Some fish eggs can survive being digested by waterfowl and remain viable after being pooped out. This provides one explanation as to how fish β€˜miraculously’ appear in bodies of water where they otherwise never existed. audubon.org/news/mallards…
Today I learned of Jatinga, a small Indian town, where thousands of birds have dived to their deaths in apparent suicide year after year without any plausible explanation atlasobscura.com/places/j…
Clocks and Watches Use the Roman Numeral IIII instead of IV. One explanation for this deviation is that ancient Romans feared offending the God Jupiter, which was spelled IVPPITER in Latin. monochrome-watches.com/wh…
Frog rains do exist. There is no proper explanation to why this happens though tornadoes such as waterspouts are said to be responsible. science.howstuffworks.com…
Sedna, a dwarf planet with a highly elliptical orbit around the sun, is about three times as far as Neptune from the sun. Scientists hypothesize that it was placed in its orbit by a passing star, as there is no other explanation for its unusual orbit around the sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/903…
NBC randomly aired a 1989 sitcom pilot in prime time called "The Nerd", with no intention of ever picking it up and no explanation why they are airing in 1996. It never aired again. youtube.com/watch?v=ylxGE…
The Habsburg's motto was "A. E. I. O. U.". Among the explanations: Austriae est imperare orbi universo (All the world is subject to Austria); Austria est imperio optime unita (Austria is best united by the Empire); Austria erit in orbe ultima (Austria will be the last (surviving) in the world) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.E…
Today I learned about the Δ¦al Saflieni Hypogeum in Malta. Accidentally discovered in 1902, the hypogeum is believed to predate the pyramids by up to 1000 years according to historians. It housed up to 7000 bodies of an unknown Neolithic civilisation who mysteriously disappeared in 2500 BC without explanation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4…
There are several philosophical razors--not just Occam's Razor (simpler explanations are likely correct). One is called Newton's Flaming Laser Sword because it is, "Much sharper and more dangerous than Occam's Razor." It states that what cannot be settled by experiment ought not be debated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
"ball lightening" has no explanation despite being seen by 3% of people. Reports describe it as floating orbs of light that sometimes enter people's homes. wikipedia.org/w/index.php…
Today I learned of the severed feet of Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2007 at least 20 human feet have washed up on shore. It has been blamed on everything from a serial killer to plane crashes to a tsunami with the most likely explanation being some combination of these. longreads.com/2019/04/08/…
Turkey granted women full political rights before many other nations. Founder of Turkey AtatΓΌrk said:"There is no logical explanation for the political disenfranchisement of women. Any hesitation and negative mentality on this subject is nothing more than a fading social phenomenon of the past." irishtimes.com/opinion/at…
Today I learned of the Fairy Rings of Namibia, and that there is currently no conclusive explanation for their formation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
β€˜primer’, as in an introductory book or explanation (to a complex subject for example), is pronounced β€œprimmer” not β€œpry-mer”. Paint primer is pronounced β€œpry-mer” and is a much newer word. quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
Dog obesity is positively correlated with owner obesity. This effect is only seen in dogs and not cats. The study suggests that this correlation can be attributed to obese owners walking their dogs less. No explanation other than neutering is given for the variation in weight among cats. cambridge.org/core/journa…
Today I learned about the "Kentucky Meat Shower," an incident in 1876 wherein chunks of meat fell from the sky, sparking lots of wild theories about how it happened. To this day, there's no 100% certain explanation courier-journal.com/story…
There is no established reason why men have beards. Possible explanations include beards increasing attractiveness to women (inter-sexual selection) or increasing dominance amongst other males (intra-sexual selection) by signalling sexual maturity and increasing perceived jaw size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In 1985 New York Governor Mario Cuomo denied the existence of the mafia when asked by reporters, and called them "a lot of baloney". This incident, and Cuomo's rumored mob ties, became a common explanation for him not running for President in 1992. news.yahoo.com/blogs/side…
In the Torah there is a type of law known as "chukim," or a statute beyond mans ability to comprehend. An example of this is the restriction of fabrics containing both wool and linen, for which no explanation is given. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Today I learned about "Star Jelly", a strange jelly or slime that sometime appears on earth in the morning before disappearing or dissolving. Science has not explanation of this phenomenon. (Fixed link) futurism.com/strange-unex…
In 2017, a navy pilot drew a giant penis in the sky with the contrails of his plane over a town in Washington where it remained for several hours. The town was understandably confused, and didn’t receive an explanation for almost two years! popularmechanics.com/mili…
Deep-Sea Gigantism is the tendency for species to be larger than their shallower-water relatives. Proposed explanations include: scarcer resources; greater pressure; and colder temperatures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
The word 'theory' in 'theory of evolution' does not imply scientific doubt about its validity. A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of facts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Gravity is the only fundamental force that does not have a clear explanation at the quantum level. Sub-atomic particles like electrons can be used to explain the other three forces. The existence of a graviton particle is theorized but has yet to be proven. space.com/quantum-gravity…
Scientists searching for an explanation for an unusually cool area of sky instead discovered a 'supervoid'; an empty spherical blob 1.8 billion light years across that is the largest object in the known universe. An estimated 10,000 galaxies were β€œmissing” from the part of the sky it sits in. theguardian.com/science/2…
