Top 10 famous mysteries that have a scientific explanation, finally it was not so…

I felt a bit like a member of the Scooby-Doo team while writing this top. Now I plan to embark on a career as a detective. If I launch an online kitty to buy myself a Mystery Machine, who will make a generous donation? While waiting for my career to take off, I can already reveal to you the mysteries that other scientists and researchers have solved. But we also have the unsolved mysteries of history if you’re interested.

1. The transport of the statues from Easter Island

For years, we wondered by what miracle the peoples who resided on the island were able to move these statues 9m high and weighing up to 100 tons, but also to place the stone hats on the heads of the statues . The answer was not overly complicated. A team of American researchers has demonstrated that the inhabitants were able to design systems of ramps and pulleys that made it possible to move the blocks of tuff a bit like when you move a refrigerator and build the statues with them. This hypothesis was tested in Hawaii in 2011. As for the hats, they would also have been put in place thanks to efficient winches. Finally, it was not so mysterious.

2. Death of Alexander the Great

The inter-galactically known conqueror (no, I’m not into abuse) has been talked about a lot about him and especially the way he died. Many versions have been put forward: hydrocution after swimming in the Nile, infection because of this same swimming, alcoholism, poisoning, malaria attack… It was finally a New Zealand researcher who affirmed that he would in fact be dead an autoimmune disease causing general paralysis. Alexandre Le Grand reportedly suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) which he contracted following an infection. She also claims that the six days without his body decomposing, mentioned in many historical writings, would in fact be the days when Alexander the Great was not dead, but simply paralyzed.

3. The Screaming Mummy

The expression of pain visible on the mummy of the body of Princess Meret Amon, found in 1881, has long been a real enigma. According to an Egyptologist, the princess would in fact have died of a venous thrombosis, a disease which would have caused an invasion of blood throughout her body and caused a heart attack. The princess would therefore have cried out in pain and would have turned her head to the right before dying. At the same time, it is true that it looks quite painful. Other mummies have been found with similar expressions, including that of one of the sons of Pharaoh Ramses III.

4. The Moving Stones of Death Valley

Rocks that move on their own in an old dry lake… It almost looks like the beginning of a bad horror movie. And yet, it is a real phenomenon that has long perplexed the scientific community. A geographer therefore decided to solve this mystery with his own stones, which he equipped with a GPS and a weather station. He finally concluded that this mystery was linked to a combination of natural elements: when it is cold and it rains on the lake, a layer of ice forms and unhooks the stones. When this ice melts with the heat, the wind pushes the sheets of very thin ice on which the stones rest, which causes them to slide. Well done Sherlock.

5. The death of Anastasia Romanov

During the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Tsar Nicholas II’s family, the Romanovs, were captured for execution. But the contradictory accounts of the executioners and the absence of Romanov bodies lead to many rumors. In 1920, a German woman named Franziska Schanzkowska claimed to be Princess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. Until her death, the one who will be called Ana Anderson claims to be the Russian heiress. And yet, the remains of the bodies of the Romanovs found made it possible to compare the DNA: the five bodies found were indeed those of the Tsar’s family and Ana Anderson was absolutely not Princess Anastasia. The mystery of Anastasia’s death was solved.

Top 10 famous mysteries that have a scientific explanation, finally it was not so...
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6. Wisps

If we know today that there is a rational explanation for this phenomenon, we believed for a long time (and with good reason huh, it still fucks the female dog) that these lights which floated above the swamps and marshes were the spirits of people who couldn’t leave and wandered the Earth. Eventually it was discovered that it was actually a natural phenomenon: the decaying matter in the marshes is submerged, without exposure to the air, which creates a “swamp gas” composed in particular of methane , carbon dioxide, nitrogen, phosphines and other chemicals. This gas, when exposed to the air, can ignite, causing lights to flicker like will-o’-the-wisps.

7. Curse of the Bermuda Triangle

British oceanographers have looked into the question of this area where bad luck has reached a high level. And they rejected the extraterrestrial type hypotheses, sea monsters, lost city, magnetic field and methane bubbles. According to their research, the accidents would be linked to waves of abnormally large size (genus more than 18 meters or even up to 30 meters), measured by satellites. When a boat is lifted by such a wave, it is then caught when it falls and can therefore break in two and sink in a few minutes. These waves would be caused by storms in the south and north, storms which would also explain the disappearances of planes which, according to the statements of the American coast guard, would not be more frequent than in other regions of the world.

8. The Lost Colony of America

This story that inspired Stephen King for his television series Storm of the Century or even the writers of the 6th season of American Horror Story actually has a very logical explanation. In the 16th century, British settlers attempted to settle on an island off the east coast of the United States named Roanoke. Lacking resources to live on, several members go on expeditions to find supplies. When they return to the island three years later, they find the place deserted, without traces of life or death, with the only clue being the inscription “Croatoan” engraved on a tree. Many theories have been put forward to explain this mystery but it turns out that in fact, the settlers would have simply left to live on a neighboring island, Hatteras, with the indigenous people who occupied the island, the Croatoans, because of the lack of food.

9. The Loch Ness Monster

Sea monster or dinosaur valiantly surviving? Neither of the two. No gigantic catfish, sturgeon or Greenland shark either. A team of New Zealand researchers analyzed all the DNA of organisms living in the waters of Loch Ness and concluded that there was no unknown DNA. On the other hand, they are found from the DNA of eels. And one of these species, the European conger, does indeed live in Loch Ness. These little beasts can be up to 2.5 meters long and weigh up to 30 kilos. To console you, I can offer you a little ladle Loch Ness monster too kiki. It’s better than nothing.

10. The Yeti

We have all heard the story of this animal which is a strange mix between monkey, bear and giant with feet as big as two The Rocks and which lives in the Himalayan mountains. Except that in 2016, a documentary film crew collected samples of “Yéti” (hair, hair, bones, excrement) which they gave to scientists for analysis. It turned out that they all belonged to brown bears or Himalayan black bears. In short, as with the Loch Ness monster, people who saw these monsters very likely confused an animal with a fantastic thing related to their culture. It’s silly because he looked super mims the yeti. In cartoons anyway. Shocked, disappointed.

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