1. SOLWAY FIRTH SPACEMAN PHOTOGRAPH (1964).
In 1964, Jim Templeton, a firefighter and local historian, took photographs of his five-year-old daughter while on a day trip with his wife to Burgh Marsh in Cumbria, England. Upon development, it appeared as though a “spaceman” could be seen standing behind his daughter in one of the three taken photographs.
Until his death in 2011, Templeton insisted that no other person was standing in the vicinity when the photograph was taken, one which has since been confirmed by analysts at Kodak as genuine.
2. DEATH OF ELISA LAM (2013).
In February 2013, the body of Elisa Lam, a Canadian student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, was recovered from a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. Her body was discovered by maintenance workers after several guests had complained about the water supply at the hotel.
It was only when surveillance footage emerged of the last time Lam is known to have been seen that the disappearance was reported widely. The footage, that of an elevator security camera in the hotel, shows Lam on the day of her disappearance acting strangely. She appears to exit and re-enter the elevator on numerous occasions, gesture and talk to somebody in the corridor, and hide in the elevator, one which is seemingly malfunctioning. The Cecil Hotel is a reputed hotbed of murder and suicide.
3. OVERTOUN “DOG SUICIDE” BRIDGE.
Situated near Dumbarton in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, Overtoun Bridge has attracted a considerable amount of media attention over the years because of the number of dogs which have leapt to their deaths from the bridge, the height of which is 50 feet.
Studies have shown that dogs have leapt at a rate of about one per year since the 1950s, with the only linking factors being clear weather, the majority of dogs choosing to jump from the same side of the bridge, and most being breeds with long snouts.
4. WOW! SIGNAL (1977).
In August 1977, Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope received a strong narrowband radio signal which lasted for the full 72-second window for which the telescope was able to observe it, and appeared to stem from the Sagittarius constellation.
While reviewing the recorded data, astronomer Jerry R. Ehman was so impressed by the finding that he wrote “Wow!” on the computer printout and circled the reading. To this day, the Wow! Signal is considered the best candidate for an alien radio transmission having ever been received.
5. ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM.
Discovered in ca. 1900 in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, the Antikythera Mechanism is regarded as the earliest known mechanical analogue computer and orrery (a mechanical model of the solar system). Dating back to between 150 and 100 BC, the device is believed to be designed and constructed by Greek scientists and used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for astrological and time-telling purposes.
With knowledge of this technology being lost during antiquity, it would not be until the 14th century that technological artefacts rivalling the device’s complexity and craftsmanship emerged in the form of mechanical astronomical clocks in Europe; thus, there remains an air of mystery surrounding the origin of such a device.