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Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries of All Time

Alexander the Great

A bust of a young Alexander, but where does the great general lie today?

A bust of a young Alexander, but where does the great general lie today?

10. What Happened to Alexander the Greats Tomb?

Alexander the Great, one of the greatest conquerors in history, and a name still admired and revered today. The most amazing thing about the Macedonian King was that he managed to forge an Empire stretching from Europe to Northern India by the age of 33, when unfortunately he succumbed to a fever, thus ending any aspirations of expansion.

After his death he was taken back to ‘his’ city, Alexandria, entombed and then put on public display, in a similar way to both Lenin and Mao. The inheritors of Alexander’s passion for Empire were the Romans. The Emperors, in particular came to regard Alexander as the epitome of bravery, strength and courage. They paid regular trips to Alexandria to pay their respects. It’s widely reputed that Julius Caesar wept when he gazed upon a statue of Alexander while in Spain, and the Roman general Pompey was so obsessed with him, that he searched high and low across the Empire for his cloak, which apparently he discovered and wore as a costume of greatness, and even went as far as to have his hair cut in the same manner. Caligula, the mad Emperor stole Alexander’s armour from his tomb and wore it for luck. If Caligula was considered mad, then Emperor Caracalla who ruled from 211-217 AD was crazy, thinking that he was the reincarnation of Alexander himself. Eventually, in 200 AD, the tomb was closed to the public out of concern for its safety, owing to the ever increasing hordes of tourists. Since then, its whereabouts have become one of the greatest mysteries of all time.

Unlocking the Mystery of the Lost Tomb.

The Biggest of all the Megafauna on Land

African Megafauna like the elephant may have survived where the fellows died out on account of them evolving alongside humans and thus being aware of their hunting capabilities.

African Megafauna like the elephant may have survived where the fellows died out on account of them evolving alongside humans and thus being aware of their hunting capabilities.

9. What Caused the Extinction of the Megafauna?

Today, we live in an impoverished world in terms of large animals, otherwise known as megafauna. If you want to go and see large numbers of large animals, you must travel to Africa. If you were to look elsewhere, you’d be bitterly disappointed. But it wasn’t always this way; just 50,000 years ago there were big herds of big animal’s right across the planet except Antarctica.

Then, over a very short period many species of megafauna began to go extinct, but why did this happen? Answering this perplexing question is one of the most contentious issues in science today. The intriguing thing about the extinctions is that they seem to coincide with the expansion of modern humans out of Africa. Humans colonised Australia 40,000 years ago, shortly afterwards, nearly 1 in 3 of all large animal species disappeared. The Americas were settled 12,000 years ago, and again coincided with a grand erasing of virtually everything larger than a human. Unsurprisingly this circumstantial evidence has led many scientists to point the finger of blame squarely at us. But how could small numbers of humans armed with Stone Age weapons wreak such havoc? Questions like these have led other scientists to theorise that climate was the main cause. For others, neither hunting nor climate is a sufficient enough explanation and in recent times, another theory suggesting that disease wiped them all out has been put forward. Today, most scientists tend to favour a middle ground theory suggesting that a combination of factors including predation from humans was the most likely cause.

A Couple of the Nazca's Creations

The spider

The spider

The monkey.

The monkey.

8. How did the Nazca People Construct Their Giant Geoglyphs?

Sometime between 300BC and 800AD, the ancient Nazca people were responsible for fashioning what are often described as superhuman depictions of their animal gods. On a 500 square kilometre plateau, these people carved hundreds of perfectly straight lines and geometric patterns by painstakingly brushing the arid sand and grit to one side. The remarkable thing about these depictions is that they only can be glanced at properly from hundreds of feet up, only at such a great height can you see more than seventy enormous pictures of both animals and humans in detail, some are more than 270 metres long.

