There are a lot of inexplicable occurrences that people across the world are known to have experienced. Some of them are so bizarre that one tends to think these stories are either fabricated or a product of a disturbed psyche. But what do you do when there are official records and verified accounts that cannot be ignored? Well, you know what they say – reality is stranger than fiction and hearing these tales, we are inclined to agree. Read on to know about some real-life occurrences that could be right out of an X-Files episode.
While all of us tend to absorb ambient noises without noticing, they are all attributable to identifiable sources such as the weather, animals and insects and so on. But what about a constant unexplained hum that only few people can hear? What is that? Well, no one knows! The people of a small town in New Mexico called Taos have been living with this hum for decades. Interestingly, only 2% of the residents’ report of hearing it, some describing it as a rumble, others as a low murmur. Doctors and scientists have ruled out possibilities such as tinnitus, mass aural hallucinations, seismic activity and ecological abnormality too.
An excavation near Mures River, 2 km away from Aiud, Romania unearthed a wedge comprised of 12 different elements. It was buried at a depth which indicates it being at least 11,000 years old. However, this seems odd given that aluminium was first discovered in 1808 and mass production only began post 1885. The shape is what engineers identify as similar to the foot of landing gear, like in spaceships. Does this mean aliens landed on earth some 11,000 years ago?
For many, many years, the Voynich Manuscript was suspected of being a hoax, so strange were the inscriptions and drawings in it. The 600-year old document uses a language and/or coding system that has baffled even the most accomplished linguists in the world. Since there are pictures of plants, stars and other organic objects in it, there are theories suggesting that The Voynich Manuscript is a treatise on nature. Some even believe it is a Da Vinci original. But the mystery about its origin, author and meaning yet remain to be a mystery.
An Australian pilot Frederich Valentich is known to have radioed Melbourne air traffic control on October 21, 1978 with the strangest report. He claimed he was being followed by “a long metallic, unidentified aircraft” which was orbiting above his plane and “coming for him”. No trace of Valentich has been found since that night. The sea over which he was flying was searched extensively for debris and signs of oil wreckage, but nothing was found. And get this – many Australians reported having seeing strange lights in the skies above Tasmania and King Island; exactly where Valentich was reporting from.
At Times Square in 1950 NYC, a man dressed in Victorian attire was killed when a car hit him. He had apparently appeared from nowhere. A body search revealed mint condition 1870s currency, a letter dated 1876 and identity proof labelling him Rudolph Fentz. Extensive background search led the NYPD to the widow of Rudolph Fentz Jr, who claimed that her father-in-law had supposedly disappeared in 1876, never to return from an evening stroll. Is this a case of genuine time-travel then?
Here’s a seriously spooky take. A tragic car accident in 1957 claimed the lives of two sisters Joanna and Jacqueline Pollock, somewhere in rural UK. A while later, their mother conceived again and their father was convinced she was carrying twins possessing the souls of their dead daughters. Even as doctors detected just one foetus, twin girls were born with birthmarks and scars in the same spot as Joanna and Jacqueline. When they turned four, the twins began recognising places in their parents’ hometown and toys the dead sisters owned – truly, truly bizarre. They also developed a phobia of certain types of cars. But once they turned 5, all these ‘memories’ disappeared! Reincarnation, is it?
The Overtoun Bridge in Dumbarton Scotland has been dubbed the ‘Bridge of Death’ by locals. In the past, over 50 spaniels have thrown themselves off of this bridge, arguable committing suicide. The dogs are known to have jumped from the same point on the bridge and always in the same weather conditions. In 1994, a local Kevin Moy even threw his baby off the bridge from that very place and then attempted suicide himself. Seriously, what’s going on here?
Even as Yuri Gagarin is proclaimed to be the Soviet legend who was the first man to walk in space, chances are, this is a false claim. During the Cold War, USSR’s rivalry with the US caused them to be very secretive about their space race exploits. In fact, two months before Yuri embarked upon his space journey, Italian stations picked up transmissions in Russian accents saying “Everything is satisfactory, we are orbiting the earth”. This was followed by reports of screams and desperate calls for rescue a few days later. So did Russia abandon its secret cosmonauts in space or was that something else?
Count de Saint Germaine is a historical figure who was born in the late 1600s and officially declared dead in 1783. He was a part of the French aristocracy and well-known for his numerous accomplishments in alchemy, art, music and linguistics. He also claimed that he had found the secret to immortality. And believe it or not, ever since 1783, Saint Germaine has been sighted in his 45-year-old avatar on numerous occasions, with the last rumoured sighting being in 1983. Whatever could this mean?
Ever since 2013, almost one-third of the population of Kalachi, Kazakhstan has suffered from a bizarre sleeping sickness. People have been observed to fall asleep suddenly, mid-way while completing daily chores. These sleeping spells may last up to 2 weeks even, and upon waking, several symptoms like high blood pressure, nausea and memory loss have been recorded. Scientists have been searching for possible causes including radiations and air-composition anomalies but so far nothing has been found. The President of Kazakhstan has declared he will have the matter investigated thoroughly and make arrangements for the villagers to be re-homed if nothing else. Queer, eh?