The greatest mysteries in history
Humanity from time immemorial attracted and at the same time frightened that which was incomprehensible and could not be rationally explained. Previously, they tried to explain riddles by the intervention of otherworldly forces. Now, in an age of unprecedented development of science and technology, conspiracy theorists come up with conspiracy theories.
There are also inquisitive minds who are trying to find a reasonable explanation. The most striking example of a modern attitude to secrets is Nessie, as the monster allegedly living in the Scottish Loch Ness is often called. The first meeting with Nessie dates back to the year 565, the last – in April of this year. For many years it was believed that plesiosaurs were preserved in a lake in the north of Scotland.
Steve Feltham devoted 24 years to the search for the Loch Ness monster, but eventually lost faith in its existence. Now Steve has changed his position 180 degrees and considers Nessie, albeit very large, but just a catfish. Since ancient times, catfish have lived in fresh water in Europe, grow up to 3 meters and weigh up to three centners. Such a fish from a distance may well seem like a real monster.
Feltham’s sonar often catches very large animals in Loch Ness, sometimes the size of a car. He believes that this is the giant catfish. As for the inconsistency in anatomy: the presence of a long neck in Nessie plesiosaur and its absence in Nessie catfish, he explains this by the strong excitement of the observers or the poor quality of the images.
Steve Feltham, by the way, is not a fan of his version, ready to defend it at any cost. He believes that a very large catfish lives in the lake, but intends to keep looking to prove his theory. Given solid evidence, Steve is willing to accept any other theory, no matter how implausible it may be.
The American news agency CNN has compiled a list of the 10 biggest secrets and mysteries in the history of mankind. Of course, not everyone will completely agree with the authors of the list, but it should be recognized that most of the secrets will certainly fall into other ratings.
1. The two-masted brigantine Mary Celeste set sail from New York on November 7, 1872 and headed for Genoa. When she was found four weeks later in the Strait of Gibraltar, there were neither crew members nor 10 passengers on board, following her to Italy. No signs of a struggle were found. The cargo remained safe and sound, but the only boat disappeared.
2. Britain learned about Jack the Ripper from a letter sent in 1888 to the London Police Department. The identity of the perpetrator who allegedly killed 5 prostitutes is still unknown.
3. The Shroud of Turin is considered the most famous religious artifact. Many Christians sincerely believe that Jesus Christ was wrapped in this piece of cloth, on which the human body was imprinted, before burial.
The body imprinted on the fabric has wounds in the same places as Jesus, as follows from the description of the execution in the Bible. Most scholars, however, consider the Shroud of Turin to be a forgery made in the Middle Ages. In those days, Europe was literally covered by the ninth wave of Christian relics. Most of all there were pieces from the cross on which Christ was crucified.
4. A Lockheed Electra, piloted by Amelia Earhart, flew over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on March 17, 1937. The brave pilot disappeared along with the plane during a round-the-world flight made in the same year.
5. A squadron of naval aircraft Avenger during a flight in 1943. The same planes with 14 people on board disappeared without a trace in December 1945 off the south coast of Florida. Another 13 servicemen disappeared when they went looking for their missing comrades. This mysterious disappearance was the birth of the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. In the 70 years that have passed since then, the mysterious place, located between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico, is credited with other equally mysterious disappearances.
6. Legends about humanoid creatures covered with long hair have been told for many centuries on all continents. In the Himalayas, these creatures are called Yeti, in North America – Bigfoot.
7. Los Angeles County Coroner Declared Marilyn Monroe’s Death a Suicide. The 36-year-old actress took a large dose of barbiturates in August 1962. However, not everyone believes the official version.
8. In the photo, US President John F. Kennedy sits with the first lady in the back seat of a limousine on November 22, 1963 in Dallas. Kennedy’s assassination is considered in America one of the most tragic events of the 20th century. It also remains one of the biggest mysteries of the last century. The official version that the killer acted alone, according to a Gallup poll six decades later, is not believed by 60% of Americans.
9. Police comb a field in Waterford, Michigan, in July 1975, looking for the body of Jimmy Hoffa. The former chairman of the largest truckers’ union was last seen alive outside a restaurant. His disappearance is still a mystery and causes FBI agents to dig up the ground from time to time.
10. Actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood on a yacht in October 1976. Natalie’s body was found at sea in November 1981. At first, the authorities thought that the actress drowned by accident. However, last year, the Los Angeles County Coroner re-examined the case and issued a verdict: “drowned in unexplained circumstances.”