Back on terra firma, and all you can see are paths in the dust, so how on Earth did these people construct such beautiful and breathtaking works of art without being able to see what they were doing from above. It’s one of the biggest mysteries of all and theories for their purpose range from markers for underground waterways to landing pads for UFOs. A more likely theory is that they served as a means to communicate with the gods; essentially they used the arid ground as a message board, while the night sky, home of their Gods served as their audience.

A World In Bloom

The magnolia is one of the most ancient flowering plants of all. Imagine what our world would be like today, if such beautiful things like these had never appeared.

The magnolia is one of the most ancient flowering plants of all. Imagine what our world would be like today, if such beautiful things like these had never appeared.

The First Flower

A 130 million year old fossil of one of the first flowering plants, Archaefructus liaoningensis recovered from China in 2002.

A 130 million year old fossil of one of the first flowering plants, Archaefructus liaoningensis recovered from China in 2002.

7. What Caused the First Flowers to Boom?

Flowers; surely the most delightful things you can possibly look at. There are few other life-forms on this planet that arouse our curiosity quite as much as flowers. But how on Earth did they first evolve? In 1879, Charles Darwin composed a letter to his friend; the botanist Joseph Hooker, stating that he couldn’t understand the sudden appearance of flowering plants in the fossil record. Unfortunately, to this day no one has really come up with a decent explanation, which is amazing considering some of the wild theories you often encounter in the scientific world, such as Life arriving on Earth via a meteorite. Yet, some 130 million years ago, the first recognisble flowers suddenly start to show in the fossil record. This is around the start of the Cretaceous Period, which of course ended with the extinction of the Dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The first flowers though bloomed in a world that was dominated by the dinosaurs, but the ancient super continent of Pangaea was now splitting into two separate land masses, Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south, with a big ocean, the Tethys in between.

Some experts though think that flowers are more ancient than supposed, arising as long ago as 250 million years ago, but fossil flowers have never been found from this period. Others think that several evolutionary phases occurred in quick succession, accounting for flowers’ sudden appearance. However, it happened, what can’t be disputed is just how much impact flowers have had on the planet. Without them, life today would be very different. For instance, more than 75 per cent of all the food we eat comes from flowering trees or plants. Once the first blooms appeared, the era of a green, brown and blue Earth was gone forever. Now the planet became red, yellow, orange, purple and pink.

Did the presence of pollinating insects such as bees bring about the evolution of flowers, or did the pollinators only evolve after the first flowers appeared, that's another little mystery in its own right.

The Earliest Biped

The hominid known as Australopithecus afarensis was the first of our family to be able to routinely stand and walk on two legs.

The hominid known as Australopithecus afarensis was the first of our family to be able to routinely stand and walk on two legs.

6. Bipedalism in Humans?

Bipedalism or walking on two legs is the one obvious way, apart from our hairlessness that we differ from our great ape relatives. It’s a very odd adaptation it has to be said, with every good advantage, coming with an equally good disadvantage. For example, walking on two legs did free up our hands for carrying food items, but it also slowed us down significantly; not a particularly good thing to happen, considering that we were in the middle of making the transition from living in dense forest to living in open grassland savannah, an environment full of fearsome predators both alive today and long extinct.

It was once thought that the development of large brains brought on the development of bipedalism. But we now know that the first bipeds had brains the same size as chimps; so maybe raising ourselves on to two feet brought an unprecedented growth of the brain? The answer to this is also no, as these early upright hominids known as Australopithecines experienced very little brain growth over several million years. It seems that the brain growth coincided almost exactly with the invention of stone tools some 2.5 million years ago, nearly 4 million years after we first rose up onto two feet.

There are in fact many theories that try to explain the most important physical development in human history, ranging from simply freeing up the hands, to reaching up to feed from low growing savannah vegetation and maybe the most bizarre of all, the idea that we evolved bipedalism through having to wade across flooded areas of rainforest. This is a mystery that is definitely solvable; it just simply needs more evidence before anything of a concrete nature can be established.

Human Evolution on Film

The Tiny Bone That Makes Speech Possible.

