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Top 10 Lesser Known Mysteries

It was Einstein that said ‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.’ For me, mystery is the fabric of Life, and since I discovered Listverse a few years ago I have noticed it’s a sentiment many people share. I have tried to avoid the usual topics of ghosts, ufo’s etc., and tried to opt for the niches and gems of the unexplained genre. I hope you have as much fun reading this list as I had compiling it. So here it is, The Top 10 Lesser Known Mysteries, and, dependent on feedback, there will be another in the pipeline. Enjoy.


Brentford Griffin


The Brentford area of London is a peculiar place in terms of the names. You can buy an apartment at Griffin Flats, take in a football match at Brentford F.C‘s Griffin Stadium or have Steak and Ale Pie at the Griffin Arms Pub. To top that all off, there’s a chance you might bump into the Brentford Griffin, the mythological creature that, supposedly, fly’s and wanders around this London Borough. Griffins were historically the legendary offspring of an eagle and a lion, with their purpose being to guard hidden treasure.The first well reported sightings of the creature began in 1984 when a pedestrian , fittingly walking past the Green Dragon Apartments, saw what he described as ‘a dog with wings’ flying through the sky. He claimed to have seen the creature a year afterwards, this time getting a better look, noticing rather large wings and a long muzzle. A handful of people travelling on a bus also claimed to have sighted the Griffin, sitting on a gasometer next to the local art centre. The only other sighting in that spate was by a psychologist jogging near the Thames. The story made it to the 6 O’clock news, and phone lines were set up for people to report any sightings of the creature.

There have been no other sightings since, and the Legendary Griffin has drifted into local folklore. Other links between Brentford and the Griffin include the town’s old coat of arms, which includes a Griffin on either side of the crest. The fact that no one knows how the Griffin found its way into so many areas of local industry and history is one of the most baffling facts surrounding the legend. However, one story has surfaced to shed some light on its origins. Sir Joseph Banks, the emminent Botanist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his first Voyage of Discovery is alleged to have brought a Griffin back to England from a Pacific Island in the late 1770’s. Griffins have a lifespan that covers centuries, and many believe it is the very same Griffin that resides in Brentford to this day, revealing itself as it chooses.


Amphibians in Ancient Iraq

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In ancient Mesopotamia, the world’s first academically ratified, fully functioning civilizations of Babylon, Sumer and Akkadia emerged. Located in the middle of an area known as the Fertile Crescent, these civilizations inhabited what is now modern day Iraq and Iran. We owe the invention of writing and the wheel, among other crucial human breakthroughs, to these peoples. Their origins are shrouded in mystery. The biggest mystery surrounding the emergence of these civilizations is their almost overnight transformation from hunter gatherers to intelligent city building civilizations. The Sumer tells us, through their own records and writings, that they were aided by Aliens in establishing themselves as a sustainable, intelligent civilization. They referred to their god’s as the Annunaki, which translates as ‘Those who came from heaven to earth.’

A Sumerian priest named Berossus recorded how an amphibian, named Oannes, emerged from the Persian Gulf and taught the Sumerians numbers, medicine, astronomy, politics, ethics and law, encompassing all the necessities for civilized existence. Before his intervention the Sumerians ‘lived like beasts in the field, with no order or rule.’ He was described as follows ‘The whole body of the animal was like that of a fish; and it had, under a fishes head, another head, and also feet below, similar to those of a man, subjoined to the fishes tail. His voice, and language, too, were articulate and human; and a representation of him is preserved to this day….When the sun set, it was the custom of this being to plunge again into the sea, and abide all night in the deep; for he was amphibious.’ Whoever Oannes was, it is certainly a given that he was exceptionally good at what he did. Sumerian astronomers were so gifted that their calculations for the rotation of the moon are only 0.4 off modern computerized calculations. They also understood that planets revolve around the sun, something that wouldn’t be hypothesized by renaissance science for thousands of years. Sumerian mathematicians were also gifted almost beyond belief for their time. A tablet discovered among the hills of Kuynjik contained a 15-digit number–195,955,200,000,000. Mathematicians from the golden age of ancient Greece could count no farther than 10,000.


Malawi Terror Beast

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The Malawi Terror beast is the name given to an unknown cryptid that caused widespread panic and chaos in rural Malawi during the early months of 2003.Something that gives this particular story credence, in comparison to other cryptid stories, is the fact it resulted in several deaths and prompted military action.

In the district of Dowa, 100km north of the nation’s capital, Lilongwe, reports emerged of a rabid animal, with hyena like features, attacking and mauling members of the region. The graphic nature of the attacks are the most troubling aspect, with the eating of intestines and reproductive organs noted to have taken place on 2 elderly woman and a three year old infant, as well as the crushing of their skulls. In addition to these 3 deaths, 16 other people were maimed beyond recognition, with some losing hands, feet, mouths, noses and eyes. In the wake of the attack over 4,000 people left the Dowa area to take refuge in town halls, only returning home under armed guard and a sustained presence by local game keepers, the police and factions of the Malawian Army.

Those who saw the animal dismissed claims it was a Hyena, due to its large hind legs. Many local residents believed that the unknown animal is the soul of a similar beast that was killed a year before, after it slayed 5 people, and that it returned to exact revenge upon those that claimed its life. To this day what the beast was, or where it went, remain unsolved.



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Vimanas are the mythical flying machines chronicled in the ancient Sanskrit epics of India. The story of the Vimana predates Christ by many thousands of years, and the Hindus of today’s India believe the existence and usage of Vimana to be historical fact. There is a plethora of ancient Indian literature which deals with the Vimana and its many aspects. Most of the epics await translation. One epic, titled Manusa, gives clear instructions on how to build the craft and the proponents that make them able to fly. Other texts have names such as ‘The secret of making Planes invisible’, ‘The Secret of hearing conversations and other sounds in Enemy Aircraft’ and ‘The secret of making Planes motionless’. There are many other texts about Vimana which are spoken of in the epics, but have not yet been discovered. Many texts speak of ships and planes with nuclear capabilities and a great nuclear war that took place. In the ancient ruins of Mohenjo-Daro, once part of the Indus Valley Civilization, 3000 year old skeletons where found with radioactivity levels that surpassed that of the bodies at Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The ruins themselves also emit high radioactivity levels. It is a documented fact that the city was destroyed suddenly.

The wording of the texts is highly technical, and speaks at a high level of intellectual maturity in areas such as physics and aero dynamics. One text of the Vaimanika Shastra, which translates as ‘Science of Aeronautics’, includes 230 stanzas, concerning aviation matters such as construction, take off, cruising for thousands of miles, normal and forced landing, protections of the airships from storm and lightening and how to switch the power source to solar energy from free energy. The same text describes at great detail the construction of the mercury vortex engine, which is the forerunner of the Ion vortex engine used today by NASA. In 1895, a Sanskrit scholar named Shivkar Talpade designed an aircraft based solely on the Sanskrit document concerning the mercury vortex engine. The unmanned craft reached a height of 1500ft.


Valley of the Headless Men

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In the Nahanni National Park of Northwest Canada lies the Nahanni River. The area is only accessible by boat or plane and is home to many natural wonders, such as sinkholes, geysers and a waterfall almost double the size of Niagara Falls. Lord Tweeds Muir (John Buchan), author of The 39 Steps, once said of the valley: “It’s a fancy place that old-timers dream about. … Some said the “valley was full of gold and some said it was hot as hell owing to the warm springs. … It had a wicked name too, for at least a dozen folks went in and never came out’ … Indians said it was the home of devils.”

The 200 Mile gorge has become infamous, due to a number of gruesome deaths and many disappearances, earning itself the eerie name, The Valley of the Headless Men. Anomalies first began in 1908, when the Macleod Brothers came prospecting for gold in the valley. Nothing was heard or seen of the brothers for a whole year, until their decapitated bodies were found near a river. Nine years later, the Swiss prospector Martin Jorgenson was next to succumb to the Valley, when his headless corpse was found. In 1945, a miner from Ontario was found in his sleeping bag with his head cut from his shoulders. While skeptics of an unknown power at work in the Valley would put the grizzly mutilations down to feuding gold prospectors or hostile Indians, there are other strange happenings in the area which add to the valleys mysteriousness. The fiercely renowned Naha tribe simply vanished from the area a few years prior to the first deaths. Other Indians of the area have avoided the Valley for centuries, claiming an unknown evil haunts it. Many parts of the valley remain unexplored, and there are tales the Valley holds an entrance to the Hollow earth. Others believe the Valley is home to a lost world, with lush greenery and a tropical climate, due to the hot springs generating warm air, as well as untapped goldmines and wandering sasquatches. While a haven for Bigfoot remains unlikely, one thing is for certain, something strange lurks in the Nahanni Valley.


The Malta Catacombs

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In 1902, in the town of Paola on the island of Malta, workers making way for a new housing development stumbled across a vast subterranean complex that dated back to Malta’s prehistoric period, some 3000 years ago. The sight has since became a UNESCO world Heritage site, and was officially named the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. A more extensive archaeological survey of the site was undertaken, and it became clear that all was not as simple as it seemed. Over 30,000 human skeletons were found in burial chambers dotted across the site, including men, women and children. Many skulls had unusually widened craniums and baffled scientists in terms of ethnic origin. Stories began spreading that it was tangible evidence of a subterranean human species.

The islands earliest inhabitants engaged in human sacrifice to appease their god of the underworld, who they believed dwelled beneath the island itself. The name they gave to him roughly translates as ‘Serpent’. When Saint Paul was shipwrecked on the island as recorded in the bible, he documented this, and even claimed to have been bitten by the serpent himself. He also spent a great deal of time there converting the people from their primitive worship of a reptilian deity to Catholicism. It is believed, by some scholars, that the human sacrifices were involuntarily cast down into the catacombs, to be devoured by the serpent and prevent the islanders from incurring his wrath.

Rumors of a cover-up, by the Maltese government and other authorities, are rife with stories including the scrubbing of texts and ancient drawings from the catacomb walls, and the mysterious and sudden death of the sites first head archaeologist. The underground complex still hasn’t been fully explored. A British embassy worker in the 1940’s, gave an account of foraying into the sites lowest room on the last level, after convincing the tour guide to allow her access to an area usually off limits to the public. Upon entering a small portal in the wall she claimed to have seen 20 reptilian beings covered in white hair on a ledge across from her. One raised his palm and subsequently her candle extinguished. She made a quick exit but upon returning some days later she was told that the guide who had shown her the portal had never been employed at the site and no such portal existed.


Mysterious Man of the US Declaration

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When America’s founding fathers were deep in the volatile business of signing the Declaration, Treason was a resounding word. The signing of the declaration by any man would result in gruesome torture and death by the British Colonialists. With every argument put forward being met with shouts of ‘Treason!!Treason!!!’, talks had hit a stumbling block. It was then that an unknown man arose, dressed in a black cape, to deliver this stirring oration. “They may stretch our necks on all the gibbets in the land; they may turn every rock into a scaffold; every tree into a gallows; every Horne into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die! They may pour our blood on a thousand scaffolds, and yet from every drop that dyes the axe a new champion of freedom will spring into birth! The British King may blot out the stars of God from the sky, but he cannot blot out His words written on that parchment there. The works of God may perish: His words never!

