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Top 10 Shocking Places, Events & Theories

People like to learn about history and create their own opinions based on the information.  This article will be examining 10 Bizarre Places, Events, and Theories that you may not have read about
in the past.             
10. Bush Hid the Facts
Who Programmed the Microsoft Unicode Computer Bug?
Bush hid the facts is a common name for a bug present in the function IsTextUnicode of the Microsoft Windows operating system.  Microsoft introduced the Unicode support function after the Windows 98 operating system.  In the development of Unicode, an unknown computer programmer entered a hidden easter egg into notepad.  Notepad is the Microsoft Windows text editing program that allows you to adjust source code and create web pages.  The unusual programming string made it so that if you enter the phrase “Bush hid the facts” into a notepad document, save the
document, close it, and then reopen it, the words "畢桳栠捡獴" appear instead. 
This bug could not have been accidentally created and the intentions of
Microsoft are still unknown.  It could be an attempt to prevent people from
using the phrase on their websites or it could also be an attempt to draw
attention to the sentence “Bush hid the facts.”  Computer programmers are
generally intelligent individuals and it would have been obvious to Microsoft
creators that people would learn about the bug and think it was strange.  The
bug occurs when the “Bush hid the facts” string is passed to the Win32
charset detection function IsTextUnicode with no other characters.  Many
text editors and tools exhibit this behavior because they use IsTextUnicode
as well.
9. Larry Walters
The Man Who Took Flight in a Lawn Chair.
Larry Walters or Lawn chair Larry was an American truck driver who took
flight on July 2, 1982 in a homemade aircraft.  Larry Walters always dreamed
of being an aviation pilot, but was born with poor eyesight.  From a young
age, he planned on creating a flying machine using weather balloons.  As a
child, his plan was to attach a few helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn
chair, cut the anchor, and then float above his backyard at a height of about
30 feet (9.1 m) for several hours.  He intended on bringing a pellet gun that
he would use to burst balloons and gradually float to the ground.  In 1982,
Walters and his girlfriend, Carol Van Deusen, purchased 45 eight-foot
weather balloons and obtained helium tanks.
Larry then attached all 45 of the balloons to his chair, filled them with helium,
put on a parachute, and strapped himself into the chair.  He took his pellet
gun, a CB radio, sandwiches, cold beer, and a camera.  Walters tied the
contraption to his jeep and ordered his friends to cut the line.  The chair
rapidly rose to a height of about 15,000 feet (4,600 m).  At first, Larry did
not dare shoot any balloons, fearing that he might unbalance the load and
cause himself to fall.  Larry slowly drifted over Long Beach, California and
crossed the approach corridor of the Long Beach Airport.  During the
voyage, Walters was in contact with a CB monitoring organization and when
they asked him what his plan was he replied:

“Ah, the difficulty is, ah, this was an unauthorized balloon launch, and, uh, I
know I'm in a federal airspace, and, uh, I'm sure my ground crew has alerted
the proper authority. But, uh, just call them and tell them I'm okay.” 
After 45 minutes in the sky, he shot several balloons, and then accidentally
dropped his pellet gun overboard.  Larry descended slowly, until the
balloons' got caught in a power line, causing a blackout in a Long Beach
neighborhood. However, Walters was able to safely reach the ground, where
he was immediately arrested by waiting members of the Long Beach Police
Department.  The story was widely reported in national newspapers and
when Larry was asked by a reporter why he had done it, Walters replied, "A
man can't just sit around."

Larry Walters became a national celebrity and did not receive any jail time for
his adventure, but was fined a couple thousand dollars.  The lawn chair used
in the flight was given to an admiring boy named Jerry, although Walters
later regretted doing so, since the Smithsonian Institution had asked him to
donate it.  After his flight, Larry was in brief demand as a motivational
speaker and quit his job as a truck driver.  Sadly, Larry Walters committed
suicide in 1993 at the age of 44 by shooting himself in the heart in Angeles
National Forest.
8. Jose Vigoa
The Man Who Terrorized Las Vegas.
Jose Vigoa is a man that was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United
States in the summer of 1980.  Vigoa was part of the Mariel boatlift, which
was a mass exodus of Cubans who departed from Cuba's Mariel Harbor for
the U.S. between April 15 and October 31, 1980.  The exodus was a result
of a sharp downturn in the Cuban economy, which led to tensions on the
island.  Fidel Castro and U.S. President Jimmy Carter put together a joint
Cuban-American effort that organized the transfer of hundreds-of-thousands
of Cubans to Florida.  However, it seems that Fidel Castro took the
opportunity to rid his land of criminals, rapists, and murderers.

A number of the Cuban exiles had been released from jails and mental health
facilities.  The decision made by Jimmy Carter to allow the Mariel boatlift
caused many problems for the U.S. economy, problems that can still be
seen today.  Some of the Cuban criminals began to organize American
drug syndicates and violent crime in Florida exploded.  Many people are
familiar with the movie Scarface, which tells the story of drug-lord Tony
Montana, who emigrated from Cuba to Florida during the Mariel boatlift.
The Mariel boatlift was abruptly ended in October of 1980.  By that time
over 125,000 Cubans had legally immigrated to Florida.
After immigrating to the United States, Jose Vigoa traveled to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing areas of the U.S.  A quote taken
from Jose Vigoa should give you an idea of what kind of life he lived in Las
Vegas.  “In my world, you are either the hunter or the prey, and I am the
hunter.  Vegas was my prey.”  Jose Vigoa was a dangerous man.  At age
13, he was taken from his home in Cuba and sent to the Soviet Union where
he joined the elite Spetsnaz force.  At the time, the Soviet Union was
fighting in Angola and Afghanistan.  As an elite member of the Soviet army,
Vigoa received extensive training in surveillance, weapons, and warfare.

