Siberia's Mysterious Hole

Written By Tripzibit on Jul 22, 2014 | 06:52

Recently on July 2014, a mysterious giant hole with diameter approximately up to 60 metres wide while its depth around up to 70 metres was discovered by a helicopter pilot in the Yamal peninsula tundra, part of Russia, northern Siberia where its name translates as 'the end of the world'. Since its discovery, several theories of what it caused has been proposed from a sinkhole, a meteorite, aliens/UFO, a stray missile, methane explosion related to gas drilling, and global warming.

A group of Russian scientists have been dispatched to investigate the crater but University of New South Wales polar scientist Dr Chris Fogwill says it’s likely to be a geological phenomenon called a pingo. He said that it's obvious from the images he had seen it looks like a periglacial feature, perhaps a collapsed pingo. According to wikipedia, a pingo (hydrolaccolith), is a mound of earth-covered ice found in the Arctic and subarctic that can reach up to 70 metres in height and up to 600 m in diameter. The ice can eventually push through the earth and when it melts away it leaves an exposed crater. The term was first borrowed by the Arctic botanist Alf Erling Porsild in 1938, which originated from the Inuvialuktun word for a small hill.

The Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia

The Siberian hole appeared about 30 kilometres from Yamal's biggest gas field, Bovanenkovo, fuelling speculation there had been some sort of underground explosion. That theory is supported by the fact the earth appears to have been push up from underground.

A theory proposed by Anna Kurchatova from the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre, she thinks the crater was formed by a water, salt and gas mixture igniting an underground explosion, the result of global warming. She suggested that global warming causing an 'alarming' melt in the under soil ice which released gas and then causing an effect like the popping of a Champagne bottle cork.

Andrey Plekhanov from Scientific Research Center of the Arctic told The Siberian Times that there was no traces of anthropogenic impact near the crater, just as there was no traces of human presence, except for very few sledge traces and of course reindeer traces and if it was a man-made disaster linked by gas pumping, it would have happened closer to the gas fields. However it's unlikely was caused by the gas explosion because the gas field is 30 km away from the crater.

He said i'ts more likely was formed due to rising temperatures. One theory is that a chunk of ice that is located underground that created a hole in the ground when it melted. Around 80 percent of the crater appeared to be made up of ice and that there were no traces of an explosion. This discovery eliminates the possibility that a meteorite had struck the region though such things have been common in Russia recently, also ruling out gas explosion and extra-terrestrial intervention.

He said that even though he has been to Yamal many times, he never seen anything like this. The crater is different from others on Yamal.

The experts say the phenomenon maybe a restarting of a process not seen for 8,000 years when the lake-pocked Yamal landscape was formed on what was once a sea.

Since the structure is so fragile, the scientists could not climb deep into the lake and had to send a camera down instead. Scientists reported from recent expedition revealed that the crater has an icy lake at its bottom, and water is cascading down its walls. The best theory for now is that the crater was formed by internal - not external forces.

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The Unsolved Case of Isdal Woman

Written By Tripzibit on Jul 18, 2014 | 07:14

Isdal Woman is a nickname given to an unidentified charred, naked woman's body which was found on 29 November 1970 by a university professor and his two daughters while out hiking in the middle of the Isdalen Valley also known as Death Valley in Bergen, Norway. Unsolved Case of Isdal Woman is considered one of Norway's most profound mysteries since 1970. Over the years the case has been the subject of intense speculation regarding the identity of the victim and the cause of her death.

At the crime scene, next to her naked body there were an empty quart bottle of liqueur, a dozen pink sleeping pills, two plastic bottles of gasoline and a packed lunch. She had died from a combination of burns and carbon monoxide poisoning. Her neck bore a bruise, possibly the result of a blow. According to the investigators her fingerprints had been sanded away, and after the autopsy
showed traces of at least 50 sleeping pills in her body and her dental records returned no matches.
Later the local investigators discovered another clues when two of her suitcases were found in a safety deposit box at a train station in Bergen, but all of the clothing packed inside had been stripped of their labels. They also discovered several fake passports adorned with entrance stamps from Moscow, a prescription for lotion - though the name and address of the doctor had been peeled off, 500 deutschemarks sewn into the lining of one of the bags, and she also apparently wore a collection of wigs and wrote notes to herself in code.

Based on the fake passports, the police found out that the Isdal Woman travelled around Europe with several false identities: Alexia Zarna-Merchez, Claudia Nielsen, Claudia Tjelt, Elizabeth Leen Hoywfer, Finella Lorck, Jenevive Lancia, Vera Jarle, and Vera Schlosseneck.

Furthermore, over 100 eyewitnesses all claimed to have seen her several days before her death. Based on eyewitnesses' general description, she looked like an attractive foreign lady in her 30s or 40s, 164cm in height. They also said she would wear various wigs and spoke many languages including French, German, English and Flemish.

Isdal Woman
During her stay in various hotels around Norway, she used a handful of different names, all fake, and before she died, she met an Italian photographer (who had previously been questioned in an unrelated rape case) who had given the woman a lift and had dinner at Hotel Alexandra in Loen. He said the woman told him that she was an antiques collector from South Africa on a sightseeing trip, but he couldn't remember any useful details.

The final sight of The Isdal Woman was when she checked out of room 407 of Hotel Marlin, paying cash. She smoked cigarettes, appeared to be on guard and was heard saying the words "Ich komme bald" ("I am coming soon" in Germany) and leaving in a taxi. 

Three decades later, a man came forward saying he saw the mysterious woman walking into the forest in evening wear with two large men in black coats following her five days before the discovery of the woman's body. He said police had told him to keep quiet at the time. Her body was discovered a few days later, burned to a cinder, laced with alcohol and sleeping pills, and with evidence of blunt force trauma on the back of her neck.

