We like to think that we as a human race have advanced enough to pretty much have a handle on the world around us. We believe we can explain pretty much anything that this big blue world can throw at us. But every now and then, actually more often than most would care to admit, the universe throws us a curve ball. An event or occurrence that goes against everything we’ve learned through science and history. Mysteries such as these have persisted for millennia and some have passed into the realm of legend, others are newer and might not be as well-known. All of them have just enough credibility and evidence that they just won’t go away. Daring scientists and researchers, historians and amateur investigators continue to push the envelope in trying to uncover the reality of these mysteries, even though mainstream science just wishes everyone would quietly forget about these enigmas.
An honest scientist would readily agree that we have only scratched the surface on how this great big universe operates around us. Are the answers to these mysteries even something we can understand? Some say we are a race with amnesia. That in our distant past, our ancestors understood the world around us far better than we do today. History might have lost some of the answers we seek, leaving us to work to find them again. In the past, we’ve looked at some of the more disturbing unexplained mysteries, but now join me as we look into the more puzzling mysteries that persisted throughout history. Some are ancient, some are newer; all present an uncanny anomaly in the narrative of the world.
15 The Aramu Muru Gateway
Thirty-five kilometers from the city of Puno, in Peru, lies the Hayu Marca mountain region. Though there is no actual city present, the area has long been venerated as Aramu Muru, “City of the Gods,” by the local natives. Due to the rugged terrain, the area has never been fully explored. There might not be an actual city, but the rocky formations of the area due resemble stony buildings, and in fact there exists one particular structure that is called the “Puerta de Hayu Marca,” the “Gate of the Gods.” This large mysterious door-like structure was carved out of the natural rock at some point in the distant past, no one exactly knows when. This rocky gateway measures exactly seven meters in height by seven meters in width, with a smaller alcove in the center, at about two meters in height.
14 Baigong Pipes Mystery
The Baigong Pipes are a string of pipe-like formations found on Mount Baigong, outside the city of Delingha, in the Qinghai Province, China. They appear to be a series of manufactured metal pipes protruding from ancient rock caves. Locals of the nearby city have known of the pipes for centuries. They believe an alien civilization visited the region and built them. Most are skeptical, to say the least, however, there is a sixty-meter pyramid structure near the mountain’s summit that has yet to be explained either.
13 What Did Genghis Khan Look Like?
Born Temüjin, he ruled the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world. We know him better as Genghis Khan, founder and ruler of the Mongol Empire. He ruled between 1206 and 1227, conquering 12 million square miles of territory, cutting a bloody path through Asia and Europe, leaving up to 40 million dead in his wake. However, he also modernized Mongolian culture, established an early form of postal service, and embraced religious freedom. For someone who had such an impact on history, we actually know very little about his life. We don’t even know how he died or where he is buried. Most accounts say he died in 1227, but not how. Some say he perished when he fell from a horse, others say it was malaria, an arrow wound, or that he was murdered when he tried to force himself upon a Chinese princess. More importantly, we don’t even know much about his physical appearance. Not one contemporary portrait or sculpture survived the period, if there ever were any.
12 The Fate of Boudicca
Never heard of Boudicca? She’s an important cultural symbol in the United Kingdom. History remembers her as a giant warrior queen who led an uprising against the Roman Empire. Boudicca was queen of the British Celtic Icenis. She was married to Prasutagus, ruler of the Icenis in East Anglia. When the Romans conquered southern England in 43 AD, Prasutagus was allowed to remain as ruler. However, after he died, Rome decided to rule the land directly, disregarding the authority of the queen, Boudicca. To demonstrate to the people that Boudicca no longer held any power, they stripped and flogged her in public, then raped her daughters.
11 The Madonna with Saint Giovannino Painting
It’s a famous painting: The Madonna with Saint Giovannino. It was painted in the 15th century by Domenico Ghirlandaio and is currently part of the Loeser collection in the Palazzo Vecchio, in Venice. If you look closely at it, you’ll notice that above Mary’s right shoulder is an odd, disk-shaped object, with rays emanating from it, possibly to indicate a glow. Below the object, you can see a man and his dog gazing up at the object. The man is apparently shielding his eyes from the brightness of the object. What is this scene depicting? Is Mary shielding the baby Jesus and Saint John from the object? What is the object?
