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Unsolved Mysteries: We are all intrigued by mysteries.To some extent we love to get suspicious anticipating some strange and ageless phenomenon occuring before us.Kidsgen brings you four amazing unsolved mysteries; The Loch Ness monster, Bermuda Triangle, Grooved sphere of Africa, Guidestones of Georgia to begin with.I bet these facts will make you asking for more!Make sure you don't miss out on sharing the amazing informations with your friends and peers and send us your feedbacks.We promise to get back to you.
The Georgia Guidestones:
On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia stands a giant granite monument. EngravedThe Georgia Guidestones in eight different languages on the four giant stones that support the common capstone are 10 Guides, or commandments. The monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones, or the American Stonehenge.
The origin of this strange monument is covered in mystery because no one knows the true identity of the man, or men, who commissioned its construction. All that is known for certain is that in June 1979, a well-dressed, articulate stranger visited the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and announced that he wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. He identified himself as R. C. Christian, but it soon became apparent that was not his real name. He said that he represented a group of men who wanted to offer direction to humanity, but to date, almost two decades later, no one knows who R. C. Christian really was, or the names of those he represented.
The messages engraved on the Georgia Guidestones deal with four major fields:
(1) Governance and the establishment of a world government,
(2) Population and reproduction control,
(3) The environment and man's relationship to nature, and
(4) Spirituality.
1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.
Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality.
The hole that you see in the stone was drilled in the Center Stone so that the North Star could be visualized through it at any moment. This was one of several requirements stipulated by R.C.Christian for the building of the American Stonehenge and reflects his obsession with the alignment of the stars, the sun, and the moon.

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Jerome !

[ Jérôme, c1910 ]Jerome, c1910 , Inconnu, 1910

In the Catholic graveyard of Meteghan, in the Town of Clare along St. Mary’s Bay in Nova Scotia, there can be found a severe noticeable by a rock keeping the easy wording, “Jerome.” Who was this Jerome? Where did he come from? For 50 years the Acadians of St. Mary’s Bay requested exactly those two question. On September 8, 1863, a stranger whose legs had been amputated above the knee was found on the beach of Sandy Cove, on the coast of the Bay of Fundy. Taken in by the local Acadians, he spent the rest of his life in almost total silence. People named him Jerome because in the midst of his grunting he is said to have uttered this name. The families that took him in received an allocation from the Nova Scotia government to provide for his needs. People came from everywhere to see the mystery man, who was put on show. By the time he died in April 1912, the legend of Jerome had only begun.
Over the decades, many people claimed to know the truth about Jerome. Most believed he was an Italian, a nobleman who had been mutilated for revenge and had shut himself away in near total silence for protection from his political enemies. Or that he was an Italian naval officer who had been injured on ship and was abandoned because he had become useless. It was often mentioned that he had apparently uttered the words “Colombo” and “Trieste,” proving that he was from Italy. But others believed that he was Jeremiah Mahony, an Irishman who had emigrated to the United States and run away from his family. Still others believed he was a poor lumberjack who had been injured in a logging accident and left to die. Jerome himself never revealed his own story.
On this site, you can try to retrace Jerome’s journey through the Maritimes from the 1860s to his death, using newspaper articles both local and regional, along with legal, political, private, parish, municipal and provincial records. You will do as historians do, piecing together an account and an interpretation based on historical documents, as you attempt to solve the riddles left behind by this stranger. Through our “virtual archives” you will have access to all these sources as you carry out the work of historian-detective. At the end of your experience, you may compare your conclusions with those of specialists on the topic. Like the other sites in the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project, this one offers a journey into the past and a virtual experience much like that of a detective, who must try to piece together events and their significance from a series of clues, just as do historians.
In the process, Jerome will lead you to discover the complex networks of trade and immigration linking Canada’s Maritime provinces and the ports of the New England states during the second half of the 19th Century. Similarly, you will explore the relationships among the various ethnolinguistic communities in the Maritimes, particularly those of the Acadians with the outside world and the provincial government.
Another excellent reason to explore the case of Jerome is that his real life, his true story, has become almost completely overshadowed by the legend that has built up around him. Because of this, the mystery surrounding Jerome consists not just of his unknown identity, but of the fact that the little that is known for certain has become lost in a whirlwind of tales, rumours and gossip, not to mention numerous tourist traps. People have even forgotten the date he was found on Sandy Cove and the date he died! Faced with the lack of information about his origins, and his silence, the Acadians of St. Mary’s Bay constructed an elaborate legend. This legend grew all the more as at the end of the 19th Century it was amply fed by newspapers in the Maritimes, New York and Boston. As you follow the trail all the way to the present, you will be able to trace how the legend around Jerome was built. You will hear the accounts of residents from Clare who remember him. You will also discover, in the “Theories” section, the many versions of Jerome’s story, and will see how deeply the Acadians of Nova Scotia are attached to him, how they remember and pay tribute to him in song, film and paintings.