A detailed drawing of the hyoid bone.

A detailed drawing of the hyoid bone.

The Location of the Hyoid

The hyoid sits quite high in the throat and acts as a connector between the tongue and throat.

The hyoid sits quite high in the throat and acts as a connector between the tongue and throat.

5. When did Humans Learn to Talk?

As well as walking on two legs, the other noticeable thing that marks us out as different is our peculiar way of communicating. Our ability to converse with each other in a whole range of complex languages seems so natural, but it’s all too easy to forget that for the majority of our evolutionary history, our communicative skills were limited to calls, shrieks, hoots and hand gestures. Today, complex language is intrinsic to our species, however, each one of us needs to be taught our own language by our parents or indeed any adult; we cannot instinctively speak a language, although some of us develop more of proficiency for languages than others.

So when did this peculiar, yet remarkable trait evolve. Most reasonable theories estimate that our species evolved the capacity for complex language somewhere between 50,000 and 110,000 years ago, but no one can be sure. Whenever it evolved, one thing was perfectly clear; it gave us a big advantage in terms of organising ourselves socially and also helped us to hunt more efficiently. But were we the first humans to evolve language?

In 1983, a Neanderthal bone was found in a cave in Israel, the bone was very small, barely distinguishable from the rock. But it was in fact a bone called the hyoid, we have them too and it sits in our throats and serves as a connector between the tongue and the throat. Astonishingly, the Neanderthal hyoid was virtually identical to ours. This means that they certainly had the capacity to speak. Also, the size of the openings in Neanderthal vertebrae for the nerves that control the tongue for speech are about the same as ours, so they were able to produce a wide range of sounds. Neanderthals originally evolved more than 300,000 years ago, more than 100,000 years before the first anatomical modern humans, meaning that Neanderthals were probably the first humans, and indeed the first creatures to be able to speak.

Just How Close are we to Chimpanzees?

4. The Last Common Ancestor of Humans and Chimpanzees?

The advent of modern genetics proved once and for all that we are closely related to Chimpanzees, so closely related in fact that less than 4 per cent of our DNA is different. In depth analysis of our DNA and the DNA of our closest relatives suggest that we are descended from an ape which lived sometime between four and seven million years ago. Despite the fact that no evidence has ever been unearthed o this mysterious creatures, scientists have already dubbed it Pan prior.

It’s important to remember that this creature was not a chimp although it may have closely resembled one, enough for us to describe it so, if we ever to gaze upon one. Gradually over millions of years ago this ape’s offspring developed into modern chimps and their rarer cousins, the bonobos on one hand, and early hominids- the direct ancestors of humans on the other. Who this ancestor was exactly, and where they lived, is one of the greatest mysteries of all. Experts from the time of Darwin have always assumed that our common ancestor lived in Africa, but it could have come from Asia or indeed Europe which was much warmer during the Miocene Period- the geological time period in which the human/chimp split occurred. For now, this is a mystery that’s still waiting to be solved.

One Possible Cradle of Life

Deep sea vents like this one may have given birth to the earliest life forms through the energy they give.

Deep sea vents like this one may have given birth to the earliest life forms through the energy they give.

3. How did Life Evolve on Earth?

As far as we know, Earth is the only planet on which life evolved. Of course, the existence of life elsewhere is possible, but discussing the possibility of that is a whole other mystery. How on Earth did life get here? For a long time it was widely believed that God had simply created everything in its modern form in some lovely Garden of Eden- but the evidence seems to suggest that in fact life developed slowly and gradually over a seemingly infinite amount of time from a few simple organisms into many millions of complex organisms.

Is life endemic to the Earth? Did it develop in some sort of primordial chemical soup deep within the Earth at the mouth of sea-floor volcanic storm. Perhaps it was a chance spark, accidentally triggered by some sort of astonishing primordial lightning storm? Even more intriguing is the possibility that maybe all of the scientists are wrong, and that we were truly created either by highly intelligent aliens or by some divine architect like God. Again, it seems like this is a mystery beyond the range of the human spectrum, an untenable answer that will remain elusive forever.