The police were so baffled by every single facet of the case that they literally gave up, ruling the Isdal Woman's death a suicide. The case remains unsolved to this day, with most assuming that the Isdal Woman was a spy.


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The Riddle of Samuel Wilberforce

Written By Tripzibit on Jul 15, 2014 | 10:41

Samuel Wilberforce also known as "Soapy Sam" was born at Clapham Common, London in 7 September 1805 and died in 19 July 1873. He was an English bishop in the Church of England. The "Soapy Sam" nickname was coined by Benjamin Disraeli because the bishop's  manner was "unctuous, oleaginous, saponaceous". In 1859 when Charles Darwin published a book about the theory of evolution which entitled "On the Origin of Species”, there was a tremendous backlash from Wilberforce which represent the church. Finally in 1860 a famous debate was staged, wherein both parties would argue their points. At that time Darwin was too sick to attend, and sent acolyte Thomas Huxley in his place. Wilberforce and Huxley locked horns, and neither definitely “won” the debate.

Samuel Wilberforce

Besides his career in the service of the church, Wilberforce was fond of writing, and riddles in particular. After his death, the following was found among his papers:

I’m the sweetest of sounds in Orchestra heard,
Yet in Orchestra never was seen.
I’m a bird of gay plumage, yet less like a bird,
Nothing ever in Nature was seen.
Touch the earth I expire, in water I die,
In air I lose breath, yet can swim and can fly;
Darkness destroys me, and light is my death,
And I only keep going by holding my breath.
If my name can’t be guessed by a boy or a man,
By a woman or girl it certainly can.

Until now, no one has ever solved this riddle. However, several theories have been put forth (mostly think, that he was referring to a whale), but the real answer probably died with the Bishop.


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Mystery of The Girl In Blue

Written By Tripzibit on Jul 11, 2014 | 15:41

Couple days before Christmas, on December 23, 1933 a young woman dressed in a navy blue skirt and shoes with a white blouse and a floral-print scarf draped casually around her neck traveling by Greyhound bus alone. Later she asked for travel and fare information to Eerie, Pennsylvania, and Elmira, New York. She then asked about a ticket to Willoughby. After she arrived in Willoughby, she met a gentleman who offered help, with his guidance she sought a boarding house of Mrs. Mary Judd right in the downtown area. After arriving, she went to sleep. The next morning, she descending the stairs to the breakfast room. During the breakfast, Mrs. Judd told her how to get to the bus station, as well as the church. After that, she headed down the front porch stairs and headed off toward downtown.

One hour later, she returned to the boarding house and headed directly to her room. As she returned downstairs, her suitcase clutched tightly to her side, she thanked the landlady for her hospitality, returned the key to her room and paid for her stay.

The girl headed one block south of the boardinghouse to a nearby street led her past the cemetery. She continued down the street until she reached the end. Then she purposefully stepped into the copse of maple trees and vanished from sight.

Emerging from the other side of the woods, she was faced with the railroad tracks stretching off into the distance. Suddenly, there was an eastbound flyer heading to New York barreling down the track at about sixty-five miles per hour. She dropped her suitcase as she sprinted toward the tracks. A glancing blow from the train sent her slight body hurtling through the air, landing on the gravel siding. Her short-lived life was tragically over.

When her body was recovered by the local authorities a short while later, they were astonished to find no blood or visible wounds on the young woman. They carefully checked her body for identification and found none. Searching through her purse, they found coins (90 cents) and a railroad ticket to Corry, Pa, a handkerchief, the usual trinkets and makeup a woman would carry, but no form of identification. After a search of surrounding brush, they found her leather suitcase. Inside, they recovered a towel, a few crudely sharpened pencils and some envelops, but none of these things offered any clue to the girl's identity.The local authorities unable to discover her identity or the exact motives that had caused her to meet her death.

Later they removed her body to the local funeral home of James McMahon. Upon his examination, Mr. McMahon concluded that she had died from injuries suffered during the train accidents. The exact cause of her death was listed as a fractured skull. He estimated her age at about twenty-three. She was five feet, four inches tall, 135 pounds, with reddish brown hair and hazel eyes. He noted that she had straight teeth, high cheekbones and may have been born of foreign parents.

Mr McMahon decided to give her a proper funeral. Many people came to pay their last respects to the Girl in Blue, but no one seemed to know her identity. The story about her tragic demise began appearing in more and more newspaper, and families called from near and far desperate to find their missing loved ones, but she was never claimed.

She was buried in a donated cemetery plot in the center of the middle section of the Willoughby burial ground, right under a towering pine tree. Hank Heaverly, the sexton of the cemetery raising fund to give her a proper headstone. Few days later, the local community responded and a beautifully etched gravestone was erected with the following inscription:

Girl in Blue
Killed by a train
December 24, 1933
Unknown but not forgotten

Surprisingly, more than 3,000 local residents visited her funeral to pay their respects and see if they could identify her.

Girl In Blue Headstone
In December 1993, her true identity revealed when The News-Herald published an article marking the anniversary of the Girl in Blue's death. The article was read by Pennsylvania real-estate agent Ed Sekerak, who was involved in selling the former Klimczak family farm in Spring Creek at the time. Sekerak discovered through court records that the mystery girl was Josephine Klimczak.

Upon learning that Sekerak could confirm the identity of the Girl in Blue, Willoughby lawyer William C. Gargiulo came forward and asked that Lake County Probate Court Judge Fred V. Skok officially recognize the true identity of the girl.

However, questions of whether she had committed suicide or was racing to catch the train lingered. Also her purpose visiting Willoughby still unknown.

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