Galvanic cell
The Baghdad battery in the Museum 

With good reasons i can say that archaeology has helped us have an in-depth understanding about a lot of things around us, at some point it also gives us some sort of a hint on how to improve them let's say Electricity. When we think of electricity, we recall Benjamin Franklin and his metal key-kite discovery in 1752 but what if electricity existed before the Benjamin Franklin's discovery like about 2000 years earlier, that's a very big time difference and that brings up this summary facts about the Baghdad battery.

Discovered in Khujut Rabu, Iraq near the metropolis of Ctesiphon , the capital of the Parthian around 250 BC and 224 AD which the battery was said to be originated from but has the pottery style of the Sassanid period 224-640 AD. The artifact was a 130mm terracotta pot, in it was a cylinder made of rolled copper sheets with a single iron rod in the middle. The top of the iron rod was isolated from the cylinder by bitumen and had stoppers, the cylinder wasn't watertight so any liquid added to the pot will eventually touch the rod as well. Researchers hypothesized that this artifact was a galvanic cell used for electrotherapy or electroplating but there wasn't any electrogilded object from the time period it was built.

Baghdad battery
The artifact's main components: the terracotta pot, cyclinder copper sheets and the Iron rod

In 1938, an assistant in the National Museum of Iraq wrote a book explaining his hypothesis on how the artifact was a galvanic cell used for electroplating gold onto silver objects. His explained hypothesis was rejected by skeptics, Sad. Many other speculations from people about the artifact been a battery believed that as it wasn't watertight, grape juice and vinegar (and other natural acidic substance) was used to used as an acidic electrolyte solution to create an electric current due to the difference between the electrode potentials of the copper and iron

Battery hypothesis and research proved the artifact wasn't useful as a battery because bubbles form a partial insulation of electrode due to the gas evolved in the iron,copper, electrolytes junction so the battery's efficiency decreases the more it is used and the voltage created by that combination is below 1 volt. Again, if the bitumen seal was supposed to serve as an insulator it would be very inconvenient for a galvanic cell because it's thermoplastic and require constant topping if they planned to use it for long. This artifact was initially mistaken to be another known artifact, The Seleucia vessels used for storing sacred scrolls because they looked identical. No one has fully understood this Baghdad artifact, its actual origin and purpose is still unclear. Let me hear your speculations in the comment section.
Money pit
Oak Island Money 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.

The money pit
Oak island map

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.
Easter Island
The Moai 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 head 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.

Moai status
Closer view of The Moai status 

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.
Confederate gold
An 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.
The Confederate treasury
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.
Pyro ghost mystery
An illustration photo for the Pyro Ghost

As the theories to some mystery events are speculative, some on the other hand are not. Some of the mystery events happening around us are simply unexplainable , you have no way of guessing what might be the actual cause it seems as if it just pops out of nowhere, then vanishes. A typical example of this kind of mystery is the Odon pyro ghost, a very short tale.

Odon, Indiana in 1941, a farmer William Hackler left the house in the morning after a while he started seeing smoke from the same direction to his house so he hurried back, only to find a fire burning only on the bedroom walls (for real though). Strangely enough, they didn't have electricity then so what might have caused the fire. Few minutes later, the volunteer fire service came and put the fire out that's when things really started to get interesting. Few minutes after the fire fighters left, another fire started inside the mattress then another in between the covers of a book. Fires kept breaking out all over house for the whole day, according to reports approximately twenty-eight fires popped up that day in a single house and then they simply stopped.

William Hackler was so confused and frustrated by it all that he destroyed the house, whats left of it anyway and started building another one. It seemed to be the best solution for the fire outbreak because it never happened again, this unusual fire outbreak is now long forgotten as the reason why it happened was never explained till this very day. Said it was black magic, other speculations was that the house was not built in good accords, my favorite theory was that the Pyro ghost or fire ghost who oversees the burning of things was not happy with William Hackler. Dear dairy readers what do you think?
Photo Of The Mystery Man Tamam Shud taken by Police
I previously wrote about an unexplainable mystery event that doesn't give one the chance to speculate it's origin because it has no evidence or anything linked to it. Which also begs one question "can this happen to a human being?" is it possible to leave absolutely no trace of who a person really is? Well, i think so because tamam shud story's is a good prove of that.

