn’t just trying to overthrow a corrupt
monarchy and government. He was also trying to
reinstate the Catholic church as the ruling power, which is probably not the utopian society current
Fawkes fans have in mind. True, but still a Halloween favorite. And number one is the heart. (bells jingling) Hearts are everywhere in our culture. In fact, if you look in the
most recently used section of your phone for emojis,
it’s probably in there. But where did this symbol of love and Valentine’s Day come from? Well the symbol actually comes from the shape of the silphium pod which was used by the Greeks and
the Romans as a natural form of birth control. But if you turn the heart upside down, you’ll also spot something else. Testicles. For them, it meant sex
and health and they loved the stuff so much, that
the shape of the seed pod, was even on their coins,
but if you’re wondering why we don’t still use
this magic plant today, it’s because they used it
so much, that it literally went extinct by the 1st Century AD. It wasn’t until the Middle
Ages, that the symbol lost its direct ties to sex,
and started to become associated with our
modern notions of love, partly in thanks to religious imagery, like the sacred heart of Christ. And now you know, so
go ahead and send those silphium pod emojis to the one you love. You know what I’m sayin’ hmm hmm. You know what I mean. So that was 10 symbols that aren’t what you thought they
were, but now you know. If you enjoyed this, remember
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100 Responses

  1. kathleenmms

    December 8, 2017 6:21 pm

    Swatsticas are everywhere here in Asia. You can find it in almost every Buddhist temple in Korea and Japan. They don’t have the same meaning here. They are just a Buddhist symbol. It’s amazing that something I considered so evil in America is considered sacred here in Asia.

  2. Carlos Alberto Laurencio Milián

    June 25, 2019 2:29 am

    Baldur is a Scandinavian/Nordic god. Not viking. A little different

  3. alexandre lavallée

    June 25, 2019 8:27 pm

    Satanists and luciferians use the inverted cross because it represents the ennemi of the cross which is the devil. It is now used in the vatican because the Church has been taken over by the luciferian freemasons! Trust me, I know. I'm a traditionalist catholic! It is the sign of St-Peter but it not used for that matter!

  4. that one guy in class

    June 27, 2019 3:10 am

    The swastika was an ancient symbol meaning peace, but then the guy with a 1 inch mustache came along and said “hey this looks pretty cool so im gonna make it a hate symbol!”

  5. Rav Kaiyam

    July 7, 2019 12:23 am

    You are horribly wrong the word icthus in Greek simply means fish and was a secret symbol among early believers who had to suffer horrible persecution if caught. It referenced Jesus' saying, 'I will make you fishers of men' and had nothing to do with the much later catholic practice of incorporating pagan symbolism to draw in converts. If you are going to go out publicly and make a pretence of being an educator, at least get your facts straight…. lol

  6. Bust Your Nugget

    July 7, 2019 2:02 am

    The pentagram made me think…so theres a show called Supernatural and they use the pentagram as demon traps. Like to protect themselves from demons and ghosts and angels and stuff…sooo that kinda got nw thinking.

  7. Sari Çizmeli Mehmet Ağa

    July 7, 2019 11:47 am

    Swastikas are present on the walls of the tomb of a Turkish Islamic man of God from nearly a thousand years ago. So yeah it is universal.

  8. sara shemwell

    July 8, 2019 7:22 pm

    Anyone who thinks the pentagram is good are hidden from the fact that it gets evil to protect you so that you can end up down with the devil (pentagram= sign of getting evil to protect you from the light) don't follow it

  9. Moon Moon

    July 11, 2019 5:30 am

    Nothing but symbols taken by others to further their own agenda. And no, satanist never took in the inverted cross, they already have the satanic cross, which is based on the chemical symbol for sulfur

  10. Satan King of darkness

    July 13, 2019 11:06 pm

    The lines in a peace sign are also interpreted as a broken cross and is used by satanists to represent the defeat of Christ

  11. Jan Conway

    July 14, 2019 10:58 pm

    I believe it was hares not rabbits that were supposedly linked to witches. I find it hard to see, but there is, apparently, a difference between hares and rabbits. I also (vaguely) remember that there was a time in English history where the witches & hares belief existed and so hares were deliberately killed.

  12. am designs

    July 15, 2019 6:10 am

    Fawkes wasn’t mastermind
    He was only to head of explosives
    Robert Catesby was the master mind

  13. Chris Viggiano

    July 15, 2019 8:52 pm

    The fish was adopted by Christianity to show other catbolics that u can worship here
    Bc in the Roman Empire until Constantine was illegal
    That penatgram was considered evil bc pagans r consider evil
    And no the symbol for st Peter' cross more popularly is the cross the orthodox Christians use
    I also knew most of the symbols

  14. Barbara Rodriguez

    July 16, 2019 8:59 pm

    Now Everytime I send the heart emoji I'm going to feel like I'm sending a nut sack to my family members. This video was a good way to pass time now! So helpful!

  15. Donald Jones

    July 16, 2019 10:17 pm

    By the way, Peter was not a Pope. He was the prophet and his counselors were James and John in the First Presidency.