Or Were We All Bought Here By One Of These?

Life may have been bought to Earth on one of the many meteors that crashed into the Earth after its formation, making every living thing here an alien.

Life may have been bought to Earth on one of the many meteors that crashed into the Earth after its formation, making every living thing here an alien.

The Biggest Bang in History...

...But What Happened Before It?

2. What Happened Before the Big Bang?

Most scientists are in agreement that our universe began with an almighty explosion almost 14 billion years ago. It began as an invisible speck of infinite energy in the middle of nothing. Then within an instant, the universe became a huge cosmological mess, billions and billions of miles wide. In a fraction of a second, what we now call the universe was filled with all the matter necessary to make the sun, the earth, the moon, and of course us. But there’s so much more, because our telescopes only allow us to gaze at a small fraction of the universe, as a matter of fact, nobody knows how wide or deep it is.

The Big Bang itself is shrouded in mystery, in fact many remain suspicious and sceptical about whether a Big Bang occurred at all, despite the fact that scientists broadly agree that the evidence for the ultimate explosion is all around us. Indeed, a cosmologist called Robert Dickie picked up what is thought to be the lingering echo of the biggest bang in history using a highly sensitive space microphone.

But while many aspects of the Big Bang remain a mystery, what about before the Big Bang; was space just a huge empty, timeless vacuum. Or is our universe just the next in line of an unlimited number of universes. What about parallel universes? Did the Big Bang create our universe and an infinite number of parallel universes with their own different laws of fundamental physics, creating not just a universe but a multiverse? Or, perhaps scariest of all, is there some form of superior intelligence that created our universe and life on Earth; think of the Matrix on a bigger scale? Ultimately, this appears a mystery that we’ll never to solve fully, simply because we cannot travel back in time, and while scientists are attempting to recreate the Big Bang explosion, such experiments are fraught with danger, and are probably best avoided.

The Afterlife?

Is this what awaits us when we die, or is it something else, or nothing at all? It's the biggest unsolved mystery of them all.

Is this what awaits us when we die, or is it something else, or nothing at all? It's the biggest unsolved mystery of them all.

1. Is There Such Thing as Life After Death?

Do we retain some sort of consciousness after we die, or do we simply cease to exist, it’s probably among the biggest mysteries of all, if not the biggest. From the animistic beliefs of hunter gatherers and early agricultural tribes to the monotheistic religions that dominate the world today- Christianity, Judaism and Islam to the Hindu belief of reincarnation to the Buddhist nirvana. Virtually every human culture in history has recorded some sort of belief in a force beyond earthly existence, and this force whether it is God, Zeus, Thor and Vishnu has promised some sort of life beyond death.

But are such claims actually true, or merely based on faith? Have we been deluding ourselves for all this time? There are those who claim to have experienced some sort of near death experience, notably in an operating theatre in a hospital. Are such claims actually true, or merely a cruel trick played by the mind? Ultimately this is a mystery beyond our capacity to solve, the only way any of us will get to know the answer is when our time actually comes. I will say from a personal viewpoint that when my time does come, I hope it’s not the end; whatever happens, I just hope to retain some essence of life whether it be here via reincarnation or somewhere else.

The Greatest Unsolved Mystery of Them All?

© 2012 James Kenny

Comments

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 28, 2015:

This was really interesting, James, and also fascinating. Great insight into those unsolved mysteries of all time. Voted up!

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on April 19, 2015:

I once again visited this this hub after a long lapse of time. I found it so interesting that i could not even recall that I had read this hub before. The author has taken great pains in creating a hub like this.

