Strange things happen often. But there are places on our planet where they are happening all the time, no matter what, without discrimination. And sometimes it’s good to know what to avoid, or on the contrary, what to look for in case you’re looking for trouble. So here are the strangest 10 places on Earth.
1. Lake Anjikuni – Canada
Lake Anjikuni swallowed an entire village, apparently. It all happened in November 1930, when a trapper named Joe Labelle was looking for shelter for the night. Labelle was familiar with the Inuit village. He made his way there and found quite a spooky scene, as the villagers were nowhere to be found. Everything else, including food and rifles, had been left behind.
Labelle telegraphed the RCMP and an investigation began. In the Village Burial Ground it was discovered that at least one grave had been opened, clearly not by animals, and emptied. Furthermore, about 300 feet from the village, the bodies of around 7 sled dogs were found, having starved to death despite open stores of food at the village. Some versions of the story even report strange lights being seen above the lake around the time of the disappearance.
2. Bermuda Triangle (Devil’s Triangle)
It a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean with its apexes in the vicinities of Bermuda, Miami, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. It covers roughly 500,000 square miles. A number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances in this region. No one can say for sure what happened in these cases, but theories are as far ranging as sea monsters, alien abduction and simple weather conditions.
3. Nazca Lines – Peru
The Nazca Lines are sort of like ancient crop circles that are located in the middle of the Nazca Desert in Peru. The lines are believed to have been created between 400 and 650 AD and depict hundreds of different figures including sharks, monkeys, spiders, lizards, llamas, and much more. Scholars have theorized that the lines were used for rituals, spiritual monuments, or to map astrological locations. These three leading theories all have some evidence to support them, but not enough to be conclusive. Others say that these theories ignore one important element of the Nazca Lines. How did the ancient Nazca people create these massive works of art without the ability of flight to see what they were creating?
4. Travertine Pools of Pamukkale – Turkey
The Travertine Pools of Pamukkale (Turkish for “Cotton Palace”) are as wonderful to behold, as they are ethereal-looking. Over the years, white travertine mineral deposits have built up in this area of hot springs, creating a series of white terraces. These natural pools are blindingly white and filled with clear blue waters. These strange terraced pools have been appreciated for at least 2,000 years, and they’re sure to last for many more.
5. Point Pleasant – Virginia, USA
Strange events have reportedly happened here, like a creature known as Mothman, who reputedly terrorized the small West Virginia community from November 1966 to December 1967. Over a hundred different citizens of Point Pleasant are eyewitnesses to this creature, a 7-foot tall broad chested man with hypnotic, glowing red eyes, and wings that stretch 10 feet long and drag behind him on the ground. Some believe him to be an extraterrestrial being, others a mutant, and some suggest the people of Point Pleasant were actually being scared by owls or a Sandhill Crane. Whatever the case, reports of Mothman stopped after the Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967, killing 46 people and leading many to believe that the two events were somehow connected.
6. The Door to Hell – Turkmenistan
This is actually a never-ending flame. At first glance, it looks like a peek behind the black gates of Mordor in the Lord of the rings, it was accidentally made by geologists back in 1971 when a team of Russian scientists discovered the site, it was then believed to be a large oil and gas field. The scientists decided to set up a drilling rig to have access to the gas reserve but something went terribly wrong. No lives were lost during the incident.
7. Nine Hells of Beppu – Japan
The Japanese island Kyushu holds what is called the Nine Hells. The Nine Hells of Beppu is popular amount those in Japan, but almost unknown to foreigners. This is a beautiful spot to visit if traveling to this specific area. The oddity of this attraction is that they are natural ponds that are all of different colors. The fact that each of these nine ponds is a different color is rare, but possible. The minerals that are in each of these ponds all correlate to different colors, which makes this site not just unique, but mysterious, and amazing.
8. Hotel del Salto (The Haunted Hotel at Tequendama Falls) – Columbia
The Hotel Del Salto is located near Tequendama Falls on the Bogota River in Colombia. It was opened in 1927 and shut its doors on the 1990s. Some say the hotel is haunted and no one wanted to stay there, others state that the adjoining river was extremely polluted and they had to close. Either way, it has a ghostly feel which makes it a big tourist attraction in the area. Hotel del Salto in Columbia has trees growing through its once-grand rooms. It opened in 1928 to welcome wealthy travelers visiting Tequendama Falls.
9. Hellingly Hospital – Great Britain
It not only sounds creepy, but it also looks extremely creepy, trust me on that. If the name of this English hospital isn’t enough to convince you of its creepiness consider the fact that it’s not really a hospital at all. It’s actually an insane asylum; or rather it was an insane asylum before being abandoned several year ago.
10. Isla de las Munecas – Mexico
Found deep in the swamp of former Aztec country is what has come to be known as the Island of the Dolls. Although it is now abandoned at one time it had a single inhabitant. His name was Don Julian Santana Barrera and according to legend, one day a young girl drowned just off shore (don’t ask us how she got there). At any rate, not long after this, Don Julian found her doll floating in the water. Then he found another, and another. Supposedly as tribute he decorated the entire island with the dolls before mysteriously drowning in the very same canal as the little girl.