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17th Jul '16 12:30:09 PM nombretomado
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* Many ChuckNorris Facts and [[RussianReversal Soviet Russia jokes]] count as this. Just ''how'' does a car drive a human?

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* Many ChuckNorris Facts Website/ChuckNorrisFacts and [[RussianReversal Soviet Russia jokes]] count as this. Just ''how'' does a car drive a human?
28th May '16 6:41:25 PM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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* Many ChuckNorris Facts and Soviet Russia jokes count as this. Just ''how'' does a car drive a human?

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* Many ChuckNorris Facts and [[RussianReversal Soviet Russia jokes jokes]] count as this. Just ''how'' does a car drive a human?
19th Mar '16 4:50:52 AM KhlavKalash
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* EXISTENCE ITSELF. Face it. What do ''you'' understand about it? Its origin? We keep on talking about existence even though no one can really define it..

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* EXISTENCE ITSELF. Face it. What do ''you'' understand about it? Its origin? We keep on talking about existence even though no one can really define it..it.
6th Jan '16 2:22:10 AM 082122712641
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* EXISTENCE ITSELF. Face it. What do ''you'' understand about it? Its origin? We keep on talking about existence even though no one can really define it..



* LIFE ITSELF.
* ''Anything'' and ''everything'' made by...
** Creator/SalvadorDali.
** Creator/MCEscher.
** Creator/ReneMagritte.
* [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible True Art]].
* PostModernism ''loves'' this.
* Many ChuckNorris Facts and Soviet Russia jokes count as this. Just ''how'' does a car drive a human?
* The [[http://www.maydaymystery.org/mayday/ May Day Mystery]], an uncategorizable and indescribable series of bizarre documents, possibly the coded annals of a conspiracy. Sure, it could all just be an (insanely) elaborate hoax, but WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic? If you squint and turn your head it kind of looks like an AlternateRealityGame.
* TimeCube ([[http://www.timecube.com/ here]] it is)--either his mind is screwed up or [[OnlySaneMan everyone else's is]].
* FanFiction quite often drifts into this trope, either by being so full of personal in-jokes and/or bad grammar that it might as well be written in Sumerian or simply by having a writer who enjoys playing with his/her readers' heads.
* [[http://samehat.blogspot.com/2007/06/abstraction-by-shintaro-kago_26.html What]]. That's Same Hat, a (mostly) defunct blog that covers a variety of {{mind screw}}-y topics, but mostly obscure anime and manga.
* [[SchrodingersButterfly This]] {{Creepypasta}}, which becomes FridgeHorror when you think about it for a moment:
-->''"It has been reported that some victims of violence, during the act, would retreat into a fantasy world from which they could not WAKE UP. In this catatonic state, the victim lived in a world just like their normal one, except they weren't being raped. The only way that they realized they needed to WAKE UP was a note they found in their fantasy world. It would tell them about their condition, and tell them to WAKE UP. Even then, it would often take months until they were ready to discard their fantasy world and PLEASE WAKE UP."''

