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Another 10 Mysteries That Defy Explanation

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Here at the List Universe, we love mysteries. So much so, that we have produced six lists so far. So, in keeping with time-honored tradition, we are now presenting our next ten mysteries – taking our total to seventy! It is fortunate that the world is so full of mysterious events and things that we can keep you entertained with lists of this nature. If you wish to read the others, they are here:

Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries
Another 10 Unsolved Mysteries
Yet Another 10 Unsolved Mysteries
10 More Unsolved Mysteries
10 More Unsolved Mysteries of the World, and
10 More Mysteries of the Unexplained.



Mokele-Mbembe Eating

Mokele-mbembe is a cryptid supposed to live in the Congo River Basin. It is widely documented in local folklore as having an elephant-like body with a long neck and tail and a small head. This description fits with the description of a small Sauropod. This gives the legend some credence with cryptozoologists who continue to this day to search for the Mokele-mbembe in the hopes it is a relic dinosaur. So far though only claimed sightings, grainy long distance video and a few photographs form the evidence for the existence of the Mokele-mbembe.

Perhaps among the most compelling of the evidence is the reported killing of a Mokele-mbembe. Reverend Eugene Thomas from Ohio, USA, told James Powell and Dr. Roy P. Mackal in 1979 a story that involved the purported killing of a Mokele-mbembe near Lake Tele in 1959. Thomas was a missionary who had served in the Congo since 1955, gathering much of the earliest evidence and reports, and claiming to have had two close-encounters himself. Natives of the Bangombe tribe who lived near Lake Tele were said to have constructed a large spiked fence in a tributary of Tele to keep Mokele-mbembe from interfering in their fishing. A Mokele-mbembe managed to break through, though it was wounded on the spikes, and the natives then killed the creature. As William Gibbons writes, “Pastor Thomas also mentioned that the two pygmies mimicked the cry of the animal as it was being attacked and speared… Later, a victory feast was held, during which parts of the animal were cooked and eaten. However, those who participated in the feast eventually died, either from food poisoning or from natural causes.”


Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine


Somewhere in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, located east of Phoenix, Arizona there is reputed to be a gold mine so rich that if the walls are tapped with a hammer, nuggets of gold come tumbling down. The mine was supposedly discovered by the Apache who kept it a closely guarded secret until finally revealing it to select few of the first Spanish monks who reached Arizona from the colonies in Mexico. It is known locally as ‘The Dutchmen’s Mine’ because two of the many 19th century claimants were thought to be from Holland. Jacob Waltz and Jacob Weiser were two German explorers who rescued a Don Miguel Peralta from a brawl in the Mexican town of Arizpe. Don Miguel told his rescuers about a secret family mine that one of his relatives had staked the claim for in 1748. The party of three left for Arizona with the Peralta family map and found the Peralta family mine shortly thereafter. The three men picked up $60,000 worth of gold. Don Miguel sold the map and the title to the mine to the Germans for their half of the proceeds. The two Germans continued to work the mine over the next 2 decades, but then disaster finally struck. Waltz came back to the camp one evening after camping near the mine to find Weiser had disappeared, on the ground was a blood-stained shirt and Apache arrows.

In 1880 the mine was again discovered, by chance. The discoverers were two young US soldiers who appeared in the town of Pinal with their saddlebags full of gold. They said that the ore came from a funnel-shaped mine in a canyon near a sharp pinnacle of rock. When they did not return from a second venture to the mine, a search party was dispatched. They found the bodies of the two soldiers who were both shot dead. Over time much of the stories surrounding the mine have succumbed to legend and embellishment now that there exists many variations on the tales. Currently the area is a State park, Lost Dutchman State Park. Mining is prohibited, but that doesn’t stop the 8000 people every year who come to search for the lost gold.


Naga Fireballs

Naga Fireballs

The Naga fireballs of the Mekong river are not a question of ‘If’, but a question of ‘What’. They are one of the most well documented unexplained phenomena in the entire world. Every year during October on the night of Wan Awk Pansa thousands of spectators gather on the banks of the Mekong river in Thailand and Laos to see the legendary Naga breathe forth balls of fire from the river itself. Many have been watching this every year for their entire life. The balls themselves are reddish in color and are about the size of an egg. They slowly and silently rise from the river before accelerating high into the air where they disappear. There can be anywhere from tens to thousands of these glowing orbs per night. The balls themselves are seen either side of the festival night, which attests to the fact it’s more than likely of natural origin rather than an organized display by officials.

Their supernatural origin is not without opposition. Manas Kanoksin, a doctor from Nong Khai strongly believes that fermenting sediment on the river’s bottom causes pockets of methane gas to form, and that the Earth’s position in relation to the sun during those days of the year causes them to rise, then spontaneously ignite in the presence of ionized oxygen. Italian chemists Luigi Garlaschelli and Paolo Boschetti, have replicated the lights by adding chemicals to the gases formed by rotting compounds. But other researchers dismiss this theory, pointing out that the rocky river bottom doesn’t have much sediment, and that the water’s turbulence would break up any such methane bubbles before they reached the water’s surface. Whatever the cause, the Naga fireballs of the Mekong are one of the least known, most spectacular of phenomena to observe.


Harold Holt

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Harold Edward Holt, CH (5 August 1908 – 17 December 1967), was an Australian politician who became the 17th Prime Minister of Australia in 1966. His term as Prime Minister dramatically ended in December of the following year when he disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, Victoria, and was presumed drowned. On Sunday 17 December 1967, Holt and some friends drove to one of his favorite swimming and snorkeling spots, Cheviot Beach on Point Nepean near Portsea, on the eastern arm of Port Phillip Bay. Holt decided to go swimming, although the surf was heavy and Cheviot Beach was notorious for its strong currents and dangerous rip tides.

