10 Unsolved Mysteries of the World


Everyone loves mystery, and a real-life unsolved puzzle is far more fascinating than any fictional one (even if you do get the answer in a work of fiction, and not in the real-life one!) … well, it is, isn’t it?! There are all sorts of bizarre and strange things that has happened some of which make up the unsolved mysteries of the world, from puzzling coded texts no-one’s been able to decipher to showers of vegetables falling out of the sky. With lots of documentaries on strange events, some of which have been solved while explanation to some others can only be attempted by unimaginable and highly speculative theories- here’s a selection of those unsolved mysteries of the world. [Read : most scary urban myths and legends from around the world]

Strange Unsolved Mysteries of the World

1. Seeds From Heaven

beans Seeds from Heaven

In 1979, the Southampton house of a Mr Moody was suddenly deluged by seeds of mustard and cress pattering onto his greenhouse, apparently simply falling out of the sky. The next day it was bean, corn and pea seeds and his neighbours either side got some, too. This happened again and again for some time, then eventually less often and finally it stopped, after 25 separate ‘falls’. Mr Moody gathered eight buckets of cress seeds over that time and ten pounds of beans were collected between the three gardens – but no-one has been able to find out where the seeds came from, then or now. Apparently, the seeds grew into very good quality produce, though!

2. The Zodiac Letters

The Zodiac Letters

These are various encrypted messages believed to have been written by a San Francisco murderer of the 1960’s/70’s known as the Zodiac Killer, and thought to have been written to taunt police and the press. The killer has never been caught, although the last known Zodiac murder was in 1970, and of the messages he sent to the police and the press, only one has been cracked so far. Between 1966 and 1974, the Zodiac killer provided more than 20 written communications with the press and police officials and including other ciphers that have not been cracked to this day…making them part of the unsolved mysteries of the world.

3. The Odon Pyro-ghost

Strange Fire

William Hackler was a farmer in Odon, Indiana and one morning in 1941 he had just left the house when he smelled smoke and hurried back in – to find a fire that apparently started inside a bedroom wall. Back then they had no electricity, so this was very strange! The volunteer fire services arrived and put it out, but then things really started to become weird – as the firemen left, a second fire started, from inside a mattress, then another that apparently started between the covers of a book and for the rest of the day, fires just kept breaking out all over the house – even some under the very noses and eyes of various astonished people! In all, twenty-eight apparently spontaneous fires popped up over that day, then they just stopped, and Mr Hackler was so discomposed by it all he tore down the house and rebuilt it from scratch. This seems to have worked, as nothing like it ever happened again, but nor were the fires ever explained. [Read: African Myths and Legends]

4. So Maybe Someone IS Out There? – The Wow! Signal!

SETI Satellite Dish
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Many people may remember the SETI (“Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”) project, where people all over the world donated spare computer time to assisting in recording and analyzing any possible messages coming in from outer space. However, in all the signals looked at, only one came close to possibly being the real thing – that is, an actual message, from somewhere other than the earth. In 1977, SETI volunteer Jerry Ehman was scanning radio wave signals coming in from space looking for signs of possible intelligence when he saw spikes on the measurements. Over 1 minute 15 seconds (the maximum time his array could measure) Jerry watched as the system recorded the powerful signal, apparently from Tau Sagittarii, 120 lights away in the constellation Sagittarius – and wrote “Wow!” on the printout, hence it has since been known as ‘The Wow! Signal’. No-one’s ever managed to locate it again, however, so scientists have had a field day trying to explain its meaning and origin!

5. The Electric Girl


One of the unsolved mysteries of the world took place in early 1846 when a 14-year-old Angelique Cottin suddenly started having a strange ‘electric’ effect on objects around her – furniture would float through the air, chairs move away as she tried to sit on them and a weaving frame even danced around a room! Her body would also move suddenly and wildly, apparently without her consciously doing anything, to such an extent she was injured a number of times. Although her parents suspected she was possessed, their priest was unable to do anything and denied this was the problem, so instead the parents put Angelique on display and charged people to come and see her! However, just three months later the strange ‘electric’ effects stopped as suddenly as they had begun, and they never returned – or were explained.