The 25 Biggest Mysteries of History

Posted by on October 31, 2011

Although they say curiosity has the power to somehow kill your cat, it seems that humans are immune. We would however, suggest putting Pooky away (just in case) because we are about to unleash the biggest mysteries known to man. Although some of these mysteries are only on the list as a result of their infamy, some are genuinely baffling, and if you manage to solve any of them leave a comment below so that we can cross them off.

25

Roanoke Colony

In 1587 121 colonists led by John White arrived on Roanoke Island in present day North Carolina to establish a colony. As tensions mounted with the native population, however, John White returned to England in order to solicit reinforcements. When he returned several years later the settlement was deserted with no signs of a struggle and no remains to be found anywhere. The settlement became known as the Lost Colony and none of its members were ever seen again.

24

Sailing Stones

In the dry lakebed of Racetrack, Death Valley stones as big as 700 pounds mysteriously slide across the surface of the earth without any notable external forces acting upon them. While some researchers believe a combination of natural events, such as wind and ice, cause these stones to “sail”, others question this theory pointing out that the stones don’t follow a predictable path and change directions abruptly.

23

Taos Hum

A low-pitched sound often described as something similar to a diesel engine idling in the distance is heard in numerous places worldwide, especially in the USA, UK, and northern Europe. The name comes from the small town of Taos, New Mexico where in 1997 Congress actually had researchers try identify it. In spite of efforts like this, however, its source remains a mystery.

22

Wow! Signal

On August 15, 1977 Dr. Jerry R. Ehman detected a strong narrowband radio signal while working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University. Amazed at how closely it matched the expected signature of an interstellar signal, he circled it on the computer printout and wrote the comment “Wow!” next to it. Although it lasted for a full 72 seconds, it has not been detected again.

21

Vile Vortices

A term coined by Ivan Sanderson referring to twelve geographic areas that have been responsible for numerous mysterious disappearances. The best known of the so-called “vortices” is the Bermuda Triangle. Others include the Algerian Megaliths to the south of Timbuktu, the Indus Valley in Pakistan, and the “Devil’s Sea” near Japan.

20

Ball Lightning

An unexplained atmospheric phenomenon typically associated with thunderstorms that consists of spherically shaped, floating balls of electricity. Due to its rare and fleeting nature, it has proven almost impossible to study. The best-documented case occurred in 1984 when ball lightning measuring about four inches in diameter entered a Russian passenger aircraft and “flew above the heads of the stunned passengers before leaving the plane almost noiselessly.”

19

Spontaneous Combustion

While the unexplained and spontaneous ignition of living human tissue has been recorded many times throughout history there has not been any conclusive research done on the topic due to lack of evidence. Some of the more prevalent explanations, however, include static electricity, concentrated gas, and raised levels of blood alcohol.

18

Tunguska Explosion

In 1908 a blazing fireball descended from the sky and devastated an area about half the size of Rhode Island in the wilderness of Tunguska, Siberia. It has been estimated that the explosion was equal to more than 2,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. Although for many years scientists thought it was probably a meteor, the lack of evidence has led to numerous speculations ranging from UFO’s to Tesla Coils and to this day no one knows for sure what caused the explosion.

17

Bermuda Triangle

An area of water between Florida and Puerto Rico, the Bermuda Triangle has been responsible for the unexplained disappearance of numerous ships and aircraft. Over the years many explanations have been put forward to account for the disappearances, including bad weather, variations in electromagnetic activity, and methane gas bubbles.

 

16

Bigfoot

Also known as the Sasquatch, sightings usually come out of the American Northwest. Although most experts consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of folklore and hoaxes, there are several that withhold their reservations. Like the Loch Ness monster, they say, Bigfoot may be a living remnant from the time of the dinosaurs – specifically a Gigantopithecus blacki – a supersize ape.

15

Atlantis

In his dialogue Timaeus and Critias, Plato describes Atlantis as a formidable naval power that conquered much of Europe and Africa circa 9000 BC. After failing to invade Athens, however, it sank into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune”. While there have been numerous efforts focused on locating the remains of the city, nothing tangible has ever been found.

14

Amelia Earhart

During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island after giving her last radio transmission. Although the official version states that Earhart ran out of fuel and crashed at sea, there have been numerous speculations ranging from capture by Japanese forces to living out the rest of her days as a spy for the CIA.

