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Ben’s world of the unexplained

OK, mini guessing game- what is an ABC?

Give up? Well, maybe that was a bit mean. The ABC I’m thinking of is not the soup with pork ribs, carrots and potatoes in Asian cooking – it is the Alien Big Cat sort.

That’s right, there are aliens in the world! Well, maybe it’s that or some illegally kept big cats like panthers, pumas, tigers and lions have escaped and are running wild in the woods. The most well known one is probably the Beast of Bodmin.

So THAT’s explanied. But there are puzzling cases that science has not been able to solve. Like the moving rocks of Death Valley. These are rocks from pebbles to huge boulders that actually MOVE. The puzzling thing is no one’s seen them move, but yet there is evidence of rocks being moved by the trails left behind them. There are other mysteries that have puzzled scientists for years.

One very interesting case is a medieval mystery where two children wearing clothes nobody knew of and speaking an unknown language emerged from the woods. They refused to eat food except green beans and their skin colour was also bright green. One of them died but the other lost her green colour, learned to speak English and ate normal food. She then married and had children and there are probably her descendants in Woolpit where they were found. There is no proof that this is real but several medieval chroniclers have written about the event and it was probably a real incident. However, different chroniclers have interpreted it differently.

There are also mysteries surrounding the Mona Lisa. Some people think that her face is actually Leonardo da Vinchi’s face and others compare it to another painting with the same face. Also, people have noticed that the background does not match on both sides of the Mona Lisa herself.

What other mysteries do you know of? Do you think you can solve any of them?

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About Ben Williams

I'm 16 years old. I like animals, lasagne, comic books, films, role-playing games and Doctor Who. I write cool stuff - Doctor Who, science fiction, film reviews, and quirks about Britain. I have a blue-tongued skink called Georgy and a cat called Billy.

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  1. As it happens, Ben, I have read a lot about so called feral children such as those you describe here. Potentially such cases could tell us a lot about how humans develop. Perhaps the most interesting issue is that of language. Some cases seem to show that if a child has not been exposed to language for the first years of its life it will never develop it. This concept of a critical period in development is most interesting and has important implications for parenthood and schooling.


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