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 Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich manuscript is one of those rare texts that seem to have the wisdom of humanity bound up in it's weathered pages. It's pages are filled with illustrations pertaining to topics such as botany, astronomy and biology, but what's really incredible is that to date no-one has been able to decipher the text on the pages. Update: Apparently 10 words have been deciphered by Stephen Bax, professor of applied linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire, England.
The manuscript was first discovered by Wilfred Voychin, a Polish book merchant who bought it in 1912. It's believed to date back around 600 years, and researchers claim that it's origins are from Northern Italy during the Rennaissance. Many cryptographers and codebreakers have tried deciphering the text over the years, with no success. It's amazing that only now, hundreds of years after its discovery, a couple of words have finally been cracked. Who knows, maybe this mystery won't remain unsolved for very long!