You Won’t Believe These 20 Unsolved Mysteries

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Whilst we might beat our heads against the wall, ask desperately to be told the truth and dedicate hours to solving just what exactly happened, more often than not, we get more enjoyment out of not knowing what went down than we do knowing. It’s little surprise, then, that there are a whole load of unsolved mysteries out there, just waiting to be picked up and solved. And although people have been working for years trying to get to the bottom of the story, it’s much more fun to wonder what happened than to have it spelled out for you. Get your pencils at the ready, you’re going to want to take notes.

The Turin Shroud

The Turin Shroud is a length of linen cloth bearing the imprint of what appears to be a face wounded with marks of crucifixion. No-one really knows where the material comes from or who discovered it, but over the years it has been said to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Whilst scientists have researched the material for years, there is still no clear answer. We might just have to keep this one unsolved.

The Disappearance of the Mayan Civilisation

At one point in history, the Mayans were the most advanced and able civilization in the entire world. Their ancient cities across Mexico and Honduras still stand as ruins today and are visited every year by thousands of tourists. What is unclear, however, is how the Mayan civilization fell. Cities and populations disappeared without a trace, taken over by the jungle and animal population and what was once the pinnacle of the world soon became another ghost town.

The Phaistos Disc

Despite years of study and analysis, the real meaning of the Phaistos Disc continues to elude even the sharpest of minds. The disc was originally discovered on a Greek island and is covered with symbols arranged in concentric circles. Coming from the hugely powerful Knossos civilization, it’s clear that the disc was of significant importance but to this day, nobody really understands to what degree.

The Wow! Signal

Whilst it might seem to be something that only happens in the movies, the search for aliens and extraterrestrial life very much exists today. In 1977, a sudden, high frequency radio signal was picked up by telescopes pointing deep into space. The unexplained signal lasted for a full 72 seconds and was circled by worker Jerry R. Ehman with a big red “wow!” There have been no similar signals since, although scientists continue to search for alien life.