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10 More Unsolved Mysteries of the World

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There is no doubt that some of our most popular lists are ones which revolve around mystery and intrigue. Fortunately for us all, there is no end to the number of weird and wonderful mysteries in the world, so we are now able to present our fourth list of unsolved mysteries. So – onwards to the world of the mysterious!


The Grooved Spheres

Grooved Spheres

Over the last few decades, miners in South Africa have been digging up mysterious metal spheres. Origin unknown, these spheres measure approximately an inch or so in diameter, and some are etched with three parallel grooves running around the equator. Two types of spheres have been found: one is composed of a solid bluish metal with flecks of white; the other is hollowed out and filled with a spongy white substance. The kicker is that the rock in which they where found is Precambrian – and dated to 2.8 billion years old! Who made them and for what purpose is unknown.


The Dropa Stones


In 1938, an archaeological expedition led by Dr. Chi Pu Tei into the Baian-Kara-Ula mountains of China made an astonishing discovery in some caves that had apparently been occupied by some ancient culture. Buried in the dust of ages on the cave floor were hundreds of stone disks. Measuring about nine inches in diameter, each had a circle cut into the center and was etched with a spiral groove, making it look for all the world like some ancient phonograph record some 10,000 to 12,000 years old. The spiral groove, it turns out, is actually composed of tiny hieroglyphics that tell the incredible story of spaceships from some distant world that crash-landed in the mountains. The ships were piloted by people who called themselves the Dropa, and the remains of whose descendants, possibly, were found in the cave.


The Ica Stones

Ica Stones-1

Beginning in the 1930s, the father of Dr. Javier Cabrera, Cultural Anthropologist for Ica, Peru, discovered many hundreds of ceremonial burial stones in the tombs of the ancient Incas. Dr. Cabrera, carrying on his father’s work, has collected more than 1,100 of these andesite stones, which are estimated to be between 500 and 1,500 years old and have become known collectively as the Ica Stones. The stones bear etchings, many of which are sexually graphic (which was common to the culture), some picture idols and others depict such practices as open-heart surgery and brain transplants. The most astonishing etchings, however, clearly represent dinosaurs – brontosaurs, triceratops (see photo), stegosaurus and pterosaurs. While sceptics consider the Ica Stones a hoax, their authenticity has neither been proved or disproved.


Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica


Workmen hacking and burning their way through the dense jungle of Costa Rica to clear an area for banana plantations in the 1930s stumbled upon some incredible objects: dozens of stone balls, many of which were perfectly spherical. They varied in size from as small as a tennis ball to an astonishing 8 feet in diameter and weighing 16 tons! Although the great stone balls are clearly man-made, it is unknown who made them, for what purpose and, most puzzling, how they achieved such spherical precision.


Oera Linda Book

300Px-Manuscript Thet Oera Linda Bok, Pagina 48

The Oera Linda Book is a controversial Frisian manuscript covering historical, mythological, and religious themes that first came to light in the 19th century. Themes running through the Oera Linda Book include catastrophism, nationalism, matriarchy, and mythology. The text alleges that Europe and other lands were, for most of their history, ruled by a succession of folk-mothers presiding over a hierarchical order of celibate priestesses dedicated to the goddess Frya, daughter of the supreme god Wr-alda and Irtha, the earth mother. The claim is also made that this Frisian civilization possessed an alphabet which was the ancestor of Greek and Phoenician alphabets. The current manuscript carries a date of 1256. Internal claims suggest that it is a copy of older manuscripts that, if genuine, would have been written by multiple people between 2194 BC and AD 803. [Source]


Impossible Fossils

Human Fossil

Fossils, as we learned in grade school, appear in rocks that were formed many thousands of years ago. Yet there are a number of fossils that just don’t make geological or historical sense. A fossil of a human hand print for example, was found in limestone estimated to be 110 million years old. What appears to be a fossilized human finger found in the Canadian Arctic also dates back 100 to 110 million years ago. And what appears to be the fossil of a human footprint, possibly wearing a sandal, was found near Delta, Utah in a shale deposit estimated to be 300 million to 600 million years old.


Out-of-Place Metal Objects

Out Of Place Metal

Humans were not even around 65 million years ago, never mind people who could work metal. So then how does science explain semi-ovoid metallic tubes dug out of 65-million-year-old Cretaceous chalk in France? In 1885, a block of coal was broken open to find a metal cube obviously worked by intelligent hands. In 1912, employees at an electric plant broke apart a large chunk of coal out of which fell an iron pot! A nail was found embedded in a sandstone block from the Mesozoic Era. And there are many, many more such anomalies.


Ark Of The Covenant

Ark Of The Covenant

The Ark is considered the greatest of all hidden treasures and its discovery would provide indisputable truth that the Old Testament is hard fact. Its recovery remains the goal of every modern archaeologist and adventurer. Its purpose was as a container for the ten commandments given on stone tablets by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. According to the book of Exodus, the Ark is made of shittim wood (similar to acacia) and gold-covered inside and out. It was topped by a mercy seat comprising two cherubs also made of gold. It was believed to have supernatural powers due to several events, including causing the death of a man, who attempted to steady the Ark as the oxen hauling it stumbled, bringing down the walls of Jericho in one battle, and showering misfortune on the Philistines after they captured it in another. There are several speculations around the final resting place of the Ark, and whilst it would take a shrewd operator to find it, it would need a brave or even foolhardy person to open it!


Angel Hair

Angel Hair

Angel Hair is a rare phenomenon that has so far defied explanation. It is made up of silken threads that rain down on to the earth, but reach out to touch it and it will almost certainly vanish before your eyes. It is a world wide phenomenon with the most regular occurrences from North America, New Zealand, Australia, and western Europe. There is no known proof for what causes this substance, or even what it is made up of. Speculations are that it has come from Spiders or another type of silk-spinning insect, and even UFO’s as it has often been associated with UFO sightings. Because of its sensitive nature, it has been difficult to collect, and to analyse as it is subject to contamination from car exhaust fumes, and even human contact, which could skew the chemical results.


Piri Reis map

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The Piri Reis Map is a famous pre-modern world map created by 16th century Ottoman-Turkish admiral and cartographer Piri Reis. The map shows part of the western coasts of Europe and North Africa with reasonable accuracy, and the coast of Brazil is also easily recognizable. Various Atlantic islands including the Azores and Canary Islands are depicted, as is the mythical island of Antillia. The map is noteworthy for its depiction of a southern landmass that some controversially claim is evidence for early awareness of the existence of Antarctica. Some scholars claim this and other maps support a theory of global exploration by a pre-classical undiscovered civilization. [Source]

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Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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  • astraya

    By my calendar it's July 23, not April 1. Am I missing something here?

  • Genesis105

    Nice list! Makes me wonder if archaeology isn't a little screwed up… Sandals millions of years ago? Impossible! lol

    • Nina

      Well archeologists and geologists explained quite thoroughly how tools can be encased in rock solutions which harden. They explained this years ago, it is just convenient for creationists to “forget” their explanations when they make their case for whatever it is those crackpots believe.

  • cheese

    wow. some of these are incredible :)

  • astraya: such teh comedian :)

  • jake ryder

    I have the answer to all of these

    GOD DID IT! lol

    • john

      nooooo it was chuck norris ;)

      • kevin

        toinks. :)

  • Natalie

    I love unexplainable things. =D Thanks JFrater!

  • Tervuren

    Wait. Ica Stones were solved back in the Seventies, see an episode of Nova on Ancient Astronauts. Angel Hair is just silly. I agree with Astraya, it must be 1 April.

  • astraya

    I've just checked. wiki has got pages on most of them, so they must be true. I'll ignore the gentle tugging on my lower limb.

  • romerozombie

    I think the Ica Stones are a hoax. If some of the dinosaurs are depicted are definetly brontosaurus, then they're a hoax because the brontosaurus is a fictional dinosaur.

    • Erynn

      Next there will be large a Velociraptor, and the long necked dinosaurs will have upright necks. Oh look. They do.

    • A

      i believe it’s now called, “Apatosaurus”

  • Joshua

    I'm disappointed to see the dropa stones on here. It has been shown that the stones do not actually exist. The blurb could have at least mentioned the controversy.

    • rick

      youre wrong. they were pretty well documented, the pics were taken, and theres even a few videos from people who got to see them, before the government of china confiscated them,

  • romerozombie: brontosaurus is fictional? Wikipedia says this: "Apatosaurus, formerly known as Brontosaurus, is a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived about 150 million years ago." :)

  • romerozombie

    I read somewhere it was a fictional cross between a diplodocus and another member of the diplodocidae family. :S

    • Technically, yes. It’s a chimera between a true apatosaurus and a relative macronarian sauropod (perhaps a camarasaurus). Eventually, the name brontosaurus was abandoned and Apatosaurus is now used.

  • beff

    the costa rican stones are not perfect spheres. NG did a study with computers and lasers and found some were not even close….

  • Uhh… so why does the SETI programme still exist if the Dropa stones are for real? Isn't searching for alien intelligence a bit redundant if there are stones on Earth telling stories of spaceships? The stones seem to be 'real' but I remain skeptical of the translation :-D

    Cool list though, I love learning about mysteries like these!

  • Mr. Mysterious

    WHO AM I???

  • Mr. Mysterious, that's who :-P

  • Catty

    I have a friend from costa rica, and she brought me some of those stones when she came to visit. They are the smaller version of the larger stones. She lives in the jungle and is friends with the natives of costa rica, so we also have some artifacts which we have stored in a glass container.

  • Regarding the Costa Rica stones, I'm pretty sure they're natural in origin. Has anyone (jfrater & other Kiwis in particular) ever been to Pink Beach in Far North New Zealand? It's on the same stretch of coastline as the Kauri Cliffs golf course. Anyway, at the northern end of the beach are a whole lot of boulders – some are pretty close to spherical. If you saw one of them in isolation you'd probably think it wasn't be natural either, but when you see a coastline covered in them it's not so weird. I tried finding some photos, this are the best:

    This one is of the beach from the hill, you can't see the boulders shown in the first photo but it gives you an idea of the surrounding landscape:

    • Bruno

      Joyunspeakable thanks. The joy is all mine. In my crnuert lazinessinthehead state you might have to wait wait lakini it’ll come your way.Boyfulani you’re also broke?

  • crs

    Well, I claim my uncle mysterious cartographer and he let me tell you – the States are actually in the south, apart from D.C., which is screwed up. Rosewell is in Ural Mts. and, by the Black Pit, Australia doesn't exist at all.

    Sorry for useless comment. Having a bad day.

  • Budz

    jfrater , I knew those crazy little stones would make a list eventually. But I remember the Von daniken connection.. don`t see it mentioned above, would certainly make astraya`s comment seem to be right on the money. ;)

  • Joshua

    Argh! Since my previous comment has not appeared… I must say that the dropa stones are a disappointment to see on here, especially without any mention to the debate surrounding their existence. A quick internet search will show that they don't exist.

  • warrrreagl

    What a fun list!

  • "The Grooved Spheres" aren't a mystery they were just an early version of the Death Star action figure. Damn, that Lucas is in everything.

    • CJ

      And where never found in any South African mines

  • Silarulz!

    The ark of the covenant is in Ethiopia!

    One solved, nine to go!

  • bec

    to crs: yeah, sometimes living on a non-existent continent does have its challenges. Hi from the black pit.

    Great list btw. I guess some things just cannot be explained by Science.

    • Marcis

      What things exactly cannot be explained by Science? Most of these are fakes, all of them are described in such a way to make them seem supernatural without the evidence that they are not. Complete crap.

  • miller

    cool list the first few bugged me out

  • Spence425

    i'm not saying i believe one way or another. but, what i can tell you is that a "quick search on the internet" will "prove" anything you want it to, especially with horrible sources like wikipedia out there.

  • Cheapswill

    Most of this list seems really familiar… I'm sure I have read it before. It's not just that it was researched on Wikipedia, it seems like it was lifted word-for-word from another site. That's why the notation in the Inca stones listing (about a triceratops photo) doesn't make any sense.

    It's an okay list… but it seems a bit lazy.

  • ferret

    Is it me or does #10 look like the death star?
    Maybe these are the plans that the rebel alliance stole…

    • Duke Landflyer

      Well, the opening did say "A long time ago…", so you might be on to something there…

      • knda

        Te4nkte jag skulle smita in pe5 Lidl och kf6pa det ff6r dom hade fina och glliiba och som det e4r mycket pe5 rullen Annars se5 blir det ve4l in pe5 mitt gamla jobb och knycka lite He4r se5 har det kommit ner lite vitt ifre5n himlen idag

  • ravthewave

    Great List! However, I feel the ark of the covenant should not be on this list since it is only known in script. All the other items on this list have been found or seen in person and are still unexplainable. Great List though, I love this stuff!

  • robneiderman

    I thought number 10 looked like the Death Star, too!

  • fishing4monkeys

    Awesome!!! These mysteries list are the ones that got me hooked un this site! I was going to suggest on the last list that you write another one of these but the comment wouldn't post :( One for the next amazing coincidences list? :P haha maybe lot..

  • fishing4monkeys

    #10…TOTALLY a deathstar!! I saw the resemblance immediatly and thought it was a starwars list before I read the title :P

  • fishing4monkeys

    Wow can you imagine the conflict that would ensue if Ark Of The Covenant was found? (sorry for the triple psot :P)

    • Dalek6450

      What if it was a fake? Or something constructed by an ancient civilization (i.e. Aztecs)?

