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The Biggest Scientific Mysteries That Won’t Be Solved In Our Lifetime (Part One)

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Humans have made huge advancements over the past century, and we’ve made such intense technological progress that we’ve been able to transform our society. We’ve also been able to answer questions that have left us puzzled for years. However, mysteries still persist, and there are some mysteries that seem impossible to solve.

Scientists aren’t perfect, and there are many things that leave them scratching their chins in wonder. Hopefully, one day we’ll have an answer to these remaining questions, but right now, there doesn’t seem to be an explanation for these eerie cases.

Saddle Ridge Hoard

The Saddle Ridge Hoard was the name given to the hoard of 1,427 gold coins discovered in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada, California in 2013. At face value, it was speculated that the coins cost $27,980, but after an assessment, they were found to be worth $10 million. Although the couple who discovered the mass of gold have decided to remain anonymous, they have continued to live on the property where they found it and still have no idea who buried the coins.

 

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While walking their dog, they found a metal can sticking out of the ground and proceeded to find eight more cans on the property filled to the brim with gold coins. Some people assume that the cans were a stash hidden by the likes of Jesse James or Black Bart, both known for robbing stagecoaches. Others think that the cans were part of a treasure hidden by the Knights of the Golden Circle with the intent of funding a second Civil War. There has still been no confirmed explanation for the treasure.

Pollock Sisters’ Reincarnation

Many people believe in reincarnation, and although scientists maintain there is not enough evidence for the idea, there are some exceptions to the theory that remain unexplainable. The Pollock sisters, Joanna, 11, and Jacqueline, 6, were two young girls in 1957 who died in a car crash. A year after their death, their mother gave birth to twins, Gillian and Jennifer. It was said that when the girls were old enough to communicate, they began requesting toys that had belonged to their deceased sisters.

 

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The twins would even point out landmarks that would otherwise be unrecognizable to them, such as the deceased sisters’ schools. A more spooky event entails the twins panicking upon seeing cars, saying things like “that car is coming to get us!” (Can someone make this into a scary movie, please?) When the twins turned 5, the creepy events became less frequent. To this day, nobody can explain their behavior, and Dr. Ian Stevenson, a psychologist who studied reincarnation, wrote about their ordeal, believing it to be an accurate account of reincarnation.

The Jelly Rain

Throughout history, there have been reports of odd things falling out of the sky every once in a while that end up being explainable. However, on August 7, 1994, in Oakville, Washington, a mysterious substance fell from the sky that puzzled civilians and scientists everywhere. In the place of rain was a gelatinous material that would continue to fall a total of six times over three weeks. By the afternoon of the first day, multiple civilians in the town of Oakville became ill.

 

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They claimed they were struggling to breathe, had blurry vision, and nausea. A year after Dotty, a civilian fell sick, she mailed a sample she had kept in her freezer to a private research lab to be identified. Tim Davis, a microbiologist, believes he saw a Eukaryotic cell, a cell that is present in living creatures. Many people believe that the military’s naval bombing had destroyed a school of jellyfish and sent them flying 50 miles into Oakland. Others think the town was part of a military experiment meant to test a new weapon. To this day, scientists are unsure what fell from the sky that evening. There are no existing samples of the jelly today.

The “Wow! Signal”

On August 15, 1977, Ohio State University's Big Ear’ received a signal that seemed to put the nail in the coffin for the extraterrestrial debate. The ‘Wow’ Signal was a strong narrowband radio signal detected by astronomer Jerry Ehman while scanning the skies around the stars. It was a 72-second burst of radio waves that impressed Ehman so much; he wrote ‘WOW’ next to the signal (hence the ‘Wow Signal’).

 

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This signal had become proof we weren’t the only ones thriving in the galaxy. Although there have been several attempts to create a working hypothesis for the signal, there are none that have been able to explain it completely. To this day, the signal is recorded as being the strongest recording of alien radio transmission ever detected by earthlings.

If we’re being honest, ‘Wow’ is a pretty unenthusiastic reaction to thinking you just made contact with alien lifeforms.

The Taos Hum

If you travel to a small town called Taos, New Mexico and you hear a humming in your ears, it isn’t just you. This sound has been pestering people since the 1990s, and no one is sure where it comes from. The townspeople became so annoyed by the constant humming that they complained to Congress in 1993.

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Although many studies were conducted on the sound, there has been no progress in understanding WHAT it is. The mystery continues, and people believe that it could be everything from military experiments, to low-frequency electromagnetic radiation.

Well, whatever it is, we sure wouldn’t want to be the people that are forced to deal with it day in and day out.

Panxian Cave

These Panxian Dadong Caves located in China would have been extremely useful to ancient humans as they were 5,000 feet above sea level. When researchers did some digging in these caves, they found large animal bones like those belonging to rhinoceros and elephant-like Stegodons.

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Since the bones were found there, it is suggested that the ancient people would bring the hunted carcasses of the animals up into the caves. The question that remains is, “how”? To this day, there is still no explanation for the bones, seeing as the animals couldn’t have possibly walked up to the caves by themselves.