  16. mike powell

    July 17, 2019 2:32 am

    Pentagrams i just noticed are on morman teples i asked the morman missonarys that came to my door and they just walked away havent been back to my house in a month finnaly i almost called the cops to get them to leave but logic won the day when i asked them why its there they clamed to be the only true church i figured there just anouther cult.

  17. Staci Heuschkel

    July 17, 2019 4:10 am

    Thank you for the video. I thought it was great. But what about the fish symbolism and the fish head looking things the Popes wear? I think that’s also something. Jordan Maxwell has spoken about that in depth. Not that he can be reliable for everything, but he brings up some very interesting stuff. Maybe he’s wrong? He could be. Who knows?

  18. Mr.RottPlays-roblox and more

    July 20, 2019 2:52 pm

    The anti christ symbol I got as when I cross yourself you literally make it with your hands even though it’s a sign to god

  19. Pheonix 10150314

    July 22, 2019 6:36 pm

    There's a pentagram that satanists adopted and a pentacle which is a right side up 🌟 not an upside down one and it is the symbol of protection not the other. Satanists simply wanted to pervert every good religious symbol they could.

  20. Michael Olajuwon

    July 24, 2019 1:33 am

    Its funny how he understood the fish symbol but most believers would fight you over that truth 😪

  21. Brenden Siragusa

    July 25, 2019 12:45 am

    You are walking through the woods in the middle of the night. You see a bunny sitting on the path and assume it's cute. As you go to pet it, it let's out a banshee screech, the ground spurts out sharp vines that make movement hard and bees shoot at you from the bunny's eyes.

    The life of chaotic neutral or evil druid in DnD

  22. Robert Jardine

    July 25, 2019 7:54 am

    That plant mentioned in #1 isn't extint, it grows in Canada in peoples flower gardens, we had some in our garden in front of our house, I never knew til now that people thought it was extinct or I would've posted a video by now,,, it grows in spring for only a month then gone til next spring,,, we never knew the name of this plant, we called it the dead chicken plant, because it looks like dead chickens hanging upside down.

  23. Judith Ree Jones

    July 25, 2019 1:52 pm

    You sure missed it with the fish! Ixthos is the Greek word for fish. If you take the first letter of the Greek words for Jesus Christ son of God savior it spells ixthos fish. It was a very simple symbol two curved lines used during times of persicution for Christian's to identify one another. A simple curved line drawn in the sand and if the other answered with the completion of the fish they knew the stranger was a Christian. The fish ment nothing to the Romans.

  24. 1st Time Survivalist

    July 25, 2019 6:18 pm

    Pentagrams are just the five pointed star if it’s in a circle it’s called a pentacle but you were close I guess lol

  25. nino rurua

    July 25, 2019 7:40 pm

    me and my sisters musical we did when I was in 1st or 2nd grade talked about Uncle Sam and I think the lyrics to part of a song was "…Uncle Sam is who I am…"

  26. KhingOfSwordz 43

    July 25, 2019 8:00 pm

    Well i believe in the Hebrew faitj and The Star Of David isnt holy as we all thought……Black Hebrews we shouldnt support a 6 point star….thats was created by King Nimrod and drawned by( excuse my spelling ) Mollidge.The first.3 points represents 3 3 3 = one 6. Then the other 3 3 3 = one 6 on bottom = 6 = 666 so wearing six point star isnt holy as it seems to be.

  27. Krista Dunmire

    July 27, 2019 3:05 am

    The plant is not extinct, in north dakota my neighbhor has 2 beds of them. Very beautiful too.

  28. Daisygirl1217

    July 29, 2019 1:28 am

    The flowers shaped like a heart still exists, they are called 'Bleeding Hearts' I used to grow them.

  29. ShannenMakesVideos

    July 29, 2019 12:05 pm

    I have a pentagram tattoo and at least ten times a day I get some variation of “oh dear how did you come to that decision” or “why would you put that on your body” “you aren’t a satanist are you?” 🤦🏻‍♀️

  30. Fellin' Kinda Weird

    July 29, 2019 9:50 pm

    I don't know how to say this ;-;

    ok here we go..

    THIS MAN MAKES ME LAUGH SO MUCH I ALMOST HAD LAUGH ATTACK ( sometimes it happenes that I laugh about 2 hours and I call it laugh attack .. # WEIRDPERSONWITHREALLYWEIRDLIFE XD

  31. David Kennedy

    August 2, 2019 1:26 pm

    I'm confused…he said the plant has been extinct since the first century…where did that photo come from?

  32. Selena Scrocco

    August 3, 2019 7:24 pm

    In the first one the painting of the guy if you look closely you'll see he has a watch on 🙂

  33. Hanna M.

    August 4, 2019 4:32 pm

    There are quite a few Silphium seed pod bushes in my grandmother's garden… so no, they're not extinct 😅❤️

  34. Maria Gomes

    August 4, 2019 7:06 pm

    Christians: demonizes pagan religions.
    Christians: but steals their symbols and practices.

    Been telling people this for years. Been also stressing to people that the pentagram ISN'T evil.