“The words of this declaration will live in the world long after our bones are dust. To the mechanic in his workshop they will speak hope: to the slave in the mines freedom: but to the coward kings, these words will speak in tones of warning they cannot choose but hear …

“Sign that parchment! Sign, if the next moment the gibbet’s rope is about your neck! Sign, if the next minute this hall rings with the clash of falling axes! Sign, by all your hopes in life or death, as men, as husbands, as fathers, brothers, sign your names to the parchment, or be accursed forever! Sign, and not only for your selves, but for all ages, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the bible of the rights of man forever.’’

The speech goes on for some time and continues with the orator’s impassioned vouch for American freedom from the British. The founding fathers then descended into a frenzy to sign the document, and, within a few minutes, the Declaration was born. However, when the signers turned to congratulate the man, he had simply vanished. Nobody knew who he was or where he went. Some believe that he was Count St Germain, or an unknown Rosicrucian. There are also accounts of a mysterious Professor at the time, who helped design the first American Flag, and was a great friend and teacher of Franklin and Washington. In the longer annals of his speech there are many cryptic references to future events that would shape America. He mentioned the Rights of Man, even though it wasn’t to be published for another 13 years. He also mentions the all Seeing Eye, something which would go on to be found on the Dollar. A candidate many believe to be a true possibility is Francis Bacon. His treatise, ‘New Atlantis’, lays out the political structure and necessities he believes necessary for a paradise like State, which some believe he made real in the new land of America. He was also a prominent Freemason, as were Franklin and Washington, and this is another possible link due to the staggering amount of Freemason Imagery in Washington D.C. Whoever the Unknown Man of the American Declaration was, and whatever his motives were, one thing remains perhaps the biggest mystery: Why is such anonymity at this key moment in human history, to this day, simply overlooked.


Jesus’ Lost Years


The lost years of Jesus refer to his activities between the ages of 12 and 30, of which there is no mention in the bible. The church would have us believe that what transpired during these years is of no biblical importance, and thus omitted from the gospels. In the Gospels of Luke, in one extract Jesus is 12 and in the Temple at Jerusalem, in the following extract he is 30 and is being baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. Many theories have surfaced regarding his whereabouts during these years, the most prominent being that Jesus joined a trade caravan and travelled to the Far East, following the silk route under the guidance of a cabal of merchants.

Referred to as St. Issa in Buddhist and Hindu lore and texts, it is said Jesus journeyed through modern day Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, before traveling extensively through India and settling in Tibet. He studied and lived among the Buddhist monks for 6 years before returning to Jerusalem to preach. There is some evidence to support this. In 1887, Russian Explorer and Aristocrat Nicholas Notovich stayed at the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, Northern India, while recuperating after a broken leg. He heard of a text within the monastery library called ‘The Life of St Issa, Best of the Sons of Men’ after the monks had spoke of an ‘Issa’ being a student at the monastery over a thousand years ago. Through a translator, the story was read to Notovich by the head lama, while Notovich furiously scribbled down what he could. His book on the subject, ‘The Secret Life of Jesus Christ’, can still be bought. Rumors persist of the text Notovich saw still existing in the Hemis Library. Perhaps the most irrefutable piece of evidence comes from the Bhavishya Maha Purana, a highly respected ancient Indian text. The King of Kashmir, in the early first century AD, records how he met a fair haired, fair complexioned teacher dressed in white robes who came from the west, described himself as being born of a virgin, persecuted by his people and being the son of God.


Tibet Nazi Connection


Before World War 2 ravaged Europe, and during the war, the Nazis spent a large amount of resources and manpower on their quest to establish the origins of their beloved Aryan Race. The institution founded to spearhead this endeavor, as well as all other manner of occult and esoteric studies, was the Ahnenerbe, started by Heinrich Himmler, in 1935. They conducted archaeological and cultural studies in a number of countries including Sweden, Finland, Iraq, Antarctica, Poland and, in particular, Tibet. The official story of the 3 expeditions sent to Tibet was to investigate the myth that an Aryan Race conquered most of Asia and the Himalayas many thousands of years ago. Some believe however they were searching for Shambhala, situated deep in the Himalayas, and hoping to harness the great power found deep within its realm, as told in many ancient texts . There is much evidence that The Nazis found something. After the fall of Berlin, soviet soldiers discovered hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist monks in SS uniforms, who seemed to have committed mass suicide. None of the bodies were able to be identified, thus it remains a total mystery as to how they got there, who they were and what they were up to. The Nazis found the time and necessary funds to transport transmitters to the furthest reaches of the Himalayas to maintain constant radio contact, which fuels the thesis they were on the brink of discovering something big or at least were certain they were heading in the right direction.

1930’s German Academic, Theodore Illion, describes in his work ‘Darkness over Tibet’ his elation at finding a hole the ground of the Tibetan Countryside and, upon entering, finding an underground city of monks. He learned they were ‘Black Yogis’, who aimed to control the world through astral projection and telepathy. His elation turned to horror when he discovered food that had been given to him by the monks contained human flesh. He made for his escape and was pursued by the monks across Tibet until he reached safety in his German homeland. His account came out in 1937, and, within a year of its publication, Hitler had sent his occult research wing forth to the mystical area Illion chronicled. It is suggested that Hitler’s objective was to establish contact with these obscure sorcerer monks. The route taken by the Ahnenerbe through Tibet emulated one taken by Aliester Crowley, and this, in turn, was copied by the OSS (the predecessor of the CIA) in 1942, in a highly secretive mission. The Tibet Nazi Connection is one of the most absorbing topics of the unexplained genre, and to this day its facts and true happenings remain shrouded in mystery.


Ural Relief Map


In terms of mysteries, few come along as incredible and irrefutable as The Ural Relief Map. In 1995, Aleksandr Chuvyrov, Professor of Mathematical and Physical Science at Bashkir State University in Russia, was investigating hypotheses of the immigration of Chinese Migrants to Siberia and the Urals. During his research he heard an account from the 18th century telling of a series of strange white slabs scrawled with some unknown language. As they were supposedly situated in an area central to his study, a remote village named Chandar the southern Urals, he thought the stones could be of Chinese Origin. and organized a team and helicopter to try and locate them. After several searches and village hopping in his helicopter he could find no trace of the elusive stones. It was then that a village elder approached him and asked him to take a look at a strange slab he found in his back yard. The slab he was taken to was the Ural Relief Map, also dubbed ‘The Map of the Creator’

Showing a relief scale of the entire southern Urals, the slab accurately shows its three main rivers, the Belya, Ufimka and Sutolka, as well as the Ufa canyon. After the map was studied further it was understood to show a giant irrigation system, consisting of two 500 meter wide channel systems, 12 dams, each 400 meters wide, 10km long and 3km deep. It is calculated that 1 quadrillion cubic meters* of earth were shifted to allow for the dams to be built. After initial tests failed to provide an age for the stone, a breakthrough was made when 2 types of prehistoric shell were found embedded in its surface, Navicopsina munitus and Ecculiomphalus Princeps. The former existed 500 million years ago, while the latter existed 120 million years ago. Scientists place its actual age at 120 million years. A geological test of the slab concluded that it consisted of 3 layers, the base being 14cm thick dolomite, the second being a diopside glass unknown to science, while the third is a protective layer of calcium porcelain. Chuvyrov said ‘It should be noted, that the relief has not been manually made by an ancient stonecutter. It is simply impossible. It is obvious that the stone was machined.’ X rays confirmed it was made by precision tools. Interestingly scientists believe that the map is actually part of a relief map of the entire world, due to the crudeness of the areas around the maps’ perimeter. Soil tests of 400 types of soil in the area, in comparison to the ones found embedded on the stone, have allowed scientists to narrow down the possible location of other pieces to 4 specific areas around the village of Chandar. So what is the Ural Relief Map? God’s discarded blueprint? Ancient Extra Terrestrial resource chart? It remains a Mystery.

  • Geronimo1618

    Now this is an incredible list, well done! Great info and research yo.

    • TheDoctor

      #4 Doctor Who strikes again.

  • jeffthemaori

    I noticed that the blurb about the Malawi terror beast described the beast as having "hyena like features". I don't know much about it's behavior, but could this beast with hyena-like features be, say, a hyena?

    • The Major

      Possibly. Might be worth reading the entire text though:

      'Those who saw the animal dismissed claims it was a Hyena, due to its large hind legs'

      • joshi

        it also says 'Many local residents believed that the unknown animal is the soul of a similar beast that was killed a year before, after it slayed 5 people, and that it returned to exact revenge upon those that claimed its life'.

        the beast is described as being hyena-like, yet the above mentioned quote shows the conclusion that many came to. I love how, despite any available evidence, people still manage to come to the least obvious conclusion.

        • Mike

          Hahahaha I thought the same thing when I read that.

    • Arsnl

      If it looks like a hyena,grawls like a hyena and acts like a hyena its deffo a creature from hell.

    • renee

      it was a pokemon.

    • ricepaddy312

      My first thought while reading it was Madonna ;)

      • patu


  • jeffthemaori

    Interesting list by the way.

  • br0ck

    just a scary stories for kids i can`t believe you think such mysteries can be real

    • The Major

      Yes, parents are always terrifying their kids with the Ural Relief Map story.

      • ZedroZ

        I cracked up when I read that, thanks for giving me a good laugh!

      • oliveralbq


        major —
        you have just rendered the rest of the day's comments anti-climatic.

        • The Mick


          • oliveralbq

            @oliveralbq: "anti-climatic"
            @The Mick; "climactic"

            i know dude, theyre rationing my use of the "c" key.

      • undaunted warrior 1

        Major I think you are in line for a promotion after that comment !

      • JonathanN

        Absolutely hilarious comment.
        #1 on the next Listverse Funniest Comments list.

        • oliveralbq

          me and astraya went to add it to the "funniest comments" in the forum right around the same time– instantly.

      • Daniel

        That couldn't been anymore of an epic win… let's go for a hundred thumbs up for The Major's comment!

      • Eddy

        My friend, you've earned yourself a hundred fans here on Listverse!

      • Major, when your army is ready, just remember I was the one who posted the 100th thumbsup!!

    • awesomeo


      • Jay


  • bikaboo

    Good list, although I feel a bit iffy on the phrase "primitive worship", mainly because my anthropology professor always told us to avoid the term especially in relation to or comparison with the Catholic religion or missionaries trying to convert people.

    I always did like stories with regards to "mystery" people, especially when linked to Count St Germain.

    • Angelo

      Very true. A brief skim of history will show that religions rise and fall continually. As soon as one is no longer relevent to contemporary issues, it is replaced by another. Who knows what people will be worshipping in a few hundred years, and what they will think of "primitive" catholocism, haha.

      • Henry

        "A brief skim of history will show that religions rise and fall continually"

        A very brief skim of history will show that Catholicism has been on the rise almost continuously and has been around for about 2 millinia, far longer than most of the so called "primitive" religions around today even existed. Assuming it will simply go away in a few hundred years, because some mostly small, orally-related religions did, is just wishful thinking.