One explanation why the Sun’s corona is confusingly much hotter than its surface, a long standing mystery, is packets of very hot material called "heat bombs" that travel from the surface into the sun’s atmosphere before exploding and releasing their heat. spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-c…
In 2017 residents of 15 Alabama counties reported a startlingly loud sound with no apparent origin. No seismic, radar, or visible evidence of the sound could be found and any attempt at an explanation has fallen short. Nicknamed β€œSkyquakes”, these phenomena apparently occur all around the world. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of BRUE (Brief resolved unexplained event), when infants <1yo suddenly stop breathing or pass out, with no explanation nor lasting effects medlineplus.gov/ency/arti…
There's a name for those moments you smell something really bad but nothing bad is around and the only explanation is that it's coming form the inside of your nose and it's called Phantosmia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
That Self-harm often isn't an attention-seeking behaviour, in many cases self-harmers are very aware of their wounds and feel guilty about their behaviour, they put much effort in hiding scars with clothing or coming up with explanations for injuries. mentalhealth.org.uk/file/…
When New Edition finished their first tour, they were given checks for $1.87 apiece. Tour budget and expenses were given as the explanation as to why they were not paid more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The myth of the changeling - of faeries replacing a stolen human child with their own - could have been born as an explanation of autistic children. Many traits associated with faeries, such as obsessive counting, are also known in the autism spectrum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
"Changeling" stories of human babies stolen from their parents and replaced with Fairy children may have been an explanation for children with autism abc.net.au/science/articl…
Today I learned about the Wick Effect, when a human body is destroyed by fire due to their clothing having soaked up melted human fat which then acts like the wick of a candle – external heat/fire sources warm the body and then ignite it. It has been touted as an explanation for spontaneous human combustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
A body was decomposing in a water tank on the hotel roof. Guests of the hotel drank and showered in the water. The body was discovered when guests began complaining about the water supply. Explanations range from paranormal involvement to bipolar disorder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The Art of War by Sun Tzu from 5th century BC not just contained a detailed explanation, and analysis of the Chinese military. It also influenced business tactics, and legal strategy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's an unincorporated town in south-central Ohio called Knockemstiff. The origin of the town name is disputed with several accounts providing an explanation including a town brawl during its infancy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
Spaceships flying by a planet mysteriously increase in speed slightly, more than they should even accounting for gravity, and there's no physical explanation for why this happens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Carol Brady's first husband never had an explanation for his absence. So Florence Henderson came up with him being murdered by Carol before the Brady Bunch started. aol.com/article/2015/05/1…
Today I learned of Hanlon's Razor, which is to not attribute to malice that which is more easily explained by stupidity. It helps us avoid paranoia and ideology by not generally assuming that bad results are the fault of a bad actor. The explanation most likely to be right is the one with the least intent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The Moon appearing to be larger when it is rising is actually an illusion. The explanation for this illusion has been debated since ancient times, but there is still no definitive answer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
People with sighing respiration have difficulty "getting a breath", "inability to obtain a satisfying breath" or obtain "a full or deep breath". Relief from the symptoms depends entirely upon a clear and comprehensive explanation of the condition to the patient. jacionline.org/article/S0…
Today I learned about Saturn's moon Iapetus, which was discovered in 2007 to have a unique equatorial ridge which has peaks up to 8 mi (13 km) high and only exists in the dark region of the moon. There is no definitive explanation for how it formed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iap…
There is a real explanation for why people forget what they walked into a room for. The brain subconsciously divides experiences as people pass through a door, causing the compartmentalization of a task in your mind. science.howstuffworks.com…
In 2001 Kim Jong Il's eldest son was caught using a fake Dominican passport to enter Japan. When asked for an explanation, he said he "just wanted to visit Disneyland." He was subsequently disowned by his father. books.google.com/books/ab…
In the popular video game 'deus ex' released in the year 2000, it is missing the twin towers due to graphical limitations. The in-game explanation for this was that they were destroyed by a terrorist attack. kotaku.com/how-deus-ex-pr…
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci made an interesting observation about trees. He concluded that the total thickness of a tree’s branches is equal to the total thickness of the tree trunk. Trees across many species obey this rule. Explanations involve hydrological and structural theories. insidescience.org/news/un…
The myth that carrots improve night vision was started on purpose in WII as an explanation for why german planes kept getting shot down at night. In reality, radar had just been invented. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Female fig wasps pollinate female fig plants by burrowing inside them to reach the flowers and afterwards the fig releases an enzyme to breakdown the wasp and absorb the waspie nutrients. (Explanation starts at 4:45) youtube.com/watch?v=a6jJz…

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