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Mind-Bending Things On Earth

Below is a collection of the most bizarre, fascinating, and unbelievable things I’ve encountered while watching documentaries, reading books, talking to interesting people, basically living my life.

I promise to update it with any new bizarre and cool things I discover.

I hope you enjoy it.

If you have something I should add to the list, tell me in the comments. See you there!

Impossible To Fly….Until They Did It

Before the Wright brothers flew a machine through the air, scientists said it was not scientifically possible. The majority of people fell for this fallacy called an appeal to authority (ie the general public simply believe the experts until two men decided not to.) Be skeptical when listing to the “experts”. In my own experience, if there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s that we’re wrong about most things, if not everything.

Cigarettes To Cure Asthma

Doctors prescribed cigarettes to cure asthma. This was very popular and even remedies with tobacco were sold over the counter (The Cigarette Century). During routine visits, it was not uncommon for a doctor to offer a cigarette to a patient including a pregnant woman.

Mandela Effect

When a large portion of the population misremembers something common. Some examples are:

  • Fruit of the loom (do you remember a basket behind the fruits? there never was)
  • Monopoly Man (does not have an eyepiece)
  • Disney movie intro (do you remember Tinkerbell flying around? Apparently that never happened)
  • Frosty the snowman (did not have a scarf)

When Crying Doesn’t Equal Pain

Doctors didn’t think babies feel pain. Even as they heard gut-wrenching cries during circumcision sometimes causing the infant to passout. (American Circumcision, Netflix)

Double Slit Experiment

This is the single most bizarre and crazy thing I’ve heard in my entire life and, to me, proves we are living in a simulation. An atom changes from a wave to a single particle only when humans are observing it. In other words, turn your back and that atom is in a wave, but when you turn around to observe the atom (with your measurement instruments) it changes to a single atom. This one is hard to explain in words, please search YouTube for an explainer video.

RIP Stanley Meyers

The inventor of the water-fueled car in the 1990s and apparently died of a brain aneurism (says coroner) while yelling he was poisoned during a meeting with two potential Belgian investors.

McGurk Effect

Your ears trick you into hearing the word that you’re looking at even if a different sound is being produced. Watch this.

The Tragic David Reimer Story

After his penis was cut off accidentally during circumcision, a professional decision was made to raise him as a girl. Knowing something was seriously off in middle school, his parents eventually told “her” that she was actually born a boy. In her teenage years, “she” decided to continue her life as a boy. At 25, he married a woman. At 38 years old, he killed himself, two days after his wife told him that she wanted a divorce. Apparently, this (raising a child differently from their biological sex) is not a one-time occurrence.

Benford’s Law

If you have a random set of numbers in the real world, you’d think they’d be evenly distributed, right? For example, roughly 10% starting with 1, 10% starting with 2, and so on? You’d be wrong. The beginning value (ie the first number) is predictable and they are not evenly distrusted evenly at 10%. Instead, they always follow the following pattern:

  • 30% of numbers will start with a “1”
  • 18% of numbers will start with a “2”
  • 13% of numbers will start with a “3”
  • 10% of numbers will start with a “4”
  • 8% of numbers will start with a “5”
  • 7% of numbers will start with a “6”
  • 6% of numbers will start with a “7”
  • 5% of numbers will start with a “8”
  • <5% of numbers will start with a “9”

This is being looked at during the 2020 presidential fraud claims. And the IRS uses this statistical analysis to detect tax cheats.

Amazon Tall Tower Observatory

Credit: https://www.attoproject.org/about-atto/basics/

A 325m / 1,066ft tall and thin metal tower in the middle of the Amazon rain forest.

Primitive Precision Stonecutting

Someone, please explain to me how primitive Earthlings were able to cut stone so precisely?

Honorary Most Bizarre Mentions

The wife of Match.com Founder divorced him for someone she met on his dating platform.

Sierra Club supported biomass as an alternative energy source which is trees turned into woodchips and burned in huge furnaces creating lots of air pollution while killing biodiversity by razing huge swaths of trees (Michael More, Planet of the Humans). They no longer support this for obvious reasons.

Lobotomy was a miracle cure for mental health issues in the 1950s. We now know this procedure removes all personality and you get the living dead.

Jeffrey Epstein – Highly controversial man who allegedly was deeply involved in sex trafficking apparently died by suicide (says coroner) even though muscles in his neck would not be broken by suicide, the guard happened to be asleep, and the camera happened to not be working.

I will keep this blog up-to-date based on future bizarre and interesting things I learn about.

 

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In 2015, Danny got fired from Airbnb. Just two years later, he started two successful businesses and wrote a best-selling book. Since then, he's become a bodybuilding, location-independent, minimalist traveling the world while living in Airbnbs. He describes himself as a skeptic, contrarian, and expert cuddler. In his spare time he reads, cooks, and plays basketball. Follow his journey on Instagram or YouTube.


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