Donald Crowhurst, a 35-year-old British inventor and businessman, set out in October 1968 to sail around the world alone as part of a contest. In July 1969 his sailboat was discovered adrift and without its skipper. Then things got even stranger.
Possibly one of the most famous cryptids, Mothman is often dismissed as a bird, while others agree he is an alien. Do herons really get that big (and hairy)? Is it possible that Mothman is a real harbinger of disasters? And what is with the glowing red eyes?
In a holiday tradition the Thinking Sideways crew takes a look at Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in an effort to try and figure out what actually makes him glow.
In December 1980 at RAF airbase Woodbridge an unidentified craft was spotted, on two different nights, by the US Airmen stationed there. The official reports indicate that nothing our of the ordinary actually happened while the witnesses advocate that something otherworldly was there. As the stories evolves it gets harder and harder to tell if aliens visited the UK in 1980 or if a bunch of green Airmen misinterpreted what they saw.
In October 1949, Jean Spangler, a 26-year-old aspiring actress, left her home and never returned. Her purse turned up 2 days later, with a cryptic note in it; 2 days after that, a very famous movie star called the LAPD out of the blue to deny that he knew anything about it, or her. Jean was never found, where did she go and what happened to her?
"Not all mysteries are solvable, but prize comes in the pursuit." Called "the most elaborate and mysterious puzzle of the internet", Cicada 3301 is the name given to an organization that posts complex puzzles for public consumption on or around the 5th of January every year. First surfacing in 2012 via a post on 4chan, users were given a month to solve a set of increasingly complex puzzles. Who is behind this group, what is the end goal of the puzzles, and how could anyone solve them?