December 1,1948, Somerton beach Adelaide, South Australia around 6:30am an unidentified man was found dead. The Somerton mystery man was named Tamam Shud after a scrap of paper was found in his pocket months later into the investigations, Tamam Shud was printed on it which means "ended" or "finished" in Persian. The scrap was torn from the final page of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam written by legendary poet Omar Khayyam. After a public appeal by the police the book which the scrap paper was torn from was later found - in it was, a telephone number, indentation of handwriting, unidentified number and a text which looked like an encrypted message. The text hasn't been decrypted or translated in any way fitting the case till today. The case has been label as One of Australia's most profound mysteries. This event happened at a time of international tensions as it was the early beginnings of the Cold war, they were so many speculations surrounding the case. The involvement of encrypted messages, likely use of undetectable poison, the inability of the international authorities to identify the man has led to some theories that he might be working for an unofficial spy organization.

He was found lying across the crippled children home by two people riding a horse. Witnesses said they saw a man resembling taman shud on 30th November, another said they saw him lying there and thought he might be drunk or asleep while  another witness said he and three others saw a well dressed man carrying another man a night before the day he was found. After a search of his pocket the police saw a second-class trail ticket from Adelaide to henley beach, a bus ticket, aluminum American comb, half used packet of juicy fruit chewing gun, half full box of Bryant and May matches and kensitas cigarettes. He was neatly dressed with American made wears and wasn't wearing a hat which was unusual for a man in 1948, he was clean shaved, his clothes and luggage which was later found had all their name tags removed leaving only one with T.keane on it which still didn't match any identity around the world, the teeth didn't match any dental records of any living human being and he wasn't carrying any identifications on him which led the police to believe he might have committed suicide.

Tamam shud
The writing at the back of the book, the last text is presumed to be some kind of a Code

November 22, 1959 it was reported that the inmate of the new Zealand Wanganui prison, E.B Collins claimed that he knew the real identity of the dead man but it wasn't true. After 60 years of analysing the words found at the back of the book by different military intelligence, in 2004 a retired detective Gerry Feltus suggested to the Sunday Mail, that the final line of the words on the scrap "ITTMTSAMSTGAD" could stand for "Its Time To Move To South Australia Moseley street" which was her street. In 2014, computational linguist John Rehling  believes the letters consists of initials from an English text but couldn't match any search for it in a survey of literature and later concluded that was likely written as a shorthand not a code and that the original text might not be ever determined.

Somerton's mystery man
The gravestone of Tamam Shud

The mystery man was later buried on 14 June 1949, at West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide South Australia. The prayers was led by the Salvation Army Captain Em Webb and was attended by news reporters and police. Till this very day, his real identity, the cause of death is still unknown. Let me know what you think about this mystery man in the comment section.
Erno soto
The sketch drawing of Erno Soto presumed to be the Serial killer Charlie Chopoff

From my previous post, i summarized the horrible serial killer the Zodiac Killer in which i also mentioned few other killers whose identities are still unknown to the world. The reasons why these people do the things they do is still a mystery or some might have a very sick/maniacal reason that isn't logical and not acceptable in a anyway at all. Clearly, these serial killers escaped the wrath of justice because there wasn't real advanced investigation resources like the ones of today. So, now lets talk about the story of Charlie Chopoff

Charlie chopoff was one of the worst serial killers ever, why? Because he only kills black children between the age of 8 to 9 and mutilates their genitals thats how he got the nickname Charlie chopoff. He killed five children, one survived but was badly injured. His main hunting ground was Manhattan between March 9, 1972 to May 15, 1974. His M.O was to kill the children by stabbing them 38 times all over their body then finally cutting off their penis. The records of his killings were as follows: March 9, 1972, eight-year-old Douglas Owens was found dead, stabbed 38 times and his penis mutilated. April 20, another black youth was stabbed and his genitals cut; he survived. October 23, nine-year-old Wendell Hubbard was stabbed to death and his penis severed. March 7, Luis Ortiz was stabbed 38 times and likewise mutilated. Then August 7, 1973, eight-year-old Steven Cropper was slashed with a razor and his penis still intact.

On May 15, 1974 a Puerto Rican man Erno Soto was arrested as a prime suspect after a failed attempt to abduct a Puerto Rican boy. Erno Soto who was a periodic patient at the Manhattan State Hospital since 1969. Erno's mental issues started after his separation from his wife, few years later he tried to reconcile with his wife only to find out that his wife had given birth to Black child. It was obvious that it wasn't his because he and his wife were pure Puerto Ricans. According to a source, his problem started when the child's eight birthday rolled up. He later confessed to killing the Cropper kid in 1973. The surviving boy out of the six child victims was told to confirm if he was really the killer but he said that Erno Soto looked like the real killer but refused to properly identify him. The Manhattan State Hospital also said that Erno Soto was at the hospital when the murders took place but later confirmed that he might have escaped as he usually does that.

In 1975 Barbara Gelb published a book called "On the Track of Murder. Miguel Rivera was used in place of Erno Soto after that many authors like Lane and Gregg, Peter Vronsky has mistakenly used that name as the real name for the actual killer.