  • Jackie

    I know another name for this angel hair phenomenon…..they are called spiderwebs.

  • Bob

    BILLIONS of years. . .lol right.

    Also, those stones (number 10) are pretty obviously Death Star replicas and a hoax by some geeky archaeologist. ;-)

  • gabriel1836

    #10 – I totally see the Death Star argument.

    And the Ark has been found, its sitting in a military warehouse in an unknown location. ;)

    As for the unexplained fossils and metallic objects it does serve to make one wonder whether carbon dating is really accurate and whether "fossil fuels" really aren't renewable.

  • SlickWilly

    The mystery of the Dropa stones has already been solved: They do not exist. It is a hoax, most widely attributed to Erich Von Danniken's atrocious book Chariot of the Gods, a standard piece of conspiracy theory crappola in the vein of David Icke. That's the guy who thinks that the world is controlled by shape-shifting, human-eating reptilian humanoids. Yeaaah.

    I always like lists of this type, but the inclusion of the Dropa stones seems a bit disingenuous.

  • toolnut

    Can't beat an unsolved mysteries list!! Yay!!

    Regardless of whether or not something has been disproven, Slick, its still interesting to learn about. :P

  • scotchdell

    found most of this list here, including the triceratops pic

  • Marie

    I love lists like these!

    I was hoping to see the inclusion of the horned skeletons found in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

  • scotchdell

    After doing a search for "Impossible Fossils" on google I clicked the first link and came across this Ancient Artifacts, where I found most of this list, including the missing triceratops picture. good list though

  • Acronyx

    no. 10, 9, 5, 4 = time travel perhaps? :D very interesting list!

  • kowzilla

    As to number 3, we have top men working on it now.


  • kowzilla

    Acronyx (#43)
    Has anyone else read Chuck Palahniuk's book, Rant? Because Number 5 on the list is mentioned several times.

  • Ro

    Gotta love mysteries.

  • Csimmons

    as to #3, it is in some storage facility I do believe….

    great list.

  • Randy

    I realize that with the passing of time ideas for new lists are harder to come by. I thought, though, that one of the "rules" for this site was original lists. 6 of the 10 item on this list were copied word for word from this site
    I enjoy the site, Jamie, I really do. But do you have to resort to lifting previously published material? I can understand culling from various sites to compile a list of your own, but when 60% of "your" list comes from a previously published single list, I think it's time to re-think that particular list.
    Again, I still enjoy the site and will continue to read and comment occasionally. Just disappointed in the way this particular list was done.

  • Brans

    I immediately thought of Rant when I got to number 5. That book was really fanstasic.

    Great list! I know have X Files theme music stuck in my head :)

  • Juan-of-a-Kind

    The fossilized bones and prints really make me wonder if archaeoligy is certain about time periods. Maybe it does not take that long for something to fossilize.

  • Joss

    A few of these are easily explained if you think about it logically.

  • chris

    I could be wrong, but I thought I read recently that the Dropa Stones were a hoax.

  • dangorironhide

    Another awesome unsolved mysteries list! Keep 'em coming!

    These just make you go 'woah…wait a minute…'

  • Randall

    Okay… the Dropa Stones and the Ica Stones and the Piri Reis maps are known hoaxes. No mystery there. Or, no more "mystery" than, say, the Bermuda Triangle, which is part hoax and part exaggeration built up to sell books.

    The giant balls of Costa Rica are NOT "spherically precise." Some of them just look it. But many don't. And even the ones that look it have been thoroughly tested and found to be way off from perfectly spherical. Little mystery here… the local inhabitants made these hundreds or perhaps a thousand or so years ago. Ingenious and showing hard work and dedication, but not a huge mystery—except as to WHY they did it. But same question applies to Easter Island. Answer is people do all sorts of weird things on a "fad" basis or for folk tradition or religious reasons.

    Stories of impossible fossils or out-of-place objects are fun (I love 'em) but few, if any, have been supported by authenticated documentation. In short, there's little or no proof, and many of these so-called finds were quickly "lost" after their discovery. Some of the fossil finds, in addition, are down to perception—they are said to BE fossil handprints or footprints, for instance, when in fact they only bear a slight RESEMBLANCE to handprints or footprints. People obfuscate finds sometimes for the sake of simply being sensational, or religion, or what have you.

  • Riya B.

    Yay,another mysteries list!!! I have heard of the angel hair phenomena,but as for #5 and 4, they just blew me away!

  • JB

    I don't understund how a "10 More Unsolved Mysteries of the World" list can be full of proved hoaxes as this one is.

    Ica stones are reconized hoax even by their authors.

    One of the worse and most undocumented list ever seen in this site

  • Frank LaDouche

    Randall u just kill everything

  • Kreachure

    "…some of our most popular lists are ones which revolve around mystery and intrigue."







    "Contributors: KyleC, Rhyno, JFrater"

    Mystery and intrigue indeed… :(

  • JB

    search ooparts in google. Some of them are really still unsolved mysteries (like old partian batteries)

  • VanDammer

    I'm a little concerned about the grooved South African spheres since the Weekly World News is cited as one of the informational resources as to their origin

    • Arky

      How would finding the Ark prove everything in the OT? Nothing which happened so far in the past is really provable.

  • I quote from # 4 & # 5:
    Humans were not even around 65 million years ago: yet a fossil of a human hand print for example, was found in limestone estimated to be 110 million years old. What appears to be a fossilized human finger found in the Canadian Arctic also dates back 100 to 110 million years ago. And what appears to be the fossil of a human footprint, possibly wearing a sandal, was found near Delta, Utah in a shale deposit estimated to be 300 million to 600 million years old.
    It seems to me that with the millions of years involved, there could have easily been an almost total extinction of a human race living 110 million years ago…a wipe-out due to the earth colliding with a large meteor, plunging the planet into a deep, unforgiving winter for decades, perhaps. A disease affecting whatever was their main foraging diet, grasses say (which would include wheat and corn)or their target prey, so that starvation took a heavy toll. Heavy enough to send the survivors into deep hiding, small tribes hidden in jungles are still being discovered to this day. Whose to say they haven't been around for 100 million years?
    Stragglers, or the more adventurous, might have emerged millions of years later with tiny groups of followers here and there.
    Off the wall theory? Yup!
    But one way, besides out and out fraud, to explain those "fossils".

    • bre1232

      I think what your saying is(or could be) true, but if they were around that long ago, why aren't there any bones or anything (other then the things like the foot and hand prints, ect.), it just doesn't make sense, but then again it could be that the reason for that is that they couldn't be fossilized or anything and the remains dissolved or something, cause what else would explain the things (the prints, ect.)

  • YogiBarrister

    I don't know how many of these are hoaxes or genuine mysteries, nevertheless, finding out the truth is what living is all about. Great list!

  • Randall


    I know. It's my curse.

  • Sedulous

    Very interesting list. I also wonder about current dating methods. I mean I understand the half-life and radioactive rate of decay, but I always wondered if there were outside forces that could affect that and throw the date of something off by 1 million to 100 million years. I don't understand it enough to know what would cause that but it could be one explanation for the anomalies. Maybe someone here knows, is it possible to slow down or speed up the rate of decay of some of the materials used for dating? As far as I can see even the things considered to be constant may in fact be unreliably considered so. There have been experiments conducted to temporary increase the speed of light. Overall I think it's safe to assume that as advanced as science has become in the last 200 years, it is still primitive compared to what we don't know.

  • VanDammer

    Gotta agree w/ most respondents and say this list is pretty underwhelming. Too many hoaxes & heresay belittles all the other great lists.

    This one's just up the boohai.

  • DB

    Wow, great list! Unlike most of the unsolved mysteries lists, I haven't heard of any of these with the exception of the ark.

    Any chance of getting some wikipedia or other links for further reading?

  • Phil

    Suret theres nothin unusual about those round boulders, seen them in Orewa NZ, there is an explanation just cant remember, something to do with volcanism no doubt.

  • jhm

    Great list, unsolved mysteries are the best, even if they are hoaxes, they still have an interesting history. Also, there was an extraordinary case of angel hair in caldwell NJ in 1970. The thread was pulled down by local boys and enough was collected to fill buckets. It was sent to DuPont for analysis and was found to be similar to fishing string with a hollow core. This always stuck in my mind. The article is here:

  • Nelia

    The round stones remind me of Giant's Causeway, which is covered in… Hexagons I believe it is? Pentagons maybe? I always forget which. There is a scientific explanation for Giant's Causeway, of course, which I can't remember but may be volcano related? Not a mystery, but it was still really neat!
    Check it out –

  • cody

    how about the unsolved mystery of how strikingly similar this list is to this one?

  • JayArr

    Religious Folk Fads are still a mystery to me…

    It's possible I may have seen better lists on the back of a box of Twinkies, but I still can't find any proof that they exist.

  • I love unexplained mysteries. *Real* unexplained mysteries, hoaxes, I'm not particularly fussy about this one area.
    Oh, I'll go out of my way to uncover the hoaxes, absolutely, but that doesn't mean I don't just love them all the same.
    In California, USA, we have a true unexplained mystery: The Moving Rocks of Playa Lake Bed, Death Valley.

    Many theories have been advanced, but as of yet, none have come close to sufficient scientific proof to provide an answer.
    This is *not* some "little green men did it" thing. It is fully acknowledged to be a natural phenomena, but no one can figure out exactly how it works.
    It's fascinating to see these rocks, of all sizes, sitting on the desert floor, with trails dug out of the ground, dozens or hundreds of feet behind them!

  • ****
    #71. cody
    how about the unsolved mystery of how strikingly similar this list is to this one?…..sphere.htm
    uh, what?
    Cody, seriously, what do you want them to do? Make up unsolved mysteries?
    There are only so many, and this is the 4th or 5th list.
    You can't be original with material that's been around the block for decades. Charles Fort made a living clipping articles about stuff like this 100 years ago. There's still an active Fortian Society, and they're still using old material.

  • Gravynj

    that's really cool.

    There's a tribe somewhere in Africa that claims they have the ark. It's pretty interesting to read about.

    Good list.

  • Kreachure

    segue: The material at is copyrighted by, which is owned by The New York Times. You just cannot publish something copyrighted by someone else anywhere, whatever the subject. Doing that is called plagiarism.

    This is not the first time this happened here, and when it has, the lists which have been considered plagiarizing have been taken down.

  • Kreachure

    If you check the site, you'll see that the text has been copied word by word, which is obviously illegal if such text is copyrighted.

  • ****
    #76. Kreachure
    segue: The material at is copyrighted by, which is owned by The New York Times…
    #77. Kreachure
    If you check the site, you’ll see that the text has been copied word by word, which is obviously illegal if such text is copyrighted.
    Kreachure , I did, and you're right! My apologies.
    I'm a writer and photographer, so I know the evils of plagiarism very well.
    Thanks for setting me straight.

  • ClarenceDarrow

    "You just cannot publish something copyrighted by someone else anywhere, whatever the subject. Doing that is called plagiarism."

    Are you an attorney, Kreachure? I think not, as you do not understand the meaning of plagiarism.

    Plagiarism is about passing off somebody else's original work as one's own without attribution; this is a different concept to copyright breach (though you will often find the 2 go hand in hand).

    Also, in #77 you say that copying word-for-word is "illegal"; again, this is wrong. This is entirely permissible if the copyright owner's permission is given.

    Whilst I understand the point you are making, your legal explanations are flawed.

  • James

    A lot of this can be used for poof(if real), that carbon dating is inaccurate or humans lived with dinosaurs.

  • Kreachure

    ClarenceDarrow: You're right, I'm not an attorney (shocking!)…

    But, as you define it, it IS plagiarism, and it IS copyright breach, as far as I can see. That's what matters.

    (Besides, I do NOT want anything that I say to be considered "legal"! *shudders*!)

  • sdggrant

    If I remember correctly, the brontosaurus has the body of one dinosaur, and the head of another. The Apatosaur is what the bronotosaurus was named after the correct head was put on the body.

  • ****
    79. ClarenceDarrow
    Whilst I understand the point you are making, your legal explanations are flawed.
    ClarenceDarrow, (very clever nick, btw) Kreachure's intentions are pure.
    When I looked closely at the attributions at the end of the list I found this:
    This article is licensed under the GFDL because it contains some quotations from Wikipedia.
    Contributors: KyleC, Rhyno, JFrater
    Now, not being a lawyer myself, I don't know if this is sufficient to take the entire argument off the table, but my gut says "yes".

  • jtradke

    What's funny is how this list is called "unsolved mysteries" when most or all of these are actually solved. Also what's funny is the plagiarism.

    Also what's funny is how this is getting removed from my RSS reader, unless jfrater can come up with a good explanation for not only spreading bullshit, but unoriginal bullshit.

  • Kreachure

    segue: Nope. As I said, the text is copyrighted. Any text that's from Wikipedia is fine precisely because of the statement made about it at the end (which is the only requirement to reproduce GDFL material). But, the rest (which is to say most of it) cannot be posted, because of what it says right in this page a little further below:

    "Copyright (c) 2007-2008 Jamie Frater. All Rights Reserved."

    I rest my non-case.


    Kreachure, non-attorney-at-law :P

  • ****
    85. Kreachure
    segue: Nope. As I said, the text is copyrighted. Any text that’s from Wikipedia is fine…
    Got it. Two different issues.
    Big trouble with one. No trouble with other.
    segue, not-even-non-attorney-at-law ;-D

  • Mona

    I have no doubt in my mind that the Ica stones are a hoax, but what troubles me the most is this:
    "The most astonishing etchings, however, clearly represent dinosaurs – brontosaurs, triceratops (see photo)"…? Huh? I'm looking right at the picture and all I see are men having sex with each other and a poor violated jar. Where are the dinosaur etchings? Did you switch the picture?

