In today’s world, science and technology have exposed every brain-teaser enigmas, yet there are some secrets that continue to baffle us. However, there are a plethora of explanations and theories for them, but sadly they aren’t as famous as the secrets themselves. These top 10 unsolved mysteries have become an unknown phenomenon to the mankind and they are known as……
1. Mary Celeste
On November 5, 1872, Mary Celeste, a merchant ship, set sail from Staten Island under command of Captain Benjamin Briggs, to Genoa, Italy. Apart from a crew of seven, Captain’s wife and their daughter, the ship was carrying 1701 barrels of alcohol worth $35,000. On December 4 (or 5), 1872, the helmsman of a Canadian merchant ship Dei Gratia spotted Mary Celeste which was sailing erratically between the Azores and the Portuguese coast. Since it was appearing in a seaworthy condition, some officials from the Dei Gratia boarded on it and discovered that all people on the ship were missing along with some papers, the only lifeboat, chronometer and the sextant. There were no signs of violence or natural calamity. Since then, a plethora of theories has been given regarding the fate of people on board, but still, the actual story hasn’t been unfolded. Perhaps it’ll remain one of the greatest unsolved mysteries, leaving behind only obscure possibilities and speculations of theorists.
2. The Hum
Widely known to have been reported in different parts of the world, The Hum is a low-frequency noise which appears to come from a far distant location but ironically it’s not audible to all people. Especially observed oftentimes in various locations in New Zealand, America, and England, The Hum sounds somewhat like a distant idling diesel engine. Residents of those areas have also submitted that the sound becomes more potent while staying inside the home and it could be even observed while listening songs on earphones. Scientists, researchers, and amateur enthusiasts from across the globe have presented a stack of reports and explanations about this mysterious sound but it’s a matter of fact that due to concrete evidence their leads haven’t been confirmed yet.
3. The disappearance of D.B. Cooper
It was November 24, 1971, when a man in impeccable clothing purchased a $20 one-way ticket from Portland International Airport under the identification of Dan Cooper. After boarding the flight, which was going to Seattle, Washington, Cooper passed a note to the flight attendant that read: “I have a bomb in my briefcase. I will use it if necessary. I want you to sit next to me. You are being hijacked.” He then asked for $200,000 cash and four parachutes in order to release the passengers safely from the flight. After meeting his requirements on Seattle-Tacoma Airport, he ordered to fly towards Mexico City and amid the way when the flight was flying with 120 mph at an approximated altitude of 3,000 meters; he parachuted out in the wilderness of Pacific Northwest forest. Despite exhaustive search operations for decades, his disappearance still remains occult, making the case one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in the world as well as an unimaginable height of fearlessness.
4. Shroud of Turin
Considered by many as the burial sheet of Jesus Christ, the Shroud of Turin is kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. In 1898, an amateur Italian photographer Secondo Pia snapped the shroud which was bearing the image of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. It promptly propelled a long series of intense debate among historians, researchers, scientists and others who presented several theories either rejecting or supporting it on the bases of optical image analysis, medical forensics, and other scientific theories. Amid scientific doubts, in 1958, the image was eventually declared as the “Holy Face of Jesus” by Pope Pius XII. However, considering it an art forger, science is still researching the linen cloth which has been “cunningly painted” and has turned into an emotional tone of Christianity.
5. Black Dahlia
Of all the unsolved murder mysteries in the world, the case of Black Dahlia still surprises the investigation agencies for its complexity. Elizabeth Short was a young American woman widely known as “Black Dahlia” for her propensity to wear black clothes. On January 15, 1947, her sliced body was found in a park of Los Angeles, making it an act of absolute barbarism. Elizabeth Short’s murder was contemporarily the biggest material for fame-hungry newspapers as well as aspiring reporting agencies all across the United States. The vicious assassination of 22-year-old aspiring actress forced police to book several people in the case but despite thousands of leads, finding the true identity of her killer has never been determined. This case has inspired generations of movie directors and writers to work upon.
Also known as the Abominable Snowman, Yeti is an ape-like creature and which is the Himalayan counterpart of American Bigfoot. In the 19th century, some photographers accounted their experiences of witnessing gigantic and bipedal creatures in the Himalayan region of Tibet and Nepal. Later on, at the beginning of 20th century, their experiences of seeing odd creatures were endorsed by other mountaineers while scaling Mount Everest. With detailed reports and clean-cut photographs in the 21st century, Yeti became a challenge for researchers, deserving in-depth study. Till date, this mystical creature is unknown to science and could possibly remain alien until thorough identification of the Himalaya’s wildlife.
7. Assassination of JFK
Marking a black day in the history of the United States, November 22, 1963, witnessed the assassination of hot-shot sexy President John F. Kennedy. On this date, at sharp 12.30 pm, Kennedy was shot twice while he was approaching the Dallas Trade Mart in his uncovered limousine. Shortly after the assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine was arrested in the case but as days passed by it brought forth heap of controversy theories. However, there were no conspirators identified by the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), but from vigorous reports and analyses, it has been concluded that entire operation could be the brainchild of Mossad, organized crime in America, KGB, Fidel Castro or even CIA.
8. Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)
Perhaps, we all have listened about sightings of UFOs from around the world but often consider deeply that why they are still unexplained. A big and prosperous stuff for books, scientific literature, movies, and documentaries, catching the mystery of an Unidentified Flying Object is still out of the radar of science and technology-driven world. Claimed to be associated with the extraterrestrial hypothesis, UFOs are basically astronomical in nature and are often termed as “flying saucer” with anomalous lights. However, a bulk of sightings are explained by the conventional theories of hot air balloons, flares, misidentified airships and other humdrum principles but since they have no potency, the conceptions of UFO runs behind the world’s unsolved mysteries.
9. Jack the Ripper
A dominating name in the list of serial killers of all time, Jack the Ripper came to notoriety after killing 5 (could be more) prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of East London, in 1888. He got the term “Ripper” because of his propensity to mutilate is victims’ bodies in every possible way. His extraordinary barbarous character suddenly turned into a subject of hot gossip all across the world. The contemporary investigation agencies of the ‘Victorian era’ conducted backbreaking inquiries regarding the murders and suspected hundreds of people, but they never bought a single person claiming to be him. He killed, he disappeared, and now he dwells in hundreds of works of fictions ranging from poems to plays and stories to movies. Whereabouts of this blood-covered killer still haunt the cops and spies who claim to be the best all around the world.
10. Bermuda Triangle
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Triangle is the biggest unsolved mysteries of the world which despite dense researchers, remains an elusive thing to crack. Ever since the disappearances of ships and aircraft in this region, a stack of theories have been proposed including unbalanced weather patterns, aliens, man-made energy field, lost the city of Atlantis, methane hydrates, electronic fogs, but none of them are persuasive, so far. Countless books have been written, overplus of documentaries have been made and a heap of world-class scientists has presented their theories, yet no one has concluded that why it is so that once you go into the region, you don’t come out.