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* LIFE ITSELF.
* ''Anything'' and ''everything'' made by...
** Creator/SalvadorDali.
** Creator/MCEscher.
** Creator/ReneMagritte.
* [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible True Art]].
* PostModernism ''loves'' this.
* Many ChuckNorris Facts and Soviet Russia jokes count as this. Just ''how'' does a car drive a human?
* The [[http://www.maydaymystery.org/mayday/ May Day Mystery]], an uncategorizable theory of UsefulNotes/{{relativity}}. What’s your understanding of space and indescribable series of bizarre documents, possibly time? Location, distance, speed are all unambiguous, time is the coded annals of a conspiracy. Sure, it could all same for everyone, etc? It's wrong. Space (and time too, possibly) just be doesn't work that way. And that's just Special Relativity. Its big brother General Relativity is a lot more mind-screwing than that.
* Time even more so than space. Is it a real, tangible force that flows in four or more directions in four or more dimensions? Or is it just
an (insanely) elaborate hoax, but WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic? If you squint existential explanation for gradual change which sates our need to catalog events and turn your head it kind of looks like an AlternateRealityGame.
* TimeCube ([[http://www.timecube.com/ here]] it is)--either his mind is screwed up or [[OnlySaneMan everyone else's is]].
* FanFiction quite often drifts
arrange everything into this trope, either by being so full patterns? (Or alternately - [[Series/DoctorWho from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - is it more like]] [[TimeyWimeyBall a big ball of personal in-jokes and/or bad grammar wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey]]... ''[[BuffySpeak stuff]]''?) The debate has raged for hundreds of years. Not helping is the fact that it sometimes physics doesn't need to take time into account. Neither is the fact that, according to some simulations, time might as well be written in Sumerian or simply by having a writer who enjoys playing with his/her readers' heads.
* [[http://samehat.blogspot.com/2007/06/abstraction-by-shintaro-kago_26.html What]]. That's Same Hat, a (mostly) defunct blog that covers a variety of {{mind screw}}-y topics, but mostly obscure anime and manga.
* [[SchrodingersButterfly This]] {{Creepypasta}}, which becomes FridgeHorror when you think about it for a moment:
-->''"It has been reported that some victims of violence, during the act,
slowing down. Or maybe not--how would retreat into a fantasy world from which they could not WAKE UP. In this catatonic state, the victim lived in a world just like their normal one, except they weren't being raped. The only way we know?
** For
that they realized they needed matter, anything related to WAKE UP was a note they found in their fantasy world. It would tell them about their condition, time travel theories. To further the point, look at the TemporalParadox and TimeyWimeyBall tropes. Read those and tell them to WAKE UP. Even then, it would often take months until they were ready to discard their fantasy world me you are not confused.
* Black holes. Read UsefulNotes/BlackHoles
and PLEASE WAKE UP."''you’ll (not) understand why.



** Observation also messes with radioactive decay and half-lives.
* The theory of relativity: Classical mechanics is incredibly intuitive and elegant: location, distance, speed are all unambiguous, time is the same for everyone, etc. It's also wrong, because the time and space just doesn't work that way. Simultaneity is relative, time can dilate and distances contract. And that's just Special Relativity. Its big brother General Relativity is a lot more mind-screwing than that.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s [[StealthPun ~ATH]] coding language is a parody of programming in general, and esoteric languages in the specific.
** Any [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esoteric_programming_language esoteric programming language]] will qualify as a MindScrew. For bonus points, there's one named "brainfuck."



** Almost any mathematical concept taken to a high-enough level qualifies, right up to the concept of ''numbers''. Much of this has to do with the weirdness inherent in set theory (everything is a set; an element in a set, which is a type of subset; a subset of a set, which can itself be considered a set; or a relation on a set) and infinities (yes, plural--there are different sizes).

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** Almost any mathematical concept taken to a high-enough level qualifies, right up to the concept of ''numbers''. Much of this has to do with the weirdness inherent in set theory (everything is a set; an element in a set, which is a type of subset; a subset of a set, which can itself be considered a set; or a relation on a set) and infinities (yes, plural--there are different sizes).sizes. See below).
* For spatial mathematics, consider this: The 'right-hand' 3-dimensional Vector direction of Y is counter-clockwise from X, which is clockwise from Z, which is counter-clockwise from Y. What this means is that Left is -1, Right is + 1, Down is -1, Up is + 1... and Backward is + 1, Forward is -1. Somehow, this makes the math work ''right''.
* Anything about 4-dimensional objects (or worse, more). If you take a bunch of 2D squares and fold them up, you get a cube. If you take a bunch of 3D cubes and fold ''those'' up, you get a [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8-cell-simple.gif tesseract]].[[note]]No, not [[Film/{{Thor}} that one]]. Think more ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', only not quite.[[/note]]



