Unsolved: The World’s Greatest Mysteries

The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is a hand-written, 15th century book with an indecipherable writing system. It has no title, no author, and, as of this writing, nobody has ever been able to understand the language being used. The first half of the book consists of drawings of plants, the next section is full of diagrams of “medieval zodiacal texts,” and the third section contains drawings of nude ladies and other pictures that resemble alchemy.

To this day, nobody has been able to uncover the hidden meaning or decode the strange language. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying.

Stonehenge

No list of mysteries (listeries?) is complete without Stonehenge. Roughly 4,000 years old, the Stonehenge monument is a set of massive stones organized in concentric rings on England’s Salisbury Plain. The rocks are made of Sarsen, a dense type of sandstone, and were transported (somehow) from a quarry roughly 18-miles away.

Nobody knows who built it, nobody knows why, and nobody has stopped trying to figure it out. A prominent theory is that Stonehenge was built by the Druids as some sort of temple. The truth is nobody has figured out why, how, or even exactly when Stonehenge was constructed.

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The Dyatlov Pass

Nine hikers venture north to explore the Ural Mountains in Russia. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, a lot. The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to the mysterious disappearance of nine Russian hikers back in 1959. When officials went searching for the missing people they struggled to make sense of the scene.

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All nine were found dead. Some next to a burnt-out fire, others were buried under four inches of snow, and the rest were found huddled in a hollowed-out den made of snow. One of the victims was missing her tongue and eyes, some of them had suffered devastating internal injuries with no external wounds, some were naked, others fully clothed. To this day, nobody knows what transpired on that fateful hike in the mountains.

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