  • Cedestra

    Seems like no list can exist without some controversy. I wrote a list about goddamned rainbows and fluffy clouds and got reemed out for using someone's pictures. ::rollseyes::
    Anyway, I love these lists. They're fun and I love exploring in my little brain what could be the possible explanation for these occurances.

  • DK

    For everyone that is bitching about the "plagiarism" & copywrite stuff: Quite often, Jamie takes submissions from readers, trusting that they are not copied straight from another site or list. Please do not blame Jamie for the fact that he trusted submissions that readers sent him, blame the people who submitted the info. I'm certain that once Jamie realizes what happened, he will in some way rectify the situation.

  • Kreachure

    DK: Well, I haven't blamed Jamie, nor have seen anyone else blame him. But, he did put his name on it, so that's why I find this particular case pretty hairy…

  • DK

    Kreachure: The post by jtradke (#84) sounded pretty accusatory to me, which is why I made that post. I would really hate for something like this to make such an awesome site look bad or for the site to lose readers over it. I am posting on the forums about this issue, so hopefully Jamie will see it there if he doesn't see the comments here first.

  • Joshua


    A quick search of the internet can yield the information you are looking for without resorting to Wikipedia. Why don't you try it instead of bashing the quality of material you most likely didn't read. I quickly scanned the article and it succinctly explained the hoax of the Dropa stones as I've read from other sources.

  • Thanks to whomever pointed out that there was items here from another list elsewhere – normally I pull anything I find to be a copy but in this case only 5 of the items are plagiarized – the items by Rhyno and JFrater are not. I will restructure the list and provide fresh descriptions for the others.

  • dirtyrockerbarbie

    ah yes. the dropa stones.

    paging agent mulder. the little green men have arrived.

    and wow. random penis stones (ica). exaggerate much? lol!

    the impossible fossils, it could be just as simple as funky settling after 100 million years, not a footprint. when i heard that i thought back to the "face" on the martian terrain… unsettling to be sure but more than likely a geographical anomaly.

    HAHA the ark of the covenant is made out of shit(tam wood). now i'm very religious but even i can see the humor in that.

  • Ghidoran

    I thought this was the FIFTH list on mysteries? And it wasn’t the best. Since I have nothing better to do….

    10. Possibly ancient witch doctor objects, the fact that it was found in Precambrian rock is probably a case of Fossil Transition, a theory I made up after reading this list. An object in the Earth’s rock will shift it’s position(in this case, down) to another one due to some physical effects eg. earthquakes, plate movement, volcanic activity, magnetic fields etc.

    9. I’m sorry, what? They found hundreds of disks in a remote cave in China, and on the disks were etched the story of a spaceship crash landing? …… Okay. What proof is there that this was not just some ancient tribe who THOUGHT they saw a spaceship type thing crash and got panicky? And what heiroglyphics? If these were made thousands of years ago, how did people know how to read them? Was there something like the Rosetta Stone, in Egypt? Without further sources, I refuse to believe in such an occurence.

    8. 50% sure they are fake(could be Fossil Transition again, I know they’re not fossils!). Also, did anyone wonder they could have found Triceratop skeletons? Or that it’s a simple co-incidence that the creatures happen to look like our image of dinosaurs? The second one is unlikely(the one about co-incidence), but the one about the skeletons seems logical.

    7. If they could make the Nazca lines, and the Pyramids, and earthquake sensing devices, why can’t they make these? I think we seriously underestimate the power of the ancients. Also, who is to say they weren’t naturally made. Nature can make some bizzare and surprising things

    6. Almost certainly fake. As in, lies. The thing may be real, but its accounts are not. Probably not, anyway. Seems ridiculous to me. I mean, did people believe the stories of the Iliad?

    5. Again, they’re Fossil Transition cases, or people just imagined that they looked human. The second one’s more likely. The power of the mind is astounding.

    4. All I can say is, Fossil Transition.

    3. Is this even a mystery? What kind of a mystery is this? A religious mystery? Come on! Why not put Jesus on the next one, or Santa Claus! This is just plain stupid. Not that I don’t believe in it, but it has no place on this list.

    2. Finally something interesting. I think it’s light phenomena, or some sort of lightning. Well, that’s what I thought before going to Wikipedia. To quote simply:

    One of the possible explanations offered relates to the web-making activities of spiders. Some types of spiders are known to migrate through the air, sometimes in large numbers, on cobweb gliders. The threads created by these airborne arachnids are delicate enough to dissolve upon handling. Another possible explanation in some cases is a type of Chaff, a radar counter-measure which can be in the form of fine strands, which is dropped by some military aircraft.

    And there you go. But I must admit, this one is interesting, and I had never heard of it before.

    1. All lies. Just kidding. All truth. Nothing wrong with it as far as I’m concerned. Antillia may have been real, but it may just have been a normal island like…well, Iceland. Who knows? But I don’t think this should have been number one, unless the order didn’t matter. For example, number 10 was more interesting than some(like no. 8)

    Overall, I give this list a 6/10. Good effort, but it was mostly about old stuff and Fossil Transition jk and well you get it. The last two(angel hair and the map) were the real interesting ones. You missed out on many famous ones, like cattle mutiliation, flying rods, dinosaurs in Congo, the Braxton County Monster etc.

  • Alok

    The grooved spheres look like pokeballs. Mystery solved.

  • dirtyrockerbarbie

    Frank LaDouche: i started busting up laughing.

    more music lists, anyone?

  • Kikishua

    When I saw No 7 it immediately reminded me of these which I saw in New Zealand (East coast of the South Island) – Moeraki boulders!

  • MPW

    Mystery lists are always my favorite. Lots of mysterious stones on this list. Still good reading though, nice list.

  • Mark

    Awesome list!
    99th comment!

  • Cedestra

    BTW, I don't see a Brontosaurus, I see a guy getting a reacharound 0.0

  • Petemurrey

    i think the greatest mystery is why fremantle can't win a premiership
    you know it makes sense
    Im sam Kecovitch

  • astraya

    I don't have time to give these my full consideration, so I'm going to declare that they are all a load of Penn and Teller Bullshit. That's easier than thinking and simplifies my day enormously.

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  • Davo

    I hope no one actually expects to find the ark of the covenant…

    • Dalek6450

      Kind of like trying to find a needle in a haystack…if the real needle didn’t exist, there was 3000 fake ones and millions of people convinced that the needle existed.

  • Hannah

    I'm sure I'll get ripped apart for this one, but in regards to the "impossible fossils"- perhaps the earth is not as old as science has decided it is and perhaps fossils really don't take MILLIONS of years to form. Perhaps dinosaurs and humans did co-exist. If baffles me that this absolutely could not be a plausible theory, and yet the universe being created from nothing is completely accepted…

  • Okay – I have now fixed the plagiarism issue by getting permission from the original source – who are now cited at the bottom of the list.

  • Hannah: I don't see any reason they might not have lived at the same time either – nor for Biblical fundamentalist reasons – just the fact that there do seem to be some fossils that would suggest it. Having said that, I haven't heard the arguments against it yet. Maybe someone can help me – as far as scientific theories are concerned, did man come from the same pool of sludge as the dinosaurs, or did they evolve completely independently after the dinosaurs died?

  • nic

    i keep thinking time travelon 4 and 5

  • lokelani

    "As for the unexplained fossils and metallic objects it does serve to make one wonder whether carbon dating is really accurate and whether “fossil fuels” really aren’t renewable."


  • JB

    nic: time travel seems nice… till you see it's a rudimetary hammer!! I don't expect time-travellers using that…

    the problem with this topic is that when a hoax is debunked never have the same media echo as when is first exposed. People believe in those things proved to be false becouse of this. It's more difficult to find publications about the fraud.

  • TicoTuanis

    Jfrater about time you mention something with Costa Rica lol

  • JB

    and that's for Hannah

  • JB

    uhh! There's a problem with linking in comments

  • Spence425

    my point wasn't that what you are saying is incorrect, or the source you are using isn't trustworthy. all i was saying is that anyone can do an internet search and get a variety of results.

  • Jtradke

    OK, now it's not plagiarism, but it's still bullshit. Right there, number 10, "who made them and for what purpose is unknown". No it's not known, mainly because nobody made them – they're natural concretions, which means there is no purpose, they just happened.

    And us and dinosaurs did not come from the "same pile of sludge". We came from a common vertebrate ancestor. We most certainly DID arrive long, long after the dinosaurs, and I defy you to present any fossil evidence of the kind you've alluded to. It's well-evidenced that dinosaurs died off around 65 million years ago, while humans have only been around for around 250,000 years. Some sort of ape was probably coextant with dinosaurs, but certainly not humans.

    Hannah – science has not "decided" anything. Science is not some institution which issues decrees based on its members' politics or beliefs. It is only a method of experimentation, and as such, science has merely been used to discover the age of the earth. If you want to deny the age of the earth, or the truth of evolution, why don't you doubt the efficacy of penicillin, which was discovered and isolated with science? Surely you don't turn down anesthetics – all devised via science – when the dentist is drilling? Why, do you even go to the dentist, whose practice of oral health has been refined by the scientific method?

    I know you're baffled; perhaps you should go learn waht others have observed and experimented on, rather than jumping to conclusions based on your naturally biased observations. That's not an insult; we're all biased. But science does everything possible to avoid such biases to find the truth, and that is why it succeeds in improving your health, and why it is correct, beyond a reasonable doubt, about such things as fossils and geologic ages.

  • Diogenes

    i read..was it, "in the footsteps of the gods"? no "fingerprints" thats it, by G. Hancock. where he postulates the possible pre-extending nature of humanity, myths and the origin of the arts and sciences (and their connecting world travelers) WAY before any majority accepted notions of the course of our historiy(ies). I read it years ago when fueled by such wonderful thoughts.Thrilling adventure novel or has he picked up on something?
    I am a dignified moron, so all i say may as well be soaked in a blurry booze of synapses- not all together to be dismissed. but I stop before any good comes of my mind mentalities.
    The Piri Reis is a copy of an earlier original?
    But hey. The other thing is the current history-housing-museums of..say America. early clearing for the expanse of the new world unearthed many oddities that have found back shelf anomnity for being out of place within the curriculum of the future strengths of our architectural foundations that "just make better sense".
    Homer with a donut made for promotion for the movie-right next to- the naked club wielding man with an erection.

    I think that even when questionable ideas or findings end up being prooved false or end up found as hoaxes (IF the truth be told, I would prefer hoax over completely misled or false entire) A real good hoax lasts a lifetime or/and tingled the part of the ffunny brain that is thirsty for such mobius trips; anomalies of order,ect.

  • Jtradke

    That last sentence should say "correct, beyond a reasonable doubt so far…" This is because via science, things change every so often. As time goes on, scientific theories tend to gain momentum as the evidence piles up behind them, but none are absolute or impervious to change.

  • Clantargh

    The Piri Reis map may have been based on an earlier Chinese map. There is a theory that Chinese explorers discovered America, Greenland, Austrailia, and Antarctica in the years 1420-1421. The Costa Rican spheres are believable. The Ica and Dropa stones are fakes. The rest are interesting anyway.

  • Diogenes

    Clantargh- so, no to the Atlantians or The Giant White Bearded Men Form The Unknown Beyond?

  • JB: I fixed your link – it had too many quotes in it :)

    Jtradke: thanks for your comment on the dinosaur/us/sludge thing – though you could have put it in a less forceful manner – I was asking out of curiosity as I didn't know the answer – I wasn't trying to start a war! :)

  • big ski

    Im sure either science can explain these or there a hoax.Call me very wary and cynical.

  • jfrater and Hannah: From what I understand man and dinosaur (and all other life) originated from the same pool of sludge, but each form of life took different amounts of time to appear. At the time of the dinosaurs the ancestors of humans were little mammalian creatures that were probably hard-pressed to avoid becoming velociraptor food. As the age of the dinosaurs came to an end the mammalian creatures took the opportunity and thrived – diversifying into the various orders of the class Mammalia. The primate order, over time, gave rise to the hominid species.

    That's my super basic explanation, which may not be totally correct and doesn't include any dates. Wikipedia has more detailed info, with dates that you can compare to the ones given in the list and your own knowledge of dinosaur history :-D

  • Clantargh

    I never said no to that. There was likely a tremendous amount of contact between the old and new world pre Columbus. Check this one out

    Most are unsubstantiated of course but this lists several dozen different contacts between the 2 hemispheres. Man became civilized and sophisticated enough for travel and exploration at least 10000 years ago who knows who was where when? We know only a tiny fraction of our world's history, so sure Atlantis may have existed (pre ice covered Antarctica or less likely a sunken island) and that bearded man has never been disproven.

  • Jtradke: Sorry, I missed your explanation before I posted mine. Humans and dinosaurs share a common vertebrate ancestor, sure, but all life still originated from the same source – probably the sea (which I was referring to when I said 'pool of sludge').

  • Diogenes

    but where did the sea originate from I ask?

  • Diogenes

    so sorry-
    I mean
    pool of sludge.
    I always confuse the two

    -muttering I say to myself_
    stupid stupid stupid!
    I joke.

  • A combination of hydrogen and oxygen :-)

  • Vera Lynn

    YogiBarristor (63) "…finding out the truth is what living is all about."

