20 Mind-Blowing Things That Science Can't Explain!

You'd be surprised how many phenomena you run into every day! And if you see one that science can explain, share it with us in the comment section!

Jeiye Roze
Created by Jeiye Roze
On Apr 3, 2018
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The Placebo Effect

As long as you truly believe a pill will have a certain effect, it will! Many researchers have shown that people who strongly believed that an effect would happen had the effects without real cause.

This is known as the placebo effect. To make things even weirder, it appears to still work even when you know you’re taking a sugar pill!

And it’s not just pills. The placebo effect also works even if you think you’ve had surgery. Yep. Even if you believe that you'll truly feel better, you will!

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Blue whales don’t get cancer more often than humans do, even though they’re much bigger than us...

It doesn't seem like there is any correlation between the size of an animal and the rate at which it gets cancer. This is something that is called Peto's paradox.

Cancer starts from mutations in a cell. It's not easy to narrow down what causes the mutations, but you'd think, "If there are more cells in an animal shouldn't it get cancer at a higher rate?"

Strangely enough... that's not the case.

So what are humans doing wrong?

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Why do magnets ALWAYS have a north and south pole?

No matter how many times you want to divide a bar magnet, you will end up with a north and south pole. But no one really knows why.

What we do know is that bar magnets have only been made in the lab, there hasn't been one found in nature...yet...

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Why does it take more genes to create a tomato than a human?

Tomatoes have more than 30,000 genes, whereas humans have between 20,000 to 30,000.

This topic has existed in various guises over the years and it used to be known as the C-value paradox.

In 2003, botanists decided to call it an “enigma” instead. It still was never given a clear definition, so it's safe to say that tomatoes are pretty interesting.

Never underestimate the tomato!

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Why are more people right-handed?

What has been shown is that 70-95% of people are right handed and that 5-30% of people are left handed. Somewhere mixed into all of that, we have ambidextrous people.

I'm sure everyone has heard the story about someone forcing someone to write with their right hand. It's true! Maybe that's why so many people have chicken scratch handwriting?

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Scientist can't seem to explain why the Pollock Sisters are so... strange?

In 1957, two sisters — Joanna and Jacqueline Pollock — were killed in a vehicle accident.

A year later, Mrs. Pollock gave birth to twins Jennifer and Gillian. Jennifer was discovered to have the same birthmarks as Jacqueline. That is just the tip of this very weird iceberg.

The mystery then becomes more confusing when, one day, the twins asked their parents for toys belonging to the girls who died — although they had no prior knowledge of these toys (so the parents say).

Another thing to build up the reincarnation theory is that the twins requested to visit a park they also had no prior knowledge of (but which both of the deceased girls had been to).

So what’s the probable scientific explanation for this? Coincidence? I think not!

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What are these dark streaks coming from on Mars?

They appear during warm seasons and travel downhill, before disappearing when the weather gets colder again.

Scientists once thought they might come from frozen water that heated up and flowed downhill, but measurements from Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter didn’t detect any water.

It could be that the water evaporates before the analyzation happens.

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Where are all of the Lithium metals going?

For anyone who doesn't know, Lithium is the lightest of all metals and has the atomic number of 3. It can be used to craft special metals, create nuclear bombs, or even treat bipolar disorder. It's some pretty special stuff!

The thing is... scientists have no idea why there's so little of it. Even in stars (where it's often found) scientists have calculated there to be just 1/3 of what one would expect to find.

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Why is the sun’s atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface?

The sun's atmosphere reaches into two million degrees! Yes!

You could bake some MEAN interstellar cookies with that type of heat! The thing that confuses scientist is that the surface is only 5000, which is child's play compared to 2 million.

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Where are all the aliens?

This following is known as the Fermi paradox and it goes a bit like this:

There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are older than our sun. Some of those must have Earth-like planets, and statistically speaking one of them should have intelligent life. A smaller portion of those should have developed interstellar travel (even if we haven't) – so why have we not encountered these interstellar-traveling aliens?

