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The Voynich manuscript is an ancient book that has thwarted all attempts at deciphering its contents. And it's not like some idiot just scribbled a bunch of nonsense on paper and went, "Figure THIS out, f**kwads." It is actually an organized book with a consistent script, discernible organization and detailed illustrations.

It appears to be a real language--just one that nobody has seen before. And it really does appear to mean something. But nobody knows what.
Expert military code-breakers, cryptographers, mathematicians, linguists, people who get paid to find and decipher patterns, have all been left unable to decipher a single word.

As you can imagine, proposed solutions have been all over the board, from reasonable to completely clowns**t. Some say it's an unbreakable code that requires a key to solve. Some say it's a hoax, and a damned fine one if we do say ourselves. Some say it's glossolalia, which is the fine art of speaking or writing something you don't understand but that is being channeled to you by God or aliens or whatever.

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The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient, intricate machine found in a shipwreck near Greece that dates back to about 100 BC. The Antikythera mechanism contains gears and structures that were not found in devices again for 1000 years, and only then when the Muslims and Chinese were busy inventing s**t while the Europeans were busy k!lling each other.

Why Can't They Solve It?

First, no one can agree on where the Antikythera mechanism was made or who designed it. Popular belief was that it was made by the Greeks due to its instructions all being in Greek (about a million of our tax dollars were probably spent arriving at that genius conclusion) but serious research published in serious places suggested the design came from Sicily. The mechanism, aside from placing you at serious risk for severing a finger, was supposedly used to figure out astronomical positions. The problem with that is that at the time this thing was made, no one had yet discovered laws of gravity or how heavenly bodies moved.

In other words, the Antikythera mechanism appears to have functions that no one alive at that time would have understood, and no single mechanical purpose of that era (such as navigating ships) explains the crazy number of functions and settings this machine has.

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The Baigong Pipes

In an area of China not known to ever contain people, let alone industry, there are three mysterious triangular openings on top of a mountain containing hundreds of ancient rusty iron pipes of unknown origin. Some of the pipes go deep into the mountain. Some of them go into a nearby salt water lake. There are more pipes in the lake, and more still running east-west along the lake shore. Some of the larger pipes are 40 cm in diameter, are of uniform size and are placed in what seems like purposeful patterns.


So what's the big deal? Well, archaeologists have dated the pipes to a time when people were still trying to figure out how to cook meat without setting their back-hair on fire, let alone casting iron.

Why Can't They Solve It?

Oddly, the pipes are clean of debris despite being older than Zeus. This suggests that they were not simply shoved into the ground for the hell of it, but actually used for something. Oh, and did we mention the mountain is completely inhospitable to human life?

As usual, a faction of nutjobs believes the Baigong Pipes to be an ancient astronomy lab or even spacecraft launching site left by extraterrestrials. This is possible, since the pipes contain a proportion of silica close to what occurs on Mars. Of course, the manhole cover outside your house does also, so take that with a grain of salt.
Some say they are a hoax. We must politely remind those people that you can't wipe your a.ss in China without the government knowing, let alone set up a f**king iron forge and start burying pipes in the ground for the purpose of confusing passers-by.

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The Bloop
Tired of having its mind blown by the guys in the archeology department, in 1997 modern science's mind pulled itself up off the mat and triumphantly blew itself.

In that year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded a strange sound in the ocean. Strange and LOUD. So loud that it was picked up by two separate microphones 3,000 f**king miles apart. The sound, dubbed "The Bloop," doesn't sound like anything at normal speed. However, the NOAA did us the favor of speeding up the recording to 16 times the normal speed, causing it to sound like a turd dropping into the toilet. Bloop! Except, you know, awesomely loud.

Scientists determined that its wave pattern indicates it was made by an animal, and not a giant electromagnet sucking a plane out of the sky, as the creators of Lost were no doubt hoping.

Why Can't They Solve It?

There is no animal big enough or loud enough to make that kind of noise, not by a long shot. Not a blue whale, not a howler monkey, not a startled teenage girl.

