If something totally stumps you, doesn't make one lick of sense and has no logical explanation, then it's safe to say it mystifies you.

To mystify is a verb that sounds not so mysteriously like mystery. That's because something that mystifies is just that. There's no answer or explanation to be found for it. If you're mystified, you're in awe and bewilderment. The infinite nature of the universe mystifies some people. Others are mystified by the appeal of teen sensations from Ricky Nelson to Justin Bieber.

Definitions of mystify
  1. verb
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    synonyms: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
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    mix up, stump
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    defy, refuse, resist
    elude, especially in a baffling way
    type of:
    bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  2. verb
    make mysterious
    mystify the story”
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    make less mysterious or remove the mystery from
    type of:
    blot out, hide, obliterate, obscure, veil
    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
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