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People Share Frustrating Things That Still Cannot Be Explained By Science

Why do we dream? Why do we laugh? How does Tylenol work? How vast is the Universe? These are some of the mysteries science has yet to fully unlock.

Strawkennedy asked: What has still not been explained by science?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


Why the brain goes awry.

Basically what triggers all sorts of different neurodegenerative or psychological diseases on a microscopic level. I.e. we know what happens in Alzheimer's disease or Parkinsons (aggregation of proteins, death of neurons, related to some genes etc.), but we do not know what changes occur on a chemicophysiological level to trigger all this, and therefore we don't know how to counteract it.

Rocketgirl333

You might be right. This is an interesting article about what some scientists think may be what triggers Alzheimer's: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2191814-we-may-finally-know-what-causes-alzheimers-and-how-to-stop-it/amp/

the_noise_you_made

I hope someone in these comments is a genius & figures it out. Or thinks they know someone who could figure it out. ALS runs in my family, already took down my mom, and now my aunt has it. Neurodegenerative diseases are the worst.

Cate1128

The mystery of Tylenol.

How Tylenol works.

Studies show that when taking Tylenol you are less empathetic, that means you "feel other people's pain less"

From medicinenet.com:

"The exact mechanism of action of acetaminophen is not known."

"Acetaminophen relieves pain by elevating the pain threshold, that is, by requiring a greater amount of pain to develop before a person feels it."

sonofthesoupnazi

We don't know how a lot of medicine works. We're ok with that though because we know how much will work and how much will kill you.

thenewspoonybard

So, can one take acetaminophen before a movie to prevent uncontrollable crying at emotional scenes?

Asking for a friend....

mobappbrowse

My psychology professor talked about this and genuinely yes

Edit: If I remember correctly (it's been a couple years now), the reason for this was that the parts of your brain responsible for processing physical and emotional pain are in the same area and use similar pathways and mechanisms so acetaminophen just stifles both of them. To a degree, of course; please don't use Tylenol as an antidepressant, then you'll have liver damage and depression.

sappharah

We are ignorant to 95% of the Universe.

Dark matter, dark energy. Most of the universe. Incredible.

Lark_ODonovan

Dark matter especially because while we can figure out that it is there, we can't see it or how it works. Imagine seeing light and feeling heat but not seeing the Sun or being able to detect it.

CreeperIan02

We do have some idea, but much is still unknown.

As far as I'm aware, I don't think we have a clear answer on the role / purpose / function of dreaming.

kchezum

No clear answer indeed but there compelling evidence that dreams are the result of consolidation and pruning of neural networks.

Basically, whenever you do/experience anything, a network of neurons in your brain fire in a certain way (fire means sending electro-chemical impulses). This happens all the time, every sensation is encoded this way, every thought, every action.

We also know that neurons are sensitive to changes in their firing patterns in relation to other neurons in the network. Basically they seek to strengthen connections that keep being used and weaken those that aren't use or introduce noise. This is central to our capacity to learn: practice something a lot and the network will be very efficiently tuned.

However, some things that might be important to retain and strengthen cannot be practiced. Like the memory of an important event. We also know that the brain has a bunch of control system to help determine what is "useful" to reinforce an weaken. Examples of such systems are the reward control loop and the default mode network (involved in emotions and perception of self).

It's thought that during REM sleep (the phase associated with dreams), there is both a consolidation of the networks that are deemed important by the control systems and pruning of stuff that is deemed less relevant. This would result in the nonsensical sequences that we perceived when dreaming, an activation of select memories and feelings with a lot of noise.

There's evidence in favor of this theory as this strengthening and pruning has been observed to happen in a few animal models during REM. However, this is clearly not the whole picture since people who don't dream/have REM sleep as a result of medication or pathology don't experience a measurable loss in memory function.

Anyway, there are lot of theories floating around trying to build on this. Dreams have also been suggested to be a kind of practice run at potential scenarios (running simulations if you will) as much as they're about consolidating past experiences. There's also the link between REM and dreams that is questioned as some have demonstrated that dreams can be provoked outside of REM and that periods or REM sleep are devoid of the activity normally observed in dreaming subject.

So yeah. We have leads on the answers, but nothing solid yet.Same for sleep, our understanding is "everything goes bad if you don't sleep."