    A bit off topic, but it needs to be said again. The Hadron accelerator due to be fired up in a few weeks in Geneva and France, a few quotes from several physicists:
    "We are now in a realm of energy that humans have never explored."
    "We don't even know what to expect."
    "Science is what we do when we don't know what we're doing."

    They are talking black holes, extra-dimensions, cosmic plasma, time travel, etc.
    People ask why. Because "finding the truth is what living is all about."
    Perfectly worded. Thank you very much. :)

  • CRSN

    i couldnt see any triceratops on the Ica Stones, there were too many penis' in the way.

    great list Rhyno and JFrater, now on to my own mystery, were did i loose that baggy, oh, found it, down the back of my lounge chair, Sherlock to the rescue.

    (slow day)

  • Vera Lynn

    And a fun list,BTW. So what if not all is true, fun to read. Most of what I read (novels, etc) is not true. That's what makes it fun. JMO

  • CRSN

    Vera Lynn – Its a bit like "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" answer to life = 42

  • ****
    #129. Vera Lynn
    So what if not all is true, fun to read. Most of what I read (novels, etc) is not true. That’s what makes it fun. JMO
    Vera Lynn, most of what I read *is* true, non-fiction, so lists like this one, hoaxes and all, are a pure delight to me!

  • ****
    #130. CRSN
    “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” answer to life = 42
    CRSN, do you know *why* 42 is the answer to life? I'll tell you if you don't.

  • CRSN

    Segue – i vaguely remember, i read the series around 8 years ago, but also, with the amount of pot i smoke, my memory is a little rusty, but the upside to that is its like discovering somtething new each time, so i'll probably read the series again in the next few months, i dont like the recent movie, it brushed out a lot of the finer details that actually made the whole of the story relavent, i do like the series that the BBC did for TV.

  • The real, the scientific answer, is *NOT* revealed in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”( a set of books I read years ago and loved very much).
    At least, I don't remember the real answer being in the books…

  • ObiterDicta

    "The Ark [of the covenant] is considered the greatest of all hidden treasures and its discovery would provide indisputable truth that the Old Testament is hard fact."

    Whoa, whoa, whoa.
    Let's not get carried away, shall we? :)
    Finding the Ark would prove that there is a background of actual events to some parts of the Old Testament, but from there to say that it would prove the whole Old Testament to be "hard fact"?

  • CRSN

    Segue – ah! "i see" said the blind man, catchya later.

  • Vera Lynn

    Segue (131) The book I recommended "Eric" is non-fiction so even more reason you'll like it. It came up in one of my young adult lit classes I had to take at univ.

    One of the best hoaxes I read was a very long time ago about these sisters that would snap their toes under the table. People really thought they were communicating with the dead.
    Too funny.

  • emmstein

    #8 the people who made these stones have unusually large penises. now that's mysterious..

  • CRSN

    138 emmstein – yeah, they probably used them on the triceratops that couldnt be seen in the picture and the stones are their fossilised testicals.

  • Hannah

    Sheesh, like I said, "I'll probably get ripped apart for this"…

    JB and Jtradke, your bias is showing ;)

  • Drogo

    The impossible fossils reminded me of the electronic device they thought was thousands of years old until they discovered it was a 1920's era spark plug that ancient dirt had accumulated and stuck or "concreted" onto it making it seem thousands of years old.

    Maybe the giant stone balls were the result of ancient sculptors having a competition on who could make the most perfect sphere.

    The Ica stones reminded me of a sculpture I visited years ago. Built in the early 1980's, it was large stones set up to resemble Stonehenge. On the stones were etchings of dinosaurs, and florae(sp?) of prehistoric times. I imagine it might confuse archeologists of the future if they would dig it up.

    Readers Digest had a 'tongue in cheek' article on "What would future archeologists say if they dug up a motel from the 1970's" The archeologists thought a TV set was an altar to the gods, and the cars outside the building were metal sculptures dedicated to the gods; Thunderbird, Mustang, Buick, Chrysler, etc..

  • Annunnakike

    I love this kind of list! Thanks Ryno and Jamie. I already heard of a few on this list, but it's always fun to read the others. Along with the dropa stones they found approximately 32 crystal skulls, did you know that?

  • colin

    yay! wicked list mister Frater, once again.


    you do such a good job of weeding through all the crap and leaving us with the most interesting stuff:)

    this is why you're the dude who runs the site:)

    ok, no more sucking up

  • sarahenity

    # 101. Petemurrey – i think the greatest mystery is why fremantle can’t win a premiership
    you know it makes sense
    Im sam Kecovitch
    LOL! freo are terrible… just hearing their song would turn anyone against them.

    oh, and i love unsolved mystery lists, they're always fun :)

  • Diogenes

    to #122. Clantargh- about the "Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact" link: Interesting pondering indeed… reading through it this morning. I've allways had one eyebrow raised with the Viking visit(s) to the pre "American" continent, but haven't looked into it much.
    I was sorta kidding about the Atlantis thing-but the core mystery behind what it means to us, whether real or not- is still great hypothetical thinking or sleuthing–and for the oddball archeological discoveries, I always have as a rather dark joke in the back of my head, a view of the very distant future in which our great museums become bizarre mysteries of pulverized empires spead out under layers of passing eons of time.

  • Twinkle

    hmm… maybe those fossilized people are the ones in the future who attempted to make a time machine that could travel back, but they forgot to make it travel to the future… ahhaha

  • m2c

    Quoting: Great list btw. I guess some things just cannot be explained by Science.

    This is missing a word: yet.

    I also have to say finding the AoC wouldn't prove that all of the Old Testament was true… just that someone built a box that got described in a book.

  • n3ph

    Regarding nr 10:
    The various claims, i.e. Jochmans (1995) and Cremo and Thompson (1993, 1999), that these objects are either “perfectly round” or perfect spheres is now known to be incorrect as directly observed by Heinrich (1997, 2007, 2008). These specimens vary widely in shape, from noticeably flattened spheres to distinct disks. As illustrated by Heinrich (2007), some of the Klerksdorp “spheres” are intergrown with each other, like a mass of soap bubbles. The observations and figure refute claims that these objects are either always spherical or isolated in their occurrence. As noted by Heinrich (2007, 2008), even grooved spheres are not perfect spheres and some consist of intergrown spheres.

    Similarly, the claims that these objects consist of metal, i.e. “…a nickel-steel alloy which does not occur naturally…” according to Jochmans (1995), are definitely false as discovered by Cairncross (1988) and Heinrich (2007. 2008). The fact that many of the web pages that make this claim also incorrectly identify the pyrophyllite quarries, from which these objects came, as the “Wonderstone Silver Mine” is evidence that these authors have not bothered to verify the validity of, in this case, misinformation taken from other sources since these quarries are neither known as silver mines nor silver has ever been mined in them in the decades in which they have been in operation (Nel et al. 1937, Lanham 2004).

    Heinrich (1996) notes that one of Cremo’s sources regarding the allegedly anomalous spheres was the Weekly World News which he described as “…a [sic] unreliable source of data for discussing the origins of the South African spheres described as used by Forbidden Archeology”. As noted by Cairncross (1988), it appears that the source of the Weekly World News article is Barritt (1982), an article that appeared in a 1982 issue of Scopes Magazine about these objects. Scopes Magazine was a South African tabloid that, like the Weekly World News, cannot be regarded in any way as credible.

    Additionally, Roelf Marx, as quoted in Cairncross (1988) and Pope and Cairncross (1988), former curator of the Klerksdorp Museum, reports that he was misquoted in regards to these objects. Marx was quoted in popular articles as saying that the objects rotated by themselves in vibration-free display cases in the Klerksdorp Museum. Instead, Roelf Marx stated that they rotated because of the numerous earth tremors generated by underground blasting in local gold mining. Similarly, inquiries of scientists, who studied these objects, have found that the claims that NASA found these objects to be either perfectly balanced, unnatural, or puzzling are completely unsubstantiated (Heinrich 2008).

    Finally, descriptions, i.e. Psybertronist (nd) and Barton (nd), of these spheres being harder than steel are meaningless in terms of the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Such descriptions are meaningless because depending on either the type of heat treatment, the type of steel alloy, and whether it is case-hardened or not, the hardness of steel can vary quite dramatically. Given that the type of steel is unspecified in these accounts, it is impossible to assign a specific hardness in terms of the Mohs scale of mineral hardness from such an observation and determine whether it indicates them to be abnormally hard. There is a complete lack of any data published in any formal scientific paper, which substantiates that any of these spheres are abnormally hard as implied by such purely anecdotal accounts by non-geologists of these objects being harder than steel.

  • dhily

    i think UFO's came for 10 and 9… 4 and 5 might probably some guy who came from the future to do research of the past and dropped something before he left for the future~~ hahaha.. too much hollywood for me.. :P

  • Frodydude

    Hey, I was thinking that maybe you could put all of the unsolved mystery lists into one list instead, and just call it "Unsolved Mysteries" and you could add more at anytime, not just when you have a full ten. Also you could put something that links to this whenever you update it instead of just a front page big view. You could have a side bar just for it.

  • kepledon



    I think a few of these have been disproven.

  • JB


    "3)The Ica Stones have not been proven as a hoax…"
    In fact is a hoax confessed by its author. Modern pigments have been found on them, as well as sandpaper usage.
    The drawings show Dinosaurs that were the most famous on the time the hoax started. Most of them have anatomic mistakes and you can find unchronological spices in the same drawing.
    Ok, cranks will now say that those dinosaurs could've lived in the same time, I know.
    Unhopefully, those cranks have also sabotaged this english wikipedia entry, but you can still read it in spanish one:

    5) Piri Reis map is presumed to exist. But it was lost long time ago. There're ald rightings talking about it, and how it was made. The picture in the list claims to be a map "inspired" in it.

    And yes. Alexandria fire (accidental, but in war circumstances) was maybe the worst lost in human history, maybe the symbological start of the dark ages. World could be really different with that great source of knowladgment during medieval.

  • I keep looking at those Ica Stones and I can't find a dinosaur of any kind. Whoever decided *that* must have had one active imagination!
    153. JB
    …In fact is a hoax confessed by its author. Modern pigments have been found on them, as well as sandpaper usage…
    I have a vague recollection of that, so I'm glad you had a better one! Thank you…now I have a place to start researching (*not* wiki).
    I made the most absurd tongue-in-cheek post (#62), re: #5, and no one picked up on it. I'm floored.
    Well, maybe not. There is a lot too read, depending on when you came in, and scanning leaves a lot out.
    Anyway, JB, thanks.

    #130. CRSN – July 23rd, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Vera Lynn – Its a bit like “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” answer to life = 42

  • CSRN, sheesh….did you remember why the answer is always 42? Or do you want me to tell you?

  • Idreno

    Let’s see…some thoughts…
    1) I have always questioned the accuracy of geologic and carbon dating…human calculations are not always 100% accurate and are only created to exemplify that which we DO know, rather than that which we don’t. Unless one of the readers was around 20 million years ago to give testament, all pre-historic dates (i.e. anything described as ‘millions’ of years ago) is purely theoretical and neither provable nor disprovable.

    2) This is the first time I’ve ever heard of the Dropa Stones…interesting, but seemingly to be a hoax based on probably factual evidence of a one-time pygmie culture in central Asia, which may have died out some time ago.

    3)The Ica Stones have not been proven as a hoax…and it’s obvious that any and all engraving on any natural stone is going to be younger than the stone itself. If these stones were preserved in a cave or cavern somewhere, they would not have experienced much erosion. I remember watching a documentary about them where it was said that they were discovered shortly after a small earthquake which opened up and revealed the sealed caves where they were stored. Furthermore, aside from alleging that humans co-existed with dinosaurs (not at all improbable from some points of view), many of the sexual acts depicted are homosexual, as seen in the photograph here, as well as others on the internet. Unless the discoverer himself was a homosexual with intent to bring up an early case of supporting gay rights with ‘ancient’ homosexual depictions, of which I have found no evidence to support as of yet, there is still always the possibility of their authenticity.

    4) Brontosaurus was renamed Apatosaurus…it was always considered to be it’s own species.

    5) I have significant doubts regarding the Piri Reis map…for whatever reasons, people have spent the past 500 years trying to discredit Colombus for his contribution to WESTERN culture and for having enabled Europeans to colonize and expand culturally in the western hemisphere. No one ever said that he was the first human to step foot in the Americas, but he was the first person to open up exploration to Western societies. Obviously the Native Americans were there first and the Vikings certainly had explored some of the northern areas of the Americas beforehand, but either their information was not recorded or lost/destroyed before it could have been shared.

    6) The Ark is said to be kept in Ethiopia under strict guard. I believe in the existence of the Ark, but I don’t necessarily believe that it is in Ethiopia.

    7) We need to also remember that various powerful governments always know more about many of these things than they let on about…I’m not going to go into a whole gov’t conspiracy thing, but it’s always a strong and dependable possibility that a lot has been covered up or purposefully dispelled as a hoax for one reason or another.

    8) Also keep in mind that the greatest human collection of knowledge and intelligence, the Library at Alexandria that was burned down several centuries ago. We don’t know the masses of information that were preserved in those walls, on those scrolls. Probably much more detailed accounts of human history than what we have available to us today. Currently, historians and archeologist rely on the great poets of the past for much Ancient history, but that isn’t to say that other authors had written prose giving further detail and logical sense into many of the things that we currently deem as ‘mythological’ or unreliable. Anything is possible when it comes to that which is unknown – but it is very important to be open-minded about these things and accept that there are many things which human science and history is unable to explain or delve into.

