25 Strange Phenomena of the Decade

Posted by , Updated on January 10, 2024

From antiquity to today, science has been man’s ultimate tool in the attempt to understand how the natural world works, with empirical evidence as the basis of that understanding. However, many cases have been recorded in which even science can’t reasonably explain certain natural phenomena which some might refer to as miracles, and which others call unexplained mysteries. Of course, we won’t try to explain any of these strange phenomena, but instead list 25 of the most shocking that have occurred during the first half of this decade. So, can you explain any of these strange phenomena?



The Harbour Mille incident

Harbour Mille incident

The Harbour Mille incident wasn’t just another bizarre UFO story but the reported sightings of multiple unidentified flying objects during the night of January 25, 2010, near Harbour Mille, Canada. At least three UFOs were spotted and according to the descriptions of various witnesses, the objects looked like missiles but emitted no noise. A resident managed to take a photograph of one of the objects.


Man becomes math genius after being punched in the head


Even though medical science assures us that head injuries burn cells and technically make us “dumber” (ask boxers), this isn’t the case for Jason Padgett, who became a mathematical genius overnight after an attacker punched him in the head. The thirty-one-year-old man was a college dropout who had no background in mathematics beyond the everyday basics or did not engage in any spiritual activity or interests whatsoever.

Padgett is one of only forty known people in history to have “acquired­savant syndrome,” an unexplained condition in which trauma to the head results in the emergence of remarkable talent in math, art, or music.


Dozens of turtles died in Florida

turles florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission failed to figure out the reason behind the death of dozens of turtles in Keystone Heights in January 2012. Locals noticed the dead turtles at the end of Pinon Road and after further investigation, experts ruled out traumatic death as the cause.


Humanlike flying creature sighted in Chile


A strange report emerged from Chile in 2013 detailing sightings of a peculiar winged creature. The young man, who witnessed the mysterious animal flying between two trees near Bustamante Park in Santiago, Chile, described it pretty much as a cross between Batman and Dracula: bat-like wings, a beak full of razor-sharp teeth, tearing claws, and a long tail with a flanged end. Was this flying reptile a figment of the young man’s imagination or does it provide living proof that prehistoric creatures still exist?


A three-year-old gives creepy details about the person who killed him in his past life

3 year old boy

Last year, in the Golan Heights near the border of Syria and Israel, a three-year-old boy claimed he remembered being murdered in a previous life. The boy said he was murdered with an axe, ushering elders to where his murdered body was buried. The creepiest part of this story is that what they found there was a skeleton with the murder weapon lying next to it. Of course, no official scientific answer has been given yet concerning this eerie phenomenon, and we have a feeling that research into this case will last for years if not decades to come.


Bone-shaped rock photographed on Mars

Bone-shaped rock photographed on Mars

In 2014, curious observers and eagle-eyed Internet users spotted an alleged “thigh bone” in images taken on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover. This was one of the latest in a long line of bizarre objects claimed to have been sighted in Mars photographs, and as it usually happens in these cases, a logical explanation has yet to be given by NASA.


A young man who’s trapped in his own “déjà vu” for ages

a close up of a person's eye

A twenty-three-year-old student whose name has not been disclosed has fallen victim to one of the most extreme recorded cases of déjà vu ever. According to his own claims, he has such a strong sensation of having done things before that he can barely function and recently had to drop out of college. Although no official explanation has been given for his condition, according to psychology expert Dr. Christine Wells, this could be the first-ever recorded instance of psychogenic déjà vu, which could be triggered by anxiety rather than a neurological condition such as dementia or epilepsy.


The gigantic ice ring in Antarctica

ice ring in Antarctica

A ring-shaped crater was first spotted about two months ago by geophysicist Christian Muller in Antarctica’s King Baudoin Ice Shelf during a routine survey flight over the region in December. The mystery surrounding this 2 km ice ring in Antarctica led Muller and his team to discover two previous studies pertaining to a large meteorite around the size of a house that was believed to have landed somewhere in the Antarctic back in 2004. The researchers now believe that the ice ring they found might be the impact site of a meteorite that struck the area 11 years ago.


Young man wakes up on fire

man on fire

Last summer police officers from Edmonton, Canada, investigated one of the weirdest cases in the history of the department. A twenty-year-old boy woke up in shock to find that he was engulfed in flames. According to witnesses the blaze started spontaneously on his body. The victim was treated for second-degree burns at a local hospital, and all the doctors who reviewed his case said they have never seen anything like it and can’t explain it.


The weird case of a Lake Michigan shipwreck

Lake Michigan shipwreck

In 2011 two American treasure hunters began searching Lake Michigan for gold. What they found instead were the long-lost remains of a seventeenth-century ship that they believed to be the Griffin, a vessel built by French explorer Robert de La Salle in 1679. The newly discovered wreck, however, has turned out to be somewhat of a mystery as experts have been unable to agree on whether it’s actually the ship the treasure hunters claim it is or something that hasn’t even been historically recorded.


Missing beach suddenly reappears overnight

Porthleven in Cornwallphys.org

Recently, a very strange and unusual natural phenomenon occurred that most experts can’t explain. The entire sand volume at Porthleven in Cornwall (UK) mysteriously disappeared due to a freak tide, but after a second high tide a few hours later, the entire sand volume was re-deposited on the beach, returning it to its original state.


