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Top 10 Unexplained Mysteries

Updated on December 11, 2015
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Top 10 Historical Mysteries

We are a species that question things, we seek to know why things happened, how things happened, we pursue the answers to everything and we strive to keep on improving as a species... we are humans!

Throughout our growth in this World, we stumble upon mysteries we can't still explain. This article is just about that.

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10 - The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is one of the most amazing books discovered in the history of mankind. Unfortunately it's also a very mysterious one. It is a 240 pages book that was all written in a language that nobody can decipher - it isn't a known language, nobody knows what's written there.

However, the pictures are very clear and richly made. The book has all sorts of plant specimens' blueprints and information, it seems like pharmaceutical information. Now, for the bad part, none of these plants exist as well.

There are a lot of theories about this book, and the possibility of it being a hoax as arisen. Today, most scientists discard the hoax hypothesis, so it is considered to be the real thing.

The Voynich Manuscript also has a lot of astronomical diagrams and colorful diagrams explaining events that don't seem to coincide with reality.

There are a lot of theories about the origin of the book, but the symbols on the writing make it seem it's a mix of Hindi and Asian writings.

Some say it was Leonardo Da Vinci's doing when he discovered a cave with access to the "Hallow Earth" and a less farfetched theory is that this was the first sci-fi book in history.

I don't think we will ever know, but maybe some future archaeological finds will help us clear this one of a kind mystery.

The actual hikers on the Incident
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9 - Dyatlov Pass Incident

The Dyatlov Pass Incident occurred in the Mountain of the Dead... yes, I know, it's a convenient name for one of the unexplained mysteries of mankind.

The mountain of the dead was avoided for centuries by the tribes that surrounded it, but on the second half of twentieth century hikers started to explore the mountain. People started dying there and still do. Granted this happens in virtually every mountain - hiking is dangerous business.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident occurred when 9 hikers ventured to explore the mountain's peak, and they didn't return. The next day a friend went out to search for them and found out they were all dead.

They had their skulls crushed, ribcages shattered and yet they weren't showing signs of fighting or trauma. One of them was missing her tongue and they all had orange skin and radioactivity levels were present in the corpses. They were all shortly dressed or half-naked.

Now, there has been a theory about their death stating it was an avalanche and the orange bodies were the "tan" the snow reflecting the sun left on them, and the avalanche is consistent with the damage and yet no sign of trauma. What about the radioactivity? And the rest of it?

It's a fine mystery, because the official explanation given was that they were killed by a "compelling unknown force". I think that's just medical jargon for "I don't ****ing know".

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8 - Rongorongo

The Rongorongo is Easter Island's dialect... or was, as the last person to understand it died in the late 19th century.

We have Rongorongo texts, we just don't know what they say... they could help us solve the mystery of the Moai, the Easter Island's mysterious statues - but we lost the knowledge to read it. Let me explain why.

When missionaries got to the Easter Island, the inhabitants had these writings everywhere, but they were also pagans, and so the writings were all gathered and destroyed leaving us some exemplars, but not many. The natives were forbidden to write and to read, and the civilization starting dying of western diseases.

When mankind finally understood how useful those signs would be for science and archaeology, they tried to get natives to decipher them, but it was too late.

There was a villager that still knew it, but he wouldn't even touch the tablets because he was forbidden by the missionaries, so the European captain who owned the tablet got the man drunk. The drunken elder chanted the tablet's contents, but the captain had a lot of difficulty assigning meanings to the symbol.

We just know the story was about the mating of two Gods and their offspring.

The language died, and nobody can decipher it... maybe the Rongorongo and Easter Island's statues are a mystery that will remain so.

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7 - Identity of Robin Hood

We all know the story of Robin Hood, but there are significant proof that the man truly existed. It's accepted by most scholars that e Robin Hood tales were inspired in a true hero, Robin Hood himself. However, the mystery begins when starting to assess the man's identity.

You see, there were many bandits operating on the name Robin Hood at that time. Maybe they were inspired to use that name after the original Robin Hood, or maybe the true Robin Hood that stole the rich to provide for the poor wasn't the first one, but the one that gave sense to the name... nobody knows.

