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10 More Questions to Make You Wonder

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The world is full of mysterious events, bizarre concepts, and unexplained technologies. The Flynn effect is the name given to the long-sustained increase in human intelligence across generations. The effect shows that on average, people are getting smarter over time. The intelligence curve has never been more evident than in the last ten years, with advancements in computer technology and neurological science. All of this change has caused some people to look at past and future events with wonderment. Here are ten more questions to make you think.


Near-Earth Asteroids

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Q: Will an asteroid collide with Earth in the near future?

As we move into 2012, astronomers have located a collection of near-Earth asteroids that may pose a future threat. 2011 AG5 is a near-Earth asteroid and potentially hazardous object. It was discovered on January 8, 2011, by the Mt. Lemmon Observatory, which is located near Tucson, Arizona. The object has a diameter of about 140 meters (460 feet) and is noted for a potential close approach to Earth in the year 2040. In fact, the asteroid has a 1 in 625 chance of impacting Earth between the years of 2040 and 2047.

In September 2013, 2011 AG5 will make another pass by Earth, which will give astronomers a chance to make adjustments to their projected trajectory of the object. 2011 AG5 is currently rated on the Torino Scale at Level 1, which means it poses no immediate threat, but has caught the attention of space agencies around the world. It has been estimated that if an asteroid the size of 2011 AG5 was to hit Earth, the explosion would produce a major event equivalent to 100 megatons of TNT.
2007 VK184 is an asteroid with a rating on the Torino Scale of Level 1. 2007 VK184 and 2011 AG5 are currently the only near-Earth objects to be listed above Level 0 for potential impacts within 100 years. The object was discovered on November 12, 2007, by the Catalina Sky Survey. 2007 VK184 has a 1 in 1,820 chance of hitting Earth during June 2048. It is estimated that the asteroid has a diameter of 130 meters (426 feet), and travels through space with a speed of 15.63 km/s relative to the Earth.

Most recently, on February 23, 2012, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 was discovered by the OAM Observatory, La Sagra in Spain. Calculations show that on February 15, 2013, the distance between 2012 DA14 and Earth will be only 27,000 km (17,000 mi), which is closer than most orbiting satellites. The diameter of 2012 DA14 is about 44 meters (144 feet), and it has been estimated that an impact with the asteroid would produce an explosion similar to the 1908 Tunguska event.

Currently, 2012 DA14 rates 0 (No Hazard) on the Torino scale, but the asteroid has showed signs of a potential impact (1 in 83,000) in 2020. Scientists are currently interested in the asteroid’s orbit, which is not fully understood. For the most part, as we enter the middle of 2012, it appears that humanity has no immediate threat from a near-Earth asteroid. However, we always need to keep our eyes on the sky.


Sonny Bono

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Q: What really happened to Sonny Bono?

Most people identify Sonny Bono with music and Cher. However, he was also a United States politician and member of the House of Representatives from California. Bono entered politics after experiencing frustration with the state of California. In the House of Representatives, he was vital in the restoration of the Salton Sea. Bono helped bring the lake’s plight to national attention. He was also extremely popular in the United States. In fact, in 1997, if you asked a high ranking official who they saw winning the Republican nomination for the 2000 presidential election, Bono’s name would have been mentioned.

Sonny Bono died on January 5, 1998, due to injuries sustained when he crashed into a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California. In a bizarre coincidence, his death occurred a little less than a week after Michael Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. Bono remains the only member of the U.S. Congress to have scored a #1 pop single on the US Billboard chart. After his death, Sonny Bono’s body was buried and his autopsy was not made public for a couple years. In 2008, the U.S. Globe tabloid published a shocking story that was picked up by news agencies around the world.

The story claims that Sonny Bono, who was a great skier, was actually assassinated and beaten to death at Heavenly Ski Resort. It says that Bono had uncovered information that linked a series of U.S. government officials to a group of arms and weapons dealers in Central America and Southeast Asia. “He was going to make it his No.1 priority. There’s no doubt in my mind that Sonny was murdered by someone who needed him silenced.”

It was reported that Bono had discovered corruption in the government, including videotaped evidence. His autopsy apparently revealed severe head trauma. According to the report, Bono had “a black eye, swollen lips, bloody nose, bruised jaw, and two upper teeth knocked out, all on the right side of the head,” as well as several “fractures in a central depressed region on the right side of the skull.” Finally, the article added that “the back of Bono’s clothes was soaked with blood, but he had no back wounds.” Sonny Bono’s death is mysterious and shows signs of foul play. We can only wonder where his political career would have taken him.


L’Inconnue de la Seine


Q: Who is the unknown woman of the Seine?

As the story goes, in the 1880s, the body of a young unidentified woman was pulled from the Seine River at the Quai du Louvre in Paris. The woman’s body showed no signs of violence and her death was ruled a suicide. After the corpse was brought to the Paris morgue, a pathologist was so taken by her beauty that he had a plaster death mask made. The woman’s age was estimated to be no more than 16 and her face quickly became famous at the end of the 19th century. The woman’s smile was compared to the Mona Lisa and girls all over the world, most notably in France and Germany, copied her look. According to Hans Hesse of the University of Sussex, “the image became the erotic ideal of the period, as Brigitte Bardot was for the 1950s.”

L’Inconnue de la Seine was a major inspiration for artists of all kinds, including Albert Camus, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Anaïs Nin. In fact, the first aid mannequin Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie) was modeled after the death mask. Resusci Anne was created by Peter Safar and Asmund Laerdal in 1958 and used in numerous CPR courses. Since its introduction, several versions of Resusci Anne have been produced and people all over the world use the dolls for different rescue techniques. For this reason, the face of the unknown woman of the Seine has been called “the most kissed” of all time.

The true details surrounding the death of the woman have been debated for years. Some people feel that the image is too lifelike to have been taken from a dead woman. They have claimed that the picture shows a living girl that is closing her eyes. People often point to the fact that the woman’s body doesn’t show any signs of water decay, which is often evident with drowning. Whatever the case, the picture remains one of the most influential portraits in history.


Moberly-Jourdain Incident


Q: What happened to Charlotte Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain?

