The devices we use every day would baffle people who lived just 100 years ago, as technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in the modern age. One of the most amazing inventions is the computer, and it has taken over our lives in every area, from our phones to our cars to our kitchen appliances. Anyone can look at a phone to find out almost anything now. Why, then, are there still mysteries from the past? As archaeologists uncover more artifacts and scientists apply modern techniques to their finds, there are more mysteries instead of fewer ones.
Perhaps the most famous of all the ancient mysteries, Stonehenge is a popular tourist destination for many tourists who visit Great Britain. We know the monument we call Stonehenge was built around 4,000 years ago, but little else. How were the people in ancient times able to move such heavy stones? Why are they lined up the way they are? There are theories ranging from aliens from outer space to pagans using the site for holy rites.
The Loch Ness Monster
There have been tales of a dinosaur in a loch in Scotland as far back as the 7th century. How have so many people seen such a strange creature? What is it? People continue to flock to see the Loch Ness Monster still today.
The Shroud of Turin
While it seems to simply be a length of cloth, it appears to have the face of a man, and some people believe the Shroud of Turin depicts Jesus and that the shroud is actually his burial shroud. Experts have studied it but not found any definitive answers.
The Hidden City of Petra
This once bustling city was believed to have been settled as early as 9,000 BC, becoming the seat of the Nabataean Kingdom in the 4th century BC. Now abandoned, it has become a World Heritage Site destination and people try to learn from the remains.
The Lost Ark of the Covenant
A wooden chest which is purported to hold the Ten Commandments, the Ark of the Covenant is an object of reverence to many in the Christian Religion. Stories from around the world make claims that the Ark has been found in many locations, and transported secretly from place to place. The Ark continues to be a subject of intrigue and is sometimes the subject of books or movies.
The Fountain of Youth
This spring is supposed to restore the youth of anyone who bathes in it, and there are stories from around the world where people claim to have finally been the ones to find the real Fountain of Youth. Spanish explorer Ponce de León was supposedly told by Native Americans that the Fountain was in a place called Bimini, and there is a park in St. Augustine, Florida, which claims to have been the place where the famous explorer landed.
There are more than 100 of these odd 12 sided devices, some of which have been found on sunken ships. Originally thought to be a navigational device of some sort, no one could figure out how they work. One theory is that they are related to religious ceremonies.
Laos’ Plain of Jars
In northern Laos, there are many mysterious jars which are over 2,000 years old. There are possibly 90 different plains which contain the jars, with varying numbers, including one plain containing as many as 400 jars. They are similar enough that they seem to have been created for the same purpose, but there is no way to find out what that purpose was at this time.
The Bog Bodies of Northern Europe
People have been finding very well preserved cadavers throughout Northern Europe since the 18th century, but the bodies themselves have been dated back as far as 8,000 BCE. One of the bodies was in such good shape that it was possible to examine his stomach contents. The most mysterious thing, though, is that all of the bodies seem to have been the victim of executions, after which they were placed in the bogs.
The Antikythera Mechanism
Known as the world’s first computer, this ancient device was able to use a wind-up system to keep track of astronomical events, like eclipses, the phases of the moon, and where the planets were at different times.
The Venus Figurines
So far there have been over 200 Venus figurines found, with different female characteristics on each. Some seem to be pregnant or to have large breasts, while most are missing their hands and feet. Even the name Venus is controversial, as no one knows if the dolls represent women or goddesses.
A German archeologist, William Konig, made an odd find in the Middle East in 1838. In the area now known as Iraq, he and his team dug up some clay jars that dated to around 200 BCE. The strange thing was what was inside the jars; each of the jars held an iron rod that was wrapped in a copper cylinder. Based on the materials and design, Konig figured out that the contraptions could be used as batteries. A college professor tried it out and the jars successfully conducted electricity. What was the purpose of these ancient batteries?
Ancient Animal Traps
There is another mystery in the Middle East, where there is a chain of low stone walls crossing across the deserts in Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and other countries. Some of them are up to 40 miles long, and they appear to date as far back as 300 B.C. Long abandoned, there is no one left who can explain who made these formations or why they were abandoned. There is a theory that suggests hunters used the lines of rock as funnels to force their prey into a pit, where they could be dispatched more easily.