        And Cath0licism came from Judaism, which was around long before that. For example, Solomon's temple is estimated to have been constructed in the mid-10th century BCE. For perspective, the "Theogony", which detailed the early Greek gods, didn't show up for about another 150 years.

        Some religions come and go, others have been around for the long haul.

  • rarwpas

    This list is not as good as other lists on this topic

  • lalabhaiya

    amazing list. very well written and very informative. why, i hadn't heard of any of these mysteries (except for vimanas, which is also hindi for a plane.)

    • HoboMan

      vimanas is not airplane in hindi. viman is..

      • lalabhaiya

        my bad. Viman. Yes. call it the effect of the hinglish i speak. :)

  • DavM

    I live 15 minutes away from the Malta Underground temple :)

    will keep eyes open for any reptilan beings!

    • lalabhaiya

      why don't you explore it and tell us what you find?

      • DavM

        Most of it is closed off to the publi for 'restoration and preservation' reasons.

        • lalabhaiya

          ah. i smell a rat, or maybe in this case serpents.

    • Belinda

      I wouldn't, sounds like she was tripped out to hell or had a really intense dream that she thought was real. "I'm sorry, none of that ever happened, that person doesnt exist and that portal doesnt either". Imagine what the people listening to her story were thining.

    • HoboMan

      i have seen the Maltese catacombs during my vacation in malta.. a very short tour.. i must say.

    • Therese

      Sometime after Miss Jessup's first visit, a group of school children and their teacher visited the Hypogeum on an outing and entered the same burial chamber, which then collapsed while they were inside. Search parties could not conduct a thorough search for the children or their teacher due to the cave-in. The parents of the children claimed that, for weeks, they could hear the voices of their children coming from under the ground in several parts of the island

      • Jono

        I'm not one to be easily frightened, but you miss – have done the job. That story better be false, because I don't think I could handle it if it was true.

  • ianz09

    Awesome list! Spooky and enlightening

  • cinnic

    Woah, that is some CRAAAAAAZY shit!

  • Great list :D If you don't write more I shall be sad :P

  • Man, what a cool list!!! Loved it.

  • Metalwrath

    Interesting list, but the problem with Listverse is the total absence of sources.

  • dalinean

    excellent list… now to wikipedia…

  • oliveralbq

    nice job. of course #3 is going to have me playing
    where's waldo: jesus edition
    every time i see art from that era for a while — but good write up

  • Geko

    Entertaining lis, but full of bullshit. Cross-references to these "mysteries" either lead to crazy websites or are non-existent.

    • Maggot

      Did you ever stop to consider that maybe the writer’s source(s) were something other than the internet? Though I agree that citing them would help.

      • meh

        It doesn't matter. I've read the bs books on Lemurians and I hate to say it, but as someone who studied archaeology in college, the Mojendo-Daro story is absolute crockery. Civilizations like Mojendo-Daro died out all the time, often because of insufficient food/water during a drought. Case in point; the Anasazi. There were also Annunaki of the underworld, which doesn't support this fellow's odd beliefs, much less his fish-men. I imagine the Maltese look very odd to someone who doesn't know anything about the tradition of skull warping among various world societies, but really, the whole thing is just conspiracy theorist masturbation. It's entertaining to read, but the mysteries are the production of silly people. Silly people who prefer the veil to the mundane that is reality.

        • meh

          The only thing on the list anyone would want to entertain the possibility of in a rational world is the Vimana, and only because human beings aren't as entirely stupid as the 'aliens did it' segment of our society would have you believe. However, I'd hardly say the religious texts are the answer to how such a contraption would work; otherwise, the technology would never have been lost to begin with. I'm saying this because Pali is pretty damned translatable, though difficult, and it wasn't a rediscovered language script like Linear B. Otherwise, it's all smoke and mirrors.

          • Maggot

            Well I wasn’t trying to build a case for the stories or sources being credible, so much as I was taking issue with the OP’s apparent conclusion that “if I can’t find it on the internet, then it surely doesn’t exist”.

        • valleysofneptune1

          God, how I'd hate to look at the world through your eyes.

        • IndigoDoctor

          I feel sorry for you… truly I do. At least you are familiar with the word "entertaining". I have very little to say to you except this (paraphrased) quote from the prophetic and "mundane" Winnie the Pooh.
          – "People who are smart, who understand everything never get anything."

          • TheTransitMtl

            Skepticism has nothing to do with a pretense of understanding everything. A skeptic by nature strives for knowledge. Your comment is irrelevent anyways because it is not the skeptics in the comment sections that claim to understand all those mysteries but the author himself as all mysteries cited are except explained as having a supernatural, extraterrestrial, etc explanation. Therefore it is he who claims to understand everything. Anyways nice list nonetheless.

  • elise

    interesting list. the nazi one is so creepy.

  • snickersman

    This is why I keep returning to this site! I enjoy these little mystery snippets.

  • "unbelievable" list. Nice work.

  • Belinda

    I love how the one about Jesus is supposedly supported by the King seeing a white man claiming to be born of a virgin. Now, children? Where was Jesus born? Jerusalem. From what part of the world was he from? The Middle East. And who lives in the Middle East? Arabs. ARABS ARE NOT FAIR HAIRED AND FAIR COMPLEXIONED!!! Stupid eurocentric propaganda.

    • Jay

      Very true, Belinda. I used to have a book of reproductions of great art from other cultures and nations depicting Jesus. In none of those was he a white man. And it's rather insane to think that he would be.

    • Arsnl

      Wow belinda. Thank you for your comment. Damn that propaganda. Who cares arabs came a few centuries after the birth of Jesus, thats just details. THEIR SPIRIT WAS THERE BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY, PHYSICALLY ARRIVED, GODDAMIT.
      Well probably this happened cuz middle age europeans hated arabs cuz they had oil and nice hotels and fake islands shaped like palm trees.

      • meh

        Um, fella? Lady? My ancestry is Sepphardic, and these people are not pale. Dark haired, dark-eyed, olive-skinned–like most of the MEDITERRANEAN, Arabs included.

        Seems to me there are a lot of Persians in Dubai. Originally, it was a Persian pearl-diving operation. Maybe that worries you more than the Arabs, though. You know, they probably have a nuclear arsenal and all that.

        • ThomasGun

          If we can suspend belief on the fact of Jesus' virgin birth, other rumors abound of a Roman father, one Panther (Pantera), whose complexion may lightened this sunny debate.

          • Becky

            Wow, you have just given me a clue as to what my Aunt told me about many years ago…Something about Joseph being paid by Mary's family to marry her so she wouldn't be stoned to death for fraternizing with a Roman soldier and getting knocked up. My Aunt also said something about Joseph already being married with kids and that's why he didn't want anything to do with the whole Mary screwed a Roman situation.
            Mind you, I was just a kid when she told me this stuff, so I don't know where exactly she got her info from………guess I should have paid more attention, eh?

          • Geko

            Two jews in a tavern in Bethleem 2000 years ago:

            “Well, that’s a nice story, Joseph, but you still gonna have to mary the slut…”

    • Surya

      But someone born to a virgin is not supposed to inherit his parents' traits. Jesus could easily be born with green hair and orange complexion.

    • JfraterCanSukit

      belinda, he was NOT BORN IN JERUSALEM – He was born in BETHLEHEM!!!

      • jroache

        caps much?

    • Technically, Jesus was not an Arab, he was a Jew. The European depiction of Jesus with pale skin and blond hair is extemely inaccurate. I watched a program on the History Channel that said Jesus would have had olive colored skin and black or dark brown hair.

      • CONfuzed

        Just like mine!, but isn't "Jew" a religion while "Arab" is a ethnicity? Just like there are Arab Christians, Arab Jews…etc. Jesus was born into Judaism…THIS RACE thing is confusing…

        • I've always been told that Judaism is both a religion and a race, although I'm not sure if that is right…

          • Ukulelemike

            The term "Jew", which comes from Judaism, also comes from Judah, the two tribes left to the line of David after the separation of the kingdoms. Judah was where the true worship of God continued in the temple, after Israel rebelled and split off, and built altars and high places, along with golden calves to worship. Thus, the term does refer to the religion that came from a specific location, but generally speaking, it is the religion, not the location. The actual race would be Hebrew or Israeli or Israelite.

          • Becky

            Israeli as race? Really? No. Israelis are people of all nationalities and races…because there are like, 5 Israelis who are actually from the area. The rest are all transplants from Germany, US, etcetc
            And besides, every Biblical reference I've ever seen calls the area "The Land of Palestine", so…………

      • Frog Priza

        … and a Jew fro.

      • Being Jewish is a religion and a "race". European Jews and Middle-Eastern Jews.
        However, modern day Jews are going to be more lightly-complected than ancient Jews considering most Jews have been out of their Mediterranean ancestral environment for thousands of years. Seeing as how they mostly spread through Europe and now throughout North America, lighter skin was an inevitability. Not too mention the "interracial" breeding that is almost a given.
        Middle Eastern Jews, are, of course still more olive-toned then European or North American Jews.
        Jesus was not a person, nor should the History channel cover him(although they do seem to have a hard-on for Christianity). However, if he were an actual person, he'd most definitely be olive-skinned with dark eyes and dark(curly) hair.

        • Geneva

          Jesus was a person…many ancient records from the Middle East mention the events of the life of a man named Christos, and i'm sure many many more books of evidence were destroyed along w/the temple in the late 1st century.

        • Ukulelemike

          Well, according to the primary historian of that time, Josephus, Jesus, called the Messiah of the Jews, WAS a real person. And Josephus wasn't a Christian follower, but a Jewish historian for the Romans.

          • Rada

            There is almost no denying that a man similar to if not Jesus existed. Just food for thought go look at the comparison of the Jesus christ “myth” in relation to the sun. Some people believe that the tales of Jesus were based off the sun. Such as how he was born etc. It’s kinda interesting don’t know whether I believe it or not but it’s interesting

        • Becky

          I find it totally plausible that a man named Jesus existed 2000 years ago.
          I find the rest of the story totally IMPLAUSIBLE.
          I think the whole thing was cooked up by Mary and her family who didn't want to have her stoned for either messing with a married man(Joseph) and becoming pregnant, or as a poster above said, messing with a Roman soldier and becoming pregnant.
          I think when that poor kid was born, up until he died on that cross, he was groomed and brainwashed into being what the Jews wanted him to be. I only hope that the stories are true about him somehow surviving the cross, running off with the great love of his life, Mary Magdellin, and having a passel of kids while living in his villa in Gaul.

      • boomboombaby

        I am pretty sure no one knows – including the missHistory channel.

    • violatorofsanity

      Look at the artistic depictions of mohammed with his radient pale skin…

      • Becky

        Wait, I thought there were no artistic depictions of Mohammed? Did they kill the person that made it?
        Where have you seen this depiction?

    • Ukulelemike

      Um, Jesus wasn't an Arab, but a Jew. Close, but no cigar. Sorry. Still, good point about Him not being fair-skinned!

