Once cameras were invented people most likely thought that they would no longer need to argue about what they were looking at. After all, the image captures exactly what is going on in front of the photographer - what is there to be confused about? In spite of these logical assumptions though, some photographs simply have no explanation. These pictures have existed for decades without explanation, and even now, we're still struggling to understand them. As a result, a lot of conspiracies have risen up around these photos, but we're here to set the record straight; explaining what's true, what's false, and what still remains a mystery today...
The Light On Mars
This mysterious picture looks like it was taken in the middle of the desert, but it is actually a photo from Curiosity; the rover sent to Mars by NASA. Across the valley, there seems to be a light being emitted, but no one knows where the light came from.
Mars is believed to be uninhabited, so what could produce this level of light? The images were sent to Earth from the space rover, but instead of sharing insightful information, it posed more questions. Is there life on Mars after all?
Another Monster Hiding In The Waters Of Australia
While Australia is full of snakes, spiders, and mysterious bugs on land, their waters aren't much safer. Some brave souls snapped this picture off the coast of Australia before fleeing for their life because they had no idea what this monster could be.
Taken in 1964 in Queensland, Australia, French photographer Robert Serrec took a photo of what appeared to be a huge snake swimming in the water. There is no explanation of how this got here or what it really was, but it resembles an eel that could be up to 80 feet long.
The Satellite That Doesn't Belong To Anyone
Black Knight is the name for this unidentified satellite that occupies some of the space around the earth. It was first discovered years ago, and no one has ever claimed it as their own. Therefore, it remains a mystery.
It was found orbiting the earth, and scientists believe it transmits a signal to our planet. Some say the Black Knight is alien technology to observe the earth and spy on humans. Spooky, huh?
Dinosaurs In The Civil War?
While dinosaurs were thought to be extinct long before there were humans on the planet, it is strange to see these Civil War soldiers standing around something that resembles a pterodactyl. Have we been wrong this whole time about dinosaurs?
As history has told us, pterodactyls would have been extinct by the Civil War. Some people think this photo was edited over time, but it seems too strange to be fake. Maybe this is a kind of bird we had never heard of because they were all killed before we were born.
Hessdalen Lights In Norway
Norway is known for its mysterious lights illuminating the sky, and it is one of the best places to observe the Northern Lights. However, there is one light phenomenon that most people can't explain. The Hessdalen lights are another set of mysterious lights in the Scandanavian sky.
The Hessdalen lights show up roughly 20 times per year, but unlike the Northern Lights, scientists haven't been able to explain why they appear. The lights are just another natural phenomena that we may never understand.
The Healing Touch
This woman was sitting in church praying when someone snapped her picture. She was deep in thought and didn't even realize someone was sitting behind her. It wasn't until the person got the photograph back that they noticed the ghostly figure behind her.
When they showed the image to the priest at the church, they became even more confused. The clergyman told them that this was the ghost of a healer who had been known to haunt the church. We guess not all spirits are out to get you.
Grandpa Came To Say Hello
Without any context, this seems like a relatively normal picture of a woman and someone who happened to walk into the picture. When the picture was taken, the woman had been a widow for 13 years, and the figure standing behind her happens to be her dead husband.
She was the only one in the picture when it was taken; however, when they developed the photo, they realized the ghost of her late husband was in the picture. It's like he wants to be around to make sure she is okay and protected.
Aquaman To The Rescue
Alright, this photo isn't supernatural or mysterious, but we still wish someone could explain it to us. The bus of onlookers that is stuck in the flooded street are all wearing goggles for some reason. They must have expected heavy rains and lots of splashing.
Besides the bus of people, you have Scuba Steve running on water like Jesus, and we wonder where he is off to. He should be trying to save the people stuck on the flooded bus, but he apparently has more important emergencies to attend to.
"How Did My Car Get There?"
No matter how you look at this picture, it is hard to explain what is going on. The man is standing confidently in front of a pickup truck stuck in the tree as if there is nothing concerning about that. It's like he is showing off that he put it up there.
Unless this guy possesses some supernatural powers that we can't see here, it is unclear how he managed to accomplish something so bizarre. Regardless of how the car got up there, he wants us to believe that he had something to do with it.
It's A Bird... It's A Plane... No... It's A UFO?
