17 Unsolved Mysteries That Are Unbelievably True

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The Original Night Stalker

The Original Night Stalker, also known as the Golden State Killer and the East Area Rapist, terrorised California’s Sacramento County for a decade – burgling more than 120 homes, raping 45 people, and killing 12. He was known to call victims beforehand, and in some cases phoned them afterwards, taunting them. The perpetrator of these crimes is believed to still be alive, and the FBI recently launched a media campaign in the hopes of finding the man who’s eluded law enforcement for so long.

D.B. Cooper

In 1971 an unassuming man in a black suit and tie boarded a commercial airplane heading for Seattle, Washington. Mid-flight, the calm and polite passenger handed a note to the nearest flight attendant claiming that he was in possession of a bomb and was demanding $200,000 and four parachutes. Upon landing, the hijacker got what he wanted, and his next instructions were for the plane to head for Mexico City. At some point during the journey Cooper made use of his parachutes and jumped from the plane with his $200,000 ransom, never to be seen again.

The Wow! signal

The Wow! signal gets its name from the signal’s discoverer, astronomer Jerry R Ehman, wrote the “wow!” on the side of the printout containing it. So what got an astronomer excited enough to use an exclamation mark? The answer is an unexplainable radio signal that may point towards the existence of extraterrestrial beings. Despite many attempts, the signal has never been found again.

Tarrare

Tarrare was an 18th-century Frenchman renowned for his bizarre eating habits and insatiable appetite. During his career as a showman he was known to eat stones, live animals, and whole baskets of apples – while never to managing satisfy his hunger. Despite his diet, he remained of average weight.

June and Jennifer Gibbons

There’s something inherently creepy about twins, and even by twin standards of creepiness, these two are really ~creepy~. Born in Wales during the ’60s, June and Jennifer cut off communication with others and only spoke to each other, even speaking in a way that was unintelligible to everyone else. The story only got more bizarre as the twins grew up and were eventually admitted to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

The Tunguska event

On 30 June, 1908, a large explosion occurred over an isolated area of Russia – the nearest town was over 35 miles away but still felt the effects, which included windows smashing. The blast produced 85 times more energy than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and flattened an estimated 80 million trees. Although the destruction is widely believed to be the result of an asteroid, no impact crater has been found, leaving the incident open to alternative theories.

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