Upon arriving in Las Vegas, Vigoa could not support his family and turned to
drug trafficking.  He was arrested and given a 19 year prison sentence and
was released in the late 1990s.  After being released from jail, Vigoa began
conducting surveillance on Brink’s security armed trucks.  He organized a
criminal posse and went on vicious crime spree in Las Vegas.  The gang
performed numerous armed robberies, using automatic weapons, and
wheeling body armor.  This included attacks on five separate major casinos
on the Las Vegas strip. 
The criminal spree took place between 1999 and 2000, during this time Las
Vegas was attempting to change its image into a family friendly vacation
spot.  Vigoa was terrorizing the streets and the police could do little about it.
He successfully stole millions of dollars from densely populated locations.
Jose Vigoa had a happy trigger figure and would routinely fire shots.  In a
botched heist in Henderson, Nevada, Vigoa shot and killed two guards at a
local mall.

Jose Vigoa made his biggest mistake when he robbed the famous Las
Vegas hotel Bellagio.  During the heist, he was disguised with sunglasses
and a baseball cap.  The Bellagio is one of the nicest hotels in all of Vegas
and they have an extremely high-tech security system, which managed to get
detailed shots of Vigoa.  His image was broadcast for four days on Vegas
TV and finally resulted in a 100 mph car chase through the city and his
arrest.  After a plea bargain, Vigoa was given a sentence of 500 years
behind bars.  The U.S. mainstream media kept a tight seal on the Vigoa
story, as Las Vegas is one of the most popular attractions in all of America
and stories of an armed vigilante are not good for tourism.
7. The Oregon Vortex
A Place Where Gravity Has a Mind of Its Own.
The Oregon Vortex is the name given to a naturally occurring physical
phenomenon that can be witnessed in Gold Hill, Oregon, and it surrounding
areas.  For anyone unfamiliar, Oregon is a U.S. state located in the north-
west corner of the country.  The area has a long and storied history in the
Native American culture and was often viewed as cursed land.  The Oregon
Vortex has been described as a spherical field of force that causes objects
to defy the laws of gravity.  It covers a large area and every person standing
on the grounds appears to be leaning in one direction.  It feels as if you are
standing straight up, but your body is inclined towards the magnetic north or
south.  This creates an optical illusion that drastically changing a person’s
height.  Someone can walk across the grounds and it looks like they are
shrinking or growing. 
At the Oregon vortex, objects appear to roll up hills and can balance on their
sides.  Many people claim that the site is paranormal in nature and sits at the
intersection of ley lines, at the boundary of geomagnetic fields, and is an
actual gravitational anomaly.  The strange effects are most strong during a
full moon and many people get ill and dizzy when visiting the vortex.  Others
feel that the area is simply full of optical illusions and one large gravity hill.

A gravity hill is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an
optical illusion that makes it seem like a very slight downhill slope is an uphill
slope.  This does not explain the height illusion, but people claim that the
changes in height are due to the theory of forced perspective, which
involves a distorted background causing an optical illusion.  However, this
theory has been disproved, as the height effect can be viewed from every
angle in the area with many different background settings. 
6. Le Rêve
Steve Wynn Did What to the Picasso Painting.
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor.  He is best known for his
wide variety of artistic styles and is one of the most successful painters of
the 20th century.  In 1932, Pablo Picasso created the masterpiece Le Rêve
(The Dream in French).  Le Rêve is an oil painting (130 × 97 cm) that
portrays Picasso’s 24-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter.  The
painting belongs to Picasso's period of distorted depictions, with
oversimplified outlines and contrasting colors.  The painting is noted for its
erotic content, with a clear penis located on the top of the model’s upturned

Le Rêve was originally purchased for $7,000 in 1941 by Victor and Sally
Ganz of New York City.  The purchase began the couple’s 50-year collection
of works by just five artists: Picasso, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg,
Frank Stella, and Eva Hesse.  After the Ganzes died, their collection,
including Le Rêve, was sold at Christie's auction house. Le Rêve sold for an
unexpectedly high $48.4 million, at the time the sixth most expensive painting
ever sold.  The couple’s entire collection sold for $206.5 million, which is
amazing considering they only spent around $2 million on art. 
Le Rêve was purchased by the Austrian-born investment fund manager
Wolfgang Flöttl.  In 2001, under severe financial pressure, Flöttl sold Le
Rêve to casino magnate Steve Wynn for an undisclosed sum, estimated to
be about $60 million.  The painting was the centerpiece of Wynn’s collection.
Nevertheless, in October 2006, Wynn told a group of reporters that he had
agreed to sell Le Rêve for $139 million to Steven A. Cohen.  At the time,
this price would have made Le Rêve the most expensive piece of art ever

Before selling the art, Wynn was showing the painting to his friends when he
apparently smashed his elbow through the canvas, puncturing it, and creating
a six-inch tear in Le Rêve.  Steve Wynn told reporters that he took the event
as a sign to not sell the painting.  Le Rêve underwent a $90,000 repair and
today the painting is estimated to be worth $85 million.  That would make
Steve Wynn’s incident a $54 million dollar accident.  As you would expect,
Wynn proceeded to claim the $54 million difference with his London insurers,
who initially balked, so Wynn sued them and the case was eventually settled
out of court in March 2007.
5. The Conqueror
The Most Deadly Movie Set in History.
The Conqueror is a 1956 epic film produced by Howard Hughes and starring
John Wayne as the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan.  The movie was
directed by actor/director Dick Powell and was principally shot near St.
George, Utah.  The Conqueror was a complete bust at the box office and is
often times cited as one of the worst movies of the 1950s.  Many critics
bashed the film’s casting, with John Wayne playing Genghis Khan.  The
movie was shot at the height of John Wayne’s career.  The exterior scenes
of the movie were filmed at a location near St. George, Utah.  It was 137
miles downwind of the United States government's nuclear weapon test site,
named the Nevada Test Site.

