Starting from splitting the atom to setting one’s foot on the moon, science and technology has come up a long. Despite the progress there are still few things on this earth that so called advanced era has failed to recognise and solve the mysteries related to them. These unsolved mysteries of the world have been the topics of debate among the experts. These stories involve unsolved crimes, codes and puzzles and have been playing tricky games with the human mind. Thus the top 10 unsolved mysteries have been listed below.
Top Ten Famous Unsolved Mysteries
Read through the top ten unsolved mysteries that have been mystifying the curious minds for years.
1. The Bermuda Triangle
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Triangle is one of the unsolved mysteries that continue to bewilder the world with the inexplicable incidents related to it. It is located in between Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Florida and has been responsible for the strange disappearance of a number of aircrafts and ships. Unexplained stories about the Bermuda Triangle starting surfing since 1950 and has remained a topic of discussion since then. Popular culture believes that these incidents have taken place either due to paranormal activities or because of extraterrestrial beings.
2. Voynich Manuscript
Named after a book dealer by the name Wilfrid Voynich, the Voynich Manuscript is believed to be composed during the Italian Renaissance in Northern Italy. Stuffed with diagrams and illustrations, the texts inscribed in the copy are of an unknown language making it difficult to decode. For 100s of years, experts are trying to break through its message but none had been successful in their efforts. The secrecy behind its origin and meaning has even made it a subject of unsolved mystery in the world.
3. Jack the Ripper
Notorious for spreading dread among the dwellers of London during the end of 19th century, Jack the Ripper is a name associated with unsolved series of homicides. This unidentified figure carried out his tarnished activities in and around the Whitechapel district of London targeting specifically the female streetwalkers. Though investigations were made, neither the criminal could be exposed nor his intensions behind it. Slowly the case of jack the Ripper solidified and became a part of famous unsolved mystery.
4. The Taos Hum
Around 1992-93, the residents of the small Mexican town, Taos started complaining against a low lying hum similar to that of a diesel engine sound. People were disturbed to the extent that there were cases of nose bleeding, lack of sleep, dizziness and irritation. Though scientists and researchers started surveying the area with seismic and electro-magnetic vibrations, nothing vital was found that could justify the source of the hum.
5. The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud of Turin is a piece of lengthy linen cloth that bears the figure of a physical tortured anonymous man with resemblance of crucifixion. Till date nobody could make out the secret prevailing to it. Many even believe that it belongs to the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth though as per radiocarbon dating it dates back to Medieval Period. Taking the topic of its authenticity and the methods of forgery, there has been end number of debates among the historians, theologians and researchers.
6. The Zodiac Letter
When cases of homicidal doings emerged in Benicia, Lake Berryessa, Vallejo and San Francisco; the villainous Zodiac Letter was known to have operated in this Northern part of California from 1968 December till 1969 October. Neither anything conclusive was drawn regarding his motives nor could he be arrested by the California Department of Justice. The wrong doer got his name from the taunting letters he had sent to the local Bay Area press.
Started 5,000 years ago, the purpose of designing the Stonehenge has still remained a mystery among the contemporary generation. Owned by the Crown and supervised by English Heritage, this place is situated on the northern plains of modern Salisbury, England. Believed to be an interment ground, 2008 radiocarbon dating shows that the very first stone of Stonehenge was built somewhere between 2400 and 2200 BC. Some experts as well say that the place was meant to observe the winter solstice.
8. Phaistos Disc
Curved out of fired clay from the Greek island of Crete, the Phaistos Disc is another topic that deserves a position among the strange unsolved mystery list due to lack of details regarding its originality and meaning. Discovered in the Minoan palace-site of Phaistos during 1908 by the Italian archaeologist, Luigi Pernier; the disc captured the attention of numerous archaeologists for interpreting the codes behind its signs. As of now, nothing concrete has been revealed about the signs though it is believed to any one among – script, alphabet, syllabary or logography.
Designed by artist Jim Sanborn, on the grounds of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Kryptos has been a concern of discussion to break its codes in order to derive the hidden meaning. It consists of four messages of which three have been solved but the fourth one is still one of the famous unsolved mysteries of the world.
10. Beale Ciphers
Stating the location of USD$63 million buried silver, gold and jewels; the Beale Ciphers are a set of three ciphertexts dating back to 1885. It is believed that the treasure belonged to a man called Thomas Jefferson Beale who buried it in a secret place in Bedford County, Virginia with secret messages in it. Till date only one of the messages could be decoded making it one among the famous unsolved mysteries.