People Reveal What Shouldn't Exist But Somehow Does
You ever look at something and just think, "....how?"
The world is a mess of contradictions and logical fallacies. We exist in a plane of things that should not. What are some of those things, you ask?
Here were some of those answers.
That lever Kronk pulls when Yzma tells him to "pull the lever!" Why did they even have that lever?
Accidental Bodies Of Water
The Salton Sea, California's largest lake.
The most recent inflow of water from the now heavily controlled Colorado River was accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development Company in 1905. In an effort to increase water flow into the area for farming, irrigation canals were dug from the Colorado River into the valley. The canals suffered silt buildup, so a cut was made in the bank of the Colorado River to further increase the water flow. The resulting outflow overwhelmed the engineered canal, and the river flowed into the Salton Basin for two years, filling the historic dry lake bed and creating the modern sea, before repairs were completed.
The sea has occurred naturally several times in the past, but its current iteration is an accident.
Tailgating WITH BRIGHTS
Those super bright headlights that temporarily blind you if you're going opposite ways or continuously blind you if they are driving behind you. Awful.
This makes me think: we could make headlights that produce polarized light fairly easily, and apply a polarized film to windshields that is partially out of phase (so that the drivers can still see the lights), allowing us to have really bright headlights that aren't really bright to other drivers.
Let's get on this auto makers!
Smelling A Scam From Miles Away
MLM scams. I got tricked into one of those once. I had gotten laid off from my job and as a requirement for me to continue to receive unemployment I had to meet with a caseworker once a month and she would work with me on "job hunting skills" One of the requirements was that I post my resume on the state workforce website.
Well, one day I get a call out of the blue from this guy claiming he just opened a business that was something related to my field and he saw my degree and my age and said I would be an excellent candidate for one of his entry-level professional positions. Something seemed kind of off because he was being vague and wouldn't state the name of the company and he also kept me on the phone pretty long for it just being a call to set up an interview. It seemed kinda red flag-y but when he gave me an address, I googled it to make sure it was a business and not some private residence. It was in a shopping center so I thought "f*ck it, can't hurt to go. At least I won't be murdered."
I get there and it's a relatively empty office with only 2 or 3 other people present in the building. Guy claimed it was because "the company was new" so there weren't a lot of decor or files around yet. As the interview went on, I noticed the guy was talking more and more about the company and wasn't actually interviewing me. The interview sounded more like a sales pitch. I ended up there for over an hour, just listening to him go on and on about this "great opportunity." He wouldn't let me get a word in.
At some point he pulled out my "training folders" and he tried to hand them to me. I looked down at them and asked: " Am I hired? What about pay? What would my schedule be? I am sorry I am kind of confused." He picked them up and tried to hand me the folders again assuring me "Of course you are, you are a perfect fit! I just need you to sign some forms in here." Didn't answer any of my questions. He was pretty forceful trying to place these folders in my hand. I refused to take them by suddenly grabbing my purse, pulled out my phone, pretended like it was vibrating and said: "Oh sh*t, I have to take this" and literally ran out of the office. I ran to my car and left.
Of course, the guy called me back like 5 times after I literally cursed in front of him and ran out of the interview. I ended up blocking the number.
Objects In Mirror May Be Less Cute Than They AppearGiphy
Koalas are f*cking horrible animals. They have one of the smallest brain to body ratios of any mammal, additionally - their brains are smooth. A brain is folded to increase the surface area for neurons. If you present a koala with leaves plucked from a branch, laid on a flat surface, the koala will not recognize it as food. They are too thick to adapt their feeding behaviour to cope with change. In a room full of potential food, they can literally starve to death.
This is not the token of an animal that is winning at life. Speaking of stupidity and food, one of the likely reasons for their primitive brains is the fact that additionally to being poisonous, eucalyptus leaves (the only thing they eat) have almost no nutritional value. They can't afford the extra energy to think, they sleep more than 80% of their f*cking lives. When they are awake all they do is eat, sh*t and occasionally scream like f*cking satan. Because eucalyptus leaves hold such little nutritional value, koalas have to ferment the leaves in their guts for days on end. Unlike their brains, they have the largest hind gut to body ratio of any mammal. Many herbivorous mammals have adaptations to cope with harsh plant life taking its toll on their teeth, rodents for instance have teeth that never stop growing, some animals only have teeth on their lower jaw, grinding plant matter on bony plates in the tops of their mouths, others have enlarged molars that distribute the wear and break down plant matter more efficiently... Koalas are no exception, when their teeth erode down to nothing, they resolve the situation by starving to death, because they're f*cking terrible animals.
