Moai Statues
The Moai Statues Of Easter Island

Just as we are vaguely familiar with some of the mysteries of the world, as popular as they may be there are still unanswered
questions about their origins or the purpose why they were created. The moai statues in Easter island are one of the most popular wonders on earth but there are some facts about them which people still can't wrap their heads around.

Easter 1722, Dutch explorers discovered a very remote island called Rapa Nui while they were searching for a hypothetical land, Terra Australis but found Easter island instead. Rapa Nui was renamed Easter Island by the explorers because of the day it was discovered, they were surprised to find at least 2000 to 3000 people inhabiting the island because it was isolated from any other inhabited land about 1,200 miles from the nearest inhabited area and 2,300 miles from the coast of Chile. The most interesting thing about Easter island are the Moai statues, these statues (887 of them, Wow! ) are so massive weighing up to 75 tons and about 40 feet(12 meters) tall. The statues had a red soft stone shaped like a hat called Pukao . Another interesting thing about these statues is how they were transported, from research the people of Rapa Nui used hand built sleds, rollers and ropes to move these huge statues around but attempts to recreate these methods resulted in damaging the statues but according to Hunt and Lipo's book "The Statues That Walked" provided more concrete evidence that the statues were moved vertically.

Radiocarbon analysis indicates that the island was first inhabited around A.D 1200 by the Polynesians who voyaged to the east Pacific which according to legends were led by a chief Hotu Matu'a, their main place of origin is still unknown. According to ancient stories, the moai statues walked from the creation place to their platforms called Ahu. The statues was built ringing the whole island and had all the statues facing inwards the island which also led to the belief that the moai was created to honor deities and the people of Rapa Nui, the construction of the moai statues stopped around the time the European explorers discovered the island, the reason why they stopped is still unclear but stories were that the people of Easter island were infected by a disease contacted from the explorers. Weird!

Wider View Of The Statues

Today, the Moai statues has grown very popular amongst historians and many other statues has been erected on their initial ahu base but its main purpose and why its construction was ceased is still a mystery. Let me know your thoughts on this incredible artifacts.

Oak Island
The Oak Island Pit

Still on the archaeological aspects of mystery. As the saying goes there's nothing hidden under the sun or with time we shall know the truth but most times, Time itself doesn't always shed light on some certain things that happen around us. They just remain unexplained forever. So here i'll be talking about a mystery location that was the main target for treasure hunters, still is for some but majority of them gave up as they were convinced that there was nothing there or that whatever treasure was buried there, its now long gone.

Oak island map
Oak Island

Coast of Nova Scotia, Eastern Canada. Many treasure Hunter and archaeologists travel from far and wide to visit Oak Island formally known as Smith's island, a name it got from one of the early settlers, Edward Smith. Oak Island is famous because of its mystery money pit, a formation of nolan's cross, triangle shaped swamp and the beach at smith's cove. The money pit has been an area of interest for a lot of people according to researches, excavation and investigation on the area started as early as 1850. From Analysis, the construction of the money pit was around 1795 and after almost two centuries of excavation no treasure was found only fascinating mechanisms, wooden platforms, multiple underground canals with leads to water. According to the story told by the locals, earlier excavation of the area at about 90 foot below there was a stone tablet which was inscribed with words "forty feet below, two million pounds lies beneath" but if something like that existed in the pit it means that there was some sort of riches there but then again, early excavators might have grabbed it all.

The money pit is still been repeatedly excavated in search for riches in abundant. Even former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt once joined few Harvard graduates in excavating the area. Critics argue that there are no treasure buried down there, saying the pit was a natural occurrence, there may not be any treasure in the pit but from the looks of it that pit definitely didn't occur naturally. So, till today people still don't know any facts about its creation or its real purpose. Do you really think it was actually created for storing treasures or something else entirely? Let me know in the comments section.
The Mystery Stone
The Mystery Stone

Mysteries: another archaeological aspect of it though. I don't know why this particular unusual item reminds me of the historic Stonehenge.

Anyways, 1872 while construction for a fence post was going on at lake winnipesaukee, New hempshire. Seneca ladd, a Meredith businessman discovered the out-of-place Artifact(OOPart), although the artifact was actually discovered by the workers he hired but he was given the credits for discovering it. A mysterious black stone of about 4 inches (100 mm) long and 2.5 inches (64 mm) thick, dark and egg-shaped, with some symbols carved around it. The stone's purpose, age or origin is still unknown. It was described as remarkable and a wonder of the scientific world. Nothing similar has ever been found anywhere in the United States to this day. It’s known as the “Mystery Stone.”

