Ten Things We Just Can’t Stop Looking For

Ten Things We Just Can’t Stop Looking For

Big Foot
Whether he’s named Big Foot, Yeti or Sasquatch; everybody has heard of the large, ape-like creature who’s gigantic footprints show up every now and then. Although the stories are frowned upon by most scientists, recently an international team of ‘yetiologists’ claimed there’s proof the legendary creature exists. During an expedition in Siberia, they found some hairs which allegedly were Big Foot’s. DNA research proved the hairs to be identical to ones that belonged to a Californian yeti, another from the Russian Urals and a third from the Leningrad region. “I state that the possibility the yeti exists exceeds 95 per cent, says Professor Valentin Sapunov, who discovered the hairs. “I had long ceased to doubt the Bigfoot is real – this is why I have been trying to collect as much information about him as possible for the last 20 years.”

Loch Ness Monster
Reports about this Lake Monster, or Nessie, as ‘she’ is lovingly dubbed, have been around since 1933. Nessie allegedly lives in the Scottish lake Loch Ness and is proposed to be a plesiosaur, a prehistoric animal that spanned up to ten meters in length. Until now, her existence has not yet been proven. In 2003, a team working for the BBC set up a large-scale search for the monster, using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology. “We went from shoreline to shoreline, top to bottom on this one, we have covered everything in this loch and we saw no signs of any large living animal in the loch,” said Ian Florence, one of the specialists. So how come Nessie is ‘seen’ by so many people? Most scientists believe this is caused by a combination of hoaxes (people creating fake images of Nessie) and wishful thinking: people seeing want they want to see.

“The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race.” Last month, The White House published this response to two petitions asking the US government to formally acknowledge that aliens have visited Earth. Despite this denial of alien existence, stories about abductions and UFO’s keep popping up. And yes, many prominent scientists do consider extraterrestrial life –everything in the range from bacteria-like organisms to advanced human-like beings- to be plausible. When it comes to the question of why aliens would harm us, one theory is related to the human causes of global warming. According to a paper written by researchers with NASA, due to mankind’s polluting behaviour, aliens would fear that the human race could expand its civilisation and become destructive to the rest of the galaxy.

“G-spot does not exist.” “G-spot located, scientists say.” “Ladies, call of the search.” These are just a few recent headlines concerning the elusive erogenous spot. The G-spot, a little spot inside the vagina that allegedly causes women to experience intense orgasms and even ejaculation, has been under scrutiny for ages. Some scientists say that the G-Spot is an extension of the clitoris, while others claim it’s part of the ‘female prostate.’ A 2009 British study concluded that its existence is unproven and subjective. Still, many women believe themselves to have one. In the end women shouldn’t worry about it too much, sexual psychologists say. “Some women will have a certain area within the vagina which will be very sensitive, and some won’t — but they won’t necessarily be in the area called the G-Spot,” says expert Petra Boynton. “Telling women to find their G-spot is like saying there is one single, best way to have sex, which isn’t the right thing to do.”

Fish falls
In the summer of 2000, Ethiopian farmers couldn’t believe their eyes when fish started falling from the sky. A local newspaper reported: “The unusual rain of fish, which dropped in millions from the air – some dead and others still struggling – created panic among the mostly religious farmers.” It sounds pretty unusual, but is in fact just one of countless case studies of fish, frogs, – even alligator -rain, that have been catalogued over the centuries. Because these incidents are rare and unpredictable, studying the phenomenon is practically impossible. However, weather experts believe that the freak showers are caused by specific weather conditions – powerful updrafts generated during thunderstorms which form mini-tornadoes, which can suck up and carry away debris in their path. If the storm brews out at sea, or crosses a river, the tornado can scoop up water and small fish swimming close to the surface.

Secret tunnels
Hidden chambers, secret passages and underground tunnels: we can’t seem to get enough of them. Specifically in Anglo-Saxon Europe, legends about ley tunnels – passages that physically link prominent places such as medieval castles and churches – are omnipresent.

Unfortunately, most of these tunnels do not exist. Bruce Walker, an expert on Scottish vernicular architecture, has suggested these legends might have been created in relation to so-called ice-houses, ‘chambers’ in which ice was stored until summer. They exist all over Scotland. Since their entrances are often found in ha-ha walls, open fields and basements, people falsely expect them to be part of an underground tunnel. However, new passages are still being discovered: in 2003 a secret passageway was found in the French monastery Mont Sainte-Odile. The tunnel leads into the private library and was probably built so that senior monks could eavesdrop on the younger ones inside.

It’s Plato’s fault, really. 360 years B.C., the great thinker wrote about the beautiful, advanced city Atlantis, that ‘in a single day and night of misfortune, disappeared into the depths of the sea.’ According to Plato, the ancient capital of Atlantis consisted of concentric circles separated by canals and had a total diameter of 22,5 km. On the central island there were the sports grounds, the royal palace and a temple dedicated to the sea god Poseidon. Beautiful as it sounds, almost 2400 years later, we still haven’t found it. Or have we? In March, an American research team believed to have located the lost city in mud flats in southern Spain. According to head researcher Richard Freund, a tsunami was responsible for the destruction of Atlantis. Further excavations are planned at the site where he believes Atlantis is located, and at the mysterious ‘cities’ in central Spain 150 miles away, to more closely study geological formations and to date artifacts.

Bermuda Triangle
Over the past 100 years, the Bermuda Triangle –a triangular area bound roughly by Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico – has seen what some say is a significant and inordinately high number of unexplained disappearances of planes, ships and people. Although the U.S. Coast Guard maintains that the area does not have an unusual number of incidents, the reported disappearances definitely speak to the imagination. Scientifically, a few theories have been proposed as an explanation – varying from methane-releasing underground volcanoes to compass problems because of local magnetic anomalies that would exist in the area. Weather has also been described as possibly playing a role in the legend which would account for destroying not only water vessels but also aircraft. Hurricanes are capable of producing the power needed to sink a ship and their sheer wind velocity could bring down a small aircraft.

Anouk Vleugels

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