Now, due to the of lack evidence bureau investigators hasn't done anything to Erno Soto and was considered unfit for a trial because of his mental problems but was still a prime suspect stating that the killings stopped after his arrest plus an anonymous source (maybe the real Charlie Chopoff) reported that he was the potential culprit for the initial murder.
Zodiac killer
A sketch of the Zodiac killer

There has been several serial killers over the years that haven't been identified like the popular Jack the Ripper (most fascinating), Atlanta Ripper, Boston Strangler and Charlie Chopoff. In the next  post i'll be summarizing the stories of some of these horrible people as most of them are lengthy reads and majority of us don't like long articles (like me) as it tends to get boring at times, that's the main reason i started this blog so, here's the details of the Zodiac Killer.

Simply known as Zodiac because of the taunting letters he sent to the Bay Area press, the zodiac killer was a serial killer whose identity still remains unknown till today. He started killing in North California in 1960s to 1970s then continued picking his victims from Benicia, Vallejo, lake Berryessa and San Francisco around December 1968 and October 1969. His known murders were four men and three women which two victims survived, he claimed to have killed 37 people but only these seven were known to be related to him others were abducted or killed but they don't have any evidence linking them back to the Zodiac killer but was later proved to be the victims murderer in a letter he wrote because he provided evidence in it that wasn't disclosed to the public. The Zodiac sent several letters to the San Francisco Police Department, among these letters ( the letters had a sign at the bottom of the body which he uses as his logo and also to count his killings to the SFPD) were four cryptograms and only one of them was fully solved.

Zodiac killer symbols
The Zodiac killer logo
August 1, 1969 the zodiac killer sent three letters to the San Francisco chronicles, San Francisco Examiner and the Vallejo Time Herald. The letters were examined by a psychiatrist which noted that the Zodiac killer was isolated and brooding, in those letter were a one-third of a 408 symbol cryptogram which he claimed was his real identity and also took credit of two shootings, the killer also demanded they print the letters to the public or else he would go around the town killing in the night till he kills up a dozen people. In one of the letters he wrote:

"I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the forrest because man is the most dangeroue anamal of all to kill something gives me the most thrilling experence it is even better than getting your rocks off with a girl the best part of it is thae when I die I will be reborn in paradice and thei have killed will become my slaves I will not give you my name because you will try to sloi down or atop my collectiog of slaves for my afterlife ebeorietemethhpiti"

The meaning, if it had any, of those eighteen last letters is still unknown. Even mere looking at the errors in those letters its obvious he was sick. Few days after the letters were released to the public, the Vallejo Police Chief Jack E. Stiltz said the letter wasn't enough because it was written by a murderer and demanded a second letter with more facts to prove his identity and evidence that he actually killed most of those victims, the killer replied by writing another letter. In it was evidence of the murders which wasn't released to the public with a code that was later cracked and it said "they will have me" 

August 8, 1969 Donald and bettye Harden of Salinas, California cracked the 408-symbol cryptogram, it contained a message saying that the killer was collecting slaves for his afterlife (like i said Sick guy) and by giving out his identity it would slow down his slave collection. No name was found in the decoded letter.

April 2014 the SFPD marked the case Inactive due to caseload and resource demands automatically closing the case but later reopened it around march 2017. The case is still active in Napa county and city of Riverside. In may 2018, the vellajo Police tried to collect the Zodiac killer's DNA from the stamps he used for letter correspondence. It was a new advanced technique used by a private laboratory to separate DNA from the glue at the back of a stamp. Still awaiting results people but so far what do you think?
Mystery Hijacker
A composite drawing of D.B Cooper by the FBI

You know, in the United states today very few criminal cases go unsolved even if it takes months or years to be fully investigated there will eventually be a results but to those unsolved ones what do you think happen to them? Simple, the bureau suspends them or permanently shuts down all investigations or evidence concerning them. They turn to mysteries without reasons or solutions. In the aviation history of air piracy in the United States, only one is still unsolved till today: The hijacking of Boeing 727 by the mystery man D.b Cooper in Airspcace.

November 24, 1971 a man bought an airline ticket for flight 305 going to Seattle using the alias Dan Cooper but was later changed to D.B Cooper because of media miscommunication. He took the seat 18c, 18e or 15d not specified as to several accounts by the passengers, neatly and smartly dressed. Shortly after take-off he handed the flight attendant Florence schaffner a note which she ignored thinking it was just a note from a lonely man seeking attention, he leaned over to the attendant and said "Miss you'd better look at that note. I have a bomb". Florence the attendant still thought he was bluffing and asked him to show her the bomb, he opened the case a little enough for her to see the bomb after that, he made three demands: $200,000 in negotiable American currency, four parachute (two primary and two reserves) and a stand-by fuel truck in Seattle ready to refuel the plane upon arrival. Florence schaffner and the passenger recall D.b cooper been calm, polite and not nervous. Some said he was nice and not nasty or cruel he even paid his drinking tab and offered to give the attendant the change.

