In February 1942, the Free French Navy submarine Surcouf departed Bermuda for Australia, via the Panama Canal. She never reached the canal, and disappeared without a trace, leading to accusations of conspiracy and betrayal, along with the usual Bermuda Triangle angle.
One mystery has plagued us since childhood- how does he carry all those toys? How does he make it to everyone's house in one night? Why has no one seen him delivering toys? That's right, it's Santa! We take a look at the tough questions, and this time, we may have actually solved it!
Bagdahd, Iraq, 1939, a new curator takes over the National Museum of Iraq, bringing to light a confusing discovery- a ceramic pot with a metallic rod inside. Speculation over what this artifact is, what it was used for, and why it produces electricity has run rampant ever since.
A near-earth-object that was seemingly metallic and approximately 10 meters across went past the earth in 1991. Instead of looking like a piece of space rock it showed characteristics of a "made" object. It looks like it could have been made by an intelligent species, did we send it or did someone else?
In November 1970, the partially burned corpse of a woman was discovered near Bergen, Norway, leading to one of the most intensive investigations in Norwegian history, which is still a source of controversy to this day, with allegations of espionage and cover-ups.
In Philadelphia on February 25th, 1957 a would-be peeping tom discovers a box with the body of a young boy in it. The boy has never been identified, despite diligent work from many different organizations. Who was this boy, and why was he killed?
In post WWII Germany the Colorado potato beetle began decimating crops. No one knows why they appeared in such great numbers that season. Did the US dropped them there as a form of biological warfare, did they just happen to accidentally invade, or was it someone else?
In late 1930, the inhabitants of an Inuit village in Canada's Northwest Territories disappeared without a trace, leaving food, clothing, guns and more behind. What evil caused them to flee--or, perhaps… took them? And what about those mysterious blue lights seen in the night sky by trappers and Canadian Mounties in the area? Stay tuned…
In 1997, in a remote point in the south Pacific Ocean, just west of the southern tip of South America an incredibly powerful ultra-low-frequency noise is picked up by hydrophones monitored by the NOAA. We think sideways in hopes that it will help us to discover the source of this unexplained sound.
In the spring of 1946 an unidentified serial killer attacks 8 people in the small town of Texarkana. As every law enforcement agency available tries to track the murderer down he disappears without leaving any clues as to his identity.
The Ourang Medan was found with the entire crew dead by rescue ships then blew up and sank to the bottom of the sea. What killed the crew and what caused the explosion? Author Roy Bainton graciously takes the time to discuss this mystery ship and provides some much needed clues to what could have really happened.
In the late 1950s, a group of Russians who were very experienced ski-hikers were discovered to have died on the slopes of the Mountain of Death, some of them frozen to death and others dead from massive physical trauma. They left their camp in the middle of the night, some without clothing or shoes, in sub-zero weather. What terror caused them to flee to their deaths?
Two apparently healthy men are found dead, wearing very suspicious lead eye masks, near Rio de Janeiro. All signs pointing to their plan to return home, so what happened to them? This story is rife with reports of UFO's and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy jokes.
On October 21, 1978 20 year old Frederick Valentich piloted his Cessna across the Bass Strait. He and his plane were never seen again but the final six minutes of his life were recorded in a conversation with the airport tower. The recording and transcript of that conversation have sparked a controversy that is still unsettled today.
The 1918 flu pandemic, known as the Spanish Flu, killed 50-100 million people world wide, somewhere between 3%-5% of the worlds population at the time. What made this flu strain so deadly, how did it spread so fast, and where did this strain come from? In this extended show we dive deep into the possible origins, behaviors, and potential causes of this flu pandemic.
The Stones of Carnac--a vast arrangement of menhirs in lines thousands of meters long, the purpose of the stones is an ancient mystery: necropolis? Calendar? Astronomical guide? Another mystery is the fate of the society that built them, which vanished without a trace.
Pipes older than fire show up in a humanly inhospitable mountain top. Bonus talk of Aliens and a pyramid!
In the last 50 years over 600 dogs have jumped from the Overtun bridge, many not surviving the fall. What is leading these animals to jump, from 50 feet up, to their doom?
Kaspar's sudden appearance from nowhere in Nuremberg, Germany, touched off controversies that lasted for decades. Was he a child of royalty, stolen from the cradle and robbed of his birthright? Or a homeless kid who was kind of a con man?
An annoying buzzer sounds on an open mic for 40 years. Out of Russia. Often, the buzzer stops, and that's where we start Thinking Sideways.
In 1999 Ricky McCormick was killed on the side of a freeway, 12 years later the FBI finally asks the public for help in decrypting a cypher found in his pants pocket. Ricky wrote them and to this day no one is really sure what them mean.
A Cold War mystery, featuring the CIA, Howard Hughes, a sunken Soviet sub and quite possibly a sunken American sub too. With cover stories inside cover stories and weak government explanations for obvious questions, this one is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma zip-locked inside a mystery.
A man is found dead on the coast of Australia, of unknown causes with a mysterious code in a hidden pocket, causing an international, six decade long search for his identity, and for someone who can break the code.
On August 16th, 1942 the US Navy airship the L-8 set off on a routine mission in the early hours of the morning. When the ship returned to the California coast nearly 5 hours later the crew had mysteriously disappeared. No one knows what ever happened to them.