Not long after the NOAA posted the sound to their web site, some HP Lovecraft fans on the internet quite reasonably decided that The Bloop must have been made by Lovecraft's Cthulhu, a giant, murderous squid-dragon-thing.



The Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica
Costa Rica and a few surrounding areas are scattered with giant stone balls. They are smooth and perfectly spherical, or nearly so. Some of them are quite small, a few inches in diameter, but some of them are as large as eight feet in diameter weighing several tons.

They have been chiseled to perfection by persons unknown, despite the fact that Costa Rica is still not scheduled to enter the Bronze Age until 2013. The are balls everywhere and serve no apparent purpose, like a swing club on Gentlemen's Night.

Some of the balls have been blasted apart by locals hoping to find gold, coffee beans, or even babies. Some have been rolled around, but some are too heavy to move even with a bulldozer. Not that they have bulldozers in Costa Rica.

Why Can't They Solve It?

About the most useful information anyone has gotten is that there are not, under any circumstance, any quarries anywhere near the balls. This information is actually useless considering the balls are carved from volcanic rock.

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Animal suicides
One of the major things that separate humans from animals is that most lower life forms have an intense will to live. Unless they are defending their babies or food, most animals will prefer to run off than f!ght, because life is precious. Plus, given the fact that most don't really appear to be all that self aware, the likelihood of goth hamsters and emo pigeons seems pretty thin.Then why do some animals just up and decide to off themselves sometimes? We've already shown you a bridge that seems to drive dogs into a suicidal frenzy, but that kind of thing doesn't happen often, does it? Well, recently (and by recently we mean 2009) there were a couple of major animal suicides; in Switzerland, 28 cows decided to leap off a cliff over the course of three days, and in California, dozens of monstrous squids beached themselves.And lets not forget Jatinga, India, where hundreds of birds from several species dive into the ground to k!ll themselves every year.
How Long Has This Been Going On?

That's a tough one. People don't typically record animal suicides unless it is really bizarre or a mass suicide, but studies were conducted as far back as the 1800s to try and figure out why.

But, They Must Have a Theory For This...

They do, and very few of them have anything to do with being jilted or members of a cult. Indian scientists believe that atmospheric conditions confused the birds in Jatinga, causing them to lose their sense of direction and crash into the earth, though evolutionarily speaking, that doesn't make a s**t-lick of sense. There's also the old "follow the leader" theory, where they suggest that a tightly packed group is following one lost animal that is a bit sick to accidental deaths, similar to the way that some animals get lost during migration and end up leading a massive amount of birds in the wrong direction.

Still, that might explain one mass suicide, but those cows offed themselves during the span of three days. There wasn't just one line of cows lead by some misguided leader; several gangs of cows separately jumped off on their own accord.
Finally, there is the matter of the mass squid suicide. They all beached themselves around the time of an earthquake, so some figure there might be a connection. But scientists point out that squid are basically aggressive water balloons, and don't have any of the structures in them that cause fish and whales to become disoriented during quakes. Additionally, the squids started beaching themselves three days before the quake, which either means that the two events are unrelated or that squids a) can predict earthquakes (more on that later) and b) are using the earthquake as an opportunity to come on land and attack us at our most vulnerable and disoriented. Granted, that was probably the most poorly thought out invasion ever but still, it's scary to know they're planning something.

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Nice post - U got a link or source or anything?
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very interesting...
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Female Orgasms
Some scientists have formed a hypothesis that the female orgasm is vestigial, meaning that it serves no apparent evolutionary function. They claim that research has failed to prove that the female orgasm causes an increased chance of impregnation. Furthermore, a woman’s likelihood of experiencing an orgasm appears to have no effect on her decision to take part in intercourse.

There is, of course, substantial opposition to this opinion. Some argue that the hypothesis fails to properly take into account the psychosocial implications of the orgasm and that insufficient research has been conducted to make any conclusions. Many male opponents see the debate from a different angle and argue that claiming female orgasms serve no function is a surefire way to stay single forever.


