Today I learned of Fermi's Paradox that proposes theoryโ€™s for why we havenโ€™t heard from or seen any aliens. One of which being that they arenโ€™t communicating because of an impending threat they know about, that we are not aware of. abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/cosโ€ฆ
British academics conducted an experiment with 6 monkeys & typewriters inspired by the famed "an infinite number of monkeys will eventually type out Shakespeare's plays" theory. After 4 weeks, the monkeys had typed out 5 pages, mostly of the letter S, then "got bored and shit on the keyboard" theguardian.com/uk/2003/mโ€ฆ
The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn. (Link fixed) aeon.co/videos/this-is-thโ€ฆ
Xenophanes, who died ca. 490 B.C.E., found fish fossils and concluded that the land where they were found must have been underwater at some time. He was the first person known to have used fossils as evidence for a theory of the history of the Earth. ucmp.berkeley.edu/historyโ€ฆ
The Mad Pooper. A jogger who used to poop in public in Colorado, US. She has been wanted since July 2017 and remains unidentified. Theories about her public defecation varied from having Crohn's disease to being an exhibitionist or having a greater motive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
In the year 2007, at the peak of the housing bubble, four Mexican farm workers earning less than $15000/year each were somehow eligible purchasers of a $720000 home that they, in theory, had no chance of affording sfgate.com/entertainment/โ€ฆ
In 36 BCE, Roman statesman Marcus Varro wrote about germs, describing โ€œminute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, whichโ€ฆenter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases.โ€ The germ theory of disease would not be accepted widely for another 1,900 years. rcpe.ac.uk/heritage/histoโ€ฆ
A harmless 2009 coffee commercial for Folgers sparked internet theories about the brother and sister in the ad being incestuous, to the point fan fiction about them was (and still is!) being written. news.avclub.com/this-oralโ€ฆ
Galileo was the first to confirm the Moon's rough and uneven surface using a specially-engineered telescope and the first to find sunspots. Both findings, in addition to his observation of Jupiter's moons revolving the planet, helped disprove Aristotle's theory of a geocentric universe. genius.substack.com/p/genโ€ฆ
Einsteinโ€™s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/shoโ€ฆ
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosโ€ฆ
The left-brain/right-brain theory that each side of the brain controls certain functions and peopleโ€™s abilities are based on their stronger side is actually a myth. Studies have shown that both sides of the brain collaborate to perform tasks, and that they perform equal activity on average. verywellmind.com/left-braโ€ฆ
Morphogenesis, the math behind for example a giraffes spots or a zebras stripes. This theory coined by Turing found that these apparently random patterns have a mathematic order. bbcearth.com/blog/?articlโ€ฆ
A Twist Ending to the TV Show St Elsewhere Has Fueled a Fan Theory That It and Every Show it Crossed Over With Took Place Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Teenage Boy; Well Over 200 Shows And Even Movies Are Implicated pastemagazine.com/tv/tommโ€ฆ
The shape of bagels came from Europe centuries ago. One theory is that Jews in 13th century Poland were allowed to boil (but not bake) bread, and the shape distinguished the bread. But that's not the whole story, modern food science proves the shape increases cooking surface area and chewiness. mashed.com/151894/the-reaโ€ฆ
Scientists applied Einstein's Theory of Relativity to Luke and Leia's journeys to Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back and calculated that Leia would be nearly two years older than Luke radiotimes.com/news/2015-โ€ฆ
In 1665, the University of Cambridge temporarily closed due to the Bubonic plague. Isaac Newton had to work from home, where he used that time to develop calculus and the theory of gravity. edu.pe.ca/southernkings/nโ€ฆ
The Queen piece in chess was originally a Visier, akin to prime minister. In Europe, according to one theory, it changed to a queen during the 13th century as prominent European Queens (Eleanor of Aquitaine/Blanche of Castile) better reflected the role of a King's source of power and influence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queโ€ฆ
Young children develop "theory of mind" earlier if they know two languages, and in older people, bilingualism can postpone the onset of dementia. Researchers say the statement that learning languages makes people smarter has a sound scientific basis. medicalxpress.com/news/20โ€ฆ
There is an English book on atomic theory that avoids all foreign loan words: elements become "firststuffs", hydrogen is "waterstuff", and the title, Uncleftish Beholding, means Atomic Theory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Leo, an early socio-interactive robot built in 2002. Leo was programmed with psychological theory and spatial scaffolding. It is able to communicate by perceiving expression, gesture, speech, and thus responds appropriately with equal expression, gesture and speech. youtu.be/ilmDN2e_Flc