  • HexenBexen

    I was actually given an Ica stone by a friend years ago but I never knew anything about the origin of it (neither did he). As soon as I saw the picture in the list, I recognized it. Cool!

  • CRSN

    Petemurrey –
    i think the greatest mystery is why fremantle can’t win a premiership
    you know it makes sense
    Im sam Kecovitch

    Petemurrey – wtf is it with the Sam Kecovitch shit and using peter murrey as your name, i mean if that is your name, cool, but stop using that annoying catch phrase from an aussie TV commercial.

    and its no mystery why the Dockers cant win a premiership, they are shit, even if the Eagles traded half their team to Freo.

  • CRSN

    Seague – yes i do, i got home last night and cheated a little by reading the last couple of pages, now i'm going to have to wait for another 8 years until i can forget the story line.

  • sarahenity

    CRSN – and its no mystery why the Dockers cant win a premiership, they are shit, even if the Eagles traded half their team to Freo.

    hear, hear.

  • CRSN

    sarahenity – i'm realy more in to the rugby union but if i'm going to go watch an AFL game, it has to be the Eagles playing, their recent form slump is a bit of a shame, but a lot of my freinds have played for West Coast, so thats why i support the eagles

  • Francois Tremblay

    You forgot the Voynich Manuscript.

  • Francois: try Top 10 unsolved mysteries – Voynich is on it :)

  • Idreno:

    "It is a shame that so many humans are only interested in wealth and fame that they would actually create fake history for personal gain and thereby set back or discredit very important historical discoveries."

    But it is understandable, especially when the people involved (probably not having the education necessary to realise the dis-service they will be doing to human knowledge of ancient history) see the opportunity to escape from a life of labour as a peasant farmer and take that chance.

  • Teapixie

    Hey CRSN. *I* know it makes sense. Chill

  • meggy

    Growing up in Australia I remember seeing angel hair floating through the air many times as a child. I always thought it was spider webs but was never really sure. However as an adult I dont remember seeing this for at least the last 10 or 15 years, has anyone experienced this recently or is it something we may have lost with the change in climate?

  • Mike

    On the topic of out of place metals- If all of these were found in ancient rocks, and were carbon dated/tested, maybe pieces of the rock were picked up on the metal and tested instead of the real metal itself.

  • Denzell

    One word- wow!

  • Idreno

    Based on some further investigation regarding the Ica Stones…I’d like to offer some light on them since there seem to be too many diverse opinions regarding their authenticity even here in the comments.

    Firstly, to those who can’t see “dinosaurs” in the above image…the image is of several homosexual acts, but there are thousands of these stones which depict a wide array of images, including dinosaurs contemporaneous with humanoid figures. The stones were discovered by a farmer following some sort of disruption of the earths surface thereby revealing some underground caverns (there is always seismic activity in Peru)…the farmer had begun selling them to people to make money. Dr. Darquea was not the person who ‘discovered’ them and therefore probably never knew exactly where they came from himself. It is HIGHLY unlikely that a poor Peruvian farmer would have either the historical/archeological education or the time and tools to create thousands of these stones. The FARMER, NOT Dr. Darquea, told local police that the stones were a hoax AFTER he was arrested for illegally selling artifacts to tourists.

    In most countries that contain preservations of ancient Mayan, Aztec and Incan ruins and artifacts, grave robbing and pilfering of archeological sites is forbidden and a heavily punished crime. Unfortunately, many of the archeologist who go on expeiditions to study many of the tombs and temples are left with little to study because most have been raided or destroyed by decades, possibly centuries, of thieves who sought to sell the ancient relics and artifacts on black markets. This farmer was probably accused of such a thing and therefore just told the police that it was all a hoax so that he would spend the rest of his life in jail. Yeah, it’s that serious of a crime.

    Furthermore, not ALL of the stones have been proven as fakes…there are certainly several which, upon close examination, have shown themselves to be less than authentic, but there are many of these stones that are believed to be Pre-Columbian. Unfortunately, once the original stones became public knowledge, obviously plenty of people made forgeries just to make money off of them, knowing that the archeologists would eat them up. At this point, it would be a huge and expensive undertaking to separate the original stones from the forgeries and so will probably be left a mystery.

    It is a shame that so many humans are only interested in wealth and fame that they would actually create fake history for personal gain and thereby set back or discredit very important historical discoveries.

  • Ghidoran

    Again, this is the 5th list.

  • RA

    Noting the precambrian layer and saying it is 2.8 million years old is rubbish. Radioisotope dating is a scam. It is impossible to reliably date anything by radioisotope dating.

    Diamonds have been found in layers "dated from 1-2million years old. Yet when they were ground up there was carbon 14 C14 in them which means they could not be older than 50,000 years because all of the C14 would have decayed into C12 by then.

    These evolutionary stories are just myth with no science behind them. Its time to let the myths go…….

  • Cubone

    I agree with Genesis105 – It's interesting to see how much we still have to learn in Archeology, Geology, etc.

  • Idreno

    Tempyra, I am not accusing of the farmer as having begun a hoax…as I said, he was probably not educated to the point of having extensive knowledge of Incan artwork and most likely would not have been so whimsical as to depict various extinct or unknown organisms as well as many explicit sexual depictions on hundreds of polished stones…such a hoax would be extremely labor intensive and would require several individuals involved in the execution of such as plan as well as plenty of people to actually engrave the stones…I'm sure that cat would be out of it's bag by now.

    The argument that I am making is that this farmer may very well have come across some ancient artifacts (i.e these stones), and knew enough that he could make money selling them to tourists…if he sells them to tourists and not to museums and persons of repute, he lessens his risk of getting caught pawning 'stolen artifacts' –a grave and serious crime in many Latin American countries. He was obviously accussed of such a thing and to protect himself claimed that it was all a hoax so that he wouldn't spend the rest of his life in prison!! Unfortunately, by that point, there was enough public knowledge of these stones that OTHER people around the world began to make forgeries and pawned them off as real discoveries for their own personal gain. Now all the original stones are intermingled with the fakes (and probably some original stones are in private collections somewhere and aren't being revealed) and it is proving to be too difficult and expensive for scientists to determine which ones are real and which aren't.

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  • ****
    #158. CRSN
    Seague – yes i do, i got home last night and cheated a little by reading the last couple of pages…
    Ahhh, but I said the real *scientific* answer, CRSN! I'm fairly sure Douglas Adams knew this fact, and simply turned it into the book's answer…but the real answer is weirder, and funnier, and would have actually made the book better.
    Maybe, though, it wasn't known then…
    hmmmmm, now I'll have to find that out.

  • funny

    I can explain all of these from a creationist stand point…

  • ae

    What incredible BS. Starts out with something intriguing and then becomes STUPID.

  • Idreno: Oops, I didn't mean to imply that the hoax stones were the creation of that particular farmer, but probably by an equally desperate group of uneducated Peruvians, who were unlikely to realise the scientific implications of faking artifacts and disinclined to mention their business to any outsiders.

    Who else thinks that the real stones (if any) are probably nowhere near as interesting as the created ones? Someone probably guessed tourist customers would like dinosaurs and sexual acts engraved on their souvenirs :-P

  • jajdude


    Love the term "shittim wood" too.

  • posterior_sling

    So much for carbon dating.

  • I was just reading one of the older "Unsolved Mysteries" lists and a commenter mentioned the Antikythera mechanism. Basically it is an analog computer built around 100 – 150 BC that was recovered from a ship wreck in the early 20th century. The level of miniaturization and complexity of its parts are comparable to that of 18th century clockwork.

    Scientists have (I think) come to the conclusion that the mechanism is for calculating the motions of astronomical objects but the question of who exactly built it and what happened to the rest of their research/knowledge hasn't yet been answered.

    I wrote about it ages ago but it'd be cool to see here on one of Listverse's mystery lists :-)

  • interesting list

  • whatever

    pretty sure harrison ford found the ark already

  • ****
    #181. whatever
    pretty sure harrison ford found the ark already
    Yes, but then the government lost it in a big warehouse somewhere.
    Mulder and Sculley are on it.

  • JK

    Who dates carbon ? Is that a name ? :D

  • JK

    Sorry for the last comment, I just read the rules (aka comment FAQ). This would, hopefully, be my last off-topic comment. Well, I'm not sure about it, but I'll try.

  • kiwiboi

    JK – there was nothing wrong with your comment.

    As for the comment FAQ…I'm sure jfrater would be the last to apply these to the extent that they detract from the qualities of LV. Besides, off-topic comments are often the most entertaining or interesting.

  • Shadow

    The Ica Stones were proven to be fakes a while back. Someone was paying a bunch of the natives a few dollars a stone or something to make them.

  • Micowoco

    @142: Thanks for the debunking. I have read Cremo's Forbidden Archeology, an entertaining piece of crackpottery.

  • Science rules!!!

    Everything can be explained by scientific means. Sometimes science is not advanced enough to explain everything. Until then GOD is the answer.

  • chowmeowsomehow

    hahahaha check out the 2 massive dicks on the front inca stone. Those guys sure loved dick and ass

  • anon

    Interesting that you say discovery of the ark of the covenant would provide incontrovertible proof that the old testament is "hard fact." I would not agree in the slightest. If recovered, it would do no more than to corroborate certain parts of the old testament. It's existence does not prove the existence of the supernatural or many of the claims made in the Old testament. It would simply be another artifact that we have had written record of. The garden of gesthemane and indeed the tree referenced there in the new testament still exist today, but that doesn't prove that Jesus was betrayed there, killed, and then resurrected 3 days later now does it?

  • Fatz

    That is some pretty cool stuff but the sandals and handprints in the rocks I think that were not from that long ago it's just that phony carbon dating. What other explanation is there for it? But I still love all these unexplainable things, that's why I want to be an archaeologist

  • Kerblotto

    It's pretty obvious what #7 the Costa Rican Sphere was made for. It's part of a booby trap to protect a golden idol.

  • Ross

    The last "mystery" should not be there- The Piri Res map was used by Chinese explorers during the Ming Dynasty. If you want to look into it more, read "1421: The Year China Discovered the World"- it's interesting.

  • Ross: I thought that book had been quite thoroughly debunked?

  • ELBSeattle

    #190 – Anon
    Thank you – I was going to say something similar. It would take a heck of a lot more than finding the ark of the covenant to substantiate lots of the fanciful claims of the Old Testament.

  • Tarantella

    #10 – "Thats not a Grooved Sphere, it's a Space Station!!!" :D

  • anna


    i can explain all of these and creationism-pretty neat stories, questionable veracity.
    but definitely neat ideas that are worth reading about.

  • sowhat

    I think it's possible to debunk all of this "Unsolved Mysteries of the World" let me try…


    no way i'm too lazy to waste time in this



    UhUhUh U S A U S A U S A

  • sowhat

    eheheheh try to solve this…

  • Mallory

    Evidence of time-travel!!!! Yay!!!!

  • tommy 2 X 4

    I once worked for a guy that told me the Earth is only three thousand years old. You see he believes in God. I believe it's bad luck to walk under ladders because the worker might drop a hammer on your head. It will all end on 12-21-12 according to the Mayan calendar. Just like R.E.M. sang about. I'm gonna get some beer and some weed.

  • unbound

    All hoaxes:

    10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 – Er, pure speculation – nothing to discuss, 2, 1

  • crazytom

    The truly amazing thing about the Piri Reis map is not that it shows people were aware of the New World prior to Columbus (which no one doubts)and Antarctica before being “discovered” in 1820. And it is not made any less mystifying to know it was copied from an earlier Chinese map. Rather it is the fact that the map is an accurate depiction of the coast line and inland rivers of Antarctica that have been under a mile of ice since at least the end of the last glacial period, about 10 – 15 thousand years ago, and not accurately mapped until 1949 by a Swedish-British expedition with sonar equipment. The US Air Force did a little recon work at the request of a professor and here was their response:

    “6, July, 1960
    Subject: Admiral Piri Reis Map
    TO: Prof. Charles H. Hapgood
    Keene College
    Keene, New Hampshire

    Dear Professor Hapgood,
    Your request of evaluation of certain unusual features of the Piri Reis map of 1513 by this organization has been reviewed.
    The claim that the lower part of the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctic, and the Palmer Peninsular, is reasonable. We find that this is the most logical and in all probability the correct interpretation of the map.
    The geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map agrees very remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the ice-cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949.
    This indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.
    The ice-cap in this region is now about a mile thick.
    We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.

    Harold Z. Ohlmeyer Lt. Colonel, USAF Commander”

    The map could be a known replica of an older map but that does not make its content any less impressive.

    I read Graham Hancock’s “Fingerprints of the Gods” and he leads the book off with this example to show how there appears to be documented evidence of advanced societies far earlier than what is currently believed. Not wanting to take everything I read at face value I set out to find what the skeptics were saying, and their arguments seem relatively legit. The size of the continent on the map is much larger than in reality, and some of the rivers are distorted and do not line up perfectly. But old maps are awfully distorted all the time. What stays with me is the accuracy of the coast line. That seems to be pretty strong evidence and has kept me a believer that the map is a connection to an ancient past.

  • Future Me


    Time Travel.

    What? Time Travel?



  • Dom

    All of this can be easily disproved with extremely low amounts of research. Wikipedia works well enough for this nonsense.

  • Frankie

    I knew this stuff would be too interesting to be true :P

  • Thoth

    What would we find if people were to start traveling backwards in time? A single footprint can be left, or if you forget a tool…

  • #207. Thoth What would we find if people were to start traveling backwards in time? A single footprint can be left, or if you forget a tool…
    Sounds like you took Ray Bradbury too seriously.

