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The Top 10 Modern Mysteries
By Ross Bonander
Mysteries tap the imagination, fuel speculation and invite the attention of conspiracy theorists. While there are numerous ancient mysteries, they don’t excite us the same way these top 10 modern mysteries do; perhaps because we can relate to them easier if they’re closer to our own time. It is that ability to relate, to feel some connection, that not only feeds the mystery, but -- accurately or not -- also seems to hint that a solution is within reach.
Thus, our criteria for our top 10 modern mysteries does not necessarily concern unsolved mysteries, but the enduring public fascination with the mystery itself as well as the implications of the possible answers (even if conventional wisdom suggests the mystery has more than adequately been solved).
What happened to the Carroll A. Deering?
Alternative theories have come forward as well, including one that is a sign of its times: that it was part of a communist plot spearheaded by Russia to seize U.S. ships.
Who was D.B. Cooper?
Since then, few clues have surfaced concerning the crime. A boy found some of Cooper’s cash along a riverbank and, recently, the FBI thought his parachute had been found, but it turned out not to be the case. One man emerged as a suspect after he died, since on his death bed he told his wife, “I’m D.B. Cooper.” She told the Discovery Channel’s Unsolved History that his confession, true or not, had ruined her life. If Cooper died in the jump, which the FBI contends, his remains won’t be found as Mount St. Helens covered the region with ash in 1980.
Is the Riemann hypothesis true?
Right now, $1 million awaits the person who can prove the hypothesis. While a proof would be tantalizing, the more fascinating outcome would be if it were proven to be false.
# 7 and # 6 - see the bottom of this page
What causes the Taos Hum?
For instance, the Kokomo Hum in Kokomo, Indiana, proved to be coming from a Chrysler plant. Could it be that it’s just all in our heads? After all, the regional "hums" and the symptoms reported by sufferers are so varied and often so contradictory that the source of the noise may be our imaginations.
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What is pulling the universe apart?
|Credible cosmologists and astrophysicists tell us that there is conclusive evidence that the universe is expanding -- but they can not say why. The most prominent explanation for this theory is that there is a force at work that seems to be operating contrary to the force of gravity. Lacking a definitive explanation, they nonetheless gave it a tantalizing name: dark energy. Dark energy, they believe, is the dominating force in our universe, representing a shocking two-thirds of its entire composition. In fact, they go a step further and suggest that another 30% of the universe is composed of dark matter, a concept as poorly understood as dark energy.|
Not quite getting this? It’s OK. Even those who proposed this don’t get it
any better than you.
|UFO buffs have gathered at the edges of Area 51 in Nevada for years,
hoping to catch a glimpse of the alien spacecraft alleged to be docked at
the sprawling, secretive government site. No one has done more to fuel
speculation -- as well as to remind people to consider individual
credibility -- than Bob Lazar.
As Bob told it in 1989, the U.S. government had nine UFO spacecraft at Area 51, and they needed some brilliant physicists to come in and “reverse engineer” them (read: figure out how they work). Lazar, a self-proclaimed physicist who by day ran a one-hour photo lab, got the nod and a top-level security clearance. Unfortunately, he had to show off the UFO to friends and got caught.
While it is well-known that the government developed top secret
military technology there -- including the likes of the F-117 Stealth
Fighter and the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber -- it is supremely unlikely that
Area 51 ever held a UFO. Nonetheless, a cottage industry was born around
Area 51, much of it thanks to conspiracy theorists with no concern for the
government’s official line on the incident.
|The assassination of President Kennedy lands at No. 1 not because it is one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time, but because of its unmatched cultural impact. For many people -- who were alive at the time and who were not born yet -- President Kennedy represented something truly larger than life. Consequently it was, and still remains, nearly impossible for them to imagine a giant like JFK being killed by a loser with a scope and a view.|
Among the many testaments to this is the remarkably desperate diligence of conspiracy theorists, who can ignore 2,999 pages of declassified CIA documents and focus on a single line from page 3,000, and build a complicated theory of a mob hit or a Cuban connection.
The inability to accept the theory of a lone gunman, and the ability to
believe in any other scenario despite the lack of even a trace of
conclusive evidence, is the greater mystery here because it hints at
something mysterious, remarkably fragile and even endearing about the
Like it or not, nothing can ruin a good mystery more than a definitive solution; so don't expect any "true believers" to let go of these modern mysteries anytime soon.
To find out about the other mysteries of the Top 10 read the source article at http://www.askmen.com/toys/top_10_300/313_top_10_list.html
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