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Even in Death, He Laughs

On January 26th, 2012 I received terrible news. My Uncle John had passed away. My Mother ran down the sidewalk, waving her arms to grab my attention (which was later explained to me so that I would not have to see the Coroners carry my beloved out of his home) as I trekked home from school. Everyone felt the loss: my Uncle was a lively character, even with cancer and diabetes whittling away his health. He was barely able to see. Sugar had saturated his eyes. A combination of Merca, Gangrene and poor Diabetes upkeep led to the rot and eventual removal of his left foot and had begun to set into his hands just before he passed. What made him even more special to my brothers and I was the simple fact that, after my Father passed away and within the same month my Mother had been incarcerated, he took us under his wing without worry or care of the financial issues he already faced. Since 2007, we have watched his health deplete in slow motion. My brothers and I knew it was coming. We just didn't know when. My eldest brother, Christopher (who had recently graduated with a Theatrical Production degree in Michigan) came down to mourn the death of a tired and jolly man. Family, friends and past coworkers all gathered and wept.

It was about a week after he was laid to rest when it started happening.

It started with subtle activity. I would place my brush on my night stand and wake the next morning and find it in obscure places: atop my wardrobe, under my bed, inside my dresser drawer. My brush was not the only victim, rather, a plethora of small objects (like nail clippers, nail paint). It did not happen just in my room either: my brother was constantly losing track of his T.V. remote and other insignificant belongings even when he placed them systematically in the same location every day. My parents (Mother especially) would blame me and my younger sibling for the misplacement of their small items. Everyone ignored it. When I think back on it, I think we all agreed that "it was probably the cats" because none of us wanted to feel the inkling of fear that comes with the full recognition of pupating paranormal activity in your home. When I ask my parents about it, they both in mutuality have experienced a floating shadow busying itself about their door frame at night, but had labeled it as cars passing in the night.

On February 8th-11th, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (bluh, now that I think about it, I should have seen it coming. It's a family thing, you know). I had not noticed anything particularly odd differentiating from what I was already experiencing until the night I returned. On the night of February 11th, I attempted to sleep. It's hard to sleep when you swear up and down you hear little ticking noises in your wall, or scrapping noises across the same surface. I played it off on not being in my house for a couple of days and because of that, I forgot that my house made noises. I dealt with it for a while and eventually, it ceased (which I played off on growing used to hearing it). Around that same timeframe (which was, if I'm not mistaken, anywhere between the 12th and 28th), my little brother swears that he would wake at about midnight to hear the creaking of springs in the attic. Now, my attic is mostly void. We let the spiders do their thing up there. I can guarantee that our handful of holiday decorations have anything springy in them. Like all kids in their prime, he became disturbed of it and asked me to spend the night with him in his room to make him feel better. Being the heroic middle-sister, I did. He and I were playing video games, when he paused it and pushed his hand out at me, instructing me to "Shh! Shhhhh! Listen." In that small moment of time, I heard the groaning of old springs overhead in the attic. Thinking back on the activity before it had ceased, when I had lived at my Uncle's house and took residency upon his fold-out couch, it sounded almost sibling-like to the sounds his old bed made when he rolled over to go to sleep in the middle of the night. Whenever it was brought up at dinner and other family meals, our parents promptly ignored it and changed the subject.

