7 Puzzling Mysteries From History – When one thinks of a puzzle, they might think of something they put together. However, a puzzle can also be something that causes someone confusion. Sometimes something is a puzzle because it doesn’t have a definitive answer. This is the case with these 7 Puzzling Mysteries from History.
1. Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle is in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. Throughout history, many people have blamed this mythical region for the unexplained disappearances of planes and ships. The first recorded Bermuda Triangle mystery dates back to 1492. This is when Christopher Columbus saw a great flame of fire crash into the sea. Years later in 1909, Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail alone around the world, disappeared on a voyage to South America. His death has been attributed to the Bermuda Triangle. In 1918, a Navy cargo ship called the USS Cyclops sank in this area. No wreckage was ever found. Two sister ships to the USS Cyclops disappeared along the same route in 1941. In recent years, passenger planes have also disappeared while flying over the area.
2. Loch Ness Monster
In Scotland, a loch is an arm of the sea. Hence the name for a mysterious monster that people believe lives in the waters near the Scottish Highlands. Some affectionately call the monster “Nessie.” The first sighting of the Loch Ness monster goes back to the 6th century. In 1933, the first photograph was taken of the famous sea monster. A more recent sighting occurred in 2007. Besides several sightings and a few photos of a supposed sea monster, nobody has ever been able to truly prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
3. Big Foot
Another famous monster that people have claimed to see and even photograph is Big Foot. Also known as Sasquatch, this monster is a furry upright biped with huge footprints. The legend of Big Foot began in 1958. Over 60 years later people still ask the question, “Is Big Foot really real?” Some are more convinced than others.
4. Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance
Amelia Earhart was born in 1897 and became one of the world’s most celebrated aviators. She took her first airplane ride in 1920 and was soon taking flying lessons. After buying her first plane, she earned her pilot’s license. In 1928 and 1932, Amelia successfully flew over the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan sought to fly around the world. It would be Amelia’s final flight. It is believed the plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean after running out of fuel. Neither she nor Noonan were ever found.
5. The Abandoned Mary Celeste
On November 7, 1872, Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs set sail with seven crew, his wife, and their child. They sailed from New York City bound for Genoa, Italy aboard the Mary Celeste. Eight days later Captain David Morehouse set sail with his crew on the Dei Gratia. On December 5, one of Morehouse’s crew spotted the Mary Celeste adrift and abandoned. The ship was undamaged, supplied but devoid of human life. No sign of foul play was ever found. Various theories put forth provide potential explanations, though the crewless ship remains a puzzle.
6. Red Rain in India
In 2001, one of the most mysterious weather phenomena in history took place in Southern India. Following a loud boom in the sky, red rain began falling from the clouds. There were also other colors of rain, including yellow, green, and black. During the unusual rainstorm, trees started to shed their leaves and turn grey. Scientists attribute the strange weather event to microscopic algae in the raindrops. It is not known, however, how the algae got into the clouds.
7. Bighorn Medicine Wheel
Bighorn Medicine Wheel lies near the summit of Medicine Mountain in north-central Wyoming. The structure is made from limestone and measures 82 feet in diameter. Nobody knows for sure how old it is. Some say it dates back a few hundred years, while others say it was made thousands of years ago. Through the centuries, many different Native American tribes have used the Bighorn Medicine Wheel in their tribal ceremonies. No tribe, however, has ever taken credit for making it.