Posted on 21 June 2011.
It is always interesting to find about our history. In the past there have been many civilizations that were constructed, that thrived well and later were destructed into ruins. Learning about these civilizations gives us an insight into their way of living, their culture, their architecture, their art and their technological inventions. These civilizations have been mysteries, clues to which are found in the form of ruins throughout the world. They have risen to glory and fallen. It is fascinating to discover these ruins and to learn about their glorious pasts. Given below are the top 10 ancient civilizations along with the mysteries that surround them.
1. Egyptian Treasures in the Grand Canyon
This is regarding many artifacts found in the Grand Canyon which was publicized by the Arizona Gazette in 1909. The truth behind this story is yet to be established, moreover since the site of the excavation was never found again. However some experts did give the article a certain amount of credibility because of the mention of the Smithsonian Institution which had financed the expedition.
2. Location of Atlantis
A very famous island is the Atlantis. It was described by Plato but its location was not mentioned clearly. There is a lot of confusion regarding its exact location. For many the island does not exist at all and others who thought it existed have searched for clues, but to no purpose. There are many places considered as locations of Atlantis like the Bermuda, Antarctica, Mexico, etc. These theories will continue till actual evidences are found.
3. Voyages to Americas
Everyone knows that Colombus discovered America. However the truth is that there have been people visiting this island even before Colombus. Evidence shows that the island had been inhabitated by the natives and has been explored by explorers, much before Colombus set his foot on the American soil. Artifacts, pottery, coins and statues have been found that prove the above mentioned facts. Egyptians, Asians, Hebrews, all have explored the American soil at some time or the other.
4. Mu or Lemuria
This place is a legend. Better known as the lost world, it was considered located in the Pacific Ocean. It was considered to be a beautiful island almost equal to paradise. It is rumored that the island along with its people sank in the ocean some thousands of years ago. Of course, it is still being debated whether such an island did exist at all.
5. Sunken City off Cuba
In the year 2001, ruins were discovered below the ocean waters off Cuba. The ruins were placed in proper patterns which were too good for nature to have placed them. There has been a good deal of investigations happening to find out what are the ruins all about. Is it really a sunken city? Only timely evidence can prove that.
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Posted on 21 November 2010.
Mystery books, especially detective series have always been very popular. There is a great deal of pleasure in reading about a “whodunit “and attempting to solve the mystery before the main characters manage to solve it. The intricacies of the story, the characterizations and smart deduction processes all contribute towards making a great book.
Here is a list of our favourite detectives in fiction. We have been enthralled by them and their thinking and logic and by the proficiency of the authors.
1. Sherlock Holmes:
Probably the world’s most famous detective, Arthur Conan Doyle created a character who became renowned for his perceptive reasoning abilities and for his ability to disguise himself effortlessly. Watson, his friend and assistant became the world’s best known sidekick. Sherlock Holmes set the benchmark for all the fictional detectives who followed later. And in my honest opinion, there is none greater than this master of detection.
2. Hercules Poirot:
A detective with a head shaped like an egg, with a bad English accent and all the French foibles you can think of, only Agatha Christie could have imagined and created a character like him. He is not your physical, hard working kind of detective; he is the thinking man’s detective with great intelligence and an even greater ego.
3. Inspector Maigret:
A genuine police detective, Inspector Maigret was more down-to-earth and natural than any other detective. He was like all of us, he had his good and bad days, he was older and more mature, and somehow he did not awe us with his superior intelligence. Created by Georges Simenon, he was the central character in about seventy-five novels and many short stories.
4. Nero Wolfe:
Only Rex Stout could have given us a detective who is not only fat and indulgent, but will also not step out of his residence in New York unless forced to do so. Called the Falstaff of detectives, he is described by his friend and narrator of the stories, Archie Goodwin as weighing “one-seventh of a ton”. Nero Wolfe however manages to solve all the cases which are under his purview without indulging in too much physical activity.
5. Ellery Queen:
Airtight plots and a well etched character are the distinguishing characteristics of an Ellery Queen novel. Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee created a persona of a detective whose name was also used as a pseudonym for the authors. A Harvard alumni, he is quite uppity, and solves crimes because he finds it stimulating. Seven decade4s later his books are still popular among mystery novel aficionados.
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Posted on 22 October 2010.
Mystery books have always held a fascination for the reading public. They fall into many sub-categories such as murder, legal, police procedural and many others. But wherever there is a question of whodunit and good story behind it, you can be sure that the book will be devoured by the mystery book fans.
Here is a list of the best-selling mystery writers of all times. You may not feel that they are the best writers, but their popularity is unmistakable and for some, even posthumously their books continue to entice readers.
1. Georges Simenon:
The creator of Inspector Maigret was a prolific writer and wrote over 500 books. He is considered to be the forerunner of the police detective genre of books. His books followed the simple formula of murder, investigations, clues and the arrest of the murderer. Simply written and set in Paris, the books have remained ever popular, even 80 years after the first book was published.
2. Agatha Christie:
The Guiness Book of Records lists her as the bestselling book writer of all times, with over four billion copies of her books having been published worldwide. Her mystery novels were never too long,. The stories were superb and the characterization of her detectives such Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple was very well done. She wrote about 80 detective novels, and some plays and also some romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.
