Counterintuitive truths




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.


Pretty much everything having to do with transfinite cardinals.


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.


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.


I feel this way about gravity. Thankfully, gravity is actually a confusing thing once you get into the nitty gritty.


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?


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?


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.


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.


Platypuses. Platypi. Platypodes. Them things…

A whole big parcel of WTF. That’s what they should be called.

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