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Unresolved Mysteries in Wikipedia for Those With Nothing to Do

Think twice before you go down any of these rabbit holes.
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On March 26, Reddit user adescuentechable posted a list of links from Wikipedia in a collection he calls “Quarantine Rabbit Holes.” The links are mostly about unresolved mysteries, creepy stories, weird stories, and unexplainable events.

Here are a few of them, with excerpts from their Wikipedia pages.

Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? 

Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? is graffiti which first appeared in 1944 following the 1943 discovery of the skeletonized remains of a woman by four children inside a wych elm tree in Hagley Wood, Hagley, England.”

The Sylvia Plath Effect 

"The Sylvia Plath effect is the phenomenon that poets are more susceptible to mental illness than other creative writers."

The Legend of the Loveland Frog 

“Also known as the Loveland lizard, is a legendary humanoid frog described as standing roughly 4 feet (1.2 m) tall.”

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People Who Reappeared After Being Declared Dead

“A person may be legally declared dead in absentia, i.e. a legal presumption of death may be declared, despite the absence of direct proof of the person's death, such as the finding of remain.”

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The Freaky Disappearance of Captain Frederick Valentich 

“Valentich informed Melbourne air traffic control he was being accompanied by an aircraft about 1,000 feet (300 m) above him and that his engine had begun running roughly, before finally reporting, 'It's not an aircraft.'"

List of UFO Religions 

“UFO religions are groups which deal with alleged communication between humans and extraterrestrial beings.”

Feral Children 

“A feral child (also called wild child) is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and so has had little or no experience of human care, behavior or human language.”

Timeline of the Far Future 

"While the future can never be predicted with absolute certainty, present understanding in various scientific fields allows for the prediction of some far-future events, if only in the broadest outline."

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List of Premature Obituaries 

“This article lists the recipients of incorrect death reports (not just formal obituaries) from publications, media organizations, official bodies, and widely used information sources"

The Death of Elisa Lam

“The body of Elisa Lam was recovered from a water tank atop the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Maintenance workers at the hotel discovered the body when investigating guest complaints of problems with the water supply.”

Unusual Articles of Wikipedia 

“Of the over six million articles in the English Wikipedia, there are some articles that Wikipedians have identified as being somewhat unusual. These articles are verifiable, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia, but are a bit odd, whimsical, or something one would not expect to find in Encyclopædia Britannica.”

Folly

“Buildings prized for their uselessness.”

Mass Psychologenic Illness

“The rapid spread of illness signs and symptoms affecting members of a cohesive group, originating from a nervous system disturbance involving excitation, loss, or alteration of function, whereby physical complaints that are exhibited unconsciously have no corresponding organic aetiology."

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For more unsettling, weird, and unresolved mysteries in Wikipedia, refer to this Reddit link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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