In 1953, extensive above-ground nuclear weapons testing occurred at the
test site, as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole.  The cast and crew of the
movie spent many difficult weeks shooting at the location.  The film’s
producers knew about the nuclear tests and there are even publicity
photographs of John Wayne holding a Geiger counter during production.
Unfortunately, the films makers did not understand the link between
exposure to radioactive fallout and cancer.  The movie’s director Dick
Powell died of cancer in January of 1963.  Star Pedro Armendáriz was
diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1960 and committed suicide in 1963 after
finding out that his cancer was terminal.   American actress Susan Hayward
died of brain cancer in 1975.

John Wayne on Set

Susan Hayward
One of the great supporting actresses of the 1940s, 50’s, and 60’s, Agnes
Moorehead died of uterine cancer in 1974.  John Wayne died of stomach
cancer (not lung cancer as many people think) on June 11, 1979, at the
UCLA Medical Center.  The total cast and crew involved with the picture
totaled 220 people.  By 1981, 91 of these people developed some form of
cancer and 46 had died of the disease.  This gives an unheard of 41%
morbidity rate.

Dr. Robert Pendleton, professor of biology at the University of Utah, stated,
"With these numbers, this case could qualify as an epidemic.”  The film’s
producer Howard Hughes felt guilty about his decisions regarding the movie
and kept the film from view until 1974 when it was first broadcast on TV.
The Conqueror, along with Ice Station Zebra, is said to be one of the films
Howard Hughes watched endlessly during his last years.
On May 19, 1953, the United States government detonated a 32-kiloton
atomic bomb at the Nevada Test Site.  The bomb later gained the name
"Dirty Harry" because of the tremendous amount of nuclear fallout generated
by the bomb.  Strong winds currents carried the fallout 135 miles (220 km) to
the area surrounding St. George, Utah, where local residents reported "an
oddly metallic sort of taste in the air." 

Dirty Harry Bomb
4. Marysburgh Vortex
A Strange Place Over Part of Lake Ontario.
Most people are probably familiar with the Bermuda Triangle, but a similar
place on Earth is the Marysburgh Vortex.  The Marysburgh Vortex is an area
of eastern Lake Ontario.  Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes of
North America.  It is located near Ontario, Canada and the U.S. state of
New York.  According to shipping and insurance records, during the early
days of steamboat travel, more than two thirds of the shipwrecks in Lake
Ontario occurred in the area encompassed by the Vortex.  The exact
location of the Marysburgh Vortex is east of Point Petre in the southern
portion of Prince Edward County.  It extends in an easterly direction towards
the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, and north in the direction of Kingston,

Similar to the Bermuda Triangle, the Marysburgh Vortex and Lake Ontario
contain several magnetic and electric anomalies.  One example is an
anomaly between Kingston and Garden Island which disrupts magnetic
compasses.  It is risky for residents of the island to cross the lake when
visibility is poor.  Many historical shipwrecks and disappearances have
taken place in the vortex.  Similar to stories surrounding the Bermuda
Triangle, a strange fog is often involved with the disappearances.  Some
good examples of shipwrecks are the 1883 Quinlanwith, 1889 Bavaria, 1917
George A. Marsh, and the 1964 Star of Suez. 
Some of these accidents include the sudden disappearance of ships and
crew.  The Marysburgh vortex has a startling record of accidents, which has
fueled theories of paranormal activity.  Adding fuel to the fire is the large
amount of UFO sightings in the area.  This includes many reports of
unidentified submerged objects, which have the tendency to explode from
the lake.  Small aircrafts have gone missing and the scientific community
has done very little to solve the mysteries of the vortex.  The exact cause of
the bizarre events surrounding the Marysburgh Vortex remains a complete
3. Barry Jennings
A September 11, 2001 Witness with an Interesting Story
This article will be discussing the life and death of Barry Jennings.  It is not
intended to offend or take a stance on any 9/11 conspiracy theories, only
give the facts.  Barry Jennings is a man that worked as a New York City
housing authority official.  On September 11, 2001, Barry was near the
World Trade Center’s when they were attacked.  He immediately reported to
the city’s command center, which is located on the 23rd floor of 7 World
Trade Center.  7 World Trade Center is a building that experienced a
complete collapse during the attacks.  In an interview taken with Barry
Jennings he describes the events that followed.

When Barry and Michael Hess, the city's corporation counsel, reached the
command center on the 23rd floor of 7WTC the room was completely
empty.  Barry comments on the steaming coffee and sandwiches on the
tables and how it seems that the room has been recently vacated.  He then
contacted numerous individuals on the telephone in hopes of getting an
explanation and got the response to leave and leave right away.  The two
men reached the stairwell and started to descend, however, when the pair
got to the 6th floor they were rocked by a huge explosion.  The entire landing
gave way and Barry was left hanging.  He had to climb up rubble in order to
reach the 8th floor.  Barry then broke out a window and looked down to see
buses and cars on fire. 

The men were stuck on the 8th floor for many hours, during which time both
World Trade Center’s collapsed.  During his time on the 8th floor, Barry
reported hearing numerous explosions below him.  Some of the blasts came
before the World Trade Center’s collapsed (including the initial blast), while
others came after the towers had fallen.  The men were eventually saved by
10 New York City firefighters.  Barry was taken to an area that the firefighters
called the lobby.  He replied, “where are we?”  He was once again told that it
was the lobby of 7 World Trade Center.  Barry was just surprised because it
was completely obliterated, with rubble and even dead bodies.

“And the firefighter who took us down kept saying, "Do not look down." I kept
saying, "Why?" We were stepping over people. And you know when you can
feel when you are stepping over people.”

Barry was existed from 7 World Trade Center through a hole in the wall.  The
firefighters then told him "You have to run".  I said, "I can't, my knees are
swollen". [He said] "You'll have to get on your knees and crawl then, because
we have reports of more explosions."  Barry Jennings would finish his
interview by saying “I’m just confused about one thing, why World Trade
Center 7 went down in the first place - I’m very confused about that - I know
what I heard, I heard explosions,”  On 9/11, Barry was interviewed by the
BBC on live television directly after being rescued from the building. 