    • Anthro Poly G

      How much do you know about middle-eastern or “arab” peoples? Jesus may not have been fair haired or fair skinned (I don’t think there is really any way to know) but there are certainly fair haired and fair skinned middle easterners. When was the last time you looked up what exactly middle easterners look like? Ever? Afghans for instance are often blonde and many middle easterners have blue, green or hazel eyes and fair skin. If you ask me you are the one “eurocentric” or more accurately AMERICAN enough to think that all arabs are dark skinned dark haired dark eyed people who could never be considered “fair” by people of the far east or India. Hate to break it to you but you need to be more well informed about other cultures before you go slinging insults about propaganda. By the way I am pretty sure Jesus was Jewish not arab, and at the time there was a considerable distinction and very little intermarriage.

  • Arsnl

    As i read: the vaimanika shastra was obtained through mental channeling (is that inserting a tv remote in your brain?) in the early decades of the 20th century. The aerodynamics are really bad (the planes are described as towers that can fly with wings like birds). Id like to see that scketch of the mercury vortex engin.
    Its all mumbo jumbo. No one thinks that jules verne had infinite knowledge. Why should we see these indians as being different.

    And the einstein quote? What the hell. He is reffering to the mysteries of physics (aka real mysteries) not amphibians and griffins. As a list about fantasies its great. Nice stories.

    • Jay

      Actually, Arsnl, Einstein may have been talking about you.

      • Arsnl

        Really? Then how come he doesnt mention anything about my sassiness.

      • Jay, you are wrong. Arsnl comes in the mysteries of Biology.

    • valleysofneptune1

      I think if Einstein was referring to Physics he would of said 'The most beautiful thing we can experience is physics.'
      Maybe mystery lists arent for you.Or as Einstein would put it 'your eyes are closed'

  • Nick

    About vimanas : A study by aeronautical and mechanical engineering at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1974 concluded that the aircrafts described in the text were "poor concoctions" and that the author showed complete lack of understanding of aeronautics.[15]

    • Jono

      Thank you for elucidating this. :)

  • joshi

    "A Sumerian priest named Berossus recorded how an amphibian, named Oannes, emerged from the Persian Gulf and taught the Sumerians numbers, medicine, astronomy, politics, ethics and law, encompassing all the necessities for civilized existence".(item no 9)

    it's a shame that oannes doesn't come out of the sea and teach the Indians how to build a commonwealth games village without pooing in the rooms and smearing the poo all over the place.

    • dave c.

      I'm pretty sure it's dust in all the pictures, but still loooll :)

  • Jay

    I believed that the Malawi Terror Beast would turn out to be pure silliness for the simple reason that 16 of the people injured by it didn't die. It seems that any one of them could give enough description to know what it is or, at least, what it isn't. But pure silliness doesn't really describe this case. A couple of years earlier there were nearly identical attacks on a lot of people and the local police finally encountered the creature and shot it dead. They then announced that they had killed a rabid hyena. And the villagers pointed to some obvious differences and proclaimed it was NOT a hyena.

    That this would be a second rabid hyena is not likely and I don't think many of us are jumping to support the statements of the Malawian authorities.

    Whatever it was, it (or a relative) is back and it's pissed as hell.

  • Nice

    As much as I love these lists, the only other mention of these items elsewhere is on these 'mysteries' sites, which are not the most reputable of sources….

    • Jay

      The Malawi Terror was covered by the BBC and by British correspondents. The Ural Relief Map was reported on by Pravda, etc. These items have better sources than we ever got for the Ourang Medan.

  • more please…

  • undaunted warrior 1

    Well researched, written and presented list I enjoyed the read – Thanks.

  • jasper_cebu

    To those who complain that there is no reputable source to these "mysteries," would they be called as such if they are proven already or that they are reliable and valid?..

    • jccg22

      we aren't asking for sources that solve these mysteries. just ones that back the claims about these 'mysteries' with facts. unsubstantiated claims aren't mysteries they are made up stories. mysteries are events or things that have known and provable qualities that cannot be explained. if i say that there are accounts of a guy who was 9+ feet tall and cut down trees and was also rumored to have an ox, You wouldn't not immediately dub it the Paul Bunyan mystery. At the very least it would have to be backed up with contemporary accounts.

  • drakeromanov

    cool list, keep it up.

  • maximus

    im not getting the last one, if the map of earth was made 120 million years ago how did scientists know what the earth looked like then, or hasn't the map of earth changed a lot since then?

    • Jono

      The carbon-dating of the rock only proves the age of the rock, not when it was "machined." And 120 million year old rocks are a dime a dozen.

      Not only that, but there is zero evidence to prove that it was a map of the world based solely on "ragged edges". That is baseless speculation at best.

    • Angelo

      You are correct, it has changed. Substantially.

      I'm all for mysterious mysteries that provide food for thought, but when any average Joe with an understanding of geography can tell that something isn't kosher, it kind of detracts from the list.

  • cqsteve

    Re comment article number 4. It's definately gotta be Count St Germain, ever since he approached the media with his claims of immortality in 1725, 1798, 1852, 1914, 1951 & 2008, I've tended to believe him. He's the real Harry Flashman. And as for #3? Well, we all know that Jesus spent those years playing fullback for the Galilee first XV. Great list & very enjoyable. Cheers

  • Andyman

    This is the internet. They all must be true!

  • nathaaan90

    Brilliant list. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these

  • oouchan

    What a fun and interesting list. Really enjoyed reading this one. I liked the Malta Catacombs and the Headless Men entries. Kinda creepy.
    Good job.

    • Becky

      Yes the Headless Men thing I thought was the coolest one on the list…just because it appears that folks are now avoiding this place like the plague.
      If I was rich, I'd mount an expedition to that valley. It certainly looks beautiful from above…cold, but beautiful!!

  • Stefan

    I think its good that you've taken the road of lesser known mysteries.. but i feel that those which are more well known have a greater substance to them? I thinks its because more people see/document/report it and you think to yourself, "shit, that has to be true if 500 odd people have seen it."

    and while these are cool (dont get me wrong,) i think one could just think, "well one little english town apparently saw a flying bird lion thing, i doubt its true."

    thanks for the list but (:

  • Berossus

    The fishies in the sea teach us how to build and live, and we repay them by eating them. naughty naughty human race!

    • Arsnl

      Well eating fish is ok. Frogs are amphibians so its kinda nasty some french rat them. Geesh the very creatures that gave us the seeds of civilization. Ive lost hope in humankind.

    • jobeer

      They aren't fishes they are sea-kittens.

      • GTT


        I had forgotten about the sea-kittens campaign! Just when you think it *might* be OK to start respecting PETA again, they pull crap like that… WTF were they thinking…??

  • vanowensbody

    This is one of the best and most interesting lists I have read here or anywhere else. I had never heard of any of these mysteries.Well done. And you are correct that mystery is one of the keys to life. Especially in this technical day and age where we think we have figured it all out it is wonderful to still here the words "we don't know".

    • Jay

      Yes,it is, vanowensbody. I'm a supervisor and sometimes I need a piece of information immediately<i/> in order to make the right decision. At times like that, one "I don't know" is worth a hundred time-wasting "Uhhh…welll… the reason, you see, that I did… I was thinking… so, you know…" type answers.

      Isaac Asimov once said: I can answer ANY question if one acceptable answer is, "I don't know."

      I guess that's why I love to hear people say, "I don't know."

      • Jay

        Sorry about the italics. <i/> I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Years ago I constructed an entire site with HTML (It had to do with a llama biting my sister. Yeah, from Monty Python.), but I've forgotten all that. Now I can't get the tags to work.<b/>

  • Mike

    Anyone up for a camping trip to Nahanni National Park?

    • Skata

      NO! Indians are the greatest hunters, stalkers and woodsmen ever. If they won't go there, I won't either.

      • Jay

        I'm an Indian and I don't hunt, stalk or wood.

    • Frog Priza

      I'll go.

    • dkc

      all the accounts of people visiting and dying there are from the relatively distant past. if it is oh so mysterious and abound with resources why doesnt Canadian gummint take it in its own hands to explore the place, at least for its alleged riches?

  • angelus

    I think when it comes to mysterious creatures you have to realize many of today’s creatures we all know were once mysteries. There are untapped areas of the world where who knows what life may exist. Coelacanths were thought dead for millions of years until one had been caught in nodern times. That IS well documented and it is housed in the smithsonian I believe. We can’t always dismiss such things as rubbish or pure fantasy.

    • Tim

      A very good point.

      Let's not forget how many people thought the Giant Squid was nothing but a myth up until a few years ago when a dead one was actually found. Maybe that's just a note of how poor our knowledge is of the ocean depths, it's very hard to know what is down on its floor.

      • Jay

        And don't forget the Giant Panda. It took about a century of searching an area the size of Oregon before the authorities found that one, despite hundreds of anecdotal stories from non-scientific people.

  • Stefan

    my eyes LITERALLY opened when i read the "500 million years ago" bit in Item Number One.
    thats insane

    • Milky

      Not to be a downer but….the substance doesn't automatically imply the age. Just because the stone or substance is 500 million years old, that's nothing special. Most concrete contains calcifications at or around that age. It takes millions of years for rocks to form, and the only "new" rock is probably spewing out from the bottom of the sea.

      • Angelo

        Agreed. Nothin in the "mystery" really establishes why it wouldn't be possible that someone in modern times simply took extremely old rock and machined it themselves, as is almost always the case with seemingly ancient objects that have been worked on with advanced techniques. Now, if that tablet had been found underground, still imbedded in rock of that age (a la Baigong Pipes) it would inspire more curiosity.

  • Skata

    A great list! I must confess that the Sumerian Article smacked home so hard that I dropped down here to babble before reading the rest.

    Back when I was in college, and long before Sumerian studies became popularized, I was studying the format and content of several master's theses in our university library. One of these contained translations of astronomical texts discovered (I believe, ah memory) in the library of Ashurbanipal. That one I actually read in full. The tablets, themselves ca. 2600 years old, stated that the texts were transcribed from much older versions. Long story short; those people knew things about astronomy they had no business knowing. I read of:
    Heliocentric cosmology
    Ten planets
    The Milky Way described as a galaxy
    The singularity at the center of the Milky Way described as "The great black all-devouring dragon"

    This at a time when Schwarzschild's Theory was just that; theory .

    • meh


      the milky way is visible to the naked eye.

      older does not mean by thousands of years automatically. warfare was common in mesopotamia. the previous one could have been damaged.

      ask ptolemy about that heliocentric model thing. it's come up before at unlikely times.

      ten planes was a lucky guess,. if the dwarves weren't dwarves, we'd be up to fourteen.

      and the mayans precdicted the end of the world. just didn't want to seem like i wasn't agreeing with you, somewhere.

      • meh

        the typos are the product of a bad connection and impatience with it.

      • Angelo

        I'm sorry, but I am completely sick of the myth that the Mayans predicted the world ending. It is a misconception born of ignorance of the Mayans' calendar system. Saying that their calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012 is like saying that our calendar annually predicts the end of the world on January 1st.

        • Becky

          They did not necessarily predict "the end of the world", no. However they do predict that we will be passing into another age, completely different from this one. This may include cataclysms and disasters that to us, seem to be the end of the world.