The Moberly-Jourdain incident was an event that occurred on August 10, 1901, in the gardens of the Petit Trianon, located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in France. The event involved two female academics, Charlotte Anne Moberly (1846–1937) and Eleanor Jourdain (1863–1924). In 1901, the two women planned a trip to the Palace of Versailles. After investigating the gardens for a while, they became disoriented and found themselves on an unknown road. At this moment, the women claimed to have been overcome with a feeling of oppression and dreariness.

During the event, Moberly and Jourdain described a collection of palace gardeners who told them “to go straight on.” Moberly later described the men as “very dignified officials, dressed in long grayish green coats with small three-cornered hats.” She also said that she suddenly felt the atmosphere change and wrote: “Everything suddenly looked unnatural, therefore unpleasant; even the trees seemed to become flat and lifeless, like wood worked in tapestry. There were no effects of light and shade, and no wind stirred the trees.”

The women then ran into a man with smallpox and another person described as “tall with large dark eyes and crisp curling black hair under a large sombrero hat.” After crossing a bridge, the pair reached the gardens in front of the palace, and Moberly noticed a lady sketching on the grass who looked at them. She later said it was Marie Antoinette. However, Jourdain did not see her. The women were then directed to a party. They had tea at the Hotel des Reservoirs before returning to Jourdain’s apartment. After leaving Versailles, neither Jourdain nor Moberly mentioned the incident to one another for a week.

Convinced that the grounds were haunted, Charlotte and Eleanor decided to publish their findings in a book titled An Adventure (1911), under the pseudonyms of Elizabeth Morison and Frances Lamont. The book contained the claim that the women had experienced a time slit and that Marie Antoinette was encountered. It caused an instant sensation and received a large amount of ridicule. The identity of the authors of An Adventure was not made public until 1931. During their lifetime, both women were reported to have a large number of paranormal experiences. The incident is said to have influenced the work of J. R. R. Tolkien.


Asteroid Mining


Q: In the future, will humans be able to remove rare materials from asteroids?

Asteroid mining refers to the possibility of exploiting rare materials from asteroids in order to make a profit on Earth. A large number of asteroids hold rare minerals and volatiles, including iron, nickel, titanium, platinum, and cobalt. In fact, a relatively small metallic asteroid with a diameter of 1.6 km (0.99 mi) contains more than 20 trillion US dollars worth of industrial and precious metals. Another startling fact is that all the gold, cobalt, iron, manganese, nickel, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, and tungsten found on Earth once came from an asteroid impact.

Asteroid mining is an important issue because the key elements needed for modern industry, including antimony, zinc, tin, silver, lead, indium, gold, and copper, could be exhausted within 50-60 years. Currently, the cost of returning material from asteroids outweighs the market value, but this could change once precious metals become extinct on Earth.

433 Eros is a near-Earth asteroid discovered in 1898. It was one of the first asteroids to be visited by a spacecraft, and the first to be orbited and soft-landed on. In 2000, NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker entered orbit around Eros and came to rest on its surface in 2001. The asteroid is known to have an enormous gold deposit. In fact, the gold on 433 Eros has been valued in excess of a thousand billion dollars, which is 200,000 times the amount of gold that has ever been mined on Earth.

On August 25, 2011, an extrasolar planet named PSR J1719-1438 b was found in the Serpens constellation. After the discovery, it was announced that the planet is most likely made of crystalline carbon, or one huge diamond. At the time, PSR J1719 -1438 b was the densest planet ever found, at nearly 20 times the density of Jupiter. It has been hypothesized that the object is the remnant of a white dwarf, but it doesn’t retain enough temperature to emit light like all other white dwarfs, so the true classification of PSR J1719-1438 b remains unclear. The discovery might be the first true example of a carbon or diamond planet.


Hands of Perón

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Q: Who took the hands of Perón?

Juan Domingo Perón was an Argentine military officer and politician. During his lifetime, Perón was elected the President of Argentina on three separate occasions. He and his second wife, Eva Duarte, are immensely popular among many Argentines and are considered icons by the Peronists. After Juan Perón’s death in July, 1974, of heart failure, his body was embalmed and placed in a coffin in the Perón family tomb in Chacarita Cemetery, Buenos Aires. In July 1987, the Peronist Justicialist Party received an anonymous letter that claimed that Juan Perón’s hands had been removed from his body, along with his army cap and sword. The letter demanded that the party pay a US$8 million ransom for the items return.

After an investigation, it was confirmed that Juan Perón’s tomb had in fact been broken into and his hands were removed with a surgical instrument or electric saw. The perpetrators also took a poem from the tomb that was written by Perón to his last wife, Isabel. Following Argentina’s policy, the head of the Justicialist Party, Vicente Saadi, refused to allow the ransom to be paid. A criminal investigation was launched, but nobody was ever charged in the case and the hands of Perón remain lost to this day. In an interesting twist, many of the people involved with the case have since died under mysterious circumstances.

It has been suggested that the theft had some official support because the robbers used a key to enter the tomb. Some journalists feel that Perón’s hands were taken because they were seen as a symbol of his power and had a great cultural meaning in Argentina. People who have examined the case have written that the act may be an attempt to promote democracy in Argentina, as Juan Perón was seen as a dictator by some. In their book Unveiling the Enigma, Damian Nabot and David Cox wrote that the P2, also known as the Propaganda Due, were involved in the theft, and that they used a ritual ceremony to remove Perón’s hands.


Salton Sea


Q: What is the deal with the Salton Sea, Meteor Crater, lost ships in the desert, and the San Andreas Fault?

This entry will examine some bizarre geological occurrences in southern California and the Four Corners region of the United States. The Salton Sea is one of the strangest places in the world. The sea was formed accidentally between 1905 and 1907, when the Colorado River burst through poorly built irrigation controls. The resulting flood destroyed farms and communities. Currently, the Salton Sea sits directly on the San Andreas Fault in California’s Imperial Valley. It is the largest lake in California and occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink.

In the middle of the 20th century, the Salton Sea turned from a freshwater lake to a sea. The Salton Sea’s salinity, about 44 g/L, is greater than that of the waters of the Pacific Ocean (35 g/L), but less than that of the Great Salt Lake, which ranges from 50 to 270 g/L. The salt is thought to have come from a prehistoric ocean. The Salton Sea is also home to a large amount of toxic run-off and industrial waste. The greater part of the Salton Sink is submerged under highly polluted water. The adjacent land is under military control and the habitat of the area has resulted in the death of millions of birds and fish.

