Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries of the World
There are many mysteries in this world, many of which we are probably never going to find the answers to in this lifetime. But some of these mysteries really will blow your mind. Ranging from weird hums to small silver balls, here are the top 10 unsolved mysteries of the world:
1 – Red, Red … Rain
No, we’re not singing the UB40 song. We’re actually talking about the weird red rain in Kerala, Southern India. The year was 2001, and for two whole months, it rained red, as if it were raining blood. Anyone wearing light clothes found that their clothes were stained a weird pink tinge, and there were even different colored rains found in different areas. As well as red, green, black and even yellow rain was reported around the same time.
Experts first believed the rain could have been caused by remnants of a meteor hitting earth, and then they believed the red shade was down to a type of algae found in the rain. To this day, scientists still don’t really know what caused the red, red rain, baffling everyone.
2 – Spontaneous Combustion
One of the weirdest phenomenon on earth, spontaneous combustion, also sometimes called spontaneous ignition, is literally where something or someone explodes into flames. There is no cause for the flames, no spark, nothing to suggest why it happens, but for some reason, something sparked and spontaneous combustion occurs.
There is one story featuring this weird phenomenon, and it’s a story that’ll make your skin crawl. It was in the early 1980’s when a father called the emergency services after his daughter, quite literally, burst into flames. After thorough investigations, no cause of the fire could be determined, and the father even reported that his daughter didn’t move or cry once during her ordeal, in which she died. Nothing else around her was burnt, just her body. It’s one of those unsolved mysteries that have many similar accounts.
3 – Lady Dais
She was also known as Xin Zhui, but Lady Dais was the weird mystery of a mummy found over two thousand years after she’d passed on. Her remains had been so perfectly preserved, it was almost as if she were awake. There were various items in the tomb with her too, and the finding was classed as one of the most important discoveries in the archaeology of the 20th century. Impressive, right? What’s even more impressive is that the mummy had been preserved with something that scientists have not been able to replicate to this day. Something had been pumped into her veins and blood vessels to ensure she was so perfectly preserved, and we can’t quite make out what the magic ingredient is.
It’s a mystery!
4 – 1518’s Dancing Plague
The year was 1518, and a plague had hit the earth. It wasn’t a plague like the earth had ever seen before, however. It killed, yes, but not with boils or burns, like other plagues at the time. Instead, the victim simply danced themselves to death, in some cases having a heart attack and just keeping on going. It was in July, one of the hottest months of the year, and over four hundred people were said to have become sick from the weird dancing disease. Those that didn’t die of a heart attack had a stroke or simply died from exhaustion.
5 – Shroud of Turin
A mystery that divides those who believe in religion from those who don’t, the ‘Shroud of Turin’ is a piece of cloth with a face on it. The face isn’t just any old face, however, if you believe expert reports and believers. There are some who say the face on the cloth, the one that has been embedded into the cloth, is that of Jesus Christ, son of God. It’s believed that he died in the cloth, with it being placed over his face during his crucifixion. You can’t deny it looks like what we are led to believe he looks like! What do you think? Face of Jesus?
6 – Placebo Effect
The ‘Placebo Effect’ is when you take a drug that has no effect on the body, yet you believe it does. For example, two people in a room could be given a drug that is designed to make them feel a certain way. One of those drugs could be a real drug, but the other one could be a fake drug. A plastic coating with sugar inside it, for example. The placebo effect comes into play when the person who DID NOT take the ‘real’ drug starts to feel the effects it’s designed to have, despite not actually being given the substance.
The same thing can happen around drunk people too — sober people can ‘feel’ drunk as a result of being around a lot of people drinking alcohol.
7 – The Flying Dutchman
Nobody knows whether or not this ship exists, or if it even ever existed. It’s meant to be a myth, something passed down from generation to generation, but some people have actually seen it… apparently. It is believed that seeing this ship will bring on impending doom, with the first ever reported sighting ben the late 1700’s.
8 – Lost Cosmonauts
At the height of the space race, there were a number of conspiracy theories surrounding the Russians sending astronauts into space. Although the American’s won the race and put a man on the moon (depending on which story you believe), there were a few reports that the Russian’s had actually managed to send their men quite a distance, but the journey had sadly gone wrong and all had perished. There were three reported incidents that ended with casualties, but no one has ever revealed what truly happened.
9 – The Hum
Also known by a number of different names, including Taos Hum and even Bristol Hum, ‘The Hum’ refers to a low-frequency humming noise that has been documented all across the world, seemingly coming from the earth itself. Not all people can hear the low rumbling, but those who can report it be almost bone-chilling in nature, with some even believing it to be the grumble of an unhappy planet. It is not yet understood what causes the noise, or even where it comes from, although experts believe those who hear it could be suffering from a form of tinnitus … which doesn’t explain the videos of the humming on Youtube!
10 – Death Valley’s Sliding Rocks
We’ve had the dancing plague, and now it’s time for the dancing rocks. Or, rather, sliding rocks. Another of the weirdest unsolved mysteries of our time rocks quite literally moved across the desert floor, almost as if they were on rollers. No one seems to have seen the stones move, but there are trails in the same beneath the stones that show their movement. This happens in quite a few places across the globe, but one of the notable places is California’s Death Valley.
With tracks that have bends and curves in nature (very unnatural), the weird phenomenon was first documented back in 1915 but has since been reported on a number of occasions, by a number of experts and ‘regular’ people alike. Experts are still arguing why these rocks move, and what causes them to do this, a task that has been made much more difficult over recent years, with more and more people traveling to the area to steal one of the dancing rocks.