During the '40s and '50s, many people were convinced there were aliens out there ready to invade our planet. While it was mostly science fiction, this image fueled a media storm and conspiracies about life from different planets invading Earth.
The photo was published in an LA newspaper and appeared to depict a set of searchlights all focusing on one object in the sky. Although some people believe it is just a weather balloon, others are convinced the government caught a UFO.
Is That Big Foot?
Ever since someone spotted an ape-like figure walking through the woods, Big Foot has been the target for many conspiracy theorists. This particular image was taken in Big Otter, West Virginia, and it shows that same creature making its way back into the woods.
Although it is hard to see from this far away, some people believe this is enough evidence that Big Foot really exists. Other people think it is just a man or a shadow, but there is no way to know for sure. We guess the hunt for Big Foot continues.
King Of The Concrete Jungle
After seeing Tiger King on Netflix, no one with a wild cat surprises us anymore. However, this man looks like he put a leash on a lion from the zoo and walked right out. We thought dogs were man's best friend, but apparently, we were wrong because cats are taking over.
This man is way too casual about his pet lion on the leash, and we wonder how people in the neighborhood feel about this. We would be terrified to see someone who doesn't look trained to handle wild cats walking down our street with a fully grown lion.
The Man Who Encountered Aliens
People have claimed they encountered a UFO throughout the years, but very few have come forward with actual evidence. It wasn't until Stefan Michalak came forward with evidence that couldn't be ignored that people started really listening.
After reportedly encountering a UFO in Falcon Lake in 1967, Michalak was left with these strange marks on his stomach. When he was examined at the hospital, the doctors realized that they were burn marks laid out in a peculiar pattern, but nobody knew how or why they appeared.
A Giant's Mummified Finger
If you took away the banknote and the couch for scale, you might think this is a regular-sized mummified finger. However, this finger is gigantic, and it raised some serious questions when a gravedigger found it.
The finger was allegedly found in 1985, and it measured a whopping 15 inches long. If just one finger is this long, the person it belonged to would have to be at least 12 feet tall. Perhaps giants do exist outside of fairytales.
Watch Out, There's An Astronaut Behind You
At first glance, this looks like a normal picture of a child, but when you take a closer look, it seems like someone is standing behind them in a spacesuit. Did an astronaut get lost on their way to the spaceship, or was someone messing with this child?
The girl's father took the picture and was confident there was no one else around when he took the photo. However, when he developed the film, he noticed there was some kind of space traveler behind her. The image became known as the Solway Firth Spaceman.
Lady Of The Light House
Lighthouses tend to have a bit of an eerie feeling because there always seems to be a story of someone who died there. This lighthouse, for instance, has people puzzled because they swear they see a girl standing on the ledge.
It turns out those people weren't crying ghosts because someone took a picture of the lighthouse, and you can see a figure of a woman. No one knows why she is there or who she is, but most folks think she is the ghost haunting the lighthouse.
If you quickly scroll past this picture, it looks like a regular group of boys hanging out. However, when you take a closer look (and count all the hands), you might notice that there are one too many limbs in this photo.
Next to the shirtless boy's head, there is a hand giving a thumbs up, but it doesn't belong to anyone in the picture. Maybe someone is hiding behind the other boys; otherwise, there is no reasonable explanation for the extra hand.
Don't Look Behind You
If you scare easily, this photo might give you nightmares. Behind these three boys in the darkness is three floating orbs and a tall, mysterious figure on the left. These people are oblivious to what is lurking behind them, but it's probably better that way.
After seeing the picture, they probably never returned to this spot in fear that the figure would come to attack them. It looks like the beginning of a horror movie when a demon spirit returns after being away for a while.
The Mystery Of The Time Traveling Man
The man wearing the sunglasses appears to be from a different era than those surrounding him. He is the only person wearing sunglasses, and he has a small portable camera, which doesn't fit for those times.
He is also wearing a printed shirt, which didn't come into style until years later. Some people think this is a time traveler at the opening of the South Forks Bridge in Gold Bridge, British Columbia. The man next to him was using a camera typical for those times, and the people around him don't seem phased by this mysterious man.
Were There Aliens Centuries Ago?
Back in 1300, when Madonna and Child was painted, it seems that the people of those times thought things were flying around in the sky. The artist, Duccio, must have seen something in the sky that the rest of the people missed.
