While scientists have tried to explain every phenomenon on earth, there are some that have remained puzzles to them. What is more interesting is the fact that they have continued to put in work yet these weird places remain a mystery to them.
Below are 10 weird places and occurrences that puzzle scientists till date.
1. The Sleepy Hallow of Kalachi
Kalachi is a village in Kazakhstan dubbed the "Sleepy Hollow". In 2013, the locals succumbed to a mysterious illness. The victims would start to slur their words, sway their bodies and see in double vision. Then they fell into deep sleep that could last days.
Other than brief moments of blurry consciousness to eat or go to the bathroom, the ill were almost comatose. When they eventually awoke, patients were completely unaware of this episode.
More than 140 incidents were reported. One explanation is the fumes from a disused uranium mine, but no one knows for sure.
2. The Taos Hum
For 30 years, people in Taos, New Mexico, have claimed to be hearing strange noise. It is a kind of persistent low frequency humming or droning. Weirdly, it is not audible to all people.
A study into the Taos Hum indicated that at least 2% could hear it. It seems to be possible for hearers to move away from it. Its range is apparently 30 miles.
Although there have been many theories as to the origin of the hum, scientists still do not know what it is.
3. Fairy Circles of Namibia
Millions of so-called fairy circles are found in the Namib Desert. The circles range in size about 12 feet to about 114 feet in diameter. They consist of bare patches of soil surrounded by rings of grass.
The origins of the circles have long baffled researchers. Theories have ranged from termite activity to contamination from radioactive minerals. The mystery still has not been solved.
4. The Amazon Boiling River
The Shanay-Timpishka is a tributary of the Amazon River. It is called the only boiling water in the world. Its waters have a temperature from 45°c to nearly 100°c. The river kills everything that falls into it. The source of the heat is supposedly geothermal.
5. The Hessdalen Lights
These are unexplained lights observed in the sky over Norway's Hessdalen valley on multiple occasions. They look like huge flashing orbs, some as big as cars. Some of the lights drift gently through the sky for up to 2 hours. Others flash white or blue and streak through the valley, disappearing in seconds.
Spectral analysis shows the phenomenon most likely consists of flint, iron, and scandium; but scientists have still no idea what it is.
6. Catatumbo Lightning
The phenomenon is sometimes referred to as Venezuela's "eternal thunderstorm". The Catatumbo lightning does not actually fire nonstop, but it occurs around 150 times per year. Sometimes, it lasts as long as 10 hours per day, with as many as 300 lightning strikes per hour.
The storm occurs 3 miles above the river surface. Scientists hypothesise that it is caused by a convergence of cold and warm currents.
7. Movile Cave
This cave in Romania has been isolated for 5.5 million years. The conditions preserved there are truly otherworldly. The air inside is poisonous and unbearably humid. It is also pitch-black in there.
Even with its harsh environment, scientists have so far identified 48 species. 33 of these are totally unique to the cave. There are spiders, water scorpions, leeches, isopods, and other invertebrates.
8. The Double Tree of Casorzo
This is a truly unique sight: a mulberry tree on which a cherry tree grows! It is located between Grana and Casorzo in Piedmont, Italy. The cherry tree rises well above the mulberry tree on which it stands.
It is not clear how the cherry tree can grow without a root connection to the ground. One hypothesis is that the mulberry trunk is hollow inside.
9. Lake Karachay
This Russian lake is so tainted by nearby nuclear facility, that it is considered the most polluted place on the planet.
In 1990, just standing on the shore for an hour would give you a radiation dose 600 roentgen. That is more than enough to kill a grown human being.
The lake is located within the Mayak Production Association, one of the largest nuclear facilities in Russia.
10. Devil's Kettle
On the Brule River in Minnesota's Judge C. R. Magney State Park, an unusual waterfall is located. Called the Devil's Kettle, it splits into two. One half of the river flows up the edge of the falls and tumbles over. But the other slips into a hole at the top of the falls and disappears.
Locals in the area claimed that everything from sticks to ping-pong balls had been dropped into the hole for years and never reemerged.
Scientists are still unsure where the water disappears to.
Which of these places is the most mysterious?
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