      • Becky

        Yes, parts of the Milky Way are visible with the naked eye.
        However, the black hole at the center most certainly IS NOT.

        Your skepticism on these "mysterious" lists…why do you read them if you have no belief in anything "mysterious" at all?
        It seems to me as if you just enjoy insulting those of us that do believe that we do not now, nor shall we ever, know it all.

  • Yautja

    Great list, hadn't heard of any of these.

  • FlameHorse

    Outstanding list.

  • Carl

    Finally a list where I was hoping there would be .. MOAR!!!

    • Jay

      We may have a BOAR. That's close.

  • Skata

    I could run on about these lists to the point of making a nuisance of myself and probably shouldn't. I would like to say, however, that I don't really believe many today appreciate the position our Founding Fathers were placing themselves in when they signed the Declaration of Independence. The British Government, though most members saw themselves as enlightened and benevolent, would not hesitate to execute a traitor by the old method. In fact they did so in 1795 in the case of a Scotsman caught with a cache of weapons and incendiary pamphlets. the trial's transcript was published in "The Annual Register of History, Politics, and Literature for the Year 1795. The man was disemboweled, hung and quartered, with the four parts displayed in various towns. (Sorry, memory has to serve. The books are old and fragile and I don't like to handle them.)

  • "fly's"?

    • jsbdc

      there are other spelling problems in this list, nit picker :) try and spot them.

  • plum13sec

    Damn interesting!

  • Darren

    Love it love it love it love it love it!!!!
    One of my fave lists on LV.


  • drshady

    very interesting list indeed.

  • laydyem

    Christopher Moore wrote a very excellent book on Jesus’ lost years. Purely Fictional but throughly entertaining, “Lamb the gospel according to biff, Christ’s childhood pal”. I literally laughed out loud the entire time I read this book. I love the lists, keep them coming!!

  • Mike

    What if the Unknown Man of the Declaration of Independence is a man from an alternate future where they didn't sign the Declaration and he built a time machine so that he could go back and convince them to do it? Far-fetched? Okay maybe a little.

    • GTT

      I´m thinking another Back to the Future movie! Marty McFly, motivational speaker for the Declaration of Independence! :)

      • Jay

        Composing the national anthem on the electric guitar…

    • Angelo

      Strangely enough, I entertained the exact same theory when I read that one. Far-fetched indeed, but it reads like a perfect sci-fi storyline.

    • Roxanne

      Ah yes, but we run into the time-travel paradox. If they signed it, his future would not exist and thus there would be no traveller from the future to tell them to sign it.

  • Whit27

    Apparently number 4 on the list came from the book "The Speaker's Garland and Literary Bouquet" in the "Sentiments, Life Thoughts, Witticisms and Funny Sayings" section. it can be found at… I imagine it was a fictional piece. I believe the submitter probably got it from Manly Palmer Hall's "The Secret Destiny of America" which is a dubious book at best. Great list however. I do enjoy historical mysteries and I have not heard of many of these.

  • 7raul7

    Most of these are a little far fteched but awesome list nonetheless. Really well written :-)

  • Double O’Seven

    wowwawowww….Another awsome list… I Simply love the bizzares and mysteries list… Keep em coming…

  • mom424

    Well written and interesting. Entertaining read.

    A few points – the rock can be 1.25 million years old without the inscription being anywhere close to that age. Also the only source I could find was Pravda, the same guys that published the chupacabra as fact – a partially decomposed raccoon in actuality. Still very most cool and definitely a mystery; mystery doesn't have to stray into the impossible/extra-terrestrial/god region. Humans are amazing in their ingenuity and capabilities.

    You can visit the Nahanni Valley, it's part of Parks Canada; a Park Reserve, and a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • Elemarth

    When you write a list like this, it would be nice if you included why nobody has been researching the items. I mean, if they're that significant, there would be a lot of attention paid to them, right? But other than number 4, you don't mention why there isn't.

    The explanation of the griffin was, frankly, stupid. All the sightings happened over a couple of years, and you're trying to link it to things a few hundred years ago, but what happened in the meantime? Where does a creature like that hide?
    Then, "Griffins have a lifespan that covers centuries". Are you serious? We don't even know if griffins exist but we can say for certain how long they live, longer than any other vertebrate I've ever heard of? You know, if some family had contact with a griffin over hundreds of years, they would have surely let a scientist see it at some point to prove that they exist.

    • valleysofneptune1

      The acknowledgement of Griffins existing or not, beyond the few witnesses in the 80's I mentioned, is entirely based on lore.There description comes from lure as dose their supposed age.Not being able to see that was, frankly, stupid.

  • William

    So the Greeks could only count to 10,000? I somehow imagine a student asking the teacher, "What comes after 10,000?" and being told that is the largest number we know. Of course there was a smart a#@ who said, "Heh, how about 10,001" at which point he was kicked out of college and had to work in the marble quarries. Never question your professor, it always ends badly!

  • David

    This list though centered on lesser known mysteries, is still of epic proportions. Amazing read.

  • waitwhat

    omg this is one of the best lists I've read in quite a while. Super, super interesting and it definitely makes me wonder if there is something more out there. So cool.

  • Will Trame

    I love lists that detail arcane mysteries; keep them coming. I especially like the Einstein quote that was utilized to open the proceedings. I believe that adage was initially stated in 1930. I remember reading it in some encyclopedia of mysterious occurrences (I can’t recall the exact text) and wrote it in a small book of unsolved mysteries that I purchased back in 1977.

  • Michael J. Uzbek

    It seems to me that "mysteries" 10, 9, 8, 7, 5 and 3 are derived from either individual, undocumented experience or ancient, selectively interpreted literature (both notoriously reliable sources of information).

    6 – Someone doesn't like trespassers.
    4 – A particularly passionate and eloquent early american who – like countless others – became nameless in the annals of history.
    3 – What did anyone do between the ages of 12 and 30?
    2 – The leader of the expedition himself remarked upon the "worthless goings-on" he found in Tibet.
    1- The age of the rock itself is not related to the age of the engraving. Regardless of this, if it was engraved 120 million years ago the topography of the Urals at that time would have been dramatically different to today, rendering the likeness meaningless.

    • chachmeister

      That's what I was kind of thinking with number 1.

      I admit, it's only natural to be skeptical of things, and I accept there's always the possibility that some of these things have some truth to them just as much as I accept there is a lot of folklore involved with them. Number 1 intrigued me more though because of it's origin.

      You'd have to think it must have been engraved within the last thousand years or so.

  • fairtwiggy1

    Great list! Valley of the headless men that’s just creepy.

  • Casatonas

    I live very close to brentford so will be keeping an eye out for the Griffin

  • jroache

    "…a fair haired, fair complexioned…"

    Joan Rivers is Jewish, and she's blonde and light skinned. So , Jesus could have been too……erm…right?

    • Grammarazi

      J for Joan – J for Jesus
      Rivers – Jesus baptized people in the RIVER Jordan
      River PHOENIX….Phoenix rose from the ashes….Jesus rose from the dead.

      Good grief it all makes sense!

      • jroache

        Finally some intelligence, this is even better then my theory, which envolves a time machine, mel gibson, a turkey and a blue ,1979 ford pinto. The key to the whole thing is the color blue, it won't work with any other color but blue.

        • Jay

          Then you should get blue. It couldn't hurt.

  • Lifeschool

    Wow, this looks great – sooo much information too! I’ll look forward to getting deep into this list tomorrow. Good job.

  • C&J

    Jesus’ “lost years” will never be known,because the bible is nothing more than a book of fables.

  • C&J

    BTW very interesting read,thanks

  • frankyboy

    interesting list, but when i searched for for extra respectable scientific reference to many of them came up when nothing or very little.

  • Josh

    Re: The lost years of Christ, the "most irrefutable piece of evidence" states that he met a " fair haired, fair complexioned teacher". Jesus was Middle Eastern, so why would he have fair skin or hair, unless the description was taken from one of the European drawings, which portray Jesus as caucasian. Also, Jesus had not yet been persecuted at this time, as his statements to be the Son of God are what lead to his death.

    • Becky

      Jesus was an alien. Don't you know anything?

  • Amrendra

    Suggestive reading : Holger Kersten's book "Jesus Lived in India
    Christ in Kashmir by Aziz Kashmiri

    Very good books dealing with through research on Jesus Christ's elusive years we dont know through the Bible.

  • unaware billionaire

    Ooooh! Lovely list. Very good, but "Mathematicians from the golden age of ancient Greece could count no farther than 10,000" – really? It's not THAT big a number. I've got more pennies down the back of the settee than that.

    • Jay

      Hehehe. But have you counted them? If you ever put them in those little paper wrappers and take them to a bank, it will take hours. It's easier just to use on of those Coinstar machines. Just pour them in and take the loss.

  • RimbaudLibertine

    Thoroughly enjoyable list.
    I must say this list reads like poetry! You are an extremly gifted writer

  • Amrendra

    In the Indian holy epic Ramayana the hero Ram and the Villain Ravana are both depicted using the Vimana or the ancient airplane. Proofs of the same have been found at Bihar (India) and at Sri Lanka where Ravana used to live.

    In another epic “Mahabharata” which is also the longest written epic in the world. It is told about the weapon called “Brahm Ashtra” or the Weapon of Bramha God (The Creator). A single shot with this weapon would create catastrophe which was similar to the modern day Nuclear bombs or hydrogen bombs. would suggest everyone to read the Mahabharta story as it is just fabolous and amazing.

  • William


  • oculus18

    a very enjoyable list to read. any references to their sources?

    I am very interested with the ancient sanskrit texts referring to ancient planes and ancient advanced civilizations.

  • jhbdcf

    your jab at number one is good. also number six appears somewhat shaky since if the spot is so out of place, almost tropical in the middle of cold climate it would warrant enough interest from people to not stop going there.

  • fcr

    ohh god, you have a real ignorant approach to this subjects, i wonder if you ever learn something new, cause you dismiss everything just cause you dont think its "possible",
    especially funny is your conclusion about number 1,
    ….you may wanna start using your brain

    • awesomeo

      Are you serious? Most retarded comment ever.

  • great list! hope to see more!

  • Double o’seven


    Tch tch somebody wake him up.. Dude,do u mean to say the bhramastra had hydrogen bombs attached to its ends..? Whats next ..?ancient nuclear reactors..? Lemme enlighten u wid something pal.. Hydrogen bombs require some source strong enough to break its atoms for it to undergo chain reactions… And that was possible only in the 20 century. And there are no accounts of such atomic explosives before that anywhere in history. And besides,mahabharatha is still considered a mythology with no solid evidence to support them(except that different places mentioned in them actually exists. But then,actual places has been mentioned in almost all mythologies in the world) . As also, brahmasthra is only mentioned to bring catastrophes,not once is there described HOW it does it… There is no mentioning of an atom anywhere in the whole of ramayana and mahabharatha… Had they used such powerful techniques,its description and destructive nature wud have been written in atleast one of the many ancient indian documents.. Or perhaps there wud have been a ancient centuries old document called ‘Anu shastra’ (anu means smallest particle in sanskrit. And is used to define an atom in Hindi now).. So wash ur face man…

    • mck

      Yeah, people tend to interpret mythology/epics so that we are awed by them. As you have pointed out with brahmasthra, some of these interpretations don't seem practical/feasible at all (atleast with the current technology). I don't understand why, people tend to take such approaces. I guess we would be able to appreciate the achievements of ancient civilizations a lot better when we are convinced that these technologies are feasible with our current understanding.

