Fame is a notoriously fleeting thing, but one way of outwitting it seems to be capping one's celebrity career with a mysterious disappearing act. This slideshow, courtesy of Life magazine, profiles seven renowned figures who seemingly vanished into thin air. They all have yet to be found--and of course, they have all spawned a virtual cottage industry of conspiracy theories about their fate and/or true whereabouts. From Amelia Earhart (below; last seen in 1937) to Jimmy Hoffa (last seen in 1975), some of the best-remembered stars are the missing ones.
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Fame is a notoriously fleeting thing, but one way of outwitting it seems to be capping one's celebrity career with a mysterious disappearing act. This slideshow, courtesy of Life magazine, profiles seven renowned figures who seemingly vanished into thin air. They all have yet to be found--and of course, they have all spawned a virtual cottage industry of conspiracy theories about their fate and/or true whereabouts. From Amelia Earhart (below; last seen in 1937) to Jimmy Hoffa (last seen in 1975), some of the best-remembered stars are the missing ones.Read More »from Famous people who simply vanished
One year ago, off the coast of Oregon, a ten-year-old boy tossed a message in a bottle into the Pacific Ocean. Weeks ago, a 9-year-old girl in Hawaii found it.
According to a popular article from the AP, Thomas Craig never expected his bottle to arrive safely in anyone's hands. He told West Hawaii Today newspaper, "I couldn't believe someone had found it. I was shocked. When I threw it overboard, it hit the top of my grandpa's boat so I thought it broke and sank. The chances of someone finding it seemed like a once-in-a-million type thing."
His seafaring send-and-receive beat the odds when Trinity Ballesteros of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, saw the bottle washed up on the beach. The note inside read: "Dear finder of my message, my name is Thomas and I live in Oregon. I'm ten years old and this week I'm salmon fishing deep in the ocean. I would like to hear from you."
Trinity responded (via email) to Thomas, who had included his mom's email address. Since then, the two plan to become pen palsRead More »from Found: Messages in Bottles
Those otherworldly crop circles may not have been caused by aliens after all. Instead, think physics: A study in Physics World points to the possibility that the patterns could be caused by Earth-bound microwaves, lasers, and GPS. Maybe.
Formations in fields have been documented more than 10,000 times in the late 20th century. They have been credited to everything from paranormal activity to human hijinks to the weather--and in some cases, even wallabies (more on that later).
Further fueling the mystery is that the farmland designs are done in secret, usually in the dark--and often by jokers who want to make it seem like Martians were at work. It wasn't until 1991 that the first pranksters admitted to have created at least some of the crop circles as a UFO hoax. What has confounded scientists is trying to explain just how the art is done without any marks left by the makers, all typically in just one night.Read More »from Crop circle creation theory: physics, not aliens
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