The Green Children of Woolpit

This unsolved mystery should be taken with a grain of salt since there are many different beliefs on the subject. Back in the 12th century, it was reported that two children appeared in a field in the village of Woolpit, England. The situation would have been normal if not for the green hue radiating from the children’s skin and their “gibberish” language.

The children were taken to the home of Ralph of Coggeshall, where it is said that they refused to eat normally but would instead rip vegetables out of the ground and eat them. Legend tells that after slowly switching over to regular food, their green color disappeared.

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Eventually, the children learned to speak English and were able to explain their origins. They told the villagers they came from a place called “St. Martin’s Land”, which had a permanent twilight and everyone lived underground. The boy eventually died of an unknown illness, but the girl, Agnes, married the archdeacon of Ely, Richard Barre.

Although many people believe this story to be a legend, some claim that there is truth to the tale. One theory is that the children were descendants of Flemish immigrants who lost their parents and only spoke Flemish (or gibberish according to the English). The green color of their skin could be explained by ‘green sickness’ or malnourishment, which is why their skin changed after making the switch to normal food.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a famous monument that has always been shrouded in mystique. Stonehenge has many theories that make up its strange existence (some make more sense than others). Estimated to have taken Neolithic builders over 1,500 years to create, the site located in southern England is made up of 100 upright stones placed in a circle.

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Scholars have come to a consensus that Stonehenge was most likely a burial ground, but they are STILL unable to understand how the mighty structure was crafted. However, it may be surprising to know that the most bizarre feature of the monument isn’t even how it was built. The bluestones that make up the inside ring of the structure are traced to 200 miles away to Wales, making them impossible to carry.

Today, over 1 million people visit Stonehenge every year, and the mystery continues to puzzle scientists and visitors alike.

Voynich Manuscript

Discovered in 1912, this 15th-century piece has gathered quite a cult following. A very peculiar artifact, the Voynich Manuscript is a book that appears to be written in an unknown language. When you first look through the manuscript, you’re greeted with strange photos of unusual plants, naked women, strange objects, and zodiac symbols splattered across the pages.

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Although over time, the book has lost some pages, 240 remain, and cryptographers and codebreakers have tried to decipher the text with no outcome. The meaning behind the text has excited people from all over the world, and it continues to remain a mystery.

Antikythera Mechanism

It is believed that ancient Greek scientists created an ancient analog computer between 150 B.C. and 100 B.C. This computer was apparently found in the sea in 1901 in the midst of wreckage off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera. It has been dated to about 87 BC, or between 150 and 100 BC, or to 105 BC.

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In 1959, Derek J. de Solla Price, a science historian at Princeton University, claimed that this magnificent device could also be used to help predict eclipses and astronomical positions. What’s so strange about this technology is that it disappeared up until the 14th century, where it reemerged through mechanical clocks in Europe.

Bermuda Triangle

You’re all probably familiar with this mystery that has been at the root of ship disappearances, and strange frequencies picked up by pilots. With spooky nicknames such as the “Devil’s Triangle” and “Hurricane Alley,” the Bermuda Triangle is thought to be located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. The rumors began when Christopher Columbus sailed through the area on his first voyage and reported that he saw a “great flame of fire” crash into the sea followed by a strange light a few weeks later.

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Columbus also wrote about strange compass readings during that time. This ‘great flame of fire’ was most likely a meteor and the erratic compass readings could be because, during that time, the Bermuda Triangle was one of the only places where true north and magnetic north lined up. Others believe that the Bermuda Triangle is associated with everything from sea monsters to extraterrestrial beings. The U.S Coast Guard, on the other hand, promises that “no extraordinary factors have ever been identified.”

Phaistos Disc

With the Phaistos Disc comes a lot of discussions. This round disc was discovered in a Minoan palace named Phaistos (hence the name), and there are over 200 symbols molded into the clay.

You’re probably saying, “ok that’s cool and all, why is this weird dinner plate so mysterious?” Well, after close examination of the disc, it was noted that the symbols do not link to any written language, and the meaning behind the symbols is unknown.

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Some theories suggest the symbols are related to some song, prayer, hymn, or religious script. With the Phaistos Disc believed to be dated between 1850 and 1600 BC, it is possible that there is some spiritual connection.

Kryptos

If you’re ever in Langley, Virginia, take a trip to the CIA headquarters to gaze upon the famous sculpture cultivated by American artist, Jim Sanborn. The sculpture is made up of four different messages, and although the first three have been solved, the fourth message is known as one of the most famous unsolved codes in the world.

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The artist has revealed that the code is a riddle within a riddle, and it will only be solved after all four messages are decoded. Sanborn has said that the first three sections of the code contain clues to solving the final message, but no one has figured out what they might be. After no progress in years, Sanborn released a few hints thinking that it would help along the process. Alas, the last message is still unknown

White Shaman Rock

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and this seems to be especially true when it comes to this ancient rock art named the ‘White Shaman.’ Etched onto the cave by the Huichol tribe, their drawings were discovered when early European settlers first began interacting with them. The illustrations are believed to be at least 4,000 years old and show a 24-foot tall person (thought to represent a white settler) standing over all their other cave drawings.

