What a time to be alive! Science made our lives better and gave us the knowledge and truth we always craved for. However, there are things in this world that defy all the theories and speculations scientists threw at them.
The world without mysteries would be a boring one. On the other hand, a world with enigmas that dribble common sense and logic better than Messi is disturbing. Hints that the paranormal is real are everywhere, and the conclusions might keep you awake at night.
The placebo effect is still a mystery for the scientific community.
Basically, the placebo is used in drug trials to prove or not the efficiency of treatment. As one-half of the subjects receive the real drugs, the other half receives bogus pills.
Allocation is usually random and targets to reveal the full healing potential of the medicine. However, there are cases which defy logic, in which the ones that are taking the fake pills get better or even heal completely.
We have to accept that our understanding of the human mind is still limited.
The placebo effect usually resides at a psychological level and can be put side by side with the power of faith traditionally nurtured inside religions. We can only assume that the human body has some extra resources and abilities and that we are only beginning to scrape the surface.
2. Jerry Ehman and the Wow Signal
The strange sequence of numbers and letters might not appear as much to us. However, for astrophysicists like Jerry R. Ehman, it triggered instant fascination.
The ”Wow!” signal can be put side by side with the ”Evrika!” shout, thousands of years before. A narrowband radio signal was the one producing the”Wow!” signal. The recording occurred at SETI’s Big Ear radio telescope at The Ohio State University, on August 15, 1977.
Amongst the speculated source of the signal, we have to include the possibility that an advanced alien civilization leaked a sign of its existence. As radio telescope turned that attention again and again in that part of the sky, no follow-up was received.
In 2012, at the 35th anniversary, the Arecibo Observatory beaconed a response was based on 10,000 Twitter messages. Let’s pray aliens enjoy Kardashian gossip.
The Inca civilization left behind many impressive monuments.
Everybody knows the famous Machu Picchu, but few people ever heard about the Sacsayhuaman. Located at an altitude of 3,701 m, on the north side of Cusco, Peru, the citadel impresses by having massive walls build from stone blocks, without the use of any mortar.
Up until now, there is nothing extraordinary, but the precision to with adjacent blocks fit each other is astonishing, especially if one judges by the technological means available almost one thousand years ago. Together with Cusco, it entered UNESCO’s World Heritage register in 1983.
Of course, the site joined the list of other mysterious locations around the world, in correlation with the theory of ancient aliens, or with the Atlantis theory of civilization spreading. Science is still unable to explain how huge blocks were cut so precisely and carried from quarries located many kilometers away.
Everybody knows about Stonehenge, but that didn’t help fully explain why the megalithic structure exists.
Radiocarbon dating suggests that construction took place somewhere around 3000 BC, a time when the local communities were still struggling to put Prehistory to rest.
We have to mention the fact that some sources dismiss the presumed age and push even further in the past. Theories regarding the role of Stonehenge abound. We can mention the ones claiming a temple for the gods, a giant astronomical calendar, or even a UFO landing pad.
Nevertheless, we still have the feeling that something is missing from the big picture. Why put so much effort into building at a monumental scale when you are a culture struggling to assure daily sustenance?
Stonehenge remains the most notorious example of our limited understanding of the dawn of modern human society. Was Prehistory creepier than we think?
5. Nazca Lines
Visible only from tens of meters up in the air, the Inca lines seem the best example that ancient people were trying to communicate with the gods or with someone else coming from above.
Built by removing the colored rocks and earth, and revealing the less pigmented layers below, the Inca lines have been maintained by the dry climate of the Nazca desert and by the fact that no other major civilization flourished there.
While the most impressing Nazca lines are assembled in carefully studied and well-proportioned depictions of animals and human-like figures, the most mysterious lines make us think about an ancient airport.
Straight lines kilometers long intersect each other in apparently no particular pattern. Is this the place on Earth with the highest chances of playing the role of a giant intergalactic transportation hub?
Alien enthusiasts rely on the Nazca line as one of the most compelling evidence that we were visited, despite the attempts made by science to attach a more reasonable explanation.
6. Fred Valentich
Check out one of the few UFO case science couldn’t explain!
We all know that UFOs particularly enjoy showing up on the North American continent and that they chose the United States to haunt. Nevertheless, this case presented here happened to an Australian pilot, Frederick Valentich.
The Cessna 182L that he was flying over the Bass Strait (between Australia and Tasmania) disappeared on October 21st, 1978, while conducting a night training flight. Only 20, Frederick can be put on the list as an inexperienced pilot, despite having 150 hours total flying time.
Just before radio contact was lost, he reported being followed by an unknown aircraft which was executing strange maneuvers around him. When his transmission was interrupted by unidentified noise described as being “metallic, scraping sounds,” speculations quickly emerged regarding what happened to Frederick.
Just to add more salt and pepper on the case, other UFO enthusiasts have reported strange occurrences over the Australian sky the night the plane disappeared.
7. Cocaine and Tobacco Found in Egyptian Mummies
Our fascination with Egyptian mummies has reached a higher level once a group of scientists revealed that they found traces of drugs which existed only on the American continent at that moment.
