10 Insane Unexplained Mysteries Throughout History

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Curiosity killed the cat, or some people will tell you, oddly enough. However, curiosity is what ensures we are learning new things all the time, so it is definitely something you should continue with. Throughout history, countless mysteries have remained unexplained, even to this day when science and reasoning abounds. Some things are just too big for mankind to wrap their heads around, though. Everything from disappearances to natural phenomenon. Here are ten unexplained mysteries passed on through history that no one can yet explain.

Roanoke Colony

Roanoke Island, located in present day North Carolina, was settled by 121 colonists led by John White in 1587. As the native population grew restless, John White returned to England for reinforcements. Upon returning home to Roanoke, however, he discovered everyone was gone without a trace.

Sailing Stones

Along the dry lake bed of Racetrack, Death Valley, there are stones that can reach up to 700 pounds which mysteriously slide across the surface of the sand without any external forces. Some researchers believe natural events, including wind and ice, cause the stones to “sail.”

Taos Hum

The Taos Hum, a low-pitched noise, has been described as being close to a diesel engine idling in the distance. The mysterious sound is heard throughout USA, UK, and Northern Europe. The name comes from the small town of Taos, New Mexico, where researchers tried to identify it.

Vile Vortices

Vile Vortices, a term first used by Ivan Sanderson to explain the twelve geographic areas known for mysterious disappearances. These “vortices” include the Bermuda Triangle, where numerous ships and planes have disappeared without a trace.

Ball Lightning

Ball Lightning, an unexplained atmospheric phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, consists of spherical-shaped, floating orbs of electricity. Due to their rare nature, is is nearly impossible to prove or explain why it happens.

Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion, which is the unexplained incident of a living human being going up in flames, has been recorded a couple of times throughout history. Conclusive research has failed, though, as there is a distinct lack of evidence.

Tunguska Explosion

In 1908, a fireball descended from high in the sky and destroyed an area in the wilderness of Tunguska, Siberia. The explosion is said to have been equal to around 2,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs. Scientists cannot explain the cause.


Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, has apparently been spotted throughout the American Northwest on multiple occasions by hikers and hunters. Bigfoot remains a combination of folklore and hoaxes, though he may simply be a remnant of the dinosaurs.


The Lost City of Atlantis was first described by the philosopher Plato in his dialogue Timaeus and Critias. The city was said to be a formidable naval power around 9000 BC. One night, though, the entire city sank into the ocean.

Amelia Earhart

In her attempt to circumnavigate the entire globe via flight in 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, near Howland Island. Official versions say the young female pilot ran out of fuel, but no one actually knows, as her remains were never discovered.