* Time. Is it a real, tangible force that flows in four or more directions in four or more dimensions? Or is it just an existential explanation for gradual change which sates our need to catalog events and arrange everything into patterns? (Or alternately - [[Series/DoctorWho from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - is it more like]] [[TimeyWimeyBall a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey]]... ''[[BuffySpeak stuff]]''?) The debate has raged for hundreds of years. Not helping is the fact that sometimes physics doesn't need to take time into account. Neither is the fact that, according to some simulations, time might be slowing down. Or maybe not--how would we know?
* For that matter, anything related to time travel theories. To further the point, look at the ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'' game by Tell Tale Games and tell me if it's not confusing. [[spoiler:How did Doc get back to 1930 if the [=DeLorean=] was taken by Edna?]]
** As [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Mikuru Ashahina]] explained it: "[[MindScrewdriver Think of it as a flipbook]]. My presence here is like adding an extra drawing to one frame. [[SubvertedTrope It's not going to impact any other frames]]."
* Complexity Theory (aka Ramsey Theory), which is at least as old as Chaos Theory and is the counterpart to it; it states that, given enough data, it is impossible for there '''not''' to be some kind of pattern to them. (Which doesn't signify that said pattern ''means'' anything...)
* Also, the work of the French philosopher Creator/JacquesDerrida (notable for founding {{Deconstruction}}) is nearly completely composed out of Mind Screws '''and openly admits it'''.
* The religion of UsefulNotes/{{Discordianism}}, which either inspired ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' or was inspired by it, claims to have a long-running project to undermine consensus reality known as "Operation Mindfuck". They also cheerfully admit that they might be lying about it.
* Biggest MindScrew in UsefulNotes/{{Mathematics}} or a faulty proof?
-->[[UsefulNotes/FermatsLastTheorem "It is impossible to separate a cube into two cubes, or a fourth power into two fourth powers, or in general, any power higher than the second into two like powers. I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain."]]
** i.e., for "x[[superscript:n]] + y[[superscript:n]] = z[[superscript:n]] you can only find integer values for x, y and z that will produce a valid equation where n <= 2.
** Considering that it was never mentioned by Fermat again and that the eventual solution was 150 pages of extremely complex math involving mathematical concepts that didn't exist during Fermat's time (i.e. before ''basic calculus''), it's almost certain that Fermat discovered his proof was wrong and never mentioned that fact, or [[{{Troll}} had no proof at all]], but we may never know. Some have suggested that his theorem was a practical joke to frustrate fellow mathematicians: It's true, they just couldn't ''prove'' it. It is now the mathematical equivalent of the TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Some Sci-Fi shows say that Fermat's Theorem has still never been solved (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', for example, made a reference to it saying that it wasn't solved), when it fact it finally has.
* For spatial mathematics, consider this: The 'right-hand' 3-dimensional Vector direction of Y is counter-clockwise from X, which is clockwise from Z, which is counter-clockwise from Y. What this means is that Left is -1, Right is + 1, Down is -1, Up is + 1... and Backward is + 1, Forward is -1. Somehow, this makes the math work ''right''.
* A great many (and there are MANY) theories pertaining to the assassination of President UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. There's even one about the driver shooting him, even though he didn't (taped evidence) that all other conspirators find ridiculous.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banach-Tarski_theorem Banach-Tarski theorem]] states that any ball can be divided into pieces and reassembled into two balls the same size as the original. ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' offers an [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2339.html explanation]] in (almost) layman's terms as to how this is possible. [[spoiler:It isn't. It only works with mathematical abstractions, not actual objects]].



* Black holes. This phenomenon is so messed up that even Einstein, who proved their existence, couldn't believe that such an invisible impossibility could exist in a universe beyond his theories. To make a long story short, a black hole is the result of very, very dense neutron stars collapsing under their own gravity. The force of gravity in a black hole becomes so powerful that nothing, not even light will escape once it crosses its event horizon. In a black hole, matter gets so condensed it can't even be measured. If someone were to watch you fall into the event horizon (the region where nothing can escape) of a black hole, they won't even see you fall in because according to laws of general relativity, the intense gravity of the black hole would make you appear to go slower and slower until time actually stopped. Your visible appearance would also change as the light wavelengths gets stretched as you near the event horizon. First you will look red (a visible part of the light spectrum that has long wavelengths), then become infrared (making you appear invisible without infrared goggles), then become radio waves, and then your light waves will get so stretched you won't be detected anymore. Black holes have also sparked theories about "white holes," the exact opposite of a black hole. It is a region where nothing can fall in. Instead of sucking stuff in, it spits it out, but it works only if time goes backwards, so that means white holes would have to be in an alternate universe. But because white holes only spit matter out, that means it would have to be connected to something, like a black hole, to get that mass to throw back out. Scientists call that connection between a black hole and a white hole a worm hole, and transportation between the holes would be instantaneous (if you didn't get spaghettified first, an official scientific term for being pulled apart by the black hole's tidal forces). That means if you went through a black hole and escaped through a white hole you would end up in a different place where the laws of physics don't apply in the universe we came from. In other words, even if you somehow found a way to survive the incomprehensibly high gravitational forces and made it to the other side, you'd likely be ripped apart or disintegrate due to different physics suddenly affecting your body. Nothing can escape, except Hawking radiation, which is what everything in a black hole is turned into. Apparently, this is due to quantum effects near the event horizon.
* Pick an origin theory. Whichever you choose, you're left assuming ''something'' has ''always'' existed, unchanged, with no beginning or end.
** Atheism/Naturalism: constant = matter + force
** Creation (Biblical): constant = God
** Theist Evolution: constant = all of the above or God first then creating matter and force for the heck of it
** Pantheism: constant = God + matter + force, [[CompositeCharacter all of which are one and the same]]
** Panentheism: Uhhh...