  • Don Allen

    Very good list and look forward to more of these!

  • deep

    these are rocks. just rocks. that's it.

  • CRSN

    deep – Thats really deep man, wow.

  • ligeia

    What about the Jumping Church of Kildemock, Co. Louth, Ireland? According to legend the church wall mysteriously moved about 2 or 3 feet away from its original position. Some say it was a very powerful storm. My favourite explanation is that a person of 'inappropriate reputation' was buried within the walls of the already ruine =d church. The church itself was so outraged that it jumped 'across the offending corpse so that the unrepentant bones would henceforth lie outside the sanctified grounds of the ruined church'. I love it! Also, there are sculptures of women (sheela na gigs) with exposed genitalia in early churches across Ireland and Britain. The sculptures themselves are not that unusual, just that they are often found in churches!

  • paul

    Your piece on the Ica Stones concluded with a sentence indicating that the theories about their origins "have never been proved or disproved." Just FYI: that it is impossible to "disprove" anything. We can only add evidence that supports a theory, or fail to find any such evidence. If you doubt this, remember that proving any negative is impossible because we cannot say conclusively that new evidence will not come forth in the future. For this reason, credible scientists prefer to say, "There is so far no evidence to support claims that…"

    Aside from this point, this was a very interesting and article. I was particularly impressed that I had only ever heard of one of the items before (the Ark of the Covenant).

  • Kim

    Ok I haven't read all the comments – but am I the only one that noticed that the Ica stones are rather sexual in nature? I don't see any dinosaurs but I see several phallic representations.

  • Aaron

    Maybe the Vinland Map and the Voyinch Manuscript could've been up there.

  • Alex

    Ok, so, there are fossils dating mankind back up to 300 million years in one mystery, and in another mystery, it says mankind didn't exist 65 million years ago.

    Okay, first off, assuming carbon dating is accurate(and it's not) that would be prove humans were alive during the dinosaur age. Second off, contradiction much?

    Yeah, this is kinda…um….fake.

  • Hmm

    Agreed.. carbon dating is inaccurate. Anything I read as being "carbon dated back to dah dah dah dah dah.." automatically makes me a skeptic.

    (Addressing an earlier claim that we cannot read hieroglyphics) — We can read hieroglyphics.. it's called paleography, the study of ancient writing, including determination of date and decipherment. I mean, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics? Hello?

    Angel hair = I'm guessing spider silk. Try to grab a single string of spider silk without it somehow vanishing. It's hard.

    And I jokingly suspect the ark of the covenant is hidden by now. Religious war = not very fun. Plus the atheists have their pride, ya know. Gotta protect that. :P

    And lol at the "plagiarism" claim. Hence the [Source]'s. Geez, way to be anal.

    • Dalek6450

      Carbon dating is less accurate than a book that makes little sense and contradicts proven scientific facts, is it?

  • darwin

    Have any of you ever heard of science? Not scientology, science. Bigfoot, sea monsters and the plagues of Moses on the next list? If it seems like bullshit it is bullshit. There is no magic and my imaginary friend is no better than yours. The great mystery of life is not whether carbon dating is reliable (which it is) or if man lived with dinosuars (a.k.a. the Sarah Palin theory), but rather how can the rest of us keep those of you who still rely upon superstition and fantasy to prop up your intellectually deadened skulls from ruining our lives. Belief is the most dangerous possession. It colors everything. There is no conspiracy to hide the truth, only those too lazy to look for it.

  • tyler

    I like to think that someday, archaeologists will discover a copy of Lord of the Rings, or Snow Crash – any form of high fantasy, really. Then, everybody will post to their hypoblogs or whatever "OMG ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL ONE RING TO FIND THEM ONE RING TO BRING THEM ALL AND IN THE DARKNESS BIND THEM".

  • Durandal

    Well, from my understanding of it, radiocarbon dating is not precise, in that it can't tell you EXACTLY when something was formed, only APPROXIMATELY. Any dates determined from radiocarbon dating are usually off-target by a few years.

    Furthermore, humans and dinosaurs did both evolve from a single common ancestor. However, humanity evolved long after the dinosaurs had evolved and then become extinct, and this common ancestor evolved long before dinosaurs did.

    Finally, finding an old wooden box covered with gold and containing some chunks of rock with a list on them goes almost nowhere in "proving" the events of the Old Testament. At best, it is evidence that it is at least partially correct. At worst, it's something I made in half an hour out in my garage.

  • srinivas


    every Mystery is very very Interesting. why can't you bring on Discovery channel.

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  • ViewARandomList…

    #10 looks like mini death stars

  • ya well i found very intersting about the above topics.i wanna know them.mostly the impressive thing here is the fossils i mean the IMPOSSIBLE FOSSILS because this is really an interesting topic of all the above for me or to all if once we think in a different manner. If it is said to person who believe in superstitious powers his interpretation towards it may be like this "he thinks it might be of ghosts or else a human demon`s" his interpretation may be like that. If it is questioned to a person who believes much in god he says that it was the sandal of his favourite god or some theory related to the vedas and shastras.If it is questioned to a scieintist or a arciologist or a doctor or an employee their interpretations are quietely different so in this particularly in this aspect on may not exactly come to a conclusion inspite of other mysteries
    so i think its really an mystery
    and finally my request is to have a video for this mystereis

  • Is it just me, or did the above really make as little sense as I think it did?

  • Linkdork

    Mostly hoaxes and misinformation here.

  • Tits Mcgee

    Costa Rica has giant balls

  • hank

    so why is the piri reis map a hoax? also don't discount dropa because of daniken. i think they were first discussed in a book called the Chinese Roswell. i am not saying this makes them more credible but it does make it more likely that ol' Erich Von didn't bullshit them into existence. It sucks that he sucks so hard.

  • sdavis

    I like to Google or Wiki these items for another take on them. Example: #10 Grooved Spheres are called "Klerksdorp Spheres". They do come from mines in S. Africa and are natural occurrences. They are really quite small (notice the picture given here has no scale for reference) and have been examined and their mineral content analyzed by numerous geologists. This according to Wikipedia. Mystery solved.

  • sdavis

    Ica Stones: another fake. Wiki it and you'll see what I mean. The obviousness is too lengthy to go into here.

  • Mememe

    Hum… Apparently most people don't know their history.
    The Piri Reis map dates from the 16th century and it's accurate. So?

    Apart from the numerous claims that Northern European peoples like the Vikings had reached the American continent centuries before it was 'officially' discovered in 1492, 1492 is the 15th century – prior to the 16th.
    Brazil was discovered (again, officially) in 1500.
    Japan was reached by the Portuguese in 1542.
    Magellan's crews circumnavigated the globe in the first half of the 16th century, and there’s even a species of penguins (native to the south pole and surrounding areas) bearing the navigator’s name.
    As early as the first half of the 15th century a Portuguese prince had the best cartographers (of many nationalities) gathered to draw accurate maps of the known world – and additional discoveries as they were being made.
    It's only LOGICAL that an accurate map of the world appears around this time.
    Before Columbus, the southern Europeans, particularly the Portuguese, were already very busy at sea discovering new sea routes and recording the geographical discoveries.
    So this is in no was a mystery.

    Some of the others have already been given an explanation, but stuff like Angel hair (documented on several occasions, even examined under the microscope, and according to reports, the quantity in which it appears can not possibly mean spiders – it’s been documented to have covered entire villages before it dissolved), the grooved spheres or the metallic objects inside the rocks are pretty freaky…

  • 230. Mememe:…but stuff like Angel hair (documented on several occasions, even examined under the microscope, and according to reports, the quantity in which it appears can not possibly mean spiders – it’s been documented to have covered entire villages before it dissolved)…
    Been reading Charles Fort, have we?

  • Randall


    The whole idea of the oddness behind the Peri Reis map is that it also (supposedly) accurately depicts the coastline of ANTARCTICA (including parts of the coast which are and were under the ice) at a time when that continent had not even been seen, let alone mapped… let alone radiographically mapped to find the actual coast. PLUS the map draws all these other elements together, at a time when, yes, they were known, but had not been widely disseminated. And there is some debate as to the exact age of the map anyway—some say it's from the 1400s, not the 1500s.

    But of course, the coastline of Antarctica as depicted isn't, apparently, as accurate as all that, and nowhere is it even certain that it's supposed to BE Antarctica. It could simply have been a wild guess on the part of the mapmaker. And, of course, the whole thing could still just be a hoax.

  • Mememe

    231. segue
    I saw a documentary about it a few months ago about a sighting in Évora.

    From wikipedia:
    There have been many reports of falls of angel hair around the world. The most reported incidence occurred in Oloron, France in 1952.[2]

    On October 27, 1954, Gennaro Lucetti and Pietro Lastrucci stood on the balcony of a hotel in St. Mark’s Square in Venice and saw two “shining spindles” flying across the sky leaving a trail of the angel hair.[1]

    In the Portuguese city of Évora in November 2, 1959, angel hair was collected and analyzed at the microscope by local school director and later by armed forces technicians and scientists of the University of Lisbon. Conclusions were not possible although it was formed, apparently, by a small organism featuring 10 ‘arms’ stretching from a central core. It was advanced that it could be a single-celled organism of some kind. This event followed the sighting, by the population of the city, of several UFOs. Angel hair was also spotted in the same day, at the Air Force Base of Sintra, several kilometers to the north.[citation needed]

    On February 10, 1978, a large number of fibers fell from the sky for a period of two hours near Samaru, New Zealand.[1](end cit.) [/i]

    Although the samples colleted were lost (in a fire or flood, can’t really remember) copies of the reports and images of the samples survived.
    It doesn’t mean ‘alien’ UFO’s – it just means it’s something we don’t know much about yet.

    232. Randall
    Yes, Antarctica – the South Pole, where penguins come from, thus my reference to them.
    Antarctica’s contours, like the Arctic’s, change over the years, not only because of the seasons but also because we’ve had occasional periods of colder whether (called little ice ages) as recently as the years between the 1500’s and the 1800’s.
    In fact, climate change helped change the face of the world on a human level, since before the ‘middle ages’ warm period’ there was another little ice age which caused deaths (from starvation and disease) among the poor who worked the land and provided for the Nobility and the Cloth. The small number of available workers gave them the chance to demand higher wages and even helped throw down feudalism and gain access to the purchase of private property by commoners. In that same period Greenland settlements disappeared because there was no way to travel there from the mainland because of the ice-ridden seas.
    After the warm period came another (well documented) ice age, between the 16th and 19th centuries.
    It’s not unreasonable to think the poles were larger in mass at the time this map was drawn, and consequentially that Antarctica was closer to South America than it is now, and that some navigators were close enough to get a map of it done. So… it’s no odd at all. ;)

    Sorry for the lengthy reply, btw.

  • kim

    Posted this extreme article at :


  • Ty

    The Grooved Spheres have been duplicated: molten metal falls in a semi-solid state and rolls down a slope, creating an "etched" line along the tangent point on which it is rolling. The small dimple is the point at which the sphere stops and sticks to a surface, and is then broken free at some point. One can see this from the slag beads that fall from welding.

  • mike

    My god… I finally figured the angel hair case out! It is the Flying Spaghetti Monster's doing! I believe it has something to do with thin strips of his noodles dropping as he flies overhead. It's so simple!

  • Mememe


    Very likely theory – I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for news on angel hair, as well as some tomato sauce close by at all times.

  • Raphael

    there is a simple explanation for finding pots and such inside pieces of coal…or buried alongside/inside rock millions of years old.

    easy… answer according to Occam IS that the earth eats its young.

    also explains why bones of dinosaurs and humans are found together…imagine the earth, inside the earth is a 'blender', and in the cyclical cataclysms all LIFE/non-life gets consumed…

    Simply Planetary Alchemy…the earth lives!!!
    Here is a great video that explains the whole thing.

    "very creepy, disturbing children's cartoon, banned from TV"

    So why do tigers eat their young?

  • 238. Raphael: That vid. is the most disturbing thing made for children I've ever seen. Talk about giving the wee ones nightmares, I think it will give *me* nightmares!

  • harsha

    its words to describe this important suggestion is that collect some more and up date this site.

  • Mr. Atlantis

    Why isn't Atlantis on here? I believe we are descendents of a race of beings that landed here millions of years ago. I have studied Ancient Civilizations enough to tell you that they are all because of a single source. They will never find a missing link to prove WE evolved on this planet. I have proof that all Ancient Civs were because of each other directly. The Mahabharata is a good start if you want to discover this for yourselves. I KNOW WHERE ATLANTIS IS!!!!!!
    I lack the funding to prove this. I will never tell anyone where it is; however, the pathway to the truth is easy.

  • 241. Mr. Atlantis:…I KNOW WHERE ATLANTIS IS!!!!!!…I will never tell anyone where it is…
    Sure you do. If anyone had this knowledge they'd sell it to the highest bidder and retire in luxury forever and a day.
    What color is the sky in your world?

  • Mr. Atlantis

    Why sell? When one day my name could be on the front page of every newspaper in the world.

  • 243. Mr. Atlantis: Why sell? When one day my name could be on the front page of every newspaper in the world.
    Well that's brilliant, your name in the paper or cold, hard cash?
    Damn, yeah. I'd go for the publicity, too.

    You're such a lying idiot.

