Some mysteries have gripped the public and left everyone dumbfounded for years. From, bizarre, gruesome murders to accidental time travelers, given below is a list of high profile mysteries that have left the world dumbstruck and confused.
The SS Ourang Medan Ghost Ship
You’ve heard about ships disappearing into the mist without clue. Well, this ghost ship has a slightly different story to tell. SS Ourang Medan was a ship that sank in Indonesian waters, but before it sank there had been a horrible and inexplicable incident on board.
In 1947, two American vessels started receiving strange messages in Morse code from the Dutch merchant ship. The first message being – “”S.O.S. from Ourang Medan * * * we float. All officers, including the Captain, dead in chartroom and on the bridge. Probably whole crew dead.” There was something unclear following the message but the last two words that came through were very clear; they were “I die.” There were no messages after that.
The ship that received the message approached Ourang Medan in a rescue mission but what they were about to encounter was beyond their wildest dreams.
As they entered the ship in hopes of finding an answer and possible survivors, they discovered the whole crew freakishly lying around dead, (including the carcass of a dog) sprawled on their backs, the frozen faces upturned to the sun with mouths gaping open and eyes staring and their mouths open. There were no visible injuries on them. Suddenly, a fire broke out on the ship, forcing the American crew to evacuate it which then suddenly exploded and sank, thus remaining a mystery forever.
2. The Cooper Family Falling Body
As scary as it looks, this picture has been shrouded in mystery for years now and it is probably the most peculiar ghosts caught on camera. The story goes back to the mid 1950’s taking place in Texas. The Cooper family had just moved into an old house that they bought and were really excited about it. So, they thought of preserving this memory by taking a picture of the whole family in their new home. But little did they know that there was someone else joining in on their celebration – a spooky figure hanging upside down from the ceiling. There are perhaps other stories that state that an actual body did fall off from the ceiling exactly at the time the photograph was being taken. Why the face of the body remains darkened is another mystery – a faceless body or a paranormal activity? Who knows which part is true!
The Taos Hum
The town of Taos, in north-central New Mexico, has been home to an unusual mystery: a resident hum of unknown origin, also known as the “Taos Hum.” Surprisingly, only about 2 percent of the people living in any given Hum-prone area can hear the sound.
Most of the people who’ve heard the Hum, describe the sound as similar to a diesel engine idling nearby. And the Hum has driven virtually every one of them to the point of despair. Some describe it as a kind of torture that sometimes makes them just want to scream. It is told to be the worst at night. As bizarre as its nature sounds, the hum seems to have an odd effect on the sufferers – complain of headaches, nausea, dizziness, nosebleeds and sleep disturbances. The hum has however been heard in several areas across the world including United Kingdom and the United States.
The hum seems to have first been reported in the early 1990s. Several peculators believe it to be an extraterrestrial activity, beaming signals to Earth from their spaceships. Others believe it to be the result of low-frequency electromagnetic radiation, audible only to some people. Whatever be the true cause, up to this day, no one still knows what creates such a sound and thus the source of this hum remains shrouded in mystery.
4. The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich manuscript is a document that is notable for its strange text, that to date hasn’t been deciphered. It was written in a language that men through the centuries have tried to decode to no avail.
The only idea anyone has of its origin are the drawings found on various pages. The book has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438) It is a handwritten book of 246 pages containing numerous illustrations and approximately 170,000 characters. The text is written from left to right, and most of the pages have illustrations or diagrams. What is special about it? The script employed is utterly unknown and therefore illegible.
The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912. Not many historic facts are known about the Voynich manuscript. In particular, it is unclear who wrote the book, what it contains, and what its purpose was.
Many people have suggested different theories for deciphering the text, while some believe it’s just pure nonsense and might be a hoax. But the lengths to which things have been illustrated and described through detailed pictures and texts, it seems highly improbable that someone would have gone through such a pain for a mere joke. Whatever it may be, the manuscript remains a confusing mystery to this day.
The Tamam Shud Case
In the early hours of December 1, 1948, the body of an unidentified man was found dead in Somerton Beach, located in Adelaide, Australia, close to a major Atomic Testing ground. Nothing different about it right? But found in a secret pocket in the man’s clothing was a scrap of paper with the words “Taman Shud” printed on it. The words were translated to “finished” or “ended” based on excerpts found in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Following a police appeal, the actual book was handed in – around the time the body was found, a man found it on the seat of his car. Written in the book was something looking like a secret code as well as a telephone number of a former nurse who, while serving in World War II, gave a copy of The Rubaiyat to an army officer. No connections could be found linking the unknown man to the nurse or the army officer.
There has been speculation over the years that the man was a spy, but none of it has remotely been proven. Autopsy reports revealed that the man was killed by an unknown poison.Who was this man? Who wanted him dead? And what was the meaning of his cryptic last message? Although governments around the world have tried to identify the man, his identity still remains a mystery.