Ignoring his friends’ pleas not to go in, Holt plunged into the surf and quickly disappeared from view. Fearing the worst, his friends raised the alert. Within a short time the beach and the water off shore was being searched by a large contingent of police, Royal Australian Navy divers, Royal Australian Air Force helicopters, Army personnel from nearby Point Nepean and local volunteers. This quickly escalated into one of the largest search operations in Australian history, but no trace of Holt could be found. Two days later, on 19 December 1967, the government made an official announcement that Holt was presumed dead, with a police spokesperson famously stating “The search has come to a dead halt” (“halt” is usually pronounced like “Holt” in Australia). Holt’s body was never found and no official investigation was undertaken.


Chase Vault


In the 18th century, the Walronds, a wealthy rich family of planters built a rock-hewn tomb at Christ Church, Barbados. It was sealed with a massive marble door. One family member to be interred there was Mrs Thomasina Goddard, in 1807. A year later the vault was taken over by the Chase family – also slave-owning planters who purchased it to bury two daughters in 1808 and 1812. When the tomb was opened again in 1812 to receive the body of the father, Thomas Chase, the girls’ lead coffins had been stood on end, upside down. There was no sign of a break-in. Nor was there in 1816, when the tomb was again opened for the body of a boy relative. But the Chase coffins had again been wildly disarranged. That of Thomas, which had taken eight men to carry was leaning upright against the wall of the vault. By the time of the next funeral, eight weeks later, word of the strange tomb had got around and a huge crowd turned up for the ceremony. They were not disappointed. Although the tomb was sealed, the four Chase coffins inside were once more in disarray. The Governor of Barbados, Lord Combermere, now took a hand. In 1819 he supervised the orderly restacking of the coffins and had seals put round the door slab. But the following year, after reports of noises, he visited the site again. His seals were intact. But the lead coffins were in their customary jumbled confusion. Only the little crumbling, wooden coffin of Mrs Goddard still lay peacefully in the corner.

The confusion around the vault was centered around the lack of a suitable explanation. Slaves could not have moved the coffins without leaving a trace. There was no evidence of flooding. Earthquakes would hardly have shaken one tomb without disturbing others in the surrounding area. After all of the unexplained disturbances, it was decided to empty tomb of it’s occupants and relocate them almost 200 years ago. It remains empty to this day.


North Head and Boeing One

Bluebill Takeoff

The very first Boeing plane ever built was called Bluebill, and its creator, William Boeing shipped it to New Zealand along with its sister plane (Mallard) in 1918 – making it the very first sale of the Boeing company. Upon their arrival they were put to use in commercial flights delivering mail and carrying passengers. In 1924 when the N.Z. Flying School closed, a compelling body of evidence, including a letter written to the Boeing Company in 1959 by pioneer aviator George Bolt, points to the two Boeings having been taken to a military base at North Head, Devonport and placed in a vacant storage tunnel. When the officer in charge decided that the doped fabric and spruce airframes were a fire risk, he ordered the tunnel walled off, and there, the evidence suggests, they remain till this day. The stories of the sealed off underground military complex have since been supported by hundreds of first hand witnesses. Attempts at locating the planes have been suppressed by the military and government and the whereabouts of these most historic planes is still unknown. Pictured above is Bluebill taking off.


Saint Januarius’ Blood

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Saint Januarius, Bishop of Naples, is a martyr saint of the Roman Catholic Church. He was imprisoned while visiting incarcerated deacons at the sulphur mines of Puteoli, the modern Pozzuoli. After many tortures, including being thrown to lions in Pozzuoli’s Flavian Amphitheater, he was beheaded at Solfatara along with his companions. He died in 305 AD. According to an early hagiography, his relics were transferred by order of Saint Severus, Bishop of Naples, to the Neapolitan catacombs. In the early tenth century the body was moved to Beneventum by Sico, prince of Benevento, with the head remaining in Naples. Subsequently, during the turmoil at the time of Frederick Barbarossa, his body was moved again, this time to the Abbey of Montevergine where it was rediscovered in 1480.

Despite very limited information about his life and works, he is famous for the reputed miracle of the annual liquefaction of his blood, first reported in 1389. The dried blood is safely stored in small capsules in a reliquary. When these capsules are brought into the vicinity of his body on three occasions in the year, the dried blood supposedly liquefies. Thousands of people assemble to witness this event in the cathedral of Naples. The archbishop, at the high altar amid prayers and invocations, holds up a glass phial that is said to contain the dried blood of the city’s patron saint. When the liquefaction has taken place, the archbishop holds up the phial again and demonstrates that liquefaction has taken place. The announcement of the liquefaction is greeted with a 21-gun salute at the 13th-century Castel Nuovo. The ceremony takes place three times a year. The most famous is on the feast day on September 19, which commemorates the saint’s martyrdom. Attempts to explain the event in scientific terms suggest that the liquefaction miracle involves not blood but rather a thixotropic gel, such as hydrated iron oxide, FeO(OH) which has demonstrated similar behavior in a laboratory – but the fact that the dried blood liquifies on certain dates add further to the mystery.


Vela Incident


The Vela Incident (sometimes referred to as the South Atlantic Flash) was an as-yet unidentified double flash of light detected by a United States Vela satellite on September 22, 1979. It has been speculated that the double flash was characteristic of a nuclear explosion; however, recently declassified information about the event says that it “was probably not from a nuclear explosion, although [it cannot be ruled] out that this signal was of nuclear origin.” The flash was detected on 22 September 1979, at 00:53 GMT. The satellite reported the characteristic double flash (a very fast and very bright flash, then a longer and less-bright one) of an atmospheric nuclear explosion of two to three kilotons, in the Indian Ocean between Bouvet Island (Norwegian dependency) and the Prince Edward Islands (South African dependencies). US Airforce planes flew into the area shortly after the flashes were detected but could find no signs of a detonation or radiation.