After arriving in Seattle for refuel, D.B Cooper was informed that his demands were ready he instructed the pilot to taxi the plane to an isolated area of the tarmac. There, the Northwest Orient's Seattle operation manager AI Lee approached the plane in street clothes so that D.B Copper won't mistake his airline uniform for a police uniform. He then gave the demanded items to another flight attendant Mucklow, through the aft stairs when the delivery was complete. D.b Cooper ordered all the passengers, schaffner and the senior flight attendant Alice to leave the plane. Before the take-off he outlined his flight plan to the crew with only five people aboard now. In flight, D.b Cooper told the remaining flight attendant Mucklow, to join the others in the cockpit as he ties something around his waist obviously the parachute after a while the crew noticed a change of air pressure indicating that the aft doors was open that was the time he jumped off in middle of a storm. Ballsy!!

Upon landing, the aft door was still open when pilots Scott and Rataczak landed the 727 at Reno Airport with law enforcing bureaus surrounding the plane it was obvious D.b cooper was long gone. In 1980, two packs of 100 twenty dollar bills and a third pack of 90 pieces was found by an eight years old boy Brian Ingram on a family trip with his family. It was later divided between the Ingram family (which they auctioned fifteen of them in 2008 for $37,000) and the Northwest Orient insurer while the FBI retained fourteen as evidence.

D.B cooper's Age
D.B Coopers with his presumed Age progression 

After few investigations, the bureau found out the suspect's alias D. Cooper was actually from a Belgian Comic books about a fictional hero Dan Cooper a royal Canadian Air force test pilot who had embarked  on so many adventures along the series even parachuting. Till today D.B Cooper's real name, his whereabouts, his background, even his actual real face apart from descriptions from the passengers is still unknown till this day. So people what do you make of this?
Large fish folklore
The loch Ness Monster photo taken by a surgeon in 1934 but later considered a Hoax 

Over time i've been posting about mystery locations with their unusual trademarks some of them I would really love to visit and some i wouldn't even dream of seeing talkless of visiting but altogether they are still unexplained mysteries of the world that deserves to be looked into, find plausible theories then a good reasons to them. I don't have the right equipments to investigate these events atleast not yet, soon though but for now I'll be summarizing them for you so now here's the summary story of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster a.k.a Nessie of Loch Ness, Scotland.

Nessie monster is a cryptids of scotland being regarded by scientists as a phenomenon without biological basis saying the sightings even with the evidences ware hoaxes, wishful thinkings or misidentification of ordinary objects. This creature was brought to world attention on May 2, 1933 by Alex Campbell a waterbailif for loch ness and also a journalist for a Courier. August 4, on the same year George Spicer published a report saying he and his wife saw something which looked like a dragon or pre-historic animal he had ever seen in his life trundling along the roads towards the loch ness with animal in its mouth which was assumed to its prey.

After few weeks the reports went viral, several days later letters started arriving to the courier some of them anonymous, claiming they saw this so called Sea Monster in water even sightings on land. As this news continued to spread across the media it adopted the names Sea serpent, dragon then finally settled with the Loch Ness Monster. December 6, that year Hugh Gray published a photography on Daily Express upon seeing the photo the state secretary of Scotland ordered the police not to harm the creature in any way if seen at all. The next year 1934 another evidence of this creature surfaced, a photo taken by a Surgeon.

Many of the evidences was regarded as a hoax or misidentification after further researches by scientists and media experts. Their theories were;

1. Optical effects:   In 1979 W. H. Lehn showed that atmospheric refraction could distort the shape and size of objects and animals and later published a photograph of a mirage of a rock on Lake Winnipeg which resembled a head and neck.

2. Misidentification of Known Animals

3. Swimming Elephant Trunk (made a little sense to me too)

4. Greenland Sharks: Assuming the loch ness monster to be its dorsal fins

5. Large Eels: As unusually large ones are often seen around loch ness

6. Folklore: In 1980 Swedish naturalist and author Bengt Sjögren wrote that present beliefs in lake monsters such as the Loch Ness Monster are associated with Kelpie legends

7. Hoaxes.

As i have listed some of the theories that made the Loch Ness monster unreal or not to have existed at all, the actual truth about this creature is still unclear cause these theories doesn't even have concrete explanations to them too. So here i am, clearly interested to what you think about this creature whether it was really a hoax, pre-historic animal, beast from another dimension or really one of theories from the researches.

