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Our world is full of human mysteries, from missing planes to a vast city hidden beneath the Earth. These stories have been hot topics for many decades, inspiring films, books, and television shows because they simply could not be explained. We are continually fascinated by these mysteries as we try to piece together clues to solve them as they have baffled even experts over the years. But some of them have finally been cracked open.
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The Death of Anastasia
During the October Revolution of 1918, Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family were executed by the Bolshevik secret police. However, their bodies were not found immediately, including that of 17-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna. Thus, rumors started swirling that she had somehow escaped. Over the next few years, many women claimed that they were the missing duchess. The most popular was Anna Anderson, a German woman living in an asylum in 1921. Although she had fooled a lot of people, survivors of the Romanov dynasty rejected her. In 2007, two burned skeletons were found in a gravesite. The DNA test confirmed that one of them was indeed Anastasia.
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“Baby Hope” Identified
In 1991, construction workers in New York found the body of a 4-year-old girl in a blue cooler, wrapped in a black garbage bag and buried under cans of Coca-Cola. According to List Verse, an online site that publishes lists that intrigue and educate, specializing in the bizarre or lesser-known trivia, the body was too deteriorated to identify and so was given the name “Baby Hope.” In 2013, Baby Hope was finally identified as the daughter of Margarita Castillo named Anjelica, and revealed a horrible story behind her death. Anjelica was raped and then killed by Conrado Juarez, her cousin. He told Margarita what happened. She instructed him to put the body in the cooler and then get rid of it.
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The Secret of the Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle is known for its strange phenomenon, mysterious weather, vanishing ships and planes that have gone into the area but never came out. For decades, people thought that these were caused by inter-dimensional vortices, extraterrestrial invaders, or oceanic flatulence. However, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle was explained by librarian and pilot Lawrence David Kusche in 1975. According to Kusche, the ships that vanished sank in bad weather or suffered explainable accidents. Sometimes, the wreckage was recovered. The US Coast Guard also said that their service "does not recognize the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes.”
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Why the Mayans Vanished
During 700 or 800 CE, the Mayans abandoned dozens of cities that they built. Some thought that they were defeated in a battle or that the ruling class was overthrown in a peasant revolt. For years, a lot of experts wondered what happened to them. In 2012, a study confirmed that the Mayan civilization collapsed due to a self-created environmental disaster. According to HowStuffWorks, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they saw on the news or read in history books, they burned and chopped down so much of the forests that they altered the land's ability to absorb solar radiation. All of them were forced to leave the city due to drought, failed agriculture, and less available food.
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Raoul Wallenberg’s Death
Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish businessman, was known for saving more than 100,000 Jewish lives during World War II. He made fake papers to help them escape, leading to his detention in a Soviet prison camp. In 1947, the Soviets claimed that Wallenberg died of a heart attack. However, many people didn’t believe them. The diaries of KGB head Ivan Serov were published in June 2016. In one of his entries, he said, “I have no doubts that Wallenberg was liquidated in 1947.” Truth be told, it was later found that he was killed on direct orders from Stalin and Molotov themselves.
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How the Pyramids Were Built
For many centuries, a lot of people believed that Egyptian pyramids were created by extraterrestrial visitors, pointing out that the ancient Egyptians could not have moved those massive, multi-ton stone blocks with just muscle power. For them, alien anti-gravity technology made the task possible. However, a 2014 study by researchers from the University of Amsterdam proved that the ancient Egyptians were indeed the ones who built the pyramids. They found out that a large team of workers could have hauled the giant stone blocks on a sled. They were able to drag the blocks to the pyramid by pouring water on the sand to reduce friction.
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Bella in the Wych Elm
In 1943, four boys in Worcestershire discovered a human skull inside a witch hazel tree. The ritualistically murdered body was never claimed. Since then, strange graffiti messages started appearing around the town asking, “Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?” The police had no idea who the woman was and why the people called her Bella. In 2006, Professor James Webster revealed that the woman was a German actress named Clara Baurle who happens to be working as a Nazi spy. Clara performed in the West under the name “Clarabella.” She was ordered to parachute into the area in 1941 but was never heard from again.