Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Great Mysteries That Intrigue

We spend a lot of time constructing our mysteries, laying in the clues and red herrings, characterizing our hero/heroine and villain, plotting meticulously and creating a satisfying conclusion for our readers. But there are many, many unexplained mysteries out there. Here are a few intriguing ones:

Loch Ness Monster
Nessie has fascinated us for hundreds of years. First reported in 565 AD in the large, freshwater loch, interest renewed in the 1930s and has continued to today. This legendary water monster has had dedicated searchers hoping to find him or her, to no result – yet – despite photos, sonar and even a video.

The Great Pyramids
Who built the great pyramids? How were they constructed using the tools and knowledge available at the time? Man has spent a great deal of time since the mid-19th century exploring the pyramids, without coming up with definitive answers.

Plato teased us with stories of a great seafaring civilization whose island world sank into the sea, leaving no trace. There have been stories, movies and endless discussions about the mysterious world of Atlantis since.

Jimmy Hoffa
Head of the influential Teamsters union, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared one day in Detroit, Michigan, in July, 1975. No trace has ever been found of Hoffa, but there are plenty of theories and rumors about what happened to him.

Bermuda Triangle
How many aircraft, ships and people have simply vanished in the famed Bermuda Triangle. Is it a wormhole, piracy, weather phenomenon or something else entirely?

Just a few mysteries that intrigue and puzzle us – do you have a different favorite mystery?

Libby McKinmer
Romance with an edge


Mark Troy said...

Sasquatch. I think researchers are looking in the wrong places. The woods? Too full of hunters and the living conditions are awful. If Sasquatch is as smart as people say, he's probably hanging out in Seattle coffee shops, maybe even playing in a band. Just look for some burly, hairy creatures, probably wearing red plaid flannel to blend in.

Anne Carter said...

The producers of "Stargate SG-1" have figured out what happened to Atlantis, but I'm still intrigued by Nessie. I've seen the photos and video, and while I may be gullible, I want to believe! I didn't get as far as Loch Ness on my last visit to Scotland, but next time it's a must-see.

Now that Bermuda Triangle is a bizarre thing. I don't know how anyone could explain away the oddities that occur there. Too strange.

My personal favorite happens right here in my own household. It involves the space-time continuum, I'm quite sure. It seems that no matter how early we get up, my daughter is always late to school. Now go figure that one out!


Libby McKinmer said...

Love it, Anne! Your space-time continuum must overflow to my dimension!


Libby McKinmer said...

Mark, a grunge band that plays at Starbucks maybe? LOL


Alan Cook said...

I walked the north shore of Loch Ness during my end-to-end walk and never did see no monster.

I saw the pyramids a year ago. I believe the question of how they were built is close to being answered. Something about internal ramps.

Atlantis might be the island of Santorini, one of my favorite places in all the world. Charles Pellegrino (Unearthing Atlantis) thought so.

My favorite mystery is why we don't learn from history, just keep repeating the same mistakes.

Alan Cook

F. M. Meredith, author said...

Where I live the Native Americans believe in the Hairy Man and even have a 500 to 1000 year old pictograph of him in a rock cave along with his wife and child. He is a character in my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

aka F.M. Meredith

Morgan Mandel said...

You don't hear as much about the Bermuda Triangle any more. I wonder if no one's gotten lost in there recently.

Morgan Mandel