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* Black holes. This phenomenon is so messed up that even Einstein, who proved their existence, couldn't believe that such an invisible [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_number Imaginary numbers]]. A product of sheer impossibility could exist in a universe beyond his theories. To make a long story short, a black hole is created by the result simple action of very, very dense neutron stars collapsing under their own gravity. The force of gravity in a black hole becomes so powerful that nothing, not even light will escape once it crosses its event horizon. In a black hole, matter gets so condensed it can't even be measured. If someone were to watch you fall into taking the event horizon (the region where nothing can escape) square root of a black hole, they won't even see you fall in negative number.
** Electrical engineers use them to model the behavior of Alternating Current (AC) circuits
because according to laws they actually ''do'' correctly describe how these circuits behave!
** Not only applicable in electrical engineering, but fluid dynamics and aerodynamics too. Well defined two-dimensional fluid flows can be complete solved using a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarz%E2%80%93Christoffel_mapping series
of general relativity, the intense gravity of the black hole transformations involving imaginary numbers.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_temperature Negative temperature]]. No, not negative Celsius or Fahrenheit, that
would make you appear to go slower and slower until time actually stopped. Your visible appearance would also change as the light wavelengths gets stretched as you near the event horizon. First you will look red (a visible part of the light spectrum that has long wavelengths), then become infrared (making you appear invisible without infrared goggles), then become radio waves, and then your light waves will get so stretched you won't be detected anymore. Black holes have also sparked theories about "white holes," the exact opposite of a black hole. too much sense. It is a region where nothing can fall in. Instead of sucking stuff in, it spits it out, but it works only if time goes backwards, so that means white holes would have to be truly negative temperature in an alternate universe. But because white holes only spit matter out, that means it would have to be connected to something, like a black hole, to get that mass to throw back out. Scientists call that connection between a black hole and a white hole a worm hole, and transportation between ''[[BeyondTheImpossible Kelvin]]''. It is the holes would be instantaneous (if you didn't get spaghettified first, an official scientific term for being pulled apart by temperature of something so "cold" it is hotter than anything with a positive temperature so when they come into contact heat will flow from the black hole's tidal forces). That means if you went through a black hole and escaped through a white hole you would end up in a different place where system with negative temperature to the laws of physics don't apply in the universe we came from. one with positive temperature. In other words, even if you somehow found temperature seen as a way to survive dial that has been turned past the incomprehensibly high gravitational forces 0-point and made it to ended up at the other side, you'd likely be ripped apart "end point".
* Biggest Mind Screw in UsefulNotes/{{Mathematics}}
or disintegrate due a faulty proof?
-->[[UsefulNotes/FermatsLastTheorem "It is impossible
to different physics suddenly affecting your body. Nothing can escape, except Hawking radiation, separate a cube into two cubes, or a fourth power into two fourth powers, or in general, any power higher than the second into two like powers. I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of this, which this margin is what everything too narrow to contain."]]
** i.e., for "x[[superscript:n]] + y[[superscript:n]] = z[[superscript:n]] you can only find integer values for x, y and z that will produce a valid equation where n <= 2.
** Considering that it was never mentioned by Fermat again and that the eventual solution was 150 pages of extremely complex math involving mathematical concepts that didn't exist during Fermat's time (i.e. before ''basic calculus''), it's almost certain that Fermat discovered his proof was wrong and never mentioned that fact, or [[{{Troll}} had no proof at all]], but we may never know. Some have suggested that his theorem was a practical joke to frustrate fellow mathematicians: It's true, they just couldn't ''prove'' it. It is now the mathematical equivalent of the TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Some Sci-Fi shows say that Fermat's Theorem has still never been solved (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', for example, made a reference to it saying that it wasn't solved), when it fact it finally has.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banach-Tarski_theorem Banach-Tarski theorem]] states that any ball can be divided into pieces and reassembled into two balls the same size as the original. ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' offers an [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2339.html explanation]]
in a black hole is turned into. Apparently, (almost) layman's terms as to how this is due to quantum effects near the event horizon.
* Pick an origin theory. Whichever you choose, you're left assuming ''something'' has ''always'' existed, unchanged,
possible. [[spoiler:It isn't. It only works with no beginning or end.
** Atheism/Naturalism: constant = matter + force
** Creation (Biblical): constant = God
** Theist Evolution: constant = all of the above or God first then creating matter and force for the heck of it
** Pantheism: constant = God + matter + force, [[CompositeCharacter all of which are one and the same]]
** Panentheism: Uhhh...
mathematical abstractions, not actual objects.]]



