10 things that you know are true but make no sense

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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31st October, 2013 1 comment

Quantum physics, explained.

A thread at Reddit asks this of users: “What fact do you accept intellectually, but still feels ‘wrong’ to you?” The discussion exploded, attracting more than 23,000 comments.

Among them are these …

1. The placebo effect.

2. That when I eat food, it’s going to eventually be transformed into my body. It will become me, literally. I am made of what I’ve eaten. Bones, skin, joints, hair, nails…it’s all dinners and breakfast cereal transformed.

3. Dinosaurs. Just dinosaurs in general.

4. Pretty much everything about quantum physics … In most articles I read you can replace the words “quantum physics” with “magical unicorn power” and it would still make as much sense.

5. That physical objects are mostly empty space, but atomic forces make them feel solid.

6. That I’m going to die one day. Eventually… my body will just stop working and there is nothing I can do about it.

7. You can get from North Korea to Finland by going through one country.

8. Nothing before the big bang, Stephen Hawking said asking what was before is like asking whats north of the north pole. The philosopher in me doesn’t like it.

9. That if you don’t have a kid, you’re the first one since your ancestral line started to not reproduce.

10. How Wednesday is spelled.


h/t @JohnPagani

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One Response to “10 things that you know are true but make no sense”

  1. elizabethrevell Nov 1 2013, 6:14pm

    I have the greatest difficulty with #8, too. How can nothing be so mind-bogglingly nothingly?
    As for #4, I'm a bit in favour of magic unicorn powder; but then, as far as I'm concerned the interior workings of computers can be summed up as "gubbinses".
    I know #9 is true: and every day it breaks my heart. Not because my ancestral line stops so much, but because my drive to continue it has always been strong but it didn't happen.
    Of COURSE Wednesday is spelt that way! Study your early English! Woden - possessive Wodenes - day! Logic rules!!
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