Sumerian King List
There is a very old cuneiform clay tablet which seems to be a list of all of the ancient Sumer kings, all the way back to the third millenium BCE. The Sumerian King List would be a very good indicator of some of the most powerful men of that time if the information is legitimate. However, the tablet includes the lengths of time of each king’s reign. Some held power for hundreds or even thousands of years. Why does the Sumerian Kings List hold such unusual information — did other men take over one king’s reign so that the people would believe in the divinity of the kings?
The Devil’s Bible
The origins of the book are unknown, but the claim behind the name is that an ancient monk made a deal with the devil in order to meet a deadline. The monk in question was threatened with a terrible death, where he would be walled up alive and left to starve. He agreed to write a single book containing all the knowledge in the world to get out of his punishment, so he made a deal with the Devil himself. This 13th-century book was over 300 pages and has the same handwriting throughout. The book still exists and is so heavy it takes two men to lift it.
Just off the coast of Yonaguni Jima, Japan, there exist the ruins of an ancient city believed to be 5,000 years old. Some scientists believe the ruins are simply a natural phenomenon while others believe the site is the city where the Jomon culture was found. Of course, most people think of Atlantis when they hear of a lost underwater city, but the ruins are probably the result of rising sea levels that simply overtook the city in time. The ruins were only discovered in 1995, noting arched entryways and stone staircases.
Everyone has seen the giant stone heads on Easter Island, but there is a greater mystery there. The Rongorongo Tablet was first discovered in 1864 but dates back to around 1200. Instead of letters, there is a series of glyphs which seem to have been carved into wooden planks using a shark tooth. No one has yet been able to translate the language, which is particularly intriguing because it is a language that developed without outside influences.
Saksaywaman Fortress Walls
This fortress is so old it predates the Incan empire, although it has not been definitively dated. The stones weigh more than 200 tons and fit together perfectly, as though constructed with modern machinery. The people in the area, which is in Cuzco, Peru, have a legend explaining how the work was done, using a native plant to make the stones lighter and easier to manipulate. The area was probably used as a temple.
The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
In the Diquis Delta of Costa Rica, ancient stone carvers carved hundreds of giant almost perfectly round spheres. Made of a type of igneous rock, some of the stones weigh as much as 16 tons and span over two meters in diameter. The spheres were lined up toward the home of the current chief, but nobody knows what the purpose of the rocks was. Wealthy landowners keep them in their gardens now, making it impossible to study them.
Found in the dry desert plains of southern Peru, there are many giant images and symbols carved into the hard-packed earth. Called geoglyphs, these were probably made by the Nasca Culture between 500 BCE and 500 CE. There are some designs that look like they could be runways for planes, while others are birds, fish, or even humans. Why were these symbols clearly made to be seen from someone high above long before air travel was even a possibility?
The Hellenikon Pyramid
Like the Egyptian pyramids, the Hellenikon Pyramid in Argolis, Greece, is largely a mystery. When was it built? And why? And who built it? Investigators have run across a reference to the Hellenikon Pyramid claiming that it was used as a tomb for soldiers fighting over Argos, but no proof was found to back that up. It may have been built around 2721 BCE, making it older than the Egyptian pyramids.
The Sajama Lines
The Sajama Lines are etched into the earth, much like the Nasca Lines. The Sajama Lines appear in western Bolivia and appear to intersect each other when seen from far above. Only discovered in 1832, the lines cover 8,700 square miles and are three to ten feet deep. Each line may go for miles. The lines appear to be over 3,000 years old and to have been made by ancient people living by the volcano, but there is no explanation as to why the lines were carved.
Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni
The only remaining intact example of an underground labyrinth construction in all of Europe, the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Malta was only discovered in 1902. This puzzling labyrinth is believed by experts to have been used from 4000 to 2500 BCE. Though this labyrinth — carved right out of the rock surrounding it — is made up of three levels, one level stands out. One level, which has been labeled as the Oracle Chamber, is an indication that the carvers of this labyrinth actually had advanced knowledge of acoustics. If you were to stand in this chamber and speak at a normal volume, your voice would be amplified a hundred times and reverberate through the entire chamber.