* Wiki/TVTropes:
** At least half the entries in WildMassGuessing.
** The ThirdPersonPerson page. How many of the RealLife entries are posted by the person they speak of?
* [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1650400839213702733# This]] erotic hypnosis audio starts as a figurative MindScrew and then becomes a literal [[MentalAffair Mind Screw]].



* Complexity Theory (aka Ramsey Theory), which is at least as old as Chaos Theory and is the counterpart to it; it states that, given enough data, it is impossible for there '''not''' to be some kind of pattern to them. (Which doesn't signify that said pattern ''means'' anything...)
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain Boltzmann brain]]. A BrainInAJar-like, self-aware entity that, [[TimeAbyss given enough time]], would appear from nothing, complete with false memories and totally oblivious to the fact it's in the middle of the most absolute nowhere.
** And there's some evidence that this is more likely than the world as we know it being real.
* The concept of solipsism: Everything and everyone around you exists only so long as you do, potentially for as long as you do. You are the lynch-pin of the universe.



* The [[TabletopGames tabletop RPG]] ''Noumenon''. You play as insect people trapped in a building full of messed-up symbolism. The best part? ''It has no set meaning'' -- The GM gets to make up a new answer every time. Oh, and the book's writers didn't know what the others were writing about the building's rooms, just to make it even less coherent.
** The assorted tabletop works of Jenna "TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}" Moran, AKA Rebecca Borgstrom, have received this kind of reputation, to the point where rpgnet defines "[[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/Borgstromancy Borgstromancy]]" as 'The ability to understand a complex, outlandish, or badly explained setting or system well enough to run a game based on it.'
* [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/60-completely-unusable-stock-photos This collection of stock photos]].

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* The [[TabletopGames tabletop RPG]] ''Noumenon''. You play as insect people trapped in a building full of messed-up symbolism. The best part? ''It has no set meaning'' -- The GM gets to Infinity and eternity will make up a new answer every time. Oh, and your head hurt. [[UpToEleven Especially the book's writers didn't know what the others were writing about the building's rooms, just to make it fact that some infinities are larger than others]].
** If you consider possibilities such as our universe being infinite and/or an infinite number of [[AlternateUniverse other universes existing]], is
even less coherent.
** The assorted tabletop works
more brain-hurting, as ''everything would happen an infinite number of Jenna "TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}" Moran, AKA Rebecca Borgstrom, have received this kind of reputation, times''. Solutions to the point where rpgnet defines "[[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/Borgstromancy Borgstromancy]]" as 'The ability paradoxes brought by them range from assuming time will end someday to understand a complex, outlandish, or badly explained setting or system well enough [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm our inability to run a game based on it.'
* [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/60-completely-unusable-stock-photos This collection of stock photos]].
compute infinite probabilities]].