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If aliens didn't do it, give me A SOLID reason for crop circles!

Crop circles starting coming upon around a few decades ago. They usually appear over night and have gotten more intricate as time goes on.

Some say they're just farmers looking for attention. Others say that aliens are getting more creative, that's it's a game for them? Either way, there has not been concrete evidence that not a single one of these crop circles were made by an alien.

What do you say?

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Okay, so back to earth! Why are these desert rocks scooting all over the place?

Yes... the rocks are scooting all over the place! There is no real explanation as to why they are. Perhaps there are very subtle vibrations?

Or maybe the rocks have a mind of their own? It's not scientific, but it makes some great fairy tale material!

James and the Moving Rock!

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Why there are so many of these rock balls in Costa Rica...

The Costa Rican stone balls are as mysterious as the Stonehenge itself. These balls are shaped almost perfectly and range from small spheres up to 8 feet in size.

Given how they are formed and the tools from back then, it's very strange that they were made so smooth and in such an abundance. They're found scattered all over the place, so moving them from one source doesn't make sense at all.

Many researchers note that they are likely from a religious or astronomical history, but that's just a theory

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Let's keep with this whole stone theme we have going on. Someone explain Stonehenge?

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England.

One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. How people lifted and balanced it is still a mystery. Most people don't even know how they stones got there, it's really in the middle of nowhere!

Some same the great mage Merlin had something to do with it.

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The Klerksdorp Spheres

These puzzling little spheres were found by miners in South Africa in Pyrophyllite (type of crystallized rock) deposits. The origins of these metallic spheres are unknown and around 0.5 to 10 cm in diameter. Some have concentric grooves running along its equator and seem to have been made by intelligent design.

They have balance that not even NASA can recreate, and we're talking about the best compass makers alive. The creepiest part, however, comes when the Pyrophyllite deposits they were found in were dated to be around 2.8 billion years old!

Beating out the current theory of intelligent life by oh, a few billion years!

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Or talking about OLD! How about why tobacco and cocaine were found in this mummy...

In 1992, when German scientists were testing Egyptian mummies, they found remnants of tobacco, hashish and cocaine. These were found in their bones, skin and hair. This seemed not to be too appalling... but scientists later realized these things were not found in the ancient world at that time and in that area. Weird, right?

Tobacco and cocaine were grown in the Americas in pre-Columbian times and there were no known trades between these groups. So, how could you possibly explain this?

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Why does the flu has a WHOLE season to itself?

There are a bunch of claims, but I have yet to find some solid evidence! Some say it is because the lack of sun, some say it's due to a shift in temperatures - even I have a few thoughts.

The fact of the matter is that all over the world winter is flu season, so there is something about winter that makes us more suscectible to the flu.

But what?

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Why do birds know where to migrate?

Scientists can give you a bunch of theories, maybe it's the fact that they have little magnetites - maybe they look at the stars or the coast lines? But there has not been a definite answer yet.

Those birds aren't just testing their luck and setting off to nowhere, that's what scientists do know.

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Speaking of birds, dinosaurs are relatives. What was the color of dinosaurs? Like, Were they pink!?

No matter how many bones you find, NO ONE can prove the color of any of the dinosaurs. What if they all were techni-colored thunder lizards... spotted terrors, even? I know it's unrealistic, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

And what did they sound like? Bone structures don't show organs and throats, could they have sounded like birds too? The ones in Jurassic Park are pretty terrifying, what did these sound like?

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The most puzzling of all of them if you ask me, how do you explain love?

There are a bunch of experiments that claim that love is hormones, and that "true love" isn't real. But there isn't a definite way to prove that given love's outrageous tendencies.

You can be in love one day and absolutely hate the same person the next day. Chemical reactions make sense, but the speed of which they happen or are overcome make any research with them very strange.

The question is, do you believe in true love?