In 1892, upon Ladd's death, the stone was passed to Frances Ladd Coe of Center Harbor, one of his daughters. In 1927, she donated the stone to the New Hampshire Historical Society. The stone is currently on exhibit at the Museum of New Hampshire History. The carvings offered few clues as to the stone’s origins. The front of the egg shows a face. There’s an ear of corn on the side, a circle containing depictions of animal parts, a spiral, a crescent moon, and various patterns made of lines and dots with holes drilled into the top and bottom, In 1994, a borescope analysis of the stone's holes was performed by State archaeologist Richard Boisvert later suggested that the holes had the appearance of having been drilled by power tools from the 19th or 20th century but are too regular to have been created by pre–19th century technology, meaning the stone was crafted not long before it was discovered.

Reasons to the Mystery... You say? 
Some theory suggested that the stone "commemorates a treaty between two tribes". A writer later suggested that it is a
thunderstone, With the somewhat limited understanding of the day, the letter said that thunderstones "always present the appearance of having been machined or hand-worked: frequently they come from deep in the earth, embedded in lumps of clay, or even surrounded by solid rock or coral. The actual details of the stone’s discovery was not actually recorded and its still not clear about the exact site where it was found or how deep in the ground it lay before the discovery. The type of rock it’s made from isn’t usually found in New Hampshire. After close to 150 years of investigation, it's just clear that at some point in time someone created it for some reason or the other and it later ended up buried.
I would really love to hear your thoughts on this!
Location and an XP patients

We all live in a world where almost everything is possible now, most of us don't even get surprised or frightened at most unusual things anymore because we see it often or even everyday. But though we don't put much interest in them, there are still facts and questions about them that leaves us scratching our heads whenever we think about them and have us asking questions like "Does this place actually exist? How does it survive such harsh life or environment? 

So today i will be telling you more about a Brazilian village called Araras (i call it the vampire village) why? Because they don't like Sun light, most of them though. Brazil known for its sun-loving, beach party people lifestyle the people of Araras can't survive the Ultraviolet rays of the Sun because their skin melts away whenever it comes in contact with sunlight, yeap you didn't misread that, their skin literally starts flopping off in contact with sunlight.

Village of vampires
Araras map

The main reason of this skin degeneration is that, at an incidence rate of 1 in 40 there are people who develop a skin disease known as Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) (as compared to 1 in 1 million in the US), Araras has 20 out of 800 residents who have XP, making it the largest population of XP sufferers in the world at a statistically improbable rate.

According to experts who looked into these unusual bred of humans, the high increase of this disease was primarily caused by the first citizens or settling families who initially possessed this defective gene. Then intermarried and multiplied thereby spreading the disease too.

  • The sad part of this story is that Araras village is an Agricultural community with most of them surviving solely on agriculture, half and quarter of the population unable to perform any farming activities because of their skin blisters, boils, tumors due to sun light they have been low farming productions causing starvation. So, many of them have been forced to find other means of survival, What A Harsh Life!
 The Confederate Gold
Illustration For The Confederate Gold

Most treasure hunters and archaeologists has made fortunes out of their discoveries. Some of them sell the artifacts and information they find to the highest bidder, not every archaeologist do this but for treasure hunters, its their main source of income. They do research on some legends with lost treasures linked to them, gear up and start their journey to find them like the lost Confederate treasures, millions of dollars worth of gold unaccounted for after the world war.

In 1865, just as the American Civil War was coming to an end and the Union Army were making their way to victory by invading New Orleans. The confederate golds was moved by the Confederate secretary George Trenholm to a secure location in Columbus, Georgia. The gold was temporarily stored at the Iron bank by William H. Young. On October, 1862 General P.G.T Beauregard was ordered to take back the golds which William refused but was later forced to release, after that what became of the golds is still a mystery. George Trenholm was later arrested and accused of making off with the Confederate treasures, however this story was the most popular and well believed way about of the confederate golds.