Surcouf

seengi

Sleep is our natural state, being awake is just time to refuel and do necessary tasks to facilitate more sleep. At least that's my theory.

skeetsauce

Someone on here once said a similar thing by comparing us to plants and it really shook me. Like, our natural state is trying to stay as still as possible and not use energy. Plants evolved to soak in sun for energy, we evolved to get up and find energy.

Korn_Bread

The Universe is incomprehensibly big.

True extent of space. Mind boggling what could be out there.

mastrochr

Honestly that's what I love about space, it's so f*cking vast we cant even being to conceive what is out there.

Is it like the Truman Show where we just hit a wall at the end and aliens are like sup ?

Or is it endless and ever expanding?

xXKingDadXx

"If you fell outward to the limit of the universe, would you find a board fence and signs reading DEAD END? No. You might find something hard and rounded, as the chick must see the egg from the inside. And if you should peck through the shell (or find a door), what great and torrential light might shine through your opening at the end of space? Might you look through and discover our entire universe is but part of one atom on a blade of grass? Might you be forced to think that by burning a twig you incinerate an eternity of eternities? That existence rises not to one infinite but to an infinity of them?" - Stephen King, The Gunslinger

wukkaz

Everyone is an expert.

How consciousness works.

Lots of great idea's, but surprisingly hard to figure out.

squeeeeenis

Did you see the study that was published last year or so that was neuronal mapping based? It identified a circuit of neurons that wrap around the whole brain and plugs into everything to connect it all. I think it's unique to humans. Not conclusive by long shot, but it made me think of it!

18bees

Problem with that theory is that not all of the brain is even necessary for consciousness. Plenty of people have genetic defects, injury, or surgical procedures that removes or breaks pretty large portions of the brain. Or merely disconnects them from each other, like split-brain patients. Yet they are (presumably) still perfectly conscious.

iwakan

Yet they are (presumably) still perfectly conscious.

Split-brain patients are more than just conscious, they have 2 different consciousnesses. Each half is still conscious but has no idea what the other half is doing and cannot really communicate with it.

Forkrul

What f*cks with me is the idea that maybe I have many consciousnesses inside of me, each thinking that they are the one in control.

forgotmymainagain

Have we been here before?

Déjà vu - there's a number of various theories of what triggers the feeling of one feeling as though they have experienced something previously, but no definitive explanation.

VictorBlimpmuscle

I read a theory once that it happens when we process current stimlus through the part of the brain usually used for recalling memory. Don't know if it's true but it sounds plausible.

Blackmere

That's what I heard. It's like the brain is filing it away in long term memory instead of short term and at the same time recalling it.

thegnight

When you respawn at your last save.

ridger5

Oh, this.

Placebo effect and (medical) hypnosis.

We know they are there. We know they work and are able to use them, but the research to the exact how and why they do isn't completed.

Edit:

Since this exploded a bit overnight: No, I don't believe in magical healing properties nor mind-over-matter-timy-wimy-stuff.

I'm fascinated by the fact that our brain can shape the perception of our surroundings and ourself to an extend where we have to test against that perception. I myself am, depite not being a psychologist of any kind, in a psychology context and so I'm confronted from time to time with these things and get a glimpse of what it could matter for us to understand perception in the means of psychological diseases. Hence why I mentioned placebo and hypnosis together and formulated the advancement of the science behind rather vaguely because I myself am not a scientist in this field and just replicate what my peers reference to me.

Paknoda

Placebo effect is so strong that it can still work even if you know it's a placebo.

ZombieAlpacaLips

Laughter.

Why we laugh.

Not "cause something is funny," but what cause she reaction of opening a mouth and having a variety of non-lingual sounds be emitted.

twss416

So an interesting theory, not yet confirmed but compelling nonetheless, is the Benign Violation theory. Basically we laugh when something violates our expectations (hear a branch snap in the woods, could be a threat) but is in fact benign (oh just a squirrell, pretty funny right?). The laughter signals to nearby humans that whatever unexpected event they witnessed is not dangerous after all. You can apply it to most humor as well, especially edgy humor (what he's saying is innapropriate [violation of social expectations], but he only means it in jest [violation is benign]).