      For eg, the accuracy with which the duration of year is known to people during ancient times with their availability of technology is something that we can be amazed at. Not at brahmastra which we are interpreting it to something that is not feasible.

    • Amrendra

      @ double o'seven

      well you seem to make things personal. if you read my comment it I said very clearly " an epic" not a scientific paper. I very well know what I have written and please stop being a horse with blinds on. I was trying to refer to the point and not trying to prove that it existed. I know what fission and fusion reactions are. so next time do read properly what is written rather than trying to jump to conclusions and just trying to prove your point because you just have to. I will wash my face. but first go and flush your brains so you can read what is written. thank you.

  • huhuh

    all you people think you know EVERYTHING!

    • Jay


  • jay

    Life is one big mystery!!

    • Jay

      Indeed it is, jay. Indeed it is. Einstein was right. When we close ourselves off to the wonder and mystery that's all around us, we are dead inside.

  • Liz

    I am very doubtful about the declaration of independence one. They didn’t have tape recorders then – how would anyone be able to remember verbatim a speech of an anonymous man without it turning into a giant game of telephone?

    Also, the fact that declaration was signed by the congressmen separately (after they ratified it on the 4th of July, it had to be formally printed for them to sign – most of them didn’t sign until weeks later) also is a factor.

  • Ninja_Wallaby

    I would have liked some more sources for these items since im finding it difficult to find anything on some of these things. Interesting read though.

  • Edward Bone

    Man I'm serious, Listverse has gone into the tank. This whole list is full of stupid, and not only that, has no sources.

    And as for the person saying Joan Rivers is fair, so then Jesus could have been, seriously. Really? Seriously. Honestly. Are you serious?

    • mck

      Agree with you. Would have made a lot more difference if the sources are cited.

      As a student of science, I was put off by some errors in the article. Whats the 0.4 in item#9?

      I couldn't appreciate the way the list is written – some of the items just appear like exaggerated statements not backed up by any sources or facts. I would have appreciated a lot more if the list has covered most mysterious about each of the items with proper facts, and giving appropriate links for further reading.

      Whats with "The biggest mystery surrounding the emergence of these civilizations is their almost overnight transformation from hunter gatherers to intelligent city building civilizations"? What is your time line of overnight?

      I appreciate that the author has done some study to find these. But I would like to here these from someone more authoritative in these topics.

      • Becky

        If you are really interested, you might try watching the show "Ancient Aliens" on the History Channel.
        However, I'm sure your big brain will reject most of what you see.
        But at least you will have more fodder to insult people with more OPEN minds than you.
        Also, it's "hear", not "here".

    • Grammarazi

      C’mon, the Joan Rivers comment was obviously intended as a joke.

    • valleysofneptune1

      I think your mind as an inquisitive instrument has gone into the tank, aswell as your sentence structure.

  • FrancesLA

    Fake religions made that story about Jesus' lost years. There's no such thing in the first place.

    In the Bible, it clearly says there that he followed his father Joseph's footsteps and occupation. He was a carpenter most of his life.

    However, in his few last years, he suddenly became good at speaking, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons, and surprisingly became popular(or Godly). That's why people in his time couldn't believe what just happened.

    How come a carpenter, a common man in their village, that at one point fixed their roof and broken doors, can speak and perform great and unbelievable things just now? Holy %*%t, this man is the son of God, let's crucify him. "We can use some woods we have in the backyard to form a cross for him", said one soldier.

    I could not believe millions of people missed this basic fact. You can actually read the Bible in English you know.


    • Jay

      You seem to be reading a great deal into very little. But we all do that at times. Even, believe it or not,on this very list. Hehehe.

  • Grammarazi

    Very interesting/entertaining list but, as mentioned by others, the lack of sources makes it useful only as a bit of spooky entertainment.

  • Adolph

    Love #7, #4, and #1. They all pointed to aliens…

  • jowieson

    very Educating….Keep it up

    • fakebrock

      Dont tell me what to do

  • UnionJack52

    Although your research is usually impeccable, you stated, "When Saint Paul was shipwrecked on the island as recorded in the bible, he documented this, and even claimed to have been bitten by the serpent himself. He also spent a great deal of time there converting the people from their primitive worship of a reptilian deity to Catholicism."
    First of all, Paul recounts that he was bitten by "a" serpent, not "the" serpent.
    Secondly, The Catholic Cult of Marian Worshippers did not even exist for a few centuries until after Paul's death in Rome.

  • Top Kill

    This is a great list. Of particular interest is the work the nazis were doing. I would hope to continue with their research.

  • david

    loved this list, even if some of the sources were dubious. My favourite was the nazi one, maybe a "Mysterious Secret Operations" list would be fun…?

  • History_Googler

    RE: Nahanni National Park

    There's a more probable explanation concerning the legends about headless corpses found in this news story from 1946 —

    • GP0778

      Great find. This just adds more to it.

    • Becky

      OMG, I just loved that old newspaper….I read the whole thing. Thank you for that link…I will be going back to try and find others…

  • marcel

    god i love you!! :D

  • jonas

    I love americans. There is absolutely no references whatsoever for number 4 yet they believe this noble, revolutionist existed.

    The author even states that the " signing of the declaration by any man would result in gruesome torture and death by the British Colonialists".

    The loyalist american colonists where tortured and en-masse force deported by the revolutionist american 'heroes'.

    History isn't black and white. To many Americans at the time the revolutionists were traitors.

    • History_Fan

      Not sure exactly what you mean by "There is absolutely no references whatsoever for number 4 yet they believe this noble, revolutionist existed. "

      If THEY means "all Americans," I'm afraid you're guilty of making a hasty generalization. I, for one, do not–and never did.

      I first heard about it, some 35 years ago, when I was in high school, studying the Revolutionary War. At that time, the general consensus among scholars was that it was pure fiction. It was well known, even then, that printed references to the mysterious patriot first appeared in the mid-1800s, as noted here:

      "Actually, there is much to indicate—such as exact, line-by-line quoting at the start of the speech—that these words were derived from George Lippard’s Washington and His Generals; or, Legends of the Revolution, published in 1847.

      Lippard was one of the great fictionalizers of the Revolution in the Philadelphia area. His “legends” were short stories with supernatural overlays and patriotic morals. Though he dropped historical names, he didn’t stick to historical details, such as when Congress actually voted for independence (2 July) and when delegates started signing the famous handwritten copy of the Declaration (2 August). And as histrionic as Hall’s exhortation looks, Lippard’s original version of “The Speech of the Unknown” was even more over the top."

      As you note, history is "not black and white," but neither are people, regardless of where they are from.

    • Angelo

      I love Londoners. There is absolutely no logic or common sense involved whatsoever, yet they believe this mythical griffin existed in a large capital city.

      Oops, I almost forgot. I'm an American. When I make ignorant generalizations, its not fashionable.

      PS: Slain any good dragons lately?

      • Becky

        Thank you for that.
        I just love it when Brits try and insult our Revolution, and our Founders.
        I'm just glad that the Revolutionaries won, and sent those simpering Brits packing back to where they came from…just like they did in the War of 1812 when the big babies came back and tried to "take back their country"…lol.

  • Lifeschool

    Yep, just read this in detail – what a great list! Never heard of any of these before. They sure are great mysteries, and I have not the least bit of speculation to throw at ’em. Thanks for the submission Neptune!!

  • meh

    This list is leaving me wondering if there actually isn't a connection to the book Focault's Pendulum, though Mojendo-Daro didn't surface as part of The Plan. Nor did the Nahanni. Maybe they have a refectory in their valley where they are hiding manuscripts from Bacon?

  • Fantastically interesting and unique list

  • stylefashionista

    Hmm, I quite enjoyed reading it. Well done.

  • One of the best lists I have read in a while! It's weird how alot of the earliest civilizations claim that their people were visited by aliens. Stories or written historical facts?? It sucks how we will never know. Too bad those visiting aliens diddn't show us how to make a camcorder huh? :D

  • amrit

    "So what is the Ural Relief Map? God’s discarded blueprint? Ancient Extra Terrestrial resource chart?"..more likely it is Mr. Aleksandr Chuvyrov with modern day precision machinery.

    • Becky

      I was completely unimpressed with it. I see a big chunk of rock with a crack or two in it that kinda look similar to the region, but then again, no, not really. Just a rock with cracks in it.
      Everything else was good though….

  • Josemaloco

    Great list, very entertaining, but some of your info has been "decorated" over the years and it´s not completely accurate, sources differ so it´s more of a mistery for the people that initially wanted to believe in it.

  • rafsanakib

    really such an incredible list.people should submit this kind of list.thx for submitting it and by the way great research man.3 thumbs up.

  • Double o’seven

    @armendra (again…?)

    Dude dude dude!! Hold on there..!!! Now breath ,bring it back to normal,Have a glass of water, Now…before you get anymore grumpy-old-quantum-physics-professor-ish lemme get this straight: WHY did you compare Bhramastra and nuclear bombs in the first place…??(lol lol lol).

    Its human nature since stone age to imagine to unimaginable lengths(common sence?? Anyone?) and bhramastra is no exception… Its just an imaginators object to describe the Power of The Creator… So if he described of its catastrophic nature,its nothing to do wid nuclears. Its jus like me imagining myself growing wings to fly to mars(and back) in an hour ,noting it down in ma personal dairy…. AND after 3000 years,when there actually IS a technology to grow urself wings, a herd of nutjob archeologists excavates it,reads it and exclaims ‘Oh holy Bihar…!!! its been there for thousands of years…’ Geddit?

    So pls dude,dont be hyper on me bout this issue… And (sigh) wash your face wid that remaining glass of water… God!!

    • Amrendra

      @ double o'seven once again too…
      you seem like some modern day self proclaimed myth buster. You seem to take things in such a prospective that its hard to make you understand because you have just blocked your mind to not to listen to anyone but only yourself. I understand what you mean and what you say and you are right on your part and i fully agree. But I was trying to put a point and not try to publish these findings in some paper. Just some old knowledge based on epics which people believed. Knowledge is knowledge. Absorb what you want to and dont absor what you don't want to. The choice is yours. And if you have ever read some things ever in your life about the epics I have mentioned and followed things you would know that its a comparison made by researchers in a way lets say to make it look for colourful.

    • Amrendra

      If now you so called "Geddit" and yes "LOL LOL LOL". (better to speak to you in your own sarcastic way). And please before talking about common sense please use a frequently available book called a "Dictionary" then talk about other stuff. I'm not hyper on you.
      P.S. – I wanted to wash my face with the remaining glass of water but damn, you used it all to flush your brains!!!

  • whygps

    just know…nice info..

  • Dakota1022

    This is the best list I've seen in a great while. I'm impressed…I'm into all things Fortean but I've learned a couple new things today. Please make another list like this soon.

