A paradox is a statement that is self-contradictory because it often contains two statements that are both true, but in general, cannot both be true at the same time.

This next one is not quite a paradox, but it certainly is surprising on first glance:

“Cherrapunji in India is the wettest place on earth, yet it has repeated water shortages.”

Source: Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

The book explains why this may be the case in some situations:

“In the modern era, water shortages are rarely about water, and more often due to bad policies and the lack of proper technology.”

Lookout, top of mountain