Sure, take the layman and ask him why the sun works and they’ll whip out their smartphone with the speed it takes light from the Sun to reach the Earth (which is 299792458 meters per second, it is also impossible because an action such as that would create so much energy it would make the Earth implode, but this is a humorist article, so just go with it). That’s because science knows how big the Sun is, how much energy it creates and how it creates it, but there are some surprising things that even scientists raise an eyebrow to while saying, “Well sh*t, I have no idea.”
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1. How Bicycles stay upright
Most people have ridden a bicycle at least once in their lives and they know that a bicycle stays up easier the faster you’re moving. Scientists know this too, but have no idea why a bicycle stays upright. The theory of gyroscopic balance was thrown around, but recently some scientists (which I’m going to assume had too much time on their hands) built a model that countered this gyroscopic effect and still managed to stay upright when it was pushed. So every time you ride a bike you are defying (known) physics (as if hipsters need more things to be proud of).
2. Everything sleeps, but why?
Scientists once postulated that sleeping helped the brain purge all unnecessary information gathered throughout the day, but then another group of nay-saying science folks argued that the same neurons mice were using to learn were firing off while they were sleeping, essentially reliving the information they assimilated during the day. Finally, they agreed that sleep was a necessary function of the brain. But then a third group of scientists walked in with the bravado of a scientist about to destroy another scientist’s theory and said they observed both plants and brainless micro-organisms being in a dormant sleep-like state. Why scientists can’t just get along, is my question.
3. Why we have blood types
So the extent of scientific knowledge regarding blood type groups is that it’s a result of antigens, while we also know what they do. They attack other blood types if they are put in the body. There are also many more blood types than the boring old A, B and O, but why, science has no idea.
4. Why Women Experience Menopause
See humans are on an evolutionary plateau of their own, along with a couple of species of whales. Most animals after their sexual and reproductive decline also stop breathing, which results in death. Man! Nature is a real stickler, first you lose your ability to…well…bow chiki bow wow, and then you die. But humans (and those two species of aforementioned whales) keep living for a significant amount of time even after they lose their ability to….b.c.b.w. (that’s an abbreviation for bow chiki bow wow, which explaining that totally diminished abbreviating it in the first place, but how often do you get to write the onomatopoeia for a 70’s porn bass line?). Scientists have no idea why this happens as it goes against the actual natural order of things, to survive and species continuation.
5. We have no idea what’s on our own Planet
We have no flip flying idea what’s under 75% of the planet. If you haven’t graduated elementary school then you wouldn’t know that 75% is the amount of the Earth that is covered with water which still remains largely unexplored. There are still species to be found, including the Loch Ness monster and other monsters that live deep, deep in the sea.
Are there any other really simple things that super smart scientist have no idea how it works? Let me know in the comment section below.