Valikaya kopanya
Some of the Twins

Just as i have been writting articles on strange sightings lately around the world i also discover more of them, more fascinating ones which needs investigating and finding plausible reasons why they are like that. As the popular saying goes 'Once is a mistake, Twice is a coincidence, Third time then there's definitely a hidden pattern or trigger. So here, lets talk about how possible it is for a certain village to have more than 50 sets of twins.

In Western Ukraine, the village of velikaya kopanya has earned the name 'Land Of Twins' because of it unbelievably record of twins about 61 and climbing sets of twins in a general population of 4000 residents. While its now a common occurrence to them as almost every family in velikaya kopanya has a pair of twins, this phenomenon is still a mystery without reasons. One of the oldest twin Maria chorba, who already has three sets of twins among her own grandchildren alone said the twin occurence wasn't recent as she and her twin sister Anna, who died in 2007 remember having twin friends then. She even said that she and her sister shared a telepathic connection sometimes to the extent of knowing when bad things happen to each other.

Land of twins
Kopanya's Mapping 

According to the local town counselor, Maryana Savka the highest twin occurence  started in 2004 when atleast two or three sets of twins are born every other year. This event has already entered the Ukraine's Recordbook now gunning for Guinness book of records. The most fascinating part is that the twin effect is not limited to humans alone but also in animals as the records of Cows giving birth to twice calves are also high.

The locals claimed this twin magic was from the village's water but Ukrainian scientists has studied the water but didn't find anything special only that it was very clean. Outsiders from around the world come to this village for the water hoping to get the magic twin gene, there was a story of a barren woman who travels 100miles to drink the water after sometimes she got pregnant and delivered twins of course. Men come from other towns to marry to also gain the twin magic. This is not the only place with high occurence of twins, a village in Southwestern Nigeria called Igbo-Ora also has this unusual gene going around its residents.
The village of Dwarfs
Dwarfs of Yangsi

Its seems like we will be talking more about mystery sightings at unfamiliar locations all over the world like the one from my previous post on The Brazilian Vampire village which i still can't wrap my head around. The world is a very large place and i doubt that anyone has fully seen it all, in this one i'll be taking you into a village in Sichuan Province in southwest China.

In a remote village called Yangsi the village of dwarfs because of course a good majority of them are dwarfs, born and raised in Yangsi 40% of the village's population are dwarfs. This unusual events has left scientists with more questions than answers because 1 out of 20,000 new borns have stunted growth but this seems to be the reverse for the residents of Yangsi. Scientists has conducted series of test on the dwarfs and their natural resources but still failed to fully explain the actual reason of this much stunted growth in one area. At first there were a total of 119 dwarfs in yangsi but reduced of recent to 80.

This event was officially discovered in 1951 but the actual first sighting was in 1911 by an English scientist, Dr. Karyl Robin Evans who said he saw a few hundred dwarfs occupying an area. Many of the debunked theories were that there was a high concentration of Mercury in the soil, a lot of bad feng shui evil spirits for not burying their ancestors well which made a little sense since we are talking about the Chinese here with all their inner energy stuff, another one according to the Elders is that a mysterious illness came and struck every child between the age of 5 to 7 causing them stunted growth.

But my favorite theory also described as its original legend was that a long time ago, On a faithful day a man named Wang caught an unusual   black turtle with strange feet. Everyone told him to let it go but along with some other people he decided to cook and it anyways. The villagers believes it was the turtle was cursed them of stunted growth, the fair part is that the new recent generations seem to have escaped this curse. But however we might never get to know the real reason for such anomaly since most researchers has already concluded its was a random occurrence.
xeroderma pigmentosum skin disease
Location And An XP Patient 

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 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 like does this place actually exist? How does it survive such harsh life?

So here 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.

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.
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 to fit them with. 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,

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.

Winchester house
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?
S.S Ourang Medan
A presumed photo of The Ourang Medan

This is another very strange, mysterious event that still leaves every mystery fanboy scratching their heads, it reminds me of the 2002 movie The Ghost Ship. With the terror expressions all over their faces, makes you wonder "Did ghosts kill the crews of The Ourang Medan?"
The story of the ourang Medan turned into a legend as its whole crew death is still unexplainable till today even recorded as a shipwreck by most undocumented sources.

