7 Awesome Acts of Nature (That Science Can't Explain) We may look down on all the primitive peoples who are confused by lightning and think thunder is the voice of the gods, but the truth is to this very day there are natural phenomena that our scientists still don't being to understand.
We're talking about events that are witnessed by thousands, photographed, well-documented and yet are utterly baffling. Such as... What would you do if you were walking along a tropical river at night and it suddenly began burping up egg-sized balls of red light? It happens every year in October along the Mekong river (the same one featured in classic Vietnam movies like Rambo II and the flashbacks from Rambo III). The phenomenon is known as the Naga Fireballs, and experts agree that it is "just weird as shit.
" 6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain. We like to feel superior to the people who lived centuries ago, what with their shitty mud huts and curing colds by drilling a hole in their skulls.
But we have to give them credit: They left behind some artifacts that have left the smartest of modern scientists scratching their heads. For instance, you have the following enigmas that we believe were created for no other purpose than to fuck with future generations. The Voynich Manuscript The Mystery: The Voynich manuscript is an ancient book that has thwarted all attempts at deciphering its contents. It appears to be a real language--just one that nobody has seen before. Translation: "...and when you get her to put the tennis racket in her mouth, have her stand in a fountain for a while. There is not even a consensus on who wrote it, or even when it was written.
6 Things Your Body Does Every Day That Science Can't Explain. The human race has scaled the tallest mountains, charted the deepest oceans and played a quick front nine on the freaking moon, but there's one frontier that still largely mystifies us: our own bodies.
There are everyday phenomenons you'd think must have been explained ages ago, but in reality asking these simple questions of a scientist will net you at best a shrug, and at worst some bullshit he just made up off the top of his head. The act of yawning is baffling to experts for two reasons. One, it doesn't actually seem to serve any purpose. Seriously, when you feel a yawn coming on, suppress it. What happens? Equally baffling, though, is the contagious nature of it. Odds are you've yawned once just because you read the word "yawn" several times above. Science's Wild-Ass Guess: Your science textbook in elementary school may have said that low oxygen levels in the blood triggered yawning, with the yawn providing a quick influx of the gas. Yeah, a tie, that'll do it.
What the hell? 5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness. Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it.
There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know. But by no means should that stop us from tinkering around in there, using somewhat questionable and possibly dangerous techniques to make our brains do what we want. 6 Insane Coincidences You Won't Believe Actually Happened. Normally at Cracked, we're all about finding answers to tough questions.
Whether we're using simple science to explain day-to-day nuisances or showing that the world's "greatest mysteries" actually have totally obvious solutions, we're always trying to strengthen our status as leaders in the extremely specific field of "Informative Comedy Websites That Occasionally Feature Explosions of Male Nudity. " Most recently, we found an idea that seems totally crazy -- how three different people invented Harry Potter at pretty much the same time -- and recorded a podcast where we came up with multiple explanations for how it could've happened.
And only one of our ideas involved ghosts. 8 Simple Questions You Won't Believe Science Can't Answer. The field of science is capable of some amazing things, mostly because it's filled with all the Albert Einsteins and Doogie Howsers the world has produced over the centuries.
But it may shock you that some of the most mundane, everyday concepts are as big a mystery to scientists as they are to the average toddler. Things like ... #8. Why We Sleep As far as we know, virtually every creature on earth enjoys a good night's rest as much as people do (though the hours we choose to sleep varies greatly). GettyThat's why science sits outside your room every night, watching. What we have is a handful of proposed explanations for sleep that not many scientists can agree on.
Or maybe, instead of ditching the stuff that's not necessary, the brain might be reinforcing the stuff you do need. GettySo really, passing out in the middle of an all-nighter is a valid study tactic. But there's a problem with both of these theories. . #7. And somewhere out there, Pluto sheds a lonely tear. #6. . #5.