  • raj

    I just recently stumbled upon this site and it is very entertaining. However, I think it is imperative that fans of these lists keep that in mind (i.e., that it is "entertaining"). Especially in terms of these so called "unsolved mysteries." For example, the South African "grooved spheres" claim is highly exaggerated. Don't take my word for it; cross-reference it for yourself:

    Keep up the good work, Jamie. As for some of your fans, lighten up. All I'm saying is that I wouldn't cite jfrater in a term paper.

  • fan

    I wanna to seek for the mysteries of an incident about the missing people in the plane at past and then appear again after many many years.(dun kow the exactly years).What unbelievable is they still young.

  • raj

    I can only assume that "fan" is in reference to previous comments and #246 is meant to be facetious. If so, nice delivery; if not, wow. Either way, I laughed my ass off.

  • WED

    maybe the handprint, sandals, and metal are evidence that we can go back in time someday and people left them on purpose

  • Legend and Lore

    There was also another fossil found in souther Utah of a human foot wearing sandals stepping on a trilobite(which went extinct 200 million years ago)

  • paranoidmystic

    Forgot the Voynich Manuscript. Number 11, maybe.

  • polo

    well i have got to admit that these stories are very interesting in a way beyond our ways and even more beyond our science.

  • Caligamy

    The Angelhair phenomenon is actually a real & explainable occurence despite what ive read in some of the feedback above. It happens when tiny spiders that have recently hatched create specific webs designed to catch the wind and carry them abroad, which is called Ballooning. I imagine if you googled Balloon spiders youd probably find a few pages explaining the whole process more in depth. There was also a story on ballooning spiders on ABC News maybe a year or two I happened to catch, but just for examples sake heres is a PDF copy from the New York Times about ballooning spiders.

  • upendra kumar / rink

    Hi, i m upendra kumar actualy i allways thirsty for know about the myseries of the world.

    right now i m pursuing pgdm from graphic era university but i want to do something diffrent which is related to adventure and mysteries.

  • daniel swatek

    i think im gay !

  • lati

    there is a blackeyekid living next door to me he told me he is from another dimention living amongst humans.there is 12000 of them around the world

  • Gal


    How old are you? I only ask because of the way you spelled some of your words… BUT… I AM VERY interested in anything like what your post talks about…

    What else can you tell us?

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  • shadow

    @Mr. Atlantis (241): wanted to discuss Atlantis.

  • Scar

    Has anyone not noticed how the all of the ica stones pictured above are perverted?

    All the characters have very large penis's attached and a few depict sexual positions..

    Am I the only one to notice this?

  • genaroian13



    it has the GROOVE SpHERE MYSTERY

    and also the same content


    'Angel hair' maybe chemtrails. -X$

  • shailesh

    hey i liked it bt not quite sure about it as these r not true,they r bullshit nothing except it

  • this is not true

  • Garash

    lol, look at the ica stones.

    No tell me that those stones doesn't resemble a pair doing doggy style, two persons getting anal and two persons pissing in an urn.

  • BERT

    Well compiled some new additions would be appriciated. keep up the great work

  • saber25

    maybe no 7 is the balls of male dinosaurs

  • Slrman

    A map from the 1500's showing the coast of Brazil? How is that a mystery? By then, Pius the VI, who was pope in the late 1400’s when the new world was first being explored, exploited, and enslaved has given Brazil to the Portuguese.

    The Portuguese and the Spaniards were the leading world powers in the area at the time. To ameliorate the fierce competition between them for territory the Pope intervened in 1494 with the Treaty of Tordesillas, and drew a line down the 60th line of longitude. This treaty declared that everything west of the line was for the Spaniards and everything to the east was for Portugal.

    This seemed very equitable at the time, but North and Central America was largely unknown at the time and South America was not really known at all. So no one knew the Spanish were getting the best of the deal.

  • kiddi

    cropcircles are what ??

    they r nothin but the signs of aliens that they have landed on earth ,also it is a sign to other aliens that they have been to this place

  • mangya

    what about the yeti seeing in himalayas????i think they're mysterious as bigfoot

  • Alex

    Interesting!! maybe we destroyed the earth through GLOBAL WARMING once before

  • Jaryuki

    Brontosaurus did not exist – the assumed species was constructed out fossils from 2 different species (head from a camarasaurus and body of an apatosaurus.) The reason why apatosaurus became the official name was because it came first and "brontosaurus" was simply a misclassification of an older apatosaurus.

    The term is not in scientific use but still lives on in commoner talk, mostly thanks to popular culture.

  • Fredrick Von Titterb

    I Like Cheese. And random bits of Lego stuck up my butt cheeks….. oh and that's some freaky shit too.

  • Jovial Mangope

    I wonder where the Arch is , I saw a documentary on discovery channel that it might be somewhere in a village in Ethopia, no one is allowed to enter the village ,it is heavily guided.

  • M

    all this can be solve example the dropa stone also know as stone disc it could be all the encient people have nothing to do and they make it of maybe the stone disc is a spot for then just like a frisbe all this can be solve all you nedd is detail

  • raju

    @astraya (1):

  • raju

    hi i am from india pl send y r up dates

  • Ayushi Panicker

    hey…they are so nice….and so interesting

  • damon

    Hey what about the possibilty, that the costa rican spheres where created as depictions or representations of the moon?? I mean people worshiped the sun why not the moon. Being that some were not sphericaly correct or in a series of sizes, could it be that they represented the different phases of the moon?? sort of a luner calender and as such, a physical way to worship each phase of the moon..and if they're naturally formed then mabey the same thing could apply..Mabey they felt the stones were a gift from their moon deity and worshiped them as such, it could be wierd to us, but acient people were well noted for finding wonderment in everything around them. Just an observation, you know opinion(everyone has one)… I dont believe that this list was created saying that it was the absolute truth, merely a list of " Top 10 mysteries" in the "creator of the lists" opinion..of which purpose is to create discussion, and the possible chance to learn something new.

  • riya

    i find this very interesting..

  • M

    I get so annoyed when i come across a list like this especially on a site than i enjoy reading through. Your one deficiency seems to be the mindless propagation of popular culture "mysteries" that are not mysteries at all. The Ica stones have been shown to be frauds. That is where i stopped reading because obviously no research went into this list if you did not know that- you can find that on bloody wikipedia for God's sake. Or is it that you did know but published it anyway? Lazy and irresponsible. You have an obligation not to miseducate and you aren't living up to that.

  • Ayushi Panicker

    my mum just asked me which site is this…so i told her dat it's abt d unslved mysteries of d wrld……i like 2 read mysteries………………

  • ash

    @cheese (3): @segue (74):

  • alana176

    This is cool…. Fraud or not I like mysteries. There's always more to be discovered out there! Before I die I'd like to solve an unsolved mystery.

  • Sephaien

    Piri Reis Map is a big mystery because he's never been america and antarctica. So, they way he draw that map, that perfectly, is a mystery.

  • charan

    i love mystery becouse our life is also a big mystery i think the unsolved mystery is about alians

  • Alice Clippershit

    some of the info here is incorrect.

    i.e. number four states humans weren't around 65m years ago. recent scientific evidence suggests the Australian Aboriginies (second wave, current ones)arrived some time around 80 and 100 million years ago.

  • Alice Clippershit

    aside from that kind of stuff I still find this kind of thing very interesting

  • micah singian

    wow these are amazing

  • cazadabest yo

    hey comment 238 were the hell did u find that vid

    no wonder it was banned from kids tv

  • red7even

    Pity that some of the info here is not on the usual high standard of correctness. The Klerksdorp Spheres can be exposed as a non-mystery in 2 minutes flat.. It has destroyed a lot of the appeal of the lists for me as I will now always wonder if something is only included here for the sake of chasing sensation or whether it is actually factually correct.

    So my daily enjoyment of reading through them is now much less of a joy and becomes a work like everything else as I now need to double check anything before discussing it with anyone… And that is sad.

  • danii112

    i'm costa rican and when i saw the first item on the list i immediately remembered the giant stone balls found here… and then there they were!!! awesome =)


    hey here a new phenominon ( iam not very fluent in english still…) all unsolved mystrys are having a simple link. leads to mayans calender. mayan calender it self describes the earths movement and its fate. nazcalines, The Grooved Sphere,Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica,The Ica Stone etc., everything leads to 2012 december crisis, it shows the earth magnet rotation, you could noticed that when the chilys earth quakes the earth magnet rotation was high, it means it is going to be more high and high and suddenly it will stop at the one end north and south pole in the same point , and from that date civilisation will start fresh. How you know? earth magnet is having connection with human mind when it rotates fast there will be no peace in mind, and our mind controls the vibration of earth it will make tsunami, earth quakes and natural prejudious. after strucking of earth magnet our mind will be liberated so than there will be no disasteres.

  • seriously?


    I SERIOUSLY hope that the author of this article was merely pandering because…if not…someone needs a science class. So many of these can be explained away using simple geologic processes or basic research. In only 3 minutes I've easily found logical, scientific, or historic explanations for the "mysteries" presented. The only mystery I see is an author who can't even operate a simple search engine and do some research.

  • james

    wow so maby there were anothr humans civilization

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  • Peter

    A quick google search of the first three will tell you they are all hoaxes. I have not finished reading the list but I bet most of them are also bullshit.


  • Peter

    A quick google search will reveal 9/10 of these to be nothing more than hoaxes or simply made up 'mysteries' with no source or evidence to be found any where.

    What a failure of a list, I can't believe I read this and it all became clear as I got to the treasure chest.

  • Princess711

    Does anyone remember the list titlle which involved a women flying around an island and a rip in the space time continuum? I forget which list it was in and wanted to research it ( and it isn’t amalia Earhart

    • George from the Gorge

      I believe she was in the Bermuda Triangle at the time.

  • Jack Hickman

    There is nothing new under the sun.

  • Anwar

    Wher am i in sme another stones a I am a human being not an ancient living being…………

  • Frank

    If the Arc of the Covenant was found, that would not at all mean that the Olt Testament was “Hard Fact.” It would mean that someone made an arc.

    And I’m not sure that finding it is the goal of “every modern archaeologist and adventurer.

  • dfjkf

    You fools! Don’t you see?? All of this can be explained thus:

    Swamp gas bouncing off of Venus.

    Now go back to sleep.

  • Adrian

    The Ica and Dropa stones were confirmed as hoaxes.

  • galmoham

    Mayans can explain all these mysteries

  • JonnyM

    Most of these are hoaxes, people need to be a little more skeptical. a minute on google will tell you.

  • avdor

    amazing :D

  • jossy

    Why aren’t I surprised about half of the list? O.o
    I saw this same (sorta) article on , except funnierrr (x

  • Dean Takker

    I know it sounds silly as most of my real experiencies would sound but this angel hair or whatever it is is real..I´ve touched it,showed to my girfriend and it disappeared in seconds.Other facts I wouldn´t speak because no one here would believe it anyway.Cheers.

  • maniaces

    all of these “mysteries” are solved…just google about them…
    explanation would be ununderstandable and perhaps not convincet for common people…but for an scholar is abosolutely obvious…
    many of them are fakes and other are due to different phenomena….
    agree: sandals millions of years ago? it’s simply impossible…look for the real explanation.

  • Micha Wolff

    just a little look at wikipedia informs you over some of this so called “unsolved” mysteries ;)

  • iver

    why won’t they study if carbon dating really is precise?????? Maybe the science they’ve been using actually isn’t calibrated correctly

    • Marcis

      Carbon dating is not precise, that is why they give their answers in a range. It’s a valid scientific principal, the half life of carbon-14 is well established at around 5568 ± 30 years (Libby Halflife) or 5730 ± 40 (Cambridge Halflife). But remember that unless the source material is a carbonaceous material then it will not work.

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  • Roger

    several HOAXES in here.

    Take the Dropa stones for example. The only place they appeared was in a book by an unknown author. The archeologist who found them, turned out to not exist. The chinese professor who deciphered the hyerogrlyphs, also didnt exist.

    A few years later, the author of the book, admited it was a hoax and that he was trying to capitalize on the success of Daniken´s ancient astrounauts.

    too sad this website publishes this list without any research into what is real and what is hoax.

  • indra

    Enter your comment here.

  • Jenny

    This makes me reflect on the possibility of time sparks that may surround us that when things we loose and never find fall into them depositing these objects or even people in a time continuum located in the past. Anything is possible.

  • LRG

    i want to open the ark if it exists

  • sdc

    What a load of nonsense!

    The author never bothered to research any of these so-called mysteries. Just a simple 20 second Google search will, alone, reveal that none of these are mysteries!

    Careful what you believe. Do your own research before you believe something written by one author.

  • ibelieve

    i have no doubt that there are many hoaxes out there but you cannot deny that governments hides stuff, so you have to wonder what would you do or say if you do not want a vast majority of people to know about things you do not want them to know about. i mean don’t you find it strange that most of these items dissappear after being discovered, where their is a possibility that they never existed, but there is also a possibilty that they were taken and hidden from the public and involving parties coerced by whatever means into saying it was hoaxes. i’m not a conspiracy theorist i just have an open mind and dont believe everything the higher-ups tell me.

  • ibelieve

    btw great list keep it up

  • Mr. Woo

    What about the Lickalotapus? A mysterious pre-Cambrian creature that stalked their same sex.

  • lance

    I’ve just checked. wiki has got pages on most of them, so they must be true. I’ll ignore the gentle tugging on my lower limb.

  • None of your fucking business

    Some of these are fake, expecially the ones that say, “over 200 million years” or w/e. The world wasn’t even created 200 million years ago. Are you really that dumb?

