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12 Natural Phenomena Scientists Can’t Explain

As we continue to grow in our scientific knowledge of the planet, there’s still so much of the universe that needs explaining. Mankind can be humbled and inspired by these crazy unexplained phenomena, that leave even scientists scratching their heads. 

1. The Hum

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

This phenomenon, reported worldwide, is a low-frequency hum or droning sound, unexplained by science. The source of this noise remains unknown but fortunately only 2% of the world are able to hear it.

 

2. Synchronized Firefly Light

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

A species of glowing beetles known as Synchronous fireflies, indigenous to Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains, are a rare and striking sight. They have the unique ability to synchronize their blinking. How they are able to do this is still not known.

 

3. Naga Fireballs

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

An occurrence in both Thailand and Laos, there are reports of glowing red orbs that rise from the famous Mekong River. Several thousand fireballs supposedly rise a few hundred meters high, and then disappear. A case that defies explanation.

 

4. Singing Whales

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

Did you know that humpback whales have a unique talent? They can sing and can even teach each other songs. It was once considered part of the mating ritual but that myth has been debunked, and the phenomena remains unexplained.

 

5. The Silent Zone

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

Outside Durango, Mexico the Mapimi Silent Zone is distinguished for its utter lack of noise. This bizarre silent area is also noted for its ability to attract things meant for the sky such as Apollo boosers, test miles, and meteorites. 

 

6. Bigfoot, Sasquatch & The Yeti

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

A fan favorite among conspiracy theory enthusiasts, this persistent myth of a recluse giant ape species has many sightings. Scientists remain skeptical due to a lack of physical proof.

 

7. Cats Purring

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

A creature closer to home, cats, are largely understood animals with their hallmark body language documented. However, their pastime of purring seems to baffle professionals. While most people think of it as a sign of a happy cat, cats purr at other times such as when petted, eating or even giving birth.

 

8. Fish from the Sky

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

Like manna from heaven, creatures falling from the sky seems like a thing of fantasy or divinity, not from reports as recent as 2000. During a large storm Ethiopians enjoyed a rainfall of thousands of fish, while scientists speculate the power of the wind was at play, it’s still pretty phenomenal.

 

9. Suicidal Whales

While it is known that there are many cases of beached whales, what is often not mentioned is that there is evidence that these whales are doing it on purpose. While we have no clue why whales are suicidal, it seems likely to continue since this evolutionary phenomenon has been documented for thousands of years.

 

10. The Loch Ness Monster

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

Affectionetly called Nessie by the locals, much like Sasquatch, there is little proof that this infamous water creature even exists. Attracting thousands of visitors and amateur documentarians,  this legendary Scottish loch continues to mystify with its purported inhabitants.

 

11. Earthquake Light

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For centuries, people have noted luminous activity in the sky before volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. There's much speculation as to why these two unrelated disasters emit the same striking light effect. This century old occurrence was first captured on film in the 1960s. Ever since then scientists have been working on finding a reason why. 

 

12. Fairy Circles

Weird Science: 12 Phenomena That Scientists Can’t Explain

A phenomenon unique to the grasslands of southern Africa, decorating the landscape en masse these large circular areas feature no plantlife and are encircled by grass. These circles form mysteriously with diameters as large as 15 meters and continue to stump the scientific community.

 
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