10 Strange, Unexpected, and Controversial Discoveries from 2016
Anomalies have been documented for centuries, and while many odd events or unusual artifacts have been explained over the years, strange happenings continue to incite controversy and imagination. Historians and archaeologists often unearth objects and information they do not expect - and sometimes these discoveries are bizarre, baffling, or at least controversial. 2016 is no exception. Extra-terrestrials, elongated skulls, ghostly happenings, ancient advanced civilizations, the Bermuda Triangle, and weird artifacts – these are some of the topics that made you wonder, shiver, or laugh, as they created a buzz and debate around the world. Read on for the Top 10 of these finds in 2016!
Scientists in Norway made waves in March with an announcement that unintentionally linked giant craters in the Barents Sea to the controversial Bermuda Triangle. They said that the craters could have been created by exploding natural gas, which some others say has the possibility of being dangerous for ships. The international media ran rampant with the idea and connected it to a fringe theory explaining the odd occurrences in the Bermuda Triangle.
Although the Norwegian scientists did not make these claims, the notion that a sudden release of methane gas could potentially endanger ships, or even bring down aircraft, is not new - May and Monaghan, the Russian scientist Igor Yeltsov, and some others toyed with the idea in the last few decades. For example, in 2003, May and Monaghan suggested that the methane bubbles could sink ships – depending on the location of the ship to the gas bubble. As for aircraft, National Geographic has previously reported that “methane can escape into the air, making the atmosphere highly turbulent and perhaps causing aircraft to crash.”
In September, rumors surged in the media about paranormal events surrounding a young Catholic saint in Guadalajara, Mexico. Called Santa Inocencia, the deceased martyr is said to have opened her eyes and looked into the camera of a tourist visiting her in the Guadalajara Cathedral.
The supposed event is said to have taken place on December 12, 2012 when an [unnamed] person took the video of the corpse with his/her cellphone and was able to capture the little girl opening her eyes. Even though the person says that they didn’t see it while recording, while viewing the video with his/her family they could see the corpse clearly open her eyes in front of the camera. Speaking on the story, Cardinal Juan Francisco Robles apparently told La Obscura Habitacion, “This beatified saint is known for making miracles, and this is just one of the many.”
8. Was This Giant Stone Sphere Crafted by an Advanced Civilization of the Past or the Forces of Nature?
A huge stone sphere discovered in mid-March 2016 in Bosnia may be the largest of its kind in the world, however there is much debate if the feature is man-made or natural. The stone ball was discovered in a forest in Podubravlje and has a radius of between 1.2 – 1.5 meters (3.9-4.9 ft.) Preliminary tests suggest that it could weigh over 30 tons, making it the most massive stone sphere in Europe.
Signs of natural sedimentation are found over the sphere and Dr. Osmanagich asserts that “It takes tens, even hundreds of thousands of years for this sediment to form.” However, some critics have also emerged saying: “The sphere in fact, may not be man-made at all. Describing the process of 'concretion' […] the sphere could have been formed due to precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains.”
What appears to be an ancient Roman sword was found off the East Coast of Canada, but it is just one of several indications that Romans may have been there around the 2nd century or earlier. That’s at least 800 years before the Vikings landed, which is currently believed to be the first contact between the Old World and the New World.
The sword was discovered off the coast of Oak Island, Nova Scotia, during investigations into local lore of treasure buried on the island, conducted as part of a History Channel show, “The Curse of Oak Island.” Although the sword alone doesn’t mean Romans were there, other artifacts have been found at the site as well including a stone with an ancient language connected to the Roman Empire, burial mounds in the ancient Roman style, crossbow bolts reportedly confirmed by U.S. government labs to have come from ancient Iberia (encompassed by the Roman Empire), coins connected to the Roman Empire, and more.