10 Who Was Fulcanelli?
Fulcanelli was the pseudonym of a late 19th century French alchemist and author whose real identity is unknown. Alchemy is itself a strange area of study. Many who followed the practice purport abilities to manipulate the laws of chemistry and physics, bending them to construct fantastic and impossible creations (like turning lead into gold). Most of Fulcanelli’s works were published in the early 20th century. He was believed to be born around 1839, and was able to write in numerous languages, such as French, Latin, and Greek. Only about three men have ever claimed to have actually met Fulcanelli, former students Eugene Canseliet, Gaston Sauvage, and Jean-Julien Huber Champagne, who was the illustrator for Fulcanelli’s books. In 1926, Fulcanelli reportedly disappeared.
9 The Lost Continents of Mu and Lemuria
Many people have heard of Mu and Lemuria. These supposed lost continents were first hypothesized in the 19th century. Some believe they were two separate continents, some say they are one and the same. Possibly, some believe, that the story of Mu is just a misinterpretation of the stories of Lemuria. Regardless, these lands are said to have been destroyed and sunk into the depths of the ocean. Some say Lemuria was in the Pacific, others the Atlantic, still others say the Indian Ocean. The original premise is that it was located in the Indian Ocean. The whole basis for the theory is based on a failure to reconcile the finding of lemur fossils on Madagascar and also in India, but not along the rational route a land-based primate would’ve taken between the two areas, assuming Madagascar was originally part of Africa.
8 The Black Stone of Kaaba
Islam faith dictates that every day, five times a day, Muslims from around the world must turn toward Mecca and pray. When they do this, they are not really facing Mecca; they are actually facing the building in Mecca known as the Ka’aba, or Kaaba, also known as “The House of Allah.” It lies in the center of the Al-Haram Mosque, where millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage to visit every year. It is a stone building that many believe dates back to 2030 BCE. On a corner of this building, there lays a cornerstone called the Black Stone of the Kaaba. It is a very mysterious object. Some say it dates back to the time of Adam and Eve. Islam forbids idolatry, so the Black Stone is not revered by them. However, it is still an important part of their faith.
7 The Mysterious Land of Punt
You got to hand it to the ancient Egyptians. They documented everything! Paintings and writings show detailed accounts of just about every part of their lives in the early period. We know quite a bit about their religion, rulers, wars, and even with whom and what they traded. Archaeologists have uncovered information that claims the land of Punt was a great resource of riches, slaves, exotic spices, and wild animals for the people of ancient Egypt. Descriptions that were found call Punt a peaceful and thriving society that had a variety of highly-valued goods with which to trade. The only problem is that we have no idea where Punt was. It’s not from a lack of trying. No other ancient civilization makes any reference to Punt, which is odd, and could imply that the land of Punt only dealt with Egypt. That isn’t very likely. Perhaps, other civilizations called Punt by another name?
6 Who Were The Three Wise Men?
It’s a tale many of us have heard: “The Three Wise Men,” or “The Three Kings,” or simply the “Magi.” It’s in our Christmas stories and mentioned in the gospel of Matthew, in the Bible. There are many theories but very little facts. The book of Matthew tells us that the Magi came from the east and journeyed to Jerusalem, meeting with King Herod. It fails to mention from where they came from other than it being east of Israel. They tell Herod that had seen a star in the sky that foretold the birth of the King of the Jews, and that they wanted to see this new king. They then continued their journey, finding Jesus and Mary (they never really mention where, or if Joseph was present). The Magi present Jesus with three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The men then return to their native lands. That’s it.
5 Legend of El Dorado
This is a good one! The legendary lost city of El Dorado, the city of gold! It was believed to exist somewhere in South America. Historians and treasure-seekers have been searching for it since the 1500s. The legend began with Muisca tribe of central Columbia who’ve existed since 800 AD. They referred to El Dorado, “the gilded one,” as their tribal chief. Ancient texts that mention the name don’t refer to a city of gold at all. Instead, archaeological evidence suggests that initiation ceremonies for new chiefs would have them covered in gold dust and taken to the center of Lake Guatavita on a raft. Once there he would throw precious gems and gold into the lake as an offering to the gods. In 1545, the Spanish tried to drain Lake Guatavita and removed a large amount of gold, but were unable to reach the deepest parts of the lake, leaving untold riches behind. Since the oldest reports of El Dorado were from Columbia, many believe that is the basis for the legend.