In June 1947, Cargo ships travelling trade routes in the strait of Malacca, off the coast of Malaysia, received a terrifying SOS message that read: “All officers including captain are dead lying in chart room and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” After a short period of time, one final message was received, that read simply ... “I die.”
Nearby ships identified the source of the signal as coming from a Dutch freighter, the SS Ourang Medan.(translation: Man from Medan)

The nearest one to the freighter, the silver star travelled as fast as they could to the location which the signal came from. Boarding the Ourang medan, they noticed that crew were dead with their bodies all over the ship's deck. While inspecting their bodies, they noticed expressions of sheer terror were frozen on their faces. The Silver Star’s party found the deceased radio operator as well, his hand still on the Morse Code-sending key, and eyes wide open. The Silver star crew later found the radio operator with his hands still on the Morse code-sending key with the same terror expression on his face.

Strangest  thing though, while inspecting their bodies they found no entry wound or injuries where a weapon might have entered to cause any damage. While still baffled, The silver star crew decided to tow the ship back to the port but midway they noticed smokes coming from the lower deck, they barely escape before the Ourang Medan exploded and sank deep in water.

Now to burst your Mystery-fan-fun bubbles, . Their factual accuracy and even the ship's existence , however, are unconfirmed, and details of the vessel's construction and history, if any, remain unknown. Searches for any official registration or accident investigation recorded have proven unsuccessful. But according to one story, the Ourang Medan was sailing from an unnamed small Chinese port to Costa Rica, and deliberately avoided the authorities. The survivor, an unnamed German, died after telling his story to the missionary, who told the story to the author, Silvio Scherli of Trieste , Italy. The Dutch newspaper concludes with a disclaimer:

"This is the last part of our story about the mystery of the Ourang Medan. We must repeat that we don't have any other data on this 'mystery of the sea'. Nor can we answer the many unanswered questions in the story. It may seem obvious that this is a thrilling romance of the sea. On the other hand, the author, Silvio Scherli, assures us of the authenticity of the story."

But all the publications who carried the story still appears to originate with Silvio Scherzi in Trieste.

Reasons to the mystery? 
1. Hazardous Cargo
Another theory is that the ship was transporting nerve gas which the Japanese military had been storing in China during the war, and which was handed over to the U.S. military at the end of the war. No U.S. ship could transport it as it would leave a paper trail. It was therefore loaded onto a non-registered ship(which might also backup the reason why its existence wasn't known) for transport to the U.S. or an island in the Pacific.

2. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
Gaddis puts forward the theory that an undetected smoldering fire or malfunction in the ship's boiler system might have been responsible for the shipwreck. Escaping carbon monoxide would have caused the deaths of all aboard, with the fire slowly getting out of control, leading to the vessel's ultimate destruction

3. Paranormal Activities 
The story has appeared in various magazines and books on Forteana, beginning with a 1953 article in Fate Magazine. Authors such as Jessup speculate that the crew might have been attacked by UFOs or paranormal forces prior to their deaths. Circumstantial evidence cited by these sources includes the apparent absence of a natural cause of death, the reportedly terrified expressions on the faces of the deceased, and rumors that some of the dead were "pointing" towards an unknown enemy.
Also note that this theories were gotten straight out of Wiki but i will really love to hear your theories. You can drop them in the comment section

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 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 announcing that the plague might be the results of some natural diseases caused by Hot blood but 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. 

Reasons 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.

Inca bones
One of the Peruvian Skull

Another mysterious discovery by archaeologists i would really love to dive into is The Peruvian skulls found in Florida.

January 2012, during an excavation for a South Florida swimming pool by a plumber revealed two hideous looking skulls in the backyard which sparked questions of intrigue and murder but now researchers say that the origin of these bones are even more of a mystery than they initially thought. The two skulls was that of an Old man and a 10-year-old, which still had skin tissues on it after police investigations it was concluded that it wasn't just a normal murder crime or wasn't even a murder crime at all. According to Medical Researcher, Jan Garavaglia she said the bones had a feature of 'Inca bones' a telltale sign of a human from the Incan culture of Peru.

Research made out that the bones had a lengthier history of 30 years or more since it was found in Florida but examinations by the Medical Examiner's office revealed that the bones were atleast hundreds of years old judging by the mummified pieces of skin on the skulls. Jan Garavaglia said that the florida yard was obviously a secondary burial site.

With the help of some Archaeologists and Anthropologists from the University of Central Florida and Yale who tried to trace the origins of the skulls identified some cloth items found with the bones as that of primitive slings and purses made of woven materials and non-human hair even shards of pottery and textiles and shards of newspaper dating back to 1978

What researchers cannot figure out and Garavaglia says they probably will not be able to figure out is how the skulls ended up in Florida.