Today I learned of a sociological theory that posits most Americans are believers of a "civil religion" - which enshrines sacred symbols such as the flag, claims America's prosperity is due to divine providence, and idolizes soldiers and veterans as martyrs for a higher American purpose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ameโ€ฆ
Potential Beginning of Life Simulated in Lab. Scientists at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) have substantiated their theory that life could have begun deep in the Earth's crust. In their experiments, structures that were inanimate developed survival strategies within a short time. uni-due.de/cenide/news_onโ€ฆ
Rapper B.o.B. believes the earth is flat and released a disstrack about astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, which references his beliefs in many other conspiracy theories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about British general J.F.C. Fuller, whose theories influenced the Nazi's adoption of the blitzkrieg. In 1939, Hitler staged a parade of his mechanized army and asked Fuller "What do you think of your children?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€œDunbarโ€™s Number,โ€ a theory that suggests humans can only successfully keep up to 150 interpersonal relationships. bbc.com/future/article/20โ€ฆ
In 1956 Marija Gimbutas postulated the "Kurgan hypothesis" - that the source of Indo-European languages across Eurasia were the Steppe cultures of the Pontic steppe who first domesticated horses and invented the wheel. In recent years, ancient DNA studies seem to have proven her theory correct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurโ€ฆ
The only thing you can prove mathematically is that you can't prove anything at all, due to the axiomatic foundations of proof theory - as pointed out by Kurt Gรถdel's incompleteness theorems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%Cโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Toba supervolcanic eruption theory which caused a global volcanic winter for 6-10 years, a 1,000 year cooling of the Earth, and might have decreased human population to 3,000 -10,000 individuals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobโ€ฆ
Pope Clement VII personally approved Nicolaus Copernicusโ€™s theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun in 1533, 99 years before Galileo Galileiโ€™s heresy trial for similar ideas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popโ€ฆ
There is a theory that explains advertising wants, international conflicts, friendship and rivlary. Mimetic theoryโ€™s key insight is that human desire is not an autonomous process, but a collective one. We want things because other people want them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renโ€ฆ
In In June 1836, a group of boys in Arthurโ€™s Seat, Scotland found 17 miniature coffins with tiny dolls inside in a cave. Their origin is still debated but theories include witchcraft, burial superstitions and them being a tribute to the 17 victims of the notorious "body snatcher" serial killers. nms.ac.uk/explore-our-colโ€ฆ
The tobacco industry funded the study that gave us the theory of "Type A/B Personalities" in order to help obscure smoking's connection to heart disease ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
Garbha Upanishad(esoteric doctrine over the embryo),a hindu upanishadic texts deal with the theory of the formation and development of the human embryo and human body after birth.in section 3 it gives an idea about how embryo develops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garโ€ฆ
Dodos were big, but not the fat birds we picture; the theory is that paintings and illustrations depicting them as such are based on overfed, captive specimens, or simply due to artistic license sciencemag.org/news/2011/โ€ฆ
In the early 19th-century the planet "Vulcan" was believed to actually exist in our solar system. Oddities in the orbit of Mercury led mathematicians to predict the presence of another planet closer to the sun. Later, Einstein's new theories of relativity helped disprove that hypothesis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulโ€ฆ
Archaeologists in India, found though carbon dating, a chariot that dates back to bronze age (Approx 4000 BC). This suggests that Europeans and Indo-Iranians were two separate groups (albeit of a common origin - Proto-Afroasiatic) and challenges the Aryan Invasion Theory researchgate.net/publicatโ€ฆ
A conspiracy theory exists that Disney has tried to cover up the animal Goofy is based on because the species is a non-American (gasp) cow. doctordisney.com/2019/02/โ€ฆ
There is a theory that Earth was completely frozen over in a phenomenon known as "Snowball Earth" between 700 million and 600 million years ago. knowablemagazine.org/artiโ€ฆ
The phenomenon of a shower curtain bursting inwards the bathtub with a running shower has not yet been explained, despite several theories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoโ€ฆ
Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory concerning relationships between humans. The most important tenet is that a young child needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for social and emotional development to occur normally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attโ€ฆ
Researchers were given rare access to fragments of Hitler's teeth. They found that Hitler definitely died in 1945 from taking cyanide and from a bullet. They aimed to put conspiracy theories to rest. phys.org/news/2018-05-hitโ€ฆ
Leonardo da Vinci observed a relationship between the areas of tree trunks and branches that has been validated by current studies of many species, and has multiple theories explaining the relationship insidescience.org/news/unโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Exploding Head Syndrome - a little understood condition in which people experience a sudden loud noise either when waking or when falling asleep. Some also experience a flashing light, myoclonic jerks or tachycardia. The cause is unknown but some conspiracy theories have emerged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expโ€ฆ
Feedback loops in Systems Theory. An example of feeback loops are birth rates( a reinforcing loop) and death rate( a balancing loop) all of which act on a giving population. Reinforcing loops enhance what is already existent( like a good investment) and balancing loops level things out. thesystemsthinker.com/reiโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Alternative 3 - fake British documentary about plans to make the Moon & Mars habitable in the event of an environmental catastrophe on Earth. Its broadcast date of June 20 1977, delayed from April 1, meant it was taken seriously by some, making its way in to conspiracy theory subculture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altโ€ฆ
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/storyโ€ฆ
Today I learned Mendelejeff (inventor of the periodic table), Bohr (formulated Quantum Theory, Einstein (created the Theory of Relativity) and many other inventors/scientists/etc discovered their ideas from dreams epdf.pub/dream-work-technโ€ฆ
There was a conspiracy theory that the Vatican supported the Confederacy and that Pope Pius IX orchestrated the death of Abraham Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
The Man in the Iron Mask, a popular legend of movies, books, & media, was a real person who was imprisoned for 34 years in France and died in the Bastille in 1703. Although theories abound, no verifiable data can confirm his true identity or the crime he was sentenced for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manโ€ฆ
Today I learned about a conspiracy theory about an ad of a dice game that was thought to have been a coded warning of the upcoming attack on Pearl Harbor snopes.com/news/2016/12/0โ€ฆ
There was a conspiracy theory, actually investigated by some in British intelligence, that prime minister Harold Wilson was a KGB mole, and that the leader of the Labour Party before him was assassinated to clear his path to power newyorker.com/magazine/20โ€ฆ
Kaley Cuocoโ€™s Penny did not appear in the original The Big Bang Theory pilot. The first pilot included two female lead characters - Katie, "a street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior" and Gilda, a scientist colleague and friend of the male characters. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Biโ€ฆ
While Issac Newton was essentially quarantined at his home when Cambridge was closed in 1665 due to the Plague, he discovered the groundwork for his theories of calculus and the laws of motion. khanacademy.org/partner-cโ€ฆ
In the 19th century the theory that bad smells spread disease was widely accepted, therefore the population dumped human waste and garbage into the river to minimize odor in the streets. A particularly hot summer in London, 1858 caused what became known as "The Great Stink of 1858" historic-uk.com/HistoryUKโ€ฆ
Keanu Reeves believes the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship, i.e. that the works of William Shakespeare were written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keaโ€ฆ
A Belgian priest named Georges Lemaรฎtre was the first to suggest the big bang theory as the origin of creation in the 1920s, when he theorized that the universe began from a single primordial atom. amnh.org/learn-teach/currโ€ฆ
Max Planck, Nobel Prize winning physicist and originator of quantum theory, was originally advised against going into physics because, "almost everything is already discovered, and all that remains is to fill a few holes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxโ€ฆ
Hugh Everett III, an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics, believed in Quantum Immortality. His theory guaranteed him immortality: his consciousness, he argued, is bound at each branching to follow whatever path does not lead to death. wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantuโ€ฆ
Today I learned of fission-fragment rockets. They use the products of nuclear fission to generate thrust. It can, in theory, produce a very high specific impulse while being within the abilities of current technologies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Freeganism, an alternative philosophy for living, based on minimum participation in capitalism and conventional economic practices as well as limited consumption of capitalistic resources. Freegansโ€”at least in theoryโ€”avoid buying anything as an act of protest against the food system. wikipedia.org/wiki/Freegaโ€ฆ