In 1999 a US senate whitepaper stated “There remains uncertainty about whether the South Atlantic flash in September 1979 recorded by optical sensors on the U.S. Vela satellite was a nuclear detonation and, if so, to whom it belonged.” There is some speculation that the test may have been a joint Israeli / South African initiative which has been confirmed (though not proven) by Commodore Dieter Gerhardt, a convicted Soviet spy and commander of South Africa’s Simon’s Town naval base at the time.


Dyatlov Pass Incident

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The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to an event that resulted in the deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains. The incident happened on the night of February 2, 1959 on the east shoulder of the mountain Kholat Syakhl (a Mansi name, meaning Mountain of the Dead). The mountain pass where the incident occurred has been named Dyatlov Pass after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov. The mysterious circumstances and subsequent investigations of the hikers’ deaths have inspired much speculation.

Investigations of the deaths suggest that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot in heavy snow; while the corpses show no signs of struggle, one victim had a fractured skull, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue. Some were found wrapped in snips of ripped clothes which seemed to be cut from those who were already dead. Traces from the camp showed that all group members (including those who were found injured) left the camp of their own accord, by foot. According to sources, the victims’ clothing contained high levels of radiation – though this was likely added at a later date, since no reference is made to it in contemporary documentation and only in later documents. One doctor investigating the case suggested that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human being, owing to the extreme force to which they had been subjected. Soviet investigators determined only that “a compelling unknown force” had caused the deaths, barring entry to the area for years thereafter. The cause of the incident remains unclear.


Crown Jewels of Ireland


The jewels – emeralds, rubies and diamonds presented to the Irish nation by William IV in the 19th century, were kept in a safe in Dublin Castle’s Bedford Tower. They were in the care of Sir Arthur Vicars, the Ulster King of Arms, his nephew Pierce Mahoney, and two assistants. On June the 28th, 1907, Vicars reported that his key to the tower’s main door had vanished. Five days later, the cleaner, Mrs Farrell, found the main door unlocked when she arrived for work. Then finally, on July 6th, she noticed something even more strange: the door to the strongroom where the jewels were kept, had been left open overnight. That afternoon, a castle porter named Stivey entered Vicar’s room while Vicars and Mahoney were examining the gold and enamelled collar of the Order of St Patrick. Vicars gave the porter a safe key and ordered him to put the collar with the rest of the jewels. A few minutes later, Stivey returned with the alarming news that the safe was already open. Vicars made a swift inspection and cried, ‘My God, the jewels are gone!’

Police never caught the thief. Within a month of the crime, Scotland Yard detectives had produced a report with the name of their prime suspect. However, this report was suppressed, and the Chief Inspector recalled. Later during that year Edward VII demanded that all four men resposible for guard the jewels, step down. 14 years later, Vicars was found dead in the garden of his home in County Kerry. The body was riddled with bullets and a label was found that read: ‘IRA Never Forgets’. But the Irish Republican Army insisted that it was not involved. Regardless, most people in Ireland believed Vicars to be an innocent man who had been badly treated by the British Government. No trace of the Irish Crown Jewels has ever been found.

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Jamie Frater

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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  • Jono

    Oh, and I've had a good explore at North Head. There are gated off tunnels. There are brick walls that seal off tunnels, there are tunnels that are off the map. Plus there is a famous 1930s era aerial photograph that depicts a tunnel on the side of the peninsula. The same place today, the topography has changed and there's no tunnel.

    Plus reportedly more concrete and labour was used that was used at Stony Batter on Waiheke, despite Stony Batter being WAY bigger.

    • missf

      I spent many hours in those tunnels wondering if Boeing 1 really was tucked away somewhere.

  • Chase Vault: I remember reading a book dealing, in part, with this mystery. As it turned out, the ground water would become very, very high at certain times and extremely high tides; high enough to pick up and move the coffins about. When the tides would go back to normal highs, the ground water did not affect the interior of the crypt.
    The rest make me want to know more about them.
    Good job, Jono!

    • cthulhu

      I read a different theory on the Barbados vault. What they didn’t mention here is that the first woman in the vault in the wooden casket had committed suicide. The caskets put in there afterwards (containing the “spirits”) had refused to rest at ease being in a sacred burial vault with a suicide. Obviously this is a highly implausible supernatural explanation but an interesting one to hear about nonetheless.

  • Parker

    this is a great :)
    mm for some reason it made me think of Da Vinci Code… No idea where it came from but it wud be a nice list.

  • LemonKiwi

    I like these kind of lists.

  • nyys

    OMG!! another mystery list!!!

  • cookie

    i went swimming today where harold holt disappeared!! another great list…way too addicted to this site!

  • Monkey222

    Wow. Its really amazing what can/has happened on our planet that we claim to know so much about….

  • babygirl2882

    These are defiantly my favorite lists! Nice job guys!

  • Jono

    Unfortunately just about all of the good mysteries have been used. :/

    But I had an idea for another list in this same vein, “10 Mysteries that are now solved.”

    The only example I can think of is Steve Fossett’s disappearance, how it was speculated he may still be alive, but actually he was dead all along.

  • Me

    If I remember correctly, Mokele-mbembe was found to be a rhino (or possibly a hippo, I’ve forgotten) when the locals were shown a picture of one and pointed to it calling it “Mokele-mbembe”.

  • lily_89

    I love lists like this one its the reason why i come to this site everyday. Great job guys.

  • fif1189

    I love these mysteries lists. I was wondering when the Dyatlov Pass Incident would make an appearance here. For anyone interested, I found a reference to it and a possible explanation of it here:

    I should say, there is a fair amount of swearing on that site, though I dobt any of you will really care about that…

  • sharlu

    yay my favourite kind of lists :D . . these are very cool, the firey balls especially!