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on February 15, 2015:

Dear JKenny

Thank you very much for an interesting and well researched article

kind regards Peter

Dip Mtra from World Citizen on February 15, 2015:

Great hub. Voted up.

big daddy oreo on January 24, 2015:

To me the biggest mystery is why more white men do not change their skin color to black. Black skin would make the average guy look stronger. Black skin is good for protection. Black skin can help with the ladies.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on September 08, 2014:

Thank you very much :)

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on September 08, 2014:

I was expecting something completely different, and instead I got this amazing science lesson. Very interesting, and very well written.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on September 07, 2014:

Oh cool, thanks. I've never won one before, so it'd be brilliant to win something.

Anna from chichester on September 07, 2014:

Your hubs always fascinate me - I like pondering all the unsolved mysteries such as these even though it's likely we'll never find the answers.

P.s I voted for you in a couple of the fields for the hubbie awards so I hope you get something worthwhile out of it :)

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on February 26, 2014:

I'll have to check that one out :)

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on February 25, 2014:

Interesting that you mention 'before the big bang' because I remember reading a series of books called 'The Neanderthal Parallax' by Robert J Sawyer that profiles an alternate universe where Neanderthals survived and developed advanced technology. Interestingly, their scientists don't subscribe to the big bang theory, and instead state that the universe has always been there. They fault they find with the big bang, is that it implies that something had to create it.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on February 24, 2014:

Yes JKenny, I noticed that, and it certainly is relevant to us as individuals, but what happened before the big bang ~ that is a real mystery :)

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on February 24, 2014:

Thanks very much Trish, well most people seem to be going for life after death, as it's the most relevant to us.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on February 23, 2014:

What a fascinating and thought-provoking topic! :)

It was a toss-up as to which I should vote for; what happened before the big bang or what happens after death.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on January 22, 2014:

Wow, interesting comment. Personally I agree that humans have been genetically engineered, albeit in the form of domestication. I personally believe that our hunter gatherer forebears were far more intelligent than we were. After all they managed to achieve a balance with nature that seems impossible to us now. Thanks for popping by.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on January 22, 2014:

That was a very interesting read. I believe that the Nazca were far more mathematically advanced in order to construct these Giant Geoglyphs than we are even today. The Nazcas were not primitive at all but rather intelligent civil engineers. In my research of my novel Parallel Realities those who came before us had a much greater capacity for intelligence than ourselves. Human being have been genetically engineered. Human beings are different to any other primates in many respects, the most striking being the statistically unique number of extinction level anomalies found in humans and no other species to have ever existed on planet Earth!

You have inspired me to write an article titled: Were human beings genetically engineered?

Thanks for that inspiration

Danida from London on January 12, 2014:

Wow, very interesting hub!

I love love love unsolved mysteries, there's so much room to theorize! I do think that the biggest mystery is whether there is life after death, because we have absolutely no proof on the afterlife, but for every other mystery we have at least a few theories with a little possible proof.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 21, 2013:

Thank you Ziyena...love the name by the way. :)

ziyena from the Somewhere Out There on December 20, 2013:

Love a good mystery. Fun article and voted for ... Life After Death :)

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James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on November 21, 2013:

Thank you very much, glad you liked it!

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 21, 2013:

Very interesting and mind boggling. Your hub title remote me to read the hub and really I find this a wonderful one. Up forthis!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 04, 2013:

Thanks you very much Elias! Glad you liked it.

Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on June 03, 2013:

Great hub, indeed. You do some vital questions that I think will continue to puzzle humans (and scientists) for a long time. They are all great topics to consider.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on May 29, 2013:

Thank you very much. Glad you liked it!

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on May 29, 2013:

A very wonderful, useful, beautiful hub. unfortunately, we have to vote for only one choice!Good research,well organized and beautifully designed content. Congrats!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on April 27, 2013:

Thank you very much klidstone, appreciate you taking the time to drop by.

இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on April 26, 2013:

This is quite the compilation of information you have gathered here. You rounded up such an array of topics that I didn't know which unsolved mystery intrigued me the most. I would have to say the origin of flowers and life after death. Great job.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on April 25, 2013:

I personally think that they could speak almost as well as us, it's just that they lacked the imagination or flexible thinking that we possess. When times get hard, we modified our behaviour rather than adapt to the environment like other animals.

