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Mysterious Places

1. Easter Island

Off the coast of Chile, Easter Island doesn't boast any stories of people disappearing or black magic. One of the theories is that a civilization has lived here long time ago, but the people ate everything on the island and either moved somewhere else or were exterminated. It is, however, the home of these wicked warrior statues, some up to 50 feet high. The real question about this island is who carved them and how they got there. What mysterious force do you think made them appear? I guess the only thing to do is to go ask one of the 200 native people living on the island. My bet, though, is that communicating with them might prove fruitless considering there is virtually no knowledge of who they are originally.

2. Santa Cruz

Known for its many optical illusions, this cabin is an oddity like no other. Many a visitor has tried to channel their inner-most mad physicist to figure out why the cabin, seemingly on flat, level ground, will have you tipping over every which way. One simply can't stand straight.California, famous because of its disrespect to the laws of physics and gravity. The odd cabin, although seems like lying on flat ground, makes those who enter inside swinging all the time. The most probable theory that tries to explain this says that it’s all about “tilt-induced visual illusion. The illusion experienced by visitors results from the oddly tilted environment as well as standing on a tilted floor. Inside the tilted room of the Mystery Spot misperceptions of the height and orientation of objects occur. Even when people are standing outside on a level ground, the slant of the building in the background causes misperceptions as we judge the height of people using the slant of the roof rather than the true horizon.”

3.The Bermuda Triangle

This part of the world is so mysterious (or large!) there aren't even any photos of it! This giant sea triangle off the coast of Florida has played host to countless ship and plane disappearances over the centuries. Sounds fishy to me... undersea Sirens a la The Odyssey perhaps? Accounts ranging from natural disasters, to conspiracy theories, to abductions have been used to explain the region's fateful history.

4. Racetrack Playa

Racetrack Playa in California is well known due to its sailing stones. No one knows how, but the stones there somehow manage to move from their original position, leaving a track behind them. The reasons are still unknown and are subject of research. It is supposed that the winds in the valley are “responsible” for this.

5. Mount Roraima

 Mount Roraima is located on the triple border point between Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. It is weird because of its shape, but is also mysterious because of the clouds that are always near the peak and the endemic fauna. The tabletop of the mountain, which is the peak actually, is considered as one of the world’s oldest geological formations. It is believed that the plateau was formed by water and winds, but the reason why some species can’t be found anywhere else remain mystery.


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