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Greatest Mysteries of the World

4. The Phaistos Disk

Like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, the Phaistos disk is a hardened clay disk with undecipherable hieroglyphs. It was discovered by Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier in 1908 in the Minoan palace-site of Phaistos. It is believed that it was made sometime in the second millennium BC.

5. Shepherd’s Monument

The Shepherd’s Monument; located in Staffordshire, England was built in the 1800 allegedly by Knights Templars. It depicts a mirror image of the famous painting by Nicolas Poussin, an alleged member of the order, entitled, “Et in Arcadia Ego,” which means, “And in Arcadia, I [too].” It is commonly know in English as the “Arcadian Shepherds.” Below the glyph is un-deciphered text which reads, “DOUOSVAVVM.” While many have tried, no one has successfully deciphered the code. Theories range from it being graffiti to it being the location of the Holy Grail.

6. Tamam Shud Case

This is one of Australia’s biggest mysteries. In December 1948, an unidentified man was found dead on the beach in Adelaide. The only clue to his identity comes from a tiny piece of paper which was hidden in a pocket sewn within the man’s trousers. The piece of paper simply read “Tamam Shud,” which is a Persian phrase meaning, “The End.” Some have suggested that it was a suicide note. The man never was identified and the case is still open as to how and why he died.

7. SETI Message

Just like the movie “Contact” starring Jodie Foster, The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has actually received a signal from outer space. However, nobody knows what it means. The signal lasted for 72 seconds, and came from a star in the constellation Sagittarius called Tau Sagittarii, 120 light-years away.

8. The Zodiac Letters

The Zodiac letters are a series of four encrypted messages believed to have been written by the famous Zodiac Serial Killer, who terrorized residents of the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The letters were likely written as a way to taunt journalists and police and though one of the messages has been deciphered, the three others remain un-deciphered. The identity of the Zodiac Killer also remains a mystery.

9. Georgia Guidestones

In 1979 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA, four huge stones were erected displaying 10 new commandments for humankind, in eight languages: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. The county records say that they were built by a man named R.C. Christian. However, no such man really exists. Clearly, R.C. Christian was not the man’s real name, but perhaps it was a clue. Some people suggest that R.C. stands for “RosiCrucian.” The 10 commandments sound nice enough, except for the first one which admonishes humanity to maintain its numbers lower than 500 million in order to live in harmony with nature.

10. Rongorongo

Rongorongo is a system of mysterious glyphs discovered written on various artefacts on Easter Island. Many believe they represent a lost system of writing. The glyphs remain undecipherable and their true messages (which some believe could offer hints about the perplexing collapse of the statue-building Easter Island civilization) may be lost forever.

And What About Mongolian Mysteries?

The Grave of Chinggis Khan

Certainly the whereabouts of Chinggis Khan’s grave should rank up in the top ten mysteries of all time. According to legend, Chinggis Khan asked to be buried without markings. After he died, his body was returned to Mongolia and presumably to his birthplace in the Khentii Aimag. The military funeral escort killed anyone and anything across their path, to conceal where he was finally buried. After Chinggis Khan was buried, soldiers rode their horses all over the area. Then trees were planted all around the unmarked gravesite. Finally, a river was diverted to cover the area.After the grave/tomb was completed, the slaves who built it were massacred and the soldiers who killed them were also killed.While no one is sure, rumour has it that Chinggis Khan’s grave lies somewhere under the Onon River.

Other Mongolian Mysteries

Mongolia is truly a land of many mysteries. One such mystery is that of the deer stones, called thusly because of the depictions of flying deer. Nobody knows who created them or why. The tallest one is 15 feet high. They are the mysterious megaliths of the Murun area of the Khuvsgul Aimag.
Another such mystery is that of the Mongolian Death Worm. It has been reportedly seen by a few Mongolians in the Gobi Desert region over the past centuries and was seen about 30 years ago. It is described as the “Intestine Worm,” because it is the colour and shape of a sausage. No eyes have been seen on the creature and it is clearly not a snake. In folklore, the beast is said to spit yellow acid capable of corroding metal and blinding a person. If touched, it is said to emit an electric shock strong enough to bring down a camel. In modern times, people who’ve seen it have avoided it because of the folklore surrounding the creature. Many foreigners have come in search of the mysterious Mongolian Death Worm and have found nothing but stories.

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