Are you brave enough to visit any of these spots?
We like to think that one day we will understand everything about our planet — but there are still many unsolved mysteries, some decades long, that have not been unraveled. Maybe they never will.
Devil’s Kettle, Minnesota
The Devil's Kettle at Judge C. R. Magney State Park in Minnesota. Photo credit: Chris857/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Photo has been cropped.
Devil’s Kettle is a strange geological anomaly — a double waterfall. One part of the waterfall flows into the river, and the other side falls into a deep hole into the Earth, but no one has any idea where it drains. Over the years, researchers have tossed several items into the hole including ping pong balls and dye; however, there has been no sign of these items anywhere. Some believe it could lead to a massive subterranean river, or that it empties into a million-year-old lava tube that empties under Lake Superior, although no lava tubes have ever been found in the surrounding regions.
Aokigahara “Suicide” Forest, Japan
Aokigahara photographed in 2012. Photo credit: Jordy Meow/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Aokigahara forest has been named “the perfect place to die.” On average, 50 – 100 people commit suicide in the forest each year. Many people believe that the suicides are encouraged by the trees in the forest that generate paranormal activity and prevent people who enter from leaving. Compasses also do not work in the forest due to the soil composition of rich volcanic deposits of magnetic iron. The bodies are removed from the forest a few times a year, and it is believed that if the corpses are left in the forest, it will bring bad luck to the ghosts of the suicide victims, causing them to scream throughout the night.
Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania
The Hoia Baciu forest has been named the most haunted forest in the world and is known by locals as the “Bermuda Triangle of Romania.” The forest covers 250 hectares and was named after a shepherd that disappeared in the area with a flock of 200 sheep. The forest is known for its supposed paranormal activity and unexplained events including disappearances, ghost sightings, unexplained faces appearing in photos, orbs of light, voices, and giggling. Visitors also report feelings of anxiety and being watched, along with physical harm including scratches, burns, and migraines.
Seven Giants of the Urals, Russia
The Manpupuner Rock Formation, also known as the Seven Strong Men. Photo credit: Kasimys/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
There is a flat plateau in the Komi Republic in Russia, which has seven giant pillars of rock, known as the Seven Strong Men. These formations stand 98 – 121 feet high, and some believe that they are the remains of seven Semoyed giants that were forced to march through the Urals and froze on the spot. Geologists are still not sure what caused these massive pillars to form, however, some think they are buttes caused by erosion while others believe them to be volcanic plugs.
Dering Woods, United Kingdom
Dering Woods in Pluckley, Kent. Photo credit: Tim Sheerman-Chase/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Dering woods, also known as the screaming woods, can be found in Kent, United Kingdom. It is the most haunted forest in Britain. Visitors to the woods report hearing screams, footsteps, whispers, and black shadows following them. It is believed these hauntings are the result of a massacre that occurred on November 1, 1948, where 20 people, 11 of them children, were found dead in the forest. Residents reported seeing strange lights coming from the forest on the night of Halloween, and autopsies of the bodies could not find a cause of the deaths.
Huashan Mysterious Grottos, China
Portions of the main rock painting of the Rock Paintings of Hua Mountain. Photo credit: Rofmueller/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
The Huashan caves were accidentally discovered by a farmer, and have since gathered a lot of attention on how they were built. The caves date back 1,700 years, and each of the 36 caves contains rock carvings, neatly chiseled walls and roofs, large stone pillars and stairs. Strangely, there is no mention of these caves in any ancient Chinese texts, and scientists are perplexed as to how and why these could have been built so long ago. Some have suggested that these caves were used for mining, however that would not explain the smooth chiseled stone.
Manchac Swamp, Louisiana
The Manchac Swamp is rumored to be home to the Rougarou — the Cajun Werewolf. Surprisingly, even worse than the Rougarou is the haunting by voodoo priestess Julie White. Julie was able to predict destructing events, and on the day she died she was heard singing, “One day I’m going to die, and I’m gonna take all of you with me.” The day she was buried, a hurricane destroyed three of the villages within Manchac and killed hundreds of people. People have reported hearing loud screams in the swamp as well as singing, presumed to be the voice of Julie White.