Since then, all activity has stopped. Our items have ceased misplacing themselves in abysmal location, the creaking in the attic is no more, and the scratching on my walls have went away. However, when you are alone and not feeling well in the house (we have never experienced it at the same time, it has always happened while alone in our house, you can hear his whimsical laughter bubbling faintly through the house. Detection requires a peculiar amount of intention, if any at all! I have deduced that whenever we heard my Uncle's laughter, it is when we are "off in la-la land" and not paying very much attention. It still happens to this very day, and I would think it would be a memory resounding in the back of our minds if it didn't happen so frequently. While I appreciate his happy nature even in death, my family and I would like to see him rest. He was a jovial man, and I know that if he is in fact haunting us, his spirit would leave/rest if we asked him, but we don't want to be assertive or seen unappreciative of his care for us. I was wanting to know if any of you could give me advice as to how to push him out of our house over time? Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

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NASA photographs find possible footprints on the Martian surface

Unsolved mystery.- A suspicious shadow crossing over Sojourner, the Mars rover vehicle, sent Pathfinder scientists scrambling to find an explanation. Under pressure from NSA representatives from Area 51 (NSAa51), NASA publicly claimed that Sojourner was suffering from another software glitch that caused it to become trapped on one of the rocks.

In the meantime the focused Pathfinder's cameras on anything that might shed light as to the origin of the shadow. For two days they turned up nothing, until photo analysts found suspicious depressions in an area that previously seemed clean.

NASA photographs find Martian footprints

The photographs, when subjected to computer analysis, surprised everyone at NASA. They revealed the footprints of a three-toed creature, which mission director Golembek named "ET" after the popular movie character who also had three toes.


On the left is the official photograph of the Martian surface released to the public. On the right is the startling photograph of footprints on Mars.


"NASA scientists debated the photographic evidence for more than a day before deciding the evidence was unavoidable. Something left its footprints on the Martian surface," said my own source at NASA, who insists on remaining anonymous.

Computer enhancement of the object labeled ETL-02 shows clear indications that it was a footprint left by a creature with three-digits, or "toes." NASA scientists believe this is the most startling evidence of extraterrestrial life ever produced.


Even though the pictures became available on July 14, they were not released until this weekend, when "they would have passed through enough hands to keep suspicion from landing on me," he added. 


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Did another vehicle land on Mars?

Unsolved Mystery .-Continued surveillance turned up even more startling evidence, however. By July 15, NASA found photographic evidence that a vehicle had landed on the Martian surface, close to Pathfinder itself.

Four distinct depressions in the Martian soil clearly resemble the four "legs" of some sort of craft where it would have landed on the surface.

Even more astonishing, picture experts found proof of utility lines running just within the surface. The proof was in images previously published to the public.

“We knew there were anomalies in the photograph, but we let people think they were caused by the seam between photographs we stitched together into one image,” my source explained. “Now that we look at the anomalies again, they can only be explained by the presence of power lines.” 

This photograph was released to the public, letting them believe the anomaly was nothing more than the seam where two different photographs were stitched together.


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The Virgin Mary Crying Blood

The Unsolved Mystery Of The Virgin Mary Crying Blood What causes the Virgin Mary Statue in California to cry blood tears?
It was reported in 2005, that the miracle of the crying Virgin Mary was a blessing for all to see.
People from everywhere wanted to see the statue that has become famous for weeping tears of blood The faithful people are calling it a miracle, while others are a bit skeptic. People have taken pictures and brought their families to see the weeping Virgin Mary in hopes of getting a glance at Virgin Mary Crying Blood. The statue is located in Sacramento at the Vietnamese Catholic Church. It was reported in 2005, that the miracle of the crying Virgin Mary was a blessing for all to see.