“On September 11, 2001, 7 WTC was damaged by debris when the nearby
North Tower of the WTC collapsed.  The debris also ignited fires, which
continued to burn throughout the afternoon on lower floors of the building.
The building's internal fire suppression system lacked water pressure to
fight the fires, and the building collapsed completely at 5:21:10 p.m.  The
collapse began when a critical column on the 13th floor buckled and
triggered structural failure throughout.”

The explanation doesn’t describe any of the explosions heard by Barry
Jennings, especially the ones heard before the North Tower collapsed and
hit parts of 7 WTC.  It doesn’t explain the complete destruction of the lobby.
The buildings that collapsed on September 11, 2001, were the first steal
structures to experience a complete failure due to fire.  Articles written by
mainstream journalists have suggested that the absolute free-fall (it fell in 8
seconds) that 7 WTC experienced is strange.  Especially since the building
was not even hit by a plane. 

For this reason, many people found the testimony of Barry Jennings
contradictory to the official story of what happened on 9/11.  On August 19,
2008 Barry Jennings died.  At this time in history, conspiracy theories
surrounding September 11, 2001 were heating up and even making
headlines in major news outlets around the world.  The cause of Barry’s
death has never been released.  Barry Jennings died only days before the
release of NIST’s report on 7WTC. 
2. Shakespeare Authorship Question
Was William Shakespeare Only a Pen Name?
The Shakespeare authorship question is the controversy about whether the
works traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon
(which is a town in south Warwickshire, England) were actually written by
another writer or group of writers.  This public debate and conspiracy theory
dates back to the mid-19th century.  It has attracted public attention and a
large following all over the world.  Some prominent public figures have
declared that they believe the theory that "William Shakespeare" was a pen
name used by the true author (or authors) to keep the writer's identity
secret.  However, this theory is dismissed by the majority of academic
Shakespeare scholars.

Many candidates have been mentioned over the centuries, including Edward
de Vere, who is the 17th Earl of Oxford.  Statesman Francis Bacon,
dramatist Christopher Marlowe, and William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby.
Authorship doubters believe that mainstream Shakespeare biographers
routinely violate methods and criteria used in writing a true biography.
People assert that the actor and businessman baptized as "Shakspere" of
Stratford did not have the background necessary to create the body of work
attributed to him. 
People have questioned how a commoner from a small 16th-century country
town, with no recorded education or personal library, could become an
expert in foreign languages, knowledge of courtly pastimes and politics,
Greek and Latin mythology, law, and the latest discoveries in science,
medicine and astronomy of the time.  Support for William Shakespeare as
author rests on two main pillars of evidence, testimony by his fellow actors,
and by his fellow playwright Ben Jonson in the First Folio, plus the inscription
on Shakespeare's grave monument in Stratford. 
1. Philadelphia Experiment
Is it possible to teleport objects?
One of the most infamous disappearances surrounding the Bermuda
Triangle is Flight 19.  Flight 19 was an organized team of five U.S. Avenger
torpedo bombers that disappeared in December of 1945, four months after
the official end of World War II.  All 14 airmen were lost and never heard
from again.  The official story is that the planes pilots became disoriented
and lost at sea.  However, many strange events were recorded, including
bizarre mechanical and navigational failures.  Over the years, the Bermuda
Triangle has become famous for these types of strange reports.  A mass
search effort was carried out in hopes of finding the Flight 19 crew, but sadly
tragedy struck once again when a PBM Mariner flying boat was also lost.  All
13 crew members aboard the PBM Mariner were never found.

Over the years, hundreds of strange reports have surfaced from pilots
traveling through the Bermuda Triangle.  People have reported experiencing
strange electrical phenomenon, bizarre fog, tunnel vision, and even
teleportation.  In regards to teleportation, it has been said that people
encounter a strange fog.  The fog surrounds the plane and the pilot feels as
if they are traveling in a dark electrical tunnel.  The pilots who have reported
entering this tunnel say that when they emerge from the other end, they have
traveled hundreds of miles in literally minutes. 
Do these stories represent the ramblings of a confused airman or is the
phenomenon of teleportation feasible?  People who have studied
teleportation look at the unified field theory, which is a term that was coined
by Albert Einstein.  Like everything Einstein, the specifics of the theory are
confusing, but basically it aims to describe mathematically and physically the
interrelated nature of the forces that comprise electromagnetic radiation and

It is believed by some that the Unified Field Theory could enable large
electrical generators to bend light around an object, making it invisible.  This
brings up the reported 1943 U.S. Philadelphia Experiment.  The Philadelphia
Experiment is a conspiracy theory surrounding a naval military experiment at
the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.  The experiment has never been fully
confirmed and many feel that the story is an elaborate hoax. 
The Philadelphia Experiment is an alleged attempt by the U.S. government to
test the unified field theory.  Most accounts of the experiment involve the
U.S. destroyer USS Eldridge.  The destroyer was fitted with the required
electrical equipment and the testing began in the summer of 1943.  One test,
on July 22, 1943, resulted in the Eldridge being rendered almost completely
invisible, with some witnesses reporting a "greenish fog" appearing in its

However, after the test crew members began to complain of severe nausea.
It is also said that when the ship reappeared, some sailors were embedded
in the metal structures of the ship.  The story then alleges that the equipment
was not properly calibrated, so another test was run on October 28, 1943.
This time, the Eldridge not only became invisible, but physically vanished
from the area in a flash of blue light.  The destroyed teleported to Norfolk,
Virginia, over 200 miles away.  It is claimed that the ship then reappeared in
Philadelphia at the site it had originally occupied. 

USS Eldridge
Many versions of the story include descriptions of serious side effects for
the crew.  Some crew members were said to have been physically fused to
bulkheads, others suffered from mental disorders, and some people simply
vanished.  It is also claimed that the ship's crew may have been subjected to
brainwashing, in order to maintain the secrecy of the experiment.  The story
of the Philadelphia Experiment surfaced in 1955, when an amateur
astronomer and former graduate-level researcher named Morris K. Jessup
published a book about unidentified flying objects.

