How about a historical mysteries thread? I don't think it's too necessary to draw a line of significance. We can trust each other to know what's appropriate for /his/.
Also, I think we can agree that we don't need to hear about the Dyatlov Pass incident again.
I'll start with one that's pretty known but still interesting.
I think it's likely these guys were a couple of kooks who poisoned themselves. Based on the note, they probably would have found something in their system had their organs not decomposed before the autopsy could occur.
So long as it's not strictly alien related I think it's appropriate. Else it should go to /x/ for the sake of staying on topic. Wouldn't want this thread moving toward trying to prove the existence of aliens instead of discussing mysteries and more likely explanations.
Soviets reportedly manufactured a series of suitcase nukes, none of which are accounted for today after the breakup of the USSR. Spooky stuff.
>what happened to the mayans?
> No universally accepted theory explains this collapse, but it is likely to have resulted from a combination of causes, including endemic internecine warfare, overpopulation resulting in severe environmental degradation, and drought.
The Devonshire Hoofprints, which appeared overnight in the town of Devon, covering a distance of 40 to 100 miles, always in a straight line and crossing over walls, roofs and several obstacles, did not correspond to any known animal and were strange enough to puzzle famous naturalists like Richard Owen.
Yes, the cat was possessed with the spirit of an old German adventurer so it was used to walking such distances in the cold, and Germans are notorious for being perfectionists thus the straightness of the line.
Then again paradise lost was a good fanfic, The Inferno was a SUPER edgy fanfic, Frankenstein was like a sci-fi adaptation...
The bible is probably the best source of fan fiction ever.
Also Greek myths, The Aenid, The Oddessey ect.
>The argument for authenticity is that the manuscript appears too sophisticated to be a hoax. While hoaxes of the period tended to be quite crude, the Voynich manuscript exhibits many subtle characteristics which show up only after careful statistical analysis. The question then arises as to why the author would employ such a complex and laborious forging algorithm in the creation of a simple hoax, if no one in the expected audience (that is, the creator's contemporaries) could tell the difference.
-Marcelo Montemurro, a theoretical physicist from the University of Manchester
The writing itself fits Zipfs law and is written without pauses and any major changes to the handwriting, which implies the author understood the meaning of the words and didnt just make stuff up.
always found this to be a curious one
>Mary Celeste was an American merchant brigantine that was found adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Azores Islands, on December 4, 1872, by the Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia. She was in a disheveled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail, with no one on board, and her lifeboat missing. The last log entry was dated ten days earlier. She had left New York City for Genoa on November 7, and on discovery was still amply provisioned. Her cargo of denatured alcohol was intact, and the captain's and crew's personal belongings were undisturbed. None of those who had been on board—the captain and his wife, their two-year-old daughter, and the crew of seven—were ever seen or heard from again.
Spring-Heeled Jack is a nice mystery
Mind if I piggy back?
Kind of similar occurrence where people got gassed randomly.
Though, they didn't have a glowing light or the ability to jump high.
>JRR Tolkien, Gene Roddenberry, and George Lucas
Lucas doesn't belong in that list, he even hired a ghost writer to write the novel behind Star Wars.
Lucas is a Hack who stole the concept of Star Wars, FOX hired Lucas to make that film undermining DUNE.
>what happened to the mayans?
They're still around. Seriously, there's tons of them in the Yucatan and Guatamela. They didn't disappear, they just stopped making pyramids and shit. Why they did that is still a matter of debate (but it was probably the result of abandoning a self-destructive political system), but asking "what happened" to them is pointless.
>who did the the nazca lines? what purpose did they have?
The Nazca culture made them, and they would have been fairly easy to make. The current most popular theory for their purpose is that they marked locations of underground water sources, although they could have had alternate purposes.
They went to neighboring islands and were assimilated into native tribes. The Lumbee in particular have oral histories and being descended from them.
Most of the classic historical mysteries have explanations. Shit sources like the History Channel just don't want you to know so they can sell more programming about mysteries.
An all-around interesting case of dancing mania which unsettled me a little.
An enduring mystery on how the shroud was actually made.
Lots of possible explanations for the multitude of cases that natural predation alone can't explain. I remember reading a file on the FBI report that said certain counties' laboratories showed the presence of tranquilizers in some cows, showing that some cases might really have been caused by wackos. Intriguing.
>An enduring mystery on how the shroud was actually made.
The first historical record of the shroud is from a bishop who claims he had a confession from the person who painted it. Over the years, several people have made convincing replicas through various means (including painting). It's important to note that the image today probably looks very little like how it originally appeared, because it's been consistently fading. It's also almost impossible to find information on it (and the recreations/explanations) that isn't heavily influenced by people desperately trying to make it seem authentic; the wiki article is actually one of the more balanced sources I've seen.