The tears of blood roll down her cheeks onto her robe. This statue is located outside the church and has become a part of history. The statue tests the faith of all who come to see it. Some believe that because of the state of the world has caused the Virgin Mary to weep tears of blood because of all the losses of life. Others believe that this was a mechanical achievement from parishioners. Many answers were needed before many would believe that this was indeed a miracle of faith.

For someone that has reservations about the weeping statue, it would be clearly obvious that the blood is flowing from the eyes when you look closely at the Virgin Mary. It does not appear that the statue has been touched in any way. Is it possible that the way the world is today has bought about another miracle to help people see what is wrong and how it affects the religious beliefs of many? Is it possible that this is a sign from God? Is this a sign that God wants the world to stop all the crime that has taken over? There are many stories about weeping icons that are seen as a miracle, but what does it mean?

Is this a sign from God that there is too much bloodshed? If you ask people who believe, they will tell you that they believe this is a sign that things have to change in the world. They will tell you that God wants love and peace in his world. If you ask people who do not believe, they will tell you that this is a new way to attract attention from the Catholic Church. No matter if you believe or not, one cannot mistake the tears of blood rolling down the Virgin Mary's face.

Other miracles have been reported all over the world. It is possible that the belief in God does have a stronger present in the world. It is also possible that the people that have seen this incredible appearance are the ones that are chosen to save the world. Everyone has a different opinion of the weeping Virgin Mary, but the one thing that everyone can agree on is that it is a miracle that cannot be explained. This is just one of the fascinating unsolved mysteries that we may never know why or how this happened.

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Facts About the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Unsolved Mystery.- It was built as a tomb for the Pharaoh Khufu and was completed in c.2580 BC.  Beside this, the largest of the pyramids, there are smaller ones for Khufu’s son and grandson as well as their various queens.

Along each side of its base, the Great Pyramid measures 755 feet and covers an area that is larger than ten football fields.  At the time of its completion, it rose to a height of 482 feet and remained the tallest structure in the world for about 4,000 years. 

Archaeologists estimate that is may have taken 100,000 men over a period of twenty years to build the Great Pyramid.  It was made from more than two million stone blocks and ancient workers assembled them using basic ramps, rollers and levers to affix them together.

Although archaeologists have found ruins that may be the mythic Hanging Gardens of Babylon, they know about them except from descriptions by ancient people who saw and wrote about them.  It is thought that the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, ordered their construction in 6,000 BC according to Greek and Roman writers.  Legend has it that the king built them for his queen who missed her home in Persia.

Ancient Babylon sat along the Euphrates River just south of present-day Baghdad, Iraq.  It is believed that the gardens would have been built high up on terraces that overlooked the city walls and faced the river.  They might have ranged 131 feet above the ground.  Water would reach them via slaves who pushed the water upward on a chain of buckets with the aid of a treadmill.

The only trace of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus today are a few foundation blocks and one column that has been rebuilt.  At one time, this grand marble and limestone temple was used in Lydia, Asia Minor to honor Artemis, Greek goddess of the moon and protector of animals.  Her Roman counterpart is Diana.

Croesus, an ancient King of Lydia (this would be part of present-day Turkey today) was famous for his wealth and he had the temple built in 560 BC.  The temple was comprised of 120 columns made from marble quarried in the nearby hills.  It would have been considerably larger than Athen’s Parthenon as it ranged 430 feet long and 259 feet wide.

The temple was burned in 356 BC only to be rebuilt again by Alexander the Great in the third century.  Unfortunately, the temple was invaded by Goths and later swamped by floods and left to the elements of time and nature.

The statue of Zeus at Olympus was built to honor the supreme ruler of the Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses.  Phidias of Athens, sculptor of Zeus, employed sheets of ivory and plates of gold to cover a wooden framework of the god.  He was built above a throne inlaid with gems and precious stones.  It was completed c.435 BC and viewing platforms up the temple walls were built at the time to allow ancient onlookers direct eye-contact with the statue if they so wished.

The Roman Emperor Caligula attempted to remove the statue to Rome in 40 AD, but legend says that the workers were scared off when the statue bellowed with laughter.  It was moved to Constantinople in  391 AD, but was destroyed by fire less than one hundred years later.