More precise, we are talking about cocaine and tobacco, produced from plants well-known to the ancient inhabitants of the New World.
According to the theory, trans-oceanic contact was taking place in ancient times, thousands of years before the acclaimed voyage of Christopher Columbus. Scientist Svetla Balabanova and two of her colleagues reported findings of cocaine, hashish, and nicotine in Egyptian mummies in a study which saw the light in 1992.
Although subsequent criticism from the mainstream science occurred, the possibility ignited other dormant clues that we are teaching the wrong type of history in school. Of course, it is not easy fighting the establishment, and we need courageous people to battle public ridicule.
8. Pollock Sisters
Reincarnation has always been a hot topic for debate, and even religions fail to reach a consensus on that.
From time to time, bone-chilling cases like the one involving Pollock Sisters occur to put a little extra weight on balance, in the sense of reincarnation being a real phenomenon.
The Pollock family lost their two daughters Jacqueline and Joanna in a tragic car accident in 1957. Soon after the event, the Pollock’s were surprised to discover that the mother, Florence, was pregnant with what the father, John, was convinced to be twins. In fact, he was convinced that the twins were the actual reincarnation of the daughters they lost.
We don’t know what kept the parents from giving them the same names. Gillian and Jennifer presented strange birthmarks which seem to replicate small injuries which happened to Jacqueline and Joanna.
To add even more to the mystery, the twins appear to have impossible memories of the past.
9. Tomato Genetic Code
There are many mysteries around us, and some of them are tastier than the others.
Take your typical tomatoes for example. Nothing weird, you might say. Guess again!
The tomato plant has more genes than we humans, revealed a study made public in “Nature” magazine. We are talking about 31,760 genes, 7,000 more than the numbered contained in each human body
That makes tomatoes more advanced, at least at the genetic level. We can also bet you had no idea that tomatoes are closely related to the tobacco plant, the potato, and the eggplant.
You might ask what purpose serves knowing so much about tomatoes and why invest nine years and a lot of money in such type of research. Well, now that the genetic code is revealed, scientists can devise better bread, less vulnerable to crop diseases and with higher yields.
10. The Bloop Sound
Don’t let yourself fooled by the image above, as we are not talking about comic book exclamations, although some of them are indeed strange enough to fit our article.
The Bloop was a sound recorded by hydrophones across the Pacific. It was weird enough to make Cthulhu fans pop their champagnes in celebration.
It all started when a study pointed out the noise has an organic signature attached. We have to acknowledge first that everything mainstream science fails to explain is immediately taken over by people willing to believe that we live in a world riddled with mysteries.
Indeed, the deep sea is still largely unexplored, and many unusual animal species have been taken to light in recent decades from those depths. Nevertheless, the magnitude of the phenomenon rejects from the start an animal nature.
More recently, scientists have put forwards the very credible answer that the “Bloop” is, in fact, produced by an ice sheet breaking. Add the term “icequake” to your dictionary!
11. Costa Rica’s Giant Stone Balls
The American continent has been a place of myths and mystery way before the first European settlers arrived here.
The stone spheres of Costa Rica have remained one of the most puzzling enigmas, mostly because no one knows exactly how such perfect shapes were achieved with primitive technology.
Another question surrounds their purpose, although seeing them as symbols of power or as parts of a religious ceremony is quite handy. Added recently (2014) on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Diquis Spheres are located in the geographical area of the Diquis Delta and on Isla del Cano.
The materials and the sizes of the balls vary considerably, mostly because the tradition of making stone balls stretched for almost o thousand years, up until the conquistadors gave the local community “better things” to do.
The most impressive ones are obviously the big ones, with diameters of 2 meters and weighing close to 15 tons.
12. The Baigong Pipes
There are many places around the world where out of time artifacts can be found.
The Baigong Pipes are a good example of things which apparently defy a reasonable explanation. Located deep inside a mountain and considered the direct result of alien technology, the tubular formation has generated hot debates between supporters and skeptics.
At first glance, the structure seems deliberately put in place, and even the chemical analysis revealed some external components which could not be identified precisely. A more recent point of view on the formation claims they are natural.
The fact that they are located on Chinese territory made the access and further research quite difficult, further fueling conspiracy theories. Nevertheless, the fact that organic material was found inside (tree rings even) seems to put dating beyond all doubt.
13. The Voynich Manuscript
The medieval era was full of mysteries and unsolved enigmas, some of which survived to this day.
The Voynich Manuscript is a book written in a strange language and full of odd illustrations. While some depict common plants, the ones we all know and use, others introduce what seems to be the result of a vivid imagination, or brought from another world.
One of the theories claims that the Voynich manuscript has a lot to do with the obsession for alchemy which kept humanity busy for quite some centuries. Other voices claim that the manuscript is the result of an elaborated hoax.
Nevertheless, radiocarbon dating revealed that the book is indeed old (15th century), so modern counterfeit can be excluded. The Voynich manuscript is mostly a cryptographic enigma, as no one was able to give meaning to the unknown characters.