Although Gobekli Tepe in Turkey is thought to be the oldest temple complex ever built by man, dated at 11,000 BCE (an astounding 6,000+ years older than Stonehenge in England), it is also one of the newest finds in the archaeological world; Gobekli Tepe was found in just 2008 by Klaus Schmidt. This temple complex is made up of enormous cared-stone structures, and it helps give scientists a better idea of how societies evolved and how ancient people lived. This find also alludes to the fact that there are even more ancient places and artifacts that are, as of yet, undiscovered and just waiting to be stumbled upon.
Found in the town of Bashkorostan, Russia, which is located in the Ural Mountains, the Dashka Stone is a large stone tablet, which weighs more than a ton. The persons who unearthed this large stone tablet first believed that the cracks and lines on the tablet were formed naturally; however, they then discovered that the cracks and lines were meaningful: they created a topographical map of the surrounding area. More puzzling, though, was the fact that the perspective of the map shows the region from above. The tablet has been aged between 3,000 and 120 million years old.
The Paracas Candelabra is also called. the “Candelabra of the Andes.” This mysterious glyph is located on the face of the Paracas Peninsula in Peru and is over 600 feet high. Despite its common name, archaeologists do not really believe that this geoglyph was created to resemble a candelabra. The three-pronged design of this geoglyph more likely resembles a trident — to pay homage to Viracocha, the trident-wielding Incan creator god — or Jimson weed — a hallucinogenic, which was commonly used in religious rituals. Because of other nearby archaeological finds, the Paracas Candelabra is believed to be dated back to around 200 BCE.
Dogu are little clay figurines that depict human-animal hybrids, wearing what looks like helmets with goggles on them. They date back to Japan’s Neolithic Jomon period, which means that these clay figurines can be between 2,300 and 10,000 years old. To date, there have been approximately 15,000 of these clay figurines found in Japan. Even though there are so many dogu that have been found, there is no exact explanation for them.
The Big Circles
These huge circles range from 720 to 1,490 feet and are made from stone. Located mainly in Syria, nobody knows the purpose of these 2,000-year-old structures.
Mount Owen Moa Claw
First discovered in 1986, this ancient claw still has flesh on it and was at first thought to be a dinosaur. It turned out to be a Moa bird, a species extinct for over 3,000 years. How was the claw in such good shape?
These caves appear to have been deliberately carved in sandstone over 2,200 years ago, with some over 100 feet tall. There are carved bridges, pillars, etc throughout the extensive cave system. How was it built, and why?
Lady of the Spiked Throne
Dating back to 2700 BC, this strange artifact looks like a boat with the head of a bull and 15 passengers. Nothing like it has been found.
These caves are 5,000 feet above sea level and there is evidence people lived in them. The mystery is that there are also bones of very large animals like stegodons and rhinoceros. How did they get up there?
White Shaman Rock
In the southwestern part of Texas lived the ancient Huichol tribe of Native Americans. The Huichol engaged in cave and canyon drawing and, due to their remote location, were able to evade the Europeans, who were settling other areas of the Sierra Madre Mountains, for longer than most other tribes. However, when the Europeans did finally come upon the Huichol tribe, they were astonished at what they saw. Despite never interacting with the previous groups of European settlers, the Huichol created what is known as White Shaman Rock: a rock with a drawing depicting a 24-foot tall white person. This drawing, which was found in the Lower Pecos River Canyon, is estimated to be at least 4,000 years old, which means that is was created long before these white Europeans became known to the people of the Huichol tribe.
The Phaistos Disc has been surrounded by debate ever since it was first discovered in 1908. The Phaistos Disc is an artifact dating back to some time between 1850 and 1600 BC, which puts it into the time period of the middle to late Minoan Bronze Age. This artifact, a round clay disc, was unearthed on the Greek island of Crete in a Minoan palace called Phaistos. The Phaistos Disc has 241 symbols pressed into it, in a spiral pattern. However, the symbols have not been linked to any written language, and the meaning of the symbols are still unknown.