The San Andreas Fault is a fault that runs for 810 miles (1,300 km) through California. In the past, the southern part of the fault has been the site for a large number of earthquakes. On average one every 180 years. However, such an event has not been recorded for 300 years. For this reason, researchers have become concerned that the current dams on the Colorado River are contributing to the quiet streak. If so, a large amount of pressure could be building up in the fault, which could ultimately cause an enormous earthquake.

The Lost Ship of the Desert is a legend about ancient ships found in California’s Colorado Desert. Since after the U.S. Civil War, stories have been told about buried ships hidden in the desert north of the Gulf of California. The most famous example is the Lost Galleon. The Galleon stories started shortly after the Colorado River flood of 1862. In the Los Angeles Daily News of August 1870, the ship was described as “a half buried hulk west of Dos Palmas, California, and 40 miles north of Yuma, Arizona.”

Finally, we need to discuss the Meteor Crater and its possible impact on the geological landscape of this region of the United States. Meteor Crater is an enormous hole and impact crater located approximately 43 miles (69 km) east of Flagstaff, Arizona. It is said to be “the first proven, best-preserved meteorite crater on earth.” It has been estimated that the crater was formed about 50,000 years ago, but others argue for a more recent date. The diameter of the hole is 1.186 kilometers (0.737 mi) and the impact is known to have devastated the area. Most studies on the crater examine the fact that it is an impact crater, but little is written about the predicted effect the object had on the geological landscape of America.


Oakville Blobs

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Q: What was the gelatinous substance that fell on Oakville, Washington in 1994?

On August 7, 1994, a bizarre gelatinous substance fell on the town of Oakville, which is a small logging community on the western edge of Washington State. Over a period of three weeks, the rain was spotted a total of six times, mostly in the middle of the night. By the afternoon of August 7, the residents of Oakville began to complain of a mysterious illness. They described having difficulty breathing, extreme vertigo, blurred vision, and an increased sense of nausea. One of the town’s residence Beverly Roberts was quoted as saying that everyone in town contracted a flu-like illness that lasted two to three months. Additionally, several cats and dogs that came into contact with the substance fell ill and died.

A sample of the substance was taken to a hospital and found to contain a large amount of human white blood cells, but nobody could identify how it came from the sky. The sample was then sent to the Washington State Department of Health for further study and determined to have two species of bacteria, one of which lives in the human digestive system. Because of the findings, the substance was initially speculated to be human waste from an airplane, but that was disproven. Evidence from the sample has supported the fact that the substance was alive.

Some people have linked the strange rain with a series of U.S. bombing runs that were carried out over the Pacific in August of 1994, while others are convinced that the town was used for a U.S. military experiment designed to test a new form of biological weapon. During the event, Oakville residents reported a significant, almost daily increase in the amount of slow-moving military aircraft in the skies over their town, but not much ground traffic was observed. Before the first rain was reported, a series of black helicopters were spotted in the area.

Some people have also connected the history of gelatinous rain with chemtrails in the United States. The chemtrail conspiracy holds that some trails left by streaking jets are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public. There actually is a patent (United States Patent 6,315,213) which describes a method for artificially modifying the weather by seeding rain clouds of a storm with suitable cross-linked aqueous polymer. However, the current benefit of such a process in unknown. Others have connected the Oakville blobs with the historic accounts of star jelly.


Hungarian Gold Train


Q: What happened to the paintings, gold, diamonds, and precious jewels stolen from the Hungarian Gold Train?

On March 7, 1944, as the Soviet Army was approaching Hungary, Hitler launched Operation Margarethe (the invasion of Hungary). At the time, the fascist government of Hungary, led by Ferenc Szálasi, was collaborating with the Third Reich, and forced over 800,000 Jewish citizens of Hungary to concentration camps. The government also took the people’s belongings, including gems, gold, jewelry, wedding rings, and anything else considered of high monetary value. In the spring of 1944, the Red Army was almost to Budapest, so Hungarian officials put together a plan to evacuate the Jewish loot by train to avoid Soviet capture.

A large collection of the valuables were placed on a 42 car freight train and sent to Germany. According to various reports, the contents included gold, gold jewelry, gems, diamonds, pearls, watches, about 200 paintings, Persian and Oriental rugs, silverware, chinaware, furniture, fine clothing, linens, porcelains, cameras, stamp-collections, and currency. In 1945, the estimated total value of the train’s contents was $350 million or almost $4 billion in 2007. In May of 1945, the train was seized in Austria by Allied troops, first the French Army and then the United States. The majority of the assets were sold through U.S. Army exchange stores in Europe in 1946 or auctioned off in New York City in 1948 with the proceeds going to the International Refugee Organization (IRO). The auction receipts totaled $152,850 or approximately $1.3 million in 2007.

In the end of the 1940s, notable objects from the train kept showing up in the possession of high ranking U.S. Army officers who were stationed in Central Europe, most notably chinaware, silverware, glassware, rugs, and bed linen. The fate of approximately 200 paintings seized from the train remains unknown. The art was deemed a “cultural assets” under U.S. restitution policy, so it should have been returned to the country of origin, but instead found its way to Austria and was lost. A huge amount of gold has also been unaccounted for.

Most of the details of the Hungarian Gold Train were kept secret from the public by the United States government until 1998. In that year, United States President Bill Clinton prepared a report which detailed the handling of the train’s assets by the United States, including a multitude of “shortcomings” of the restitution effort. In 2001, a lawsuit against the United States government was filed by Hungarian Holocaust survivors in Florida over the mishandling of assets on the Hungarian Gold Train. In 2005, the government reached a settlement worth $25.5 million. The money was allocated for distribution to various Jewish social service agencies for the benefit of Holocaust survivors.



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Q: How close are humans to achieving transhumanism?

As we move into the 21st century, people have begun to question the degree of scientific advancement in the world. There is no doubt that a large discrepancy exists in the proportion of money spent to discoveries made in the field of neurological science. In many countries, a large number of experiments are kept secret from the public in hopes of gaining a military edge. This is understandable, but it makes you wonder exactly what the human population has discovered. Could we have found a way to enhance human strength or intellectual ability? Is it possible that people could map a human’s brain and control bodily movements? Is it possible that we could eliminate aging?

Transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement that assumes scientists are trying to find a way to alter the human condition by developing a wide range of techniques to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. People who follow transhumanism predict that humans may eventually be able to transform themselves to have greatly expanded abilities. If this happens, it will cause a shift in the food chain, which will brand certain human genes superior. The theory states that the current version of humanity is not at an endpoint of evolution, but rather in an early phase.

Many transhumanist theorists seek to apply technology for the purposes of reducing poverty, disease, disability, and malnutrition around the globe, rather than the improvement of humans at the individual level. Basically, what makes you better than me? The theory states that humanity may eventually enter a state of existence where natural evolution is going to be replaced with deliberate change, either purposefully or not. Transhumanists who foresee this massive change generally maintain that it is a good thing, but should be handled responsibility. The theory has been condemned by one critic, Francis Fukuyama, as the world’s most dangerous idea. One proponent, Ronald Bailey, says the “movement epitomizes the most daring, courageous, imaginative, and idealistic aspirations of humanity.”

  • mythomaniac

    How do you know the world was created 5 seconds ago by God, and he had stored memories in our brains and he also made the old newspapers and artifacts along with the world? You can’t prove this or disprove it.

    • Dogamtix

      I love scenarios like that. I’ve always held this weird theory that I’m actually in a coma and my perceived life is just my unconscious dreams, and when ever I experience some thing strange eg. hearing/ seeing/ feeling something I can’t explain, I think its my family around my hospital bed telling me to wake up……….. but thats just me :P

      • Andrés21

        Life is a state of mind…so wake up !!!…

        • Notimpressed

          Too American. Geez. Some things never change.

      • Sasha

        sounds like Rene Descartes to me… :)

      • plaa

        .. I have been thinking of exactly the same things! Strange.

      • John

        or your dying and your life is flashing before your eyes right now

      • Ashley

        I’m proud to say I’ve felt that feeling too :P

    • sah92

      Carbon dating?

    • Cata

      Like the basis of any religious idea, the lack of ability to disprove it is usually the highest merit you can bestow upon it.

    • dizit

      How do you know the world was created 5 seconds ago by God…?

      Can we assume you’re replying to a post which has been removed?

      • Flippant

        Lol God taketh away?

    • Rob

      To be able disprove something, there first has to be proof.. Think about it.

      • dizit

        Think about it

        That’s possibly the dumbest statement of the day!

        • @scrooge_mcbuckz


    • Ryan

      It can’t be disproved, and so it is a non-argument.

      • RoMacdaddy

        reality is what we perceive. we might be wrong though.

        • dizit

          We only perceive what we expect to perceive.

          • Shinra92

            thats an incredibly dumb statement.

          • dizit

            …incredibly dumb statement

            Not at all. It’s an actual phenomenon called inattentional blindness or perceptional blindness.

          • p1t1o

            Except that that is a *lack* of perception and not an explanation of why we percieve what we *do* percieve. That and those phenomena are caused by our attention being limited and specific meaning we often miss things we are not looking for, not that we simply ignore things which are unexpected. Havn’t you ever been surprised? That would be you percieving the unexpected. Most jokes and humour also rely on this.

          • dizit

            Perceptional blindness is not the same as limited attention, not really.
            I’ve experienced this phenomena. It’s startling.

          • p1t1o

            It is to do with being bombarded with many objects of attention, the details that go missing can be unexpected or mundane, to make an over-exagerrated point, this does not mean that a unicorn would be invisible because nobody expects to see one.

            Whilst i think “We only perceive what we expect to perceive” is a bit philosophically wishy-washy, I do agree that perceptions can behave in startling ways.

          • segues

            this does not mean that a unicorn would be invisible because nobody expects to see one.

            Oddly, I’ve had something very similar happen…I think I’ve related this before…The first time I passed the Hearst ranch I saw a field with a herd of cattle grazing. It was only when my husband commented that the zebra were grazing with the cattle that the zebra popped into view.
            There wer zebra not more than 25 meters from me, yet I didn’t see them until told they were there!

          • p1t1o

            The cows weren’t playing basketball were they?

            (reference to a common demonstration of perceptual blindness –

            Perhaps there is some truth in dizit’s statement after all. It was the (as previously mentioned) wishy-washy philosophical nature of the statement that grated on me (although, I suppose this may have only been my *perception* – perhaps I have been trained to expect this sort of thing on here lol!!).

    • jj

      What medication are you currently taking?
      You might need it adjusted.

    • p1t1o

      We also cannot prove that we are living in a virtual universe, a simulation (yes, like the matrix).

      Given that the hardware needed to simulate our universe would necessarily have to be more complex than the material it is simulating, there is no way we could prove it one way or the other.

      IMO this is a philosophical dead end and the only way we can approach things like that is to ignore them.

      Just like the possibility that you might wake up tomorrow into a copletely different world and allllll this would have been a dream….



      • Awww. First time on the internet? Enjoy puberty in a few years, its a bi*ch.

    • Brotron

      Well, there’s no proof of any God, whereas there IS proof of of evolution and past civilizations etc.

  • Jay

    Awesome list.

  • OddJobb

    #7: Looks like someone’s been “puffing the magic dragon.”

    • segues

      I read a rather long article about that (supposed) incident. It was, in fact, the women’s own writing on the event followed by an interpretation which “supported” the women’s contention. Balderdash, of course, but interesting

      :) .

      I’m going to be at Versailles next month and you can bet I’m planning on taking the same walk as Moberly and Jourdain!

  • Ozzy

    Another head scratcher :P. Those jelly blobs sound bloody scary to me!

  • Blob

    No3 is no mystery! God sneezed.. without a hanky..

    • WasabiNinja

      At least we hope it was a sneeze…

    • ron


  • OddJobb

    Yes, the first Fail in this comments section.

  • dizit

    Intriguing questions Bryan!
    Enough here to keep us all thinking and googling for some time to come :)

  • Cata

    If anyone wants a decent idea for a list, expand upon the “Lost Ship of the Desert” tale in here, and expand it to other ancient oceans or areas that have had ancient ship wrecks found or ancient fossils in the desert, things of that nature.

