When the first man roamed around in the wild, he was puzzled by the strange and bizarre things all around him. He gazed at the sun, the moon, the trees, the skies, the stars, the small living creatures and the whole of nature in great awe. Unable to unlock the mysteries behind them, he started to worship them all. As science developed, Man could, however, solve many of these natural mysteries. Yet, perplexing mysteries remain, despite the pace of modern discoveries. It seems that mystery and imagination are vital in Man’s hunt for truth. As Albert Einstein wrote, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious- it is the source of all true art and science. He, to whom this emotion is a stranger, is as good as dead.”

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Let us explore some of the astounding great mysteries of the world. Many of them are so hard to believe that they throw up more questions than answers to us!

  1. The American President- Abraham Lincoln was called ‘paranormal’.

Abraham Lincoln, the President of America was often called paranormal. The word ‘paranormal’ means above the normal. It is also sometimes called the sixth sense of humans. People with paranormal powers are said to be able to experience things that normal people can’t, and even see into the future or move objects by the power of their minds. For centuries, people have been fascinated and even terrified of paranormal power and activities.

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Did you know that Abraham Lincoln dreamt about his own death ten days before it actually happened in 1865? In the dream, he saw that he was assassinated, and his body was kept in the East Room of the White House- and this dream actually became a reality. He had related this dream to a friend, so one can say that the story was made up after his death. Moreover, it is believed that Lincoln lives on in the White House, and there are many witnesses who claim to have heard and even seen the 16th president at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No sightings of Lincoln have been reported after the White House was renovated. However, his spirit is said to have been seen walking near his graves in Springfield, Illinois. Some also claim to have seen his ghostly funeral train many years after it carried his body back to Springfield.

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2.  Why is it believed that Lincoln and Kennedy are linked by fate?

There are many similarities in the manner in which Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy died. Both were assassinated, both were shot in the back of their head while travelling with their wives and both had predicted their own deaths. Kennedy was killed by someone from a warehouse, who, then ran into a theatre. Lincoln was killed by someone in a theatre, who then ran into a warehouse. Both their killers were murdered. And the most amazing fact is that both their Vice Presidents shared the same surname! Lincoln’s was Andrew Johnson and Kennedy’s was Lyndon Johnson. The similarities are too many to be just called co-incidences. Surely the two seem to be linked by fate!

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  1. Bermuda Triangle: place where things vanish!

The Bermuda Triangle, also called as the Devil’s Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area; the planes were never found. Other boats and planes have seemingly vanished from the area in good weather without even radioing distress messages. But although myriad fanciful theories have been proposed regarding the Bermuda Triangle, none of them prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than in other well-traveled sections of the ocean. In fact, people navigate the area every day without incident.

The legend of the Bermuda Triangle was when E.V.W. Jones, a reporter, penned an article on a strange occurrence he had stumbled across. It seemed that an unusual number of planes and ships had been disappearing in the ocean between Florida and Bermuda. Over the years, more than 200 separate mysterious disappearances have been attributed to the Bermuda triangle, including massive vessels such as the USS Cyclops and the SS Marine Sulphur Queen. In calm seas and clear weather, no trace was found of the craft or their passengers. The disappearance of the Flight 19 ranks at the very top of Bermuda triangle lore. In1945, some five navy planes vanished while on a routine training mission over the Atlantic. Patrol Leader Lt. Charles Taylor had radioed Florida with the bizarre message, ‘Control tower, this is an emergency. We seem to be lost. We can’t make out where we are’, and then he added, ‘Everything looks wrong, even the ocean looks strange’.

William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which some scholars claim was based on a real-life Bermuda shipwreck, may have enhanced the area’s aura of mystery. Nonetheless, reports of unexplained disappearances did not really capture the public’s attention until the 20th century.In all probability, however, there is no single theory that solves the mystery. As one skeptic put it, trying to find a common cause for every Bermuda Triangle disappearance is no more logical than trying to find a common cause for every automobile accident in Arizona. Moreover, although storms, reefs and the Gulf Stream can cause navigational challenges there, maritime insurance leader Lloyd’s of London does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place. Neither does the U.S. Coast Guard, which says: “In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified.” The media really went overboard putting forward theories as to what might have happened at the Bermuda Triangle.

 

BY AISHWARYA IYER

 

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