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10 of the Strangest Unexplained Things from Around the World

Strangest Unexplained Things

Mysteries have plagued humanity since its inception. While some unsolved mysteries result from a historic cause where there is no way to determine what exactly might have happened back then, some others bewitch us right in the present. Some mysteries are so strange and inexplicable that even if they happen in front of our very eyes, there is no telling what the cause is. Bermuda triangles, the Loch Ness monster, and the Abominable Snowman are only some of the few mysteries that have been discussed in every possible opportunity as mysteries. However, our world is far more mysterious than it lets on. Here are some of the strangest things from around the world.

1. A humongous stretch of ancient artwork was discovered on the sides of a rocky hill in the Colombian part of the Amazon rainforests. Painted on an expanse of rocks spread across eight miles and drawn with ochre, “the ancient paintbrush,” it consists of several extinct creatures like mastodons and giant sloths. 

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These drawings depict animals including snakes, deer and a large bird, as well as geometric designs. Image credit: Josè Iriarte/bbc.com

Said to be around 12,600 years old, these paintings contain a lot of pictures of different animals in exquisite detail. There are pictures of smaller animals that still exist like the tapirs, apes, crocodiles, snakes, deer, and bats.

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A massive collection of Ice Age paintings. Image credit: channel4/nypost

However, there are also pictures of Ice Age animals that are now extinct like the giant sloths and mastodons. Scientists and archeologists have speculated that these drawings might have been drawn by indigenous people near the present-day Serranía La Lindosa archaeological site, in the Colombian Amazon around the time the last Ice Age ended.

After careful inspection, observers have found amidst elaborate rocks, pictures of people interacting with these animals and plants. (source)

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2. Augustin Lesage was perhaps one of the strangest self-taught artists in all of history. He used to be a coal miner, but one day in 1935, after hearing a strange voice that proclaimed that he would become a painter, ended up painting some very artistic spiritual works which people marvel over to this day. The voices are also said to have guided him as he painted these masterpieces. 

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Augustin Lesage in his studio. Image credit: marilynkaydennis

Born in France to a family of miners, Augustin Lesage followed the family tradition as a miner until one fine day, he is said to have contacted the spirits while mining.

Soon, he decided to become a painter and claimed that he didn’t have any idea of what art he would draw and that his spirit guides would instruct exactly what to do.

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A Symbolic Composition of Spiritual World (Image to the left), Oil on canvas. Image credit: emilypothast

Strangely enough, his paintings were symmetrical marvels with a hint of Egyptian and other Eastern monolithic designs. His paintings were classified as a part of the spiritual movement by experts, and he was considered an outsider artist – someone who wasn’t integrated into the art society.

He claimed throughout that his spirit guides told him what colors to get, what canvas to buy, and what to paint. He is said to have created about 800 paintings before his death. (source)

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3. The Guidestones in Georgia, also dubbed as the “American Stonehenge,” are an assortment of five gigantic granite blocks set up in 1980. On them, they have instructions inscribed in eight different languages to help people in the aftermath of an apocalypse. Furthermore, they also function as a compass, clock, and calendar.

American Stonehenge
American Stonehenge – instructions inscribed in eight different languages. Image credit: Pixabay

This monument consists of four huge monolithic blocks each 16 feet four inches tall, forming a “plus” sign when viewed aerially. Furthermore, there is a center stone of the same height, and all the other stones support the center stone which lays on top of them all.

The four blocks have instructions written in eight different languages – Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Swahili. Also, the top center block has writings in four ancient languages – Sanskrit, Classical Greek, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and Babylonian Cuneiform.

It is said to have been proposed by a strange mysterious old man named Robert C. Christian, who made the people in charge sign confidentiality agreements that would make him untraceable if anybody wanted to find out who built this structure. (source)

4. A group of divers found a human-sized transparent, gelatinous globule underwater as they were researching a World War II shipwreck in Ørstafjorden, Norway, situated around 200 meters from the coast. There have been several such sightings of similar giant transparent sacs of gelatinous material for over 30 years.

The divers who found this huge transparent structure, videographed it in amazing detail and posted it on YouTube on October 6, 2019. The video shows several hundred thousand small spheres within the big globule, which are reportedly the eggs of the Illex coindetii (southern shortfin squid) which is a 10-tentacled cephalopod.

DNA analysis from similar samples of globular sacs has confirmed this finding. The globule is almost transparent with a wide cylindrical structure within that is colored. Scientists have posited that it may be from the ink that the female squid deposited into the sac while making it.

It is also said that other members of the species Oegopsida, like the shortfin squid are also known to produce such large transparent sacs around their eggs. (source)

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5. The Moodus Noises of Connecticut, are quite the spectacle that have remained for ages since the native people claimed they were noises of gods. The otherwise quiet rural place has always made eerily frightening and booming noises, and several theories have come up, none of which successfully explain it. To this day, the noises haunt the people who live there.

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The Connecticut Village named for its subterranean thunder. Image credit: J.W. Ocker/Oddthingsiveseen via Atlasobscura

The small village of Moodus in Connecticut is known for the rumblings, which are strange, and sometimes even a cacophony. Located in the town of East Haddam, the population of Moodus is that of about 1,400 people. It is said that the place got its name from the term “Machimoodus,” which in the native language means “the place of bad noises.”

While early natives associated these noises with the wrath of a deity called “Hobbamock,” later settlers thought that it was a work of devils or witches. Even a carbuncle has been brought in the mix of stories that seemed to swirl around these creepy and scary noises.

However, recent scientific research has attributed these noises to a phenomenon termed “micro-earthquakes,” which are mild movements of the tectonic plates, registering very low frequency sounds on the Richter scale. (source)

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