“All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil. “ -- Benjamin Disraeli
Mankind has always tried to decode things he didn’t understand to satiate his curiosity. Everything that nature showcased was questioned and every riddle was thought upon. Some knots were untied but some remained… and still do. But not all mysteries are as well-known as others.
So through this blog, Mood I brings to you some of those unsung mysteries which still haunt our world.
1) Voynich Manuscript
Imagine a stranger giving you a copy of his handwritten notes with illustrations on many pages. You go through it only to find the language it is written in is known to no one on the planet but the illustrations are quite reasonable. Such is the case of the Voynich Manuscript. Dating back to the 15th century, the Voynich Manuscript has been a particularly intriguing problem for cryptologist. With illustrations indicating content relevant to Astronomy, Herbology, Cosmology, Biology and even recipes, the manuscript has stayed undeciphered. Such is the encryption that the people have gone as far as put forward hoax theories saying the reason the manuscript does not make sense is because it was never intended to. If that is the case, the writer is having a good time looking at all the hype he has created.
2)Dancing Plague of 1518
Yes, it is exactly how it sounds. This was indeed, a case of dancing mania, with people dancing for days without rest and some of them dying due to heart attack, stroke or exhaustion. The funny thing hasn’t even come yet. The authorities diagnosed this to be a natural disease due to hot blood. So they encouraged dancing thinking the cure was to exhaust all the dance in the dancers. They even paid the musicians to keep the dancers moving.
3)The Wow! Signal
On August 15, 1977 Dr. Jerry R. Ehman detected a strong narrowband radio signal while working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University. Amazed at how closely it matched the expected signature of an interstellar signal, he circled it on the computer printout and wrote the comment “Wow!” next to it. Although it lasted for a full 72 seconds, it has not been detected again.
4)The Last Witch
Jane Rebecca Yorke was an English medium who was the last person convicted under the Witchcraft Act of 1735. Believe it or not, in 1944, she was arrested and convicted of being a witch because of claims, that she was defrauding the public by exploiting wartime fears. She claimed that she gained various insights through her spirit guide. Yorke’s alleged spirit guide was a Zulu and she also frequently claimed to summon Queen Victoria. She was arrested in July, 1944. At her trial in September at London’s Central Criminal Court she was found guilty on seven counts against the Witchcraft Act of 1735. Yorke was fined £5 and placed on good behavior for three years, promising she would hold no more séances. Another woman was also tried and convicted of witchcraft that year – Helen Duncan of Scotland – wrongly referred to as the last witch. The Witchcraft Act was repealed in the UK in 1951, but is still in force in Israel which retains much of its pre-independence law – the penalty in Israel is 2 years imprisonment.
5)Dyatlov Pass Incident
During the night of the 1st of February 1959 a team of nine experienced cross country skiers abandoned their tent in the Russian Ural Mountains and fled to a nearby forest. The temperature outside was minus 15 degrees. Within hours they were all dead. The corpses were discovered at various distances from the campsite and showed little immediate outward sign of injury but on investigation it was discovered that two victims had a fractured skull (one severe), two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue. In addition, two of the their clothes were discovered to contain trace levels of radiation. Russian investigators finally closed the case stating only that “a compelling unknown force” had caused the deaths. Reports have made claims of high levels of radiation, strange lights in the sky, missing body parts, strange orange skin tones and even the possibility of UFO involvement.
These are just a few amongst the enormous sea of enigmas existing in our world . Who knows , one day down the line , these mysteries will unfold but till then all we can do is appreciate these little riddles that nature presents to the mankind .