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5 Unsolved Mysteries That Are Way Too Complex For A Hoax

We get attracted to suspense, thrills and mysteries by nature. Maybe that’s the reason why we have advanced so far in the food chain. Keeping this point in mind, we started researching about mysteries that might have remained unsolved despite our collective intelligence… What we got was more than our minds could grasp. Let’s see if you can do a better job at it.

#5 Man from an unheard country visits Japan and vanishes

It was a normal day for Japanese immigration officers at the Tokyo airport in 1954, when a stranger went to them asking for a stamp on his passport. However, Japanese authorities’ “normal day” soon turned into a nightmare, as they realized that the country, Taured, which the man was claiming to be from… didn’t exist! 

But wait it gets better:

The man’s passport was also from Taured, and had stamps showing that he entered Japan multiple times before this trip. He spoke fluent Japanese and French, had European currencies and a checkbook from a bank which was unknown.

He insisted of having a reservation in a hotel of Tokyo, but the hotel staff denied having any idea about him. The company which he claimed to work for, *you guessed it, didn’t you* also did not have a clue about him.

The Japanese, thinking it to be nothing but confusion then asked the man to point his county on a map. The man pointed to the Principality of Andorra, which was part of Spain. When the authorities explained that his country doesn’t exist, the man adamantly stated that it was Andorra that didn’t exist while his country had been around for thousands of years.

And now, for the insane part:

Not sure on how to deal with the weird stranger, the authorities decided to put him in a closely guarded hotel while they tried to figure out more about him. However, when they returned to check on the man at morning, they discovered that the man had vanished from the scene.

It just didn’t made sense, since the guards never left the entrance of the room and the man couldn’t have jumped out of the building as they purposefully placed him on a higher floor. Despite the countless search which followed, they weren’t able to find the man. It was as if he vanished from the universe… or pulled a James Bond on the Japanese before even the Bond could!

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#4 The person who didn’t have a single record of his existence

A body was discovered in December 1948, on a beach in Australia, and investigators were called for seemed like a usual case of homicide. But when they started probing the body, they realized that this is not a simple “open and shut” case which they thought it to be.

The mystery deepened when they inspected the dead body’s clothes for evidence, only to find out that all the clothes were missing their tags. Even the brown suitcase discovered next to the body didn’t had any identification. Without a shred of evidence on the cause of the death or the man’s origin, they decided to ship the body for an autopsy before proceeding further.

But the autopsy result baffled the cops, as the doctors reported no foreign element in the body but were convinced of an undetected poison being the likely cause of death. Confused, the police then turned to matching the man’s fingerprint record, only to realize that they didn’t exist. Even the army database of fingerprints turned out to be “no match.”

And so, “The mystery of Somerton Man” was born.

But wait it gets better:

The cops having no clue where to head next, decided to put ads in several newspapers for finding the identity of the man. As you may have guessed by now, it didn’t turn out any result or clue as well.

Months went by with no one getting close to finding a single clue. Until the cops found a note hidden inside the small pocket of the dead man’s trouser which stated, “Tamam Shud.” Thinking that the word seems of foreign origin, they called in a translator who pointed out that the word meant “ended” or “finished.” And that it was taken from a book called Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

This seems to be taken right off from 12 Monkeys before they were made… Wait a minute… Woaaahhh!

Police realizing that the piece of paper was taken out from the book, started searching for it. But was only able to find it when the information went public and someone came forward with the book. The man, whom the cops refused to identify, had found the book in the back of his car, around the same time of the unknown person’s death.

However, it only made the cops scratch their head harder, as the book contained series of garbled hand-written notes.

And now, for the insane part:

Those series of words are found to contain a secret message by people who decode these things. Yet, no one till date has been able to decipher them. It has been more than 60 years and despite the countless groups taking a shot at the case, the identity of the man, his death and the motive behind it remains a mystery.

If you want to take a shot at it then your best bet is to reach out to this Professor who has spent years on the case.

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#3 Unknown organization who created the internet’s unsolvable puzzle

When someone posted a puzzle on the notorious forum 4Chan in 2012, most of the peeps dismissed it as a prank. But the few who digged deeper realized that the mystery was deeper than the rabbit hole.

It all started when Joel Eriksson, a cryptographer from UK stumbled upon the image, and discovered that the image was designed to hide a url in it. Excited, he went to the url thinking that he has already cracked the puzzle, only to discover an image of a duck.

Most of the internet users at this moment would assume that they have been rick-rolled and would quickly move on. But not Eriksson, who thought that the picture could be another puzzle… and it was. Somehow, It didn’t seem like a prankster’s job anymore.

Eriksson soon decoded the “duck” image which revealed a url with cryptic Maya numerals. When he visited the url, it took him to an anonymous user’s profile on the social site Reddit.

He also noticed that the url didn’t require the cryptic text to open that webpage, which meant it was intentionally inserted. That, along with the anonymous user’s posts (which contained encoded texts) led him to believe that those encrypted texts are the book and the cryptic numerals of the url is the key… and he was right!

Expecting to find a new image with another mysterious puzzle, Eriksson once again decoded the key and translated the text. But this time, he got a Texas, US telephone number instead… The puzzle which started in virtual life had abruptly been transformed into the physical world.

But wait it gets better:

A little scared, Eriksson called the Texas number which led to the following voicemail.

“Very good. You have done well. There are three prime numbers associated with the original final.jpg image. 3301 is one of them. You will have to find the other two. Multiply all three of these numbers together and add a .com to find the next step. Good luck. Goodbye.”

Putting it together, he realized that the other prime numbers could be the width and the height of the image which lead to the website with a countdown telling him to return to it after the timer has expired. When Eriksson returned, he was greeted with gps co-ordinates of telephone poles spread across the world including Japan, France, South Korea, Australia and US.

At this point, Eriksson couldn’t solve the mystery on his own. Thus, he relied on other people (locals) of the area to inspect those places, where they found posters with the logo of Cicada 3301 and QR Codes… leading to another set of images.

Not to be the one to call it quits now, Eriksson again decoded those images which led to a deep web url (only accessible through Tor Browser). But, in the biggest anti-climax ever, when Eriksson went there, he found the following message.

We were disappointed in the groups of people that had formed to share parts of the puzzles they discovered without any one member completing all the steps along the way and thus are compelled to look for highly gifted individuals by other means.

Unbeknownst to Eriksson, other people who took interest in the puzzle formed groups to solve the mystery, forcing Cicada 3301 to pull out in the last moment. The puzzle was almost solved by Eriksson in just under 3 weeks and had he stumbled upon the image sooner, he might have been the one to discover the organization behind it all.

And now, for the insane part:

That doesn’t mean that Cicada 3301 wiped out of existence. Infact, their twitter handle comes alive around the beginning of the year to post a new puzzle from 2012 onwards. They haven’t come out with 2015 puzzle, presumably because no one is able to solve the 2014 one to date. Care to give it a try?

There you go… We solved the first step for you!

Some peeps say they are from CIA, MI6 or even Google, but it doesn’t make sense as these organizations’ recruitment drive (though unorthodox) is acknowledged and well publicized. Other’s say that they are rogue hackers or organization who value logical / analytical thinking over everything else.

We have reasons to believe that they are from the “Matrix” and are here to free us from this world since we didn’t take the sequels seriously! Anybody could be right (or wrong!) since it’s all guesswork at this point, so go ahead and take your pick.

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