4 The Lost Island of Hy-Brasil
The lost island of Hy-Brasil is a very intriguing mystery. Also spelled Hy-Brazil, it could be the source of the South American country being named Brazil. The central image on the Brazilian flag, a circle with a channel across the center, is actually the symbol for Hy-Brasil on early maps. The island can be found on maps as far back as 1325, when Genoese cartographer depicted the island west of Ireland. Other maps have it placed southwest of Galway Bay. After 1865, Hy-Brasil began to appear on fewer maps. Nevertheless, the island’s history remained consistent. It was reportedly home to a wealthy and advanced civilization. Those who claimed to have visited the island reported gold-roofed domes, towers, plenty of cattle, and an affluent population.
3 The Story of Lerina García
This mystery is a bit newer, but nonetheless mysterious. It involves the strange true story of Lerina García, a well-educated woman of 41 years. In July 2008, she woke up on what appeared to another ordinary day. However, as she went about her daily routine, she began to notice small details that seemed to be odd. For example, her bed sheets and pajamas were different from what she remembered from the previous night. She disregarded it and continued on her way to work, where she had been employed for 20 years. When she arrived at her building, she took the elevator to her floor and went to her department, but found that her department wasn’t located there. She definitely grew concerned and returned home feeling something just wasn’t right. When she arrived home, she found a man there that she had separated from six months prior. He acted as if the separation had never occurred. Her new boyfriend, whom she had been seeing for four months, was nowhere to be found.
2 The Unexplained Pteranodon Photo
For over 200 years, there have been sightings in the United States of gigantic birds soaring through the air. The creatures have been given the name Thunderbirds, taken from Native American lore. One of the more recent, terrifying encounters occurred on July 25, 1977, when a group of three boys in Lawndale, Illinois, reported that two giant birds pursued them and one grabbed 10-year old Marlon Lowe. The bird purportedly clamped down on his shoulder with its claws, lifting him off the ground two feet, and then carrying him a short distance before dropping him. Some sightings report that the birds have lizard-like features, similar to extinct pterosaurs. A particular kind of pterosaur, the pteranodon was one of the largest known flying reptiles. They had a wingspan of over 6 meters (20 feet) and lived in North America, in present-day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
1 Luther McCarty’s Ten Seconds of Light
Luther McCarty stood an impressive 6’4”, with a strong left jab and an 80” reach. He made his professional boxing debut in 1911, at the age of 18. Over the next few years, he emerged as a championship contender. On January 1, 1913, McCarty defeated Al Palzer for the White World Heavyweight Championship. Then, on May 24, 1913, McCarty had a title defense against Arthur Pelkey. As the bout was ready to begin, a local minister came up into the ring and made an announcement. The minister said, “I know you men are going to help us buy a bell for our church. Your silver tokens will buy a memento for God’s house and it will be a credit to you on the Great Ledger. Everyone must have credit in his Ledger, for who knows whom the Great Referee will call home at any moment?”
The match began and shortly into the first round, a light punch landed just above McCarty’s heart and he collapsed. The referee began to count him out and then realized that something was wrong. He called for medical personnel. After a few minutes, McCarty was declared dead. The coroner determined the cause of death was a result of an accident suffered prior to the fight. During the referee’s count, an ethereal shaft of light illuminated McCarty’s body. As the count began, the light shined down upon him and ended once the ten-count was reached. The light only lit up the fallen boxer and many of those in attendance were shocked. There is only one known photo of the phenomenon and it has been debated ever since. The entire audience witnessed it and there has never been an explanation for the ten seconds of light that illuminated one young man’s exit from this Earth.
Sources: altereddimensions.net, historicmysteries.com, coolinterestingstuff.com, history.com, discovermagazine.com, bbc.co.uk
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