  • Jay

    "Bacon died in 1626." Which makes his appearance in 1776 even more inspiring, don't you think?

  • WOW! thank you for posting this list!
    Now saying the past few were ZzzZZZzzZZz but subjective, and well researched lists like this is why i started religiously reading this site! nicely done!

  • Joey

    For the people rIdiculing this list mentioning the lack of sources, please read the title.. this lists are MYSTERIES.

    • mijj

      mysteries can involve alot of sources and research. not knowing the actual answer is a mystery. sources and other information change a story to an actual mystery

  • Armed Rabbit

    The Ural Relief Map thats supposedly 120 million years old shows a complete lack of knowledge about geography, rivers change their courses over hundreds of years. So the idea that a map from that long ago that is correct today is nonsens

  • samanthaf63

    Wonderful list – absolutely fascinating.

  • Jay

    This is different and far more speculative than most other lists of the type. Nevertheless, I've been able to find some sort of reference material on several of these. A lot of people won't find anything because their entire search involves typing one phrase into Google and looking at half-a-dozen entries, if that much. I suspect some of those people bemoaning the lack of sources are only repeating what they've heard from other posters.

    There's a real lack of hard facts on much of it, but given the nature of the material that's inevitable. And that's really not the point of such a list as this. This is a list that can introduce new concepts, stretch the mind, and help us to think in strange, new ways. Open your mind to the possibilities suggested by these strange items and ask yourself, "What if it's true? How does that change the way I see the world?"

    If people want mysteries that are more recent and have been more thoroughly examined and researched, more power to them. I like those mysteries better, too, and I'd love to see more lists like that. In fact, one recent list would have been better without Gef, the talking mongoose. Gef should have been saved for THIS list.

    Don't you think so?

    • mijj

      having an open mind to all possibilities is crucial to everything. however a lack of reliable sources does limit an open mind, we have little to no sources and, from the comments, are expected to believe everything. if we dont believe it or give an alternative explanation then we are branded as having 'closed mind' surely not having the idea to look up something and believe it straight away is having a closed mind?

      i liked the list to an extent but the more stories classed as mysteries is getting tiresome

  • tree

    apologies for not adding much here, but as a casual Listverse fan and a rabid fan of Brentford FC, it's great to see us turn up on here. small note: our stadium is Griffin Park, not the griffin stadium.

  • Dawn-Gale

    Loved the list, but I have a few problems with #4.

    1. Why would someone be wearing a black cape in summer? And indoors during what I've read was a particularly hot summer?

    2. Who recorded this speech? It's very long and involved and I can't believe that no one knew anything about him when I'm sure all eyes were on him as everyone was being so deeply affected.

  • Angelo

    #1 is proof that we need to make more science fiction movies: people still trust Russian scientists.

  • You answered the mystery of #9 in your explanation… This was in the fertile crescent. An area that had wheat and barley which are easy to grow, harvest and store. This area also had goats and sheep, which were easy to domesticate. With the advancements of agriculture, not everyone had to be devoted to hunting and gathering food to survive, and therefore people could devote themselves to other things such as developing math, astronomy, etc.

  • 671api

    Interesting read…if you take it in the proper context as being fiction. Most of the "mysteries" on this list have been easily and consistently refuted or laughed at…not to mention that the author neglected to include several glaring details that invalidate the subject. Also, either someone is plagiarizing or this is the same author… that is the exact same poorly researched article as the Ural Relief Map in this list. Please some of the more gullible types out there, realize that just because one person posts these half-baked mythical mysteries on here doesn't mean that there is much truth to them.

    • valleysofneptune1

      Laughing at something has no merit on whether its true.Laughing changes nothing.I could laugh at your arrogant, condescending nature but like I say laughter changes nothing.I would put it to you to show me these 'glaring details that invalidate the subject' I would love you to.But something tells me you wont.

    • valleysofneptune1

      and btw that girl on the link you provided plagiarized my article was published on the 25th.

  • Md.

    Very insightful. I am a skeptic too, and sometimes it only takes a little light to uncover some of these these mysteries. We could still marvel, but the truth is always less exciting tan the fiction.

  • middleeaststudies

    Forget sources and accuracy, learn how to use an apostrophe dude.

  • Tobias

    “Fair-haired.” That’s a relative term, and according to some ancient texts some biblical men had dark-reddish hair, and would have been considered “fair-haired,” especially by the dark-haired Far Easterners. Evidence is scanty that Jesus ever became a Buddhist, but there are globs of stories of him (and Mary) travelling to the British Isles.

  • double o'seven

    @amrendra (sigh) again..!

    still blabbering in your sleep there my hyper frnd…?how sorry…!! Well for ur info,m not into myth busting pal… But wen guyz like u,over utterly ridiculous comparisons,widen their saucer plate eyes and gasp in enough air to blow hot air balloons,dude i cudnt help but correct out your pitiful bums… Speaking of correction , let me clear this out for u,RIGHT knowledge is knowledge and THATS what u need to absorb… The vice versa r for blabbering sleepwalkers on a look out more saucerplate-eyed kids to respond to their 'knowledge' (or whatever..!) with holded breaths… GEDDIT..

    One more right piece of info to u,it wud take more water to flush my brains than it wud need in your whole sorry existence…! Thats the same amount U need to wake yourself up…

  • Amrendra

    @ Double O’Seven

    My self worshipping self centered friend (since you called my a friend so I would be kind enough to call you a friend too). Dude, you dont even know me and you are commenting on my existence. People like you sitting behind your PCs in obscurity and commenting on others in such a way. It just shows that in real life you have no place what so ever and you only use the curtain of the web to get some attention no matter what. This would be my last communication to you. You seem so pissed off in your last comment. Take the chill pill and relax!!! You proved me wrong man. I thought Dodos had become extinct. You proved me wrong. You win. Three cheers to you. :-)

  • mijj

    double o'seven vs Amrendra.
    better than the article


    ugh… proof read plox… also… some of these are interesting but cryptids and myths and such are not really "mysteries".

  • FJBruiser

    Paul didn't convert anyone to Catholcism. He was a Protestant and converted people to Christianity.

  • double o'seven

    Boy he s sayin I m pissd off…!!:D …Nice try buddy,thats it… CONVINCE yourself that you are not the one who is pissd of but vice versa… Might help save that remaining self confidence…
    Dont worry dude, i wont screw you r so helpless…!! Trying to save yourself wid bigdaddy phrases('curtain of web..?' Dude speak english…:D ) and ol jokes… Well too bad it didnt score….

  • double o'seven

    and just for your info,i dont need your 'curtain' of web (whatever… Lol) for anymore attention. I get enough attention n respect i need from al those people i love… Thats what u guys r in need of… Desperately… And btw all those dialogues u made for me,in fact,describes more of you and absolutely none of me… Its geek wierdos like you who try for attention in the web…coz nobody wud b seeing your potbellies and boring nature. U guyz hide your un-impressiveness behind the web n try to impress in vain.. But still it shows up in words what you are… It doesnt help u in anyway man,wake up

  • double o'seven

    Dude you dont have to be mr.know-it-all or show you phd in literature by those panky phrases for the appreciation you arent getting… Just b simple,show urself what u r..and talk in simple english… And then the world will appreciate you… Take this from me

  • double o'seven

    and from where dude,where did you get the dodo joke …from one of those ancient texts.. Its so old and lame man… Update yourself wid some new jokebook.. I seriously doubt u can make one on your own….

  • double o'seven

    @ amrendra,
    we guys had quite a laff at you anyways,
    i know u l try to b a man and keep upto your promise,but since u cant (be a man), me n ma frnds here r waiting for more fun wid your more desperate showoff attempts to save urself …missing you,ma frnd

  • Amrendra

    @ Double O'Seven (My Friend)
    I'm also having a heartful "LAFF" with this string of messages. I think I have made a nice little friend on the net. Its a pleasure communicating with you. Dude I'm not trying to be a man as I already am one but all my best wishes to you and keep on trying one; day you will be one. This list has lost its self life as more lists have come up but I think its both of us who have kept it alive. Kudos!!! So out of your bag full of surprises consisting matters on myth busting, existance of life, botbellies, telepathy etc etc etc what else is there that you want to come up with.hahahahhahaha. "I see dead people"!!!! is thats whats next.HAHAAHAHAHA.

  • Amrendra

    @ Double O’Seven…

    HAhahahahaa…you are funny man. I really resisted and thought that it was the last communication with you. But you are like a magnet. I just couldn’t resist replying back to you. Why are you sulking like a little boy. Were my words so heavy on your head that your neurons short-circuited in your flushed brain…Since you are THE MAN WHO KNEW EVERYTHING hence I thought that the so called lame old text jokes would mean something to you. I liked you Pot Belly comment. Very nice. Other than being a myth buster you are also a telepathic guru or shall I say Telepathetic guru.You can see me with your sixth sense???

  • double o'seven

    'neurons short circuited in flushed brain…?'
    is that simple english…?Geeks!!
    For once dude dont go sci fi on jokes, then maybe..MAYBEEE…. it l hit score…
    rare chance for ya buddy…:-D
    anyways had a gud debate wit ya… Got ma exams so wont b having time to be here for a couple a'weeks…
    Dont worry i'l find ya wen i get back..
    Dont b this ridiculus next time..;-) :-D
    Chow pal..

  • double o'seven

    For once i agree wid ya…
    We did have a gud tym…
    Cheers on that…!!

  • Amrendra

    @ Double O’Seven

    Yes that is the crux of the story as it was worth the time. Indeed it was a pleasure debating with you. No more nonsense and best of luck of your exams. Let me know if you are on Facebook.

    take care and cheers!!!

  • Jenn

    #4 is an interesting bit of Folklore from early america there is a very interesting article about it in The Washington Post, it was one of Reagan's favorite stories. Reagan seemed to stop telling the story after 1981, after a minister wrote to inform him that the speaker was John Witherspoon (Reagan's response to the letter can be found in "Reagan: A Life in Letters").

  • Red

    What a load of shit. The author state many things as fact with no source or explanation. Sorry, but this list is rubbish.

  • pingping

    this is the best list so far…nice work

  • CJay

    Last one just looks like a cracked rock to me. I don't see an accurate representation there. I think it's just coincidence.

  • Hmm, interesting! Nice list :)

  • WolFang

    Whoa! Nice list! I wish I have a time machine! Nyahaha!

  • Annk

    Fly's? What are you, a first grader?

  • Ukulelemike

    Just a couple problems here:
    1-Paul didn't convert the people on Malta, (Melitas) to Catholicism, as there WAS no Catholicism for another 3 centuries. He converted them to Christianity.
    2-thee were no lost years of Jesus, just unwritten. During that time, Jesus studied and learned life's lessons, and learned scripture. He worked as a carpenter, went to the synagogue, both learning and teaching, and grew in stature and wisdom, in favor of God and man. His ministry didn't begin until He was 30 years of age, and the sign f that beginning was His baptism and period of fasting, through which He separated Himself from the former life he lead and began preparing his disciples to lead his church and His journey to the cross.

  • missalix

    How interesting! #7 is by far my favorite. Please compile another list as I would love to read about more lesser known mysteries!

