Thursday, July 26, 2007
From The List Universe. I do not guarantee the veracity of their information.
The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who apparently died of crucifixion. Most Catholics consider it to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Despite many scientific investigations, no one has yet been able to explain how the image was imprinted on the shroud, nor has anyone been able to replicate it in numerous attempts. Radiocarbon tests date it to the Middle Ages, but apologists for the Shroud believe it is incorrupt - and carbon dating can only date things which decay. Reports of the Shroud's existence date as far back as the 4th century.
The Mary Celeste
The brigantine Mary Celeste was launched in Nova Scotia in 1860 as the Amazon. Over the next ten years she was involved in several accidents at sea and went through a handful of owners. Eventually she was put under American registry and renamed Mary Celeste, primarily to shake her reputation as a cursed vessel. In November 1872 the ship departed New York for Italy with Captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife, young daughter and a crew of eight. A month later, the ship was found floating in the Strait of Gibraltar with no one aboard and no signs of a struggle. The captain, his family and crew were never seen again.
The Taos Hum
The "Taos Hum" is a low-pitched sound heard around Taos, New Mexico, and in several other locations around the world. It is described as sounding like a distant diesel engine. The source and nature of the Hum are a mystery. Many people hear the Hum only inside buildings. Some Hum sufferers can also perceive vibrations that can be felt through the body. Earplugs are reported as not decreasing the Hum. The Hum is often perceived more intensely during the night.
In 1947 the mutilated body of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, 22, was found in a vacant lot in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles. Short was soon given the nickname “Black Dahlia” by newspapers, a reference to the film The Blue Dahlia, which had premiered the year before. Despite a massive police investigation (including a separate investigation by the L.A. District Attorney's Office, which identified 22 suspects, including Woody Guthrie and Orson Welles), no one was ever charged with Short's murder.
The Bermuda triangle is an area of water in the Atlantic Ocean in which a large number of planes and boats have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Over the years many explanations have been put forward for the disappearances, including bad weather, alien abductions, time warps, and suspension of the laws of physics. Although substantial documentation exists to show that many of the reports have been exaggerated, there is still no explanation for the unusually large number of disappearances in the area.
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California for ten months in the late 1960s. His identity remains unknown. The Zodiac coined his name in a series of taunting letters he sent to the press until 1974. His letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers), three of which have yet to be solved. The Zodiac murdered five known victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Others have also been suspected to be Zodiac victims, but there has been thus far no conclusive evidence to link them to the killer. The prime suspect in the Zodiac murders was Arthur Leigh Allen, a convicted sex offender. Despite a significant amount of circumstantial evidence against Allen, no physical evidence tied him to the crimes. Leigh was never charged, and died in 1992.
The Babushka LadyThe Babushka Lady is a nickname for an unknown woman who might have filmed the presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza during the John F. Kennedy assassination. She was called the Babushka Lady because she wore a headscarf similar to scarves worn by elderly Russian women or grandmothers (бабушка means grandmother or old woman in Russian). She appeared to be filming with an amateur movie camera. She was in turn filmed by others, proving her presence on the square, but it is not positively known who she was. The Babushka Lady never came forward. Police and FBI did not find her, and the film shot from her position never turned up, despite the request the FBI made to local photo processors that they would be interested in any pictures or films of the assassination. In 1970, a woman named Beverly Oliver came forward and claimed to be the Babushka Lady, but critics have noted a number of inconsistencies with her story, and she is generally considered to be a fraud.
In the later half of 1888, London was terrorized by a series of murders in the east end (largely in the Whitechapel area). The name Jack the Ripper was taken from a letter sent to a newspaper at the time by someone claiming to be the killer. The victims were typically prostitutes who had their throats cut and bodies mutilated. In some cases the bodies were discovered just minutes after the ripper had left the scene. The police at the time had many suspects but could never find sufficient evidence to convict anyone. Even with modern police methods, no further light has been shed on the murders in recent times. To this day the Ripper has not been positively identified.
The Voynich Manuscript is a medieval document written in an unknown script and in an unknown language. For over one hundred years people have tried to break the code to not avail. The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript suggests that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. However, the puzzling details of illustrations have fueled many theories about the book’s origins, the contents of its text, and the purpose for which it was intended. The document contains illustrations that suggest the book is in six parts: Herbal, Astronomical, Biological, Cosmological, Pharmaceutical, and recipes.
They should have included The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island (click for info)