  • Jono


    Yes I have read that same explanation. But the fact remains that the original report released was released with missing pages. I have also read a slightly different explanation that said she bit her tongue off accidentally, either in the avalanche or whatever it was. It’s impossible to say what really happened right now. Furthermore, I’m not very knowledgeable in the field of tanning, but from what I know, the skin darkens depending on how much of the skin melanin is oxidised, but also that for a proper tan, further melanin needs to be made. This is only achieved through a living process, so this part of the equation isn’t done, and only the residual melanin in the skin would oxidise, whether or not this is enough to turn the skin orange, it would need to be replicated to find out for sure. Plus the other witness testimonies who saw orange balls in the sky also remains unexplained.
    The whole thing reeks of cover up. And things like this have occurred before. The Dugway sheep incident is a similar scenario.

  • brettc

    You forgot to mention, in your piece on Harold Holt, that one of his legacies, in a very Australian way, is the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre in Malvern, Victoria.

  • Polymath

    #5 North Head and Boeing One is not really a mystery but more of a conspiracy I recon. Somebody has suffed up and destroyed them and NZ just don’t want to look eggs. There is no other reason to hide them.

  • Mav22

    *Squeeeees like a little girl*
    I love these type of Lists!

  • Jack Deth

    A very good list, I could spend all day reading these mystery lists, thank you!

  • Nicosia

    Yay! I love mysteries!

  • Jordan

    I love it! my fave :)

  • Kreachure

    Well, you’re absolutely right: we LOVE mysteries here at Listverse! Thanks for yet another cool mystery list!

  • Darren

    Great list… the best mysteries are the ones left unsolved because they leave so much to the imagination



    one possible explanation. this site is pretty entretaining.

    Though, i must say this list is one or two notches below the others.

  • Clantargh

    #8… These fireballs occur on the same night each year? Ok so much for a natural phenomenon sounds like a scam or prank.

    #6… Vampires, gotta be.

  • DeadLast Johnny

    I’ve been lurking for some time, and I especially love lists like this!

    With the Chase Vault mystery, I remember watching an old video my dad recorded and that story was on there and one of the ‘possible’ explanations they put forth was that the vault and the coffins were sort of ‘magnetized’ off each other, they said proof was the wooden coffin was never moved, because there was no metal in it.

    I can vividly remember watching that video, I was reminded of it when you wrote of the seal they put on the door. The video was re-enacted very well.

  • DeadLast Johnny

    But wouldn’t that also move around the wooden coffin? But that was reportedly in the same spot all along. I would think the wooden coffin would move more freely in water than metal coffins.

    What a great mystery, huh?!

    • Jeannette

      I agree, the wooden coffin would definately move alot easier than the metal ones; plus wouldn’t there be some sign of water damage especially on a wooden coffin? A more mysteriuos explanation would be that maybe the occupant of the first wooden coffin did not want any company in her tomb! so every time they sealed the tomb she found a way to move the coffins around in a attempt to let someone know she’d rather be in her little tomb by herself!!!

  • PJMurphy

    I may be mistaken, but I believe that on one occasion, fine dust was spread across the floor of the Chase Vault before it was sealed….the idea was that if this was done by humans or animals, traces of footprints would be found in the dust.

    The coffins were placed in an orderly fashion, and the vault sealed. The next time it was opened, the coffins were scrambled once more, and the dust undisturbed.

  • DeadLast Johnny

    Now I remember that too!

    Damnit, I gotta find that video now! Thank god my mom is a pack-rat! lol

  • thuss

    great! read all the mystery list

  • Kei

    I’ve heard of some of these, but not all of them. Pretty cool list!

  • Ghidoran

    That link was hilarious fif1189! Thanks!

    Great list!

  • Bill

    There’s a second part to the story of #6 (the Chase Vault). When Lord Combermere returned to England and reported his findings, he died in a train accident. While they were having his funeral, someone snapped a photo of his ghost sitting in his favorite chair at his manor about 10 miles from the graveyard. It’s considered authentic, and is one of the best ghost photos ever taken! Here’s the link to the picture:

  • EricB

    I love these lists….these and the historical ones are my favorites.

  • The_Patient

    Nice list. Interesting…

  • The_Patient

    No. 32, I just looked at the link you gave. Creepy, though Ive seen that picture before, it still is creepy.
    Im not a fan of ghosts, but these mystery lists are so cool.

  • Alexb.

    Please keep coming out with unsolved mysteries lists, their my favorite.

  • Linc Allen

    how is number 5 a mystery? a few planes are walled off in a tunnel. ooooooo mysterious?

  • oose85

    Weren’t #2 and #8 on a previous list?

    Great List though.

  • infallibleangel

    Although not particularly scary in general, the story about the Chase Vault was giving me the creeps as I read it here by myself. :)

  • infallibleangel

    32. Bill – December 28th, 2008 at 9:54 am:

    That’s creepy too!

  • Colinius Romul

    Great list! Though I don’t really understand why Holt’s disappearance is an explanation-defying mystery. Am i missing something? Or did he just go swimming when he shouldn’t have and drowned?


    I think #1 is solved I saw it in TV it was 4 guys

  • Mom424

    Great list, I am most fascinated by the naga fireballs and the double flash.

    Segue: I read the same explanation for the crypt in disarray. The reason, if I recall correctly, that the wooden original coffin didn’t move was because it was on a pedestal, higher than the water ever reached.

  • bigski

    I don`t understand why #5 & #7 are mysteries ? Can someone explain please ? Anyway #2,#3 & #6 are pretty creepy.#1,#4,#8,#9 & #10 look like subterfuge is a factor.This kind of stuff is fun to try to explain but sometimes to no avail.Enjoyed list.

  • Vince

    Correct me if I am wrong, but i wouldn’t think that LEAD coffins could be moved by water. After all, I can take a small lead weight, toss it into the ocean and it will sink stright to the bottom.

  • Sana

    bigski: I think #5 and #7 qualify as “mysteries” because nobody knows where both of they are (Holt and the tunnel with the planes) or somebody does know and hasnt given us the inside scoop either way they are not really that interesting. But the rest are fabulous think #5 and #7 as pallate cleansers.