Chazzysnax

This is correct. Laughing is a signal that there is nothing to fear, important for a group of social animals that have experienced a violation.

chuckchewable

Shed no tears.

Giphy

Why we cry. As far as I know there is no scientific explanation for why droplets of water come out of our eyes when we get sad

MiS_Schuey

I've read theories that it's to signal pain which can be used in different ways like triggering empathy so people help you or stopping an attacker. There was a study that showed when men saw a woman crying it changed their hormone levels iirc.

foxiez

That makes the most sense. Seeing somebody cry has an undeniable effect on most people.

readparse

Unless they've taken Tylenol.

Cymraes1

You Googled it, didn't you.

How wombats mange to sh*t squares.

mr_woo_kie

Actually, it seems like scientists solved this one a few months ago: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/19/australia/wombat-cube-poo-intl/index.html

snuggleslut

Lmfao they inflated a balloon in a dead wombats rectum.

PrescriptionCocaine

The Fermi Paradox: where are all the aliens?

Where are they? -Fermi

Cutter7292

Well, it's really a paradox, if you ask me.

SCWatson_Art

It kind of is.

It also remind me of that Arthur C. Clarke quote that I love:

"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

― Arthur C. Clarke

Cutter7292

This is quite the oversimplification.

Not a direct/clear answer to this question, but this reminds me of

the introductory lines of a physics book.
Aristotle said a bunch of stuff that was wrong. Galileo and Newton fixed things up. Then Einstein broke everything again. Now, we've basically got it all worked out, except for small stuff, big stuff, hot stuff, cold stuff, heavy stuff, dark stuff, turbulence, and the concept of time.

Edit: It's from Science: Abridged beyond the point of usefulness, which is not a textbook.

birdvirus

This... is Aristotle. Thought to be the smartest man on the planet. He believed that the Earth was the center of the universe, and everybody believed him, because he was so smart. Until another smartest guy came around, Galileo, and he disproved that theory, making Aristotle and everybody else on Earth look like a... bitch. [Bell rings] 'Course, Galileo then thought comets were an optical illusion, and there was no way that the moon could cause the ocean's tides. Everybody believed that because he was so smart. He was also wrong, making him and everyone else on Earth look like a bitch again! And then, best of all... Sir Isaac Newton gets born, and blows everybody's nips off with his big brains. 'Course, he also thought he could turn metal into gold, and died eating mercury, making him yet another stupid... bitch! Are you seeing a pattern?

bigmikey69er

I thought I understood time once but it turns out I just ate too much shrooms.

Drugs are a hell of a drug.

slowhand88

Why indeed? 

Restricting to physical phenomena only, and fairly understandable ones at that...

Gravity. We can tell you how, where, and how much to fantastic accuracy. What we cannot tell you is why mass causes a curvature of spacetime.

Sleep. Sleep is incredibly well conserved for something which is so much of a detriment, but we cannot give you a definitive answer as to why. We can tell you things that happen when you're asleep, but can't tell you why you need to be asleep to do it.

Big Bang. What caused it? Why does the universe even have a beginning? At this point you have to inevitably ask "what happened before we had time?" and you get into all kinds of trouble.

Alzheimers' Disease. We cannot diagnose it formally until you're dead, and we know beta-amyloid plaques are associated with it. Amyloids are strongly antiviral and antibacterial, so an infectious cause has been chased many times, one group thinks human herpes virus (HHV-6 and HHV-7) has a role to play, as it is known to be found in Alzheimers' brains. We know neurosurgeons have a much higher chance of the disease than others. What causes it? Come back in twenty years.

The Fermi Paradox. Everything we know about cosmology tells us that the galaxy could have been colonised by any intelligent life in a very tiny fraction of the galaxy's own age, even stuck to sub-luminal velocities. The galaxy should be either teeming with life or contain none at all. It doesn't contain none, because Earth.

Shingles. Why does the h. zoster virus reactivate in some people, and not others? Why does it reactivate at all? Why doesn't the immune system react properly to it?

The Higgs Field. Why is it so weak? It should either be "on" and every particle having an enormous mass, or "off" and no particle has any mass. It seems to be "a little bit on" and particles have only a little mass. Why? Nobody has a clue.

Hattix

Have you ever found yourself in an argument so stupid and/or pointless that you were sure you were being punked? Like you keep looking away from the other person to check your surroundings for places Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew could come popping out of?