* A ''whole lot'' of stuff related to UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. For example, the world recognizes that the nation's leader is Kim Jong-Un. But as far as North Korea is concerned, the leader of the nation is Kim Il-Sung, Un's grandfather, who is also ''[[TheNecrocracy dead]]''. What's more, this isn't just some posthumous honor bestowed upon the founder of the nation, it's something that the government expects its citizens to accept at face value, completely seriously.
** North Korea also painted a cave black to claim it contains coal to disguise the fact they simply wanted to tunnel towards South Korea. ''North Korea produces coal more than anything else.''
* Infinity and eternity will make your head hurt. [[UpToEleven Especially the fact that some infinities are larger than others]].
** If you consider possibilities such as our universe being infinite and/or an infinite number of [[AlternateUniverse other universes existing]], is even more brain-hurting, as ''everything would happen an infinite number of times''. Solutions to the paradoxes brought by them range from assuming time will end someday to [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm our inability to compute infinite probabilities]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_number Imaginary numbers]]. A product of sheer impossibility created by the simple action of taking the square root of a negative number.
** Electrical engineers use them to model the behavior of Alternating Current (AC) circuits because they actually ''do'' correctly describe how these circuits behave!
** Not only applicable in electrical engineering, but fluid dynamics and aerodynamics too. Well defined two-dimensional fluid flows can be complete solved using a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarz%E2%80%93Christoffel_mapping series of transformations involving imaginary numbers.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_temperature Negative temperature]]. No, not negative Celsius or Fahrenheit, that would make too much sense. It is a truly negative temperature in ''[[BeyondTheImpossible Kelvin]]''. It is the temperature of something so "cold" it is hotter than anything with a positive temperature so when they come into contact heat will flow from the system with negative temperature to the one with positive temperature. In other words, temperature seen as a dial that has been turned past the 0-point and ended up at the other "end point".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain Boltzmann brain]]. A BrainInAJar-like, self-aware entity that, [[TimeAbyss given enough time]], would appear from nothing, complete with false memories and totally oblivious to the fact it's in the middle of the most absolute nowhere.
** And there's some evidence that this is more likely than the world as we know it being real.
* If you take a bunch of 2-dimensional squares and fold them up, you get a cube. If you take a bunch of 3D cubes and fold ''those'' up, you get a [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8-cell-simple.gif tesseract]].[[note]]No, not [[Film/{{Thor}} that one]]. Think more ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', only not quite.[[/note]]
* The concept of solipsism: Everything and everyone around you exists only so long as you do, potentially for as long as you do. You are the lynch-pin of the universe.

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* A ''whole lot'' [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible True Art]].
* PostModernism ''loves'' this.
* Many ChuckNorris Facts and Soviet Russia jokes count as this. Just ''how'' does a car drive a human?
* The [[http://www.maydaymystery.org/mayday/ May Day Mystery]], an uncategorizable and indescribable series
of stuff related to UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. For example, bizarre documents, possibly the world recognizes that the nation's leader is Kim Jong-Un. But as far as North Korea is concerned, the leader coded annals of the nation is Kim Il-Sung, Un's grandfather, who is also ''[[TheNecrocracy dead]]''. What's more, this isn't a conspiracy. Sure, it could all just some posthumous honor bestowed upon the founder of the nation, it's something that the government expects its citizens to accept at face value, completely seriously.
** North Korea also painted a cave black to claim it contains coal to disguise the fact they simply wanted to tunnel towards South Korea. ''North Korea produces coal more than anything else.''
* Infinity
be an (insanely) elaborate hoax, but WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic? If you squint and eternity will make turn your head hurt. [[UpToEleven Especially the fact that some infinities are larger than others]].
** If you consider possibilities such as our universe being infinite and/or
it kind of looks like an infinite number AlternateRealityGame.
* [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/60-completely-unusable-stock-photos This collection
of [[AlternateUniverse other universes existing]], is even more brain-hurting, as ''everything would happen an infinite number of times''. Solutions to the paradoxes brought by them range from assuming time will end someday to [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm our inability to compute infinite probabilities]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_number Imaginary numbers]]. A product of sheer impossibility created by the simple action of taking the square root of a negative number.
** Electrical engineers use them to model the behavior of Alternating Current (AC) circuits because they actually ''do'' correctly describe how these circuits behave!
** Not only applicable in electrical engineering, but fluid dynamics and aerodynamics too. Well defined two-dimensional fluid flows can be complete solved using a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarz%E2%80%93Christoffel_mapping series of transformations involving imaginary numbers.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_temperature Negative temperature]]. No, not negative Celsius or Fahrenheit, that would make too much sense. It is a truly negative temperature in ''[[BeyondTheImpossible Kelvin]]''. It is the temperature of something so "cold" it is hotter than anything with a positive temperature so when they come into contact heat will flow from the system with negative temperature to the one with positive temperature. In other words, temperature seen as a dial that has been turned past the 0-point and ended up at the other "end point".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain Boltzmann brain]]. A BrainInAJar-like, self-aware entity that, [[TimeAbyss given enough time]], would appear from nothing, complete with false memories and totally oblivious to the fact it's in the middle of the most absolute nowhere.
** And there's some evidence that this is more likely than the world as we know it being real.
* If you take a bunch of 2-dimensional squares and fold them up, you get a cube. If you take a bunch of 3D cubes and fold ''those'' up, you get a [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8-cell-simple.gif tesseract]].[[note]]No, not [[Film/{{Thor}} that one]]. Think more ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', only not quite.[[/note]]
* The concept of solipsism: Everything and everyone around you exists only so long as you do, potentially for as long as you do. You are the lynch-pin of the universe.
stock photos]].