From the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (part of present-day Turkey) we get the word mausoleum used for any stately or grand tomb.  It was a stately tomb for Mausolos who was an ancient ruler of Caria, part of Persia and so named for him.  Although it looked like a Greek temple, it had a step pyramid near the top and this was followed by a statue of horse-drawn chariot which crowned the structure.  It was completed in 350 BC

The great mausoleum was not destroyed until c. 1450 AD when an earthquake hit the region.  Today, statues of its king and queen can be seen in the British Museum in London.

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue that stood at the port of the Greek island of the Aegean Sea.  It was built at then end of the fourth century BC to commemorate the islanders holding off the conquering Greeks after a seven-year siege.  It was a statue of their sun god, Helios, but no one knows exactly how it might have looked.

Archaeologists do know that it was made of bronze and stood 108 feet high.  It is thought it took twelve years to complete and was designed by a ancient architect named Chares.  This wonder, too, was claimed by an earthquake when it fell to its knees in c.280 BC.

The Pharos of Alexandria was a magnificent lighthouse completed in c.280 BC.  It is believed to be the world’s first lighthouse and guided ships past the dangerous reefs into the harbor of ancient Alexandria.  It was built during the reign of Egyptian king Ptolemy II. 

The height of the Pharos is believed to have been about 384 feet.  The top tower burned a fire and it’s rooftop was crowned by a statue of Zeus.  It is thought that ships could see the beacon thirty-one miles away.  It also was destroyed by earthquake in the fourteenth century.