You're not the only one.

u/Anti-hollowkid asked: What is the dumbest argument you've ever been in?

Brace yourselves, folks. Some of these arguments are breathtakingly bonkers. The sheer number of people who are willing to argue with someone over provable facts and what that other person likes or doesn't like is just ... stunning. It's stunning, you guys. Just not in a good way.

I Know What I Like

Giphy

My wife and I once argued over whether or not I liked mustard on my hot dog. I was for me liking mustard, she was against me liking mustard.

The argument lasted way longer that you could ever imagine it would.

- AardvarkAndy

A Stair Step

My brother and I argued if our staircase had 13 or 14 steps, based on an argument about if the floor of the second floor counts as a stair-step or not. We still have no solution.

- RazerWolf04

My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.

- Apples9308

Saturdays

My husband and I have this thing where we only say "I love you" on Saturdays. Every other day it's "I love you, but only on Saturdays." I don't know how it started, but it's been going for 11 years now.

We're both shiftworkers, so sometimes we have to stop and think what day it actually is. We had an argument recently over whether it was Saturday or not. I said it was Saturday, he said it was Friday. It was Monday.

- FormalMango

Iraq

I remember when I was about 13 my parents had an hour-long shouting match that ended with them almost getting divorced. The issue? Whether or not the nation of Iraq has a coastline.

My mother arguing that Iraq had a coastline, while my stepdad argued that it did not. This was back in 2004, and they are still quite happily married to this day. That incident is something they look back on and laugh about, and both of them admit it was really a pretty stupid thing to argue over.

- dontcryformegiratina

$40

With an ex:

"I owe you $80 for the bills of ours that you pay, and you owe me $40 for the bills of ours that I paid. Here's $40 in cash; we're even."

She did not understand this.

I literally had to go get another $40 out of the ATM, and hand the $80 to her. Then I had her hand me the $40 she owed me.

"Now how much do you have in your hand?"

She still didn't understand.

She somehow has a college degree.

- Speedly

Mini Wheats

When we were kids my brother and I got in a physical fight because he said I like mini wheats and I insisted I didn't. His argument was that I always sang the mini wheats song and I was deeply offended that he wasn't aware that it was just stuck in my head but I hated the cereal. I actually did like the cereal I'm not sure why I was arguing with him about it but I remember how genuinely angry I was.

- shicole3

Crayons

Giphy

I'll tell you about the only legal trouble I've ever been in, the fight that got me arrested. It started over whether we should return a box of crayons or not, and to this day I don't have any idea how it escalated to the point of the cops being called, but they were and I was the one taken in.

- CorrectionalChard

That's Unfair

My boyfriend insisted that when two people are in an argument and one makes a point so reasonable and logical the other one can't disagree with it - it's unfair. I tried, logically and reasonably, to explain several times why that is just winning the argument, proving your point thoroughly and is completely fair.

His answer was that I was being unfair.

- ShyAcorn

Pure Masochism

How the ch in masochism is pronounced. My friend caught me saying "masoKism" while he would say "masoSYism."

To be fair, he grew up speaking French, in which the ch in masochism is pronounced in "his" way. But he insisted that I was the wrong one here and that was just infuriating.

- argofire

Emailing NASA

A woman was adamant that looking at the big solar eclipse on the television was unsafe unless you were wearing glasses. She wouldn't believe us and insisted on emailing NASA to check.

- derawin07

A Non-Standard Ruler? 

I worked for a company that made signs. We had a customer ask for signs that were 7mm wide that were to go on a door. Our sign makers figured the order meant inches because 7mm is pretty small, so made them 7 inches. I got a phone call from the customer who went mad at me for making them the wrong size. So I put a reorder through for 7 mm.

Argued with the sign makers over it but they eventually agreed to do it after I shown them the order in writing. I even had the customer put her complaint in writing, reiterating the size they wanted.

7mm signs went out and a day later I get the customer on the phone literally screaming at me.

Cue the dumb argument - we ended up having an argument over how big a millimetre is, and obviously everyone in the office were laughing, but this customer just wouldn't accept it and said we must be using a non-standard ruler to measure.

Ended up being escalating to the sales department manager who refused to issue a refund. We still don't know what they actually meant.