StellaSee from California on April 25, 2013:

I've read that Neanderthal genetics are pretty similar to ours, so I can see why they would have the ability to speak a language too. Interesting article!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on April 04, 2013:

Thank you very much Seanorjohn!

seanorjohn on April 03, 2013:

Very intriguing. I voted for life before big bang. Really surprised at how many votes went to " life after death". Voted up

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on April 02, 2013:

Thank you very much- I agree with you, that's why I put it at number one, because none of us knows for sure.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on April 02, 2013:

Thank you very much TravelinJack!

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on April 01, 2013:

I think life after death is a real good unsolved mystery. Very interesting and fun to read.

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on April 01, 2013:

Love this! Nothing is more exciting than ancient insolvent mysteries. Voted up and liked!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on April 01, 2013:

Thanks very much PJ, that was kind of the angle I was going for. As the very best mysteries involve life and death in the natural world.

PJ Van Galen on March 31, 2013:

Fantastic hub, man! Great research and well organized. I couldn't stop reading. I love how all the mysteries of our world revolve around development and live vs. death. As if nothing else matters than the beginning and the end. So freaking beautiful. Instant follow!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on March 28, 2013:

I know, the amazing thing about the natural world is that it is constantly changing, even though to us it just looks the same. Thank you for popping by.

Keely Mahaffey from Maine on March 28, 2013:

Fabulous hub! There are so many things that we take for granted. Like the flowers for instance ~ I never actually wondered how they came to be. I guess I just assumed they've always been around, which is pretty silly if you think about it. Thanks for the great read!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on March 10, 2013:

Thank you very much for popping by Tammy. Maybe I will, there's plenty of other fascinating mysteries that didn't make it onto this list.

TammyMahan from New York on March 09, 2013:

Great hub! There are so many unsolved mysteries you should write another hub and include some more of them! Great reading. Thanks for sharing. :)

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on March 04, 2013:

Indeed it is Joan! Thank you very much for stopping by!!

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on March 04, 2013:

Hi there, I definitely missed this one! Happily I have now read it and WOW!!! That is a fantastic Hub! Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting, also sharing! Isn't History (or the study of all these unknown episodes) a fantastic adventure?

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on March 04, 2013:

Thank you very much Sue.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on March 03, 2013:

Very well written and presented hub. It kept me interested till the end. Thanks

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on February 24, 2013:

No problem at all ytsenoh, thank you for stopping by. And believe me, I shall certainly carry on writing. Thanks again.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on February 24, 2013:

James, it is very evident you are passionate about your research and writing. Thanks for putting all this information together. It was very well presented and written and organized. I would suggest you keep writing, but it's apparent, you will. Thumbs up.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on January 23, 2013:

Very true, its a mystery that we all eventually solve. Its just that nobody living ever gets to hear about it. Thanks for popping by.

joyislam on January 23, 2013:

Niche post. The Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries of All Time . The ironic thing though is that in a way its one of the easiest mysteries to solve. All you have to do is die, if you somehow retain consciousness, then you know it exists.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on January 09, 2013:

Haha! Oh yes, I forgot about that. Thanks for that Joan. You have a great day too.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on January 09, 2013:

Congrats on the 500+ followers! Have a great day!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on January 09, 2013:

Thank you very much Joan. I appreciate you taking the time to drop by.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on January 09, 2013:

Fantastic read! This is a good collection, all these thought provoking items in one place. I enjoyed it very much, so thank you! Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Also will share! Have a good day!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 28, 2012:

Hi Raci, the meaning of life could well have been counted in this list. Answering it depends on how you think about it. From a purely genetic point of view, its surviving long enough to pass on your genes to the next generation. But being spiritual beings we need more than that. For me, its simply to lead a happy life and treat others in the same way I'd like to be treated. Thanks for stopping by.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on December 28, 2012:

i bet there were many of us who were of the life after death, there was one question our Philosophy Professor posed: if life after death is not real, then what's the purpose of our being?

our goal in this life is to unite with that true purpose and not get lost along the way...