  • #6 is accurate about the headless bodies found. Just go to the Nahanni park website at

  • Anna

    Please tell me someone already corrected the author of this list. Regarding the Brentford Griffin: it's "flies" not "fly's". Apostrophes are ONLY used when letters are missing or in possession:

    It's Jesse's choice.

    UFOs, CDs, and RVs need no apostrophe.

  • Zonker


    Come on people, i can't believe you're buying into this list.
    It's a GREAT read. Very entertaining.
    But they are all BRAND NEW "mysteries"
    I will not argue that any one of them is a hoax.
    I'm saying THE LIST IT's SELF is THE joke, spoof, pariody.

    And a great job too. Bravo.
    Had to take a lot of research for that much detail, and keep any verifiable (or falsifiable) info out. (St. Paul's visit was a risk)

    "Lesser Known"? I would say UNknown.
    Have you ever heard of ANY of these "mysteries" before?
    Shame on you, if you believe any of it, after you leave this page.

    Great fun, thanks for writing it.

    • Becky

      Um, well, yes, I have heard of several of these "lesser known mysteries".
      Your insulting tone really sucks.

  • razz

    good findings man almost every thing is new

  • Allison

    They forgot to mention that Jesus didn't exist, he was made up from other myths. Simple.

  • TheTruthSeeker

    You just screwed up with the Jesus thing.It states in the bible that Jesus skin color was like copper and his hair was like lambs wool.Didn't say one word about him being fair haired and fair skinned so you fucked up big time and the story in India is a big ass lie or they met an impersonator.Stop trying to white wash Jesus please.Not every hero on earth was white.Jesus was definitely from the REAL description of him (not the made up false one to please whites) ethnic.He was either Arab, Indian or African not European.

    • Becky

      She didn't make up anything d-head…she just wrote about the accounts that someone else gave of their experiences. And she wasn't trying to "white wash" anything. You jesus people have really nasty attitudes…it's a shame you don't represent your "savior" better.

  • athul

    a waterfall twice that of niagra then why people are not talking about it……then why niagra is pointed as the biggest falls????? ..questions questions|||||

  • Alexander

    Come and buy your property in Bulgarian Mountains! A lot of Sun all over the year –

  • Geoff

    For an entertaing read that draws from the story of Jesus’s puported trip through the middle and far east. try “Lamb” by Christopher Moore. Although seemingly blasphemous at first it give and interesting perpective on what it would been like to be a teenager who knows he is teh Son of God but still hass to go the changes of coming of age…

  • Christine

    the maltese catacombs are awesome! come and visit them :)

  • joshuahiggins

    Absolutely fantastic, really enjoyed the in-depth information. Thumbs up from me

  • technicalleon

    Ah, the mysteries of our big blue planet!
    Numbers 1 & 7 remind of the theory about advanced technology existing before Noah's Flood. =)

  • Joe

    Im not too sure about #4.. The mysterious man at the signing of the declaration of independence… Seems like a myth to me. There was not a formal signing of the declaration.. most colonists didn't sign it until well after July 4th…there was never a "signing" as shown in the famous picture of "The Signing of the Declaration of Independence". That was made up by the artist..

  • Jim

    Just as an FYI on the Jesus thing, Jesus wouldn't have been fair-haired or fair-skinned. He was the son of a Jewish woman and would have been quintessentially semitic in appearance, with olive skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. While it's true that the Bible doesn't describe his appearance, it does say that there was nothing exceptional about it (Isaiah 53), and fair hair and fair skin would certainly have been exceptional in first-century Palestine.

  • Oriental Boy

    FYI the words were from tibetian or indian people who are dark skined and an arab may simply be fair skinned when compare to their colour..

    so jesus was an arab and dark skinned when compared to europeans but when compared to indians he could easily be passed as fair skinned and fair haired.

    its so simple when you see the perspective.

  • Cat

    I refused to continue reading this list after the third mistaken use of 's to indicate the third-person singular present tense of a verb, instead of the correct use which indicates plurality. (For example, I noticed you said "fly's" meaning "it does fly," whereas what you said means "belonging to a fly.")

    Please learn to speak English.

    • Decent People

      Listen, Cat(‘s). You need to stop taking drug’s. Its really annoying when(‘s) people turn into rampant grammar nazi’s. Thi’s poor person took there time and effort’s making this list.
      Your’s Sincerely,
      Decent People’s :D

  • huuh

    cuz, carbon clocks are reset when you machine an old piece of rock. it must have been made as long ago as the rock is old.

  • “He also spent a great deal of time there converting the people from their primitive worship of a reptilian deity to Catholicism.”

    Paul was not a Catholic. He was a Christian. The lie of catholicism wasn’t established until 312 CE when Emperor Constantine proclaimed he had had a vision to unite the Roman Empire under a universal (i.e. “catholic”) church, this began the Roman Catholic Church.

  • SecretTree

    The mysterious man on #4 is clearly the Doctor from Doctor Who

  • 6ranit

    At number 3 (Jesus Lost years ):Issa Is the islamic Version of Jesus,If you haven’t know that

  • thatguybehindyou

    dont know how i got to this site, but i stumbled on this list and am i glad i did. i was left speechless! this is all so amazing! wooooowww! i feel like that kid in the incredibles on his big wheel watching mr. incredible lifting his car out of frustration with his life lol; beautiful thing the unknown, un-explored and unfathomable!

  • bob

    there is a cryptid in east africa that has the same traits as the one mentioned. i forget the name of it though. it’s supposedly an animal that hyenas descended from.

  • my father told me that when he was driving along Quezon province with my mom while they were on their way to Manila, Philippines. A dashing creature tapped the owner type jeep that he was driving. It smoothly passed the vehicle and he saw that it didn’t even reach its feet to the ground. the creature looked at him and continued on its way. they were shocked and puzzled for they don’t know what the creature was. I asked him to describe the creature so I would recognize it when i try to search it in the internet.I saw the MALAWI TERROR BEAST in this blog which resembles to his descriptions even if the picture posted here is just a sketch and finally showed and asked him if it was the one that he saw. he was terrified because it is the exact creature that passed over their vehicle…but the face of it wasn’t that fierce when they saw it.

  • Erin

    Normally I don’t pop in to point out inaccuracies on lists, but number 9 contained so many egregious errors that I had to comment. First of all, Sumer, Agade (not Akkadia, as it is commonly, but incorrectly, called), and Babylon did not exist simultaneously. Sumer was founded some time around 5000 BCE. Sumer was eventually replaced with Agade some time around the third century BCE. Babylon came much later, appearing around 1500 BCE. The three cultures were similar but had different names for what are thought to be the same deities.

    As for Oannes, this is believed to simply refer to the Sumerian god Enki, later known by the Akkadians and Babylonians as Ea. Enki was an Anunna (the Sumerians did not call them “Annunaki;” that is a term invented by modern writers), which is the Sumerian patheon that included Ninmah, Enlil, and a host of others. He was never described as “amphibious,” but was associated with water. Indeed, he was known as the “god of the sweet waters,” and was associated with fertility and creation. This makes sense, as water was what determined if people lived or died in Mesopotamia. Enki is said to have taught people about math, city building, irrigation, farming, and other skills. The story of Enki and what he brought to people is intriguing enough without the sensationalism of an amphibious “frog/lizard man” thrown in to the mix.

    I realize that no one is likely to ever read this, including the author, but on the off-chance that the author does read this comment, please consider correcting that entry. Sumer and other ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent have become a huge source of modern pseudoscience and pseudohistory, and unfortunately this entry feeds into it. Listverse should strive to educate, not spread pseudohistory.

    /soapbox rant

  • Slappy

    Enter your convent here. Paul WAS a Catholic. He simply wasn’t aware of the fact since Catholicism hadn’t been invented yet. In the same way, Buddha was a Buddhist before he invented Buddhism. This reasoning does not extend to other fields of endeavor. The Wright brothers were not aviators until after they invented the airplane. It’s a subtle distinction.

  • V123

    “creature that, supposedly, fly’s”
    Ffffff, this is amazing.

  • Leis

    The map simply could not be 120 million years old- the world’s surface has changed drastically since then.

  • Nellie

    I have read several times that the word translated as ‘virgin’ about Mary was a mistranslation, and actually meant ‘maid’ as in young woman. Just saying.

  • Janice Ellen

    Very interesting list! A minor correction to point number 5: Paul didn’t claim to be bitten by a snake on Malta. The event was observed by the Apostle Luke, and included in his writings which became the book of Acts. They only stayed there for 3 months (over the winter) and while I’m sure they spoke to the natives about Jesus, the Catholic church as we think of it didn’t begin for another 300 years. I’m also curious about point nunber 4 and the King who testified to seeing a “fair skinned and fair haired man” who claimed to be born of a virgin. Anthropologically speaking, Jesus would have had darker skin and brown hair. Does the author have reason to believe other wise? I’m curious. Otherwise, very interesting post.

  • Ender That’s just one claim of this article that I was able to find wrong with a single google search. Come on people, don’t take this crap at face value. The world is full of enough real mysteries, you’re wasting your time here

  • Mr Yoso

    One of the best lists I’ve ever viewed

  • Caren Mazer

    Great blog! I just added it to my bookmarks.

  • Alcapownage

    Interesting list. Good to know we are all being controlled by underground psychic nazis

  • ARSE

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  • Eva

    Great list! Good job! I live for these babies..

  • Name

    That awkward noise you make when throwing priceless jewelry off a boat…


    Well to be honest I suppose you could give these stories as much credibility as those that 6 year old kids tell. I mean is there SOME where a person can go to SEE them? Would not SOME Government instrumentality from jus tONE country in the world not list them as reputable and why would not the newspapers be talking about them every day of the week? Especially the story about the 120 million year old machine made – out of unknown materials – map? Nope a good story – but as they say – never let the truth get in the way of a good story huh!

  • Andy

    I find it interesting that Jesus was described as a “fair haired man with light complexion” when if he existed at all, would should have looked like a Middle Eastern Jew of the time, rather short(poor nutrition while growing up) have dark hair and a darker complexion

  • Zach

    “We owe the invention of writing and the wheel” For the last time, you can’t “invent” the wheel. You discover it; it already exists in nature!

  • This is a great list; I found the story on the Ahnenerbe the most intriguing. Who in the hell were the Tibetan monks in SS uniforms?

  • jaygee

    Great list really enjoyed it. Def one of my fave on listverse. Hadn’t heard of any of them, except the nazi-tibet one but not in so much detail. Hope you write another one soon!


    Compare this alien beast of the Sumerian to the Dogons and Sisirius alien visitors fro space. Are they not similar is characteristics?

  • Nathan

    Amazing list but a quick question. Why would Jesus be a ‘fair haired, fair complexioned’ man if he was born in the Middle East?

  • wadap

    The King of Kashmir, in the
    early first century AD, records how he met a fair
    haired, fair complexioned teacher dressed in
    white robes who came from the west. Hmmm Yeshua wasnt white, in the bible hes described as having skin like copper and hair of wool, st issa? Issa is what muslims call jesus, they copied from muslim conquerers. Things like Bhavishya Maha Purana have been updated and manipulated