10 of the
World's Biggest Unsolved Mysteries
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after Wilfrid M. Voynich who acquired it in
1912, the Voynich Manuscript is a detailed
240-page book written in a completely unknown
language or script. Its pages are filled with
colorful drawings of strange diagrams, odd
events and plants that don't match any known
species. The original author is unknown,
but carbon dating reveals that its pages were
made between 1404 -1438. It has been called "the
world's most mysterious manuscript."
Some believe The Voynich Manuscript was meant to
be a pharmacopoeia of topics in medieval or
early modern medicine.
Others say the pictures suggest it was some kind
of textbook for an alchemist. Because of the
book's unidentified plants and diagrams that
appear to be of astronomical origin, some
propose the book may have an alien origin.
One thing most theorists agree on is that The
Voynich Manuscript is unlikely to be a hoax
because of the time, money and detail that would
have been required to make it.
is a mysterious encrypted
sculpture designed by artist
Jim Sanborn. It sits
right outside CIA
headquarters in Langley, Va. Kryptos is so mysterious
that not even the CIA has
completely cracked the code.
sculpture contains four
inscriptions, and although
three of them have been
cracked, the fourth remains
In 2006 Sanborn let slip
that the first inscription
holds clues to the last one.
In 2010 he released another
clue: the Letters 64-69
NYPVTT in part 4 encode the
you have what it takes to
Beale Ciphers are a set of three
ciphertexts believed to reveal the
location of one of the grandest buried
treasures in U.S. history: thousands of
pounds of gold, silver and jewels.
The treasure was obtained in 1818 by a
mysterious man named Thomas Jefferson
Beale while he was prospecting in
Of the three ciphertexts, only the
second has been cracked. Interestingly,
the U.S. Declaration of Independence
turned out to be the key — a curious
fact since Beale shares his name with
its author, Thomas Jefferson.
One cracked code reveals the treasure
was buried in Bedford County, Va., but
its exact location may be hiding in
another uncracked cipher. To this day,
treasure hunters scour the Bedford
County hillsides digging (often
illegally) for the loot.
mystery of the Phaistos Disc sounds like
something out of an Indiana Jones movie.
The disc was discovered in 1908 by Italian
archaeologist Luigi Pernier in the Minoan
palace-site of Phaistos. Made of fired clay,
the disc contains mysterious symbols that
may be an unknown form of hieroglyphics. It
is believed that Phaistos Disc was designed
sometime in the second millennium BC.
Some scholars think that the hieroglyphs
resemble symbols of Linear A and Linear B,
scripts once used in ancient Crete. The only
problem? Linear A also eludes decipherment.
Today the disc remains one of the most
famous puzzles of archaeology.
Shepherd's Monument in Staffordshire,
England, might simply appear to be a sculpture
recreating Nicolas Poussin's famous painting, “Arcadian
But if you look closer at the 18th-century
sculpture, you'll notice a curious sequence
of letters: DOUOSVAVVM. The code that has
eluded decipherment for over 250 years.
identity of the code carver remains a
mystery, some wonder if the code is a clue
left behind by the Knights Templar about the
whereabouts of the Holy Grail.
Many of the
world's greatest minds have tried to crack
the code and failed, including Charles
Dickens and Charles Darwin
The Tamam Shud Case revolves around an unidentified man found dead on a beach in Adelaide, Australia in 1948 They mystery of the man's identity mystery deepened when the words, "Tamam Shud" were found on a tiny piece of paper in a hidden pocket sewn on the dead man's trousers.
The phrase translates as "ended" or "finished." The phrase was used on the last page of “The Rubaiyat” a collection of poems of Omar Khayyam. A copy of Khayyam's collection was later found that contained a scribbled code which may have been left by the dead man himself.
Some believethe message may represent a suicide note of sorts, but it remains uncracked, as does the case
In 1977 Jerry Ehman, a volunteer for SETI [Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence], may have received an intentional message from an alien world. Ehman was scanning deep space for radio wave signals that bore the hallmarks of a message that might be sent by intelligent aliens.
Suddenly, the measurements spiked. The signal lasted for 72 seconds, the longest period of time his scientific instruments could measure. It was loud and appeared to have been transmitted from a place no human has gone before: the constellation Sagittarius near a star called Tau Sagittarii, 120 light-years away.
Ehman wrote the words "Wow!" on the original printout of the signal, thus its title as the "Wow! Signal."
All attempts to locate the signal again have failed, leading to much controversy and mystery about its origins and its meaning
The Zodiac letters are a series of four encrypted messages believed to have been written by the Zodiac Killer, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco Bay resident in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The letters were likely meant to taunt journalists and police. While one message has been deciphered, the three others remain uncracked.
The identity of the Zodiac Killer also remains a mystery, although no Zodiac murders have been identified since 1970.
The Georgia Guidestones are sometimes referred to as "America's Stonehenge." The granite monument, erected in Ga., in 1979, are engraved in eight languages — English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Each message relays 10 "new" commandments for "an Age of Reason."
The stones also line up with certain astronomical features.
While the monuments contains no encrypted messages, their purpose and origin remain a mystery. They were commissioned by an unindentified man who called himself R.C. Christian.
Of the 10 commandments, the first is perhaps the most controversial: "Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature."Many believe it means we should cull down the human population to the specified number. Others think the monuments may have been designed by a "Luciferian secret society" calling for a new world order
Critics of the
stones have called for them to be destroyed.
Rongorongo is a system of mysterious glyphs written on various artifacts on Easter Island. Many believe they represent a lost system of writing or proto-writing. If so, it would be one of three or four independent inventions of writing in human history.
The glyphs remain undecipherable, and their true messages — which some believe could offer hints about the perplexing collapse of the statue-building Easter Island civilization — may be lost forever.
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