- Lovelocke

This Unusual Vegan Argument

Was in a pub with a few friends, and some random Dude dropped an ear, and somehow figured I'm vegan. Well, people like him are the reason I usually avoid mentioning it. He came up to me and insisted on starting a discussion about veganism. He claimed that by the end of it, I would be eating meat again.

He listed some stupid arguments, I told him I was not convinced and then tried to keep on drinking beer with my friends. He followed me, and wanted me to "try to convert him to a vegan." I stupidly listed some of my reasons thinking it would make him go away. He told me he still was not convinced, so I was like whatever. Again, I really just wanted to drink beer with my friends.

That dude followed me all night and expected me to try make him vegan. Doesn't matter what I said, and all the reasons that for me are obviously good enough to be vegan. He'd be just like "No, that doesn't convince me, therefore your argument and how you life is stupid."

Didn't matter how often I told him that I honestly don't care; 5 minutes later he would come up to me again "I'm still not vegan, so veganism is stupid, all your arguments were stupid, now give me a good reason to become vegan!" At one point, I was literally yelling at him that I don't give a single flying f about what he eats and why, that it's in no way my responsibility to "turn somebody vegan" and in no way his business what I eat.

Honestly, for that dude, I would have bought a whole ham, just to shove it up his stupid annoying face.

- onlytruebertos

Monty Python

In college my roommate and I argued about a line in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The scene with the Black Knight where the line "Alright, we'll call it a draw" is uttered. We argued about who said that line, whether it was King Arthur or the Black Knight.

It went on for hours longer than it should have because I was stubborn and refused to admit I was wrong.

- Skrivus

Albert or Arnold

Giphy

Whether Albert Einstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger would be more useful to have around during a Zombie apocalypse. How on earth would Albert Einstein come in handy!?

- Gerrard1995

Below Sea Level

I live on an island and when you go upland and you look out the sea looks like it's higher than or on the same level as the land. It's just a weird perspective thing because of the horizon. One day some kid says that it's because the island is under sea level.


I'm like wtf bro all of us would be with the fishes. He argues that no that's not true and if I just go upland I'll see. We then spend a good 5 minutes of my time arguing about it until I decided to leave this kid in his stupidity. He even said we shouldn't believe everything adults tell us and sometimes we need to think for ourselves.

This kid was older than me and was going to a good school. Lost my respect for him ever since then.

- -justforclout-

Tomash

Someone tried to fight with me over how to spell my name.

Now, my name is in a lot of languages with slightly different spellings. I would have accepted any of those spellings, but this one was just... Not even close. It didn't make any logical sense.


An analogous example is if my name was Thomas and someone was insisting it was spelled Tomash. And not just the name Thomas in general, but that me specifically, on my birth certificate, was named Tomash. I know how to spell my own name.

I swear to god, it went on for like an hour.

- TK-DuVeraun

Whales Are Mammals

I was in an online chat room one day, and we were talking about whales. I commented on how whales are mammals and the next thing you know, someone was arguing with me and trying to convince me that a whale was a fish.

- kawaii_psycho451

Microwaves

Stupid microwaves. Having a man child talk down to me about how microwaves work only for him to google it and prove me right. He slept on the sofa that night.

- sun_phobic

Shower Schedule

My friend keeps telling me that the norm is that a person should shower once a week. This has been going on for years. I'm almost convinced he's trolling me.

- LibrarianGovernment

No Balloons For Grandma

My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky.

He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space. Releasing balloons is terrible for the environment and kills/harms so much wildlife.

He got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.

- Dskee02

Spontaneous Dolphin Existence

Giphy

How dolphins reproduced. It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence. The argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures.

Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day.

- thebeststory

Male Chickens

I repeatedly had the argument with a friend over whether roosters were chickens. She was convinced that only the females were chickens (hens). We were 18 at the time.

- bee_zah

Lightning McQueen

Me and my friend were drinking underage, we ended up in an argument of whether lightning McQueen's eyes were blue or green. Somehow throughout the whole thing both of us never thought to straight up google a picture.

- 23071115

But ... Ice Floats

Waiter/Host here.

Woman wanted ice on the bottom of her drink.

Now read that sentence again and try to imagine arguing with that particular brand of stupid.

