Unsolved Mysteries

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Like all true mysteries, there are no real answer or solution. Searching for answers to unsolved mysteries, are as confounding as they are exhilarating.

Everybody loves a good mystery—and unsolved mysteries are all the more captivating. Few stories have the power to captivate us more than those that remain unresolved. Codes, puzzles and cryptic public art tease us with their intrigue.

Despite the efforts of our most revered historians, cleverest cryptographers and most determined treasure hunters, history is replete with riddles that destined to linger on for years.

Below are some unsolved mysteries that continues to confound us today.

13. Rongorongo Script

There have been numerous attempts to decipher the Rongorongo script of Easter Island since its discovery in the late nineteenth century. The Rongorongo script consists of about 120 symbols, which represents - birds, fish, gods, plants and geometric shapes. There are also another 480 glyphs. Apart from a portion of one tablet which has been shown to deal with a lunar calendar, none of the texts are understood, and the calendar is unreadable.

Many believe they represent a lost system of writing or proto-writing and could be one of just three or four independent inventions of writing in human history. The glyphs remain undecipherable, and the Rongoronga Script true messages is still a mystery!

12. Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guide-stones or American Stonehenge, is a mysterious 20 feet high granite monument, erected in Elbert County, Georgia, USA, about 1979. The message engraved into it: Ten rules for an 'Age of Reason' is in eight languages - English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian It touches upon New World Order, like massive depopulation, a single world government, the introduction of a new type of spirituality.

The Georgia Guide-stones has astronomical features with a message inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient languages’ scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Though the monument contains no encrypted messages, its origin and purpose remain shrouded in mystery.

11. Shugborough inscription

The Shugborough Inscription is a curious sequence of letters – DOUOSVAVVM, carved on the 18th-century Shepherd's Monument in the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England. The code has eluded solutions for over 250 years. Below it is a mirror image of Nicolas Poussin's painting, the Shepherds of Arcadia.

It been called one of the world's top uncracked cipher texts. Though the identity of the code carver remains a mystery, there are many speculation. But many of the world's greatest minds have tried to crack the code and failed, including Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin.

10. Lead Masks Case

In 1966, two young men, Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana, from Brazil, both electronic technicians, stopped at a store and bought a bottle of water and a raincoat. Three days later, their bodies were found on Vintem Hill with strange items.

The items were: an empty bottle of water; two towels and a notebook with a cryptic message, “16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask sign.” Both men wore identical suits, and lead masks. Were Cruz and Viana murdered or scheduled to meet with aliens?

9. Strange Case of Rudolph Fentz

In 1950, a man with mutton chop sideburns and Victorian-era duds popped up in Times Square. Witnesses said he looked startled and then a minute later, he was hit by a car and killed. The police found on the man: 19th-century money; a letter dated 1876; and business cards with his name –Rudolph Fentz.

After investigation, a Mrs. Rudolph Fentz was tracked down. Apparently she was the widow of Rudolph Fentz, Jr., and she told the story that her husband's father disappeared mysteriously in 1876, and the case was never solved.

8. The Hum

The Hum is a mysterious phenomenon involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people. Hums have been widely reported by national media in the UK and the United States.

The Hum is heard only in quiet environments and often described as sounding like a distant diesel engine. Scientists and researchers look into this strange low frequency noise but, it has proven to be undetectable by microphones or VLF antennae, so it is still a mystery.

7. Kryptos Puzzle

In 1989, a sculpture designed by Jim Sanborn was named 'Kryptos' and placed in the Courtyard plaza of the CIA in Langley, Virginia. On the sculpture are four puzzled sections, each containing encrypted message. Three of the four coded messages have been cracked. The fourth one contains 97 characters and yet to be deciphered.

James Sanborn buried his sculpture's message so deeply that CIA took seven years to solve the first three sections. 'Even if it was cracked, it doesn’t mean they have the answer' said Sanborn. People are losing their minds...trying to solve it!

6. Head Knock Restored Vision

Lisa Reid, a 38-year-old woman from New Zealand, lost her vision since she was 11 years old because of a brain tumour that pressed on her optic nerve. A guide dog was given to her as a companion and support. One night Reid knelt down to kiss her guide dog goodnight, when she hit her head on the coffee table. Although still legally blind, the knock to her head randomly restored most of her vision.

Reid said, 'It's amazing. I don't think there will ever be any words to describe it. I missed out on seeing myself grow. By the time I got my sight back my brother had grown into a man and I was a woman.' The eye specialists no explanation.

5. Phaistos Disc

In 1908, the Phaistos Disc was discovered by Italian archaeologist, Luigi Pernier in the Minoan palace-site of Phaistos on the island of Crete. The disk made of fired clay contains mysterious symbols of an unknown form of hieroglyphics, dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. The symbols are arranged in a spiral is evidence that support the Minoan (or at least Aegean) origin. The Phaistos disk remains a tantalising mystery of archaeology.

4. Coma leads to French Fluency

In 2012, 25 year-old, Rory Curtis suffered a serious brain injury and a broken pelvis after a horrific accident. He was placed in an induced coma for six days. Surprisingly, when he woke up, he spoke fluent French – despite only having a basic grasp from school. Curtis also believed himself to be the actor, Matthew McConaughey.

While the massive impact of the car crash explains the injuries and coma, other factors, like speaking Fluent French is still unexplained, as are many wonders of the human brain.

3. The Dyatlov Pass incident

The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to the mysterious, unsolved deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains in Russia in 1959. After a massive search, the bodies of the ski hikers were found. The mystery became horror when the tents showed its front flaps still buttoned tightly together, but huge knife slashes down the sides - through which the occupants apparently fled.

Boots and warm clothing were in the tent. The bodies were barefoot - some butchered; some brain damaged; and a woman’s tongue was missing. Could it be a violent encounter with a yeti or other creature? To this day it is still a mystery.

2. Voynich manuscript

The Voynich manuscript, is one of the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript. It is written in an unknown alphabet with pictures of unknown plants and astronomical images. The message inside has eluded cryptographers, linguists and mathematicians. Found inside was a letter thought to be dated in 1666.

Although the original author of the manuscript remains unknown, the pictures of herbs and plants suggests that it many have been some kind of textbook for an alchemist. Analysts have split the book into five thematic sections based on the illustrations: biological, astrological, pharmaceutical, herbal and one section on recipes. But the Voynich manuscript remains a mystery to this day.

1. Devil's Footprints

A 150-year-old mystery has reared its head after a woman woke to find 'Satan's hoof-prints' dotted across freshly fallen snow in her back garden. The single track of cloven-like prints - made by a two-legged creature, appearing on both sides of 14-foot walls and locked gates - precisely resemble footprints recorded in the area in 1855. The original 'Devil's footprints' appeared on February 8th, 1855. The mystery remains to this day.

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