    I was hoping for a bit more on the Lost Ship of the Desert section. Sounded interesting.

  • Hey

    Sonny Bono was assassinated AND beaten to death… nice writing. Not sure I can continue writing :(

    • Agent119

      You can be assasinated by being beaten to death.

      • Pauly

        Bill Murray did it. He had to wake up to “I got you, babe” every time he repeated Groundhog Day, and it drove him over the edge.

    • joebecca

      yes, but you can’t be BOTH. You can be assassinated, if you are a public official, but the method of assassination was the beating. You can’t be beaten to death AND assassinated. That’s like saying they killed him until he died from it.

  • Will Trame

    Intriguing subject matter. I’ve long speculated on Sonny Bono’s death; some strong points of conjecture there. And, of course, there are the Kennedy brothers…the full stories there may never be known.

    Another interesting case concerned President Warren Harding. At least one author speculated that he may have been poisoned by his wife due to two reasons….he had a mistress that she most likely was aware of; and with the Teapot Dome scandal and corruption in his cabinet hanging over Harding’s head, the president most likely would have been impeached had he lived a week or month longer. This particular author I believe was later discredited as a hoaxer but there is still some doubt as to what actually caused Harding’s death.

    Then there is author B. Traven, the writer of “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”. Who exactly was he?

    • segues

      Why would anyone coverup an assassination of Sonny Bono? If he had, indeed, uncovered corruption in government then there would have been a number of officials who were eager to investigate those activities.
      One statement in the report, ““the back of Bono’s clothes was soaked with blood, but he had no back wounds.”, is easily explained. With massive head wounds, which bleed profusely, received either because of collision with the tree or due to a beating, blood would spread to adjacent areas. If, as is likely, Bono was lying on his back after the accident, blood would travel to the back and soak his clothing.
      It seems highly unlikely there was a coverup, but I’d not say it was impossible.

      • The troll

        Well, it’s not quite that easy, if I’ve got it right he would have been lying on his back, in the snow. The snow would soak up a lot of the blood, even if it was quie icey or something.

      • The movement of blood to his back due to lying down was my first thought when I read the bit about no wounds being on his back. It would seem likely that should you hit a tree, you’d fall backwards onto your back, rather than forwards.

        • Flippant

          It would seem likely that should you hit a tree, you’d fall backwards onto your back

          Well, no, Alan.. not necessarily. High-speed impact, and size of tree, could have you spinning off any which way.

          I think it’s only in cartoons that it happens how you describe. Like, Yogi Bear running into a tree, a pause second while his body shakes with a *doing*, and then he falls flat on his back. :D

          • True, though I meant in more general terms, either from falling/spinning or from turning over onto your back if you’re still conscious due to breathing difficulties from lying on your front.

            Also, when paramedics arrived, they would have put him on a stretcher at some point, depending on how long he was lying there the blood may not have had time to coagulate and congeal and would have moved down his back.

            Or since he was skiing, it could have frozen, then defrosted when he was in warmer areas. (assuming the cold storage is not at or below freezing.)

          • Notimpressed

            GUFFAW you’re so funny.


      • GrammerNazi

        See my post below. Obviously these people have no idea what the “U.S Globe” tabloid is.

      • Maggot

        If, as is likely, Bono was lying on his back after the accident, blood would travel to the back and soak his clothing.

        Well, if there was blood belonging to Bono, it means he did not die instantly. SO if he was assassinated, it’s unlikely that he would’ve been left alive. On the other hand, a detail left out of Bryan’s write-up is that these conspiracy theorists speculate that it is someone else’s blood, such as that belonging to one of his assailant holding him from behind and possibly receiving an accidental bloody nose or something while an accomplice was beating Bono upside the head.

        So, I think Bono’s death was in fact reported to have been instantaneous due to the head trauma, and I could be wrong but I don’t believe that detail has been changed or amended post autopsy. You would also think that even the most rudimentary of autopsies would type any “mystery blood” to see if it matched that of Bono’s. If an inconsistency so obvious as this was noticed, it would be extremely difficult to suppress (considering what supposed details have already leaked out), so I am left to think that once again, we’re all falling prey to accepting this statement about the blood without having any documented proof to verify it. All sites I read simply mention the “5-page autopsy report by Dr. David E. Palosaari, official pathologist for Washoe County at the time”, but try as I may, I cannot find an actual copy of it online. Until then, it is hearsay.

        • fendabenda

          The name of the pathologist (Palosaari) is a Finnish name. Not that it makes any difference, I just wanted to mention it.

        • Arsnl

          ” I cannot find an actual copy of it online”
          Meh. Arm chair detective. Go out on the field and start browsing through library archives, man.

          • Maggot

            Arm chair detective. Go out on the field…

            You’re probably just being a little facetious, but point is – why should I? I didn’t make the claim as to the autopsy’s contents and it’s not my job to prove or disprove someone else’s claims. The burden is on THEM to support the claim with hard evidence. (that comment isn’t directed towards Bryan btw). If evidence as compelling as this truly existed, you’d think it would be readily available online beyond just endless cut-and-paste jobs of a rumor.

            I get that privacy laws and whatnot might be able to keep a person’s autopsy record sealed from public view, but in this case, copies have supposedly been obtained by various people. If someone is seriously calling for a criminal investigation, all they would have to do is flood the internet and reputable news outlets and watchdog organizations and such with copies of it, so much so that individual cease and desist orders couldn’t quell the publicity. All we have now is a supposedly “former FBI agent turned private investigator” telling his story to the Globe, and everything else has just spawned from that. When said “publicity” is just limited to tabloids, fringe groups, and nutjob websites, you know there are issues with the veracity of the original claim.

        • anon

          Shut up Maggot. You’re so F.u.cking annoying. You post long that no one reads. I hate people who try so hard on internet boards, like these discussions actually mean something. You’re such a f.ucking loser. I bet you’re fu.cking ugly motherfu.cker in real life, aren’t you? Is it really worth spending all that time writing this sh^t out? I hate people who think they are an intellect and turn everything into their own discussion grounds for their own worthless opinions. Can you just stop being yourself for one day? Seriously you’re the most annoying piece of garbage I have ever seen on a site. I rarely ever post, but I am sick of you so I had to post today. Seriously get a life and lighten up for one second. Not everything needs to be so serious. Stop wasting your time debating and trying to seem smart on the internet. In the end, no one give a flying fu’ck.