3. Arthur Conan Doyle:
Sherlock Holmes’s deductive and reasoning abilities have astonished readers for many decades. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave us a series of mysteries which have enchanted and confounded us. He also wrote science fiction book, plays, poetry, non-fiction books and some historical novels, but he is best remembered for his series of books with Holmes as their central character, accompanied by Watson.
4. Ellery Queen:
The first book written by two friends under this pseudonym was released in 1934, and over eight decades later his books are still very popular. They have instituted a much coveted mystery writer’s award in his name. The books are excellent whodunit mysteries and they are very elegantly crafted and intellectually challenging.
5. Erle Stanley Gardner:
He sold over 100 million books, and his lawyer Perry mason became the bane of most practising lawyers in the US. Every litigant began to expect his lawyer to eventually solve all crimes and find the right killer. Clever legal systems, fast action and good mystery stories are what marked this prolific and best selling writer.
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Posted on 12 October 2010.
There are certain people who disappeared without a trace and till date, officials have not been able to figure out where they went. The following are the top 10:
1. Joseph Crater
Joseph Crater disappeared in 1930 when he was on a vacation in Maine. He got a phone call from a stranger and told his wife that he had to return to New York City immediately. He was leaving a restaurant with his friends and mistress and got into a taxi alone. He disappeared after that and his mistress vanished a month later.
2. Richard John Bingham
Lady Lucan was covered in her own blood when she ran into a pub screaming about how her husband had tried to murder her. The police searched the Lucan house and found the nanny lying dead along side a bloodstained pipe. Lord Lucan said that he was in the house when the woman was attacked. He disappeared a few days later and a similar pope was found in his bloodstained car.
3. Dorothy Arnold
A wealthy woman named Dorothy Arnold was shopping for a dress in 1910 in New York when she disappeared. Her family feels that she may have eloped with her boyfriend but the man knew nothing about it.
4. Benjamin Briggs
This man was the captain of a ship found in the Atlantic Ocean. The Mary Celeste was abandoned and its crew members, Briggs, his children and his wife were all missing. This disappearance is among the most famous historical mysteries.
5. Etta Place
Etta Place was Harry Longabaugh’s girlfriend- the notorious man who was also known as The Sundance Kid. People around her were never sure what her real name was as she changed it often. She was a prostitute and the first female landowner in Argentina. Etta Place disappeared after procuring her boyfriend’s death certificate. She did this to settle the problems surrounding the property he owned.
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Posted on 21 July 2010.
History would not be as interesting if it was not laced with mysterious and impressive people. Let us look at the 10 most prominent out of the lot.
1. Monsieur Chouchani
Monsieur Chouchani was a Jewish teacher and this was his nickname. Mysteriously enough, his life history was never revealed- neither by him nor his family members. The text on his gravestone was written out by Elie Wiesel-one of his students. His body of work is not known either but the legacy that he has left behind is extremely intellectual.
2. The Poe Toaster
This is again a nickname given to that man who took it upon himself to visit Poe’s grave year after year. He started this tradition in 1949 and visited the cemetery on Poe’s birthday as soon as the sun rose. His face was covered and he wore only black clothes.
3. Babushka Lady
When professionals were going through the footage they had collected on John F. Kennedy’s assassination, they found an unknown woman lurking in the shadows with a camera in front of her face. When the FBI asked her to hand over the footage publicly, she refused outright. She was referred to as the Babushka Lady because she adorned a ‘babushka’ which is a head scarf worn by grandmothers.
4. Kaspar Hauser
In 1828, a young boy was seen roaming the streets of Germany with a letter in his hand. The parchment was addressed to a 6th cavalry regiment’s captain and the letter said that the boy ‘belonged’ to him and that he had never let him step out of house during his lifetime. Hauser went on to say that he had spent most of his life in a small cell with one toy and a bed of straw.
Fulcanelle is an author’s pseudonym whose true identity has not been revealed till date. It is believed that this man had great knowledge about nuclear weapons and that the German intelligent unit had contacted him.
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Posted on 26 August 2009.
Most people put mysteries and thrillers into the same category or genre of films. A mystery has a suspense aspect to it – who killed whom, who is planning to kill whom and who are the usual suspects. The mystery films are just a small section of the thriller genre – and here are ten of the best whodunit films.
1. Laura – 1944
The classic whodunit of all times, the film, directed by Otto Preminger , has more twists and turns than any spiral staircase. Gene Tierney acts as the beautiful Laura, who everyone loves, including the detective Dana Andrews. A slick murder mystery, it is one of the best.
2. Rear Window – 1954
An Alfred Hitchcock classic, James Stewart plays a journalist, stuck at home due to a broken bone, spending his time spying on his neighbours. Anyone else but Hitchcock would have spoilt this film, but he manages to raise it to a flawless mystery level.
3. The Third Man – 1949
A genuine classic, this British film stars Orson Welles in one of his finest roles, as the seductive villain. Very fine acting, an extraordinary story and excellent direction made this into a timeless movie.
4. Maltese Falcon – 1941
An outstanding mystery, Humphrey Bogart is the irascible Sam Spade, a hard drinking private eye. Considered by many to be the best private eye film ever made, it is based on Dasheill Hammett’s 1930 book.
5. North by Northwest – 1959
Cary Grant in one of his finest roles, as an advertising executive mistaken for a spy, this film was one of Hitchcock’s most entertaining films. A fabulous plot it is a roller coaster ride through most of the film as we follow him and Eva Marie Saint through their travails. And of course the unforgettable scene of Cary Grant on an empty road being chased a small plane.
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