13

Voynich Manuscript

A medieval document written in an unknown language, for hundreds of years its contents have remained a mystery. Although the prevailing theory is that it served as a pharmacopoeia, the puzzling illustrations have fueled many other theories about its origins and content.

12

El Chupacabra

Literally translated to the “The Goat Sucker”, the name is derived from the fact that it supposedly attacks animals to drink their blood…particularly goats. It is most commonly described as a lizard-like being, appearing to have leathery skin and sharp spines running down its back. Given the name it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most sightings come out of Latin America.

11

Bimini Road

In 1968 an underwater rock formation was found near North Bimini Island in the Bahamas. Although it is considered by some scientists to be an example of naturally occurring tessellated pavement, the unusually symmetrical arrangement of stones has led to speculations about it being the remnant of some long lost civilization.

 

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  • Charles Russell

    Here’s my take on this list:

    1. Loch Ness Monster HOAX
    2. The Mary Celeste ROGUE WAVE
    3. Jack The Ripper ?
    4. Jimmy Hoffa MURDERED/BURIED IN NYC AREA
    5. Marfa Lights OPTICAL ILLUSION
    6. Zodiac Killer ARTHUR LEIGH ALLEN
    7. DB Cooper KILLED JUMPING OUT OF PLANE
    8. Black Dahlia ?
    9. Babushka Lady ?
    10. Mothman TOO MUCH ‘WHITE LIGHTNIN’
    11. Bimini Road OVERACTIVE IMAGINATIONS/TOO MUCH BOOZE
    12. Chupacabra COYOTE
    13. Voynich Manuscript DERANGED ASCETIC MONK
    14. Amelia Earhart DIED WHERE THEY LANDED
    15. Atlantis MYTH
    16. Bigfoot HOAX
    17. Bermuda Triangle COINCIDENCE
    18. Tunguska Explosion COMET
    19. Spontaneous Combustion ?
    20. Ball Lightning ?
    21. Vile Vortices COINCIDENCE
    22. WOW! Signal MAN-MADE
    23. Taos Hum MAN-MADE
    24. Sailing Stones WIND ON MUDDY SURFACE
    25. Roanoke Colony EITHER PERISHED OR INTER-MARRIED WITH INDIANS

  • jyuc76r

    what causes spontaneous combustion?

  • Seirian

    It has been proven now that Amelia crashed on an island and they found her plane and several of her and her navigator’s belongings on the island suggesting they lived out their lives there. They are still searching for their bodies. Its on national geographic discovery etc

  • mohammad

    thats great .

  • first name

    GUYS I FORGOT MY NAME!!!!!

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  • poop

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    • comical

      I want to thank all people involved in the pissing contest! I throughly enjoyed myself to tears of joy. Extremely educational and forthright in your discoveries…keep seeking the truth!! I shall visit this site again for a good laugh. Thank you all

  • someone

    you guys r all retards. none of them have been discovered

  • RATED R

    Bigfoot and the loch ness monster are already discoverd dumb nut

    • jyuc76r

      ur a dumb nut

  • Wendy

    Interesting! I guess we learn something new every day. Weather it’s true or a myth, there is always a mystery behind in every thing. After all it’s a big world, with many culture. What interest me the most are the ancient buildings, like the stone henge or the palace in incas or the forbidden palace in china.
    Like how did they moves those big stones up and down in those mountains in incas, or how the forbidden palace in china can stands for centuries with no metal connect them wood only. I guess we modern folks are just spoil brats compare to those ancients.

  • that guy

    first of all atlantis was made up plato even said atlantis was made up, the tunguska explosion was a comet exploding in the high atmosphere, and the mary celeste was abandoned due to leaky casks and malfunctioning equipment (ok that needs more esplaination) the mary celeste was carrying a cargo of surgical alcohol which even if one cask started to leak it would evaporate into the air so one spark would of caused a sheet flame effect which is when a wave of flame passes through a room causing all doors and windows to blow open (mentioned in origional report) but cause little to no flame damage, its also enough to scare the crap into sailers and the one thing that is always grabbed when fleeing a sinking ship? the ships log

    • Your Real Name

      u act lyk u kno stuff but if u cant solve all of the mysteries why try?, and everytin u said is based off wat other ppl said

      • that guy

        no shit, do you really think i have access to sufficient lab space to test these? and its people like you which made these mysteries stay mysteries for so long because they think these things cant be solved. you are literally saying why bother solving any mysteries? and that is a question that i shouldnt need to answer because its answer is obvious. also learn to spell.

