16 Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Things



1. Clinton road, New Jersey. The road and the land around it have gained notoriety over the years as an area rife with many legends of paranormal occurrences such as sightings of ghosts, strange creatures, and gatherings of witches, Satanists, and the Ku Klux Klan. It is also rumored that professional killers dispose of bodies in the surrounding woods, with one recorded case of this occurring. It has been a regular subject of discussion in Weird NJ magazine, which once devoted an entire issue to it. In the words of a local police chief, “It’s a long, desolate stretch and makes the imagination go nuts.

2. The Solway Spaceman. Tim Templeton thought he had snapped up a picture of an astronaut lurking behind his five year old, Elizabeth. He denies ever seeing any sort of figure while taking the photo at Burgh Marsh, near Solway Firth in Cumbria, and claims it only appeared after the image was developed. But the weirdest part was when the family said they were visited by two government officials who identified themselves as number 11 and number nine, and were asked to be escorted to the scene of the photograph. To this day, skeptics suggest the figure is Templeton’s wife, Annie, where the camera flash made her appear bright white due to overexposure. However, official government investigations were unable to prove or disprove the image.

3. Georgia Guidestones. Sometimes called the “American Stonehenge,” the granite monument was built in 1979 in Elbert County, Georgia, in a field off Highway 77. It contains ten commandments for “an Age of Reason,” written in eight languages — English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. But these aren’t commandments like you’d find in the Old Testament. Some of the messages written on these four granite slabs, each almost 20 feet tall, are controversial, like this one: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.” Stranger still, nobody is sure who paid for all this. The man claiming responsibility went by the pseudonym “R.C.

4. Loch Ness Monster.During the 6th century, Saint Columba is believed to have recused a man from suffering a brutal attack from a ‘water beast’ in the River Ness. It wasn’t until 1933 did the unidentified creature get given a name – igniting a frenzy among people across the country and worldwide that still remains presently. In 1934, an apparent photograph was taken of the beast by Robert Kenneth Wilson, where the monster was seen to possess dinosaur-like features with a long neck and a small head. Soon after the picture was found to be a hoax. However, many years later fans of the paranormal and mysterious refuse to agree the monster does not exist in the lake, with many still fueling theories of a strange creature residing deep in the waters.

5. The Spinning Relic. At the Manchester Museum, a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue has frightened curators and observers alike for many years. The statue, known as Neb-Senu, is a 25-centimeter-tall (10 in) soul container that was made sometime around 1800 BC for a single man. The statue has reportedly frequently moved inside its glass case.

6. Nixon’s Missing 18 and Half Minutes. There’s so much we still don’t know about the Watergate scandal that rocked the presidency of Richard Nixon, which forced his resignation on August 8th, 1974. The biggest mystery might be those missing eighteen and a half minutes from Nixon’s tapes, the secret recordings he made of every conversation that took place in his Oval Office. Nobody knows for sure what was on the tapes

7. The Beast of Bodmin Moor. There have been repeated sightings of a phantom wildcat roaming Bodmin Moor and killing livestock. According to reports, it is as big as a panther, yet experts say environmental conditions and food supply on Dartmoor are not suitable enough to home any animal of that size. One theory suggests the wildcats are living in the area after escaping or being left behind by zoos and private collectors. However, in 1995 the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food carried out an investigation of these claims and discovered no evidence to support them. But only a few days after the government’s report was published a boy found a large cat skull during his walk along the River Fowey.

8. The Beale Ciphers. Sometime in the 1800s, the story goes, a Virginian named Thomas J. Beale discovered a fortune in gold and silver while hunting for buffalo north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He took the treasure back to Virginia and buried it there, somewhere near Bedford County. As a sort of treasure map, he wrote three encrypted messages, which held the secrets to finding his massive fortune (worth an estimated $43 million in 2018 dollars).

