Whether you are a die-hard fan of Sherlock Holmes or not, there’s no denying that humans are inquisitive by nature. Mysteries excite us all, and we are always eager to solve riddles any time we happen to come across them.
This is one of the main reasons why escape games are becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages. They let you put your detective skills to the test while enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience to solve a mystery.
But what are the biggest mysteries no one has been able to solve to date?
From the Bermuda Triangle and Dark Matter to Jack the Ripper, the Dancing Plague of 1518, and more, there are several things that have confounded people for hundreds of years.
If you are curious to find out what the biggest unsolved mysteries in the world are, this article is for you.
Read on to discover real-life enigmas that put even the most immersive fictional riddles to shame.
1. The Dark Matter
Dark matter sounds sinister by its mere name, but knowing what it is will leave you even more perplexed. Why?
Well, because ironically, there is a lack of explanation as to what dark matter really is.
The Dutch astronomer, Jacobus Kapteyn, first hypothesized the existence of dark matter in the early 20th Century. Although we cannot see dark matter and don’t even know what it looks like for that matter, scientists have confirmed that dark matter exists because of the way it interacts with the matter that we can see.
2. The Voynich Manuscript
One look at this mind-boggling manuscript will keep you thinking for days.
The Voynich Manuscript is a detailed book with over 240 pages, written in an unknown writing system. The script is full of illustrations consisting of strange yet colorful drawings, odd objects, and unidentified symbols. Although the book was named after the Polish-American bookseller who acquired it in 1912, carbon-dating suggests that it is over 600 years old.
The Voynich Manuscript was probably compiled in the early 15th Century during the Italian Renaissance.
Kryptos refers to a strange and mysterious-looking sculpture that sits outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. This 12-feet high cryptographic puzzle was designed by artist Jim Sanborn and contains a total of 1,800 characters uniquely arranged to form an encrypted message. Built over 25 years ago, Kryptos seems to come straight out of a Dan Brown novel. Although three of its messages have been solved, the fourth section at the bottom (comprised of about 95 characters) is known as one of the hardest codes to break.
If you think you are a pro at solving riddles, why not try your luck at the mighty Kryptos?
4. Beale Ciphers
Beale Ciphers, also known as the Beale Papers, is a set of three ciphertexts that supposedly pinpoint the location of ancient treasure buried underground. The hoards of hidden gold, silver, and other jewels are estimated to be worth more than $43 million. It is said that whoever unravels the location mentioned in Beale Ciphers will be rewarded about $12 million in gold.
Polish your skills by participating in escape games, and who knows, you might be able to solve this riddle one day.
5. Phaistos Disc
Our list of the world’s biggest unsolved mysteries won’t be complete without mentioning the Phaistos Disc.
Phaistos Disc is a disk made from fired clay that dates back to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age – i.e., 2,000 B.C!
The disk was discovered in 1908 by an Italian archaeologist and is known to contain hieroglyphics that have not been deciphered so far.
6. Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper was a serial killer who terrorized the impoverished areas in London in 1888. It won’t be an exaggeration to say this maniac was your worst criminal from mystery riddles come to life.
Many people, including both men and women were caught as possible suspects for Jack the Ripper, but the real killer was never identified.
Jack the Ripper perhaps tops the list for the most gruesome yet unsolved mysteries in the course of history mainly because of the way he/she disposed off the victims’ bodies – by mutilating or ‘ripping’ them.
7. The Malaysian Airlines Flight
Many people traveling by plane still get the chills when they hear about MH370. After all, it is the amongst the biggest unsolved mysteries of the modern world.
MH370 was the flight number for a Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 of March 2014. The aircraft was crossing the Indian Ocean when it vanished from the radar without any possible explanation (i.e., no turbulence, engine malfunction, etc.). Neither the passengers nor any remnants of the Boeing 777 have been found to date.
You might not have an explanation for these unsolved mysteries. But if you feel like you have what it takes to crack codes, find clues, and solve puzzles that most of the other people will have a hard time figuring out, head over to an escape room today.
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