It looks like a UFO, but that could have been his way of painting birds. While paintings aren't the most accurate depiction of things, we will never know what he was trying to show in the sky back then. Maybe it was a time traveler passing through at the right moment.
Dumbo The Flying Elephant
We would love to sit here and imagine what it would be like if elephants could fly and lay eggs, but that is not the world we live in. It's shocking that the tree hasn't broken under the weight of the baby elephant, but it is even more surprising that it got up there in the first place.
We have never seen an elephant climb anything, so it would be surprising to find out how it got in the nest. Did a giant bird swoop it off the ground and put her there? We may never know how it got there, but we will never forget that there was an elephant in a bird's nest.
Why The Long Face?
We truly can't explain what happened before this picture, but it seems like the ATM vestibule was the scene of a horse crime. How did the horse get there in the first place, and why is there someone lying on the ground while the horse just stands there?
Did the horse get mad and decide to follow him into the ATM vestibule to rough the man up a little bit? Also, the person taking the photo should be helping the man get away from the trapped horse instead of using the flash, which might startle it.
A Man Falling From The Ceiling
As this family was sitting around the table for dinner, they decided to pose for a photo. It seems they are completely oblivious to the man falling from above, probably because the man wasn't visible until the picture was developed.
These people had no idea what they would find when they saw the picture, and they were terrified to find the spirit lurking in their photo. Some people say it is a smudge on the lense, but it looks too much like a person to be a mistake.
Mysterious Bear-Ape Lurking In The Bushes
One evening, a woman was looking in her backyard when she noticed something lurking in the bushes of her Florida home. She quickly grabbed her camera to capture the creature on film before it ran away or attacked her.
Whatever it is, it looks like a combination of a bear and an ape, which are two animals you want to avoid in the wild. The woman took the photo to the police, but they could never track down the animal.
Swiss Time Traveler
Chinese archeologists inside a sealed tomb discovered the tiny piece of jewelry. The tomb had been sealed shut for what was believed to be over 400 years. It looks like the time was locked at 10:06, and we wonder what happened at that time.
Reports about the watch show that archeologists found the word Swiss inscribed on the back of the watch. The inscription made conspiracy theorists believe it was something that belonged to a time traveler. We just want to know why it is so tiny.
Movement On Mars
The question about life on Mars still hasn't been answered, and there have been many debates on this topic because of the lack of oxygen that prevents life from flourishing. However, when the Mars rover took an image 3,528 days into its mission, nothing could be noted.
When the same picture was taken just 12 days later, something had changed. The rock in the center of the formation wasn't there before and somehow appeared randomly. How did it get there when there is no life on the planet?
The Ghost Of Freddy Jackson
In the blown-up image of one of the soldiers, there is a man lurking behind him, and it is believed to be Freddy Jackson. Jackson was in the military as a mechanic during World War I, but fell in the line of duty.
The mystery behind this photo is that the photographer took it on the morning of Freddy's funeral. Amazingly, the members of his squad identified him as Freddy, who was being laid to rest. Maybe he wanted to be with all his friends one last time.
The Mystery Of Elisa Lam's Death
When Elisa Lam's body was found in the water tank of a hotel she stayed at, the investigation of her death quickly became a mystery. As investigators were going through hotel security footage, they saw a video of her running into the elevator like she was hiding from someone.
She was noticeably spooked by whatever she had seen, and sadly she did not survive to explain what happened to her. After several days, hotel guests complained about the taste of the water... which is how they found her.
Mr. Fantastic: Teenage Edition
If you look at this picture quickly, it might seem like the boy is simply playing the guitar for his family. However, once you look closely, you will see he is playing the guitar while hanging from the exercise bar by his chin.
We don't know how he is doing this without suffocating, but it looks entirely unrealistic for him to be able to stay in that position for more than a few seconds. He must have been training for this for most of his life.
What Came First, The Tire Or The Tree?
We bet you can't come up with an explanation for this picture. We have tried to figure out how this happened, and we are just as stumped as you. The tire is completely intact around the base of the fully grown tree, but how did it get there?
It couldn't have come from under the tree because the roots grow deep into the ground, and putting it over the tree seems just as unlikely because of the branches. We have to conclude that the tire was there before the tree started growing.
