Legenda Para Acompanhar O Episódio 131 Do Podcast Way Ahead – Ten Mysterious True Stories That Still Need Explaining

Escrito por Fabio Emerim

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Mysterious True Stories That Still Need Explaining

Throughout history, there have been numerous mysterious events and phenomena that defy explanation, capturing the imagination and curiosity of people worldwide. Despite advances in science and technology, some of these mysteries remain unsolved, leaving us to ponder their origins and implications. Here are a few of the most intriguing true stories that still need some explaining.

1. The Dyatlov Pass Incident

In 1959, nine experienced hikers led by Igor Dyatlov ventured into the Ural Mountains in Russia and met a tragic and mysterious end. When rescuers finally found their bodies, the scene was perplexing. Their tent was torn open from the inside, and they fled into the freezing night barely clothed. Some of the hikers had severe injuries, including skull fractures and chest trauma, but no external wounds. One even had her tongue missing. The cause of their deaths was officially listed as “compelling natural force,” but no one knows for certain what happened that night. Theories range from avalanches and military tests to UFOs and yeti attacks, but none have been conclusively proven.

2. The Disappearance of the Crew of the Mary Celeste

The Mary Celeste was an American merchant brigantine that was found adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean in 1872. The ship was in good condition, with its cargo intact and no signs of struggle. The crew’s personal belongings were untouched, and there was ample food and water. The lifeboat was missing, suggesting the crew abandoned ship, but their fate remains unknown. Various hypotheses have been proposed, including mutiny, piracy, and even sea monsters, but none have been substantiated, making it one of the greatest maritime mysteries.

3. The Taos Hum

Residents and visitors in the small town of Taos, New Mexico, have reported hearing a low-frequency humming noise since the early 1990s. Described as a persistent drone, the source of the “Taos Hum” remains unidentified. Scientists have investigated potential causes, from industrial equipment and underground gas lines to auditory hallucinations, but no definitive explanation has emerged. The hum is not detectable by microphones or audio equipment, and only a small percentage of the population can hear it, adding to its enigmatic nature.

4. The Wow! Signal

On August 15, 1977, astronomer Jerry R. Ehman detected a strong narrowband radio signal while working on a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project at the Big Ear radio telescope in Ohio. The signal, which lasted for 72 seconds, appeared to come from the constellation Sagittarius and has been dubbed the “Wow! Signal” after Ehman’s excited notation in the data margin. Despite numerous attempts to identify the source or replicate the signal, it has never been detected again, leaving its origin a mystery. Some speculate it could have been an extraterrestrial communication, but this remains unproven.

5. The Black Dahlia Murder

In 1947, Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress, was found brutally murdered in Los Angeles. Her body was severely mutilated and posed, and the case quickly became known as the “Black Dahlia” murder. Despite a high-profile investigation and numerous suspects, the case remains unsolved. The gruesome nature of the crime and the lack of definitive evidence have led to various theories and speculation over the years, but the identity of the killer is still unknown.

6. The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown script and language. Carbon-dated to the early 15th century, it has baffled cryptographers, linguists, and historians for decades. The manuscript contains illustrations of plants, astronomical diagrams, and seemingly magical or pharmacological instructions, but none of the text has been conclusively deciphered. Some believe it is a sophisticated hoax, while others think it might be a coded text or an example of an unknown language, but its true purpose and meaning remain elusive.

7. The Tunguska Event

On June 30, 1908, a massive explosion occurred near the Tunguska River in Siberia, flattening an estimated 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers. The explosion, believed to have been caused by the airburst of a comet or meteor, was approximately 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Despite numerous expeditions and studies, no impact crater or definitive evidence of what caused the explosion has been found, leaving the exact nature of the Tunguska Event a mystery.

8. The Oak Island Money Pit

Oak Island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, is home to the famous Money Pit—a shaft purportedly hiding treasure. Since its discovery in the late 1700s, numerous excavation attempts have been made, but the pit’s complex flooding system has thwarted every effort. Over the years, various theories have emerged about the treasure’s origins, including pirate loot, Viking relics, and even the Holy Grail. Despite significant investment and effort, no substantial treasure has been found, and the true nature of the pit remains a mystery.

9. The Hinterkaifeck Murders

In 1922, six members of the Gruber family were brutally murdered on their isolated farm in Hinterkaifeck, Germany. Prior to the murders, strange occurrences had been reported, such as footsteps in the snow leading to the house but not away from it. The family had also heard footsteps in the attic. Despite a thorough investigation, the case remains unsolved, with no clear motive or suspect identified. The eerie circumstances surrounding the crime continue to baffle investigators and historians alike.

