posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 12:50 PM
11. The Voynich manuscript
12. Rock Frogs
The Voynich manuscript, described as "the world's most mysterious manuscript", is a work which dates to the early 15th century, possibly from
northern Italy. It is named after the book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912. Some pages are missing, but the current version comprises
about 240 vellum pages, most with illustrations.
Much of the manuscript resembles herbal manuscripts of the time period, seeming to present illustrations and information about plants and their
possible uses for medical purposes. However, most of the plants do not match known species, and the manuscript's script and language remain unknown
and unreadable. Possibly some form of encrypted ciphertext, the Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers,
including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II.
As yet, it has defied all decipherment attempts, becoming a cause célèbre of historical cryptology. The mystery surrounding it has excited the
popular imagination, making the manuscript a subject of both fanciful theories and novels. None of the many speculative solutions proposed over the
last hundred years has yet been independently verified.
The Voynich manuscript was donated to Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 1969, where it is catalogued under call number
MS 408 and called a "Cipher Manuscript"
13. Strange rain.
This mummified corpse of a frog was found in a hollow flint 'geode' which was cracked open in 1899 by workmen in a quarry in England. There have
been many reports of frogs found inside rocks; some still living in a kind of stupor but which revived once exposed to the air. In 1910 a living toad
was found when a piece of coal was broken open; another was found in 1906 six feet (2 m) underground in a solid layer of clay. The most commonly found
seem to be stuck in limestone. Some frogs have been found with the impression of their bodies so tightly jammed against the rock 'pocket' that even
the skin's crackles can be seen imprinted on the sides of their frog-shaped hole --meaning the rock formed around them somehow.
14. The Hessdalen lights
Weird rain is one of the more bizarre - and still largely unexplained - phenomena that is periodically (yet continually) reported from all corners
of the globe. There have been accounts of frog rain, fish rain, squid rain, worm rain, even alligator rain. The logical explanation for the odd
occurrences is that a tornado or strong whirlwind picked up the animals from a shallow body of water and carried them - sometimes for hundreds of
miles - before dropping them on a bewildered populace. This explanation has yet to be proved, and it can't quite account for all of the documented
The Hessdalen lights. The eerie display of brilliant bursts of lights in the sky that has plagued Norway since the 19th century has the scientific
world scratching their heads. For centuries, people around the world have witnessed a strange phenomenon - orbs of light hovering in the night sky.
Some say the lights chased after them as they drove away in their cars, and military pilots have reported spotting the lights on secret missions. Many
wonder if the lights could be ghosts, or visitors from outer space.
These strange lights have always intrigued me - they display properties that one would attribute to the basic premise of Unidentified Flying Objects
and seemingly "other-worldly" in their manouvers. This year a serious scientific analysis was undertaken to explain them and I will leave it to you
to read and draw your conclusions as you see fit.
15. The Ourang Medan - high strangeness on the high seas
I've saved, what I consider the best, till last.....................
I have left this “mother of all mysteries” until last for a reason. As some of you are aware, I have a maritime career and this, without doubt,
continues to give me the chills for many many reasons. We’ve all heard of the stories of ghost ships and other maritime tales but perhaps you are
not familiar with the SS Ourang Medan.
This story is so strange that there has been debate as to whether the vessel even existed in the first place - the USCG's testimony appears to favour
the tale as being authentic.
You are going to have to hit the link because any summary will not do this tale justice!
Here is a teaser............
All the crew and officers of the Ourang Medan were dead, their eyes open, faces looking towards the sun, arms outstretched and a look of terror on
their faces. Even the ship's dog was dead, found with a snarling expression at some unseen enemy. When nearing the bodies in the boiler room, the
rescue crew felt a chill though the temperature was near 110°F.
I am overwhelmed at the responses that I have received for this dissertation. Thank-you all so very much.
May I extend a special thanks to Super Mod - Donttreadonme, for your very kind advice in guiding me to structure these and other postings
There have been plenty of requests to keep this sort of thing coming..........and I will oblige from here on with single event posts of the less well
known but equally intriguing mysteries that we all find fascinating.
Once again thank-you all for your kind words and support.