The WOW! Signal
Jerry Ehman was wowed when, on August 15th 1977, he received a radio signal from space that bore expected hallmarks of potential non-terrestrial and non-solar system origin.
The signal occupied a small range of frequencies around 1400 MHz. International agreements have outlawed broadcasts in that range, and almost all natural radiation signals have a significantly larger range of frequencies. Consequently, the signal’s source is very difficult to pinpoint.

The logical possibilities are a gargantuan radioactive event of some sort or a powerful transmission by an alien civilization. Naturally, most enthusiasts lean towards the latter. Skeptics, on the other hand, point out that any similar signals have always proven to be caused by interference. After 30 years, the argument rages on. Wow.

Cold Fusion
When atoms collide together with enough force, they can fuse together. With this fusion, an enormous amount of energy is released. All accepted scientific theories of the universe tell us that this can only happen in an extremely energized environment like the Sun’s core (where hydrogen atoms fuse to create helium).

However, the universe appears to be far less simplistic. Experiments conducted by the US Navy have found that if you pass a voltage between palladium electrodes placed in heavy water (water which contains heavy hydrogen or deuterium), a confusing phenomenon takes place. Atoms of palladium, a relatively rare and heavy element, arrange themselves in a crystal structure, which make up the electrodes. For reasons that scientists can’t deduce, the deuterium atoms in the heavy water move into the palladium electrode and then combine, releasing the burst of energy that accompanies atomic fusion.

Due to a lack of understanding about the whos, whys and wherefores of the technology, scientists are currently unable to use cold fusion in a commercially practical manner. Those involved are unsure as to whether or not substantial excess heat is generated by the reaction and how they could cheaply reproduce cold fusion on a large scale. Still, if it turns out that cold fusion is taking place, the mystifying reaction could very well end humanity’s energy woes. Many scientists are eager to study this phenomenon not just for its thermodynamic rebellion, but for its potential as a vital technology.

The horizon problem
OUR universe appears to be unfathomably uniform. Look across space from one edge of the visible universe to the other, and you'll see that the microwave background radiation filling the cosmos is at the same temperature everywhere. That may not seem surprising until you consider that the two edges are nearly 28 billion light years apart and our universe is only 14 billion years old.

Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, so there is no way heat radiation could have travelled between the two horizons to even out the hot and cold spots created in the big bang and leave the thermal equilibrium we see now.

This "horizon problem" is a big headache for cosmologists, so big that they have come up with some pretty wild solutions. "Inflation", for example.

You can solve the horizon problem by having the universe expand ultra-fast for a time, just after the big bang, blowing up by a factor of 1050 in 10-33 seconds. But is that just wishful thinking? "Inflation would be an explanation if it occurred," says University of Cambridge astronomer Martin Rees. The trouble is that no one knows what could have made that happen – but see Inside inflation: after the big bang.

So, in effect, inflation solves one mystery only to invoke another. A variation in the speed of light could also solve the horizon problem - but this too is impotent in the face of the question "why?" In scientific terms, the uniform temperature of the background radiation remains an anomaly.


Naga Fireballs
What would you do if you were walking along a tropical river at night and it suddenly began burping up egg-sized balls of red light? It happens every year in October along the Mekong river (the same one featured in classic Vietnam movies like Rambo II and the flashbacks from Rambo III). The phenomenon is known as the Naga Fireballs, and experts agree that it is "just weird as s**t."

What happens is this: starting under water, tens to thousands of glowing red lights are seen rising out from the bottom of the river, then lifting hundreds of feet into the sky before disappearing.


It literally appears that the river is spitting out flaming M&Ms. They have never harmed anyone, and don't even seem to touch anything let alone set anything on fire. However, both of those facts were probably unavailable to dull the ferocity of the pant-crapping that took place when the event was first witnessed.
The Naga Fireballs are viewed by thousands of people every year, and a healthy number of videos documenting the phenomenon are hosted on YouTube, which is the most reliable scientific journal on the Internet next to Wikipedia.