          • Flippant

            LoL! Oh geez.. are you the same hate-filled miserable sap that tried having a go at me in yesterday’s list? It certainly looks like it. 8O

            The little line about how you “rarely ever post” becomes redundant when you’re still whining about long posts that “no one reads”.. and still pointing your finger, like a 10yr old in the schoolyard, screeching “ugly loser.” Way to go confirming just how unoriginal you truly are. :lol:

            I don’t need to sing Maggy’s praises here now –  he already knows how great he is (*swoons* :D ), and how respected and adored he is around Listverse. Nor do I need to flame you to a toasty crisp, scalp your sackfuzz and turn your balls into a pair of earrings, when that big-arse chip you’ve got sitting on your shoulder will drive you into the ground long before I can. :P

            Sites like this thrive off the Comment section.. it is the heart.. comments are what keep Listverse alive. Often times the Comment section is just as good as the list, it makes the list. Instead of whining and complaining about people spending (GOSH!) five whole minutes to tap out a comment that you deem to be “too long” by your standards, how’s about you utilise the scroll function and fly right past it? ;)

            That’s right, have an epiphany and.. SCROLL! It’s really not that difficult at all to scroll.. much quicker than you straight-up attacking people (in a long-winded diatribe) for contributing to discussions. It’s probably best for all concerned if you do learn to scroll soon. It’ll give us all a break from reading you and what appears to be a literary adaptation of a cracked record. :D

          • Callum

            Who the f.u.c.k cares about what you have to say? People do actually care about what maggot says as he brings something productive and informative to the comments section unlike your lonely self. I got a deal for you, I’ll send you a years supply of hot pockets if you p1ss off and never waste anyones time posting here again. Merci

          • Maggot

            Shut up Maggot

            Oh lol. *yawn* Why don’t you make me, f.ucknut?

            I rarely ever post

            You should probably go back to that, since you bring nothing to the table.

            Stop wasting your time

            I’ll spend my time however I damn well please, and there’s not one f.ucking thing you can do about it except waste your own time whining about something that you have absolutely zero control over. So feel free to carry on, since that’s all you got.

        • Flippant

          a detail left out of Bryan’s write-up is…

          And also this…

          Investigator Bob Fletcher had also confessed he sent evidence of a 10-year study that linked top US government officials to arms and weapons dealers to Bono less than a month before his death, the Globe reported.

          “(Bono) was going to make it his No.1 priority… There’s no doubt in my mind Sonny was murdered by someone who needed him silenced,” Mr Fletcher told the paper.

          Lol soooo, if this Bob Fletcher fella spent 10yrs digging around for info, which he sent to Bono, which apparently got him (Bono) assassinated, then whyyyy wasn’t ol’ Bob also killed? It just makes no sense. O_o

  • Saudade

    #2 doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • Missy

    Wow!! This is a heavy list.

  • Blight

    Not American enough.

  • alphaphilippines

    Im going to submit a new list but it doesnt have any pictures. i tried to copy- paste the pictures but it doesnt only pastes text.

    Can someone tell me how to put pictures?

    • Flippant

      Can someone tell me how to put pictures?

      Don’t worry about the pics, Alpha.. you just need to write the list. Jamie adds the pics to each list himself before the list is published. If you want, you can add URL’s, to the pics you want used, in with your list submission.. but that would be more “suggested” pic you’d like used, doesn’t mean he’d necessarily use it though.

      Anyways, forget the pics.. your writing is the main part.

    • diablo135

      not to mention Copyright infringement. I assume thats part of the reason why Jaime picks the pics, to make sure they are in the public domain or he has the right to use them.

  • MathWillSave

    Entry number one is the reason I have been studying math religiously. I hope I will make significant contributions towards this end.

    Human biology is too frail and many physiological, mental and emotional needs are a great hurdle in the way of many grandiose things humanity could/should achieve. Hoping to do away with some of them in my lifetime.

    • Arsnl

      “studying math *religiously*”
      And that’s why you wont.

      • MathWillSave

        Ever heard of figure of speech? Otherwise, don’t worry I am not religious.

        • Arsnl

          Be that as it may yet you ” hope…make significant contributions towards this end.”
          That my dear Watson means you’re not doing it for the pleasure of it. For the sheer power of discoverying some unexpected things. You’re doing it for fame. I’ve been to conferences of some famous mathematicians: Alain Connes and Cedric Villani. And i can say that they were amazing by how down to earth they were. They didnt seem to project any desire for fame. They seemd to do what they do, simply because their extreme love of mathematics (also genius and extreme capabilities of concentration i think helped).
          I’ve talked to some mathematicians and they said they’re so annoyed by getting letters and mails from people saying “yeah i’ve found a proof for Fermi’s conjecture” (they didnt even bother to check it has already become a theorem) or “yeah im working on Goldbach’s conjecture and i need a bit of help, but i’m almost done”. They don’t seem to get that “significant contributions” is something extremely hard to achieve. But hey. Maybe im wrong. Maybe you’re a phd. You’ve already proved a significant result. And now you’re ready to print it. But this being the internet, i doubt it.

          PS: religion has nothing to do with mathematical skill: Cauchy was a staunch catholic, to the point of pi*ssing off Abel. A friend of mine says he goes to the same church as a fields medalist. So actual religion doesnt have any influence.
          But that confidence in one’s capabilities, in math, it can risk to be annoying.

          • dizit

            Math is beautiful.

          • MathWillSave

            I am not out to be a math celebrity. I don’t attend math parties, nor do I write to mathematicians who get “so annoyed” by some hopefuls’ letters. That’s too trivial. My end goal has to do with Transhumanism rather than math. Math is a powerful tool that I hope will help me solve many problems relating to human condition. Outside that, I don’t claim anything.

          • jésus

            @mathwillsave – you’re a powerful tool :) sorry cudn’t help myself, harder to ignore then a good “that’s what she said” joke

  • Interesting list, some strange things, but quite enjoyable.

