The world is a mystery, that’s for sure. But there are some things that are so strange and mysterious that no one has been able to come up with an explanation for it… yet.
Here are 10 mysterious events that baffled people and scientists everywhere and remain unsolved to this day:
1. Hector The Convector
There is a rare thundercloud called “Hector The Convector” or just “Hector” that forms every afternoon on the Tiwi Islands of Northern Australia almost without fail, from September to March every single year! It got it’s name from Second World War pilots, and is the world’s most consistently large thunderstorms (regularly reaching about 20 kilometers or 66,000 ft.).
2. The Black Knight Satellite
There is a… thing orbiting the earth, it seems to be in retrograde, and no one knows exactly what it is. NASA claims that is is a piece of space debris – specifically, a thermal blanket lost during the EVA mission. But many conspiracy theorists claim its an extraterrestrial satellite that has been around for more than 1300 years, and that NASA is trying to cover it up.
In 2003, the remains of a 6-inch long skeleton were found in a pouch in a ghost town in the Atacama Desert of Chile. Since then there have been numerous attempts to identify what species it belongs to, where it came from, or how it ended up there, but no concrete conclusion has been agreed upon. It was named “Ata” by the scientist who study it.
4. The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated, hand-written book that is in a completely unknown (possibly made up) language. There is no concrete evidence as to who wrote it, when it was written, or where it came from – only speculations. Carbon-dating of the pages puts it in the early 15th century, and historians speculate that it might have originated in Northern Italy. But regardless of the countless number of historians, cryptographers, and codebreakers who’ve studied the book, it remains a mystery to this day.
5. The Oak Island Money Pit Mystery
Located off the shores of Nova Scotia, along Canada’s Atlantic Coast is Oak Island. It is here that there is said to be buried under 130 feet of ground – pirate’s treasures. Captain William Kidd, a notorious pirate even admitted to burying treasure in the area before his capture in 1699.
Initially discovered by a teenage boy, then taken up by several excavation teams, engineers, etc., the pit has not coughed up any treasure other than “marks” of pickaxes and tools, and layers of wood timbers and soil. At 90 feet deep, a clay tablet with mysterious symbols was discovered. The words remained a mystery until 1860 when it was deciphered to read: “Forty feet below, two million pounds are buried.”
But when the digging crew took a break at around 98 feet, they returned to find the pit filled with around 60 feet of water. Although there have been repeated efforts to dig the hole up and clear the water by several parties, none have been successful. Still, the Oak island Money Pit it has managed to provide just enough “evidence” to keep the interest of treasure-hunters piqued even to this day.
6. The “Traub”
Hidden behind a brick wall in a Chicago suburb in 1968, the Traub – a one-of-a-kind American motorcycle – baffled everyone as it was world’s ahead in terms of technology and engineering relative to when it was built (it had 1917 license plates when it was found). And the best part is that it still runs in perfect condition!
Discovered by a research team led by husband and wife team Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, this virus was found at the shores of Melbourne, Australia and another in Chile’s Tunquen River. Pandoravirus is the largest virus to be found by man, and about 93% is unidentified genetics. It’s finders also speculate that it might be the fourth domain of life (the current belief is that there are only 3: Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya).
8. Missing Airplanes
Over the past 70 or so years, there has been over 90 reports of missing commercial airplanes. And the kicker- there has not been a single piece of evidence they ever existed; no wreckage, survivors, nothing! You might remember the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from a few years ago; that was the plane with the highest passenger count to go missing ever.
9. The Devil’s Kettle
A few miles away from the US-Canada Border is Minnesota’s Judge C.R. Magney State Park. The Brule River flows through this park, falling onto several rocks and creating several waterfalls. While one half of this water then flows on to join Lake superior as water normally does, the other half falls into a deep hole (named The Devil’s Kettle) that apparently leads no where. Researchers have even dumped dye, ping pong balls, and logs to see where it might turn up, but no luck. So, where does all that water go? No one knows!
10. The Kepler Mission
The Kepler Space Telescope was launched in 2009 in order to discover earth-like planets in the galaxy. Since then, it has found around 1200 similar planets. Using this data, scientists conclude that there are around 40 billion potential rocky bodies similar to earth, 11 billion of them orbiting sun-like stars. In 2015, NASA announced that 4 of the planets they’d found orbited their stars in habitable zones. How cool!