We all grew up hearing stories, on most occasions scary ones, from our parents, friends and people around us. Many of us also come across many of them in books and movies. Yes, we are familiar with the ones that exist in our own hometown or places nearby us but not of far off places. So today we brought for you some from around the world that many of you might or might not have come across. Just go through them but don’t you get scared while reading them.
1. Easter Island
Easter Island is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. It’s famed for the carved human-figure monumental statues called moai. They are up to 40 feet tall and there are about 1,000 of them, with their torsos buried underground leaving only human-like faces above ground. Till today, it remains a mystery how they were moved into their places as they’re very heavy.
2. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and among the largest religious monuments in the world, measuring 162.6 hectares. It stands out for its gorgeous towers and intricate artwork. The temple city was built between A.D. 1113 and 1150. Its towers are meant to elicit the mythological Hindu mountain Mount Meru, and the temple was originally built in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu. However, several hundred years later, it was transformed into a Buddhist site.
3. Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a loosely defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. Legend has it that a number of aircraft and ships have disappeared under mysterious circumstances and without a trace. However, a slight problem with the legend is that most of the “mysterious disappearances” cited by believers weren’t mysterious at all, but occurred during storms or didn’t even sink within the triangle’s borders.
4. Area 51
Area 51 is a military base and another name for United States Air Force facility, which is within the Nevada Test and Training Range, about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Its claim to fame is that it’s supposedly the top-secret site where alien bodies and technology were taken after a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
5. The Lost City of Atlantis
Many people are convinced that there really was a peaceful utopia that sunk beneath the sea in time immemorial, and they’ve tried to pinpoint it in spots all over the world. Even Google Earth once fed the legend with a data glitch that created a grid like pattern on the ocean floor. Keen-eyed observers speculated that it might be the lost streets of Atlantis.
Teotihuacan was an ancient Mesoamerican city located in the State of Mexico 30 miles (48 km) northeast of modern-day Mexico City. It was said that the great pyramid-filled city went into decline about 1,400 years ago and was left in such ruins that no one knows who its builders were or what they called their home. The Aztecs, who would later make pilgrimages to the site, gave it its modern name, which means “the place where the gods were created.” Whatever it may be, the city is best known for its expansive “Avenue of the Dead” and major pyramid complexes.
7. The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. The Great Pyramid of Khufu was built between 2589 BC and 2504 BC, and reached a height of 481 feet (146 meters). Plenty of mystery remains about how ancient builders constructed the huge pyramids out of 2.5-ton stones.
8. Loch Ness
Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands. It is also the largest Scottish loch by volume. It gets as deep as 755 feet (230 m) and has a surface area of 21.8 square miles (56.4 square km). The Loch Ness Monster first made headlines in 1933 in an article that suggested a disturbance in the lake’s surface may have been a fight between ducks. It was enough to spur rumors, however, especially when a supposed photograph of a long-necked lake monster came out in 1934. (Decades later, the photographer admitted the famous photo was a hoax.)
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It’s probably not that last one, but the purpose of this ancient icon does remain a mystery. It is said the farmers and herders who built the structure starting 5,000 years ago continued to add to it over a period of 700 years. They left no written records behind, only a circle of striking stones near what is today Salisbury.
10. The Nazca Lines
Atlantis may be a legend, but the mysterious Nazca lines are real. The Nazca Lines in southern Peru are a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands. These enormous etchings depict spiders, monkeys, plants and other figures. They date back to about 500 B.C. What is strange is that no one knows why the prehistoric Nazca culture went through the effort of making the artwork, though they may have had a ritual role or linked up to constellations in the sky.
The Cahokia Mounds is a historic site located on the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city. It is spread over six square miles (16 square km) and was home to as many as 20,000 people. Modern development covers much of the site, but archaeologists have discovered that Cahokians drank caffeinated beverages and played a game known as ‘Chunkey’. The city may have included a wooden temple and a wooden Stonehenge-like structure, perhaps important for keeping track of solstices and equinoxes.