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6 Fascinating Unsolved Mysteries Involving Cryptic Messages

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By Benjamin Kim, Epoch Times and Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times

6. Wow! Signal

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On Aug. 15, 1977, a 72-second radio signal from space stirred up the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Astronomer Jerry Ehman viewed the signal on a computer printout and wrote the word “Wow!” on the sheet, giving the signal the moniker it has today. The signal came from the Sagittarius constellation near the center of the galaxy.

Ehman recalled in an interview with Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer: “It was the most significant thing we had seen.”

The signal did not have any apparent meaning. It  was received by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio observatory. It caused much excitement, but a similar transmission has not been discovered since, leading many to lose hope that it was an attempt by extraterrestrials to make contact.

5. Voynich Manuscript

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The date of origin and other information about the Voynich Manuscript is open to debate, with some saying it was written in Central Europe in the 15th or 16th century. The manuscript displays writing in an unknown language, analysts have been unable to decipher it. The manuscript’s puzzling drawings depict a variety of scenes, from astral charts to “miniature female nudes, most with swelled abdomens, immersed or wading in fluids and oddly interacting with interconnecting tubes and capsules,” according to a Yale University Library description.

It also contains many pharmaceutical drawings of medicinal plants. Some say it is a book of magic or a scientific work.

The manuscript was named for Wilfrid M. Voynich, an antiquarian bookseller who acquired it in 1912.

Voynich Manuscript Excerpt
Voynich Manuscript excerpt (Wikimedia Commons)

Voynich Manuscript Excerpt
Voynich Manuscript excerpt (Wikimedia Commons)

4. Kryptos

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Outside of the CIA headquarters is a copper sculpture covered in code. It was created by Jim Sanborn in 1990, and decades later part of it remains undeciphered. Three of the four puzzles have been solved, and Sanborn is impatient for someone to figure out the fourth.

“I assumed the code would be cracked in a fairly short time,” he told the New York Times in 2010. He’s given a hint to help ambitious code-breakers along: The characters that are the 64th through 69th in the final series on the sculpture read NYPVTT. When deciphered, they read BERLIN.

Here’s the part of the code yet to be deciphered:
OBKR
UOXOGHULBSOLIFBBWFLRVQQPRNGKSSO
TWTQSJQSSEKZZWATJKLUDIAWINFBNYP
VTTMZFPKWGDKZXTJCDIGKUHUAUEKCAR

The deciphered third passage recounts Egyptologist Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb (The misspelling in the passage is intentional): “Slowly, desparatly slowly, the remains of passage debris that encumbered the lower part of the doorway was removed. With trembling hands I made a tiny breach in the upper left-hand corner. And then, widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in. The hot air escaping from the chamber caused the flame to flicker, but presently details of the room within emerged from the mist. x Can you see anything? q”

 

3. Shepherd’s Monument Inscription

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Could it be directions to the Holy Grail? That’s the rumor surrounding the baffling markings on the Shepherd’s Monument.

It is estimated that the monument has been standing at the Shugborough estate  in Staffordshire, England, since 1750. The arched structure was designed by Thomas Wright and James Stuart. Peter Scheemakers carved a relief in the monument derived from a painting by Baroque artist Nicolas Poussin.

The most mysterious part is the inscription on the pedestal. It reads: O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V, with a D and M on either side, below the other letters. Poussin was said to know the location of the Holy Grail, so the use of his painting adds to the mystique of this monument.

Shepherd's Monument
Shepherd’s Monument inscription (Wikimedia Commons)

Shepherd's Monument
The Shugborough relief, adapted from Nicolas Poussin’s second version of The Shepherds of Arcadia. (Wikimedia Commons)

2. Tamam Shud

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In 1948, an exceptionally athletic man wearing a neat suit and well-polished shoes was found dead on Somerton Beach in Australia. In a hidden pocket in the waistband of his trousers was a rolled up piece of paper that had been torn out of a Persian poetry book called the “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” The piece of paper read, “Tamam Shud,” which translates as  “It has ended.”

The man had no identification on him and to this day he and his death and the strange little slip of paper in his pocket remain a mystery.

Even the cause of death could not be determined. Witnesses had seen him alive lying on the beach hours before his death and assumed he was drunk from the few movements he made. Investigators guessed that he had been poisoned, but no traces of poison could be found in his body. It is possible, some said, that a very rare type of poison that decomposes in the body after it has been used may have been at work.

The book from which the paper had been torn was found and under ultraviolet light a code could be seen inscribed inside. Naval intelligence and other professional and amateur code-breakers have tried to crack it, but without success.

Tamam Shud
Left: The code inside the “Rubaiyat” book from which the dead man’s “Tamam Shud” paper was torn. The code, revealed under ultraviolet light, has not been solved. Right: The corpse found on the beach. (Wikimedia Commons)

1. Georgia Guidestones

 Georgia Guidestones
The Georgia Guidestones in Elberton, Georgia. (Shutterstock)

Six slabs of granite stand tall in the rural south, inscribed with four ancient languages: Babylonian cuneiform, classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphics. The slabs themselves are of modern design, though the identity of the person who commissioned them has been deliberately kept secret and the meaning of the inscriptions has been much debated.

When translated, the slabs’ inscription declares: “Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason.” Ten guidelines are given.

The person who commissioned the slabs in 1979 is known only by the name R.C. Christian. The only person alive who knows anything about R.C. Christian is retired banker Wyatt Martin, who vows to keep the secret as Christian wished it.

