One of the world’s age-old mysteries: why does Swiss cheese have holes?
It’s actually kinda shocking we didn’t know this already — but as it turns out, there are PLENTY of other normal-seeming things we have no clue as to how or why they do stuff. We’ll get to those in a minute.
For now, though… here’s the answer to life’s biggest riddle (about a cheese):
That’s right. It’s not CO2 releasing bacteria like idiots first thought. Hay. The stuff cows eat. It took a century to figure this out, and we’re not even kidding. It was 1917 when the CO2 idea was brought up.
Luckily it was the home team that made the discovery, too. Can you imagine if some country other than Switzerland cracked the mystery? That would’ve been terrible. We’re glad that didn’t happen, and it WAS the Swiss that figured out why the holes appear in cheeses like emmental and appenzell.
Did you also know that over the years the holes have become smaller, or in some cases have been disappearing completely? That’s because of buckets. No joke. New technology has replaced regular old hay-particle-allowing buckets with sealed milking machines.
And there you have it. Now here are NINE other seemingly easy things that science can’t explain:
Did you just yawn, looking at that GIF?
I hope so, otherwise Luther would probably categorize you as a sociopath during an interrogation.
ANYWAY, science has no real good explanation for why we yawn. Is it to cool down our overworked brains? To increase oxygen intake when we’re tired? Your guess is as good as mine — probably not as good as science’s, but they have data and stuff.
Whatever the reason: why is it also seemingly contagious?
Water is pretty much the weirdest substance on the planet — which is even weirder because of how much of it there is, how we need to drink it, and how we’re all made up of it.
And yet science can’t really get a firm grasp on it.
Water just doesn’t behave normally.
Liquids, usually, decrease in volume when they freeze. Water? Water expands. Ice cubes float because of this, meaning that for some reason the frozen form is actually lighter than the liquid form. And science has no idea why.
Is that all? Nope. Hot water freezes faster than cold water. Why?
Who knows? Not science.
Plants are all around us — so surely we’ve got them figured out, right?
Nope. Why can some plants communicate? Why can some DO MATH?
That’s right, they do complex calculations on how much starch they have to survive the night and ration their use based on that — because plants only make food in the sunlight. They aren’t conscious or anything, though, all of this happens automatically. We just don’t know how.
And despite not being conscious beings, they can communicate as well. That smell that warms your heart after a freshly mowed lawn? That scent is the grass communicating that it’s wounded.
You’re disgusting for liking it.
4. WHY MOST PEOPLE ARE RIGHT HANDED
Why is it that about 85% of the population is right handed?
” \_(^-^)_/ ” – Science.
Some people think limb dominance has been a part of animals for billions of years. Did ours start because we started walking on two feet, freeing up our hands to make tools and sh*t? It certainly probably made it stronger, but we just can’t figure out why it happened at all… and why most of us are right handed.
Some argue it’s because of language. Being right-handed is a left-brain controlled thing, along with language. So if the left side of the brain pumped up from language, strength in using the right hand might have been a side effect.
Maybe. Who knows.
There’s very little deficit — if any at all — to being left handed, which makes figuring it out even harder.
If science can agree on one thing, is that they can’t really agree on things. Especially why we sleep.
Is it because your brain needs to drop all the useless sh*t it picked up during the day so it doesn’t get overloaded? Maybe it’s because the brain needs to sleep to HOLD ON to the stuff that is important?
Has to be one of those two, right? Nope. Plants have a dormant state that’s basically sleep, and they don’t have brains. Plus, some humans can go with very little… to no sleep.
6. CATS PURRING
Is it because they’re happy? Are they content? Are they showing dominance in the cutest way ever, claiming you?
Cats even purr when they’re hungry, injured, or frightened. Is it just a soothing thing in stressful situation?
Who knows? Not science! Maybe cats are just f***ing with us.
Specifically, why does it take more genes to make a tomato than it does to make a human?
That sh*t makes NO sense. Tomatoes can’t even drive a car or cry alone in a bathroom.
Tomatoes have more than 30,000 genes while humans have between 20,000 – 30,000. Why? Is there something tomatoes know that we don’t? Probably.
Is that pill you’re about to take really going to help? If you believe it will, it probably will — even if it’s made completely out of sugar and is actually a Smarties candy.
The placebo effect is enormous, and it’s real.
And science has no idea why. The mind is a powerful thing.
Why do magnets always have a north and south pole? Why are they so f***ing magical?
Specifically: go ahead and divide a magnet in half. Then do it again. And again.
EACH PIECE has a north and south pole. Why? WHHHHHY?? Monopoles should exist — and do in labs — but why aren’t there any being found in nature?
I guess we’ll just have to leave these miracles up to ICP to figure out.