        • A dude

          No, he’s saying that you can’t solve mysteries with speculations, like you do. It’s people like you who thinks they know everything who recede questions like these.
          And don’t judge one’s spelling, or correcting him to boost your ego (okay, miss Smith?), he’s clearly not born English.

      • Emily smith

        You* like* you* know* you* can’t* everything* you* what* people*. Learn to spell before you criticize other people, okay?

    • iMdAfUcKiNmAn

      Your talking crap thiers is no solid information that says the Tunguska incident was a comet, stop talking crap!

      • that guy

        oh i cant confirm that it was a comet but the various recreations of the disaster (using shaped terrain, matchsticks and a variety of differant effects) have shown that since there was little to no debris found. and the way the trees(matchsticks) blew over that it would have to of been a large object traveling at terminal velocity that had an airborne detonation. (the only other possible explaination is that an alien spacecraft was flying low and fast and it happened to activate its self destruct feature before impact and the russians carted away what was left)

        • degreed_engineer

          Tungusta wasn’t a comet…it was a meteorite; a fairly large one at that. Meteorites, especially large ones, almost always are ripped apart by the friction it encounters when entering the earth’s atmosphere. This friction, which only intensifies as the meteorite descends further into the earth’s atmosphere heats up meteorite and causes it to explode. If you would like to test this take a small rock…golf ball sized and put it in a fire or on a camping stove. Provided you didn’t get too large a rock compared to the heat capacity of your flame it will explode. But this can and most likely will cause injury

    • jeff

      The city of Atlantis was found in March of 2011 on the coast of Spain. Look up the national Geographic special called Finding Atlantis. And no Plato didn’t make it up. He documented the exact journey it took to get there, a very detailed map of the city complete with measurements, and a record of trade with the people of Atlantis.

      • cornelius

        Jeff has never heard of fiction before, apparently.

      • malaya

        jeff maybe atlantas WAS really but only a small part was found i mean there HAS 2 b more

  • Ruby

    Someone recreated ball lightning in their garage using just the right combination of water, salt, and a ton of electricity I think. I saw it in an article of Mental Floss about “garage scientists” who do amazing work outside of labs. That’s a terrible explanation, just look it up. Also, the Paulding Lights in Michigan seem pretty amazing to me, but then I don’t know much about them. If anyone has a good explanation, I’d love to hear it.

  • Sam Dalton

    The majority of these aren’t mysteries. They’re just mysteries to folks with an IQ below 85 with tinfoil hats. There was no Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle is no more remarkable than any other area of water, there is no Lock Ness Moster, the Bimini Wall is a natural formation, et cetera.

    • uranass

      if anyone has any questions about the univers…ask this jack-@ss. He obviously knows all there is to know about everything…

      • sam dalton

        you sir, are hilarious.

    • nope

      (Slow claps) Wow, well I’m glad you are so intelligent as to clear all of that up for us. You must be a scholar. Thanks for all of the discrediting evidence you presented to discount all of that. Oh wait…you merely just said it wasn’t true. Before you remark on someone’s IQ, take a look in the mirror and slap yourself.

    • malaya

      WRONG

    • malaya

      SO SO SO SO WRONG

  • RandomPerson

    I don’t think it’s such a big surprise Amelia Earhart was never found, because the search efforts only lasted 9 days. Also, when I was about 4 or 5 maybe, I saw ball lightning right outside my window. Luckily, all it did was go on past us. There have been reports of it literally going inside people’s chimneys into their homes, just lazily zig-zagging along randomly. I don’t see why you didn’t include that. If you don’t believe me, look it up:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1069859576 John Patrick Clairville

