Yesterday afternoon my wife and I were watching the Travel & Living channel. They offer some intriguing visits around the world. Minus the hassle of getting from point A to point B we like to sit on the couch and dream about where to visit next. Yesterday we happened to tune in just as The Hit List program was starting. The show had whittled down to 5 a list of the top mysteries in the world. Here they are:
I connected with this story because these murders took place in my home city of Boston. Seeing photos of the policeman doing there work back in the 60's made me wonder what my parents were doing in those days, a few years before I came along. No doubt they read about the still anonymous strangler with great interest and intrigue. A man already serving time in jail, Albert DeSalvo, confessed to the murders but there is now great doubt he did it. We're only 45 years removed from these murders. Is the real killer still alive?
We are not convinced this should be in the top 5, especially when we consider the next mystery on the list, but still - what is this thing living under the 22 mile stretch of water? It's amazing what other types of large - we're talking fish-on-steroids-type large - fisherman have dragged up elsewhere including a mammoth octopus. Perhaps one day someone will catch the Loch Ness Monster?
3. Crop Circles
Now this freaked me out! This is the #1 mystery in my mind. What are these? What causes them or who makes them? I remember how the 2002 film Signs (a very good film, by the way) dealt with director M. Night Shyamalan's ideas of where the circles come from, but the mystery remains. The circles are beautiful art work, although they cost farmers millions in lost crops. Is this God, aliens, something in the soil, wind, planets communicating with one another via earth? What could it be? The most scientific/logical explanation is these are made by human pranksters. Some, maybe. But not the ones Travel & Living showed yesterday. It's still a mystery in my mind. Fascinating.
How did these statues get there? Yes, it's intriguing but we should never doubt human ingenuity, even those who lived between 1250 and 1500 B.C. What is even more mysterious about these is that they're still standing. I wonder what it felt like to be the Dutch explorer who found these on Easter Sunday in 1722. Imagine you're floating along on your exploration on the sea and up pops this island and the Moai!
This list ends where it began: unsolved murders. Who was Jack the Ripper? We will never know. That certainly classifies as a mystery! Whoever this madman was he's paying for it now. Evil, vicious slayings.
Two mysteries not listed that have always fascinated me are: 1) what happened to Jimmy Hoffa and 2) D.B. Cooper? (Last week it was reported that a parachute, which may be the one Cooper used, was found very near where he may have landed after he jumped off the airplane. Hmmm!)