  • Sana


  • Dana

    Very interesting…some of those I had never heard of before!

  • Nicosia

    I just noticed the Boeing was a seaplane! I’ve always wanted to fly one of those…

  • deano147

    we take such pride in all that we know- we hide everything else

  • itsmejld

    Great List! I love this stuff.

  • guy

    i love the mystery lists the most on this site. well done

  • T

    This a fascinating list!! #2 is the only one I have heard of, the others were completely new.

  • fif1189


    There are probably some details that are still secret. However,I mostly like that site for the writing style. Frankly, the way they talk about the things makes me laugh.

  • 44. Mom424:…the naga fireballs and the double flash.
    Me, too! I have an entire section in my library, which my kids (when young) used to call “Mom’s weird books”, on all sorts of unusual phenomena. Those are of particular interest.
    BTW, for those of you who follow the link to the pic of Lord Combermere, click on the links that take you further into the site, to more photos. It gets weirder.

  • Nick Palla

    Okay, this is a common misconception, but in the original case files, the Dyatlove pass incident there were no recordings of radiation at all, it was added later by people for no apparent reason, and the files were destroyed very soon after the incident.

  • max

    This is quite possibly the best list ever. I like the level of detail on these mysteries. And they were ALL (minus the prime minister) very compelling! I like the dinosaur the most!!!

  • Nico8

    Very Interesting List :)!!….But i am just curious do you just copy paste from Wikipedia?

  • Muttley

    Segue – The ‘Groundwater Theory’ has been examined several times and dismissed as there is no ‘flow’ in the silt on the ground, nor residual damp in the rocks: every time the vault has been examined – including after heavy storms and subsequent rise in the ground water the vault has remained perfectly dry.
    Add to this the fact that the cemetery itself is reported to be close to the seaand adjoining a bluff which drops to the ocean – any rising water would drain before it flooded.

    I believe the Fortean Times and several other ‘phenomenon/supernatural-based’ publications deal with this and other mysteries.

    Most investigators – especially of the paranormal – tend to point out that the coffins disturbed were all made of or lined with, lead while the coffin of the original interee, Mrs.Goddard was made of timber and always remained undistubed – – – at rest.
    Finally, Mrs. Goddard’s casket – being timber should have been the first to be shifted (and show signs of rot/decay as a result of) flooding or rising groundwater. It did not – therefore the presnce of groundwater was eliminated along with the possibility of flooding.

    Generally the groundwater theory is placed as the culprit by investigators who are skeptics or who flatly refuse to accept that something other than the “natural and explainable” could possibly be involved – they are small-minded reationalists who would prefer a black-and-white world.

    They are the type of investigators who, while most likely professing an understanding and love of Shakespeare, also have no comprehension of the phrase – from Hamlet – “There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamed of in your philosophies, Horatio”.

  • mike

    Yeah… This list has seriously lost momentum from the other lists. This would have to be the first mysteries list that I give a thumbs down. :-(

  • imAdork

    Great list! I live about 45 mins. away from #9. I remember as a little kid, we would go to this “ghost” town in the area. (Don’t know if you would call it a ghost town, but oh well…LOL) And I remember you can take a tour of a mine. I used to be so scared of going in there; I had to hold my mom’s hand all the way through the tour. I was afraid that I was going to lose her because it was so dark. Then the tour guide would talk about the mystery described in this list and then that just creeped me out even more. lol even to this day I can’t stand caves and other dark places.

  • Reyairia

    I have to agree with Muttley. Honestly, I can understand the idea of being a skeptic – everyone should be a skeptic about everything, I am a skeptic myself (I consider myself an open minded skeptic), but the problem is that some “skeptic” explanations are even more irrational than the paranormal beliefs regarding occurrences. Unfortunately, I don’t consider those skeptics really skeptics. Being skeptical means you doubt an occurrence, and that you wish to have further elaboration or experiments to prove something either way. These such “skeptics” are only looking to prove something false.
    But anyway, that’s just a rant.
    I think had a list that mentioned #2 as “an easily solvable unsolved mystery;” if anyone wishes to check it out

  • joanne

    maybe #3 was a small meteoroid that exploded over the ocean.

  • The Anachronism

    Reyairia, a claim cannot be proven false, it can only be proven true. Imagine if I said that the world was populated by invisible unicorns — such a claim is impossible to prove false. We can only hope to (1) demand enough evidence to prove the claim true or (2) have enough evidence against the claim to make it seem improbable. That’s why one HAS to be skeptical about a lot of claims. Surely you don’t think we need to suddenly revise our entire understanding of the universe in order to accommodate these unexplained events!

    I’m certainly not closed-minded, I just don’t think the automatic response to something “unexplained” should be “It’s aliens/ghosts/paranormal!”

    P.S. I love these mystery posts as much as everyone else, don’t get me wrong. I find it all very fascinating, and they always leave me wondering.

  • Jono

    A further explanation for Chase Vault is that the entire story was fabricated. There was one or two credible written references, but there have been no newspaper articles from the local paper, or any other contemporary evidence other than the existence of the vault. But then there are those credible references. Makes you wonder. If I had to guess a reason, to me the most sense comes from a secret passage and an ongoing hoax by someone who gets their jollies from confusing the townfolk.

    North Head and Boeing One is just about New Zealand’s best mystery. That was one of the ones I didn’t write, I just provided the name of. But it’s really a two part story, the second part being where did the tunnel in the aerial photograph disappear to. It’s not there now, that’s for sure.

    I also remember when I was a young schoolboy that I was reading about another one, where someone (maybe a biologist) was in the forest in New Zealand, and they found 2 strange caterpillars. So they brought them back to their home, and put them into an enclosure and fed them and whatnot, but they died. And they’ve never ever seen caterpillars like those before, not since, not prior and there remains utter confusion as to where they came from.

