These things just... happen.
Ever wonder why breakfast is more important than any other meal? Or perhaps why we laugh when we get tickled? While modern science is expanding human knowledge at an exponential rate, there are still some things that we just don’t know.
For example, Tylenol is one of the most widely used medications on the planet, and researchers know what it does to the body, but the truth is… nobody really knows how. It’s just accepted that Tylenol is great for pain relief and we leave it at that.
The following gallery explores more scientific mysteries that we’ve come to just assume are explained by science…but in reality? We really have no idea…
How general anesthesia works. Doctors have been using general anesthetic for most major surgeries for the last 200 years. It’s revolutionized modern surgery and yet we only have some vague theories as to the mechanism of action. (ResitutorOrbis)
I’m in pharmacy school and it’s surprising how many medications that are out there that we’re still not 100% sure why or how it works. The most surprising that I’ve come across is Tylenol. We know what it’s used for and have theories as to how it works, but from a mechanistic point of view we’re not entirely positive. (ruthwlkns)
It’s never been scientifically proven that each human fingerprint is unique, we’ve just always assumed they were because we’ve never seen two alike, but if I recall correctly there was a false positive ID related to a terrorist attack in Spain. (theboondocksaint)