Mysteries of Life
What’s at the bottom of the ocean? Who put an ‘s’ in “lisp”? Why is there only one word for “thesaurus”?
Life is filled with endless mysteries, although, admittedly, some are more interesting than others. From the disappearance of Amelia Earhart to the building of Stonehenge and the numerous theories that indicate that ancient civilizations had contact with South America long before Christopher Columbus, these many mysteries have led to countless questions and innumerable hours of head scratching.
From science to the arts, from history to modern technology, there are mysteries everywhere you look. On the following pages, we look into some of these mysteries that have had scientists and experts wracking their brains for decades if not centuries but to no avail.
Take these perfectly spherical, 600-year-old stone balls found across Costa Rica: How did they get there? Who made them? And what do they mean? These are just the tip of the iceberg.
Wrap your brain around these mysteries…
Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
While everyone knows Stonehenge and the mysteries surrounding it—how did the mammoth stones get there? Who made them? What does the site mean?—an equally as amazing mystery is that of the stone spheres of Costa Rica.
Scattered across some 10 hectares of land, ranging from a few centimeters to nearly 7 feet in diameter, and weighing up to 15 tons, there are over 300 perfectly smooth and spherical stone balls in Costa Rica that no one quite understands.
Believed to have been made by hammering and then sanding down stone by the extinct Diquís culture, archaeologists think the balls were made between 600 AD up until the Spanish conquest in the 15th century, but their meaning remains a mystery.
The Voynich Manuscript
With about 240 pages with some missing, the Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated book believed to be about science and nature written in a code that no one has ever been able to decipher.
Carbon-dated from the early 15th century, likely in Italy during the Renaissance, the manuscript has puzzled cryptographers for centuries.