30 of the Most Fascinating Unexplained Phenomena in History
The Mary Celeste
Found abandoned and adrift in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in 1872, the Mary Celeste’s crew were nowhere to be found. The ship was still seaworthy with plenty of food and water on board, leading to theories of mutiny or piracy – but no one knows what happened to the crew to this day.
The Tunguska Event
A mysterious explosion occurred in the remote Tunguska region of Siberia in 1908, flattening trees and affecting an area greater than London. No evidence of a meteorite impact was found, leading some to believe it was caused by a comet or even a tiny black hole.
Lake Anjikuni Disappearance
Legend has it that an entire Inuit village near Lake Anjikuni, Canada, disappeared without a trace in 1930. No bodies were found and every possession was left behind – but some claim to have seen mysterious lights around the area on the night of the disappearance.
The Wow! Signal
In 1977, a signal originating from deep space was picked up by the Big Ear radio telescope. The signal was so clearly artificial and strong that the analyst marking it on the print out simply wrote “Wow!” next to it. The signal has never been heard again.
Mysterious patterns have appeared in crop fields around the world for hundreds of years. Many theories have been proposed including pranksters, weather phenomenon and alien communication – but no one knows for sure.
The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers
In 1900, the three lightkeepers on the remote Flannan Isles, Scotland, completely vanished. The lighthouse was locked from the inside and no evidence was left behind except an overturned chair and an abandoned meal. The official record suggests they were swept away by a giant wave, but no one knows for sure.
The Taos Hum
Since the 1990s, people living in the small town of Taos, Mexico have reported a mysterious low-frequency hum with no possible origin. The sound is described as similar to the noise made by a distant generator and has attracted scientists, journalists and even Hear’say star Myleene Klass, who tried but failed to find the source.
People have reported seeing glowing, floating orbs of light for centuries. These balls of lightning often appear in the middle of an electrical storm and can last for a few seconds or several minutes. The phenomenon is still not fully understood by scientists.
The Philadelphia Experiment
The US Navy supposedly conducted a top secret experiment in the 1940s to make their battleship invisible to radar using electromagnetism. The result was catastrophic, causing the ship to not only disappear but travel through time – or so the story goes. Despite being widely discredited in various investigations, many still believe the Philadelphia Experiment to be a real event.
The Taos Light
Witnesses in Taos, New Mexico, have reported seeing a bright, pulsing light in the sky above the horizon. The light often twinkles and sometimes changes colour. While some think it’s simply an odd form of light pollution, others believe it could be a UFO.
The Dancing Plague
During the summer of 1518, hundreds of people in Strasbourg suddenly started dancing uncontrollably in the streets. The bizarre dancing only ended when the exhausted and dehydrated participants were transported to a shrine to pray for salvation. No one knows for sure what caused the dancing plague, with theories suggesting everything from mass hysteria to poisoning by ergot fungus.
Reports of humanoid creatures with wings have been documented for centuries, particularly in Mexico City. The creatures are usually described as resembling bats, often with an orb in the centre of their chests. While some people believe these sightings to be extraterrestrial in nature, others cite sightings of similarly strange creatures through history.
Recorded in 1997 by underwater microphones over 5000km away, the Bloop is one of the loudest sounds ever recorded in history. Some believe that the noise was caused by a massive marine creature yet undiscovered, while others say it could have been the result of underwater volcanic activity.
Throughout the 1990s, farmers in Puerto Rico noticed their livestock had been drained of blood, leading to legends of El Chupacabra, the “goat sucker”. Sighting reports describe a creature similar to a kangaroo or lizard with fangs and spikes. Despite extensive hunting, captures and even kill confirmations, El Chupacabra has never been found or proven.
Kaz II Sailing Yacht
Discovered adrift and abandoned off the coast of Australia in 2007, the Kaz II’s crew were nowhere to be found. Unusually, there were no signs of struggle on the boat, with hammocks left up and plates still stacked. The satellite phone had also been thrown overboard. The disappearance of the crew remains a mystery.
The Hessdalen Lights
High over the Hessdalen valley in Norway, a mystery light show has been occurring for decades. Strange light orbs up to several metres in size have been spotted at altitudes between 500 and 10,000 metres, often creating vivid and impossible formations.
The Eyes That Follow
Folklore has long suggested that paintings and photographs can have a life beyond human knowledge, with the “eyes that follow” being famous examples of creeping occular sensations inspired by lifelike artwork’s portrait subcategory.
The Erasmus Tapes
In 1979, Dutch doctor Dun Hoogerbrugge analysed an unfinished tape for the first-ever tele-cheating around students Roland and Sophie at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. When subsequent eyewitness accounts justified the duo’s claims that the tape showed slurs against them, Hoogerbrugge withdrew his analysis after sticking to his blindness through multiple sessions before it was realised the original missing tape explained the situation.
The Bell Witch
The legend of The Bell Witch began in 1817 in Red River, Tennessee with the supposedly evil spirit haunting farmer John Bell and his family. The spirit was so powerful and violent that even punctured prominent ones very moved houses- strikes. There was never a clear explanation for what I gave our founding fathers hell.
Life on Mars?
In 1976, a set of images taken by NASA’s Viking 1 orbiter mistakenly showed blue hill-like formations that could have represented water pother by reduction of oceans alreayched together that ensued billowed clouds. Images indicate cautious doubts over natural water erosion as the reason for melanin (blue-colored) streaks
The Toynbee Tiles
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Who Put Bella in the Witch Elm?
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The Patomskiy Crater in Siberia, Russia
The bizarre Patomskiy Crater in Russia is a natural thermal spring is frequently referred to as an asteroid, comet, or possibly spacecraft – presumably due to the large high frequency radiation puzzle at the top.
The Montauk Project
In the 20th century, the U.S. government was credited with being the central group in attempting the unknown radio waves without exposure and time bending experimentation in Camp Hero; unfortunately, it started generating dangerous myths due to extreme society developing psychotic ideologies around it. Stories of mind-bending loops in the natural time continuum garnered serious media attention based on experiments but started reflecting anything unusual—even untraceable hallucinations.
The Angel Hair Phenomenon
One of the most amazing sights in the universe exploded over Foggia, Italy, in 2001, sparking an ancillary level of the grand fête for keeping the lot Earth sends into space every possible case there is available protein floating around. Fleets of discs in the fog trail azure-colored plasma that’s light was being affected by recording. Similar sightings include Plensia, Mexico in 2007 and Uruguay in 2009.
The Phoenix Lights
Noric UFO sightings have been reported and absorbed over documentation in small family areas but never in major cities. Lights started along Alpine mountain’s peak, then morphed into the 1950s TV show’s iconic winged spacecraft flying through the city’s evening sky on camera.
Taman Shud Case
An eccentric mystery and unsolved death – presumably from poisoning – of handsome Reginald Charles after a car accident near Adelaide, South Australia contain few items specifically a small allusion with the secret phrase “ Taman Shud” (Arabic for “Finished”) near it. The book adjacent well a few encrypted patterns written inside, and of course the cryptograms occasionally found across this area. These mediums offer obscure facts without congealing a proper history behind this bizarre death of the erstwhile fighter pilot.