- FarWoods

Time Zones Exist

Coworker claimed that it was the same time of day and the same season on the whole globe. Had to get 4 coworkers to confirm to him that time zones do in fact exist.

- JustARegularToaster

Colorblind

My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.

"Hey could you hand me that red _____?"

"that's orange"

"no, it's red"

"orange"

"YOU CANT EVEN KNOW"

It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.

- droneb2hive

Andre 2000?

Giphy

I'm late, but I saw this question and instantly remembered that I was booted from a Facebook group because I called someone out on a lie that was not only bull, but extremely pointless. She was friends with the moderator and they made the case that my argument over such a little lie was more of a problem than the lie itself (though they didn't refer to it as a lie.)


The woman said that she used to babysit for Andre 3000 and that his name was Andre 2000 - but he changed it after the year 2000 had passed. This was so easily disproven it was ridiculous. Their debut album came out in 1994 and he was already going by Andre 3000 at that time.

The argument wasn't a huge long drawn out thing, but the fact that either of us were on Facebook at separate times meant that the responses were over a long period of time so this argument lasted a few days.

It was stupid.

- P1ST0L_Wh1PP3D

Stars Like Our Sun

I was arguing with my grandpa about stars he didn't believe that there are other stars like our sun. Basically he thought there is only the sun, the moon and the earth.

fox_boi2

Richard Nixon

I have a degree in history. I mostly focused on nationalism. Wrote a 50 page paper on it and Richard Nixon with around 50 100 sources. Looked at micro film for hours on end. Part of the paper focused on how Nixon being chair of the house committee of Unamerican Activities was used as a powerful weapon to use against political enemies. It also inspired Joe McCarthy. Have had people tell me I was wrong and Nixon was never elected to a position besides the president and Joe McCarthy came before Nixon. I stopped trying to talk history to people.


I also know quite a bit about the history of the Balkans its amazing how many Serbs refuse to believe Tito did anything wrong.

Wrote 100 page paper on nationalism in Israel. Its frustrating to talk about because for some reason a lot of people think Palestinian firing rockets randomly into Israel is ok but if Israel retaliates the people get up in arms over a targeted air strike that kills 3 people.

grumblecakes1

Balloon to Heaven

My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky. He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space.

And he got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.

Dskee02

Binder Clips

I got into an argument with a co-worker over how we were attaching two pages of a letter together: small binder clips or paper clips.

He felt that paper clips would leave a "dent" in the paper when removed, but binder clips won't. He refused to staple them together. I felt that binder clips would also leave a "dent", so we might as well just use the paper clips.

It ended with him saying: "Do what you want [me], I don't care!" and storming off.

justantherredditgirl

Jewish

Once got accused of faking being Jewish. Why? I have no clue. We argued over the course of a month, any time I'd bring it up and she heard about it, she'd begin going after me for "faking it".

My mother's side is ethnically Jewish. Grandparents were practicing.

Aslkurloz

Nutella

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3 friends and I once got into an argument about how to pronounce Nutella. It lasted for about 3-4 months. It was hilarious how serious we took it, it'd get heated but never for real serious.

I think someone even called the company that made it to check, or that may have been for the Cheetos company. We were really bored in high school.

vault_tec_redditor

Lingerie Boxes

Late to the party, but there it is.

I'm a manager at a small store. We're only 4 working there, so my team and I grew very close and we joke around a lot. Once during a slow shift, my employee and I had an argument because we were looking at the lingerie boxes, and I thought that two specific boxes had the same woman on it, but she was 100% positive they weren't the same person.

Looking back, I don't know why it was such a big deal to us at the time, but we even called another employee who lives across the street to come and tell us what the heck was up with that. Turns out I was right, and she was pretty salty about it. It was a great night.

Meh75

Wicked Witch of the West

I almost got into an argument with an old girlfriend over Glinda the good witch from Oz. She insisted that Glinda was manipulating Dorothy to assassinate the Wicked Witch of the West and convince the Wizard to leave to create a political void she could fill.

I conceded the issue when I heard the whole premise because I thought it was too damn stupid to get worked up over.

weirdatwork2017

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Just the other day I legit got in an argument with my co-workers on why I don't like my butt being grabbed by anyone (I'm a guy). Seriously.