    This is a nice list for the most part, but I have a few things I feel I should point out…
    16. Every documented case of someone discovering a Sasquatch has turned out to be a hoax, I think at a certain point it stops being a mystery and starts just being something rednecks do for fun.
    15. Atlantis was never intended to be taken as a literal city, it was just a hypothetical city Plato created to give philosophers something to talk about.
    14. A set of bones from a body of Amelia Earhart’s proportions with equipment she was known to be carrying with her at the time of her disappearance was found on an island just to the southeast of where Earhart was headed just 4 years after she vanished.
    2. Based on the fact that 9 of the Mary Celeste’s cargo barrels of raw alcohol were empty, the primary theory is that there was a pressure wave-type explosion which left everything on board the ship unharmed and unmarked, but likely terrified the crew so badly that they immediately abandoned ship.
    1. Even the original Nessie image was proven to be a picture of a log taken in bad lighting, I’d say there’s no more mystery to the Loch Ness Monster than there is to Sasquatch.

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  • itchy steve

    The sailing stones are due to the following circumstances.
    The stones are in a dry riverbed or lake bed which gets filled with shallow water in the winter.
    This water freezes around the stones.
    When the ice thaws, the stones are locked in chunks of ice.
    The chunks of ice move around, leaving channels where the stones drag against the bottom.
    Then the ice melts and dries leaving the stones with the mysterious tracks.

  • Coroxn

    1 and 2 are discredited now. The Mary Celeste had a sister-ship that murdered everyone on board and sailed off, and in 2003, the BBC sponsored a full search of the Loch using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite tracking. The search had enough resolution to pick up a small buoy. No animal of any substantial size was found whatsoever and despite high hopes, the scientists involved in the expedition admitted that this essentially proved the Loch Ness monster was only a myth.

    • Ryan

      Really curious where you got this Mary Celeste sister ship murder idea? The ship was found with all of its doors open. It was carrying alcohol. One small leak and the fumes will build in the hull until an ignition source. Once ignited, being alcohol, it will burn quickly and clearly creating a pressure differential that would burst every door open. Now tell me, if you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean back in those days, and all the doors on you’re boat suddenly flew open without reason? would you stay on the damn boat? I would be off of it in a heartbeat, even if it means I’m swimming.

  • Simon Dedman

    A good theory for Bimini road is expounded in the excellent book 1421 – The Year China Discovered The World. He proposes that a Chinese armada (the subject of the book) pitches up at North Bimini with one of their number carrying damage to the hull which needed repairing. The theory goes that with the sea level at the time, the road they made would have been shallower, and served as a slipway from where they could mend the hull and relaunch her.

    Later in the book he continues to trace the voyages of the 3 (i think) strands of the armada as they make their way around the globe, one of which travelled down the western seaboard of the Americas, trading with the indiginous populations as they went. He speculates – not unreasonably in my opinion – that their appearance (short, until-then-unseen facial structure, wearing white gowns) and way-ahead-of-everyone-else technology gave rise to the ‘grey’ alien myth which is strongly linked to central america and the Mayans, among others, with whom they would assumedly have traded. This is supported by the presence of asian mRNA and traditional chinese pottery making skills in pockets of central america which have no business being there. Look again at Chucaprabas – short, big head, odd eyes. Could this just be a central american tribe’s story of the time they met a chinese expedition, multiplied by 500 years of exaggeration to add wings and hooves and spines etc etc…?

    • Henry Ceserny

      Brilliant

  • julie

    DB cooper was found in 2009/2010

  • Sam

    The “sailing stones” are moved due to the beautiful powers of the wind

  • jon

    Number 24, the sailing stones. I don’t understand the mystery on this nor why I have yet to see anyone try and answer it simply. It wouldn’t take much more than a thunderstorm to produce enough moisture to soften the soil while reducing friction when coupled with swirling winds blowing on an odd, randomly formed surface of the rock may result in an odd randomly carved path. I’m also guessing these storms occur more than once in time-span between visits by would be mystery solvers which would further the length and randomness of these paths…I didn’t research the climate of this region so I could be desperately wrong but I’m a fan of keeping it simple, stupid.

  • curious

    HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN BD COOPERS ARTIST IMPRESSION AND THE ZODIAC KILLERS? I GUESS PEOPLE ALL LOOK ALIKE TO SKETCH ARTISTS..

    • Anonymous

      Seriously? If so, then Cooper’s real name must have been Arthur Allen {AKA Zodiac} and suffering from a bad case of remorse.