We do NOT know: What animal is the closest living relative of the ancestor of all mammals. Current best guess: the aardvark. Who the first people to arrive in North America were. Could be the Clovis people.
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Maybe the Denisovans. Possibly the Polynesians. Recently, Chinese maps suggest they came to America in , or possibly visited here in BC. Believe it or not, the Athabasca Indians of Alaska and the Navajo of the Southwest can converse in their own languages with each other. Between about and BC the greatest civilizations in the West — Egypt, Greece, and the Hittites — all collapsed. Pretty much from the time of Eratosthenes in BC, no respectable Greek thinker ever suggested the Earth was anything by round.
What the hell are the hundreds of huge jars for in the Plain of Jars? We know there is a huge lake, Lake Vostok, two and a half miles below the surface of Antarctica. We have no idea what if any creatures live there. When did humans first reach Australia? No clue. You may have heard this one.
How do bumblebees manage to fly? Here is my personal favorite: what is life? Here is the second place favorite: what caused sex? Cells just divided. This is something you keep handy to pester your significant other with. Happy wondering! May 10, Bharath rated it liked it. This is a nice book which has a long list of unknowns.
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There are many mysteries I doubt any one will care about such as people's hair, colour etc. It seems that the list is pushed to get to It would have been better had there been about mysteries May 01, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: bce-toce , to , to , to , , to , to , toce , african-history , american-history. The begining of this book has Donald Rumsfeld's quote about unknown unknowns which is really just a butchered paraphrase of Confucious.
As our sphere of knowledge grows so does its borders with a larger ignorance. This book has bit sized pieces of ignorance just beyond our knowledge some of the questions we only found out that we even began to ask. Are there fish on Jupiters moons, did the moon form from an impact of a large object. Was Geofrey Chaucer a rapist, why do squirrels masturbate, The begining of this book has Donald Rumsfeld's quote about unknown unknowns which is really just a butchered paraphrase of Confucious. Was Geofrey Chaucer a rapist, why do squirrels masturbate, what is dark matter or dark energy, do we live in a multiverse, is the universe infinite or not, will it last forever, why does the sun have a 22 year sunspot cycle, What happened to Ambrose Bierce, Did Shakespeare die on his birthday, How many penguins are in Antarctica.
There are of these in the book and they illuminate by revealing the depth and breath of our ignorance. Fun stuff. Sep 25, Daniel Stern rated it it was ok. You can't really complain that this book doesn't give you answers when the title is "Things Nobody Knows. I may not know why lesbian albatrosses are common but I'm glad to know that they are. Aug 12, Fons rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. It's fun to read about life's mysteries, it is even better when those mysteries are ridiculously mundane.
The Things That Nobody Knows is packed with these kind of mysteries and a fun and compact read because of it. The only downside is that it feels slightly outdated already! Just spectacularly dull. I'd rather the enigma variations remained an enigma than the boring explanation given here be true. Not that I'm vaguely interested anyway. Nothing of any interest her at all. Oct 25, Toby rated it it was ok. I couldn't get into this at all.
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The summaries of each question were dry and short, and the writing lacked much needed character. Normally a book with random trivia in like this I would devour enthusiastically, but I couldn't make myself read it all. This is a book I have reread before and will likely reread in the future. There are many, many things in it I still do not understand like all the physics stuff but I still love this book and will definitely keep picking it up until I understand everything in it.
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