We live in a mysterious world where there are plenty of things that simply can’t be explained. Over the last few decades, humans have made some incredible scientific advancements in the areas of astronomy, computer technology and physics. We are starting to understand more about how the Earth was made and have identified anomalies that exist in space. Some of these discoveries have opened up questions about historic events and scientific theories. Here are a few of the things that are still strange mysteries and require us to find more information.
In one of the most controversial unsolved mysteries in American history, the day that JFK was assassinated in Dealy Plaza, there were dozens of photos that captured the evidence of his murder, yet we still don’t know who actually made the fatal head shot. In order to find out what exactly happened on that day, government officials have examined and debated over every angle of the videos and images. In some cases, mysterious people of interest have been identified. One of the most famous examples is the Babushka Lady, who was seen filming near the assassination, but was never identified by the police.
Another mysterious figure that was seen during the shooting is the Umbrella Man. The umbrella man can be seen in several images and videos, including the Zapruder film. He is the only person in Dealey Plaza with an umbrella, which has been deemed unusual behavior since it was a clear day. In the vidoes the man can be seen opening his umbrella and lifting it high above his head as JFK’s limo approached. He then spun the umbrella clockwise as the limo slowed down and JFK was shot.
Afterwards the man sat down on the sidewalk next to the Stemmons Freeway sign. He then got up, and walked toward the Texas School Book Depository. His true identity has never been revealed. His actions however have been the center of many theories around JFK’s death, including a scene in Oliver Stone’s film. The theory suggests that the man used the umbrella to signal the shooters, or signaling Kennedy’s driver who was ordered to slow down. Many people who saw the assassination say that Kennedy’s limo almost came to a complete stop right before he was shot.
The Berkeley Mystery Walls
There is a strange set of ancient walls that exist in the hills alohg the East Bay of San Francisco. Little has been written about the walls and their origin. The walls are constructed from closely fit basalt boulders, which serve as the foundation of the structures. The rocks are deeply embedded in the soil and they weigh up to 1 ton. The walls extend for many miles along the hill crests from Berkeley to Milpitas and beyond, even all the way to San Jose, which is located 50 miles south. Some of the walls have been destroyed over the years, but large stretches still exist. In some places, the walls twist and turn abruptly and climb large hills. However, they don’t appear to enclose anything or serve a practical purpose.
The walls surround mountains and extend to Mt. Diablo, where people have discovered a strange stone circle that is 30 feet (9.1 meters) in diameter. The best preserved sections of the walls can be found on Monument Peak, which is east of Milpitas, California. In some places the walls have been known to reach the height of 6 feet (1.8 meters) and the width of 3 feet (0.9 meters). In one location the walls form a spiral that is 200 feet (60.9 meters) wide and circles into a boulder. The construction looks old, but no research has been done to determine their precise age. Before Europeans arrived in San Francisco Bay, the Ohlone Indians populated the region, but they didn’t use stone construction.
To the west of San Francisco Bay, there is another rock wall anomaly in Point Reyes that has drawn some attention. It consists of over 400 carefully laid stones that bisect the Tomales Point peninsula. It is currently unclear who created the Berkeley mystery walls, but some feel the structures were used as a defensive stronghold or line between Indian tribes.
The Wilkes Land Crater
Wilkes Land is a large district of land in eastern Antarctica that was named after Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, who commanded the 1838 United States Exploring Expedition. During the expedition, Wilkes discovered proof that Antarctica is a continent. In 1962, a man named R.A. Schmidt became the first person to propose the theory that a giant impact crater is located beneath the Wilkes Land ice sheet. He based the hypothesis on seismic and gravity anomalies in the area. In 2006, a team of researchers led by Ralph von Frese and Laramie Potts used gravity measurements by NASA’s GRACE satellites to prove that there is a 480 km (300 mi) wide Wilkes Land crater. The enormous crater is centered at 70°S 120°E and was probably formed about 250 million years ago.
The anomaly is centered within a larger ring structure that is visible with radar images. If the feature is an impact crater, then, based on the size of the ring structure, the crater would be four or five times wider than the one that is thought to have caused the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. The impact of the object has also been reported to have disturbed the rift valley that formed 100 million years ago when Australia moved away from the Gondwana supercontinent. For this reason, it has been hypothesized that the impact might have contributed to the massive separation by weakening the crust.
The dates surrounding the Wilkes Land Crater suggest that it might be associated with the Permian-Triassic extinction event, which occurred 250 million years ago and is believed to be the largest extinction event since the origin of complex life. People who doubt the impact theory have noted that there is a lack of an impact ejecta layer associated with the crater. In 2012, it was announced that samples taken from the core of Wilkes Land showed a tropical presence. Researchers were able to reconstruct the local vegetation on Antarctica and found that there were tropical and subtropical rainforests covering the coastal region 52 million years ago. The scientific evaluations showed that winter temperatures on the Wilkes Land coast were warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit approximately fifty million years ago.