In the book Jessup hypothesized on the propulsion system that would be
necessary for a disc-shaped craft.  He talked about a future generation of
space craft that would use the unified field theory for propulsion.  Jessup
was also contacted by a man who claimed to be involved with the
Philadelphia Experiment.  Jessup speculated that antigravity and/or
electromagnetism might have been responsible for the observed flight
behavior of UFOs. 

Morris K. Jessup 

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10 Strange Mysteries Impacting Life on Earth

Mystery Title
Since the beginning of time, humanity has been faced with a collection of mysterious and strange events. Many separate examples of unexplained viruses, geological occurrences, crimes, and tragedies have shaped modern history. The field of scientific experimentation and criminology are based around new discoveries and uncovering the truth. As we move into 2011, the world has been plagued with some mysterious occurrences surrounding natural life and climate stability on Earth. This article will be examining ten bizarre mysteries that have been impacting life. Some of the examples look at current events, while others document the past. Not everyone in the world is influenced by each example, with some regional specificity. Certain entries clearly impact natural life more than others.

10. National Personnel Records Center Fire
Mystery: What started the 1973 U.S. National Archives Fire?

National Records Center Fire
The Watergate scandal was a 1970s United States political event. It began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The scandal directly led to the resignation of the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, on August 9, 1974. Nixon is the first and only U.S. President to resign. Watergate also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of Nixon administration officials. On July 12, 1973, the National Personnel Records Center fire occurred in Overland, Missouri, which is a suburb of St. Louis. The event marked a severe blow to the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States. Approximately 16-18 million official military personnel records were lost as a result of the fire.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) was created in 1956 as the result of a series of mergers. In 1956, the construction cost on the structure was $12.5 million, $101 million in today's dollars, an economical $10.15 per square foot ($110.51 per square meter). However, the builders did not include firewalls or other fire-stopping material. The entire facility holding millions of irreplaceable records lacked heat or smoke detectors to automatically report fire or a sprinkler system to extinguish fire. The 1973 fire destroyed the entire 6th floor of the NPRC, including millions of files documenting U.S. Army and Air Force personnel discharges. The huge collection of documents on the 6th floor did not have an index, making it impossible to determine what was lost.
Millions of records were on loan to the NPRC at the time of the fire. On the morning of the National Archives Fire, a very small number of U.S. Navy, United States Coast Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps records were out of their normal filing area being worked on as active requests by employees of the National Archives and Records Administration who maintained their offices on the 6th floor of the building. When the NPRC fire began, these Navy and Marine Corps records were caught in the section of the building which experienced the most damage, but the circumstances surrounding the files was ruled to have been ordinary. None of the U.S. national records that were destroyed in the fire had duplicate copies made, nor had they been copied to microfilm.
The exact cause of the fire was never fully determined. An investigation in 1975, two-years after the occurrence, revealed that the floor where the fire started had been under extreme temperature with little or no ventilation. It was speculated that air pressure on the floor had reached such a level that, combined with the very high temperatures in the enclosed space, the brittle and dry records began to spontaneously combust. The investigation also did not rule out embers of cigarettes, which were present in several trash cans. The timing of the fire and the lackluster investigation has led to speculation about the real cause. One thing is for sure, a large portion of recorded U.S. history was lost in the NPRC fire of 1973.

9. Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine
Mystery: Is there a rich gold mine located in the Superstition Mountains?

Lost Dutchman Mine
The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is a legendary lost mine hidden in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, Arizona. The land is currently a designated Wilderness Area, and mining is restricted under United States Code. The mine is named after the German immigrant Jacob Waltz and is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history. A large number of treasure hunters have been seeking the Lost Dutchman Mine since the late 1800s. The legend of the mine is based around some factual information, but there is currently no solid proof of its existence. One of the first documented stories surrounding the area tells the tale of a man named Dr. Thorne, who claimed that he was taken by Navajos in 1854, and that during his captivity witnessed a rich gold vein in the Superstition Mountains.
The modern day name for the mine comes from a story surrounding a German man named Jacob Waltz. Interestingly, Dutchman was a common, though inaccurate, American slang term for German. Waltz is said to have located a rich gold mine in the Arizona Mountains, but upon return from the discovery, he was attacked and wounded by an unknown assailant. According to the legend, Waltz survived long enough to tell a man named Dr. Walker about the mine. Waltz is also said to have made a deathbed confession to Julia Thomas, drawing a crude map to the area. In 1931, the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine reached a new level of popularity when explorer and treasure hunter Adolph Ruth disappeared while searching for it.
Six months after Ruth's disappearance, his body was discovered with two bullet holes in the head. Authorities in Arizona did not launch a criminal inquest regarding his death and they were criticized for ignoring the evidence of Ruth's severe head trauma. Since Adolph Ruth's death, there have been several other alleged mysterious deaths and encounters in the Superstition Mountains. In his 1945 book about the Lost Dutchman's mine, Barry Storm claimed to have narrowly escaped from a mysterious sniper he dubbed Mr. X. In late 2009, a Denver, Colorado resident named Jesse Capen went missing in the Tonto National Forest. He was known to have been interested in the mine for years and had made previous trips to the area. On July 11, 2010, three men disappeared in the Superstition Mountains while looking for the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. In January 2011, the remains of the hikers were recovered.
It should be noted that the treacherous terrain of the Superstition Mountains can be difficult for even experienced outdoorsmen. Conspiracy theories surrounding the gold mine have been published for years and include accounts of a U.S. government cover-up. Some other people have reported mysterious lights and an unexplained presence in certain areas of mountain, including alien type figures and people described as "enigmatic guardians" of the rich gold mine. Other accounts include disorientation with the natural environment and the disappearance of landmarks. One might ask how the mystery of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine in influencing life on Earth. In the last couple years, the price of gold has exploded in value and the discovery of a lucrative mine located in Arizona would alter the international market.