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The odd thing about the paintings is that when they were done, the tribe hadn’t come in contact with the European settlers yet. Is it possible that they connected with a Caucasian person at some point in their ancient past? One theory that scientists believe is the 24-foot tall person depicts a ghost or a spirit hovering over the painted Huichol warriors.

The Anti-Rusting Iron Pillar

The Iron pillar of Delhi is a fascinating piece that has continued to surprise scientists and researchers everywhere. What is so unusual about the pillar is that it refuses to rust, even though it is made entirely of iron. The oldest markings that cover the pillar are in Sanskrit and historians have been able to date the markings to 375-415 AD. Although the written script references its original location, it is unknown why the pillar was moved to its current position.

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There are two possible theories why this pillar hasn’t shown the markings of time upon its iron skin. One, the Indian smiths at the time did not add lime to the finish as we do now and instead used high phosphorus wood. The second theory is that the pillar has avoided rusting because of the surrounding environment. It is believed that there is a passive protective film on top of the iron caused by the particles and minerals in its structure. Regardless, it is proof of the advanced skill set of the ancient forgers that we lack today.

Amelia Earhart

The case of Amelia Earhart remains a mystery, and to this day, her disappearance cannot be explained. Earhart was a celebrated female pilot who often published books about her interesting flying experiences and adventures. It was quite an exciting day when Earhart would be the first American woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, the plane seemingly disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean, never to be seen again.

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Some believe that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, flew into overcast skies and rain showers that forced a crash landing. Although many theories of her disappearance have appeared over the years, there have been none that have been accepted. In 2018, it was announced by Professor Richard Jantz from the University of Tennessee, that he found Earhart’s bones on a Pacific Ocean island in 1940. He wrote, “Until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they are hers.”

Area 51

Area 51 is the place where all our conspiracy theories go to hide, and it is the absolute pinnacle of mysteries. Area 51 has a reputation of hoarding all the aliens that the government is trying to hide from us, but really, what is it? Located in the Nevada desert, 150 miles from Las Vegas (in the middle of nowhere) sits the famous location that has been the site of strange occurrences and rumors.

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The alien assumption was made back in 1947 when it was reported that a spacecraft crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, and the aliens aboard were brought to the base to be studied. Others assume that the area is used by the government to control our weather. Some think the government is building time machines in there. Unfortunately, we will probably never know what’s inside the forbidden space, unless the government decides to tell us (which isn’t likely).

The Ghost Road

Sure, people have seen floating lights all over the world, but none as spooky and weird as these in Gurdon, Arkansas. The ‘Gurdon Light’ has hundreds of people to vouch for its existence, and it is so commonly seen by the people in the town that they’ve lost interest. The light floats near the railroad tracks and there is no explanation for it, but there are tons of legends surrounding it.

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People say that a railroad worker was hit by a train, and the light is the lantern that his ghost uses to walk the tracks, looking for his disembodied head. Others think the light is the ghost of a railroad foreman that was murdered horrifically by one of his employees. Regardless, the light remains a mystery that has remained unsolved.

The Overtoun Bridge

For some reason, The Overtoun Bridge has been a place of strange happenings since the 1960s. Since then, the bridge has caused over 50 dogs to perish, and hundreds more to leap from the bridge and survive. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has tried to investigate the bridge, but they’ve come up empty-handed.

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Something seems to lure the dogs off the bridge from the same spot, always on sunny days. Many people believe the bridge is haunted after a man threw his son from the bridge in 1994. Some think there is a sound that exists on the bridge that only dogs can hear that drives them mad enough to jump. Regardless, it is recommended that dogs remain on leashes should you ever visit.

Dogu

Dogu are strange (and somewhat creepy) figurines found in Japan that are believed to be 2,300 to 10,000 years old. Deriving from the late Jōmon period, they are somewhat human-like and somewhat animal-like. There have been over 15,000 discovered over the years, but scientists are unable to understand what they were used for. However, they have noticed that they all have one characteristic in common.

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Their eyes are extremely large in comparison to the rest of their stature. These Dogus could have been created to repel evil spirits, fertility rituals, or even to represent gods or god-like figures. Regardless, these weird little guys remain a mystery.

The Moai Statues Of Easter Island

The Moai Statues are something that most of us are somewhat familiar with, but you may be unaware of the mystery that surrounds them. Back in Easter in 1722, a Dutch explorer (originally looking for a hypothetical land called Terra Australis) stumbled upon a strange island.

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The land was inhabited by over 2,000 people, which was odd since the remote island was incredibly far from any inhabited land. Even more unusual, The Rapa Nui people of the island managed to carve and move around 887 statues that were 33 feet tall and weighed up to 82 tons. To this day, we have no idea how they were able to move around the statues without any kind of modern tools.

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