#1 By: Cory Doctorow, October 15th, 2013 20:09
#2 By: Mike Andrews, October 15th, 2013 22:26
Even pilots have a hard time grokking how variable pitch propellers work.
Then there are long hangar conversations about to set pitch and RPM... and most old timers have it wrong.
#3 By: Anthony Vicari, October 15th, 2013 23:03
Pretty much everything having to do with transfinite cardinals.
#4 By: FoolishOwl, October 15th, 2013 23:08
As was mentioned early in that thread: radio waves, especially as applied to wireless data transmission. I've read the theory, I observe it applied about a bajillion times a day, and yet some part of me is still blabbergasted that megabytes of data can be transferred to my phone, in order, without error, in seconds, from a gadget on a shelf in another room.
#5 By: Inquiry, October 16th, 2013 00:51
Death is something that once I began to obsess over it in the 7th grade I have never stopped. Fricking On A Pale Horse did not help. It was too late anyways. I had begun my poseur-suburbia-wanna-punk-goth-shennanigans. I talked about death, dying, corpses, the ever-after and the lot until the end of the 11th grade.
Thank you kindly, Mudhoney.
But death is still something I contemplate multiple times a day. It has never stopped clicking-clicking-clicking the top of my spine.
#6 By: Derek Young, October 16th, 2013 09:50
I feel this way about gravity. Thankfully, gravity is actually a confusing thing once you get into the nitty gritty.
#7 By: phuzz, October 16th, 2013 12:51
Don't most things become intuitive once you learn about them? The quantum physics I learned at uni seems like common sense to me.
For example; of course a sub-atomic particle is going to exist as a supposition of states, that's just what they do right?
You want to know why? Well, that's the best bit about science, nobody has worked that out yet, exciting no?
#8 By: Bob Seidensticker, October 17th, 2013 01:48
How the exhaust from the combustion chamber in a jet engine goes in one direction only--out the back. Why wouldn't it push equally on the front turbine and the back turbine?
#9 By: Brian Sizemore, October 17th, 2013 21:48
That Reddit is a popular site even though it has (what I think) is a horrible interface reminiscent of a 90's era BBS.
As far as real truths...that physical laws can't be broken simply because we haven't yet found a way to break them. People died of radiation poisoning before we knew what it was, that doesn't mean it was any less dangerous or real.
#10 By: awjt, October 17th, 2013 21:59
Dude. Women. How the F do they work?!?!? I have been studying them, with an amazingly high failure rate, since I was about 3 years old, and I am still coming up with ?????? __ ???????? Total mystery.
#11 By: Smash Martian, October 17th, 2013 23:29
Platypuses. Platypi. Platypodes. Them things...
A whole big parcel of WTF. That's what they should be called.
#12 By: Cory Doctorow, October 20th, 2013 20:09
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