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Mysterious Lake Funduji: why you can’t take water from this African lake

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In the northeast of the Republic of South Africa is the picturesque, but mysterious and ominous Lake Funduji. The local population considers the lake sacred and tells legends about it.

Despite the problems with fresh water in Africa, the tribes never settled on the banks of the Funduji, did not fish there and did not even replenish the water supplies from this lake.

This is because, according to local legends, it is impossible to take a drop of water from Lake Funduji, and anyone who touches the water, or even more so drinks it, will soon die. Also, people made sacrifices to the mythical monster Funduji to appease him.

The general public learned about Funduji at the beginning of the 20th century, when deposits of chrome ore were found in the vicinity of the lake. When expeditions from Europe began to come to this area, the lake was finally mapped.

Scientists listened to the stories of the locals about the ominous lake and the monster, but in the course of geological research, nothing mystical was found.

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In 1955, Professor Henry Burnside and his assistant Thacker decided to check the legend about strange water that cannot be carried away from the lake. Scientists collected water in several containers made of different materials – glass, porcelain and plastic, and walked several kilometers, intending to examine the samples.

But it was not possible to carry out the analysis: in the morning all the containers were empty. Then the scientists decided to return to the lake and take new samples. This time, Burnside dipped his finger into the water and tasted it: the taste of the water was bitter-rotten.

Throughout the day, scientists observed the containers, but no changes occurred, and by morning the vessels were empty again. Burnside intended to go back to the lake and examine water samples on site, but the plans were prevented by a sudden deterioration in his health: the professor was hospitalized, and a week later he died – as it later turned out, from intestinal inflammation.

It would seem that there is evidence of sinister legends, but there is still a scientific explanation for the phenomena of Lake Funduji. In fact, chromium ore deposits are the cause of the anomalies.

Chromium salts are very toxic to humans, and the concentration of chromium in the lake was so high that a couple of drops killed Professor Burnside.

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The disappearing water phenomenon is also explained by the high chromium content. At temperatures below 19 degrees Celsius, chromium particles in water crystallize (therefore, the water “disappeared” at night, when it was cooler). In fact, the liquid from the vessel does not go anywhere, but turns into a solid state, scattering along the bottom and walls of the vessel.

To be fair, some of Funduji’s riddles have not yet been solved – for example, it is not clear why a large number of crocodiles live in the poisonous lake. It is also unclear what these reptiles eat, because there are no fish in the lake, and other animals do not go there to drink.

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Descent into the Unknown: Blogger revealed the secret of the mysterious tunnel in the pyramid of Cheops

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The pyramid of Cheops is one of the seven wonders of the world. This is one of the largest ancient buildings, which contains many secrets. Recently, some experts have been worried about what hides the blocked tunnel near the underground chamber.

Blogger Ben van Kerkwick, who hosts the UnchartedX YouTube channel, managed to get into the tunnel. The video is two hours long and shows the entire journey. Ben was surprised that the tunnel helped to find the descending and ascending passages, although, according to the idea, they cannot be found.

The blogger explored the Cheops pyramid with his team. All passages were covered with granite blocks. The group followed to the Great Gallery, and Ben van Kerkwick – to the underground chamber. 

Archaeologists noted that the mysterious passage crosses the rock on which the base of the pyramid is located. The blogger was struck by the skill of the engineers: the discovered 87-meter passage turned out to be perfectly straight.

The underground camera was incredibly deep. There was a mysterious door there, where it led is still unknown. This confirms the opinion that the structure keeps many secrets.

The pyramid was erected 4.5 thousand years ago for Pharaoh Cheops, who was the ruler of the 4th dynasty.

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A giant pink ball cloud appeared over the site of a meteorite in China

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A giant pink ball appeared near the place where a cosmic body fell in China. It arose immediately after the collision of an asteroid with the Earth and a powerful explosion. A giant spherical cloud formed over the meteorite impact site. 

The meteorite fell on December 23 in Qinghai province (PRC). According to eyewitnesses, immediately after the explosion of the fireball, a giant spherical structure appeared over the crash site, which hovered over the Dealing highway.

The strange pink formation hung in the air for about 40 minutes and then evaporated. Locals used various metaphors in their descriptions of the sphere, for example, someone compared this phenomenon with a “bright pink moon”, while others called it “a leisurely round cloud”. Someone remembered that a meteorite had already fallen in China last fall, and then a coronavirus pandemic began around the world. Moreover, its distribution began from the PRC.

The first thing that ufologists-conspiracy theorists immediately start thinking about is the appearance of Nibiru, which is hidden from us almost all the time by chemtrails, but from time to time the wind blows the fog away and strange appearances begin in the sky:

What is noteworthy is that the temporary distance between the meteorite that fell on Tibet on December 23 and this pink object was only 12 hours and the observation sites were relatively close by the standards of China – that is, everything happened somewhere in the northern part of Tibet. Therefore, maybe in the morning not quite a meteorite fell there. 

If it was Nibiru, then its appearance as a separate astronomical object suggests that its trajectory has slightly changed and it will now begin to appear in different places in the Solar system. Something similar is predicted in a number of ancient and not very apocalyptic prophecies of Christian mystics.

Nibiru itself is not directly mentioned there and, perhaps, this fragment was simply removed by the censor at one time, but the prophecies say that before the End of the World “there will be two winters and two summers”. That is, the arrangement of seasons in a year will become quite dense. One of the possible explanations for such strange changes involves the appearance of another star in the solar system. 

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