Archeologist Chi Pu Tei and his team discovered the Dropa Stones in the Bayan-Kara-Ula Mountains of China in 1938. They are in fact hundreds of stone discs that look a lot like modern records which play music. They even have a hole in the center and a spiral groove. When examined more closely under a microscope, researchers also saw symbols in the grooves that looked like hieroglyphs. While we may never know what they say, it is believed that these 12,000-year-old artifacts contain information.
Three Week Pet and House Sitting Turns Into a Year Long Mystery
Any responsible pet owner knows that if you cannot bring the animals with you then you need to make arrangements to ensure they are taken care of. If you are going to be gone for any length of time it is also a good idea to have someone check in on the house once in a while to make sure everything is ok. Last year one Canadian man agreed to watch his neighbor’s home while they were away.
The neighbors were going to be traveling for a few weeks visiting family overseas. They asked the man and his wife to watch the house and their pets and check on the house for three weeks while they went to Taiwan as his mother was dying and they wanted to see her and spend time with the family. They left the man $500 dollars for food for their 2 German Sheppards and their cat. The man agreed and went over daily to feed the pets and would walk through the house to check on things every week.
On July 1, he got an email asking if the man and his wife could watch things for a little longer. It was taking more time than they expected to take care of everything after his mother had died. They agreed and expected the man to return in 2 week’s time. They never arrived and no other communications were received. On July 21, the man sent an email but never got a reply. By the end of the month the neighbor’s cell phone had been disconnected and he was not responding to any email messages at all now. At some point in the following weeks a pipe had burst and ended up flooding the basement causing massive water damage. The man did not know what to do now since he still could not get in touch with the family.
He ended up paying someone out of his own pocket to have the leak fixed, and he also paid for one of their dogs to have surgery. This was quickly becoming a real nightmare situation, and worst of all, he had no idea how long it was going to last. He thought about trying to track them down via social media but they had a very common last name and he had no address or name for contact on who they were staying with in Taiwan so it seemed a search on his own was going to be fruitless.
The electricity was still running in the house, which the man credited to an autopayment. The internet was also still working. There was no way to track down a place of employment or other contact ins Canada who might know the couple and be able to help track them down. So, after waiting nearly a year, the man filed a missing person report with the police to try and get some help finding out what happened to the couple. Eventually, they got a response- there was good news and bad news.
The good news was that the couple were alive and well and not dead or in prison as the man had feared. The bad news was that they seemed to be very irresponsible and privileged people. They said they had asked a relative to come to get the pets and deal with the house but had never checked in with him to see if any of it had been done. They said the man and his wife could keep the pets if they wanted or he could find some way to take them off their hands. He also seemed to care little about the house and made a statement along the lines of – if we ever come back we can pay to fix it or just buy a new house.
The man said that he and his wife would keep the pets as they couldn’t bear to give them up after a year of caring for them. They were also very worried about what this couple may do with animals they seemed to truly care so little about. It is one of the most bizarre stories ever, but at least it ends on a happy not and those pets are still in good hands and are being loved and cared for. But let this be a warning before anyone agrees to house sit or pet sit for something- get all the details and contact information before you ever say yes!
Experts Share What It Feels Like to Experience Giant Murder Hornet Stings
Giant murder hornets, also known as Vespa mandarinia, have been in the news a lot lately. They have been recently spotted in the United States. These hornets were seen in Washington State back in December and it marks the first time they were documented in the U.S. British Columbia has also experienced a number of different spottings throughout last fall. Many experts believe these hornets ended up in the area through cargo transport.
The hornets pose a threat to the dwindling honeybee population in the United States and, since they have few natural predators, they can wreak havoc on other fragile ecosystems. These deadly hornets have also been known to kill dozens of people each year in Japan so they really are not kind to humans either.
On his show, Brave Wilderness, YouTube personality Coyote Peterson was actually stung on camera by a murder hornet. On the show, you can see him in pain and his hands begins to seize up. He later revealed that he was in pain for almost six hours. His arm ballooned up to twice its normal size. While a single sting isn’t likely to kill a human being unless there is an allergic reaction to the venom, 30 to 40 stings could in fact kill a human. Even if someone is not allergic to a hornet, the sting is incredibly painful and does have a lot of neurotoxins.
