Unsolved Mysteries

Popular interest in the Loch Ness monster began in the 1930s with the publication of the now world-famous photograph taken by Robert Wilson. Since early reports of a ‘huge creature with two black humps’, there have been dozens of sightings, including one of ‘a strange creature running across the road with a sheep in its mouth’. The search for ‘Nessie’ is very serious business. Scientific research teams regularly visit the loch and millions of pounds have been spent in an attempt to be the first to prove the existence of the elusive beast.

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One summer in the early 1980s, strange patterns like the one in the photo appeared overnight in cornfields across southern England. Observers were astounded by the regular geometry, beauty and size of the designs with some as big as 50 metres across. The area immediately surrounding the circles was not disturbed at all. Such circles have since been seen all over the world.

In November 1872, the Marie Celeste, an American sailing ship carrying crude alcohol, set out to cross the Atlantic, bound for Italy. Three weeks later, a British ship found the Marie Celeste 650 kilometres from land with not a single person on board. Blood was found on the deck and on the captain’s sword. There were two large grooves scratched into the ship’s side. Meals were left half-eaten and the captain’s daily log stopped mid-sentence. All the ship’s fresh water, food and clothing had been left on board, but a few documents were missing. Only one small lifeboat had been taken.

On 25 July 1976, the Viking 1 space probe was taking photographs of the surface of Mars. One of the photographs beamed back to Earth revealed a giant face one-and-a-half kilometres across. It is believed by many that this is proof that there was once life on Mars and that the face was left as a signal to anyone visiting the planet.

The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area; the planes were never found. Other boats and planes have seemingly vanished from the area in good weather without even radioing distress messages. But although myriad fanciful theories have been proposed regarding the Bermuda Triangle, none of them prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than in other well-traveled sections of the ocean. In fact, people navigate the area every day without incident.

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Do you know of any other unsolved mysteries?

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