Mysteries of the Unknown: Inside the world of the strange and unexplained



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I remember reading as a kid, “Ripley’s Believe it or not!”, my dad had a few hardbound collections of the magazine “hidden/tucked” away between all the books and junk he kept on a separate room.

The stories I most remember are the ones relating to ancient Egypt and mummies and curses, I don’t know if I ever thought it was real, but it felt real enough and I loved reading those stories when I was sure no one was looking.

This sounds like a good book to just, casually, leave lying around in my house, hoping the kid will find it. :wink:


I love the heading “BE AN INSTANT EXPERT”. These mysteries cover a pretty broad range of disciplines: archaeology, history, biology. That makes being an expert in unexplained mysteries a pretty cool thing. Although one mystery that’s not covered in the book is why customers who bought it also bought this:


Did anyone else hear the theme song from “In Search Of…” in their head while reading this article?


When I was a teen I got my hands on Fort’s Book of the Damned, and devoured it more than once, which is fine for a book but one should never do that with food. It wasn’t until many years later it occurred to me most of those stories are simply fiction. America has a long tradition of tall tales, and it seems like small town newspapers would just print whatever copy showed up.


My wife bought me some of this for a rash, and while it didn’t help the rash, I have had no problems with mummies, zombies, or flying saucer abduction since I used the product.


Case closed!


Yeah, and besides the obvious fictional stories there are ones that simply ignore what’s known – the Easter Island moai aren’t really that mysterious, nor are the Nazca lines, etc. Part of the motivation for seeing such things as “mysterious” is old-fashioned colonial-style racism – the idea that the ancestors of mere “natives” built these things is less attractive than the idea that aliens, or Atlanteans or whatever had to have built them.


Not exactly…


What is/are the active component(s) in the venom of the box jellyfish?

See, I can still ask questions that aren’t answered in that stupid book.


Cool! An Instant Expert! How do I get on TV?


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