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10 Commonly Believed Myths

10 Five Senses
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The error: We have five body senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste.
These are the traditional five senses, but there are in fact many more – some say up to 21. Obvious additions to the list are balance, pain, and temperature. Furthermore, we have internal senses which traditionally number four: imagination, memory, common sense (not to be confused with commonsense which many people lack!), and the estimative power. Wikipedia has a very interesting article which covers the large number of senses seldom mentioned.
9 The Rainbow Lie
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The error: A rainbow has seven colors
We are, no doubt, all familiar with the old phrase “Roy G. Biv” used to remember the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. This series of colors was coined by Newton who initially excluded indigo and violet. While a rainbow does appear to have seven colors, it is, in fact, one continuous spectrum of color and it is merely an artifact of human color perception that makes it appear to be a series of bands. There are also things called supernumerary rainbows which have more than 7 bands visible to the human eye (pictured above – note the extra green and purple bands at the bottom of the rainbow).
8 Cold Comfort
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The error: Drinking alcohol warms you up
This is entirely untrue – yet it is still commonly seen as an antidote to coldness in movies, and people still believe the myth about the St Bernard dogs with casks of liquor around their necks! In fact, when you drink alcohol, your body temperature drops! This is because alcohol allows more blood to reach the surface of the body, and more heat is radiated or conducted away. Any feeling of warmth experienced after drinking alcohol is explained by the fact that this flow of blood to the surface warms the skin and the ends of the sensory nerves in the skin, and these convey to the brain a sensation of warmth. The fact that alcohol actually lowers the temperature of the body was first announced by Sir B. Ward Richardson in 1866 to the British Association.
7 Quake with Fear
The error: Small earthquakes can reduce the chance of a big one
There is a common myth (particularly in New Zealand where earthquakes are common) that if you have a lot of small earthquakes, it helps to alleviate the pressures building up that can cause a big one. But this is not true. Seismologists have observed that for every magnitude 6 earthquake there are 10 of magnitude 5, 100 of magnitude 4, 1,000 of magnitude 3, and so forth as the events get smaller and smaller. This sounds like a lot of small earthquakes, but there are never enough small ones to eliminate the occasional large event. It would take 32 magnitude 5’s, 1000 magnitude 4’s, 32,000 magnitude 3’s to equal the energy of one magnitude 6 event. So, even though we always record many more small events than large ones, there are never enough to eliminate the need for the occasional large earthquake.
6 Don’t Swim
The error: You must wait 30 minutes after eating before swimming
While there is a theoretical concern based on the fact that the body diverts the circulation of blood to the gut and away from the muscles that this might possibly cause a cramp, no one has ever drowned because they went swimming with a full tummy. Going swimming after eating a big meal might make you uncomfortable, but it won’t cause you to drown. And even if you did get a cramp, in most cases you could easily exit the water before any real damage is done.
5 Population Explosion
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The error: The earth is dangerously overpopulated or is getting close to being so
This is a myth which has been around for quite some time – from the Anglican minister Malthus in the 18th century who said: “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man” to environmentalists who see humans as evil in comparison to the rest of nature. But, in truth, the world is a big place with plenty of space. So, how much land does it take to hold 6 billion people? To give you an idea, consider the small nation of Japan. It has about 143,000 square miles of area. One square mile has 5280 * 5280 = 27.9 million square feet. Japan has a total of about 4 trillion square feet, enough to give each person of the earth 670 square feet. If we housed people in families of four in simple two-level buildings (8 people per building, one family of four per level), each building could be on a lot of over 5300 square feet. If we used the American average of 8,000 square feet to four people, the entire population of the planet would fit into a space as big as Texas and Nevada combined – leaving the rest of the land for food production and entertainment venues. I should also mention that many countries in the west are now in a period of population implosion as families are getting smaller.
4 Cellphone Plane Crash
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The error: Using a cellphone on a plane can cause interference and, consequently, a crash.
The FAA has tested all sorts of electronic devices for 25 years, at 100 times the RF interference levels—and nothing happened. The FAA simply states that no link between operating the devices has been proved. It’s been left up to the airlines to determine their own policy—and that policy is to put away your Blackberry. By using your cellphone during flight, you risk interfering with a flight crew—but the plane won’t crash. Consequently, some airlines are now allowing the use of cellphones during flights.
3 Grumpy Old Men
The error: When you get older, you become bad tempered
A recent study found that our personalities don’t change much after age 30. So, if you’re cheerful and gregarious in your 40s, you can expect to be the same in your 80s. Marked personality changes some seniors experience are due not to normal aging but to some related disease like dementia or stroke. This is something worth considering when you are planning to marry in your thirties – your future spouse probably behaves now the same way he or she will for the rest of his or her life.
2 Raw Fish
The error: Sushi is raw fish
Sushi does not mean raw fish, and not all sushi includes raw fish. The usual Japanese term for raw fish is sashimi. The term sushi actually refers to the way the rice is prepared with a vinegary dressing. Toppings for the rice may traditionally include raw fish—but also cooked seafood, fish roe, egg, or vegetables such as cucumber, daikon radish, or ume plum. The dish constituting sushi and other fillings wrapped in a seaweed is referred to as makizushi, not sushi.
1 Are you a Cop?
The error: In the United States, a policeman must answer truthfully when asked if he is a cop
Entrapment law in the United States does not forbid police officers from denying that they are police. It is more concerned with enticing people to commit crimes they would not, in the normal course of events, have considered. This is an error that is frequently seen in movies – or perhaps it is just that films are realistically depicting people who believe the myth – though I doubt it.

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Tomb of the Voodoo Queen - Dr. Von Zuko 1998Unsolved Mystery. - In the famous old city of New Orleans, just outside the colorful and infamous French Quarter lies a crumbling ancient cemetery with a eerie notoriety of its own. This cemetery is well known for mysterious happenings and vaporous apparitions, it is also the final resting place of Marie Laveau (1794-1881), otherwise known as the "Voodoo Queen of New Orleans."
Unlike conventional cemeteries that are laid out as neat rows in grid like patterns, the St. Louis No. 1 is a unique, twisting labyrinth of narrow walkways. These narrow footpaths wind their way through serenely beautiful marble mausoleums, massive wall vaults, and dilapidated unmarked tombs. Walking through this ancient necropolis in the wee hours of the morning can be an unnerving and eerie experience, in fact many visitors have reported strange encounters with the spectral inhabitants of the graveyard.
Since 1881, an apparition of the Voodoo Priestess, Marie Laveau, has materialized many times in the narrow passages of the cemetery. Her tomb has become a shrine to those interested in Voodoo or the occult. In the cover of darkness, practitioners perform secret Voodoo rituals. Practitioners often leave small offerings, scratching three Xs with a piece of soft red brick on the crypt and knocking three times on the wall of the tomb; believers do this to request special favors or invoke spells.

