Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress throughout the years. Despite the technological advancements and the development of our collective human knowledge, mysteries persist. Unsolved cases and stories have boggled our minds. These mysteries have been explored in books, movies, and television shows. Scientists and other experts have investigated some of these to no avail. Here some of the mysteries that continue to puzzle our minds:
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Perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument, Stonehenge is best known for its carved bluestones that weigh six tons and are stacked on top of each other. According to archaeologists, the stone monument was built by Neolithic inhabitants during the 2500 - 3000 BC. However, the purpose or function of Stonehenge remains one of the most highly debated and greatest mysteries of human history. The most popular and commonly accepted theory is that the site is a burial ground. Others suggest that it tells of an alien invasion, glacial movement, or a place filled with healing powers.
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The Lost City of Atlantis
One of the oldest and greatest mysteries of the world is the Lost City of Atlantis. It was believed that Atlantis had submerged after an earthquake or tsunami. There have been countless expeditions led by historians and explorers to find the underwater island. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they saw on the news or read in history books, the Greek philosopher Plato described it as a large island home to the most advanced civilization.
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Jack the Ripper
Considered one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, Jack the Ripper was responsible for the brutal murders of at least five women in London in 1888. Up to this date, the identity of the serial killer is still unknown despite many investigations conducted throughout the years. During that time, Ripper sent several letters to the police taunting officers' efforts to find him. Professor William Rubinstein, a historian and author, described this story as “palpable nonsense from beginning to end.”
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Cleopatra and Mark Antony, her lover, died in 30 BC. It was believed that they were buried together in a tomb, however, the location of the tomb remains a mystery until now. According to an article by Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history, the writer Plutarch described the tomb as a "lofty and beautiful" monument which contains treasures made of gold, silver, emeralds, pearls, ebony and ivory. Zahi Hawass, Egypt's former antiquities minister, conducted excavations at Taposiris Magna in 2010, hoping to find Cleopatra‘s tomb. They never found it, but it led to many interesting archaeological discoveries.
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The Sodder Children
In 1945, the Sodder home burned to the ground. Five out of ten children of George and Jennie Sodder managed to survive. However, the other five seemed to vanish into thin air. This is because the authorities found no physical remains of the children, which is virtually impossible from a scientific standpoint. But that’s not the only mystery that night. When George was trying to save his children, he noticed that the phone lines to the house had been cut. A woman at a Charleston hotel claimed that she had seen four of the five children a week after the fire. Another woman claimed that she saw all five missing children peering from a passing car while the fire was in progress.
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The Mary Celeste
On December 5, 1872, American merchant brigantine Mary Celeste was found deserted in the Atlantic Ocean by the crew of another cargo-carrying vessel, the Dei Gratia. The crew and passengers of the ship were nowhere to be found. However, Mary Celeste was reportedly discovered in “a thoroughly wet mess.” Several possessions were left behind and the lifeboats were missing. Many theories tried to explain what happened to the crew and passengers.
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The Salem Witch Trials
In 1962, a total of 19 men and women were convicted of witchcraft, while hundreds of others were accused in the American village of Salem. According to an article by History Extra, an online site that features thousands of historical articles on both British and world history for all levels of knowledge and interest, the people believed that the ‘bewitchment’ of young women had caused the initial hysteria and arrests. The story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice. However, the reason behind the mass hysteria which caused vomiting, hallucinations, and a crawling sensation under the skin remains unknown.