The mystery is how they ended up there in the first place and we don't have any way of finding out. She said

Reasons To the mystery? 
Dating back to 1030s and 1920s tourists on vacations may have bought them before laws regulated the trades of such artifacts but its no longer allowed. Another plausible reason, is that migrant workers from Peru may have brought them as a connection to their ancient heritage and decided to have moved on then they bury it either way, it's still very unclear if it was a murder back then, how bones dating back to 800 years ago had items of the early 90s buried with it and most importantly, how it ended up in a Floridian home back yard.
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 been actually seen 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? 
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!

Amaru Muru
Amaru Muru

Still on the archaeological aspects of mysteries. This one here is one of my personal favorites because I've always believed in alternate worlds and would really love to travel to the other side if possible so seeing this one with all the evidence lingering all over it with the legends that goes with it always stirs up this major curiosity and imaginations in me.

Southern Peru, in the Hayu Marca Mountains an hour drive from the City of Puno a.k.a The city of gods by most locals lies the mysterious door-like structure known as The door or the Puerta de Hayu Marca (Gate of the Gods) has been, at some time in the distant past, carved out of a natural rock face and in all, measures exactly 23′ in height and width, with a smaller alcove in the center at the base which measures in at just under 6′ in height.

According to a particular interesting legend about the gate from the Book Secrets of the Andes by Brother Phillip, an Incan priest of the Temple of the Seven Rays named Amaru Meru (Lord Meru, Aramu Muru) ran from his temple with a sacred golden disk known as “the key of the gods of the seven rays”, and hid in the mountains of Hayu Marca. He eventually came upon the doorway which was being watched by some shamen priests. He showed them the key of the gods and a ritual was performed with the conclusion of a magical occurrence initiated by the golden disk which opened the portal, and according to the legend blue light did emanate from a tunnel inside. The priest Amaru Meru handed the golden disk to the shamen and then passed through the portal was never seen again. Archeologists have observed a small hand sized circular depression on the right hand side of the small entranceway, and have theorized that this is where a small disk could be placed on the rock.

This mysterious door has also had some cultic believers saying the door leads to some dark alternate  (this somehow reminds me of Dc's Dark Night Metal) universe enveloped by Black Magic . Some locals claims it opens at 12midnight. So my question is this, did the native south Americans had a some kinda Star gate for magical interstellar travel thousands of years ago? If true in any possible way with a little concrete evidence, i would be on the next plane to Peru sharperly!!

Egyptian spider art
The Spider Art Panel

I once said before in the Ben Sublett's article that archaeologists and treasure hunters have some thing in common which is uncovering mysteries. Whether for riches(treasure hunt) or for historical findings (archaeologist) but all the same, their every adventures are about finding reasons behind every targeted mysteries. So now let me take you into some archaeological aspects of the mystery.

Since ancient times spiders has been a symbol of power and have always elicited a wide range of emotions in people: fear, disgust, panic, and sometimes curiosity. This broad spectrum of impressions has influenced origin, myths, legends, art, literature, music, architecture, and technology throughout history. In 2013, Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a stone tablets engraved with what may be the earliest description of spiders known to man. The panel is likely around 6,000 years old, making it older than the Ancient Egyptian Civilization.
The suggestion that the drawings are spiders is tentative but reasonable. The carved ovals with four thin, bent legs sticking out of each side look very much like a stick spider picture. A star-like shape may be a web, and comb-like rows of lines could be a web funnel.

According to famous author and proponent of alternative archaeology, Dr. Heather Lynn, suggests that the carvings actually represents the Sirius star system. Most older star charts are known, and ancient people definitely like looking up the skies. There’s much more evidence about Egyptian astronomy than for an interest in spiders. They may also be a possibility that both are correct, or that some unfortunate souls from  the Ancient B.C went through their lives believing the sky was full of Spiders. Either way, we don't or may never even know what the actual artist who engraved those drawings on that panel actually meant, we might as well call it a pending mystery.

Alien Abductions
The Mann Family

Alien incidents although still not very known with concrete eye witnesses and not generally accepted by the public as to their existence, their stories and abductions claims are still one of the most fascinating mysteries of the universe. If they really exist and would one day make themselves known to earthlings then it'll cancel all doubts about a lot things like alternate timelines, parallel universe, ultimate magic and entities. Like i said in my previous article about the Deverows, this one is about the John and Gloria Mann's family.

United kingdom, on the evening  of 19th June 1978 The Mann's family was heading home, in the car was John and Gloria Mann, their two children and Aunt frances had a very bizzare experience. Driving through the road they always do and was very much familiar with After setting off for Brockworth at 9:30 pm from Reading, they were thirty minutes into their expected ninety-minute journey when they noticed an extremely bright light up front. After following it for while, John pulled over and came out of the car soon he started hearing a 'swishing' sound like train's wheel scratching the tracks without knowing ofcourse, he went into a trance only to be brought back to sense by his wife, Gloria calling him back to the car. On top speed as his hands touched the wheel, he suddenly realized he wasn't in control of the car anymore and they were on a strange road with zig zag from one way to the other, few minutes later they were already in Faringdon. They got home few hours after midnight and none of them could account for almost two hours of the time they were on the road.

