From human feet washing up on Canadian beaches to missing stars, these are not your average discoveries. While some are purely scientific, others are purely disturbing, and the rest fall somewhere in between. The one thing they all have in common (besides being discovered) is that they are unexplained. Well, let us rephrase that. The numerous existing explanations either conflict or are debatable. These are 25 strange and sometimes disturbing discoveries that remain unexplained.
An unidentified man was found dead on a beach near Adelaide, Australia on December 1, 1948. He had a piece of paper in his trousers with the phrase “tamam shud” on it. In Persian this means “finished” or “ended”. Shortly after it was discovered that the phrase had been torn from a copy of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (a book) which was found in a nearby car. Within the book was a code as well a phone number. No government has ever been able to identify the body or find any leads. The case has become one of Australia’s (and the Cold War’s) most profound mysteries.
Possibly the most popular geoglyphs in the world, the Nazca Lines of Peru are a mystery both in purpose and construction. While numerous theories have been put forth (astronomy, religion, etc) there is still debate surrounding the structures.
Water on Mars
Ever since the discovery of ice on Mars scientists have been debating as to whether or not liquid water ever flowed on its surface. The theme of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has even been named “Follow The Water”.
If you look at the amount of fuel for star formation in the universe you’ll come to the realization that there should be nearly 10 times as many stars. This is possibly one of the greatest anti-discoveries of our time. Unless you count the next entry…
Stars aren’t the only thing missing. For a long time scientists have been trying to find where most of the universe’s matter actually is. Due to studies involving gravitation and the structure of the universe, scientists have only discovered 5% of what actually should be there. This means that 95% of the universe’s mass is missing. Well, sort of. This missing 95% consists of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. They are called dark because they do not emit electromagnetic radiation and thus cannot be seen, not even with infrared telescopes. Their existence has only been inferred by their effects on visible matter.