This great big planet we live on is still so full of mysteries. There is so much going on around us, within us, and out in the far reaches of the universe that we just don’t understand. For all of our much-vaunted technology and science, more and more mysteries keep popping up that lack explanation and understanding. Mysteries such as these and the events that generated them are said to fall into the realm of the paranormal.
Paranormal, by definition, is something that is impossible to explain through accepted science or rational understanding. Basically, it is just stuff that occurs where we just don’t know what the heck is going on! This includes ghostly phenomena, cryptozoological creatures, and psychic abilities, to name a few. Mainstream science and die-hard skeptics will have you believe that it is all just paranoia, swamp gas, escaped gorillas, and card tricks! Yet these events are still reported around the world at an alarming rate.
Belief in the paranormal is widespread and common in the United States, for example. 71% of Americans claim to have experienced some manner of paranormal event, 34% believe in ghosts, and 41% share a belief in psychic phenomena. These people come from all walks of life. For instance, a recent survey concluded that many people who identify as religious believed in the supernatural, namely reincarnation, spiritual energy, astrology, ghostly spirits, or even communicating with the dead. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, the paranormal is all around us and the serious attention that is being paid to this phenomenon is growing all the time. Join us as we take a look at fifteen of the most inexplicable paranormal mysteries.
15. Spring-Heeled Jack
Way back in Victorian England, starting around 1837, reports began circulating about a strange man suddenly appearing and bounding incredible heights and vanishing. London newspapers began picking up the stories and dubbed the mysterious man, “Spring-Heeled Jack.” There were numerous sightings of the jumping man, from London up to Liverpool, but mainly around the Black Country, where sightings reached a frenzy in the 1880s.
Descriptions varied, but most agreed he possessed a goatee and fiery eyes, with some insisting he had pointed ears and horns. The Penny Dreadfuls, scandalous magazines of the period, ran illustrations where he was depicted as an incarnation of the Devil. One distinguishing feature that never varied was his astonishing ability to leap to incredible heights, over rooftops, gates, and hedges. This unbelievable ability always terrified those who encountered him and allowed him to escape any would-be pursuers. Eventually, the sightings slowed down though they have never stopped. As recently as 1997, a mysterious leaper was sighted near Wales. Who, or what, was “Spring-Heeled Jack?” Were his abilities mechanically-based? Were they supernatural? Whoever he was, his sightings captured the imagination of England for over a hundred years.