A murder hornet has also stung Conrad Berube, an insect expert. He was stung through a beekeeping suit and was also stung through two pairs of pants and the hornet drew blood in two different places. He later said that the day after he was stung, he felt like he had the flu with leg aches. He has said the sting was the most painful of any stings he has experienced.
The hornets have a longer stinger than a honeybee does. Hornets don’t break off their stingers when they sting. Since the hornet stingers can puncture thick clothing it’s best to avoid hornets and the nest when possible. The hornets are also attracted to tree sap. You could be stung by one while close to a tree. Avoid wearing dark clothing since hornets are more attracted to it and if you are going to be outside, avoid carrying any open top sweet drinks, such as a soda, in order to try and prevent these painful stings from happening.
These hornets are typically between 1.5 and 2 inches long and have large orange-yellow heads, along with prominent eyes and a yellow and black striped abdomen. The hornet’s life cycle begins in April. When the queen wakes up from her hibernation, she begins to scout out different spots to grow colonies and build underground nests. Murder hornets are the most dangerous during the late summer and early fall and this is when they are likely to do the most damage to honeybee populations. The hornets end up attacking the beehives and then decapitate and kill the adults. They do so while eating the larvae and pupae. It only takes a few hornets to destroy an entire hive in just a few hours. The hornets usually nest in the mountainous regions of Asia and it’s not often they are found in urbanized areas or large cities. The nest is typically found at the base of large trees and they aren’t able to tolerate extremely cold or hot temperatures, which gives some hope that they may not spread in certain climates in North America.
Currently, officials in Washington State are tracking the insects and using traps to ease some of the potential harm.
Starving Street Dog Can’t Even Stand Up, Then Rescuers Help Her Transform
There are many incredible dog rescue stories but this one might be one of the most astonishing and amazing animal transformations through human kindness and compassion.
Animal Aid Unlimited, a leading street animal rescue center in India, received a message from a person saying that there is a sick and dying dog on the street that is not even able to stand up. When the rescue group found the collapsed starving pooch by the side of the road, they realized the words of the Good Samaritan were not an exaggeration. The dog was extremely malnourished and so skinny that her body looked like just a pile of rocks. She was covered in mange and was completely hairless with painful sores all over her weak body.
The rescues covered the stray with a blanket and took her to one of their facilities full of doubts the dog would be able to survive. The pup was so weak that she even did not have enough strength to eat when volunteers were attempting to feed her. Her sad eyes were full of pain and hopelessness. All she was doing was laying on her mat on the floor in the corner of the cell and staring at the wall.
However, the rescuers did not want to give up and decided to do all they can to help the dog to survive and get back to a happy dog life. They named the pooch Helen and started working hard and tirelessly on saving Helen’s life. The saddest and the most heartbreaking thing was to find out that the dog was completely cut off from human contact and did not know what affection was. When one of the volunteers approached her and stroked her head gently, Helen shook it off like a fly because has never experienced such contact before.
Even though the dog was very sick, both physically and mentally, the rescue team knew they could heal her. The first things they did were hooking the pup up to an IV to offset dehydration and cured her damaged skin with the help of anti-inflammatory medications. It took volunteers several months to bring Helen back to life. After 10 days her will to live was getting stronger, and Helen started her journey to recovery. It took her several months until she finally started getting better and transforming into a dog with some hope in her eyes and trust in humans.
Soon the dog was unrecognizable. Her eyes got filled with the will to live and the body got covered with white soft fur. She looked like a brand-new healthy and happy dog. The volunteers say that she is an old, frail, and toothless girl with a very young and strong soul. At first, they thought they might lose her, but her hidden strong spirit helped her to survive.
This story is an incredible example of how human kindness and a big heart can work wonders and transform the lives of other living creatures.
Animal rescue specialist removes gator from a residential property
It is very common for wild animals to roam freely in the state of Florida. Gainesville is home to the largest population of gators in the world, who are often seen residing in freshwaters and even trespassing on people’s private properties. Even though they primarily eat fish, birds, and other reptiles, but once big enough, they can prey on larger animals like deer and buffaloes, however, if given a chance can easily attack a human as well.