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haha i like the personality of whoever wrote these
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Interesting read my man, props.
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this is seriously the best thread ive ever read on an online forum


thank u so much

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says the naga fireballs are a fireworks show
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Yawning


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hurricanegamePZ said:
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this is seriously the best post ive ever read on an online forum


thank u so much
Well DAMN, you gotta visit more online forums

But, seriously, good post my man. Interesting s**t. A few of these I hadnt previously heard about.
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Reppindaburghh said:
Well DAMN, you gotta visit more online forums

But, seriously, good post my man. Interesting s**t. A few of these I hadnt previously heard about.
Lol..i do homie..its just a testament to how much i like this type of stuff...i love true mystery
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Awesome read!!! Love the randomness!!! Propz !!!
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good s**t
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Good read homie.
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Anyone heard of the city in bolivia called pumapunku??

Sh*t is mad crazy... one of the oldest cities in the world and there are no writings or symbols anywhere... just huge stones that can only be cut by diamond tipped machines that haven't even been recreated to this day...
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The Baghdad Batteries




The Mystery:

The Baghdad Batteries are a series of artifacts found in the area of Mesopotamia dating from the early centuries AD. This was the approximate time when Gozer the Gozarian was roaming the lands, morphing into whatever you thought of and then devouring you .

When archaeologists stumbled upon the batteries, they a.ssumed they were just regular old clay pots for storage, but that theory quickly went out the window since they each contain a copper rod that shows evidence of acid corrosion. Now, in case you weren't the biggest nerd in school, this means that the pots probably contained a liquid that would interact with the copper and produce an electrical charge. If true, they predate the first known modern battery by hundreds of years.




And that's all well and good, but what the f**k were they using batteries for?

Why Can't They Solve It?

Well, it's not like we keep digging up ancient camcorders over there. Some stone reliefs called the "Dendera light" depict what some believe to be electrical arc lights, which would require something like the Baghdad Batteries to power. Others believe that theory is incredibly retarded.

More reasonable types say the batteries may have been used to electroplate items with gold. Others say medicine men could have used the batteries to shock people (giving the impression they had mystical powers or whatever).

It doesn't help that the batteries are currently located in the Baghdad Museum, which means potential researchers have a sporting chance of being blown to s**t on any given day.

Our Guess:

Take them to Egypt. Somewhere inside the Sphinx, they'll find several holes. Plug these batteries in there and the Sphinx's eyes will light up. Then it will start scooting around the desert floor making a mechanical barking sound.






Responses:
Voynich Manuscript: Medieval Esperanto meets Lojban. Seriously, there's something that has to be Sogdian Script in there and there are hermetic spheres all over the darn thing. Chances are even the images themselves are scrambled. (And the one has nearly twenty-two maids on the horologe; that's weirdly Mayan, but could be pure coincidence.)
The Bloop: Earth hates us.
The Costa Rican Spheres: Made so that the Moai heads can play Futball. (Although to be honest, stone worship is not unusual; it was fairly commonplace among Arab tribes in the Middle East before the modern era. It was probably like kissing the Blarney stone. Add a little shine to the sucker and some luck rubs off on you.)
Antikythera Mechanism: Archimedes did some rather evil things to Romans before he got the chop. For instance, he built steampunk weaponry. The thing might have been an astronomical water clock, in all seriousness; it only took the Chinese a few hundred years to follow suit with another one, and Ptolemy designed a few while he was at it, too.)

Some of these might fall under 'obvious explanations if people didn't wig out before they hit the books.' Rongorongo on the other hand is a lost language, and is thus inscrutable, so science will never really be able to explain it.





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nice post
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cracked.com has a lot of this stuff and a lot more just like it... pretty entertaining
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The earth is old as s**t. Humans or human like creatures may have been here previously, before we k!lled ourselves off. Maybe we, the present human, are not evolved to the point of the past beings. Or, aliens.
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lmao this is by far my favorite thread. Interesting funny s**t
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