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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.

6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain

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: Gay Bigfoot & the 7 Weirdest Mythical Creatures in the World. It's easy to feel a little down in the morning, as you slump over your wilting shitflakes and ruminate on the day of savage tedium that lies ahead.

Gay Bigfoot & the 7 Weirdest Mythical Creatures in the World

However, such existential misery can be allayed simply by saying to oneself, "No matter how dull, desperate and lonely my life has become, I nevertheless live in a world where fish can launch fireballs. " On certain stretches of the Mekong River, an evening walker can behold a magical sight. At around 8pm during the full moon of October, hundreds of egg-sized balls of red flame rise from the water like a myriad misdirected Hadoukens, floating up towards the stars, where they quietly disappear. Locals claim that these fireballs are caused by an eel called the Phaya Naga, specimens of which have allegedly been found.

According to legend, the fireballs are an offering of thanks to Buddha, which seems a little ill-advised, even if you are a deity, your first reaction to being pelted with fireballs is probably not going to be, "You're welcome. " The 5 Most Ridiculously Unnecessary Modern Inventions. They say necessity is the mother of invention.

The 5 Most Ridiculously Unnecessary Modern Inventions

What they neglect to mention is that invention's dad is a moron and he sometimes pops by the house with a new piece of shit idea that's so staggeringly awful that he takes your silent awe as approval when in fact you're trying to think of a new way to say "What the fuck? " that is at once louder and more vulgar, and somehow requires the assistance of noted scholars and theologians. People invent awful stuff all the time, and while there were a lot of really kitschy patents around the turn of the last century, you'd think that the dumb idea bank would be getting full up in modern times. But it looks like there's still room for people to squeeze one or two new turds through. The 6 Most Insane Ways Going Green Can Backfire. #3.

The 6 Most Insane Ways Going Green Can Backfire

Solar Panels Blind Airplane Pilots Getty. 6 Insane True Stories Too Awesome for a Chuck Norris Movie. Here's a quick quiz: What do you do when you are a 73-year-old woman who lives alone and you hear a window breaking at 1am on a Saturday night?

6 Insane True Stories Too Awesome for a Chuck Norris Movie

Answer: Don't open the front door because your robber will stuff a rag in your mouth and proceed with thieving you. Which, unfortunately, was exactly what happened to an elderly woman a few years ago when she let her robber, Juan Garcia Vasquez, right in the door so he could conduct his robbery of her. The 5 Scientific Experiments Most Likely to End the World. Let's face it, we really trust science.

The 5 Scientific Experiments Most Likely to End the World

In fact, studies suggest that the vast majority of people will murder another human being, if a guy in a lab coat tells them it's OK. But surely in their insatiable curiosity and desire to put knowledge above all things, science would never, say, inadvertently set off a chain of events that lead to some sort of disaster that ended the world. Right? Well, here's five experiments that may prove us wrong. The 5 Weirdest Ways Music Can Mess With the Human Brain. It Changes Your Drinking Habits Did you ever wake up in the back of a taxi after a long night of tossing down cognac and prune juice and wonder how your pants got replaced by a thick but clumsily applied coat of colorful body paint?

Well, now there's something to blame it on besides your bad childhood: music. 7 Mind-Blowing Structures Built in Secret. Humans build incredible things.

7 Mind-Blowing Structures Built in Secret

Chances are good that you passed something on your way to work this morning that would make our ancestors accuse someone of witchcraft. But we never stop to wonder what awe-inspiring creation someone could be producing right under our noses, because why would anyone build something impressive and keep it a secret? Plenty of (usually insane) reasons, it turns out. 5 UFO Sightings That Even Non-Crazy People Find Creepy. If you want to research UFO sightings, we hope you like bullshit.

5 UFO Sightings That Even Non-Crazy People Find Creepy

Because you're about to be drowned in sensationalist books and blogs from UFO enthusiasts who declare every blinking light in the sky to be the opening scenes of Independence Day. It's no coincidence that so many people who encounter UFOs also really want to believe in them. 9 Normal Things That Look Trippy Under a Microscope. The world is full of magic, it's just that a lot of it isn't visible without special tools.

9 Normal Things That Look Trippy Under a Microscope

Fortunately, microscopes exist. Because when you take normal, everyday things and magnify them by a factor of about a bajillion, it's like you're suddenly in a whole new world where the rivers run with LSD and every crop is magic mushrooms. 6 Images of Abandoned Weaponry You Won't Believe Are Real. Rare, expensive materials, cutting-edge designs and top-secret prototypes are all hallmarks of the military industrial complex.

6 Images of Abandoned Weaponry You Won't Believe Are Real

It's how they produce all their beautiful toys: the stealth fighters, nuclear submarines and flying fortresses that are the cornerstone of our childhood fantasies and Michael Bay movies. But what happens when you get bored of your new toys? Why, you just toss them out into the middle of a field somewhere. 5 Reasons Immortality Would be Worse than Death. Time Speeds Up Until You're Insane How many of you out there are old enough to notice time speeding up?

For those of you who aren't, can you remember when you were a kid and the school year finally ended and the summer was about to begin? It seemed like you'd been waiting half your life for it, while at the exact same time your mom was going, "Gah! Summer is here ALREADY?! 6 People Who Defied Gravity (And Then Kicked It in the Nuts) Gravity sucks. It's always keeping us down, preventing cars from hovering and cruelly denying people the God-given right to have Inception-like fights on the ceiling of hotel hallways. And yet, despite limitations, brave people throughout history have heroically told gravity to go straight to hell. 7 People From Around the World With Real Mutant Superpowers. They walk among us! Some even fly among us! They may even take the bus among us from time to time! Homosapiens-Superior is here, and can do things that have scientists scratching their heads.

We're carefully tracking their progress, so that one day soon we may gather them together and fight crime. 10 Creepy Plants That Shouldn't Exist. We spend a lot of time here at Cracked pointing out horrors of nature that slither on the land and lurch through the sea. But staying under the radar in nature's landscape of nightmares is the twisted carnival of things that grow out of the ground. Like ... Bleeding Tooth Fungus The bleeding tooth fungus looks kind of like a wad of chewing gum that leaks blood like a rejected prop from The Shining. They're also called the strawberries and cream, the red-juice tooth, and the devil's tooth. 6 "Non-Lethal" Weapons That'll Make You Wish You Were Dead. 5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a Pussy. 5 Seemingly Random Factors That Control Your Memory. 6 Real People With Mind-Blowing Mutant Superpowers.

The 6 Most Terrifying Foods in the World. 5 Seemingly Harmless Things That Are Stressing You Out. 8 Things You Won't Believe Plants Do When No One's Looking. 5 Things You Won't Believe Are Making You Dumber. 6 Badass Tricks You Can (But Shouldn't) Do With Electricity. The 7 Most Terrifying Rejected TV Ads. The 6 Most Badass Murder Weapons in the Animal Kingdom. 5 Insane Ways Words Can Control Your Mind. 6 Ways Your Sense of Smell Is Secretly Controlling Your Mind. 5 Creepy Forms of Mind Control You're Exposed to Daily. The 5 Most Spectacular Landscapes on Earth (That Murder You) 7 WTF Military Weapons You Won't Believe They Actually Built.