More Unsolved Mysteries You May Never Have Heard About
The Suicidal Dogs of Scotland's Overtoun Bridge
The Overtoun Bridge crosses a burn (Scottish for a large stream or small river) leading to the Overtoun House, a 19th-century estate in West Dunbartonshire that overlooks the River Clyde.
Over the past 50 years as many as 600 dogs have thrown themselves off the Overtoun Bridge. At least 50 of them have died. Some of the ones who survived the fall actually climbed back up and tried again! It is 40 to 50 feet to the rocks and water below.
The story gets even stranger. All the dogs have jumped from the exact same spot. They all go off the bridge in between the last two parapets on the right side. The weather in western Scotland is cloudy more often than not, but the dogs have only jumped on sunny, clear days. Another oddity is that all the dogs that jumped were long-nosed breeds, such as Labradors and other retrievers, and collies.
There have been several theories proposed as to why the dogs jump off the bridge. One has to do with an acoustic anomaly in the construction of the bridge causing a sound that only dogs can hear. There are also telephone lines in the area and a nuclear plant at Faslane that might cause sounds only audible to dogs. Acoustic experts have studied the area and could not find any sound anomalies that would cause such behavior.
Another theory is that the dogs are smelling minks under the bridge and giving chase. This could explain why it happens on sunny days, because the odor would be stronger on days with low humidity.
Neither of these theories explain why they jump off from the same spot or why it only affects certain breeds. A sign is now posted on the bridge that says, “Dangerous bridge – Keep your dog on a lead.”
The Ghost Ship SS Baychimo
There are two types of ghost ships: phantom ships that are piloted by ghosts or other supernatural beings or derelicts with crews that have mysteriously disappeared. Usually it is obvious as to which category a ghost ship falls into, but in the case of the SS Baychimo it is not so clear.
The SS Baychimo was steam-powered and built in Sweden in 1914. It had a steel hull and weighed 1,322 tons. It started as a cargo ship for a German shipping company and was called Ångermanelfven. After World War I the ship was given to Britain as war reparations and rechristened Baychimo. It was acquired by the Hudson’s Bay Company in Scotland and sent to the north coast of Canada to carry pelts and furs between trading posts across the waters of the Arctic. It also went to British Columbia carrying passengers and cargo.
The ship had made nine successful trips when its luck ran out on October 1, 1931. It was on a routine run to Vancouver with a load of furs when it ran into a blizzard. Before long the ice floes closed in and they were trapped in the ice. With the threat of the ship sinking, they abandoned it and made their way across a mile of ice floes to take shelter in Barrow, Alaska.
Two days later they went back to check on the ship only to find it had broken free of the ice. They set up camp on the ice so they could keep an eye on the ship. The bad weather continued and by October 8 the ship was trapped in the ice again with no sign of the weather getting any better.
The blizzard continued and on October 15 the Hudson Bay Company sent in a rescue plane to get the crew. Twenty-two of the crew left, but fourteen members of the crew refused to abandon the ship and cargo. They got provisions from the rescuers and planned to ride out the storm, however long it took.
On November 24 another horrendous blizzard struck and the crew lost sight of the Baychimo. When it was over there was not a trace of the ship. The crewmen figured it had broken up and sank. They packed up their gear and headed back to civilization.
A week later a native Inuit seal hunter told the crew he had seen the ship floating just a few days ago. It was less than 45 miles away from where they had last seen it. The crew packed up and went looking for their ship. It was exactly where the hunter had said it would be.
They were sure the ship was no longer seaworthy so they got the valuable furs they had left on the ship and were then airlifted by The Hudson Bay Company. They were abandoning the ship to meet its fate.
Apparently the Baychimo was tougher than anyone thought. People started reporting sightings of the intact, unmanned ship in the north Atlantic. The first was a dog sledder headed to Nome who saw it drifting near the shore. There were more and more sightings of the ship. Sometimes it was seen close to shore, sometimes out in open waters. Occasionally, the Baychimo would seem to just disappear before a ship following it could catch up. Even those who caught up to it couldn’t manage to get on it. There were reports that storms would pop up seemingly out of nowhere when a crew tried to board it.
By 1939, the Baychimo was considered a cursed ship and crews stopped trying to board it. If they even saw the ship they would actually try to avoid it. The Baychimo disappeared for 23 years. Everyone assumed it had finally sunk, but then in March, 1962 some Inuits saw it floating along the coast of the Beaufort Sea. It was spotted several more times up until 1969 when it finally disappeared for good.
Did the Baychimo finally sink to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean? Or is it still floating around, waiting to be seen again?
The Green Children of Woolpit
Woolpit is a village in the county of Suffolk in England. The first recorded mention of Woolpit was in the 900s. Its name comes for the Old English “wulf-pytt” which meant a “pit for trapping wolves.” Today it has a population of around 2,000.
The story of the Green Children has been around since the 1100s. The little girl and boy appeared at the edge of a field in Woolpit. Their skin had a green tint to it and they spoke a language no one had ever heard. Their clothing was made from materials the locals had never seen before. Not long after they were found they both fell ill and the little boy died. The little girl recovered and eventually learned to speak English.
She said they came from a place called The Land of St. Martin and that they lived underground. Eventually the green tint of her skin faded away. She took the name Agnes Barre and when she was grown she married a man from the county of Norfolk.
When asked how they had gotten to Woolpit she replied that she and her brother had been tending their father’s flock when they saw a cave. They went inside and went deeper and deeper into the cave until they came out into the bright sunshine of the field in Woolpit.
The mystery of where the children really came from has never been solved, but there has been one logical theory proposed that explained their “greenness.” There is a disease called Hypochromic Anemia that affects the color of blood cells and causes the skin to take on a greenish hue. It is caused by a poor diet and explains why the little girl lost her green hue after living in Woolpit for a while.
The children’s origins are still a mystery and there doesn’t appear to be any mentions of The Land of St. Martin anywhere in history.
Göbekli Tepe was first noted in a survey by Instanbul University in 1963. In 1994, Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute was looking for a new site to dig and settled on Göbekli Tepe.
Professor Schmidt found the temples close to the city of Urfa in southern Turkey. It was determined to have been built by primitive Neolithic men 12,000 to 13,000 years ago. Archaeologists have agreed that mankind did not yet have metal tools during this time period. It appears the builders of these temples covered them with tons of earth, creating man made hills over them.
Göbekli Tepe may be the first temples built by man. There is evidence that it was used for religious purposes. The majority of the pillars are around 18 feet high and weigh an amazing 40 to 60 tons. The pillars have animals carved on them such as bulls, cranes, foxes, lions, and snakes. The overwhelming question is how. Even basic tools had not been invented yet.
There have been several theories about how this site came to be. One is that this is actually the Biblical Garden of Eden. Another is the Ancient Astronaut Theory and that beings from other worlds helped ancient man create things that seem to be impossible.