10. The Lost Colony of Roanoke

In 1587, a group of English settlers established a colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what is now North Carolina. When supply ships returned in 1590, they found the colony deserted with no trace of the settlers. The only clue was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a post. Various theories have been proposed, including assimilation with local Native American tribes, relocation, and even supernatural explanations, but the fate of the Lost Colony remains one of America’s oldest mysteries.

These mysterious true stories continue to fascinate and perplex, serving as reminders that, despite our advancements, there are still many unknowns in our world. They inspire curiosity, debate, and further investigation, keeping the flame of mystery alive in an era where so much has been explained.


1. Adrift:

  • Definition: Floating without being moored or steered.
  • Example: The Mary Celeste was found adrift in the Atlantic Ocean.

2. Airburst:

  • Definition: An explosion of an object in the atmosphere.
  • Example: The Tunguska Event was believed to have been caused by the airburst of a comet or meteor.

3. Antique:

  • Definition: A collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age.
  • Example: The manor was filled with antique furniture.

4. Assimilation:

  • Definition: The process of taking in and fully understanding information or ideas; integration into a different society or culture.
  • Example: One theory is that the settlers assimilated with local Native American tribes.

5. Baffle:

  • Definition: To confuse or perplex.
  • Example: The eerie circumstances surrounding the Hinterkaifeck murders continue to baffle investigators.

6. Brutally:

  • Definition: In a savagely violent way.
  • Example: The Black Dahlia was found brutally murdered.

7. Carbon-dated:

  • Definition: The process of determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon.
  • Example: The Voynich Manuscript is carbon-dated to the early 15th century.

8. Compartment:

  • Definition: A separate section or part of something.
  • Example: Sarah stumbled upon a hidden compartment behind one of the bookshelves.

9. Codex:

  • Definition: An ancient manuscript text in book form.
  • Example: The Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated codex.

10. Defy:

  • Definition: To openly resist or refuse to obey.
  • Example: Numerous mysterious events defy explanation.

11. Deserted:

  • Definition: Abandoned and empty of people.
  • Example: The Mary Celeste was found deserted.

12. Expedition:

  • Definition: A journey undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration, research, or war.
  • Example: Numerous expeditions have been made to solve the Oak Island Money Pit mystery.

13. Experienced:

  • Definition: Having knowledge or skill in a particular field, especially a profession or job, gained over a period of time.
  • Example: The Dyatlov group was led by experienced hikers.

14. Footsteps:

  • Definition: The sound or mark made by a person walking.
  • Example: The Gruber family heard footsteps in the attic before their murders.

15. Hypothesis:

  • Definition: A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
  • Example: Various hypotheses have been proposed to explain the Mary Celeste mystery.

16. Illustrated:

  • Definition: Containing pictures or other graphical material.
  • Example: The Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated codex.

17. Intriguing:

  • Definition: Arousing one’s curiosity or interest; fascinating.
  • Example: The disappearance of the settlers is one of America’s oldest and most intriguing mysteries.

18. Mutilated:

  • Definition: Inflicted serious damage on.
  • Example: Elizabeth Short’s body was severely mutilated.

19. Phenomena:

  • Definition: Observable facts or events, especially those that are unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully.
  • Example: There have been numerous mysterious phenomena that defy explanation.

20. Pose:

  • Definition: To arrange in a particular posture or position.
  • Example: Elizabeth Short’s body was found mutilated and posed.

21. Purportedly:

  • Definition: Allegedly; apparently claimed to be the case but not necessarily so.
  • Example: The Oak Island Money Pit is purportedly hiding treasure.

22. Skeptic:

  • Definition: A person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.
  • Example: Tom was ever the skeptic, doubting the existence of ghosts.

23. Substantiated:

  • Definition: Supported with proof or evidence; verified.
  • Example: None of the theories about the Mary Celeste have been substantiated.

24. Thwarted:

  • Definition: Prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.
  • Example: The pit’s complex flooding system has thwarted every effort to find the treasure.

25. Whispers:

  • Definition: Speaking very softly using one’s breath without one’s vocal cords, especially for the sake of secrecy.
  • Example: Sarah and Tom would hear whispers and footsteps when no one else was around.

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