Corrigan: Life’s greatest mysteries


Sometimes I forget that the world is a magical and mysterious place. That sentence makes me want to barf, but bear with me. I get so caught up in my day-to-day routine that I forget to be curious and wonder about my surroundings. I was flipping through channels the other day, procrastinating, when I stumbled across this show, Ancient Aliens. Please, do yourself a favor and watch this show—it’s basically a bunch of “experts” explaining that every historical event and monument was built and devised by ancient aliens. You know the Pyramids, the pinnacle of man’s innovation? Those were actually the ancient alien’s power plants. Duh! After watching this show, however ridiculous, I started to create my own list of the great mysteries of the world.

1. Seriously, what’s the deal with Stone Henge?

2. Why are stop signs octagonal?

3. What is Justin Vernon of Bon Iver actually singing in any of his songs?

4. Why do I always put my right ear headphone in my left ear when there’s a 50/50 chance of doing it correctly?

5. Why do airplanes have such small overhead bins? They always complain about not having enough room. Why not make them three inches wider?

6. Who invented beer and how did they do it?

7. Why do loose sweaters/backpack straps always get caught on knobs or handles when the chances of that happening seem so slim?

8. Who killed JFK? I love a good conspiracy theory.

9. Who was the Zodiac Killer?

10. Why does Trump think that’s a good haircut?

11. Where do all the socks go?

12. Why does Swiss cheese have holes in it?

13. Is Tupac, in fact, dead?

Maybe some of these mysteries are solvable, but that’s not always the point. The fact that there is still so much to know or to discover gives me hope when I get stuck in a nihilist rut. There is a point to all of this. There is magic and mystery in the world just waiting to be solved.