7 Unexplained Mysteries That Humanity Has Yet To Solve
What is it about the unknown that we find so fascinating? In today's age of technology and innovation, it would seems that all the great mysteries have already been deciphered, but in fact there's still a lot we don't know. From mysteries in the ocean's depths, to incredible and awe-inspiring holes in the ground, there's still a lot humanity has not yet uncovered about our world.
I've been trawling the history books to find some of the world's greatest unexplained mysteries, and this list is a result of that research. I tried to stick to the more plausable and lesser-known mysteries, so for example the Loch-ness monster, Roswell and the Bermuda triangle didn't make the cut (and there's already a wealth of information about them online).
The Mary Celeste
Here we have the mystery of another ghost ship; this time it's the turn of the Mary Celeste, which was a British ship built in 1861. In 1872 she was discovered, having been completely deserted. The ship was still in an excellent condition, none of the cargo had been stolen, and there was a supply of food that would have lasted for several more months. The crew's personal possessions were all found onboard, but all the crew members themselves had disappeared - along with one lifeboat. The weather conditions were good for sailing, and the seamen were all strong and able.
What happened? Why did the entire crew abandon ship and disappear? Nobody ever heard from them again so we will never know for sure, but there are many theories. One of the most popular ideas is that the crew abandoned the ship due to the fear of explosion. Barrels of alcohol were amongst the cargo; some of the barrels were made from a more absorbent type of wood and those barrels were found empty. If the wood had been absorbing the alcohol it may have caused a build up of fumes, which the crew might have feared would cause an explosion. If this was the case, then they might have fled, hoping to escape the explosion and save their lives. However, we'll never really know, meaning that this will remain one of the greatest mysteries of all time.
The Taman Shud Case
The Taman Shud case is one of the most famous and baffling cases of hidden identity ever. It's sometimes referred to as the 'Mystery of the Somerton Man', and it focuses around the death of a man who was found in Adelaide, Australia in 1948. His body was found on a beach; he carried very little in his pockets, and had no money or forms of identification. He did not have a hat, which was unusual for the time, and all the labels had been cut out of his clothes. He had no distinguishing marks, and his teeth did not match any Australian dental records. His identity was - and still is - a complete mystery.
However, an autopsy showed signs of poison, which flagged up the idea that the man could have been a spy, especially as it was during the Cold War. The only other clue that police had to go on was a tiny scrap of paper that was hidden in one of the man's pockets - and it's from this that the mystery got its name. Printed on the paper were the words 'Taman Shud', which translates as 'finished'. The scrap of paper was taken from the last page of a very rare book called Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which is all about living life to the full. These two words on a small scrap of paper make up one of the most curious aspects of this mystery, and it's unlikely that we'll ever find out who the Somerton Man really was or why he carried those words in his pocket.