    Lastly, to the people who say this list has gone down in quality. Please remember that 50 or so other mysteries have been written about prior, and without resorting to reusing those, it’s a lot harder to find new ones. Obviously the biggest and best mysteries are picked first.

  • Ghidoran

    ” And they’ve never ever seen caterpillars like those before, not since, not prior and there remains utter confusion as to where they came from.”

    I dunno, maybe they were like, mutants? I mean you’re not gonna find 50 000 colonies of everything, as much as science in the media might suggest. Like, the Starchild skull I think it was called. People immediately thought it was an alien, when it could have just been a kid with a deformation. So yeah those caterpillars might have been anomalies. Too me, not too mysterious. Yes, scientifically interesting, but not mysterious. Unless I am missing something.

    Also, I was glad one other mystery hasn’t been used yet….the flying rods….

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  • I just read an article on about really disturbing animals, at least, disturbing in appearance and some in behavior. If someone who knew nothing at all about them came across one of them, any one of them, they would find them mysterious, beyond belief, yet obviously real.
    It seems that a lot of these “mysteries” are like those animals, somethings we are not familiar with, things about which we do not know, but are obviously real. Hence, they are “mysterious”, but not supernatural.
    We should hold ourselves, our credibility, to a very high standard. Being gullible might be cute if you’re 4, but once you’ve reached the age of reason you should employ it, and refuse to be taken in by faery tales.

  • bigski

    How many times can you use skeptic in one paragraph ?

  • Randall

    Checking in briefly as I’m on the road for a few days.

    The Chase Vault mystery is one of my favorites, and I have an old book that covers the story IN DEPTH. IF it’s true, there’s simply no logical solution to the mystery. On the other hand, there’s some indication that the entire thing was fabricated. Not least of which is the fact that a story matching it in almost every detail exists from at least two other sources—one from an island off Estonia, the other, if I recall correctly, from elsewhere in the Caribbean. In fact, for a time the Estonian story about the Buxhoedoun (sp?) crypt was, if anything, more famous than the Chase Vault story, although in the end the greater amount of detail that finally came to light about the latter moved IT into the forefront.

    Unfortunately there’s no solid evidence that any of these creepy occurrences ever actually happened, as no contemporary account exists for any of them–every story about them comes to us after the fact. Now, surely SOMETHING happened at the Chase Vault, as legends like this don’t simply grow up out of nowhere and nothing–and the fact is that the crypt is there AND is unoccupied now. But what we have no way of knowing for certain is if all the details are factual and correct. And we probably never will know.

    As the story stands, however, there is not the slightest reasonable explanation that covers all the details. It’s simply an anomaly without adequate solution.

  • kev

    I Have the solution to all


  • imAdork

    segue – I just finished reading that list. I wouldn’t want to run into those snakefish….

  • amandalia47

    The Chase vault freaked me out.. they should test it again.

  • 73. imAdork: That one scared the bejeezuz outta me!

  • infallibleangel

    The Dyatlov Pass Incident sounds like the tale of the Wendigo.

  • PurpleRibbon

    I agree with Clantargh…

    #6? Vampires.

  • Realist

    Uh, how exactly is the Harold Holt incident on here? Dude is taken out to sea via riptide and drowns. Boom. There’s the explanation.

  • cminus

    With respect to the Chase Vault, skeptic Joe Nickell has published a fairly convincing article suggesting that the episode was a Masonic hoax, based upon the heavy use of Masonic phraseology and symbolism in the few detailed accounts that are available. A synopsis is available as part of this article.

  • Dan

    regarding the Dyatlov Pass Incident, it’s not exactly unexplainable or unexplained.

    First of all initial reports apparently don’t mention anything about radiation, that’s a later embellishment. Another possibility is that this is the Russian backwoods here, they loved to use RTGs which contain radioisotopes that could have nuked the bodies if debris was in the area, they also could have stumbled onto a test site.

    With that out of the way, then the events are all easily explainable. It’s a well-known phenomenon that hypothermic people disrobe, they don’t know why but think it has something to do with damage to the nerves creating the sensation of heat when your brain is already slowly freezing solid.

    The selective damage to the bodies? Easily explained by scavengers going for soft tissue.

    All their stuff scattered around? Either an avalanche or the wind.

  • Reyairia

    The Anachronism;
    Ok, that is my bad. However, I think I made my point clear. Yes, I also disagree that the supernatural should not be the first to come up, but if there is absolutely no other explanation for it, then it should not be ruled out. I have seen ghosts myself (and before you ask, no, I was not dreaming, each of them happened in the middle of the day), and after traveling for all my life I have come to accept that our science is still far from being to explain every occurrence in the world around us. Hence, I think logical explanations should be sought out, but I do not understand why there’s this such fear about deeming something “unexplainable with current science,” whether that includes the paranormal or not.

  • Vampires.
    Well, I live in the woods and there are a lot of interesting things around. We had a bat living on our porch for several years. Nothing we could do would get him to move else where. My husband had put up a rag rug thinking it was too close to the wall of the house for the bat to get to his hanging spot.
    Yet he did.
    Finally, I’d had enough. I was tired of cleaning up bat guano every day. So hubby gets out the bb rifle and shoots at the thing through the rug. It scampered about, as if stung, and trying to get away from an annoyance, but we were on our way to a party and had to leave, so had to give up.
    We came home about four hours later, and there on the porch was the bat! It was the size of a small chiuaua! And ugly. And not quite dead.
    Hubby dispatched it, but I’ll tell you this, if that thing had come flying toward me in the dark of night, as big and ugly as it was, “Vampire” might have gone through my head for a moment.

  • stunty

    Mokele Mbembe kicks ass!

  • bigski

    kev-Manbearpig is real it`s not a mystery !

  • 84. bigski: Manbearpig is real
    Oh, yeah! I just googled it, and the documentation is underwhelming! Mulder would be all over this, like white on rice.

  • bigski

    HA HA gotcha !

