7 Unexplained Mysteries That Humanity Has Yet To Solve
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.