Via RonInPortland who directs us to Patrick Nielsen Hayden, we find that we can explain some of the strangeness of our world by the fact that we are actually a part of a barred spiral galaxy, and not the more sedate standard spiral.
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
Click to enlarge
So what do you think accounts for the strangeness of our times?