  • Beware, bigski, beware. ;-D

  • Even though I’ve read all the previous ‘mystery’ type lists on this site, everytime a new one is posted I have this NEED to go and re-read all of them again.

    Either way, GREAT STUFF!

  • Kat

    deja vu? are we sure 7, 6, and 2 (maybe 3) aren’t from other mystery lists? i know i’ve read those somewhere here before.
    Still love the list though… :-)

  • Bella

    #6 was really creepy!
    Love the list!!

  • Bella

    It was definetely vampires! ;)

  • Marie

    HOORAY!!! Another list! Though the Ural hikers is very likely a case of overexposure to the conditions.

  • Cyclonus

    I liked the list. But sorry to say the Crown Jewels were melted as soon as they were probably stolen. What better way to cover your tracks. Just melt the gold and reuse the jewels.

  • Xsjado

    These aren’t mysteries that defy explanation; they are mysteries that have yet to be explained. Subtle difference but an important one. Just because we haven’t got all the answers doesn’t mean we should rush to decide something is supernatural in origin.

    Most of these aren’t mysteries at all its just that they weren’t properly investigated at the time. The Naga fireballs are interesting but displays all the characteristics of a natural phenomenon.

    Saint Januarius’ blood has also been solved. It seems the author of this list doesn’t understand the behaviour of thixotropic fluids. The vessel is moved around on the days when it liquefies which introduces the sheer forces that initiates the transition. The “blood” has been observed to liquefy on many occasions other than the official ceremony.

  • Gary

    A BBC documentary investigated Mokele Mbembe and presented convincing reasons and evidence to accept its explanation. The solution given is more than probable and fits with the facts given in the article above.

    …and I’m not telling you what it was.

  • 95. Gary: Could you, at least, share the name of the documentary?

  • Cernunnos

    i hardly think nr.4 is a mystery at all. religious leaders have always used ways to to con people into belief. crying status of women, lactating statues of six-breasted divine… things…

    there are probably 2 vials, one containing dryed blood, the other containing not-so-dried blood. old man with very wide clothes pulls the old switcheroo, voila. miracle!

  • chubs

    Marie- are you serious? Overexposure? Broken ribs and tongue removal?

  • Gary

    Honestly I’ve forgotten the name, it was on in the UK about a year ago but if I am forced to guess, I’d say, “In search of Mokele-Mbembe”

    Anyway, to stop any tension, the result of the investigation showed it to be a Rhino. I had not read the post, but someone above mentions this also and also adds that natives in the area, when shown a photo of a Rhino, all said, “Mokele-Mbembe.”

    If I remember correctly the area in which MM is seen is subject to river flooding and islands are created and destroyed. The Rhino are thus restricted in their breeding by food supplies and in there habitat by floods, hence there are few of them and thus the natives think of them as mysterious creatures.

    I wish I’d paid more attention to the documentary, as I recall, at the time, thinking how satisfactory the explanation was.

  • 99. Gary: Thanks, Gary. After I’d asked, I googled Mokele-Mbembe, and came up with lots of information, including information on a Japanese documentary which found the MM to be identified as a Hippopotamus.
    It pretty much gave me the idea that the whole thing was a case of mistaken identity, and best left at that. It was nice to think that dinosaurs might have endured all this while, hidden from man, but surely that was/is an impossibility.
    Oh well, on to the next!

  • Gary

    Segue, Humans like a mystery – there’s always the chance that MM is something that is merely similar to a Rhino/Hippo. I know that if I were in the MM’s area, I’d tell any companions of the dread creature that haunts the jungles rather than give any mundane explanation.

  • 101. Gary: I can’t argue with that, particularly because it’s home area is one in which the population is essentially uneducated, in the Western sense of the word, though highly educated in the ways of the natural world.
    Seeing something, even something familiar, out of place, can trick the mind into seeing something entirely different.
    I think that’s what happened here. No one lied, no one even stretched the truth. They told exactly what their minds told them they saw. No matter that what they saw was something completely different! It’s happened to all of us at one time or another; seeing something out of place and identifying it as something else, or else, stranger but common nevertheless, not seeing it at all!

  • mesol33t

    i like these
    but what about the Tunguska event?

  • Jono

    Seems you don’t know about Saint Januarius’ Blood. There have been MANY attempts to recreate that sealed vial that does exactly what it does. The fact is that it has to have been made with 14th century chemistry stifles most claims of debunking. Chemistry at that stage was about as advanced as a computer made out of legos.

  • spurwing plover

    And also whats buried that at OAK ISLAND? and NOW BIRDS NAVIGATE WHEN THEY MIGRATE and what about JIMMY HOFFA where is he?

  • smithstar4

    Hey,another mystery is Rosie O’Donnell who once famously said,”In African countries such as Bolivia,starvation is on the rise”.

  • sam

    this is sad. i love to read lists like this for the challenge of explaining them but this list was boring. half of the entries come with explanations that the author seems to just ignore. everything will defy explanation if you refuse to look.

  • mike

    Harold Holt… By the looks of that picture, he got sexed to death and those girls dumped his body in the ocean. A plausible theory, no?

  • mike: I must confess that the same thought ran through my mind when I was looking for pictures of Holt :)

  • Daratora

    i bet some weird secretive art collector has the crown jewels of Ireland:)

  • Ashley R

    oh wow…that first one really got me hooked! i want to be a cryptozoologist when i graduate. i think its a very under appreciated occupation.

  • BO

    hmmm. the Naga fireballs. I’m from a small state in North east India called Nagaland. The description of this strange lights is exactly what some Naga villagers have been seeing. Recently, around December some villagers saw fireballs ascending from a stream, first moving slowly and then picking up speed and moving up and down along the length of the river. For about thirty or so minutes they continue and then disappear. There have also been sightings of strange lights in jungles which disappear when approached.