The part we know is that he most certainly existed before 1261, but the identity of the man under the hood is forever a mystery.

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6 - Antikythera Mechanism

It's the 1st century BC and the Greek culture proliferates. A ship was sailing with a lot of goods when it sunk to the sea. This is how our story starts - the end, however, is where the real mystery lies.

You see, when we discovered the shipwreck in our modern days, we uncovered that a very very old computer was traveling in that boat. The analog computer was capable of predicting the moon, sun, mercury and venus's positions at any giving time using its intricate mechanism and a mathematical model.

But this what we think, as this is only what we say it does... because we just have the dented wheels and the analog computers' remains, not knowing what it does!

Regardless of that, look at the photo and think about the 1st century in an all different way.

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5 - Kaspar Hauser

Kaspar Hauser's story... well, where shall I begin?

Kaspar Hauser was a boy that was stumbling down a street in Neuremberg when a shoe maker found him and read the letter he had on his neck. The letter was meant to go to a cavalry captain and the boy would just say "I want to be a rider like my father" - understanding nothing else... he didn't knew how to speak or understand the shoe maker.

The shoe maker took him to the captain that didn't knew him but read the letter telling he was abandoned because his mother couldn't support him and that if "you can't keep him, string him up".

The boy had a feral look, but he had a vaccination mark, which position him on a higher segment of society.

They had the idea to give him a pen and paper and he wrote "Kasper Hauser".

When the boy grew up and as he learned to speak and write, he started to tell the tale of his life, he was kept in a cage at all times and never had contact with humans until the shoe maker picked him up.

Nobody knows where he came from or who kept him in his early years, but he was assassinated.

Recent DNA tests show that we was 95% connected to the Royal Family... something is amiss here...


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4 - The Lost Roman Legion

The 9th Roman Legion was an Elite Legion comprised of the most skillful fighters of the empire.

Stationed at York, the Legion one day left to settle a public revolt in a nearby place.. all 5.000 of the veteran fighters disappeared without a trace and one of the greatest mysteries of all was born.

Now, about their disappearing... people tell the tales of them disappearing into a myst on a mountain pass, but did they die at the hands of the revolted British people?

Some say this was the case, and the emperor - deeply embarrassed - covered up the the loss to avoid the morale repercussions throughout the empire, preferring a conspiracy theory to settle in.

Could a revolt kill off the 9th Legion? I don't know, that's why it is a mystery.

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3 - Betrayal of Anne Frank

Anne Frank was hidden along with several other Jews, as you might know since her story is famous worldwide, but they were betrayed, being arrested in the fatidic day: 4th of August, 1944.

Now, they were being supported by their friends with black market supplies and were successfully hidden for years, but something changed - the German Police went to investigate the town they were in and someone snitched.

A lot of investigations occurred, but they were all inconclusive... somebody betrayed them, and they all but one paid the ultimate price, including little Anne Frank.

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2 - The Disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley Civilization existed at the same time as the ancient Egypt civilization and it had roughly 5 million inhabitants, being the first urban civilization to date.

They developed Metallurgy, made their towns with bricked structures and had intricate sewage systems. Their houses were multistoried and their alphabet was pretty developed.

They had one of the most complex civilizations of all and harbored 10% of the World's population, but they abandoned their cities 3.000 years ago.

Something mysterious made them all disappear.

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1 - Why are we alive?

This is the ultimate mystery of all!

Why does something exist? Why do we live and why does the universe exist?

The origin of the universe isn't an issue here, the fact that it had a place to originate is. How is it possible that something exist?

This is the Ultimate Mystery, and seeking the answer to it is what keeps us going as a technological and philosophical being.

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    • Rui Carreira profile image
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      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      But these mysteries are sure mysterious :P

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      woo, never thought of those mysteries that much

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      Rui Carreira 3 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks mate! I think so too

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      theastrology 3 years ago from New Delhi

      Interesting historic facts are explained nicely. The article on mysterious things are rarely find. It is very interesting to read these articles.