You’ve most likely heard of the Bermuda Triangle (also known as the Devil’s Triangle) and the lost city of Atlantis, two of the most widely known mysteries in human history. These are just two of the many unexplained mysteries that remain to this day. Even though our technological and scientific advancements have helped us clarify many bizarre cases and phenomena we once couldn’t, that doesn’t mean time or progress can always shed light on every mystery. Oddities continue to baffle modern science and elude the growing power of technology as experts continue—in vain in some cases—to search for rational explanations to some of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, which are as confounding as they are exhilarating. For example, most of us know and admire the magnificent Parthenon, but you might be surprised to learn that many mysteries surround this iconic structure’s construction. Another example is “the Babushka Lady,” the unknown woman who was right in front of the action when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Who was she? Why was she there? Did she take photos of the assassination? we simply don’t know. Take a look at these 25 Unexplained Mysteries That We Have Failed To Figure Out to see even more mysteries that beg to be resolved.
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The lost land of Paititi
We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of the lost city of Atlantis but have you ever heard of Paititi? Paititi, the legendary lost Inca city that is supposed to be full of gold and other riches, allegedly lies east of the Andes, hidden somewhere within the remote rain forests of southeast Peru, northern Bolivia, or southwest Brazil.
The mysteries of the Parthenon
The Parthenon is one of the most iconic and prized structures of Western civilization, but there are many mysteries surrounding it. For example, how did the ancient Athenians carry all that marble from Mount Pentelicus and build this masterpiece with primitive tools and resources available at the time? How did they achieve such flawless proportions and balance? How did they conceive of and form such subtle visual elements? How did the workers work with such precision, sometimes accurate to within a fraction of a millimeter (when even modern computers fail), without the help of modern technology? After 2,500 years we still don’t know.
The Palpa Flat Mountain
There are numerous mountains with features such as flat tops, mysterious straight lines, and fascinating ancient drawings; however, the Palpa Flat Mountain houses one of the most impressive display of such features. The “strips” on the surface of this mountain appear as though they were literally “drawn” by a giant with a spray gun directly from above.
The fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
In what is undoubtedly the biggest mystery of this decade, MH370 vanished with 239 people on board on March 8, 2014, on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Despite the ongoing searches and some of the world’s most powerful countries, including Russia, China, France, and the United States, sending some of their best investigators to shed light on the case; we still have no clue what happened that day.
The Devil's Footprints
On the early morning of 9 February 1855, people in towns across southern Devon, England, awoke to find a single line of hoof-like marks in the deep snow as if they had been branded with a hot iron. The Times said the marks were found over a distance of 40 miles on both sides of the Exe, as if “some strange and mysterious animal endowed with the power of ubiquity” had created them during the night. The footprints were called the “Devil’s footprints” because some people believed that they were the tracks of Satan, as they were allegedly made by a cloven hoof. Many theories have been put forward to explain the incident, but not one can explain all the reported marks and the mystery remains to this day.