From time immemorial, mankind attracted and at the same time frightened that which was incomprehensible and defied rational explanation. Previously, they tried to explain riddles by the intervention of otherworldly forces. Now, in an age of unprecedented development of science and technology, conspiracy theorists come up with conspiracy theories.
There are also inquisitive minds who are trying to find a reasonable explanation. The most striking example of a modern attitude to secrets is Nessie, as the monster allegedly living in the Scottish Loch Ness is often called. The first meeting with Nessie dates back to 565, the last – in April of this year. For many years, it was believed that plesiosauri were preserved in a lake in the north of Scotland.
Steve Feltam devoted 24 years to the search for the Loch Ness Monster, but in the end he lost faith in its existence. Now Steve has changed his position 180 degrees and considers Nessie, albeit very large, but just a catfish. Catfish have been living in fresh water in Europe since ancient times, growing up to 3 meters and weighing up to three centers. Such a fish from a distance may well seem like a real monster.
Feltam’s sonar typically catches very large animals, sometimes the size of a car, in Loch Ness. He believes that this is the giant catfish. As for the discrepancy in the anatomy: the presence of a long neck in Nessie’s plesiosaur and the absence of it in Nessie’s catfish, he explains this by strong excitement of observers or poor quality of images.
Steve Feltam, by the way, is not a fan of his version, ready to defend it at any cost. He believes that a very large catfish lives in the lake, but intends to continue searching to prove his theory. In case of solid evidence, Steve is ready to accept any other theory, however improbable it turns out to be.
The American news agency CNN has compiled a list of the 10 greatest secrets and mysteries in human history. Of course, not everyone will fully agree with the authors of the list, but it should be admitted that most of the secrets will certainly fall into other ratings.
No 1: The two-masted brigantine “Maria Celeste” set sail from New York on November 7, 1872, and headed for Genoa. When she was found four weeks later in the Strait of Gibraltar, there were no crew members on board, not 10 passengers traveling on her to Italy. No signs of a struggle were found. The cargo remained intact, but the only boat disappeared.
No 2: Britain learned about Jack the Ripper from a letter sent in 1888 to the London Police Department. The identity of the culprit who killed, presumably, 5 prostitutes is still unknown.
No 3: The Shroud of Turin is considered the most famous religious artifact. Many Christians sincerely believe that Jesus Christ was wrapped in this piece of cloth, on which the human body was imprinted, before burial.
The body imprinted on the cloth has wounds in the same places as Jesus, as follows from the description of the execution in the Bible. Most scholars, however, consider the Turin Shroud to be a forgery made in the Middle Ages. In those days, Europe was literally covered with the ninth wave of Christian relics. Most of all, there were pieces from the cross on which Christ was crucified.
No 4: A Lockheed Electra aircraft piloted by Amelia Earhart flew over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on March 17, 1937. The brave pilot disappeared along with the plane during a round-the-world flight, made in the same year.
No 5: A squadron of aircraft of the naval aviation Avenger during a flight in 1943. The same aircraft with 14 people on board disappeared without a trace in December 1945 off the southern coast of Florida. Another 13 servicemen disappeared when they went to look for their missing comrades. This mysterious disappearance was the birth of the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. Over the 70 years that have passed since then, the mysterious place located between Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico is credited with other equally mysterious disappearances.
No 6: Legends about humanoid creatures covered with long hair have been told for many centuries on all continents. In the Himalayas, these creatures are called Yeti, in North America – Bigfoot.
No 7: The Los Angeles County Coroner declared Marilyn Monroe’s death a suicide. The 36-year-old actress took a large dose of barbiturates in August 1962. However, not everyone believes the official version.
No 8: In the photo, US President John F. Kennedy sits with the First Lady in the back seat of a limousine on November 22, 1963, in Dallas. The Kennedy assassination is considered one of the most tragic events of the 20th century in America. It also remains one of the greatest secrets of the last century. The official version that the killer acted alone, according to a Gallup poll six decades later, is not believed by 60% of Americans.
No 9: Police comb a field in Waterford, Michigan in July 1975 in search of Jimmy Hoffa’s body. The former chairman of the largest union of truck drivers was last seen alive outside a restaurant. His disappearance still remains a mystery and forces FBI agents to dig up the ground from time to time and search for his remains.
No 10: Actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood on a yacht in October 1976. Natalie’s body was found at sea in November 1981. At first, the authorities decided that the actress had accidentally drowned. However, last year, the Los Angeles County Coroner re-examined the case and delivered the verdict: “drowned under unclear circumstances.”