    While transhumanism is an interesting idea, it could be quite dangerous. What would happen if humans (or animals) could be made to be living weapons. Then there could be social issues, such as I’m superior to you because I can do xyz/have xyz and you don’t. People get singled out for random things/things that are unusual.

    • 6o’clock

      You are looking at Transhumanism only from the physical standpoint. Humans have mental/emotional capacity that also can be, umm, re-engineered. That should address the problems you are describing.

      • true, though I would think that it would be much more difficult to balance chemicals in the brain and may take a bit longer to catch up with physical changes.

        • y

          Aren’t chemicals in the brain of physical matter, too?

          • Yes, but you would need to know which areas create which chemical, how much and the effect in different situations.

            You don’t want to create an amazing new human that then dies or has neurological problems when it gets a rush of some chemical related to a common enough feeling/event that causes an imbalance because too much is created/not enough is created or it is being prevented from working due to another chemical process that prevents the first from starting or having the desired effect.

            You would need to map not only what chemicals affect what area but what minute changes in quantites can do to a persons mental state/physical condition, how much is produced normally, how the new levels will interact with other, untampered brain tissue etc.

    • segues

      transhumanism is an interesting idea, it could be quite dangerous

      My first thought was that, in the wrong hands, it could turn out into another attempt at building a “Master Race”. Talk about dangerous!

  • Zan

    Awesome list! Yay you took my boredom right away on this sunday afternoon. Now the googling can start :)

  • theflover

    Really awesome list , two thumbs up.

  • RJ

    This was an interesting list. It gave me something to think about during a boring night at the jail.

    • Flippant

      Let all the prisoners out, RJ. That should liven things up a bit.

    • mom424

      I’m thinking boring night at the jail is a good thing. :)

  • Sbtier

    I gave feedback last week that some lists were too wide ranging in scope, this is an example of a GREAT wide-ranging list.

    I thought I read that the ladies at Versailles later retracted that story?

  • Barra Darcy

    That blob looks very like frog spawn…you can even see the dots that’d turn into tadpoles in it. Maybe it’s some eggs from an unknown type of frog? Or some a tornado picked up and jelly-fied?

    • Flippant

      Maybe it’s some eggs from an unknown type of frog?

      Hmmm.. a type of frog that contains a large amount of human white blood cells, as well as bacteria that lives in the human gut.

      Lol Barra, you might wanna put a bit more thought into your theories. :P

    • Maggot

      That blob looks very like frog spawn

      First of all, there is nothing that ties that particular photo to that of the “actual” Oakville Washington blobs, other than its misappropriated usage on various “mystery” sites regurgitating the same story. But alas, it is actually a photo of salamander eggs, as seen here on the University of Alaska Anchorage website:

      Additionally, I have not seen any credible evidence of the so-called a.nalysys performed by a “local hospital”, nor the Washington State Dept. of Health identifying white blood cells and bacteria. I’d like to see a pdf or something of the actual report before I just accept these statements and alleged results as having happened. Not saying the studies/findings didn’t occur, but again, every website about this story just repeats the same unsubstantiated but “official sounding” detail. Likewise the reports of “everyone” in town getting sick and pets dying and whatnot. Sounds like mass hysteria and embellished rhetoric emanating from a small isolated town to me. Over time, the story has grown legs, as they say.

      • Flippant

        it is actually a photo of salamander eggs

        Oh! So Barra wasn’t too far off the mark with his observations then. Good job, Barra.. you certainly know your spawn/eggs.. kinda. :D

        Over time, the story has grown legs, as they say.

        Bah! People just be making ish up. Boo! That maketh a mystery not.

  • CrazyGirl

    Am I the only one who feels that the Oakville Blob story should be put into retirement? I’m not saying it’s not an interesting mystery, just one that has made an apperence on at least 5 different “mystery” lists.

    • BryanJ

      I missed the fact that the blobs were covered on a previous listverse article of Enigmas that Defy Explanation. I always try to make entries unique and would have probably left it out if I had noticed. On an article like this, I could have easily picked another topic.

  • GrammerNazi

    After I saw the author of this list used the “Globe Magazine” as a source I could not take the rest of this list serious. In case people are wondering, the Globe Magazine is a “supermarket tabloid”. The stories are completely ridicules, and are meant to catch your eye. Never pick one up!! The “National Enquirer” ran a story that the U.S Globe carried biological weapon grade enriched uranium in the ink.

    Check out the headlines. Some are so ridiculous they are actually funny :)

    -Romney tortured his dog

    -First lady secret affair

    -James Brown was murdered

    -Whitney Houston murdered in drug cover up

    • BryanJ

      I am just reporting what happened. The Globe published a story that Bono was assassinated. It was run in the UK and Australia, most notably in the tabloid papers. The story caused buzz on the Internet and a conspiracy surrounding his death. Just because the story wasn’t picked up by the mainstream media of America doesn’t mean it can’t be included. In fact, I was looking for stories just like this that weren’t picked up by Fox News.

      • fendabenda

        Chill, mate. The list was good.

  • DGE

    If you’re going to use text straight from Wikipedia (Transhumanism), at least cite your source!!!!!

  • Max

    They need to have an extra that reads “Is Donald Trump’s hair a fire hazard?”

  • Jam

    The Oakville Blobs are creepy… how does jelly with white blood cells in it fall from the sky?!

  • major harris

    sonny bono’s death has always seemed suspicious to me and not for the reasons given here. to me, it appeared that his wife had a hand in it. when sonny was way over due from skiing, she never appeared to be worried. she was seen in the ski lodge bar, laughing and having a great time. when he was found, she didn’t act like one would expect. people said it was as if she expected it. she was having an affair at the time as well with her personal trainer. then, though not unprecedented, she ran for his now empty seat. she then remarried within a few months after his death.

    just some thoughts of what i remember from his death. always seemed suspicious. interesting list!

  • RaeO

    Can someone explain to me how Sonny Bono’s injuries are suspicious? He had a bunch of injuries all on one side of his face. Sounds like he ran into a tree to me. If the injuries were all over the place, then I’d think they were suspicious.

  • oouchan

    Questions that make like a bit more interesting. I love to debate such topics on what if or what might have happened. Fun stuff. The blob one is one of the best to speculate on.

