Things science can't explain

Some studies suggest it’s because it’s an arsehole, though many scientists maintain it’s because he’s a shit. I hold out some hope we’ll one day know for sure.

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holy fuck’t-really-know-how-bicycles-work

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Why does the TV make itself quieter when I’m watching it and eating crisps? Makes no sense man why would it do that.


The voice of Geddy Lee


Or, more broadly, just:

How did it get so high?
I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?


Dowsing. My dad, who I have the utmost respect for, is a firm believer in dowsing and uses it at his joh on a construction site. He says “it just works, Billy. I don’t know how, but it does.” Answer that one, science!

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That dowsing thread was a DiS Classic




how can science not explain how bikes work what the fuck


Loch Ness monster emphasized text

Sadly the link doesn’t work for me!


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I know him, and he does


I didn’t realise job sites had in-house jesters, but I do like the uplift in morale they’d bring.

The first mathematical analysis of bicycles suggested that this is also what keeps a moving bike on its wheels. But although the equations were written down in 1910, physicists always had nagging doubts about whether this was the whole story.

The most definitive analysis came exactly a century later. It involved an experimental bicycle that had all its gyroscopic effects cancelled out by a system of counter-rotating wheels. The effort of building such a strange contraption was worth it: the resulting paper was published the prestigious journal Science .

The publication plunged bicycle dynamics back into chaos. It turns out that taking into account the angles of the headset and the forks, the distribution of weight and the handlebar turn, the gyroscopic effects are not enough to keep a bike upright after all. What does? We simply don’t know. Forget mysterious dark matter and the inexplicable accelerating expansion of the universe; the bicycle represents a far more embarrassing hole in the accomplishments of physics.

And it may not be solved any time soon; very few researchers are working full-time on bicycle dynamics and there’s very little money in it. Once we’ve discovered exactly how these contraptions work, it might be possible to come up with bold new designs of bicycle – perhaps even better than the Anaconda. But nobody is desperate for that to happen; not even the French.


Why otherwise smart people can send responses that suggest they’ve completely misread your original email.

Why 5 sneezes make you orgasm. Why that specific number? If you sneeze 10 times, is it classed as a multiple orgasm?