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Mysteries of the World


Mystery and the study of the unknown has always fascinated
people. The search for truth in the "uncomprehensible" has
led to many controversies. Some believe in the
"supernatural", while others simply do not. Both types of
people obviously have their own reasonings for believing or
disbelieving in it. There are numerous world famous
mysteries that are still controversial and remain
"unsolved" to this day. Some of these mysteries include the
Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman, and the Bermuda
The Loch Ness Monster is a legendary animal that supposedly
resides in the depths of Loch Ness, a long narrow lake
situated in rural Scotland. Stories concerning the monster
date back to the 6th century A.D. The region was in
complete isolation until a road was built alongside the
lake in 1933. Then large numbers of people travelled
through the region for the very first time. Over the years
thousands have reported seeing something in the lake. Most
reports depict a long neck surging from the water with a
small head of a unknown creature. Pictures have even been
taken of this "creature", but most scientists however,
refuse to believe any creature of this kind lives in the
Loch Ness. They claim that most reported cases are simply
products of overactive imaginations, and as for the
pictures, scientists say they are not lucid enough to
distinguish items clearly, and some pictures are dubbed as
"fake". A large number of non- scientists believe however,
that the Loch Ness is the site of a breeding colony of
large unknown aquatic animals, due to the fact that Loch
Ness was once an arm of the sea. Yearly summer
investigations have been conducted since 1963 in attempt to
unravel the mystery. Investigators have obtained films and
sonar readings that indicate that there just might be some
unknown animal in the depths of the Loch Ness. Evidence
however, is inconclusive, and the controversy continues.
Along with the Loch Ness monster, the abominable snowman
shares fame as one the great mysteries of the world. The
abominable snowman is a legendary creature of the Himalaya
mountain region. It is reported to live in forested regions
near the snow line. This creature is also known to some by
the name Yeti. The abominable snowman is said to walk
upright and have the appearance of half-man, half-ape. Many
of the descriptions given to this creature are based upon
the findings of large, unidentified foot prints in the
snow, found in the Himalayas. In order to ascertain the
truth behind the abominable snowman legends, countless
expeditions have been undertaken, and most turned up empty.
Today most experts hold the view that the "abominable
snowman" is simply a "fairy tale" and don't take the matter
seriously. The foot prints used to support the legends, are
thought by scientists, to be prints of a bear or markings
left my drifting snow and falling rocks. The legend of the
abominable snowman has been kept alive 'till this day,
mostly by the Sherpa, a tribe of people living in the
Himalayas. These people have always kept the belief that
the abominable snowman is a true fact of life. To them he
is seen as a religious figure, to be feared as well as
protected. Without any concise evidence however, no one can
prove this legendary animal from the mountains exists, so
the mystery continues to baffle.
Like the Loch Ness monster and the abominable snowman, the
Bermuda triangle presents another intriguing wonder to the
world. The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's
triangle, is a triangular area of the Atlantic Ocean
(305,000 km2) where the disappearances of ships, airplanes,
and boats has led to the belief that "supernatural" forces
inhabit this area of the sea. More than 200 planes, ships,
and boats are believed to have disappeared in this triangle
without a trace. This includes over 1,000 seamen and
airmen. In most of these disappearances, it is the fact
that no distress signal was ever received from the
disappearing ships and/or planes that heightens the mystery
of what happened to them. Although violent storms and
downward air currents frequently occur in the area,
scientists have not revealed anything extremely peculiar.
Boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle are formed by drawing an
imaginary line from Melbourne, Florida, to Bermuda, to
Puerto Rico, and back to Florida. Could there truly be an
unnatural force at work in this geographical triangle or
are these disappearances merely coincidence? Either way,
numerous people remain unwilling to step over the boundary
line into the Devil's Triangle.
As we have just discussed the mystery of the Loch Ness
monster, the conundrum of the abominable snowman, and the
enigma of the Bermuda triangle, we must realize that they
are only a few of the many world famous "unsolved"
mysteries. >From them however, we observe that it can be
extremely difficult to ascertain the truth of unexplainable
phenomena due to the many opposing opinions in this field.
Will we ever come up with a definite conclusion or truth,
when it comes to mysteries? The future remains to answer
this question, and we humans remain intrigued, and confused
about what to believe.


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