  • loli

    I must say this is incredible

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  • vinent

    number 5 isnt a finger.! haha

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  • Streep

    The Oera Linda book was a early 20th century prank by a famous Dutch poet and his friends to fool (and make fools of) the literary establishment of the Dutch province Friesland. Who swallowed it hook, line and sinker and up till today refuse to recall their claim that it is real.
    A total fake, but a very good hoax: almost 100 years old, very well produced and still going strong ;].

  • yaman

    ohh that is an cool website… it has lots of information <3 =D

  • Charlie Sheen

    Lol, 10, 9, 5, and 4 are obviously signs of lazy time travellers. XD

  • stryker

    Well the explanation of all that is simple : humans existed millions of years ago! with these proofs (and so many more) this is a FACT which is called ironically “anomaly”!
    thing is that the scientisist clergy wants this Truth remain hidden to promote their senseless 19th century theroy of “evolution”.

    wake up!!

  • Bryan-NYC

    Wow..comes to show we dont know everything that we think we do..If these human type artifacts from millions of years ago actually exist, shouldn’t that prove that humans have been here longer than we think? or at least some humanoid type humans who abondened earth or died in some unrecorded event that we do know about. We weren’t they’re so who knows? And wasnt Antillia the lost city of Atlantis?

  • Bryan-NYC

    o yeah, might i add, I really wouldnt fux with that “Ark Of The Covenant” shut! Thats creepy and reminds me of Pandora’s Box..NO MAM

  • shaker fatah

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  • shaker fatah

    hi all iam happyto be ur friend

  • juan martinez

    this is at great site thank you

  • Rational Ron

    Did this author do ANY research at all? Most of these have been proven false over 20 years ago. Pathetic.

    • Red7even

      I my opinion this list should be removed from the site as it is a disgrace to the otherwise well researched lists published here… It is totally wrong!!

  • God

    Anyone that read this article and went “Oh wow cool!” is an idiot! Try checking some of these facts. Most are completely wrong.


  • Chuck Bucket

    I didnt read through all 349 comments posted since 2008, but it looks like nobody so far has even come close to the truth!! Holy Cow I can’t even believe it.

    GEORGE BUSH AND DONALD RUMSFELD ARE BEHIND ALL OF THIS. I mean how you could you people not see this?


  • Tanuj Paul

    I have some questions about world.
    where come from mass ?
    this are really nice mysteries.

  • luke525sm

    metals and fossils of humans from billions of years ago??? allow me to explain. in the future, humans travel back in time but some future people are clumsy and leave things behind or evidence of them being there :P I’m sure of it

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  • louie

    ark of covenant is the most wonder i believe in it

    • Dalek6450


      P.S. I just use Firefox’s Find function to find any comments about the ark.

  • Dimitris

    i have another 2 unsolved mysteries.

    1. The Phestos Disk ( ) and

    2. The Antikythera mechanismm

    al the best


  • hunter

    E.T did this yo……….

  • Sheldon

    very interesting

  • she sy

    wowwww!!! this is soooo cool!!!!! :) :) heheheehh

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  • John Abraham

    nice post.. thanks 4 sharing. I enjoyed reading your post.


  • alkasser

    this vere nice im cant make it

  • mystic

    The grooved stones are obviously Death Stars made by minature stone people

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  • naved

    it is interesting but who will solve this misteries!!!!!!!!!!!!!angel hair is more interesting than others . . . .i know some of the misteries very well . . .and they are solved . . .i like it!!!!

  • Kaja

    Excellent……….. All Pictures are Incredible & Beautiful………..

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  • Vince

    #10 : Explainded, a geological phenomenon

    #9 : Hoax, they don’t exist

    #8 :Hoax

    #2 : Natural phenomenon

    And please read this for most of the rest:

    Sorry ;o)

  • TheGreatOne

    Did u smell what the rock is cooking????BRING IT!!!!

  • Tucker

    Ok I know that this list is almost 3 years old but come on I did about two hours of research and this is what I found.
    #9-Proven to be a hoax,
    #8-Proven to be a hoax,
    #7-Proven to be of natural origin, and also to be not even within 10% of perfectly spherical,
    #6-Proven to be a hoax,
    #5, and #4- Propounded by Christian organization like Revolution Against Evolution ( and proven to either be natural or hoaxes
    #1-Proven to be a hoax
    3/10 are “mysteries”. I think that #10 is more likely either a hoax or natural, and I think #2 probably doesn’t exist.
    Overall a horrible list.

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  • Sathya

    I think the 1 inch metallic ball with a groove through its equator(in the first mystery) must be one of the beads of a necklace or ornament worn by ancient barbarians

  • achoo

    so its true that people in past are much more intelligent and ‘modern’ than us today..

  • YouRang?

    There must be 50 comments on this list stating that one or several or ALL of the list items have been PROVED to be hoaxes or fakes. I would love to know the truth about all of these, so I wish some of these commenters would include something useful. Like a decent link. The ones I’ve followed have led to inconclusive Wikipedia stories or vague comments from others that are no more helpful than the post I started from.

    I’m especially interested in the claim that Someone did research showing there are no more disappearances and accidents in the Bermuda Triangle than elsewhere. Who did this research? Where did they publish their results? I’d like to know.

    The point of this is: if we can actually prove one of these is a hoax or a natural phenomenon, we don’t have to waste any more time on it. Then we can get on to figuring out the real mystery of the day: Who the heck are all these tasteless people downloading that execrable Rebecca Black video?

  • hiddenagenda

    I detect the stench of a creationist around this list….

  • ant

    Some of these disprove evolution to a T.

    • Dalek6450

      “Disprove to a T”? Please clarify your meaning.

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  • Daniel H

    The grooved sphere is obviously a model of the Death Star…Duh.

  • Ed

    Ok…many of these have been explained or revealed as hoaxes, such as the hammer (explained), the human footprint (hoax), the finger (hoax), the hand print (hoax), the ica stones (hoax) and why the ark of the covenant is on this list I am confused…because it hasn’t been found….so it is not a mystery, it is a myth as of now. Poor list.

  • nhlonipho Gatyeni

    more newer articles please

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  • sam

    actually,most of the stuff were explained…many hoaxes…many fame seekers

  • yasin

    hi.. h r u?

  • nasoandickhead

    FoolS!! can’t any of you understand? this is extra-terrestrial!! this that thing over there that reminds you f your own? that’s an extra-terrestrial sex-toy!! everything here is a sex toy fro space!! we need to learn how to use them!! and we need to learn fast!!

  • sebast338

    God is Alien~~

  • sebast338

    Bcoz d God is Alien~~

  • makes me wonder, and very strange, I like this story, this extraordinary.

  • anime fan

    if anyone here watches the anime bleach then we may have a good explanation about the metal tools and the fossilized sandle footprint but if you want to know what im talking about then you should start watching it

  • Naveen

    Thanks.I like these photos.its too good.

  • M-30

    As far as I can remember, I have experienced the “Angel hairs” when I was in grade school. These “hairs” fell from the sky like spider silk and covered a large area, dangling on trees, and others to the ground. It was around 9:00 am – 11:00 am. They disappeared like a dissolving thread. The elderly said that they were woven by numerous spiders from a mountain kilometers away where I experienced it. It is still vivid in my memory. I’m from the Philippines BTW.

  • omi

    jotil hoise……………….boss

  • Ashley

    The Grooved Spheres remind me of the Death Star


    bloody hell, what an awful list. badly written (and apparently plagiarised from a website that lacks all credibility – good job, you lazy bastard), and basically everything on here has been found to be a hoax.

    what terrifies me more though, is that so many gullible people are now taking all the things in ‘your’ article as fact. what have you done??? FUCK.

  • Red7even

    In support to the comments from GARRGHH!

    I guess if the purpose of Listverse is to attract readers through sensationalism and horrible research a list such as this one is to be expected. However if the purpose is to supply accurate comparative info and attract people due to the information’s accuracy this list should be taken out off the archives… It is a disgrace to an otherwise very informative site.

  • Krociech

    You don’t have to look very hard in order to find out that the Piri Reis map and the Antarctica coast simply don’t match. Just have a look at Wikipedia and stop publishing this bullshit.

  • lori

    That’s the thing about the internet. You can believe everything you read on it.

  • repolatyims

    Wtf?? i cant read all creautures!

  • Bill Houston

    God is the only being that I know of that creates anything perfect. It always amazes me when people take the findings of man as gospel. Since man cannot create anything perfect. Especially tools & machines. The closes we can get is by women giving birth to us mere mortals. Moral is, do not be so quick to jump on the band wagon.

  • Manick Parasuram

    I like unexplainable things. Thank u

  • anuj

    awesome sight i will visit it again and it.

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  • Dalek6450

    Number 3 will stay undiscovered forever because it doesn’t exist.

    • Sefski

      And you are aware of this how?

      It is historically recorded in many different locations.

      Just because you don’t agree what the properties of something are does not mean it does not exist.

      Your comments amount to foolishness unless you were there with thos people at the time to have the infallible knowledge that you are correct, otherwise it’s purely speculation.

      • Dalek6450

        I go usually go by “innocent until proven guilty” or at least very well proven or likely. For example evolution is proven. God cannot be proven (how convenient) so it’s extremely unlikely to be real.

        • Sefski

          Evolution is far from proven.

          A theory is not a fact, regardless of how much they try to pretty it up.

          If it was proven, why on earth do they still spend so much time money and resources trying to do just that?

          • Dalek6450

            People spend time and money to prove it again because no amount of evidence is going to persuade idiot Creationists of the truth.

            As I said in Science a theory means “a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.”

            5 Proofs of Evolution-

          • Sefski

            Wait, your calling Creationists idiots, yet advise that people spend countless amounts of time and money trying to prove that something is real, just because idiot Creationists don’t believe them? Lol…

            I have to say, your definition of a theory in iteslef disproves your argument for evolution… “a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment”

            When was the last time someone observed a child species inheriting genes that were not present in either a parent or a parasite?

            When was the last time a recorded mutation was anything more that a repertition or misplacement of genes already occcurring within the parent species?

            When anything in microbes to man evolution is able to be witnessed or recreated, then there will be no need to continually try to prove something that is so obviously incorrect.

            Until such time, your just another pleb stuck in a belief based on faith. The faith that we all came from nothing and that microbes cna evolve into men, even though there is nothing that can be shown to prove this.

        • Sefski

          Your 5 ‘proofs’ are hardly compelling.

          The biggest proof against it, and hence the continued searching, is the lack of a matching fossil record. Darwin himself knew this was a major problem.

          For evolution to even be somethwat plausible, there should be millions, ney billions of transitional sub species in the fossil record that show clear evolution of species into others. Meanwhile, back on planet hack science, billions of dollars is invested in an attempt to find ‘the missing link’ to appease the dumbed down masses, when in fact, that should be attempting to find the missing million links.

          Good luck with that.

          • Dalek6450

            You two obviously don’t understand or choose not to understand the truth. So what your saying is Creationists won’t believe in an observed fact until every missing link is found, but will believe in something in which there is no evidence whatsoever?

          • Sefski

            I think you would need sufficient evidence.

            In this case, being that there should be millions or billions of fossil records to prove the transitional development, a few hundred or thousand different once would suffice. As opposed to a pig jaw, some monkey teeth and a donkey’s cranium or the like.

  • Tory Hissicmu

    If ancient alien is God, do They contribute knowledge or did our music originated from their world?

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    Time traveling?


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  • Layla

    The out-of-place metal objects seems very strange….

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    Enter your comment here.what rubbish these were

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  • aara

    Does no one else think that the ica stones picture looks perverted beyond belief???

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  • Spicy

    Sorry, but that is NOT correct science. Radiometric dating c14, is only good for about 30,000 years. 2.8 BILLION? HAHAHAHAHA

  • Amir Qureshi

    I have seen many unsolved myestries but not like these once.

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    i wish i may solve at least one of the unsolved mysteries

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    Every 10 Mystery list that I have received from you from the very start has been the same. I have yet to receive a new list yet. Bill H.

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  • Joe

    Wait, so you’re saying archaeologists and geoligist readily admit that fossils don’t have to be a gazillion years old in order to exist, yet still claim they all are?

    Yeah, that’ll show those creationists how stupid they really are…

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  • Louis-Alexandre Simard

    Exactly. How would thé discovery and authentification of the Ark of the Convenant prove that the entire Old Testament is factual. Tga Ark is just the repository of the tablets with the ten commandments given to moses by God. It would prove anything that happened before that moment which is a lot of what is debated such as genesis, the old or young earth theory etc. Now even if the Ark was authenticated as for its period and relation to Moses it would even prove the existence of God for The stone tablets inside will not have a little ‘carved by God’ on the bottom right and it will be impossible to prove a supernatural origin to them. Honestly logic and research are both being put aside for sensationalism and hits on listverse. Very disapointing

    • Louis-Alexandre Simard

      Sorry my autocorrect screwed me on this one. First it should read” how would the discovery” and ” it wouldn’t prove anything that happened before that”. Thx

  • Louis-Alexandre Simard

    Oh and no modern archeologist that actually studied archeology has the ultimate goal of finding the Ark. That was Indiana Jones.

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  • White knight

    Great list. One would think that with such evidence as four and five the way history is presented should have been changed.

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  • Gary Schoenung

    I’ve posted a video called Beyond Machu Picchu on that you may enjoy watching. There ARE logical explanations to explain what remains from long ago once we set aside a lot of the nonsense that is currently accepted as factual. My videos are meant to make people question that nonsense.

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