Things that surprise me
This is where, at least for the time being, I intend to put things and facts that I find intriguing or surprising, initially for description and later for discussion and speculation. As the list grows, I may put it under different headings (history, music, literature etc.). Right now it is just a laundry list of assorted subjects, from the very BIG ("Why is there Something rather than Nothing?") to the very mundane ("Why does a piece of bread always land on the buttered side?" - I think I know the answer to that one.)

The seeming overdesign of the human brain
The collapse of the Soviet empire
That the Web can be searched in seconds
Lincoln's first inaugural speech
That there is Something rather than Nothing
That a small mutation can take hold
The relative complexity of classical music
The persistence of Moore's law
The Mandelbrot set
Quantum entanglement
The perception of color

Rubik's cube
The Mind's I
The game of chess
The audacity of the Apollo project
That radio communications are possible over interplanetary distances
Wireless mass telephony
The radical youth movement of 1968
That information was only quantified in the 1940s
The absence of concern over low birth rates in Europe
That intercontinental flight is practical
exp(iπ) + 1 = 0
Punctuated equilibrium
Drake's equation and Fermi's Paradox: "Where are they?"

Balancing act.
Optical illusion.
An optical surprise. All the horizontal lines are parallel!

"I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulactly uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg! The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid!"

Two puzzles, a paradox and
"Tit for Tat".

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