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* Wiki/TVTropes:
** At least half the entries in WildMassGuessing.
** The ThirdPersonPerson page. How many of the RealLife entries are posted by the person they speak of?
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s [[StealthPun ~ATH]] coding language is a parody of programming in general, and esoteric languages in the specific.
** Any [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esoteric_programming_language esoteric programming language]] will qualify as a MindScrew. For bonus points, there's one named "brainfuck."
28th Dec '15 7:36:24 PM 082122712641
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* Dreams. The ones that make sense are perhaps the least common.
** In fact, the original Surrealist movement used dreams as its main inspiration. Given our tendency to refer to weird things as "surreal" nowadays, one could argue that dreams are the origin of MindScrew art.
* LIFE ITSELF.



* For that matter, anything related to time travel theories. To further the point, look at the ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'' game by Tell Tale Games and tell me if it's not confusing. [[spoiler:How did Doc get back to 1930 if the [=DeLorean=] was taken by Edna?]]
** As [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Mikuru Ashahina]] explained it: "[[MindScrewdriver Think of it as a flipbook]]. My presence here is like adding an extra drawing to one frame. [[SubvertedTrope It's not going to impact any other frames]]."



* Anything related to time theories. To further the point, look at the ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'' game by Tell Tale Games and tell me if it's not confusing. [[spoiler:How did Doc get back to 1930 if the [=DeLorean=] was taken by Edna?]]
** As [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Mikuru Ashahina]] explained it: "[[MindScrewdriver Think of it as a flipbook]]. My presence here is like adding an extra drawing to one frame. [[SubvertedTrope It's not going to impact any other frames]]."
* Dreams. The ones that make sense are perhaps the least common.
** In fact, the original Surrealist movement used dreams as its main inspiration. Given our tendency to refer to weird things as "surreal" nowadays, one could argue that dreams are the origin of MindScrew art.
* LIFE ITSELF.
16th Oct '15 1:59:31 PM lemoncool375
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** Rene Magritte.

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** Rene Magritte.Creator/ReneMagritte.
15th Aug '15 7:59:24 AM SantosLHalper
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** North Korea also painted a cave black to claim it contains coal to disguise the fact they simply wanted to tunnel towards South Korea. ''North Korea produces coal more than anything else.'' Also the fact they claimed to have found another cave, this time full of unicorns, which was even marked "Unicorn Cave". '''In English'''. On the Korean peninsula.

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** North Korea also painted a cave black to claim it contains coal to disguise the fact they simply wanted to tunnel towards South Korea. ''North Korea produces coal more than anything else.'' Also the fact they claimed to have found another cave, this time full of unicorns, which was even marked "Unicorn Cave". '''In English'''. On the Korean peninsula.''
29th Jul '15 2:45:12 PM LahmacunKebab
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** Not only applicable in electrical engineering, but fluid dynamics and aerodynamics too. Well defined two-dimensional fluid flows can be complete solved using a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarz%E2%80%93Christoffel_mapping series transformations involving imaginary numbers.]]

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** Not only applicable in electrical engineering, but fluid dynamics and aerodynamics too. Well defined two-dimensional fluid flows can be complete solved using a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarz%E2%80%93Christoffel_mapping series of transformations involving imaginary numbers.]]
29th Jul '15 2:36:54 PM LahmacunKebab
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* A ''whole lot'' of stuff related to UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. For example, the world recognizes that the nation's leader is Kim Jong-Un. But as far as North Korea is concerned, the leader of the nation is Kim Il-Sung, Un's grandfather, who is also ''[[TheNecrocracy dead]]''. What's more, this isn't just some posthumous honor bestowed upon the founder of the nation, its something that the government expects its citizens to accept at face value, completely seriously.

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* A ''whole lot'' of stuff related to UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. For example, the world recognizes that the nation's leader is Kim Jong-Un. But as far as North Korea is concerned, the leader of the nation is Kim Il-Sung, Un's grandfather, who is also ''[[TheNecrocracy dead]]''. What's more, this isn't just some posthumous honor bestowed upon the founder of the nation, its it's something that the government expects its citizens to accept at face value, completely seriously.
29th Jul '15 2:20:06 PM LahmacunKebab
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** Panentheism : Uhhh...

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** Panentheism : Panentheism: Uhhh...
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