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Wander Lord

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Category Archive: Mystery

Mysterious Pyramids

Mysterious Pyramids

Mysterious Pyramids


People throughout the world have built pyramids at different times. The word ‘pyramid’ comes from the Greek word pyramis which means ‘a wheat cake’. The Greeks thought that the pyramids looked like cakes.
The most famous pyramids were built in ancient Egypt more than 4,500 years ago. The pyramids of Mexico, Central America, and South America are also well known.

The Americas
Many ancient peoples of Mexico and Central and South America built pyramids. They usually used dirt and stone.
The Maya built a famous pyramid called the Castillo in what is now southeastern Mexico. The people of the ancient city of Teotihuacan, in central Mexico, built the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
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The Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as Devil’s Triangle. It is one of the strangest and most mysterious places on our planet. A lot of planes, ships and helicopters disappeared in this area. They just seem to vanish into the air.
In 1492 when Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage to the New World he wrote in his log that his compass acted very strangely. He and his crew were confused by shallow areas of sea with no land nearby.
The Bermuda Triangle lies in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico and is about 1.3 million square kilometers in size.
It is notorious for gobbling up ships. American naval ship Cyclops was of the most famous ships which disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. In March, 1918, during World War I, it set sail from Bermuda and was never seen again. The Cyclops vanished without a trace, taking with it 306 crew members.
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Mysterious Crop Circles

Mysterious Crop Circles

Mysterious Crop Circles

In August 1980, farmer John Scull was surprised to find a circle eighteen metres across in one of his fields in Wiltshire.
This was the first of the now famous ‘crop circles’ of the 1980s. Since then 10,000 more crop circles have appeared from Japan and China to the United States and Brazil, however, about 90% of all circles appear in England in Wiltshire.
Although the shapes began as ordinary circles, over the years they have become more and more interesting. To draw some of them, you need to do difficult mathematics. They are also very large: the biggest are about 300 metres across. Scientists who have studied the circles say that some of them are perhaps made by the weather, by a special kind of storm. We know that they have appeared since the seventeenth century — when people believed they were made by magic. Some people still think that they are made by magic, or by visitors from another planet flying above the fields!
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Puzzles from the past

Puzzles from the past

Great Zimbabwe


Everyone likes mysteries. Nowadays scientists work with modern technology to try to find answers to the mysteries of the past. Let’s have a look at some of the most mysterious places in the world.

Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Huge stone walls in Zimbabwe, Africa were discovered in 1871 by Karl Mauch. The walls covered 25 hectares around what is now called Great Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe is the most impressive Iron Age site in Africa. On top of a hill, there is a large castle and underneath this is the Great Enclosure, which has enormous walls sometimes 11 metres high and 1.2 metres thick. They think it was built about 1,000 years ago. Inside the Great Enclosure there are many huts, passages and rooms and a mysterious 9-metre-high stone tower that has no stairs, no windows and no doors. Why was it built? And who built Great Zimbabwe? It is a mystery to African and foreign archaeologists.
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The Double Life of Florimond Hervé

Florimond Herve

Florimond Hervé

Florimond Hervé (1825-1892) was a legendary French composer, father of operetta. He wrote more than 120 operettas, he also wrote masses, motets and other spiritual compositions. The best of his operettas were prompted by stories that he got in… a madhouse.
Very sad seventeen-year-old young man was walking through the streets of Paris. He learned to play the organ, but a professional organist came to the church, which sheltered him. He didn’t have a musical instrument anymore.
Suddenly he heard a voice: “Here’s your future!” And the boy heard the sound of the organ. He saw the old church and decided to enter. The church was silent. Florimond saw the organ and began to play. The priest heard his musical improvisation and came to him: “Providence has led you into, my young friend! We really need an organist!”
Florimond was surprised: “But I heard that someone was playing the organ!”
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On Witches and Witchcraft

On Witches and Witchcraft

On Witches and Witchcraft

A witch… has magic in her fingers and devilry dancing in her blood. She can make stones jump about like frogs and she can make tongues of flame go flickering across the surface of the water. These magic powers are very frightening.
I do not wish to speak badly about women. Most women are lovely.
But the fact remains that all witches are women.
Roald Dahl (1916-90), a popular British writer, especially of children’s books

From earliest times, people in all parts of the world have believed in witches. Originally, a witch was either a man or a woman who had magic powers. Through the years, however, only women came to be considered witches.
People once blamed witches for any unexplained misfortune, such as a sudden death or illness, or a crop loss.
They also thought that witches could raise storms and turn people into beasts. The legendary Circe, for example, turned Odysseus’s friends into pigs.
Witches, it was believed, worked with the devil and did everything they could to please him. Their job was to do harm and to bring bad luck. But they could help people too. For example, a person in love could ask a witch for a love potion.
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Number 13

Number 13
Number 13 is also called “devil’s dozen”. In many countries around the world, people are afraid of this number. In the US, for example, 80% of buildings do not have a 13th floor, and many hotels do not have a room number 13.
In many European countries, no one invites 13 guests. And if this “misfortune” suddenly happened, you immediately have to invite one more guest. Groucho Marx, American actor, successfully joked: “13 people at the table may be an unlucky number, if you have cooked only 12 meatballs.”
The thirteenth Tarot card represents death.
In many countries people believe that Friday 13 is the worst day and brings misfortune.
In the Spanish-speaking countries, people are afraid of Tuesday 13.
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