Scientists Are Still Baffled At These Mysteries They Can't Explain

We like to think modern science can explain everything in the world, but these ten mysteries continue to baffle historians and scientists alike.

Posted on: May 05, 2017

Scientists Are Still Baffled At These Mysteries They Can't Explain

It’s tempting to believe that these big brains of ours can solve any mystery, given enough time and data. However, history is littered with mysterious events that continue to perplex investigators. Here are ten of the most baffling mysteries the brightest human minds have yet to solve–and which are likely to remain unsolved forever.

SLEEPY IN KARACHI

Sleepy In Karachi BBC UK

A narcolepsy epidemic in the Kazakhstan town of Kalachi has doctors stumped. Dozens of people are routinely falling asleep for days at a time, and though some have tried to pin blame on uranium poisoning from a nearby mine, tests have been negative. Meanwhile, an entire town seems to be sleeping it off for no apparent reason.

D.B. COOPER’S SHOCKING DISAPPEARANCE

D.B. Cooper's Shocking Disappearance LA Times

No list of unsolved mysteries worth its salt would neglect to mention D.B. Cooper, the famed hijacker who parachuted into the thick forest of Oregon with $200,000 in ransom money in 1971. No body, living or dead was ever found. The FBI called off the search in 2016, but is D.B. Cooper walking among us still?

IT’S RAINING MEN… NO, WAIT! IT’S FISH AND FROGS??

It's Raining Men... No, Wait! It's Fish And Frogs?? U Need 2 Know

Occasionally, but much more often than is reasonable in a sane world, a hail of frogs or fish will inexplicably rain down. Although scientists have offered an explanation of sorts (something they like to call spontaneous waterspouts) they can’t explain why only one species gets scooped up.

PENN STATE SCANDAL PROSECUTOR DISAPPEARED

Penn State Scandal Prosecutor Disappeared CNN

One April afternoon in 2005, Ray Gricar, Centre County Pennsylvania prosecutor called his girlfriend to say he was going for a drive and would return shortly. His car was found abandoned and divers discovered his laptop in a nearby river. He was never seen again. Left by choice or someone decided he had to go?

NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHAT ANCIENT EGYPTIANS LOOKED LIKE

No One Really Knows What Ancient Egyptians Looked Like Wall Pix

Since the Persian conquest of Egypt in 525 BC, people there have favored a Middle Eastern phenotype. However this was thousands of years after the pyramids were built. And with ancient Egyptians’ stylized depictions of themselves, it’s hard to say just what they looked like back then. Dark-skinned, light-skinned, ancient aliens, anyone?

1000-YEAR OLD CALCULATOR

1000-Year Old Calculator Wikipedia

The Antikytheria Mechanism is a complex calculator found in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece. It is a sophisticated system of gears that can predict eclipses and has a 19-year calendar. Impossibly, it was made around 100 B.C.,long before we understood the movement of the planets or even gravity. Aliens, anyone?

DEAD CIRCLES IN THE NAMIBIAN DESERT?

Dead Circles In The Namibian Desert? BBC

Forget crop circles! The new mystery that has researchers scratching their heads is a series of fallow circles in the Namibian desert where nothing grows. The circles are ten to 65 feet in diameter, and theories ranging from termites to fungus have been ruled out. 

LONGYOU CAVES IN CHINA

Longyou Caves In China Ancient Code

At a remote village in China, the draining of a pond revealed something no one expected, nor can they explain it: a complex system of caves that would have required thousands of man hours to build and the removal of nearly a million cubic meters of rock.

KILLER MASKS

Killer Masks CVLT Nation

In 1966 two men were discovered dead on a hillside outside Rio de Janeiro of unknown causes, and they were both wearing lead masks. They had a note with them that only adds to the mystery: “16:30 beat the specified location. 18:30 ingest capsules, after the effect protect metals await signal mask.” Uh, okay…

WHO GOES ON A THREE-HOUR TOUR?

Who Goes On a Three-Hour Tour? Daily Bhaskar

In 1955 the merchant ship “MV Joyita” was found adrift in the Pacific but still afloat, with a working radio tuned to an emergency frequency. Only problem: there was no sign of any of the 25 passengers and crew. The ship’s log and firearms were gone however, but left us wondering forever if there’s any way to explain how the entire crew had vanished without a trace.