Few days later, they would find bruises, ugly rashes particularly behind their right knee. In the same period of time their young daughter, Natasha began having nightmares. They turned to Hypnotherapy by Geoffrey McCartney for hypnotic regression. They all gave very similar accounts even Natasha who wasn't hypnotized, they all said to have gotten out of the car walking through a mist and been directed by a strange craft leading them to columns of light. They said the strange beings they met spoke of their dying home planet and was looking for a new planet to live in, (most alien incidents claims all had this explanation of reasons for their abduction) in exchange for technology. They also spoke of travelling through portals to a mothership and later consumed a colourless fizzy drinks, perhaps to forget their encounter with them.

All doctors and UFO investigators who worked on their case spoke of evidence, witnesses to be credible and not likely to be a made up story. So let me know what YOU think yourself, of this particularly "more- true-than-others" incident in the comment section.
Alien abductions
Artistic impression of an alien abduction 

You know still speaking about aliens, as people still don't believe they exist, thinking that the people who say or claimed they were abducted by aliens were just seeing  mere hallucinations by abductees or the results of an undiagnosed illness but its almost impossible for more than one different person to experience the same hallucinations at the same time. They're some credible , almost authentic stories that might leave you with some questions in ya head.

Some of those stories is that of Carol and Helen Thomas, the Deverow family, John Mann and his wife, Gloria ( i'll talk about that in my next post) and very few others.
So, Birmingham, England In the early hours of March 30, 1988, Helen Thomas and her mother Carol set off for work at the nearby mill. They walked through the city housing estates and back alleyways as they always did.
That morning, both women suddenly noticed a low humming sound above them, before an intense, very bright light shone down, effectively blinding them. As the light vanished both women returned to their senses, feeling a little nauseous and dizzy. Helen’s leather jacket was soaking wet, but the ground and environment was dry. Feeling confused, the two women carried on their way to work. Once there, they were informed by the security guards that they were already several hours late.

Tony Dodd
Famous UFO researcher, Tony Dodd. 

Few days later, blisters and rashes would appear on their skin, sometimes a constant feeling of anxiety ran through both women. It would be several years before they made contact with leading UFO researcher, Tony Dodd, who agreed to conduct interviews with the women under hypnosis. Each would recall being taken into a large bright room, and laid on tables. An unusual net-like material was placed on their legs that seemed to weigh them down. Creatures with large heads and large dark eyes performed strange experiments on them, including the taking of eggs from their bodies through a thin tube inserted into their bellies. Everything was “wet to touch,” and even more bizarrely, one of the aliens took a particular liking to Helen’s jacket, rubbing the material across its face and through its hands, making her jacket soaking wet. 
Another thing though: most of these victims names has been changed, withheld to keep their identities covert. Most of this stories are not very well known by the public because the victims decided to keep it to themselves, knowing exactly how crazy they sound and what other people might think of them.
Alien abductions
Illustration photo

Ne? we all know about Aliens ofcourse, we see them in fiction movies, cartoons, stories and definitely enjoy watching and reading about them but do they actually exists?. Most people don't actually believe they exist anyways but i do though.

Starting today my next four or five post will be about aliens, their abductions and claims of been seen by witnesses who also disappeared . So here's the first claim of abduction that happened to the Deverow Family.
16th January 2005, shortly after 5pm returning home after having eaten at a little chef at A65 Rachel Deverow, her two sons Benjy(11) and Alex(13) with her mother, Anne were driving towards their farmhouse in high Bentham. They whole family saw a bright light that seemed to be following their car. They continued to watch it for several minutes before it dived towards them and then sped off out of sight.

They continued on their ten-minute journey, realizing when they arrived home that it was well after 6:00 p.m. Feeling confused about the hour of missing time, Rachel and the family attempted to put the incident out of their minds. However, Alex began to speak of weird dreams he was having, where he was flying over the countryside "in a strange bubble"!!

Rachel eventually agreed to undergo hypnotic regression in order to try and recover the missing hour. She claimed that upon the light descending, all of the family were “flown” up to an alien craft. Once inside, she would describe the room as having no walls and like “standing in space.” A dazzling light shone overhead, and there were “little ones” moving around them, observing and studying them.
According to Rachel, they still see strange lights over their family home, leading many UFO researchers to believe that they are likely repeat abductees, and probably have been for some time.

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