Experts spoke about well-known mystical phenomena that have long had a simple scientific explanation. Many myths and misconceptions have been refuted, but there are still those who believe in them.
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For example, not so long ago, the Web was full of references to “living stones” in Death Valley, California. They are able to travel a distance of about 450 m and more without any outside influence. Some believed that “extraterrestrial” civilizations were to blame. However, back in 2011, it was established that the responsibility for what is happening is behind the glaciers that form against the background of winter showers. Due to them, the sliding of stones is ensured, not the last role for the wind.
Another contested mystery is the strange symmetrical crop circles around the world. In 1991, friends Doug Bauer and Dave Chorley frankly said that it was they who “painted” them all over England, and preferred to act at night. Other similar formations, scientists are sure, are also the work of human hands.
In the late 90s, the writer Lloyd Pye revealed to the public a deformed skull, allegedly consisting of organic materials unknown to science. He called it the remains of a “star child” born of an inhabitant of the Earth and an alien. The study carried out by scientists also indicates that this is the skull of a child about 5 years old, suffering from congenital hydrocephalus. This was confirmed by DNA analysis.
The Bermuda Triangle scares many, including thanks to the cinema, ships and planes often disappear there. Against this background, various versions arose, up to sea monsters. However, detailed analysis showed that many of the disappearances took place outside the Bermuda Triangle. Directly in this zone, the number of disappearances and crashes does not exceed the average.
For decades, society has discussed the wandering lights that appear over the swamps at night. It was believed that if you see him, you can expect something bad. Science has found out that myths and legends of the past describe swamp gas. Organic matter that has entered the reservoir passes through decomposition without the participation of air. Against this background, a mixture is formed, including methane, phosphines, CO2 and nitrogen. Bursting out, it is capable of igniting.
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In 1997, in one of the parts of the Pacific Ocean, a strange sound spreading at low frequencies was recorded, called the bloop. The noise resembled the mating call of a whale, a version arose that it was emitted by an unknown sea creature. Later it was concluded that in fact the sound comes from an iceberg that broke away from a glacier.
For many years, the story of the Flying Dutchman has caught up with fear in sailors. The ghost ship allegedly appeared during a storm and was a bad sign. Scientists are convinced that in fact, an optical illusion, also known as fata morgana, appeared in front of the eye.
The Loch Ness monster was first mentioned in history as early as the 6th century AD. Rumors flared up with renewed vigor in the 1930s, and in 2012 a significant part of the Scots believed that the monster was real. In 2019, experts conducted a study and came to the conclusion that people could mistake an eel for a monster, capable of reaching up to 2 meters in length and weighing under 60 kg.
For many years, the inhabitants of the Himalayas did not doubt the existence of the Yeti. There are numerous mentions of him, but there was no real evidence. Employees at the University of Buffalo in 2016 examined samples of bones, skin and excrement allegedly belonging to this bipedal creature. As a result, they mainly belonged to the Himalayan brown and black bears, reports Life.