We’re all rational, critical thinking beings here. You can probably see hoaxes, lies and conspiracy theories from a mile away, which is great. We live in a time where information gets shared instantaneously via the internet, and that’s both a good and a disastrous thing.
Knowing this, it’s best to keep those skeptical hats on anytime you come across information that seems too good to be true, or too spooky to be nothing but the conjurings of a bored mind.
In spite of this age of misinformation, and growing skepticism from the masses that consume this information, there are actually things that science can’t explain. Whether it’s because the story is old and the records are flimsy, or the evidence is impossible to reduce to something measurable, there are plenty of things out there that can’t be explained by science.
Demonic possessions, strange sounds and lights, creatures and weird brain phenomena—the list of things that science can’t explain is lengthy, but we’ll only cover about 14 of them on this list.
1. Anna Ecklund. It’s hard to trace any concrete records on Anna Ecklund except for a book written by Carl Vogl 80 years ago. Basically, she was one of the first people in America to suffer from a “demonic possession,” as defined by the Catholic Church.
Legend has it that she was cursed by her uncle and aunt. After her first exorcism she started rejecting food, her body became bloated and reports say she could levitate and climb walls. Eventually, she was exorcised, but the mystery of her story remains.
2. The Taos Hum. The people in the small town of Taos, New Mexico reported a humming sound in the desert that’s been bothering them for years.
The weirdest part about this is that only a small percentage of the town hears the hum, and everyone hears something different. Some report humming, others report a buzzing or whirring noise.
3. Bigfoot. Now, before you roll your eyes, read this. For years, eyewitnesses across America have reported seeing this hairy, ungainly beast.
While there’s no physical proof (bones, teeth, hair) of its existence, photographic records and the multiple sightings beg the question: is he just a collective product of the human imagination or something else?
4. Jennifer Groesbeck. NY Daily News reported a heartbreaking and almost unbelievable story. Jennifer and her daughter Lily were trapped in a car after it got submerged underwater.
Lily survived but Jennifer passed away. But when police saw the car in the water, they reported hearing a voice, “clear as day” saying “Help me, we’re in here.”
5. A Sixth Sense. Our gut feeling can manifest itself in a lot of physical ways. From sweating to tingling on your hands and goosebumps, when you feel something’s wrong, you’re usually right.
Scientists can only partly explain this phenomenon of the human mind. They believe our brains pick up information subconsciously, preparing us for danger before we know it’s there. But this is hard to prove, hence the mystery.
6. Arne Cheyenne Johnson. Known as one of the first cases of “The Devil Made Me Do It,” Johnson was tried and convicted for the murder of his landlord, Alan Bono.
His case is remarkable because it’s the only known case in American history where a team of lawyers—as well as his family and friends—used the defense that demonic possession made him kill.
7. The Ouija Board Curse. The Daily Mail reported a similar case to Johnson’s, this time involving two teens from Texas. A 14-year-old teenager told the police that a Ouija board made him stab his friend.
While authorities believe that the boy used the Ouija board as an excuse to rationalize the stabbing, they still believe that the case was “eerie” in nature.
8. Maurice Theriault. Theriault’s story was documented in the Canadian show, Northern Mysteries. While living in New England, Theriault lived a harsh and abusive life and sought refuge in the “dark arts” and satanism.
After noticing pools of blood appearing in his house and on Theriault, as well as his unusual strength and ability to be in two places at once, his friends called a priest to carry an exorcism.
9. The Cadborosaurus. Nicknamed, caddy, the sightings of this creature extend across the Pacific Coast of North America. In 1937, whalers found a carcass of what they believed was a caddy in the belly of a whale.
Samples of the creature were sent to the BC Provincial Museum, where scientists were unable to fully determine what it was.
10. The Great Amherst Mystery. Believed to be the scariest and most violent poltergeist recorded in history, this force of the supernatural has perplexed scientists and rational minds ever since it was first sighted.
Investigator Walter Hubbell reported fires, flying objects, and strange sounds at the estate. He also saw sharp objects and needles make their way onto Esther Cox, the woman haunted by the poltergeist.
11. The Hutchison Effect. While attempting to recreate the experiments of Nikola Tesla, John Hutchison reported witnessing phenomena that manifested itself through metals.
Metal objects floated, merged with other metals, and changed temperature very quickly. He was unable to replicate the experiment after the first time and claimed the government was stopping him from providing concrete proof of his findings.
12. Near-death experiences. The accounts by people who were clinically dead and then came back are common, but why do so many of them seem almost exactly the same?
Scientists and skeptics alike believe that these are hallucinations created by the brain as it dies. Still, it doesn’t explain why so many people see a tunnel and a light at the end of it.
13. The Hessdalen Lights. In Norway, a set of dancing lights flashing in different colors continues to stump scientists to this day.
The lights have been documented in multiple videos and shared widely on the internet. The best theory right now, which prompted some tests in the region, is that the valley is heavy with radioactive activity.
14. The Rendlesham Forest incident. In December 1980, just outside a U.S. air force base located in Suffolk, England, witnesses reported unexplained lights in the area.
USAF personnel investigated the area and found strange phenomena occurring in the area including frenzied animals, and a metallic object equipped with blinding lights.