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 Triangle.

 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 

 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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