8. Global Spread of H5N1
Mystery: How can we prevent the spread of H5N1 on Earth?

H5N1 Virus
The global spread of a highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza in birds is considered a significant threat to life. This specific H5N1 strain is a fast-mutating, highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) found in multiple bird species. Most H5N1 influenza strains are known, but this one is significantly different. The virus is spreading on a genetic level, making the global expansion of the H5N1 strain unprecedented. It is currently an epizootic, which is an epidemic in non-humans. Since 1997, studies of the H5N1 influenza have indicated that the virus continues to evolve. Some of the expanded hosts of the H5N1 strain have shown the ability to infect felids (cats).
In laboratory tests, mice and ferrets have been infected with H5N1 for study. Tens of millions of birds have died from the H5N1 influenza, while hundreds of millions of birds have been slaughtered and disposed of, to limit the spread of the disease. The list of countries that have reported one or more major highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreaks in birds, causing at least thousands, but in some cases millions of dead animals, is extensive. A large majority of Asia and parts of Europe and Africa have reported cases of the H5N1 strain, including Korea, Vietnam, Japan, France, Indonesia, Russia, Cameroon, Germany, Romania, Ukraine, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, United Kingdom, and Ghana.
Highly pathogenic H5N1 has been found in the wild bird populations in numerous countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Iran, Italy, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Surveillance of H5N1 in humans, poultry, wild birds, cats and other animals remains very weak in many parts of Asia and Africa. The intermittent spread of the deadly virus into the human population has occurred and will continue. As a population, we need to stay one step ahead of the global spread of H5N1 or the world economy and individual societies could be faced with a major crisis, which is already beginning to show its face. After eating contaminated poultry, three separate people have died in Cambodia from H5N1 in the month of February, 2011.

7. Volcanic Activity
Mystery: What is happening with all the recent volcanic activity on Earth?

Recent Volcano Activity
Since 2010, it has been recognized that the Earth's volcanoes are experiencing increased activity. Giant volcanoes that have been dormant for years are starting to awake. Many of these eruptions have been linked to increased earthquake activity. Mount Kirishima is a 1700 meter high active volcano group in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Shinmoedake is a volcano that is part of the Kirishima cluster. Shinmoedake erupted on January 26, 2011. February 1st saw the strongest eruption of Shinmoedake since 1959. Kizimen is a stratovolcano located in the southern part of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. The volcano was in a dormant state since an eruption in 1929, but in early February 2011, the volcano sent a column of ash several miles high. Kizimen started showing signs of life in 2009.
Since 2004, researchers have indicated that the ground level above the supervolcano at Yellowstone Park in the United States has risen as much as 2.8 inches per year. This is abnormal and suggests signs of strange underground motion in Yellowstone. Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of unrest. In February of 2011, the area saw an increase in volcanic activity and new episodes of lava fountaining. Kilauea is an active volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. It is one of five shield volcanoes that form the island of Hawai'i. Kilauea is regarded by the USGS as the most dangerous volcano in the U.S. Since 2010 and early 2011, the volcano has seen an increased level of activity. Lava has destroyed several houses in the Kalapana area.
Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. By early 2011, the increased eruptions of the volcano have raised concerns about the local economy and the potential for long term environmental and health problems amongst the residents in the locality surrounding Mount Bromo. Baroarbunga is an Icelandic stratovolcano located under the ice cap of Vatnajokull glacier. In September 2010, an earthquake swarm occurred near Baroarbunga, which has historically indicated a coming volcanic event. An eruption of Baroarbunga would affect flight traffic and temperature in the northern parts of the world.
Massive seismic swarms are now being reported in both the western and eastern regions of India. The country is being pushed upwards by global seismic stress on tectonic plates. While this geological process has been underway for some time, it now appears to be accelerating in scope and intensity. On February 8, 2011, in the Kurnool district of India, a strange black chemical substance was reported to have gushed out from the Earth, creating panic. Huge cavities were also reported in the Earth's crust. The strange substance damaged crops and killed life. The grass surrounding the chemicals caught fire and the substance is reported to have spread like lava from a volcano.

6. Ali Hussain Sibat
Mystery: Why is Saudi Arabia still executing people for witchcraft?

Ali Hussain Sibat
Witchcraft is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. Historically, it was widely believed that witchcraft involved the use of these powers to inflict harm upon members of a community or their property, and that all witches were in league with the devil. The classical period of witch-hunts in Europe and North America occurred during the early modern period (1480 to 1750). It is estimated that 40,000 to 100,000 people were executed during this time in history. The last executions of people convicted as witches in Europe took place in the 18th century, but the practice continues in many areas of the world. Witch hunts still occur today in societies where belief in magic is practiced, predominately in Sub-Saharan Africa, North India, and Papua New Guinea.
Saudi Arabia has a strong legislation against the practice of sorcery. It is the only country in the world where witchcraft still remains legally punishable by death. In India, labeling a woman as a witch is a common ploy to grab land, settle scores or even to punish her for turning down sexual advances. In a majority of the cases, it is difficult for the accused woman to reach out for help and she is forced to either abandon her home and family or is driven to commit suicide. A 2010 estimate places the number of reported women killed as witches in India at between 150 and 200 per year. Witchcraft or sorcery remains a criminal offense in Saudi Arabia, although the precise nature of the crime is undefined and the frequency of prosecutions is unknown.
Ali Hussain Sibat is a Lebanese national and former host of a popular call-in show that aired on satellite TV across the Middle East. On the show, he made predictions and gave advice to the audience. In May of 2008, Ali Sibat was on Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia when he was spotted by religious police in the holy city of Medina. The Saudi police had been advised of Sibat's predictions and popularity. Ali Sibat was arrested on charges of "sorcery" and sentenced to death by beheading. Sibat's fate is common in Saudi Arabia, where the execution of witches is still performed.
Sibat's story has raised an international outcry and many appeals for his life have been made. On March 10, 2010, a court in Medina upheld his death sentence. According to Amnesty International, "The judges said that he deserved to be sentenced to death because he had practiced "sorcery" publicly for several years before millions of viewers and that his actions "made him an infidel." He was scheduled for execution at the end of March, 2010, but as the date neared, widespread media coverage, appeals by international human rights groups and intervention by several Lebanese government officials postponed the event. To date, it is unclear whether the execution will be 