9. The Bog Bodies. The bog bodies, or bog people, are the naturally preserved human corpses that were found in the sphagnum bogs in Northern Europe. Rather than decomposing, the bog provided the perfect conditions to preserve the bodies, leaving the skin and internal organs relatively intact. The thousands of bodies found can be dated back to the Iron Age and many reveal signs of being murdered. It is widely believed that the bodies are sacrificial victims of pagan rituals or a form of criminal punishment.

10. The Enfield Haunting. A suburban council house in Enfield, north London, was the location of a paranormal mystery from 1977 to 1979. Between that time 11-year-old Janet Hodgson was frequently possessed by the spirit of an elderly male. Peggy, Janet’s mother, was irritated by the regular sounds coming from the rooms upstairs but when she went up to investigate, she apparently came across a chest of draws that was moving by itself. According to Janet, the supernatural activity progressed, to a point where objects were thrown around rooms and her and her sister were levitating in the air. Janet then began speaking in the voice of Bill Wilkins, the previous homeowner, using obscene language and telling the story how he came to his death.

11. The Mystery of Hollinwell.In July 1980 at the Hollinwell showground in Kirky-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, around 300 children suddenly suffered from a mysterious illness. The children were supposed to be taking part in playing in various bands, but collapsed within minutes. Many were vomiting and were complaining of painful headaches. Up to 259 people were treated in hospital following the event, without a clear explanation for the cause of the illness. Some people have blamed an outbreak of mass hysteria, while others have put forward a possible toxic pesticide was used at the event.

12. The Max Headroom TV Hacking. Long before the word “hacking” was a part of our national vocabulary, two Chicago television stations in 1987 were briefly taken over by a mysterious hacker, who interrupted broadcast signals and appeared on screen wearing a Max Headroom mask and sunglasses. The first attack happened during a news segment and lasted just 25 seconds, in which the Headroom character said and did nothing. But in the second intrusion during an 11pm broadcast of a Doctor Who broadcast on PBS, the guy dressed like Max mooned the audience and was spanked by a fly swatter.

13. The Liverpool Time Slips. The strange thing about the Bold street time slips, is the actual time and place they are set. In most cases, the people involved do not go back really far, but seem to visit a particular decade or decades. So far, most of the sightings have centered around the 1950s and ’60s. This is strange in itself. Most time travel experiences seem to take the recipient back to the 18th or 19th century. But not in this case. Are these people simply copying each other in their experiences, or are they genuinely taking a step back in time?

14. The Rendlesham Forest UFO sighting. Often referred to as ‘Britain’s Roswell’, this incident took place in December of 1980 where unexplainable lights were spotted lingering over Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk. During two separate occasions before the new year, military officials said they witnessed flying lights in the sky before lowering into the woods and sending cattle into a state of ‘frenzy’. When they got to the spot where the unidentified objects were believed to have landed, the only things left were burn marks in the ground. A colonel in the US Air Force, Charles Halt, reported the sightings to the Ministry of Defense and as a result, accused British and American agents of conspiring of covering up the event.

15. The mystery of the Dark Day. Three centuries ago in parts of North America, a strange event turned morning to night. Halfway through the morning the sky turns yellow. Animals run for cover and darkness descends, causing people to light candles and start to pray. By lunchtime night has fallen. Is it the end of the world? The Dark Day, as it’s become known, took place on May 19, 1780 in New England and parts of eastern Canada. For the past 232 years historians and scientists have argued over the origins of this strange event.

16. The Treasure of Dutch Schultz. Dutch Schultz was a gangster in the 20s and 30s, who made his fortune by bootlegging alcohol and the numbers racket. But like all gangsters, he was pretty sure somebody was going to try and shoot him. Also like a lot of gangsters, he had boatloads of money. So he hid it, somewhere in the ballpark of $5 to $9 million in cash, gold, and jewels. He put it in an iron box or steel suitcase, drove it out to the Catskill Mountains, near Phoenicia, New York, with his bodyguard “Lulu” and buried it.