:-)

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 28, 2012:

Haha! Now that is a mystery. One that may never be solved! :) Happy New Year to you too.

Mike Robbers from London on December 28, 2012:

Hello, very interesting and informative hub. I have to admit though that life after death troubles me less than other mysteries like 'what women want' :) Ok, i'm joking! Happy New Year as well!

Voted up and shared.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 28, 2012:

Thank you very much Martie. Yes, well, I'm not surprised that life after death has the most votes. The ironic thing though is that in a way its one of the easiest mysteries to solve. All you have to do is die, if you somehow retain consciousness, then you know it exists.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 28, 2012:

Hi Gypsy, hopefully someday they will. Of course, the biggest mystery of all is one that we all personally solve when we pass on. Thanks for stopping by.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 28, 2012:

Thank you very much Daisy. Hopefully I will.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 27, 2012:

Thank you very much MrAhmad!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 27, 2012:

Superb article about the ten unsolved mysteries of all time, very well presented. Interesting to see that most readers consider life after death to be the most mysterious. Voted up, shared and pinned.

Happy birthday to you, JKenny! (28/12/2012)

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 27, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. One fascinating hub. Enjoyed reading about all these unsolved mysteries. You know things are getting solved now and then perhaps these will too. Passing this on.

MrAhmad from Edmonton, Canada on December 27, 2012:

This is a fabulous hub! I can see that you but a lot of time and effort in to this one. Keep up the good work!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on December 27, 2012:

James,

I came back to read your article again, and to wish you a Happy December 28th Birthday. Have a wonderful day!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 11, 2012:

Well yes, that could be one. But personally I think there is life out there, but whether there is any intelligent life...now that's a mystery!!

Adam on December 11, 2012:

You forgot the craziest one- Is there other life out there besides us?

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 10, 2012:

Thank you Sydwu, while I agree with you that Greece's democracy and China's decline are mysteries, compared to the ones that I featured they seemed insignificant.

Syd from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 10, 2012:

Great Hub, but it's a pity you did not consider mysteries in society and cultures. For example, why did democracy origin from Greece? Why splendid civilization of China declined in the recent 2 hundred years?

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 08, 2012:

Thank you Siri, and thanks for the follow too. Appreciate it!

Siri from Vancouver on December 08, 2012:

This is really awesome - some thought provoking mysteries I didn't even know about! Great hub!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 08, 2012:

Thanks very much Ken. I know what you mean about the sea of nonsense, which is why I always try to write interesting hubs, so you're feedback means a lot.

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on December 08, 2012:

One of the best Hubs yet! In a sea of sameness, nonsense and not-much, this one shines. Well written, informative, fun. Good show JKenny! KenT

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 07, 2012:

Thanks Eliza, very glad you liked it.

Lisa McKnight from London on December 07, 2012:

Interesting hub, it was great to see some mysteries I'd not read about before like Alexander the Great.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 06, 2012:

Thanks Megan. Hope you like them.

Megan from Clearwater, Florida on December 06, 2012:

Yes, I've read a couple so far and will continue to read your hubs.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 06, 2012:

Thanks Megan, if you love history, you'll love most of my hubs, as I'm quite an avid historian myself. If you have the time, feel free to check them out.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 06, 2012:

Thank you Eddy. Hope you had a good day. :)

Eiddwen from Wales on December 06, 2012:

A brilliant hub and thank you so much for sharing.

Eddy.

Megan from Clearwater, Florida on December 05, 2012:

This is definitely one of the best hubs I have read so far. I'm so glad I happened to come across it. History is one of my favorite subjects; so anytime I get to learn something new I take the chance. I also love reading about the theories and the scientific opinions. Thanks for writing a very interesting hub. You have gained a follower.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 05, 2012:

Thank you very much, maybe I should teach, but it would have to be adults, don't think I'd able to handle children hahaha! Thanks again for dropping by, appreciate it.