5. Alzheimer's Disease
Mystery: What is causing Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of human dementia. It is one of the saddest diagnoses of the 21st century and is an incurable, degenerative, and terminal disease. It was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Most often, Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed in people over the age of 65, although the less-prevalent early-onset Alzheimer's can occur sooner in life. AD is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050. The course of the disease is unique for everyone suffering, but there are many common symptoms. In the early stages of AD, a person will experience the inability to acquire new memories and remember recently observed facts.
As the disease advances, symptoms include confusion, irritability and aggression, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss, and the general withdrawal from activity. Alzheimer's disease is known for placing a great burden on caregivers and family members. One of the saddest things to watch is your parents or friends, people who once provided you with the knowledge of life, fall into a state of confusion, often times to a point where memories and faces are lost. Individual prognosis of Alzheimer's disease is difficult to assess and the duration varies, but it is always fatal. The mean life expectancy following diagnosis is approximately seven years. Fewer than 3% of individuals live more than fourteen years after diagnosis.
The progression and cause of Alzheimer's disease is not well understood. Research indicates that the disease is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain, but the onset of AD is mysterious. This has prevented humans from effectively fighting Alzheimer's disease. Currently used treatments offer a small benefit. There are no methods to delay or halt the progression of the disease, making it one of the largest medical mysteries of the 21st century. Because AD cannot be cured and is degenerative, management of patients is essential. In developed countries, Alzheimer's disease is one of the most costly medical diagnoses to society. To date, several competing hypothesis exist trying to explain the cause of the disease. The oldest being the cholinergic hypothesis, which proposes that AD is caused by reduced synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

4. Cold Fusion
Mystery: Is cold fusion possible?

Cold Fusion
In the middle of the 1980s, two electrochemists named Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Ponswhile proposed a new nuclear fusion process named cold fusion. The pair showed anomalous heat production ("excess heat") of a magnitude they asserted would defy explanation except in terms of nuclear processes. They further reported measuring small amounts of nuclear reaction byproducts, including neutrons and tritium, which would support evidence for a nuclear reaction. Cold fusion is a process in which two smaller nuclei join together to form a single larger nucleus, while releasing large amounts of energy.
It is an alternative form of energy that would provide the world with a cheap and clean way to power life. In the late 1980s, the story surrounding cold fusion was broadcast all over the world and interested many intellectuals, especially following the 1986 discovery of high-temperature superconductivity. However, skepticism began to arise when cold fusion could not be replicated by other scientists. In the months following the release of the paper, several laboratories in different countries attempted to repeat the experiments. Some initially reported success, but most failed to validate the results. A small community of researchers continues to investigate cold fusion, claiming to have replicated Fleishmann and Pons' results.
In 2010, the scientific community began to take a new interest in the idea of cold fusion. It has been reported that cold fusion is beginning to gain acceptance by the mainstream scientific community in some areas of the world. The latest news surrounding cold fusion occurred in January, 2011, when Italian scientists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna announced that they had developed a device capable of producing 12,400 W of heat power with an input of just 400 W. The men held a private invitation press conference in Bologna, where they demonstrated what they claim is a nickel-hydrogen fusion reactor.
Further, the scientists say that the reactor is well beyond the research phase. They plan to start shipping commercial devices within the next three months and to start mass production by the end of 2011. If cold fusion works, government officials have been involved in a huge cover-up, giving rise to many free energy suppression theories. As you would expect, these claims of conspiracy revolve around the suppression of advanced technology that would reshape current electrical generation methods. These groups are usually connected to the oil industry or nuclear power, people who currently profit from energy generation technologies. Over the years, researchers in the field of cold fusion have claimed that they have been subjected to suppression via academic pressure as well as lack of funding.

3. AIDS Denialism
Mystery: Why are people denying the existence of the AIDS virus?

AIDS Denialism
The AIDS pandemic is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors. AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981. The current scientific consensus is that AIDS originated in Africa in the mid 1930s from the closely related Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. This may explain the widespread exposure of AIDS in Africa. HIV is a major public health concern and cause of death in Africa. Although Africa is inhabited by just over 14.7% of the world's population, it is estimated to have more than 88% of people living with HIV and 92% of all AIDS deaths in 2007. Although treatments for AIDS and HIV can slow the course of the disease, there is no known cure or vaccine.
The quick spread of the AIDS virus has led to many conspiracy theories surrounding the origin of the disease. It has spawned a movement known as AIDS denialism. AIDS denialism is the view that HIV is not the cause of AIDS. Some denialists reject the existence of HIV, while others accept that HIV exists, but say that it is a harmless passenger virus and not the cause of AIDS. The scientific community considers the evidence that HIV causes AIDS to be conclusive and has stated that denialism is helping spread the disease. The quick spread and adoption of AIDS denialism is mysterious and based around no clear scientific facts, but the concept has had a significant political impact on the world, especially in South Africa.
The idea of AIDS denialism was supported by former South African leader Thabo Mbeki. Scientists and physicians have examined the human cost of the false concept, which discourages HIV-positive people from using proven treatments. Public health researchers have attributed 330,000 to 340,000 AIDS deaths, along with 171,000 other HIV infections and 35,000 infant HIV infections, to the South African embrace of AIDS denialism. The Durban Declaration is a statement signed by over 5,000 physicians and scientists affirming that HIV is the cause of AIDS. The declaration was drafted in response to AIDS denialism, and particularly to address South African president Thabo Mbeki's support for the claims. It has been suggested that AIDS denialism is partly responsible for the slow and ineffective governmental response to Africa's massive AIDS epidemic.