They went on about "I don't mind it. Mike and I do it all the time and we don't care." Yeah, that's nice dude, but I'm not you, and there's something called "Keep your hands to yourself" (which was taught to a good portion of us growing up). Just like how Karen wouldn't like it if I touched her boobs or her grabbing your crotch or frankly ANY area you wouldn't like being grabbed, keep away. In general, you should not be touching me in any areas after I've told you not to several times before.

So unless you're sleeping me or dating me, keep your damn hands off my toosh.

Frisby2007

Telekinesis

My best friend and I argued over whether or not telekinesis was possible. Her argument was that humans don't yet know what the human brain at 100% usage was capable of, and that telekinesis was inside the possibilities.

I said the brain does use 100%, just at different times.

We didn't speak to each other for four days.

dude_bizarro

Ghosts

How dolphins reproduced and whether or not ghost existed (back to back with the same person). It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence (the argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures).


How it shifted to the existence of ghosts is a solid and reasonable question to ask (I don't remember why). I had to then proceed to tell her that ghost hunting TV shows do not constitute as undeniable evidence.

Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day. This was in high school SO... hopefully she was kidding.

thebeststory

Dogs and Chocolate

Giphy

I told this stupid woman that chocolate is toxic to dogs. She went on to tell me how a little bit will just make them hyper and then they will calm down. I told her to google it. Her and her bf shut right up. Now they have a kid. Good luck, Jeremy and Andrea. morons.

I should also add that this argument started because Jeremy was giving his tiny dog chocolate and I told him it was toxic.

KlutzyHedgehog

Is water wet?

My roommate and I have a recurring argument over whether or not water is wet l, and whether or not a person is considered wet underwater.

For the record, it is no to both questions.

SFCopperhead

Mission Trip

A kid a church telling me about the mission trip I went on. Not only was I not on that trip, but I had never been on any mission trip. We were good friends, so it's not like he would've mistaken someone else for me.

He insisted I was there as if an entire week long trip would just fall out of my memory. He even had stories of things we'd done together. I'm not sure if he thought I was lying, joking, stupid, or crazy, but I was pretty sure he was some combination thereof.

SirRogers

Dragon Tales

One time I got into a shouting match with my mom and little brother in the car. The issue? The names of the two-headed dragon from the PBS kids afternoon show Dragon Tales. I swore it was Zack and Macie.

It was actually Zak and Wheezie. I don't even remember why we were yelling about it.

MistalQueensglaive

Green Or Yellow?

When I was about 15 or so my mother and I spent about 20-30 minutes arguing about the color of a shirt. We agreed it was blue/green, but to me it was just a shade more blue, while to her it was just a bit more green.

Turns out, your eyeballs yellow as you age and hers were 24 years yellower than mine, so I think that skewed her color vision.

BugsRatty

Stars In Their Multitude

Giphy

I once got in an argument over whether or not a line from the song "Stars" in Les Mis says "...but mine is the way of the lord" or "mine is the way of the law".

I didn't even really care what he thought but he was so adamant and cocky that it got me heated. By the end of it we were shouting at each other and I had to apologize, which I think is what he wanted the whole time.

theedjman

Colorblind

My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.

"Hey could you hand me that red _____?" "that's orange" "no, it's red" "orange" "YOU CANT EVEN KNOW".

It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.

droneb2hive

Hot Water

About five years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) once had a very intense argument about whether or not hot water cleaned things better than cold water.

She genuinely believed that water temperature didn't matter. This is someone who has not one, but two masters degrees.

We argued for something like 2 hours, and we seriously almost broke up over the whole thing.

moniker5000

Biology Class

I had an argument with a girl IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOLOGY CLASS in high school about how humans are not mammals. She thought a human was a human and we are not mammals because "mammals are animals and humans are not animals"

I tried explaining to her the difference between reptiles and mammals and how humans fall under the mammal category to try and educate her... but she just wouldn't listen.

I still have no idea why the BIOLOGY teacher did not get involved...

10d4plus8

Solid Or Liquid?

Some classmates and I got into a heated debate as to whether or not the human body could count as a soup, salad, or sandwich. The teacher got mad at us, but hey! All we were doing was watching a movie.

For the record, my logic lays with soup- Liquid contained within a solid, at a hot temperature.

ScreamingPotoo