There was a conspiracy theory that Jimi Hendrix faked his death and became Morgan Freeman snopes.com/fact-check/morโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Georges Lemaรฎtre, a Catholic priest and mathematician, called the father of the Big Bang. Praised in his time for originating the theories of an expanding universe, the Big Bang Theory, Hubble's Law, and Hubble's Constant, he was modest and eschewed taking credit for his work. frontiersmagazine.org/geoโ€ฆ
The Toba Catastrophe Theory contends that the eruption of the Toba supervolcano 75,000 years ago nearly made humans go extinct, reducing global population to somewhere between 2,000 and 20,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobโ€ฆ
The Gyrojet was a family of firearms that fired tiny rockets called Microjets. In theory the rockets accelerate over a distance making them non-fatal at close range and fatal at greater distances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrโ€ฆ
Up until the widespread acceptance of germ theory and invention of the disposable cup in 1907, public water fountains used to consist of "common" or "community" metal cup attached to a chain huffingtonpost.ca/entry/hโ€ฆ
Some spiders create beautiful patterns in their webs of spirals, disc shapes or vertical lines; although there are several theories itโ€™s not certain why they do it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webโ€ฆ
Neuroscience theory of โ€œmirror neurons" suggests positive benefits of social interaction for teamwork greatergood.berkeley.edu/โ€ฆ
Alfred Wegener, the man who originally came up with continental drift theory, went on to die in a winter expedition in Greenland to measure meteorological events. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.โ€ฆ
From the Feynman's theory that when an ant has found some food, he leaves a much stronger trail than when heโ€™s just wandering around. theswarmlab.com/blog/2015โ€ฆ
A Belarusian television company associated with the government of Belarus, created a show featuring four nerdy scientists living next to an attractive waitress named The Theorists. When the actors found out their show was an unlicensed rip of The Big Bang Theory, they quit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Q source, a hypothetical text that, with the gospel of Mark, contain the original material that the gospels of Matthew and Luke elaborated upon. And the Q source theory got traction with the discovery of the complete copy of the gospel of Thomas in 1945. wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_sourโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the theory of "the wisdom of crowds", where the median will be close, but the mean answer of a crowd of people will be closer to the correct answer. all-about-psychology.com/โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the theory of New World degeneracy, an 18th century scientific theory stating that because North America was a cold and wet climate, all species found there were weak, shriveled, and diminished. Thomas Jefferson devoted the longest chapter in his only published book to debunking that idea. slate.com/technology/2012โ€ฆ
Today I learned about John T. Scopes. In 1925 he was accused of teaching the theory of evolution in school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
There is a movie about Srinivasa Ramanujan, a gifted young Indian man who grew up poor, gets into Cambridge and becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories. The film took more than ten years to create and has been praised by for its accurate portrayal of math and mathematicians en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
The woman who first proposed the theory that Shakespeare wasn't the real author, didn't do any research for her book and was eventually sent to an insane asylum newenglandhistoricalsocieโ€ฆ
There is a unaired American remake pilot of the UK sitcom "Peep Show", starring Johnny Galecki and Josh Meyers as roommates, in 2005. It was made three years before "The Big Bang Theory". radiotimes.com/news/2015-โ€ฆ
The Catholic Church has accepted the Big Bang theory and Darwinian evolution since 1950. smithsonianmag.com/smart-โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Mandate of Heaven, theory in China, according to which the ruler must have the support of Heaven to rule. Moral rulers who care for their people gain the mandate. If a despot sits on the throne, the Heavens can withdraw it, which they signal through e.g. eclipses, floods, wars, plagues etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manโ€ฆ
Nothing is known of the life of Jesus during the years from ages 12 to 30. Countless theories have been proposed, among them that he studied in Alexandria in the Jewish centers there and that he lived among the Essenes in the Judean desert. wikipedia.org/wiki/Unknowโ€ฆ
