Humans are the most intelligent beings on this planet. Our level of understanding things and creating puzzles is an ability thanks to the highly evolved functioning of the human brain.
There have been men and women of extremely high intelligence in the history of mankind. The highest recorded and verified IQ is close to 210, whereas some figures in history have had their IQ calculated at close to 300. Albert Einstein (190), Stephen Hawking (170), Judith Polgar (170), Gary Kasporov (194) and Leonardo da Vinci (170-190) are some of the human beings in mankind’s history to have recorded some of the highest IQs ever recorded.Despite this there have being some mysteries and puzzles that are still unsolved. Some of the mysteries have not being solved due to lack of information about them, while some have been created as a challenge to others with monetary incentive involved.Here are 10 such puzzles waiting to be solved.
They are set of 3 cipher texts, which state the location of a buried treasure. The origination of the texts was in an 1885 pamphlet published in Bedford County, Virginia anonymously. It contained a story detailing a treasure being buried by a man named Thomas J. Beale, hence the Beale ciphers.Only one of the 3 messages, message number 2 has been decodes so far. Many of the cryptographers claim that the ciphers are nothing but hoaxes.
It’s is a hand written codex in unknown language. The pages of the codex have been carbon dated to the period of 1404-1438. It is named after the book collector WilfridVoynich, who purchased the book in 1912.The text is written from left to right and some pages have diagrams and illustrations. Only 240 pages remain today and they are made of Vellum.
It was a serial killer who operated in Northern California for ten months in 1960s. The Zodiac killer letters are coded letters that the killers sent to the police and the press until 1974, challenging the police to catch the killer. His identity remains unknown.
It’s is a structure made by artist Jim Sanborn situated on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It consists of 4 messages, out of which 3 have been solved. The sculptor has given 2 clues for solving the 4th message.
Composer Edward Elgar (of “Pomp and Circumstance” fame) sent a coded letter to his friend Dora Penny in 1897. The cipher has 87 characters written of 3 lines and having 24symbols. Each symbol consists of 1, 2, or 3 semicircles in 8 different directions. The cipher remains unsolved to this day.
It was published in the book Codes and Ciphers by English cryptographer Alexander D’Agapeyeff in 1939. The cipher was never solved by anyone. And later, author Alexander D’Agapeyeff admitted that he had forgot the method of ciphering it.
It’s a script written and carved on tablets unearthed in Crete, Turkey and Israel. These signs are somewhere 7362-7396 in numbers. These tablets date back to 1800 BC and contained two different scripts Linear A and Linear B. Linear B was completely deciphered English architect and self-taught linguist, Michael Ventris. Linear A remains unsolved till date.
It is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age (2nd millennium BC). The disc was discovered in 1908 by the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier and contains 241 tokens, comprising of 45 unique looking signs made by pressing hieroglyphic seals on soft mud and then baked to harden them.
Chinese gold bar ciphers
Seven gold bars were allegedly issued to a General Wang in Shanghai, China in the year of 1933. These bars have images which contain pictures, ancient Chinese writing, some form of script writing, and cryptograms in Latin letters.
It is also known as Harappa Script as they were produced in the Indus valley civilisations between 35th and 20th centuries BC. They are scribed on thousands of objects such as seals and tablets. There have been attempts at deciphering the script since 1875, but all the attempts have failed and no underlying language has been identified.