  35. MS Bonz

    August 5, 2019 12:02 pm

    Peter was never a pope! As long as satanist believe the pentagram and the upside down cross is good for their evil. ITS EVIL! THE POPE IS SATANIC AND EVIL! HE RAPES, TORTURES AND SACRIFICES CHILDREN AND DRINKS THEIR BLOOD. WHICH QUALIFIES AS ONE OF THE ANTICHRIST! AS SCRIPTURE SAYS. THIS VIDEO IS A HUGE LIE!

  36. Christopher Winstanley

    August 5, 2019 4:07 pm

    Swastika is symbol of power, doesn't necessary mean evil or good. It was also used by the ancient Romans. A lot of symbolism don't have any resemblance to either good or evil. The five pointed star was considered satanic if presented in a circle. The six pointed star in a circle is representation to God and mankind the circle being the world and the four elements. It's how you see good and evil ? In most cases they've been adopted for manipulation and malicious use.

  37. Nicholas Crego

    August 6, 2019 5:31 pm

    Well yeah Christianity stole most of it's ideas from Peganism. And the "swastika" was a symbol used for good luck, thousands of years before German Nazis existed.

  38. Nicholas Crego

    August 6, 2019 5:39 pm

    My last emote was a middle finger. If my dog could text, she would receive a bunch a hearts. Buuut.

  39. kiente karla dambo

    August 7, 2019 10:32 am

    I did not know these things. Thanks for d compilations. And as always thanks fro the humor. Always makes my day

  40. SriKasturi HSI

    August 7, 2019 5:32 pm

    3:26 Hold up! So, it is true that even the Christians didn't know about St. Peter (San Peatro) Cross ? I'm feel bothered because I'm a Muslim (from South East Asia) & do know the fact (plus many fact about Christian) yet to found the worshipper who didn't know about the Christian itself. Err…? Correct me if I'm wrong..

  41. James Hogan

    August 8, 2019 3:38 am

    Win Satan fell from heaven he said I know your promises to man and I will copy them. God is the Word. The Word has always existed. All this was already in the word and Satan knew the word well before he fell from heaven. So he copied Gods promises to man. This was not what God intended. Satan was supposed to help with these things but he got prideful and wanted to be God because he was jealous of man and Gods love for man.

  42. James Hogan

    August 8, 2019 4:00 am

    Win Satan fell from heaven he said I know your promises to man and I will copy them. God is the Word. The Word has always existed. All this was already in the word and Satan knew the word well before he fell from heaven. So he copied Gods promises to man. This was not what God intended. Satan was supposed to help with these things but he got prideful and wanted to be God because he was jealous of man and Gods love for man. The seals on the new scriptures for the new world that is coming is what the seals are about. When the last seal is broken the new world can begin. History is already written in the very beginning of the new worlds the ending is at the beginning and the beginning is at the ending. Win Satan did what he did he altered things from what they were intended to be. This was not what God had first intended.

  43. Benjamin Lavallee

    August 8, 2019 11:09 am

    How much if this garbage did you make up? No the symbols aren’t what most people think, but this was very off.

  44. Celene Moon

    August 10, 2019 2:47 am

    I just discovered you today and have been binge watching all afternoon. You have wonderful show. I love learning new things and adding to my trivia repertoire. Add to that a sense of humor that I totally appreciate and I've had a fantabulous lazy day with you. Thank you very much.
    P.S. You are also my first YouTube comment and bell. Thanks again Matthes!

  45. RastastheRascal

    August 10, 2019 3:17 pm

    I’m sad that just because of one man, the Swastikas reputation is tainted for the next century.

  46. Cristinita Corazon

    August 11, 2019 6:37 am

    Mistletoe is Oklahoma's state flower. I know. Stupid. Yes. A parasitic plant is a state flower. At least the roadrunner is the state bird.

  47. PeatZee

    August 17, 2019 9:42 am

    Thats a pentacle. Not the pentagram of the five elements you're referring to.
    An actual pentagram doesn't have a circle border. Thank u next.

  48. Mee St

    August 17, 2019 12:58 pm

    Idk if i‘m just being over sensitive rn but I personally don’t like how you said „the Aryans“ because here in Germany it’s kind of a no-go to call someone aryan as this term is strongly connected to the Nazis. Hitler himself wasn’t even close to looking like what he said was „aryan“. „Aryan“ is just a term that he used to describe his idea of a perfect german which was supposed to be better and stronger than every other „race“, as hitler said, which is, of course, very racist. So what I wanna say is that to germans it’s kinda rude to call someone aryan because of our gruesome history that we’re all still very upset and ashamed of

  49. jrskyline96

    August 21, 2019 3:10 pm

    I just went through 5 pages of Google images of the popes throne and I didn't see not one with an inverted cross. I'm not religious just like to read up and research. So where did that pic come from of the popes throne with the inverted cross

  50. XXWarriorcatsXX XXRiverclanXX

    August 21, 2019 9:01 pm

    I’m a pagan Wiccan. And the pentagram in Wicca. Is amazing. And I thank you for sharing it.


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