Accomplishing The Impossible
Who else remembers playing on the jungle gym as a kid and thinking about climbing into the swirly ladder? We knew it wasn't a good idea, but we always thought about trying it, and now we don't have to wonder what would happen, because this guy let us know.
He didn't care that he was too old for the playground and somehow maneuvered himself inside the swirly ladder. We don't know how he managed to get inside, but he is not getting out without the help of the fire department probably.
Three Tigers Chillin' In A Hot Tub
If you are used to seeing three tigers bathing together, then this photo might not be that interesting to you. However, to most of us, this is something that is truly bizarre. We thought cats hated water, but apparently, we were wrong.
In some places, people live around wild animals and don't get too excited about occurrences like this. But in the US, we can't say that we see tigers hanging out together every day.
Nowhere To Sit
For size comparison, the man at the bottom is probably of average height, and this is how small he looks compared to the pile of chairs. The thing is, we don't know where all these chairs came from or how they got piled so high.
Have you ever seen so many chairs grouped together? None of them look broken, so it's hard to believe they were disposed of so easily. We hope they aren't going to be destroyed because that would be a waste of wood and perfectly fixable chairs.
Human Wheel Chair
We have seen many types of wheelchairs; some are manually operated, and others are electric. However, we have never seen one where you sit on a person like this is an everyday occurrence. These women must be on their way to the circus.
It seems that the one in the stripes is a contortionist, and they are trying to get in somewhere without having to pay for two tickets. If she pretends to be the chair long enough, people might not notice that she is even there.
Using A Cellphone Before They Were Invented
You might have seen this photo before because it is from the opening of a Charlie Chaplin film in 1928. Everything seems pretty legitimate (besides the zebra) until you realize the woman walking by is talking on a cellphone.
Since the technology had yet to be invented, it doesn't make sense for someone to be chatting on a mobile phone in 1928. It might not be a cellphone at all, but from our point of view, that is what it seems like.
Pyramids On The Moon
This picture is said to be taken from the spacecraft Apollo 17 during its flight to the moon. Initially, the picture was too bright, and you couldn't see anything, but after adjusting the exposure, a pyramid-like structure was seen in the background.
NASA denied this theory and said it was a blank photo. However, we think they are hiding something because this doesn't look like a blank photo to us, or to everyone else who has seen it.
One Too Many Pricks
One of the worst ways to feel pain is by getting attacked by a cactus. If you don't believe us, take this guy, for example. He fell into a cactus and got thousands of needles stuck in his skin. The paramedics look confused at how this could have happened.
Nature does find weird and wacky ways to hurt humans, and it got its revenge on this man. We would love to know the series of events leading up to this moment and how he could have avoided getting pricked by the cacti.
The Ghost Wanted A Tour Of The House
Have you ever taken a photo and realized there was something strange in the background? That is exactly what happened to Ralph Hardy after taking a picture of the staircase inside the National Maritime Museum in London.
Although he just wanted to show people how beautiful the staircase was, it wasn't until he developed the photos that he realized there was a ghostly presence admiring it as well. The more he looked, the more he convinced himself the place was haunted.
Slender Man Hiding In The Fog
Everyone knows how creepy the forest can be, especially at night or in a heavy fog. Nothing good has happened in the woods in movies, so we should all know that taking pictures in the mist won't lead to rainbows and sunshine.
After these teens posed for a picture in the woods, they looked at the photo and realized there was a dark figure standing in the background. If that won't make you run for your life, we don't know what will.
When you look at the photo, you might think that someone added a few lights to the picture, but that is not right. The photo was taken in 1997, and the sky over Phoenix had these mysterious orbs perfectly aligned in the night sky.
Countless people reported the strange objects and one can only assume that people thought these were UFOs. That is probably the easiest explanation when you see something strange floating in the sky. However, we will never know the truth.
The Royal Ghost
If you know Hampton Court, you will know that this royal residence is heavily guarded. Although visitors are allowed to roam around, they are very rarely left alone to explore the grounds. Therefore, the guards were startled by this occurrence.
When a door opened and closed, the guards lept into action because they thought they saw a figure walking around. However, when they arrived on the scene, they couldn't find anyone except for this ghostly figure on the security tapes.