Phenomena are occurrences or strange happenings that typically cannot be explained by science, for example ball lightning or the efficacy of prayer. In scientific circles, the word carries a bit of a negative connotation.
The word comes from the Greek phainomenon, the active participial form of a verb meaning "appear".
Examples of so-far-unexplained phenomena include:
- Eucharistic miracles
- Migration of birds in winter
- Extrasensory phenomena
- The Great Flood
- St. Elmo's fire
- When the sun stood still over Jericho
- The miracle of the loaves and fishes