Tag: unexplained

The Voynich Manuscript and It’s Place in Cryptographic History

The Voynich Manuscript came into popular cultural in 1912 when  Wilfrid Voynich (a Polish book dealer) purchased it. It is unclear from where he purchased it so it’s even more interesting when you consider that the vellum it was written on dates it somewhere between 1404–1438! That’s a good solid 500 years it was just floating around somewhere with […]

The Fool Killer

In order to understand the circumstances under which the Fool Killer was discovered, we have to briefly discuss the Eastland Disaster involving the SS Eastland. This ship was finished in 1903 but early on had issues with listing–tilting one way or another–because it was too heavy. That should have clued people in, but people were […]

Mad Gasser of Mattoon

It is unclear if the gasser in Botetourt County, Virginia in the 1930s and the one in  Mattoon, Illinois in the 1940s were the same but they share a Wikipedia article and was/were referred to as “the ‘Anesthetic Prowler’, Friz, the ‘Phantom Anesthetist’, the ‘Mad Gasser of Roanoke’, or simply the ‘Mad Gasser.’” This person or these people reportedly […]

The Ourang Medan Ghost Ship

If you’re familiar with the paranormal, you’re probably familiar with this ghost ship (as well as the Mary Celeste). It isn’t exactly Americana, but it did have an almost global impact, including finding its way into American publications. So, the interesting thing about this story is that it was initially reported by the Associated Press […]

Do you know where the Wakulla Volcano was?

Reports of an column of smoke coming from  Jefferson County, Florida were once common, with the first recorded claims made by Seminole Native Americans and then others all the way until the Charleston Earthquake of 1886, when the smoke disappeared entirely. Its source was never found, though the leading scientific assumption is that it was […]