Our world is full of mysteries. Some of them are solved, but some of them will be never solved. Here are our Top 10 Strangest Unsolved Mysteries.
10. The Voynich Manuscript.
When a polish book dealer purchased this book in 1912, he quickly realized something was extremely wrong. The pages of this manuscript were covered in a language that he had never seen before. Some of the pages depicted alien looking plants that he could not recognize. Since then, the Voynich manuscript had remained a mystery. The only definitive information about this mysterious book comes from carbon dating that proves that it was created in the 1400s. But despite the efforts of the best codebreakers from both the first and second world wars, no one knows what the manuscript says. Who wrote the strange book? What language it is written? The book remains to this day surrounded in mystery.
9. The Kryptos Monument.
Outside the headquarters of the CIA stands a strange monument made of code. In 1990 Jim Sanborn a famous sculpture artist created this monument. Known as the Kryptos monument, the sculpture is made of four encrypted passages. One of the mysterious passages only reads: “Between subtle shading and the absence of light lies the nuance of illusion.” Despite the efforts of the best cryptologist minds of the CIA, the fourth passage remains unsolved.
8 The Beale cipher.
In 1820 a man named Thomas J Beale desperately approached a local innkeeper named Robert Morris from Bedford Country Virginia. Beale alas the innkeeper to hold a box that contained pages full of coded messages. Thomas Beale the man with the mysterious box, was never heard from again. After a friend of the innkeeper devoted 20 years of his life to decoding the mysterious messages, he was able to only solve one of them. The first describes the location of the stash of gold. The second solved coded page describes the content of the treasure. And the third unsolved page lists the names of the treasures owners. The treasure described in the second decoded message would be worth 63 million dollars in today’s money. To this day, the other pages have not been decoded and not a single coin from the gold stash has been found.
7. The Phaistos disk.
Archaeology is a field that brushes up against ancient mysteries every day. However, the mystery of the Phaistos disk is probably the biggest mystery in archaeology. Nobody has any clue what it even is. The Phaistos disk is a disc of fired clay found on the Greek island of Crete. It was probably created around 2,000 BC but little beyond that is known. Its sides are covered with mysterious symbols that have never been deciphered. No one has even a clue about the purpose of the mysterious disc. The best prevailing theory is the writing is from an extinct language and probably will never be fully understood.
6. The Shugborough Inscription.
This mysterious inscription on an eighteenth-century monument has not yet been decoded. Some sources claim the monuments coded inscriptions lead to the Holy Grail. The monument is covered not only with coded messages but with haunting faces as well. It is likely this medieval mystery will never be solved.
5. The WoW signal.
In 1977 while monitoring deep space radio waves, Jerry Ehman instruments began to spike and light up with strange signals. Realising what was happening, he wrote on a data print in giant letters Wow. Ehman went down in history as the first human to receive a communication from alien life. Ehman was also amazed at how closely the signal matched the profile of what an interstellar signal would probably look like. The WoW signal originated from a distant star in the constellation Sagittarius which is located over a hundred million light-years away. The incredibly strong signal lasted 72 seconds and was never detected again.
4. The Taos Hum.
Residents of Taos in New Mexico have complained for a long time that their town is plagued by a constant hum. The sound has been compared to the sound of a car’s engine idling off in the distance. Earplugs don’t stop residents from hearing the sound and recording devices aren’t able to pick up the sound emanating from the town. Still, the strange sound can be clearly heard by visitors. Whatever the cause of the sound is, it remains an unsolved mystery.
3. The Aluminum Wedge of Aiud.
The Wedge of Aiud is a perplexing object that was found two kilometers east of Aiud Romania in a river bank. The object was found 35 feet deep in the soil and alongside two Mastodon bones. Engineers have reported that the strange buried object resembles the foot of landing gear. The fact that the wedge was found in the same layer as Mastodon bones would probably make it at least eleven thousand years old. This artifact is even stranger because aluminum was not discovered until 1808 and aluminum requires 1,000 degrees of heat to be manufactured.
2. The Zodiac Killer’s Identity.
The zodiac was a deranged serial killer who ambushed his victims in a black executioner’s hood and left a strange zodiac symbol at each crime scene. He would often brag to the police about how many people he had killed and taunted them for failing to catch him. In his coded letter sent to the police, the Zodiac killer promised that if they could crack his code his identity would be revealed. Only one of his letters has been decoded and contained a disturbed ramp about how much pleasure the Zodiac took and murdering innocent people.
The closest the Zodiac ever came to capture was when a police officer rushed to the scene of one of the zodiacs murders and spotted a man leaving the area. However, for some reason, the radio dispatcher had instructed the officer to be on the lookout for a black suspect and the officer ignored the fleeing Zodiac killer. Thanks to this one simple mistake the Zodiac got away and the gruesome serial killers identity is still unknown to this day.
1. The SS Ourang Medan Disaster
In 1947 two American vessels sailing in the Strait of Malacca picked up a desperate and disturbing SOS signal from the Dutch merchant ship Ourang Medan. The radio operator aboard the Ourang Medan sent a morse code message that read: “SOS from Ourang Medan. We float. All officers including the Captain, dead and chartroom, and on the bridge. Probably, whole of crew dead”. Before the radio operator signal abruptly ended, his last two transmitted words were: “I died.” After the two American ships race to the Ourang Medan, they boarded the ship in a daring rescue attempt. The ship was found littered with corpses.
The American crew members on the scene described the horrifying bodies as sprawled on their backs. Their frozen faces upturned to the Sun, with mouths gaping open and eyes staring like horrible characters. There were no survivors of the mysterious disaster and the bodies had no visible signs of injury. A fire then broke out in the ships cargo hold forcing the boarding parties to evacuate. Soon after the Ourang Medan exploded and sank. Whatever happened to the crew and the radio operator who died during the middle of his desperate call for help, will probably never be known.