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  • NecroCombine666

    I’ve now checked out all of these “Mysteries Lists” and I have yet to see Skinwalker Ranch. Look into it. Good stuff.

    Great lists by te way. Ever since I’ve found this site I’ve been an addict.

  • Titanis

    I strongly doubt Mokele-Mbembe, mostly because it doesn’t jibe with what we know about sauropods. However, it’s exactly in line with the antiquated “sauropods lived in water” idea that was prevalent when the reports first surfaced, which is precisely what makes it suspect. So many “living dinosaur” accounts are like that…

    Now, find me accounts of living dinosaurs exhibiting appearances or behaviors not known at the time of the sighting, and you’ve got my attention.

  • sciencegeek

    I admit the Dyatlov pass incident creeped me out.IT WAS PROBABLY MUTANT RADIOACTIVE MONSTER THINGS!!!ok maybe not but it still is creepy.

  • will

    Segue, why’d your husband kill that bat? It wasn’t a vampire you know. Nor was it harmful to you in anyway. What a shame to kill a beneficial animal? People suck and I hope you both get rabies.

  • Sigrid

    By the way all the lists are pretty cool and a good fun to read!!!

  • Icalasari

    #2: Cracked says that it is caused by paradoxical undressing (you become so cold that you think you are boiling) and an avalanche. I say paradoxical undressing and attack by a bear

  • johnmontenegro

    wat about the assasination of Ninoy Aquino, for many years it has not been resolved.. i watched top all top 10 unsolved mysteries. i hope u would make another list which is “top 10 unsolved crimes of the century”

  • GiantFlyingRobo

    Crazy crap man… It’s like, you don’t even have to have a reason to die anymore. It just happens. I’m gonna have nightmares about the Dyatlov Pass thing…

  • Eric Cartman

    #2 is the best, made me trembled!

  • Eric Cartman

    @Icalasari (#117): What about the radiation? I say it was UFO!

  • 14gotmyMANTRA

    #2 is freakin creepy! :E

  • Jaryuki

    @Dan (79):

    Thanks for putting up that about the ski hikers. I’ve read about it myself… in quite many of these mysteries there are no real mysetery, or at least one that should be blamed upon the supernatural.

    When ever supernatural finds an explanations then, whaddaya know, it’s not supernatural anymore !

    I’m fascinated by the “other side” but I still never lean on it as an explanation. Even if there seems to be no rational one. I glad there are people dedicated to study such occurences but sadly most of them are just plain crazy… It’s hard not to take sides on these issues. It’s best to remain skeptical but open to new ideas and not discredit anything outright. Well, unless the anything is just ridiculous.

  • Jaryuki

    Mysteries are fun, but posting about unsolved mysteries that are solved is kinda missing the point.

    Also, just that we can not explain something does not mean it’s supernatural.

    As for the old photo of a supposed ghost of Lord Combermere, faking ghost photos with old cameras is completely doable either by accident or deliberately. (long exposure, overlapping images etc.)
    Not to mention people tend to see faces in anything that is even remotely the right shape – sometimes not even that. Human mind has the power to freak us out even when we acknowledge it.

  • nicoleredz3

    I heart mysteries!

  • kabampalay

    great list!
    hope to witness the Naga fireballs myself.

  • sick of people that are full of it

    Halt is pronouced “halt” in Australia, not “holt”. I have lived here for 20 years and never heard it pronouced that way. Ya Stupid Yank!

  • astraya

    I saw the above comment on the “recent comments” sidebox.

    I have always pronounced “halt” as “holt”, and I think most of the people I know do as well, so I was wondering what other pronunciation/s there is/are. The Oxford American Dictionary widget on my computer gives a symbol I can’t produce here, but equates to “hawlt”. The Macquarie Dictionary gives “hawlt” first and “holt” second.

    And BTW my grandparents used to live the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool, and we’d go there with them at least once every summer.

  • Will Trame

    I always love lists that detail inexplicable phenomena as it encourages thinking and often vitriolic debate. Notable events, objects and locales that intrigue me include the Flatwoods monster, the devil’s footprints, the crystal skull, spontaneous human combustion and Clapham Wood in England. I will admit that some may be fraudulent, but they present a perplexing puzzle to ponder.

  • fdfd

    #10: It’s a zombie which still guards the burial chamber of Mok’Li’Thok, the brother of Xenu.

    #9: Government coverup.

    #8: Thai girls are well-known for their many talents.

    #7: Very well-done political assassination.

    #6: They just wanted to join Michael Jackson’s Thriller video! Why did they have to be locked away while the rest were partying?!

    #5: The Freemasons [redacted]

    #4: Magnetism in the atmosphere, the same thing that guides birds around, dampens the ozone layer during these moments, allowing the lightning men of australian creation myth to stalk the land once more.

    #3: The Borg during their teen years in the 70’s.

    #2: They got cold and wandered about, where they began their transformation into their true form of intelligent pumpkins.

    #1: Looks like the Irish ran out of luck!

  • jelyho

    Dyatlov Pass reminds me of the Donner party, and also makes me never want to do anything in the mountains.

  • linda10989

    Forgive me for being such a “doubting Thomas” but I have to ask: has the contents of the vial in #4 actually been scientifically proven to being actually human blood? Has it ever been tested to see exactly what it is?

  • Ryan

    Taman Shud is another great Australian mystery.

  • sqorpo

    These are my favorite kind of lists. Good job.. Great list!

  • raymart ramos

    wow.. what a nice sight… it will feed your mind….

  • Phergle

    Big Flash – as a South African I can quite believe the then Apartheid government had the nuclear capability to do a test. Our country is physically too small to hide such an event, and given that we denied having the capability, and rumours that were ciculating then, I feel that the Big Flash isn’t a mystery at all.

  • TheFifthBeatle

    How other way would you say ‘halt’?
    And through all these lists there’s one I’ve been waiting for – Otsi, the Iceman! We learnt about it in SOSE.

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