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8 Unsolved Mysteries of the World


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8 Unsolved Mysteries of the World

Post by Kitkat on 28th October 2014, 16:00

My personal favourite is Number 7

1. Cicada 3301
Cicada 3301 is the name given to an unknown group that burst forth on the internet early in 2012. They allegedly posted an image that held a secret message that urged those interested to find it. This message spurred would be solvers to collaborate all across the globe. As of yet no information on the groups has been found. Those who have claimed to get to the end of the tests have not been forthcoming with any information on the group.

2. Taos Hum
The Taos hum came to fame in the 1990’s a group of residents in the New Mexico town began to report a low-frequency hum. While the hum was named after the town of Taos, other places around the world have reported hearing similar noises in the past. As early as the 1950’s there were reports of a humming or buzzing sound in several small towns in England. Results of tests have been inconclusive as to the source of the sound.

3. Hessdalen Light
The Hessdalen lights, consisting of small balls or arcs of light, in Norway grew to fame in the 1980’s as they became an almost nightly occurrence. However, the lights popularity has fallen as the frequency of the phenomenon dropped. The phenomenon continues, but as for what is causing the sudden and unexpected nighttime illuminations, no one knows.

4. Wow! Signal
The Wow signal is the name given to an extremely powerful narrow-band radio signal detected by SETI in 1977. The signal only appeared once and has yet to be detected a second time. The name comes from when the lead scientist wrote the word “Wow” followed by and exclamation point next the signals on a computer printout.

5. Aluminium Wedge of Aiud
The Aluminum Wedge of Aiud is an object supposedly found 2 kilometers to the east of the town of Aiud in Romania. Reportedly found in 1974 near the Mures River, those who claim to have found it said that it was buried under 35 feet of sand. Strangely the wedge-shaped object is supposedly made up of 12 different elements, and it considered something of anomaly as tests show that it may be older than the discovery of aluminum itself.

6. Green Children of Woolpit
The legend of the two green children of Woolpit comes from 12th century England. According to reports, the brother and sister looked normal except for their green skin. They eventually lost their green skin color and learned English. According to the surviving girl, she and her brother were from an underground area called St Martin’s Land.

7. The Pollock Twins
In 1957, sisters Joanna and Jacqueline Pollock died and a tragic car accident in Northumberland, England. The next year, the mother of the sisters became pregnant again and had twins by the name of Jennifer and Gillian. Both girls claimed to have knowledge that only the older deceased girls would have. The also reportedly asked for toys they had never seen that belonged to their older sisters. Some have claimed the younger twins are reincarnations of their older sisters.

8. Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion
On the evening of November 22, 1987, two television signals from stations in Chicago were hijacked in what became known as the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion. The hijacker, dressed as television character Max Headroom, was able to interrupt television stations within three hours. While no audio could be heard on the first intrusion, on the second the man dressed up could be heard to mutter all kinds of apparently nonsensical and unconnected phrases. No one involved has been found.

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Re: 8 Unsolved Mysteries of the World

Post by Kitkat on 28th October 2014, 17:38

Been looking around for more detailed references on all of these cases.

The first one I've discovered (being my favourite) is this on Number 7 (The Pollock Twins)
The link also contains further reference links within:

If anyone can bring any further interesting details/questions/comments/conclusions/discussions on any of the above purported "unsolved mysteries", please don't be shy - come in and join the discussions here.

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Re: 8 Unsolved Mysteries of the World

Post by Kitkat on 28th October 2014, 18:44

Number 2 is interesting to me at the moment, because there is currently a disussion of something similar going on, on the online version of our local paper (Streetlife) - with various people reporting hearing this constant, really annoying hum/whirr type noise in their surrounds and asking what could it be?  Lots of people giving their input and suggestions - and from what I can make out, the common denominator with all the "hearers" is their proximity to a railway line.  So, it seems very possible that wherever the noise is actually originating from (works on the railway, or - as in one of the explanations in the link below, a factory testing out their boiler system, etc) - the railway line may well be carrying the noise vibrations down the track.

(From Live Science website)
What is the Taos Hum?
By Benjamin Radford, LiveScience Contributor
The town of Taos, in north-central New Mexico, has been home to many famous residents including Julia Roberts, Dennis Hopper, D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley and Donald Rumsfeld. It's a small, laid-back artsy community that is also home to an unusual mystery: a resident hum of unknown origin, the so-called "Taos Hum."

A variety of theories have been offered as an explanation, ranging from the mundane to the fantastic, the psychological to the paranormal. Stoned hippies, secret government mind control experiments, underground UFO bases and everything in between have been blamed.

The hum seems to have first been reported in the early 1990s. Joe Mullins, a professor emeritus of engineering at the University of New Mexico, conducted research into the Taos Hum. Based on a survey of residents, about 2 percent of the general population was believed to be "hearers," those who claimed to detect the hum. Sensitive equipment was set up in the homes of several of the "hearers," measuring sounds and vibrations but after extensive testing nothing unusual was detected.

The research revealed, however, that there was not a single identifiable Taos Hum but instead several different ones that people reported; some describe it as whir, hum or buzz. The fact that not everyone heard the same thing was puzzling, and suggests that they may have been reporting subjective experiences instead of objective sounds.
Mystery sounds

Mysterious sounds are nothing new, of course, and Taos is not the only place plagued by unknown noises. In fact, there are dozens of other cities, both big and small, in which some residents claim to hear something strange.Just as there may be more than one explanation for unidentified lights in the sky or along the skyline (including aircraft, clouds reflecting spotlights, car headlights and so on), there may be more than one explanation for unidentified sounds. The mysterious sounds range from a high-pitched squeal to a low murmur to a faint rumble, and the explanations are almost as varied as the sounds themselves.

Though some of these mysterious sounds remain unexplained, many were eventually identified. For example, in 2012 residents in Borneo reported hearing bizarre roaring or snoring sounds beginning very early in the morning and lasting a few hours until dawn. It happened two days in a row, frightening and puzzling locals. Investigation revealed that the mysterious noises were caused by a nearby factory testing their boiler while the plant was closed. In February 2014, a mysterious short-lived "loud droning," "unearthly" sound like in the science fiction film "Independence Day" was reported in the skies over Coventry, England. It baffled residents for miles but an unseen airplane was later revealed to have been the cause.

Some reports of unexplained sounds were later revealed to be hoaxes. For example, a video posted to YouTube in January 2012 by a young Canadian university student near Edmonton, Alberta, contained strange sounds that she asked for help in explaining. The mysterious sounds video went viral, and garnered nearly 2 million views before it was exposed as a prank. In an interview with a local newspaper, she admitted that she made the video "to show my friends and family how easy it was.... and how they shouldn't believe everything they see online."


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