2. The Tasmanian Devils Struggle
Mystery: What has caused the outbreak of devil facial tumour disease?

Tasmanian devil
The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial that is found in the Australian island state of Tasmania. Following the extinction of the thylacine in 1936, the Tasmanian devil became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. They are characterized by a stocky and muscular build, black fur, a pungent odor, an extremely loud and disturbing screech, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian devil has recorded the strongest bite per unit body mass of any living mammal. Since the middle of the 1990s, the species has been faced with a struggle for survival. Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) is an aggressive non-viral transmissible parasitic cancer that disfigures and kills Tasmanian Devils. The first official case was described in 1996, in Australia. Since that time, the disease has ravaged the population.
If we do not find a cure for the cancer, scientists have estimated that the entire wild population of Tasmanian devils will become extinct in 50 years. As of 2010, there is an 80% rate of infection among the entire population. Visible signs of DFTD begin with lesions and lumps around the mouth. These develop into cancerous tumors that may spread from the face to the entire body. DFTD has a 100% mortality rate and every infected devil will die in 12-18 months. The cancer is an infective agent, meaning that it can be spread between the Tasmanian devil population simply from biting, feeding on the same material, and mating. This has raised a large and important scientific question regarding how these cancer cells are transferring themselves in this way.
In a paper published in the January 2010 issue of Science, an international team of researchers announced that devil facial tumour disease likely originated in Schwann cells, a type of cell found in the peripheral nervous system that protects nerve fibers. The discovery was a major breakthrough in the race to save the Tasmanian devil species. It will allow researchers to distinguish DFTD from other types of cancer and may eventually help identify a genetic pathway that can be targeted to treat the disease. In response to the cancer, the Tasmanian devil population has evolved in a short period of time. They have completely reorganized their breeding habits in response to the disease and are starting to mate at an earlier age. To date, six Tasmanian devil females have been found with a partial immunity to the cancer. A breeding in captivity program has begun to try and save the Tasmanian devil population.

1. Animal Mass Deaths
Mystery: What is causing the widespread reports of animal death?

Brazil Dead Fish
Since the middle of 2010, the world has experienced a series of bizarre events surrounding the mass death of various animal species. Large groups of wildlife, predominately birds and fish are dying off in large numbers. The scientific world is yet to release information describing the potential cause of many of the strange occurrences. These mass death events are alarming because they might indicate a problem in the Earth's natural cycle.
On December 29, 2010, 100,000 freshwater drum were found dead across 17 miles (27 km) of the Arkansas River bank. The fish were reported from the Ozark Lock downstream to River Mile 240, directly south of Hartman, Arkansas. The official cause of the incident remains a mystery and has baffled wildlife officials. The blood tests on the dead fish carcasses have ruled out bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, pesticides and chemicals. In research on the Arkansas River incident, it has been noted that earthquakes may be a contributing factor. In 2009, the state of Arkansas registered 38 earthquakes. Since September 20, 2010, the area around Guy, Arkansas has been plagued by more than 500 earthquakes. The quakes, ranging from 1.8 to 4.0 on the Richter scale, have been described as abnormal for this area and could be impacting underground gas pipes and facilities.
On New Year's Eve, 2010 more than 5,000 dead red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found in Beebe, Arkansas, USA. The incident has been attributed to mass collisions and stress caused by fireworks. On December 30th, three young whooping cranes and hundreds of grackles, cowbirds, starlings and red-winged blackbirds died in Kentucky. The cranes were first seen flying low to the ground and crashing into objects in the streets. In many of the descriptions of bird fatalities, the animals are becoming confused and running themselves into poles, signs, buildings, and other objects. Between the dates of December 28 and January 3rd, 100 tons of dead fish washed ashore the Brazilian coast near the port of Paranagua. On January 3rd, an estimated 2 million fish died in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. This event has been attributed to the cold weather.
Fish Jumping
On January 5th, thousands of dead turtle doves were found in Faenza, Italy. The birds were discovered with a noticeable blue stain on their beaks. The Italian government was shocked by the deaths and has noted the rarity of the event. During the month of December, 2010, more than 200 Brown Pelicans died under suspicious circumstances along the beaches of Topsail Island, North Carolina. On February 12, 2011, 20,000 bees suddenly died in a biodiversity exhibit at the Toronto museum. On February 4, 2011, huge collections of dead animals began to appear in Rio Negro, which is the largest left tributary of the Amazon River and the biggest blackwater river in the world. Some of the animals killed include pacus, golden fishes, cacharas, and stingrays.
Media reports out of the area have indicated that the fish are putting their heads out of water and trying to obtain air before perishing. This means that the deaths could be attributed to a lack of oxygen in the water. People have suggested that there is a growing collection of hypoxic or dead-zones in the world's oceans and inland waterways. Proposed causes for the current outbreak of mass death events include the Earth's current global climate disruption and the affects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One of the biggest unknown factors surrounding the spill is related to the dispersants BP used to fight the oil. Dispersants are a collection of chemicals that rapidly disperse large amounts of oil from the sea surface by transferring it into the water column. Dispersants reduce oxygen levels in the water and have been known to negatively impact animal life. 

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At the end of 1996, public re-shocked by the leaking of video AREA 51,Alien Interviev most likely committed by "insiders". According to some sources, call it "Victor" (a pseudonym), an "insider" who argued that the U.S. government has a lot of documentation of activities of activities of Area 51 one form of documentation is obtained video of Alien who is undergoing examination in the form of an investigation by local authorities. according to his confession, Victor get a copy of the video from the original video recorder and recorded the most secret Area 51. Because anxiety is very great and he has never acknowledged as one of the workers in the area, and he also never explained in detail the actual copying of the video where it occurs.
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