Marie Laveau was said to have been well over 100 years old when she died, yet she was reported to have been as beautiful and vibrant as any 25 year old woman.  It can only be assumed that her devotion to the practice of Voodoo held the secret to her eternal beauty.  Perhaps it is the pursuit of this enduring youth and beauty that compels the Voodoo practitioners to pay homage to Marie Laveau to this day. 
With numerous unmarked and crumbling tombs within the necropolis, unexplained phenomena seems to be common place. Strange mournful sounds emanating from the cavernous crypts and inexplicable glowing vaporous masses have startled countless numbers of people wandering the ancient cemetery. In one area of the cemetery, the ghostly image of a mans face frequently appears on the wall of a tomb, as if he is looking out from someplace on the other side of reality.
Note: St. Louis cemetery No. 1 is the oldest surviving necropolis in New Orleans, it is a preservation project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, defacing or marking the tombs such as described above is considered vandalism and could result in fines or your arrest.

Use your better judgment; dont do it.

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Cities of the Dead and Vampire Tales: New Orleans, Louisiana

Unsolved Mystery.-St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 -  1998The centuries-old, above ground cemeteries of New Orleans, are icons to an earlier time.  These hauntingly beautiful cities of the dead came into existence due to the unusually high water table under the old city.  The soggy earth made under ground burial impossible before modern drainage systems were devised.
On dark stormy nights it was not uncommon for caskets to literally pop out of the ground and float down the streets.  Of course, this was quite unsettling for the residents, and after a few unpleasant incidences of the dead floating by their homes, above ground burial was agreed to as the only secure sane solution. 
These eerily beautiful and unique cemeteries have also served as an inspiration
to numerous film producers and authors of the macabre.  For example, Anne Rice one of New Orleans' more famous resident authors, in crafting her haunting, gothic horror stories of vampires and the undead.  Interview With The Vampire, The Vampire Chronicles, a spellbinding screen adaptation of Anne Rices best seller, was filmed with Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 as the backdrop.  This ornate gothic necropolis figures prominently in Annes other books, as the macabre refuge of the vampire Lestat.

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Orpheum Theater : Memphis Tennessee

Unsolved Mystery.-Once called the "South's Finest Theater," the playhouse on the corner of Main and Beale Street in downtown Memphis has risen from the ashes and evaded the wreaking ball several times in its history. 
Built in 1890 as "The Grand Opera House," the theater rivaled those of New York City and Chicago.  Its primary venue was Vaudeville and over time, the theater became part of what was known as the Orpheum Vaudeville circuit.  As a result it was renamed The Orpheum Theater in 1907.  In 1923, during a show, a fire broke out and the theater burnt to the ground.  It was rebuilt in 1928 and the new Orpheum was twice as large and twice as opulent as the Grand Opera.  Today, the newer Orpheum Theater  is a mainstay in the Memphis entertainment complex.
This more recent theater however, has a few unsettling ties to the past.  Over the years many people have reported seeing a diaphanous apparition of a young woman, who has come to be called Mary.  Theater staff and patrons alike have encountered Mary at the most unexpected times.  On many occasions she is glimpsed sitting in seat C-5, sometimes at night after the audience has left the theater, other times she is glimpsed during the day.  In other instances, it is the sound of faint giggling that is heard, and there have also been reports of unseen fingers running across the keys on the massive Wurlitzer pipe organ.   

Maintenance and office staff have also been subjected to mysteriously opening and closing doors, sounds coming from areas in the theater that are unoccupied and other mischief such as misplaced objects.    

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