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Unexplained Mysteries
"We know no more our own destiny than a tea leaf knows the destiny of the East India Company."
- Douglas Adams

Cyprus was one of the world's important mining centres in ancient times, but for reasons still unknown the Romans halted operations there and sealed the tunnels. Many of the tunnels were found and reopened in the 20th century, thanks to clever detective work by an American mining engineer, D. A. Gunther. In the New York Public Library, he had happened to find an ancient account of the mines. Years of ingenious search in Cyprus led him to the tunnels, which he found complete with usable support timbers and oil lamps. Cyprus became an important mining centre again.
Situated at Baalbek, 53 miles from Beirut in Lebanon, stand the ruins of a group of Roman temples constructed in the first century A.D. Surrounding the temples is a massive stone wall at whose western end lie three of the largest cut blocks of stone in the world. The largest of these is 64 by 14 by 12 feet and weighs about 800 tons. This block would have to have been cut from a quarry almost a mile away, transported to Baalbek, and possibly lifted some 25 feet to its final position. Few modern industrial cranes are capable of such a feat, yet the stones are placed so precisely, it is impossible to insert the blade of a knife between them. How these stones were transported is unknown

In the Pampa Colorada (Red Plain) in the Peruvian Desert, there are large line-drawings of geometric shapes, animals and plants on the desert soil. These drawings are known as the Nazca lines. These were likely drawn by the Nazca Indians approximately 2,000 years ago. These figures are only fully comprehensible from the air. In fact, in 1937, before flight was commonplace, a highway was constructed through the Nazca lines, as no-one was yet aware of the lines' significance. It is unknown how the drawers achieved such geometrical precision in their art, or why they would draw figures that they could not view.
The legend of the Loch Ness Monster began around the year 565, when St. Columba claimed to see a dragon threaten a traveller by Loch Ness

The classical period of Mayan culture lasted for six centuries and then collapsed for reasons that have never been explained. Theories range from an epidemic to bad farming methods that exhausted the land, to clear-cutting that led to climate change. The collapse occurred very quickly - Mayan cities flourished at the beginning of the ninth century and were abandoned by its end
In June 1872, the steamship Iron Mountain, with a line of barges in tow, left from Vicksburg, Pennsylvania, heading towards Pittsburgh. It was never seen again. Late on the morning it left, the crew of another steamship spotted the line of barges. The tow line had been cut, indicating that the crew of Iron Mountain had sensed a problem. However, there were no traces of the steamship, its crew, or its cargo, which should have dotted the river for miles had the steamer sank

Off the coast of Nova Scotia lies tiny, irregular-shaped Oak Island. In 1795, Daniel McGinnis and two friends found an old ship's tackle block hanging above a filled-in depression on the island. They dug thirty feet down, finding three oak platforms at ten-foot intervals. Nine years later, a more concerted effort to uncover what lay underneath began. More oak platforms were found, as well as a "cipher stone" in obscure symbols that were interpreted to mean that there was an enormous treasure below. Several channels were later found that connect to the island's beaches that serve to flood the shaft with water. Even with the benefits of modern technology, the bottom of the pit - and the treasure reputed to lie there - has not yet been uncovered. It is also not known whose treasure it is, or why they went to such trouble to bury it.
On the morning of January 1st, 1963, one of Australia's top physicists, Dr. Gilbert Stanley Bogle, and his girlfriend Margaret Chandler were found dead near Fuller's Bridge, on the Lane Cove River in suburban Sydney, Australia. found near Fuller's Bridge, on the Lane Cove River in suburban Sydney. Despite the best efforts of the Sydney police, Interpol, and the FBI, no-one has been able to figure out who killed them, how they were killed, or why they were killed. This case is unique in that all three of these questions are unanswered.

Mysterious facts you wouldn't know if it weren't for TV...

1. If being stalked by a serial killer, women should investigate any strange noises wearing their most revealing underwear.
2. If being chased by authorities, you can usually take cover in a passing parade (St. Patrick's, etc.) any time of the year.
3. All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
4. A private eye will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
5. The chief of police is always wrong.
6. During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.
7. Cars and trucks that crash almost always burst into flames.
8. Stripping to the waist makes a man invulnerable to bullets (commonly referred to as The Die Hard Rule)
9. If a killer is lurking in your house, it's easy enough to find him. Just relax and take a bath - even if it's the middle of the afternoon.
10. A single match is sufficient to light up a room the size of the Astrodome.
11. Any person waking from a nightmare will automatically sit bolt upright and pant.
12. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them than do the 20 men shooting at him.
13. Creepy music coming from a graveyard or basement should always be closely investigated.
14. Most people keep a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, especially if any of their family or friends have died in strange boating accidents.
15. Police departments give their officers personality tests to insure officers are assigned partners who are their complete opposites.
16. It doesn't matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts - your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessor.
17. Heroes never face charges for manslaughter or criminal damage after laying waste to the city during high speed chases and shooting it out in public.
18. You can always find a chainsaw whenever you need one.
19. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off (another interesting fact: bombs can only be defused within 10 seconds of detonation).
20. Guns are like disposable razors - if you run out of bullets, throw the gun away. You can always find another one (this is apparently one of the American Amendments...the second?)

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Richest People

1. William Gates III
2. Warren Buffett
3. Carlos Slim Helu
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6. Paul Allen
7. Bernard Arnault
8. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
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4. Fire
5. Flying
6. Ghosts
7. Hospitals
8. Needles
9. Snakes
10. Spiders


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