Wild tigers never lived in Africa. As part of the Felidae family (lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, etc), these cats share a common ancestor that originated from Africa. A common theory is that one branch of this family migrated to Asia nearly 2 million years ago, evolving into tigers. thegreatprojects.com/blogโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Piagetโ€™s theory of development. He believed infants in the early stages of development lack object permanence (the understanding that people and things still exist even when you canโ€™t see them). Which would explain why peekaboo is so intriguing for them! positive-parenting-ally.cโ€ฆ
2 aspects of dual process theory argues our consciousness actually includes 2 layers- The implicit portion- the part of your mind that reacts/responds automatically, or without conscious thought. The aspect of your consciousness that is truly conscious and controlled is the explicit portion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duaโ€ฆ
A man was hit by a Metro train going 70mph and his flying body parts injured a woman. She sued his estate on the theory that โ€œIf you do something as stupid as this guy did, you have to be responsible for what comes from itโ€œ complex.com/pop-culture/2โ€ฆ
Max Planck was told by his professor to not go into Physics because "almost everything is already discovered". Planck said he didn't want to discover anything, just learn the fundamentals. He went on to originate quantum theory and win a Nobel Prize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phiโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the theory of inoculation and its uses in politics and advertising: introducing a weak form of an argument that can easily be thwarted in order to prepare the audience to disregard a stronger, full-fledged form of the argument from an opposing party en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inoโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the "Toxic woman" aka Gloria Ramirez who was admitted to Riverside hospital in So Cal in 1994. Staff who treated her began feeling ill and were hospitalised themselves. After numerous theories, chemical analyses and publications, the jury is still out on this very strange medical case discovermagazine.com/1995โ€ฆ
Authors of the NUCLEAR WINTER hypothesis, Carl Sagan and Richard P. Turco, conceded to significantly scale back their theory after much criticism from specialized experts, including exaggerated numbers of dust and ash which wouldn't be the case from airburst nukes. nytimes.com/1990/01/23/scโ€ฆ
In 36 BCE, Roman statesman Marcus Varro wrote about germs, describing "minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which...enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases." The germ theory of disease would not be accepted widely for another 1,900 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerโ€ฆ
Mathematician Claude E. Shannon published his article "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" in 1948. One year later it was renamed "THE Mathematical Theory of Communication". The article marks the foundation of an entire new field of mathematics, information theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Mโ€ฆ
The first person to think of the big bang theory was actually a catholic priest, Georges Lemaitre. nationalgeographic.com/scโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "Big Mac Index" a way to measure how much a country's currency is valued by comparing Big Mac prices. Unlike the burger, it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigโ€ฆ
We don't see pure black when we close our eyes, we see a color named Eigengrau and although there are a few theories as to what causes it nobody's quite sure. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eigengโ€ฆ
The fact that animals move from one place to another, without any apparent external cause and often in complicated and unpredictable ways, fascinated Aristotle. Instead of muscles Aristotle had theories on "neura" โ€“ usually translated as โ€˜sinewsโ€™ or โ€˜tendonsโ€™ eprints.ifzg.hr/550/1/Ariโ€ฆ
In the mid 19th Century, the belief persisted that weather was completely unpredictable. When one MP suggested in the Commons in 1854 that recent advances in scientific theory might soon allow them to know the weather in London "twenty-four hours beforehand", the House roared with laughter. bbc.com/news/magazine-324โ€ฆ
Before germ theory, people believed in "miasma theory", which was the idea that sickness came from "bad air". "Miasma" is the Latin word for "bad air" and the word "malaria" actually derives from the Italian for "bad air"-- the mal'aria wikipedia.org/wiki/Malariโ€ฆ
Charles Darwin wasn't the only person to come up with the theory of evolution - and may have been beaten to it scottishfield.co.uk/cultuโ€ฆ
The term 'Introvert and "Extrovert" was defined by Carl Jung in the 1920's in his completely scientifically untested personality theories. It is the grandfather of most personality tests including the most popular Myers Briggs which is wholly considered pseudoscience by modern psychologists. vox.com/2014/7/15/5881947โ€ฆ

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