Confederate treasury
A Presumed Map To the Confederate Treasury

Another story is that George Trenholm liquidated some of the treasury and the remaining ones in silver, gold and valuable jewels which President Jefferson Davis and his men took with them before they left Virginia and was later captured but all of the treasures were long gone remaining only a few bank notes. Speculations about the treasures is that it was shared among plantation owners for when the South will rise again, another was that it was given to a secret society called The Knights of Golden Circle to finance a second World war (hilarious!!) while some treasure hunters believes it was buried in Danville, Virginia where it still resides till today waiting for them to dig it out either way the actual fate of the treasures is still unknown. If you guys have another plausible version of the story, I would really love to hear it in the comments section.
The Winchester  Mansion
The Winchester Mansion

As most of us mystery lovers always love to find intriguing mysteries and investigating them to find clues or solutions, at times even if we can't figure out their missing piece we try to make logical plausible explanations to them but most times some mystery events just don't have any plausible or even any theoretical facts that fits them. Here's one of them.

Shortly after her husband's death in 1881,
Sarah Lockwood Winchester lived alone in their eight-room farmhouse in San Jose. Which was perfectly normal. What wasn’t normal, however, is that the widow of the Gun king William Wirt Winchester insisted on continuous construction that eventually saw the modest house converted to a massive mansion with 160 rooms. The strangest part about the building was the multiple doors and stairwells that led to nowhere but plain walls.

Being regarded as an occultist once, so many theories came up as to the reason why Sarah decided to continually destroy and rebuild most of the house. Here are plausible reasons to it,

Reasons to the Mystery... 

1. Sarah Winchester wanted to relive the happy moments she had with her husband while their Connecticut home was still on construction.

2. She was feeling lonely and couldn't bear to be left alone any longer in the massive house so she made up the plan so the workers would continuously work and even get paid

3. Here's the most terrifying one of them, its said that Sarah met a Medium in order to contact her late husband then the medium told her that she had to pay penance for all the dead restless souls of the people the Winchester Rifle killed. So she decided to do that by building enough rooms for all the souls.

Sarah Lockwood Winchester
Sarah Lockwood Winchester

However, Sarah Winchester died of Heart failure in 1922 and the exact reasons why  she added those extra rooms and continuously built one house till her death is still Unknown till this day.
What do you make of this people?
The Dancing Plague
This art by Hendrik Hondius was based on the original drawing by Pieter Bruegel, who supposedly witnessed a subsequent outbreak in 1564 in Flanders

As i said before this blog is a compilation and summary of mystery tales/events solved and unsolved. Now, as some of the unsolved events may not have any explanations to them, they might have a plausible theory as to what might have caused them. As most of my previous posts has been about archaeological discoveries i am now going to start talking about mystery events and this one is a twisted tale as it sounds like something straight out of fiction but with a plausible explanation.

It started on the summer period of July 1518 in the town Alsace, a woman Mrs Troffea began dancing wildly on the streets of Strasbourg. She danced for approximately six days and in a week 34 others joined her, within a month there were 400 more dancers in the streets of strasbourge mostly females. Physicians were called to try and find the problem but the dancing continued and worsened. Many dancers became ill, some died of exhaustion, cardiac arrest and strokes. Reports of the periods indicates that the plague killed at least fifteen people a day. Documentations, including physician notes, cathedral sermons, local and regional Archives, and even notes issued by the Strasbourg city council made it clear that the victims danced. As the dancing plague worsened, concerned nobles sought the advice of local physicians, who claimed that astrological and supernatural forces were behind the plagues instead of announcing that the plague might be the results of some natural diseases caused by Hot blood and instead of prescribing a Bloodletting, the town authorities were told to encourage the dancing so they did, by opening two guildhalls for the crazed dancers, a grain market even created a wooden stage and paid musicians to play music in order to keep the afflicted people moving all with the idea that they would recover if they continuously danced non-stop day and night

A Marathon runner could not have lasted the intense workout that these men and women did hundreds of years ago stated by Historian, John Waller.

 Reason to the Mystery?

Theoretically though, in a modern aspects this event might have been caused by
Ergotamine which is the psychoactive product of Ergot fungi (a fungi which mostly grow on grains in the wheat family like Rye) and people of the medieval era consumes a lot of grains. Ergotamine is structurally related to the recreational drug Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-25), and is the substance from which LSD-25 was originally synthesized. The same fungus has also been implicated in other major historical anomalies, including the
Salem witch trials . John Waller speculates that the dancing was stress-induced psychosis on a massive level, since that region of Alsace was said to be riddled with starvation and disease, and most of the inhabitants were superstitious people. Some other cases of dancing plague were also reported in the same region during the medieval periods.