Their predatory nature is what makes them one of the most dangerous creatures in the world, so their proximity to humans in the area puts people to risk in their everyday lives. One such incident happened when a homeowner, Mr. Scott returned from a casual grocery run only to find a gator amusingly laying on the front porch of his house. Living in Gainsville for nearly more than 40 years, he was used to this sight and was well-rehearsed in the protocol that needed to follow. He immediately called the FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline. Andrew Dunlop picked up the phone who guided Mr. Scott to take some precautionary measures before the trapper arrived. The guidelines included to not feed the gator anything as this act can make it lose its natural fear of humans. Secondly, Andrew asked Mr. Scott to keep his distance as coming too close to the gator can cause it to explore what it normally would have avoided.
The trapper arrived within 20 minutes of the call. He was well equipped and seemed confident and experienced. He used the tapping technique where he put a fish as a bait on a hooked stick. He started tapping the baited stick on the floor, slowly nearing the reptile on the porch. Once the gator caught sight of the fish, it quickly moved his face towards it. Taking small and gradual steps, the gator plunged to the bait opening its mouth in an attempt to devour the fish. The hook on the stick caught its mouth and prevented the creature from escaping. The trapper slowly pulled the gator to his cage. The gator was showing rapid movements however the tapper along with the assistant was well trained in calming the creature by holding it with secure hands and placing the cage at the back of their van. Mr. Scott was asked by the trappers if he would like to accompany them to see the gator escape to its natural habitat. He responded in the affirmative and hopped on with them in the van.
A small lake at a 5 minutes’ drive from Scott’s neighborhood was located as the home for the captured gator. His cage was taken out on the shore and the reptile was slowly unhooked. With a quick and small splash, the gator quickly rushed in the water back to his haven.
Group of Heroes Save A Dolphin That Made Its Way to Shallow Waters
It is always a great thing to let professionals and experts who know exactly what they are doing rescue animals since they are more knowledgeable. This is because people that are not experts tend to lack the knowledge and obviously the experience when it comes to being able to handle wild animals properly.
If you are dealing with a baby animal rescue, things can become more confusing. They are not easy to handle and it could be extremely dangerous, depending on the type of wild animal it is.
Time is definitely of the essence though especially when one has already been advised to stay away from what could potentially be some of the most harmless wild animals. It is only in our nature to do something instead of watching a helpless small animal struggle on their own. If we could, we are going to try to free the from whatever trap they are in on our own because it could be just a matter of seconds until they die or are seriously hurt.
This is exactly what happened one day to some frequent visitors in Dorset, which is located in the United Kingdom. There happened to be a baby dolphin that looks like he was in need of some assistance. He was already laying on the beach and he definitely needed to get back into the ocean. Can you guess what happens next? Yes, of course, there was an attempt for a few visitors that were obviously brave to come to the poor dolphin’s rescue.
It seemed as if the dolphin was acting a little bit weird. He could have been confused and delirious because he was headed toward the beach when a group of pleasant people that were standing by noticed one of the dolphin’s fin. The group instantly jumped into save mode. They knew that they had to do something and could not let the dolphin sit there and struggle. They knew there was no time to call a professional rescue team because this dolphin’s life was at high risk right now.
The group got themselves together and took matters upon their own hands to try and redirect the dolphin back into the water so he could go home.
There is a wonderful clip below that you can click on to watch and see the entire rescue yourself. The video will definitely have your heart racing as you watch the group attempt to save this dolphin’s life. You will see how they were able to turn the dolphin around and get him back into the deeper part of the water.
Last but not least, the dolphin is finally headed in the right direction. The group was able to get him back into the water and he began swimming towards his home. This would not have been possible if the group of people standing by were not there to save him. There were also other people that were standing around watching as the rescue unfolded. They seemed prepared to jump in if needed.
Make sure that you share this video on Facebook if you feel that you could have been right on the side of this wonderful team of brave heroes to help the dolphin get back into the water. Kudos to the great work they did!
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