25 Mysterious Photos That Should Not Exist

Posted by , Updated on November 14, 2017

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Have you ever seen a photo and thought to yourself, “what on Earth?” Well, we have! And today we’re going to take a look at some of these strange photos. Whether they involve weird apparitions or time travelers that seem out of place, these are 25 mysterious photos that should not exist!

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The skunk ape

The skunk apeSource: mentalfloss.com

In 2000 an anonymous source mailed several photos of a “skunk ape” to the Sarasota police department in Florida. Some people have claimed that it is in fact a black bear, but so far there isn’t a consensus.

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The giant finger

The giant fingerSource: craveonline.com

In 1985, a man named Gregor Sporri met a grave robber during a trip to Egypt and he photographed a 15 inch long mummified finger that the robber showed him. Since then the photo has obviously generated controversy.

23

The spaceman

The spacemanSource: cryptopia.us

When Jim Templeton took a photo of his daughter during a family trip, he could have sworn he was only focusing on his daughter. When the photo was developed though, it looked like a space man was standing behind her. Even Kodak got in on the action and explained that the film hadn’t been altered. Many theories have tried to explain this photo including one where Jim’s wife might have stepped in the shot.

22

Madonna of the UFO

Madonna of the UFOSource: florenceinferno.com

One of the most well known mysterious paintings, this picture was painted during the 16th century by an anonymous artist. It depicts a UFO over Mary’s shoulder and a man staring up at it.

21

Battle of Los Angeles

Battle of Los AngelesSource: latimes.com

Not long after Pearl Harbor, a weather balloon triggered a false alarm and anti-aircraft guns all over LA county opened fire. The image shows the mayhem, and some people refused to believe that there wasn’t an attack. Conspiracy theorists claim the invaders were UFOs.


20

Naga fireballs

Naga fireballsSource: mnn.com

These fiery balls can be seen rising out of the Mekong River between Thailand and Laos. So far there are several explanations (plasma, fireworks, etc), but nothing conclusive.

19

The man from the future

The man from the futureSource: lifedaily.com

This photo was taken during the opening of the South Forks Bridge in Canada in 1941. It seems normal except for one guy who appears to be wearing clothes from a later time period. He’s also holding a more modern camera and sporting a logo that doesn’t seem appropriate for the time period.

18

Hessdalen lights

Hessdalen lightsSource: dailymail.co.uk

The multicolored lights that sometimes hover above Hessdalen valley in Norway are now thought to be caused by some sort of natural underground battery.

17

The UFO burn

The UFO burnSource: huffingtonpost.ca

On May 20, 1967, while Stefan Michalak was in the Canadian woods near Falcon Lake, he claims to have seen two UFOs land in a clearing. After approaching and trying to contact the pilots of the crafts, the ships suddenly took off, blasting him through a grate like structure.

16

The NASA pyramid

The NASA pyramidSource: izismile.com

Taken by Apollo 17, this image of the moon didn’t show anything until somebody decided to turn up the contrast. Is it a pyramid? Or something else? Whatever it is, it has generated a lot of controversy.

15

The Phoenix lights

The Phoenix lightsSource: thesun.co.uk

In 1997 a series of bright lights appeared over Phoenix. While the Air Force claimed that the lights were actually flares, they reappeared in 2007 and 2008.

14

Our Lady of Zeitoun

Our Lady of ZeitounSource: bbc.com

This mass apparition of the Virgin Mary happened in the Zeitoun district of Cairo over the course of several years in the late 60s.

13

Spontaneous combustion

Spontaneous combustionSource: lifedaily.com

In 1951, the police department of St. Petersburg, Florida snapped this photo of Mary Reeser. Her entire body was consumed by flames while she sat in her armchair. The only thing remaining was her left foot and nothing else in the room was affected. To this day, forensic investigators don’t know what actually happened.

12

The babushka lady

The babushka ladySource: nytimes.com

Bystanders claimed that this mysterious lady was said to have caught JFK’s assassination on camera, especially considering that she had a perfect vantage point and was filming the whole thing. The problem, however, is that she was never found or heard from again.

11

The Black Knight satellite

The Black Knight satellite

Conspiracy theorists allege that this NASA photo shows the Black Knight satellite, an extra terrestrial satellite that has been orbiting Earth for thousands of years. NASA says that it is most likely just space junk.

10

Hook Island sea monster

Hook Island sea monsterSource: scientificamerican.com

Taken by French photographer Robert Serrec off the coast of Australia, this supposed sea monster has caused quite a stir.

9

The specter

The specterSource: dailymail.co.uk

When Reverend K.F. Lord took this famous photograph in North Yorkshire’s Newby Church he swore that there wasn’t anybody else in the church.

8

3 Men And A Baby

3 Men And A BabySource: lifehacklane.com

This 1987 comedy never featured any kids peeking through curtains, but this screenshot would make you think otherwise!

7

The late husband

The late husbandSource: lifehacklane.com

When a family member snapped this lady’s photo there wasn’t anybody in the background, much less the lady’s late husband!

6

The phantom thumb

The phantom thumbSource: canyouactually.com

The phantom thumb appears next to the kid on the right. It freaked people out because it didn’t seem to belong to anybody.

5

The time traveler's watch

The time traveler's watchSource: express.co.uk

In 2008 a team of Chinese archeologists allegedly opened an ancient tomb and found this golden wrist watch. Of course, the question remains…is it real?

4

Another NASA image

Another NASA imageSource: urbanplanet.org

Remember the pyramid? Well, here’s another shot from the Apollo 17 mission.

3

Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness MonsterSource: bbc.com

Possibly the most well known mysterious photo is of Nessie, the famed monster of Loch Ness.

2

Bigfoot

BigfootSource: adventure-journal.com

Also known as Sasquatch, this forest dwelling ape man of the Pacific Northwest inhabits numerous legends…and photographs!

1

The original UFO

The original UFOSource: indianexpress.com

Taken in 1950 in McMinnville, Oregon, this photo was the first UFO image to make waves in newspapers across the nation. Since then, such photos have become much more common.

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