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Famous Unsolved Mysteries of the World

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Mysteries interest one and all. Here is a list of some of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the world.
The world we live in, is not as simple as it might seem to be. It is full of unexplained mysteries that raise several questions which remain to be answered till date. There are many such mystifying phenomena, which find no satisfactory explanation in science. Let us look at some of the greatest unsolved mysteries that continue to astound the world.

The Bermuda Triangle

It is the name of a region located in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean. It is believed to possess certain supernatural powers due to which aircraft and ships coming in its vicinity disappear. Moreover, researchers have never been able to find the exact cause of the disappearing of vessels and aircraft, neither have they been able to trace the lost objects. The Bermuda Triangle remains an unexplained mystery.


How do aliens look? Do they really exist? Well, there is no proof that they do.
However, there is also no proof that they do not! Then what to believe in? Some people speak of having seen aliens or even having interacted with them, while others laugh at it. The supposed existence of aliens is still an unsolved mystery.
Want to know what aliens are believed to look like?

Unidentified Objects

Unidentified objects, abbreviated as UFOs, are disk-like objects seen in the night sky. Some of them glow and have lights. People claim to have seen them float in sky or fly across speedily. It is said that they could be spaceships or vehicles of the aliens traveling to Earth.
A substance resembling fine hair is believed to fall from UFOs as they fly across the sky. This substance is termed as 'angel hair'. When analyzed, it was thought of as being a unicellular organism. However, falls of angel hair reported in many parts of the US and Europe are an unsolved mystery.
Read about the UFO sightings of the past and recent years.

Supernatural Orbs

If spirits of the dead were to appear in our world, how would they look? Well, some think that they glide across the skies in the form of sparks or flashes of light and refer to them as supernatural orbs. It still remains to be answered whether orbs are paranormal.
Here's something about the mysteries surrounding the existence of supernatural orbs.


Do you believe in ghosts? Do you claim to have seen one? We may not have seen ghosts but we also cannot deny the possibility of their existence. Although science disapproves of the existence of ghosts, we often hear stories about them. Thus, ghosts continue to mystify most of us.


It is also known as Bigfoot and is believed to be an ape-like creature that inhabits British Colombia and forests of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Sasquatch is known by various local names in different regions of the world. People narrate stories of their sightings. Researchers speak of the possibility that people have been mistaking large bears as Bigfoots. However, there has been no conclusive result of whether a Sasquatch exists.
Here's an interesting read about bigfoot sightings.

Crystal Skulls

Archaeologists have found about thirteen crystal skulls in parts of Mexico as well as Central and South America. They are 5000- to 36000-year-old human-like skulls made out of milky crystal rock.
They have mysterious connections with life in the ancient world. They are believed to be having certain supernatural powers. How could someone think of crafting skulls from rocks? Why do they resemble skulls of human beings?

Egyptian Pyramids

The Egyptian pyramids stand as an epitome of the ancient Egyptian culture and civilization. Step pyramids were believed to make way for the souls of pharaohs to travel towards the heaven. The shape of the pyramids represents the rays of the Sun while their names refer to the sunlight. Pyramids were believed to provide pharaohs with the means to resurrect.
The Egyptian beliefs which formed the basis of the pyramid construction and the mysterious stories that surround pyramids, continue to intrigue people the world over.

Ancient Egyptian Mummies

Derived from the Arabic word 'mummiyah' meaning bitumen, an Egyptian Mummy is the name given to a preserved dead body.
The ancient Egyptians believed in life after death and hence preserved bodies of the deceased using mummification, a process that involved washing the body, removing the vital organs from it, and wrapping it in linen. What made ancient Egyptians believe in eternal life and what must have made them mummify the bodies of their loved ones, is still a mystery.

Life After Death

Do we cease to live after death? The question is weird, but there are people who believe in life after death. What happens to a person when he dies? Does he take birth again? These questions are yet to be answered.
Some of those who believe in rebirth also believe in past life memories. Past life regression techniques are used to retrieve memories of one's past life. How memories are created, stored, and retrieved is in itself an unsolved mystery.

Ancient Sites on Earth

The Great Pyramid of Egypt is the oldest Wonder of the Ancient World and the only one that is largely intact. The plan of its construction and the precision in its workmanship has left the world mystified.
Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, the Easter Island is known for the statues called moai created by the early Rapa Nui people. They are over 800 human figures carved between 1250 and 1500 CE. It's amazing how they were created and how they still exist.
Located in the Nazca Desert in Peru, the Nazca Lines are ancient geoglyphs believed to have been created between 500 BCE and 500 CE.
They are in the form of simple lines and geometrical shapes, as well as complex figures of animals, birds, trees, and humans. Their purpose is debated but they are largely believed to bear a religious significance.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Petra is a historical city in Jordan. It was lost for several hundred years until 1812. Al-Khazneh known as "The Treasury" is one of the most elaborate temples in Petra and its tourist attraction.
Once a small city inhabited by just 20,000 people, Tehran was surrounded by mud walls with four gates. A major expansion of the city took place in the 1800s.
Since 1796, it is the capital of Iran (Persia) and its largest city and urban area. The early capitals of Persia include Anshan from 7th century BC, Ardabil during the period of Safavid dynasty, and Babylon in the Achaemenid era.
Mohenjo-daro, translating to 'Mound of the Dead' in Sindhi, is an archaeological site in Sindh, Pakistan, built in 2500 BCE.
It is among the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization and one of the earliest major urban settlements. Its planned layout and the buildings and facilities are indicative of a great level of social organization of its time.
What's interesting is that the Nazca desert, the Great Pyramid of Egypt, and the Easter Island are situated along the same straight line on the globe. And Mohenjo-daro, Petra, and the capital of ancient Persia are located within a degree of this alignment.
These were some of the unexplained mysteries of the world. Long years of research might be able to find answers to some of them while many will remain unresolved for generations to come!