An unsolved mystery can be a small sliver right underneath the skin, annoying, perplexing, and curious all at the same time. We want to solve the mystery right away but love the thrill of putting all the pieces together. The knowledge that it might never be solved only salivates our curiosity. Well, to whet your appetite, here are 25 Unsolved Mysteries That Will Make Your Head Spin.
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Easter Island and the Moai
As one of the most remote islands in the world, it’s a mystery how the original inhabitants found or successfully traveled to Easter Island. However, even more mysterious is the 10 to 270 ton human figure statues called “Moai” that stretch around the coast of the island. There are approximately 900 statues in all. The tallest completed statue is 33 ft tall, but some believe uncompleted ones could have gone up to 69 ft. While theories abound, no one knows exactly how the ancient inhabitants transported these massive statues all over the island.
Renowned for being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart is a legend and well known for trying to circumnavigate the globe in 1937. Unfortunately, her attempt failed and she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Three prominent theories exist about what happened to her (and plenty of crackpot conspiracy theories), but none have conclusively solved the mystery.
In 1966, two couples were in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, driving past the “TNT Area” when they saw a figure in one of the buildings. They described it as half-man, half bird, with glowing red eyes and a wingspan of eight to twelve feet. The couples drove away when the creature made a screeching noise. It pursued them but stopped at the sight of city lights. A few days later there was another sighting, and more and more sightings came up that year around the same area. Some believe it could be a government experiment gone wrong or merely a large sand hill crane.
Dyatlov Pass incident
A group of ten students decided to go on a ski trip out in the Ural Mountains in 1959. When they made camp on Kholat Syakhl, they all went to sleep that night in their tents. But something forced them to tear holes out of their tents and run out into subzero temperatures with hardly any clothes on. Some died of hypothermia, others of physical trauma. One student had his skull crushed in while another female had her tongue missing. Researchers don’t know what happened exactly but believe an “unknown force” was involved. Explanations vary from infrasound causing the campers to panic, military tests that went awry, and a Yeti attack.
The Hinterkaifeck Mystery
In 1922, on a small farmstead 70 kilometers north of Munich, the Gruber family maid started to get spooked. She claimed to see footsteps in the attic and items being randomly moved. One day she had had enough, picked up her things, and walked off the farm never to return. Mr. Gruber also claimed to have seen footsteps walking into the barn but none coming back. But, of course, when it’s your farm you can’t just walk away, right? Well, one April day, one by one, each member of the Gruber family was lured in the barn where they were murdered with a mattock. The attacker then went into the house and murdered their two-year-old son and the new maid. The murderers were never solved even after a team of modern forensic students reopened the case.
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