 “Human shadow” photographed on Mars

'Human shadow' mars

This is the very latest find to hit the web about the recent missions to Mars. As you can clearly see in the photo taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover, there’s a clear shadow of an actual person working on repairing the rover while standing right next to it. Most conspiracy theorists have jumped to various conclusions with the two most popular being that either a human is already capable of traveling to and living on Mars, or that the mission is a hoax and that the rover never even went there, and all these photos have been taken at the same studio where the moon landing was shot.


Icebergs have their own sound signatures


Many researchers from universities in the US, UK, and Poland have recently found that different types of icebergs can be identified from their acoustic signatures. By placing underwater microphones near the Hans Glacier in Svalbard (in the Arctic Ocean), they were able to monitor the process of ice breaking away from the main flow. Although they all agree that this natural phenomenon is real, no one can explain how it occurs and so it remains a mystery.


Fireball UFO sighted over South America

Fireball UFO

I know what you’re probably thinking after seeing “UFO” in the title but in this case it looks like what you see in the picture isn’t a result of Photoshop (or a fanatical claim of alien abduction). The strange burning object was sighted by multiple witnesses across two countries (Brazil and Argentina) last month. Most astronomers theorize this to be a comet though a certain explanation has not been found.


Woman has 1,000 near-death experiences

near death experience

Few people in history have had the bad or good (depending on how you see it) luck of having a near-death experience during their lifetime but apparently that’s not the case for forty-nine-year-old Beverley Gilmour who has had over a thousand near-death experiences in the past thirty years! In 2013, doctors and scientists studying her condition, classified her incredibly unique case as the only known one in the world and have yet to give any logical explanation as to why this woman has been flirting with death over and over again.


Strange clouds formed over Panama City Beach, Florida

Strange clouds

On the day of the rare snowstorm in Libya in 2012, strange clouds, which looked like a tidal wave of cotton filling, “conquered” the sky above Panama City Beach. Was it a tidal wave of cotton filling? Or, according to the more extreme theorists, some ghostly aerodynamics maybe? The only sure thing is that the mysterious cloud formations in Panama City Beach that day had the weather world buzzing.


Apocalyptic sounds were heard throughout Costa Rica


The strange sound heard throughout Costa Rica in 2012 became somewhat of a global phenomenon. On January 9, 2012, thousands of Costa Ricans awoke to a strange loud sound that emanated from the sky. Many frightened civilians called the authorities to report the apocalyptic-sounding hum but the lame explanation concerning the thunderous sound that they received left most of them even more suspicious.


“Extinct” deer turns up alive in Vietnam

extinct deer

A team of researchers who have been studying deer populations at the Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province were amazed when they rediscovered a species that disappeared over eighty-five years ago and hadn’t been seen for nearly a century. So far, they don’t have a scientific explanation for this bizarre development, which has caused many conspiracy theorists to label the situation as an unexplained “resurrection” of sorts.


The twelve-year-old unable to feel thirst or hunger

Landon Jones

A medical mystery surrounds the unexplained condition of twelve-year-old Landon Jones, a boy who never gets hungry or thirsty. The boy, from Cedar Falls, Iowa, noticed something was wrong when he woke up on October 14, 2013, feeling dizzy and suffering from chest congestion. A chest X-ray later showed he had a bacterial infection in his left lung, which later healed.

However, ever since then, the boy has no physical desire to eat or drink, even though he can still taste and smell normally. Consequently, Landon’s weight has dropped dramatically and his parents have to constantly remind him to eat and drink.


A mysterious diamond-filled rock found in Russia

diamond rock russia

A strange chunk of rock containing thirty thousand individual diamonds was unearthed in a Russian mine two months ago. The red-and-green tinted rock is considered to be so rare and unusual that it was donated to science so that research could be carried out on its composition and origins.


Billions of weird creatures invade US beaches

weird creatures invade US beaches

Huge numbers of the organism known as “by-the-wind sailors” have been washing up along the West Coast during the past few months. The blue sea creatures have started to turn up on America’s shores in such large quantities that in some regions they are believed to number in the billions. Nobody knows for sure why this strange phenomenon has been happening.


Mysterious red glow spotted over the Pacific

Mysterious red glow

Two Russian pilots recently reported seeing a strange but beautiful underwater light show while flying near Kamchatka. They first spotted the phenomenon around five hours into their flight from Hong Kong to Alaska. It began with a sudden intense flash in the distance before red-and-orange glows could be seen permeating the ocean.

The strangest thing, however, is that there were no storms in the region at the time of the sighting and neither of the men had ever seen anything like it before.


Fish washed ashore in Norway on New Year’s Eve and then disappeared

Fish washed ashore Norway

In 2012 thousands of dead herring carpeted a stretch of coast in northern Norway and then (even more bizarrely) disappeared. The original estimations of twenty tons of dead fish couldn’t be verified simply because before the locals could start the official count, the fish disappeared. This phenomenon has yet to be explained.


The “blue sphere shower”

The “blue sphere shower

Following a hailstorm in England, tiny blue jelly-like spheres about 3 cm in diameter fell from the sky. After they rained down, the sky turned dark yellow. A local witness reported that he found a few spheres and noticed that they had an exterior shell and a softer inner one but did not smell, weren’t sticky, and did not melt. What were these spheres? We will probably never know.


It rains dead birds from the sky in Arkansas


The locals of a small Arkansas town witnessed a really macabre phenomenon back in 2012 when they saw over 5,000 dead blackbirds drop from the sky in the early hours of the New Year. What’s even more mysterious is that this was the second year in a row that dead birds had fallen as the calendar year changed.