You are a fan of detective or mystery novels—aren’t you? A Sherlock Holmes or probably an Agatha Christie novel keeps your mind at work in a way which even exams fail to do. That explains the reason why you’re reading this post! Although we are all self-proclaimed fans of mysteries, do we really keep a track of the “real” mysteries that pop up around us? Well, most of us don’t. Let’s take a look of some spine-chilling mysteries that were solved of late:
7. The Mystery of Jack the Ripper Jack the Ripper
was the name given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in and around the White Chapel district of London some 125 years back.
According to sources, he would only attack the prostitutes and slash their throats before mutilating their abdominal region. But now, new sources have come out
with the fact that their abdominal regions were mutilated only at the mortuary. Well, we don’t have any option but to believe it!
6. Imprints of Human Faces on Mars
region of Mars attracted the attention of scientists for some queer reason —the shape of the hills resembled human faces!
Photographs time and again indicated the same thing.
Conspiracy theorists, as they always, do related these paces to biblical faces and god knows what else.
However, newest technological applications demonstrate
that there are no faces at all —these mysterious faces have been destroyed by the landslides, and were hence random structures made by dust.
5. The Curious Case of Mary Celeste
No, it’s no woman or girl; it’s a ship that was found totally bereft of passengers near Azores in the Atlantic. The cargo and other personal belongings were found intact and undisturbed. This raised many doubts and ultimately led to rumors
that it was a ghost ship.
However, in 2006, Dr. Andrea Sella, a Chemistry professor at the University of London, created a replica of the ship; he concluded
that the ship suffered a weird explosion due to the leakage of gas from 9 out of 1,701 barrels of alcohol. According to him, it had “pressure-wave type of explosion… There was a spectacular wave of flame but, behind it, was relatively cool air. No soot was left behind and there was no burning or scorching.”
And thus, the mystery surrounding the ghost ship was finally solved. Well, at least until someone else comes up with an even more convincing answer.
4. The Cannibalistic Natives, Susquehannocks
This case is an out and out example of the treacherous colonial regime. Susquehannocks were a Native American tribe whom the colonizers massively dehumanized and demonized by depicting them “cannibals”. It was claimed that they had “eaten” up their neighboring tribe.
However, it was April Beisaw, an anthropologist from Vassar College, who, along with two of her students, studied the area, artifacts and concluded
that their neighbors didn’t die as a result of any cannibalistic attack by Susquehannocks for no evidence of violence could be found.
3. The Titanic Child
A few days after the colossal ship sank, the body of a baby boy was found in the Atlantic Ocean. The body was then buried in Nova Scotia with a tombstone reading “the Unknown child”.
However, in 2001, the researchers of an Ontario university were granted the permission of exhuming the body. After much dilemma, they claimed the body to be Eino Panula’s, one among the four children on board Titanic. This claim was later proved to be wrong when a DNA test was carried out. The test confirmed
that the “unknown child” was Sidney Goodwin, the youngest child of Fred and Augusta Goodwin.
2. The “Hope” of Obama
Obama’s “hope” poster, which was used during his 2008 Election campaign, created a stir among the media and people alike. Although the poster was designed by Shepard Fairey, the source of the original photograph was untraceable.
However, Fairey was recorded as saying that the picture had been taken from Google though it was untraceable till a year or so. It was only in 2009 that the mystery was broken
and the photo was traced.
It was taken by Mannie Garcia, a freelance professor, during a media event with George Clooney.
1. Can Women Blush in the Dark?
Well, it seems a stupid question but thought provoking, nevertheless. Women are mysteries, after all! Many researchers and scientists couldn’t arrive at a definite conclusion until recently when researches from the Netherlands and Germany collaborated to find out
this divine truth.
They planted a heat-sensitive camera in a dark room with a woman and asked her to blush. When she blushed, there was more heat evolving from her cheeks, proving that blood rushed to the surface—she was blushing! Moral of the story: never dismiss any question as trivial and stupid.