Unexplained physical wonders exist in the world that cannot be easily made clear, leaving people curious about how and why they occurred. People have hypothesized and theorized the cause of many of these mysteries, while others have blamed aliens or looked at reasons a little more realistic.
There have been countless speculations through the years as to what causes many unexplained occurrences. And while there are a myriad of explanations to why many exist, lots of questions still remain. From England’s Stonehenge to Namibia’s fairy circles, the world is full of occurrences that have no valid explanations. But Crescent Magazine decided to take a look at four that seem to defy logic.
The oldest puzzle in U.S. history involves the lost colony of Roanoke. Established in 1585 on Roanoke Island in what is known today as the outer banks of North Carolina, Roanoke was the first settlement in the New World. But that is not what makes it notable. It is the fact that more than 100 colonists disappeared and left only the word “croatoan” behind.
Another puzzle is Overtoun Bridge. Located near Dumbarton, Scotland, Overtoun Bridge has been the site for at least 70 years of more than 600 dogs that have leapt to their deaths at the exact same spot — between the last two parapets on the right side of the bridge.
In addition to happening in the same space, all of these incidents occurred on clear and relatively sunny days. Even creepier is the fact that long-nosed breeds, such as Labradors and collies, are the only ones that had the urge to jump.
Many residents wonder what could possibly be causing the dogs to act this way. When the number of canine deaths rose to more than 50, experts made their way to the bridge to determine if some sound or smell could be the cause. They soon decided that there was nothing auditory to blame, but when they investigated smell, they found a believable answer.
Several nests of squirrels, mice and minks resided in the area under the bridge. David Sexton, an animal habitat expert, wanted to pinpoint which exact smell was driving the dogs crazy, so he performed a test in an open field with the effected breeds and the odors of the discovered rodents. It was determined that the mink’s smell was the culprit. On clear days, nothing dampened the strength of the scent, which the dogs could easily catch.
But disputing this was a local hunter who had lived in the area for 50 years. He told The Science Channel in 2014 that mink did not live in the area surrounding Overtoun Bridge.
Smell might not be the only culprit. From a dog’s view, all they could see from the bridge was marble. The high ledges block both a dog’s view and sounds, possibly sending their sense of smell into overdrive to compensate.
Regardless of whether sight or smells are the causes, to this day, no definitive answer has been found and about one dog per year continues to jump off the bridge.
While that mystery has somewhat of a logical answer, the Taos, N.M., hum does not. Residents of this town started reporting a humming sound in the early 1990s that has no valid source. What makes it more mysterious is that only 2 percent of the town’s population can hear it.
Because Taos is located near the infamous town of Roswell, N.M., known for its conspiracy theories about UFO and extraterrestrial sightings, many have claimed that aliens have to be responsible. Because there is little physical evidence, extraterrestrials are still one of the theories.