They say that before his Crucifixion, Jesus Christ drank wine from a cup. This Holy Grail vanished from historical record for a 1000 years before it emerged as a part of the Arthurian Legend. Is the Holy Grail just a myth? Or is it possible that it was smuggled out of Jerusalem and remains hidden to this day?
With Molly Brandenburg & Richard Rossner
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“We don’t know.” answers too many questions. But in this podcast, we don’t take “we don’t know” for an answer. Every Thursday, Unexplained Mysteries investigates the greatest mysteries of history and life on earth, because the answer “we don’t know” is always the scariest. Unexplained Mysteries is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production. Ad-free archives of episodes six months or older are now available through Stitcher Premium.
Most people know the story of the Holy Grail, but in fact there is little evidence in the Bible that it actually exists. Over the past two centuries, everyone from Arthurian Knight to Renaissance painters to contemporary thriller novelists have questioned the location of the cup of Christ. This religious relic, has taken a number of forms in human consciousness over the years, and may have never existed at all.
Since 1858, millions have bathed themselves in the Sacred Waters of Lourdes with the hope to be cured of their terminal illnesses. While many are healed, many more are not. Is the Sacred Water of Lourdes a mystical fountain or the world’s largest placebo effect?
This natural spring in the Grotto of Massabielle is a small cave-like enclosure in the southern countryside of France. In 1862, the Catholic Church authenticated claims that the Virgin Mary made an apparition at the grotto to a young girl. Blind people can suddenly see, the lame can walk and the depressed experience euphoria. Is it a placebo effect or does the water have magical powers only some can experience?
While excavating the ruins of a Christian church, Kathleen Martinez thought the site was actually part of something much bigger. She believed the site was in fact home to Cleopatra’s tomb that had been lost for over 2,000 years. Martinez’s intuition and insightful research have helped shed a tremendous amount of light on the Ptolemaic.
She is likely the most famous historical figure from Ancient Egypt. And yet, thousands of years after Cleopatra's reign, her final resting place has yet to be discovered. Archaeologist and historians struggle to find evidence surrounding her death and who and what she was buried with.
In 1949, eight months after the Unknown Man’s body was found on Somerton Beach in Australia, luck knocked on the investigators’ door. After numerous dead ends, investigators finally received their first clue about the identity of the mystery man.
The discovery of a corpse in 1948 on the beach in Australia creates a frenzy circulating rumours about the identity of the unknown man. In his pocket was a slip of paper with the phrase “Tamam Shud,” translating to “it is ended.” The authorities investigation was met with dead ends and more questions. Theories about his identity range from being a Cold War spy, a time traveler, or even a victim of alien abduction.
In 1216, just before his death, English Monarch King John lost the original royal Crown Jewels. Were they lost to the landscape, buried beneath dozens of feet of silt and dirt? Or is it possible the jewels were intentionally misplaced? The tremendous loss of the crown jewels was perhaps karma for a king known for his cruelty.
In 1216, just before his death, English Monarch King John lost the royal Crown Jewels. Were they lost to the landscape, buried beneath dozens of feet of silt and dirt? Or is it possible the jewels were intentionally misplaced?
Reports surfaced in the late 1800s from local tribesmen in the Congo claiming a small horse-like creature hid in the woodlands. Men went in search of the mysterious animal. The creature in question: a unicorn. Expeditions have continued throughout history to find a living unicorn.
According to mythical beliefs, the unicorn is a shy creature, living deep in the forest and rarely venturing near people. The creature is found in literature dating back to 1800 B.C.E. and is referenced in the King James Bible. “Lancelot the Living Unicorn” was a real unicorn found in the Ringling Brother Circus in 1984. Was Lancelot a genetic mutation or a descendant from a real species?
On the hunt for the real location of Eden, Molly and Richard use biblical text as a map to locate where the Garden may have originally been located. The Middle East and South America are definitely possibilities for this paradise of religion and myth.
The mythical paradise described in the book of Genesis has roots in cultures across the globe. Many explorers, conquerors, and fanatics have attempted to locate it over the centuries. Biblical and geographic evidence shows that the Garden may have really existed.
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What is the science behind the way Tarrare ate the way he did? Most people wouldn’t consider eating 12 whole eggs at once possible, but in 1700s France, Tarrare was an anomaly. Competitive eaters today still can’t compare to this reigning king of bizarre eating.
He was known as the Hungriest Man in history, eating his way through corks, stones, live animals, and by swallowing an entire basketful of apples one after the other. Was he the victim of a strange disorder or just meant to be a competitive eater? In Part II, Molly and Richard discuss what might have caused Tarrare’s strange affliction in 1700s France.
A millionaire investor goes missing. Who is responsible? We explore the chief suspects behind Lowenstein’s disappearance.
A shrewd, confident businessman, achieving a net worth of over 12 million pounds in the 1920s, but would his business dealings eventually lead to his downfall?
The Devil's Triangle remains shrouded in mystery. What have legitimate studies conducted by the U.S. Navy revealed about the regular disappearances of ships and aircraft over this area of the North Atlantic Ocean?