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on December 05, 2012:

Great hub-I love mysteries and these are certainly some big ones. Great topic idea for an article and I agree with another commenter, perhaps you should be teaching.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 03, 2012:

Thanks Wesman, to be honest I have no idea, there's no violations I know of, so I'm just as perplexed as you are.

Well hopefully some education body will stumble across my page and offer me a job.

As for Alexander's tomb, my best guess is that it was either utterly destroyed by the Romans, or its resting at the bottom of the Mediterranean.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on December 03, 2012:

James you sure are hard at this, and I surely do hope you are making some decent money out of your time spent.

I don't always comment...because I'm a scatter brained miscreant...but I've seen a lot of great hubs from you I've shared but not commented.

I started to read the Mongol hub...then started watching the full length documentary...then something shiny caught my eye...or maybe something went "beep." Truly, it is hard to say.

Which reminds me...I wanted to ask why there were no ads on the Mongul oriented page...but then I'm reminded, it is none of my business...

Anyway...a body could get some really good education from your subdomain here...thanks for helping make the web less stupid....wish I could help.

Regarding Alexander's tomb - what are the best, in your opinion, theories out there?

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 02, 2012:

No problem pinkhawk, thanks for dropping by. :)

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on December 02, 2012:

Thanks Adama, yes you're right, the true meaning of life after death is vague and differs according to whatever faith you follow. Me personally, I'm of the opinion that I'll find out when it happens. Hopefully it'll be something that you and I won't have to deal with for many years.

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on December 02, 2012:

...still a great challenge for the human race. Hope the key to the truth will be discovered one day to understand lots of things better. Thanks for waking me up from boredom, ^_^!

Adama Gidado on December 02, 2012:

This is a great hub. The greatest unsolved mystery that I voted for is life after death. I think almost any other mystery is likely to be solved than this one. Like you mentioned in the hub, almost every faith mentions life after death but no one knows what it really means. I loved the hub overall. Thanks.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on November 20, 2012:

Thank you Kris, very glad you liked it :)

Kris Heeter from Indiana on November 20, 2012:

Very interesting! I always love a good scientific mystery:)

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on November 15, 2012:

Hi keystrokes, yes indeed. Amazing to think that they went to all that effort just in the name of religion and without any draught animals too. It was all human power. Thanks for stopping by.

India Arnold from Northern, California on November 15, 2012:

The Geoglyphs created by the Nazca people fascinate me. A really interesting read, Mr. Kenny. Sharing for sure!

Cheers~

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on October 22, 2012:

Thanks CyberShelley, glad you liked it :)

Shelley Watson on October 22, 2012:

Brilliant, thought provoking hub. Thank you for sharing this engaging information. Up, interesting and useful

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on September 01, 2012:

Hi Richawriter, yes its one of those mysteries that's enough to make your head hurt; that's why I try not to think about them too much hehehe. Thanks for popping by.

Richard J ONeill from Bangkok, Thailand on September 01, 2012:

Bravo, JKenny.

A splendidly written and well presented hub indeed!

I thoroughly enjoyed that fascinating taste of mystery there, along with all those new facts I gleaned from this hub.

Surely, the greatest mystery of all is (This is along the same lines as option number (2) in your voting section) "How did we come to be?" or even deeper - "What created this world of stars and planets?" Ouch ... my head hurts just contemplating it for a few seconds! ha

Good job, my friend!

Peace.

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on August 28, 2012:

That's a pretty good saying whalefeather, thanks for visiting.

whalefeather2 on August 28, 2012:

A good unsolved mystery has inspired a plethora of knowledge!

James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on August 27, 2012:

Thanks Leslie, glad you liked it. Thanks very much for the follow too, really appreciated.

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