have now been solved leading to closure. These are such solved mysteries of the universe that we are going to discuss now, the famous mysteries that have finally been untangled.
The world is a hub of mysteries. There have been so many instances around the world that have gotten people thinking for centuries to come. However, some have managed to be solved, and logical answers were revealed for them. It is such mysteries that we are going to talk about now. We are going to shed some light on some of the greatest and creepy mysteries that remained unresolved for a long time and were recently unraveled after a lot of digging.
The Lost Franklin Expedition Ship
An expedition, well-funded and well-equipped led by a British explorer, Sir John Franklin in 1845 lost sight after it entered Arctic. The voyage was never heard about again. For a long time, the fate of the voyage remained unknown. In 1859, a rescue mission was conducted which discovered two notes under a rock cairn on King William Island. According to the first note, the ships were trapped in ice owing to which the crew decided to winter on the island. As per the second note, the ships remained stuck for over a year with the crew experiencing a high and mysterious mortality rate. The leader, Franklin was dead, and the rest of the crew had the intention of walking to the south. However, they failed to survive. The hunters reported that bones marked by metal saws were discovered which gave rise to the conclusion that the white men were indulged in cannibalism and had been feeding off one another. Attempts were made to find the wreckage of the ship, but the endeavors bore no fruit. In 2014, one of the ships was discovered which contained clues as to what exactly happened on the voyage. The search for the second ship is still underway, and there is a high probability that it will soon be found.
2. Egypt’s Strangely Small War Elephants
A war was declared by Pharaoh Ptolemy IV of Egypt against the Seleucid ruler, Antiochus III. The armies met at the Battle of Raphia, and war elephants were used by both the sides. According to historians, a larger part of the battle was fought between the elephants, and it was the size of the elephants used by Antiochus that took everyone by surprise. This is because African elephants were larger in size as compared to the Indian ones usually. There was a great deal of curiosity as to why Ptolemy made use of smaller elephants. However, latest research has solved the mystery. Antiochus had made use of extinct species.
3. The Dark Side of the Moon
The initial pictures of the mysterious dark side of the moon were taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 back in 1959. This led to a great deal of surprise as the unseen lunar surface was devoid of the large dark areas known as lunar maria. It was revealed that maria made up around 2% of the dark side of the moon. This gave rise to a mystery since maria is large basaltic plain that forms owing to volcanic activity. Eventually, a conclusion was made according to which a thicker crust prevented maria from being formed on the dark side. No logical answer could be found as to why the crust was so thick. However, an answer is now apparently available for the same. According to astrophysicist, Jason Wright, the Moon was formed via debris scattered owing to the collision of Earth with a Mars-sized object. The collision is likely to have created a high amount of heat. The Moon managed to cool off faster on one side as a result of which dark side was found.
4. The Mysterious Notes in a Copy of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’
For around 150 years, the scholars were rather baffled owing to a series of mysterious notes that were found in an ancient copy of Homer’s Odyssey. The language was unknown, and the scholars could not gauge their meaning. The matter was not resolved till the prevalence of the internet. It was revealed by Italians, Daniele Metilli and Giula Accetta that the notes were written in shorthand that was invented by Jean Coulon de Thevenot. The decoding of the text revealed it to be French, as a translation of Greek Odyssey.
5. The Ocean Quack
Around fifty years ago, a strange sound was detected by submarines through the southern ocean which appeared to be quite similar to quacking of a duck. However, this was unlikely since the ducks rarely entered the area. Thus, this was quite a puzzle for the experts. Lots of theories were circulated for the same. Until recently it was not discovered that the sound came from Antarctic minke whales.
6. The Last Resting Place of U-26
Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, lieutenant commander Egewolf was appointed as a captain of the German submarine U-26. He proved to be an effective captain. However, in 1915, the submarine boarding 30 crew members disappeared without a trace. Various theories were presented with regards to the fate of the submarine, but no conclusive evidence could be found. In 2014, remains of the submarine were found in the western Gulf of Finland.
07. What Happened on the Mary Celeste?
A ship called Mary Celeste was found in 1872, completely deserted. No signs of damage could be found on the ship, and it contained around six months of food and water. The mystery garnered a great deal of attention. However, recently a chemistry professor Dr. Andrea Sella revealed that he had an answer as to what could have transpired in the ship. According to him, around 1100 liters of alcohol leaked on the boat and the crew left the ship following the alcohol explosion. The explosion would have blown hatches open but no trace of damage was found.
08. Chelsea Bruck’s Murderer
Chelsea Bruck attended a Halloween party in 2014 wherein she came dressed as poison ivy. She then went home at 3 AM with a man wearing a costume. No one knew who he was and she never reached home. Her body was found three weeks later in an empty field. The murder mystery remained unsolved until two years. In 2016, the police narrowed down a suspect, Daniel Clay whose girlfriend claimed that he had confessed to the murder. Not much has been revealed but according to reports that have come in, he was probably looking for sexual relationship, and when he was denied, he murdered her.
09. ‘Baby Hope’ Identified
Construction workers in New York found a blue cooler that contained the body of a four-year-old girl hidden under cans of Coca Cola, wrapped in a black garbage bag in 1991. It was not till 2013 when it was discovered that to whom the body belonged. She was Anjelica, daughter of Margarita Castillo. The baby was raped by her cousin and to prevent her from screaming, he smothered her, thereby killing her accidentally. He confided to his sister who advised him to dispose of the body. The missing case was not reported by Margarita since she was an illegal immigrant and could not speak English. She was afraid of being deported, and thus the case went unreported.
10. Bella in the Wych Elm
Four boys discovered a skull inside a witch-hazel tree in 1943 in Worcestershire. Police then came across the body of a woman which looked as though it had been subjected to ritualistic murder. The case turned creepy when graffiti started appearing around the town reading, who put Bella in the Wych Elm? The body remained unclaimed, and no missing reports were made. As per Professor James Webster, he has cracked the mystery. According to him, Bella was a German actress, Clara Bauerle, who performed under the name Clarabella. She was working as a Nazi spy who was supposed to parachute into the area in 1941. She landed but was never heard of again.
11. Paul Fronczak’s True Identity
Baby Paul of Fronczak was abducted in 1965. When they heard that a toddler had been found abandoned in a stroller, they were convinced that it was Paul. They raised him. However, as he grew older, he bore no resemblance to them. They took a DNA test which revealed that the baby was not Paul. It has now been revealed that the baby is actually Jack whose biological parents have died. He had a twin sister Jill who is missing to date.
It is apparent that the occurrence can always be explained. All that is required is to keep digging. If attempts are continuously made to find out about something, sooner or later, the truth would come to light. It might take years. Eventually, someone would manage to untangle the thread which would lead to unravel the mystery. Thus, you can be certain that a day will come when all the unresolved mysteries would find answers.