Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What is the greatest unsolved mystery of all time?

Reddit top answers: (https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/5fpuur/what_is_the_greatest_unsolved_mystery_of_all_time/)

A mystery that really intrigues me is the the Indus Valley Civilization. They were large well planned cities on the banks of the river Indus. They had an advanced sanitation system and their people were great designers/builders.
Eventually the people started to abandon the cities or maybe they perished. The cities were excavated years later by archaeologists. No one has been able to exactly pin-point the cause of the destruction of the cities (there are multiple theories though). They had an entire script that no one has been able to translate.
The archaeologists have unearthed idols, buildings, utensils, money (coins). It's just interesting how they just ceased to exist for so many years.

Zodiac Killer.
The guy could be dead by now and we're still thinking he's out there.

The Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum (Boston) theft of 13 oil paintings worth $500 million, March 18, 1990 - still unsolved.
https://sites.psu.edu/jiyoonnicky/unsolved-crimes/gardner-museum-theft-case/

DB Cooper.
Dude steals money off a government plane, asks for a parachute, jumps from the plane never to be seen again...
Fucking legend.

IMO the [Battle of Los Angeles](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5m7736RMBEg)
Long story short an object was spotted hovering slowly over LA during WWII. The entire Los Angeles anti aircraft battery engaged it for like an hour thinking it was a Japanese aircraft but couldn't damage it. Then after a while it just disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared

22 comments:

edutcher said...

Anthropologists have pinpointed a single Eve in the development of the human race.

So where the Hell is Adam?

Or is this more feminist sexism?

Sixty Grit said...

DB Cooper, not his real name, died on that dark and stormy night. Ask any paratrooper about exiting an aircraft at that speed, in those conditions, over that terrain. Even if he survived the initial wind blast the landing killed him.

The theft from the Gardner is a tough case - many people have tried, but all of them have failed to turn up any solid leads. The mafia, Whitey Bulger, various New England mobsters and assorted shadowy groups have been mentioned, but so far, after all these years, nothing.

But speculating is fun, right?

And who wrote those commie Reddit comments - it's "Gardner", not "Gardener" and that was not a government aircraft - it was a commercial flight. Pathetic. Worse yet, here I am responding to it.

Lem said...

I left my wallet on the train this morning. Thinking it was irretrievably lost I set about to replace the replaceable contents ID and bank card. When a call came from Hoboken saying someone had turned the wallet in.

Imagine my surprise when I went to get it and it still had the 12 dollars it had when I abandoned it.

There is a first time for everything.

Moral: on short trips put the phone away.

Lem said...

From the time I reported it, till the time they called me back saying they had it, it took about 4 hours.

That's not lightning fast but considering trains are after all centuries old technology. 4hours is not bad.

Lem said...

In the interest of full disclosure. Leaving the wallet on the seat aside from the phone distracting also entailed putting my train ticket in my wallet should the conductor fail to ask for it granting me a free ride.

Seeking the advantage turned into a disadvantage.

ndspinelli said...

The Nicole Brown Simpson/Ron Goldman murder.

ndspinelli said...

Lem, I would make an educated guess that most lost wallets are returned.

Lem said...

There was a bag of them at the customer service place.

Lem said...

You want to know what the greatest unsolved mystery of all time is?

Home and Garden Television.

chickelit said...

What happened to bissage?

Lem said...

Talk about a mystery.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

You know Hillary has been waking up every morning since the 8th thinking, "Huma, you will not believe the horrible nightmare I had..."

ampersand said...

Lots of unsolved murders, Jack the Ripper, The Cleveland Torso murders, The Black Dahlia.

Quite a few collapsed civilizations for unknown reasons, Indian cities from Cahokia to Teotihuacán to the Mayans in the Yucatan. Easter Island.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

The Battle of Los Angeles was a false alarm.

Not a mystery.

I get why people want to believe in Heaven.

Why people want to believe that aliens from outer space are visiting Earth is a mystery.

Sixty Grit said...

Where is Judge Crater? Or, as far as that goes, what happened to Judge Reinholt's career?

AllenS said...

Santa Claus.

AllenS said...

In fact, that would be a good way to vet people who want to come to this country. Do you believe in Santa Claus? Yes or no. If they say no, then their outta here.

bagoh20 said...

"There was a bag of them at the customer service place."

And yours had 12 bucks? You should have asked for a mulligan and picked a different one.

bagoh20 said...

In terms of impact, I'd say it's how the hell a few men in the late 1700's with none of the knowledge acquired since then - which is most of the knowledge ever discovered - could get so much right, be so radical that their ideas are still radical today, have it stick for hundreds of years, and directly and indirectly changing the world more than anything else all that time. How did those few normal human beings, even while in strong disagreement with each other, accomplish so much?

AJ Lynch said...

CL:

The fate of Bissage is one I'd like to know too.

deborah said...

Jack the Ripper seems the most notorious.

Methadras said...

How Engles/Marx weren't killed in their cribs is a mystery to me.