    Another great list from Bryan. :)


    “The theory states that humanity may eventually enter a state of existence where natural evolution is going to be replaced with deliberate change, either purposefully or not.”

    We’re already doing this. It comes with consciousness.

  • joeyjoejoe

    “He was also extremely popular in the United States. In fact, in 1997, if you asked a high ranking official who they saw winning the Republican nomination for the 2000 presidential election, Bono’s name would have been mentioned. ”

    are you kidding? sonny bono was a joke in congress. he was constistently portrayed, by members of both parties, as one of the most unintelligent members of the house (that’s saying a lot). of course a few silly articles were written about the possibility of him becoming president, but that was only a cheap, half-baked attempt to draw readers to the shocking possibility of a celebrity even more banal than reagan being elected.

    if anyone assassinated sonny bono it wasn’t for fear of his political aspirations (saving the salton sea? really?) but could only have been retribution for the musical crimes he committed in the 1970s.

    • catchick

      Wrong. Sonny Bono was actually quite respected in Washington. He was a very serious and sincere politician. But he loved joking (like he did on TV) and made himself the butt of many jokes which were carried on good-naturedly by his peers.

      As for his and Cher’s music ? If it was so bad why did they score 11 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1972. Not to mention a very successful comedy show.

      Take your hate somewhere else. Geez.

  • JimNEPA

    #7 “tall with large dark eyes and crisp curling black hair under a large sombrero hat.”

    They met Dr. Who!

    • Trinity enigma

      I think you’ll find that is The Doctor. Doctor Who is the name of the show not the person.

  • Mike Ockizard

    Maybe my math is wrong, but the gold asteroid part of #6 doesn’t add up. It says the asteroid has Gold valued at 1000 billion dollars(one trillion). It also says that equates to 200,000 times all the gold found on earth. That means the value of all the gold on earth combined would only equal 5 million dollars. That seems odd since Fort Knox at it’s peak housed nearly a trillion dollars in gold. Is my math that bad, or am I missing something?

    • BryanJ

      I took that quote from an American television show Gold Rush, pretty interesting show.

  • No no no! Not “Resusci Anne”, it’s Resusci TATE”! GET IT RIGHT, PEOPLE!

  • Jono

    I’ll answer number six, with another question:

    Q: How did they manage to imbibe LSD before it was officially invented?

    • Jono

      I meant number 7.

  • vermilionskin

    Good list, but there is a case that worth mentioning really.. The Somerton Man or Taman Shud Case, one of the most weird unsolved mysteries..

  • Jacob

    7 = Amazing LSD trip

  • djC

    I thought morality would also be questioned in here. I’m a history buff and reading the mistakes of the past, especially the Holocaust, makes me wonder what is morality? Hitler thought he was doing the world a favour by killing the Jews. The values and ideas we accumulate as we grow, we think some values are right when it is actually wrong while some wrong values are actually right. So how do we know what is morality?

  • mom424

    Great job Bryan. Interesting.

    Never knew there was any controversy connected to Sonny’s death. Thought it a shame at the time; he was a much better politician than he ever was a singer.

    Seems to me those two women needed to come up with some excuse – an excuse to cover the time they were off dilly-dallying. Makes more sense than a rip in time.

  • brucewillisisaghost!

    Good list. The Oakville Blobs sure pop up a lot on this site. Reminds of something that happened at my old highschool a little while ago. During an outdoor PE lesson it started raining worms.

  • tealc

    hahaha what are you?! a professional first poster :D

    • tealc

      lol ok that was aimed at AlwaysFirst

  • Will Trame

    Other intriguing questions:

    When David Crosby was ousted from the Byrds, did the replace him with a horse?*

    Folk singer Buffy Sainte Marie was featured in an episode of “The Virginian”. This episode was not aired when the program ran on the Encore Westerns channel a year or so ago. Why?

    *As to the Crosby conundrum, see the cover of “The Notorious Byrd Brothers” album.

  • Jon

    Finally some good lists. I love science and nature and crime and mystery lists. Also this list was nicely researched and provided lots of information instead of a measly paragraph. This is a good model to use for subsequent lists

  • catchick

    Another great list Bryan. Well written and thought provoking.

    Can’t write anymore though. I have 8 tabs open in Google search. Another sleepless night reading the Web after reading Listverse.

    You’re welcome. ; )

  • Apple

    The bounds of the human mind cannot be measured!

  • RuSerious?

    I was under the impression that Sonny Bono was playing Ski-Football, where two or more skiers pass a football between themselves while going down a slope. Obviously, your attention and peripheral vision cannot be focused solely on both, which might lead to an indiscret—-AAAHH TREE!!!!!

  • Egon

    transhumanism is not only advisable, but it’s the ONLY possible way we can survive. all other species have evolved and are still evolving through death of those who are weaker, ill and unable to provide to themselves. this is not true for humans. we cure the ill, feed the disabled and take care for the unfortunate. this is a great thing but has a side effect: our genes are becoming weaker generation after generation. we need another way to handle evolution.
    we have now the knowledge to do it. we MUST do it or we are gonna be a race of weak, ill and crippled men sooner or later.

  • Mabel

    Re Sonny Bono – those injuries are consistent with slamming face first into a tree.

    Re transhumanism – only the rich will be allowed to transform.

  • Lisa

    How is this the first time I’m learning about the Seine woman? Beautiful. That smile!

  • Lisa

    Sonny Bono, get off my lanai.

  • jaygee

    Great list thoroughly enjoyed it. Are you plannin on doin another similar list? Love stuff like this.

  • Interesting.

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    • spelling on several of your posts

      There are no spelling errors in the list.

      If you tean errors in the comments by readers, well, no one at listverse has control of how readers spell. That’s on the reader/commenter.

  • Busta busta

    Given the time period i’d assume they ate rye bread made from moldy rye. This produces a hullucinogenic effect.

    • moldy rye…produces a hallucinogenic effect

      Exactly. This is called ergot poisoning. It produces effects similar to LSD.

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  • Too funny…..Sonny Bono died in a skiing incident plain and simple.

  • jennifer

    all are mysterious and terrifying bye

  • linda10989

    Since this list is called “10 MORE questions….”, where is the first list?