How Do People Not Fall Off
I remember around '07 I stumbled on a "Flat Earther" site and it seemed like it was being done as obvious satire. The idea that there's a huge "ice wall" encircling our planet that is filled with the shadow government just seemed patently ridiculous.
Now that sh*t's everywhere.
Dude, cockroaches will survive a nuclear winter if they had to. I swear i went to war when i found some in my apartment, they're not subtle like spiders or other bugs they scurry around and do it fast. I was trying to squash one and i swear to god he jumped at my face like i was a dragon and he was a dragon slayer. He survived that jump but got squashed 10 minutes later.
Stop This, Brain
That little voice on the back of your head that tells you to jump when you stand on the edge of a cliff
Like... why brain?
Brain: put in eye?
Brain: Put in eye???
Holocaust deniers. It's a crime in Germany to deny the Holocaust.
I just don't understand the deniers reasoning. Have they not seen the photos, videos, been to the concentration camps? There are many people still alive today who lived through that horror that have given their personal stories. I can wrap my head around some crazy dude not thinking a school shooting happened or 9/11 was an inside job or whatever else, but denying the Holocaust just doesn't make sense. It was a global event affecting millions of people, they're all lying are you're right? The f*ck?
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For Christmas my dad got me a bluetooth frisbee that's supposed to connect to your phone and play music. It doesn't make any sense to me why this thing seemed like a good idea to make. Its heavy, it sounds like crap, you're supposed to throw this speaker that supposedly playing music you like away from you when you get it + it's limited on how far you can throw it because it's connected to your phone. Also it's hard to carry because it's so big so it wouldn't even be fun to bring anywhere even if you need a bluetooth speaker. Whyyy!!
Astronomer here! Matter in the universe. To explain, it's relatively well understood in physics that you can get matter created so long as an antimatter particle gets created along with it. The two then basically immediately annihilate each other, so no worries. However, it's pretty obvious that this did not happen in the Big Bang- we obviously had more normal matter created than antimatter else it all would have been annihilated and we wouldn't be here. Why?
This is the problem called baryonic asymmetry, and is one of the most interesting questions at the merger of particle and astrophysics.
Edit: a lot of questions about if the antimatter could in fact be out there and we just haven't discovered it. I mean, it's a bit universe, so maybe! It gets harder to figure out what galaxies super far away are made of though because the spectra of those antimatter objects would be chemically the same as normal matter. And, of course, if all the antimatter from the beginning is now hanging out outside our observable universe, we would have no way of knowing about it.
People also study this via particles flying all over the universe known as cosmic rays, which originated from places like the sun, or a supernova, or a black hole jet, or a myriad of other ways, and eventually reach Earth. It turns out 1% of all cosmic rays are positrons, aka the anti-electron, likely through various exotic processes. So, if antimatter exists in large amounts, it doesn't appear to be like that in our neck of the woods.
It's a super fun topic to think about!
More Republican Garbage
The need for "the wounded warrior project". I understand, the wounded soldiers need help, but it is our government's responsibility. No soldier, wounded in service to our country should ever want or need anything. The thought that a piece of garbage like Paul Ryan will collect a huge, un-earned pension, and our wounded are resigned to charities in order to survive is one of the biggest shame.
This One's TopicalGiphy
I know, we all laugh every time we hear the term but it's a serious issue and the implications it could have on a country's legal system is vast and many many years down the road,humanity itself.
When an unverified source is trusted without any fact checking or when the meaning of fake news changes with every passing case or even when fake news is just what is expected of the media, information gets stagnant and this spells the downfall of modern civilization.
I'm just rambling now, don't read into this too much. just some unorganized thoughts.
Capitalism Vs. Tradition
The big-box store "it's always the next holiday" mentality, where they keep shelves constantly stocked in preparation for the next big thing. Christmas is barely over, and out pops the Valentine's Day stuff. As soon as Valentine's Day is here, everything's EASTER. Then when Easter passes, we're already setting up fireworks tents for July 4th. 30 seconds after the fireworks fade, we're ramping up for Halloween. And then Thanksgiving and Black Friday. And then before you know it, it's Christmas again, and deep down, everyone is wondering where the fuck the year went.
Every single major American holiday has become an exercise in consumerism. It feels like a mechanism, that our whole culture is caught up in. It didn't used to be this way.
There's A Reason They're Called "Broke"ers
Real estate agents, or at least their fees. I bought my place years ago. What did I get for my $6k+? They gave me access to a website where I found my own listings. They called ahead to another agent who met me there to make sure I didn't trash the place. Negotiated something I could have negotiated on my own. The real work was done by the home inspector, title company (also grossly overpaid), etc... The whole thing is a sham, and I can't wait to see it crumble to ashes.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.