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Little is known about this specimen other than its name, "The Fiji Mermaid." Is it a freakish mutant or an elaborate hoax? 960 1280

The Meade Art Museum at Amherst College, Amherst, MA  

This homemade fake head aided the only successful escape from the notorious Alcatraz prison. 960 1280

Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA  

In 1926, Richard Byrd claimed the first successful flight over the North Pole in this plane. But did he really make it? 960 1280

The Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, MI  

Unlocking the secrets of the Germans' Enigma coding machine helped the Allies win World War II. 960 1280

National Museum of the US Navy, Washington, DC  

The La Brea Tar Pits, a sticky, ancient graveyard, has preserved skeletons of extinct species such as this Mammoth. 960 1280

The George C. Page Museum, Los Angeles, CA  

Does this dummy found in Roswell, NM, prove that UFO rumors have more to do with secret military tests than real aliens? 960 1280

International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell, NM  

This rare and mysterious organism, the Angler Fish, lives a mile underwater in an uncharted frontier known as the Abyss. 960 1280

Birch Aquarium, San Diego, CA  

This harmless-looking object was part of a secret weapon used by Japan to strike the US mainland during World War II. 960 1280

Coos Historical and Maritime Museum, Coos Bay, OR  

This hatchet head was the key piece of evidence used against Lizzie Borden when she was accused of murdering her parents. 960 1280

Fall River Historical Society, Fall River, MA  

Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose was the largest wooden airplane ever built. Why did it fly only once? 960 1280

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville, OR  

Betty Hill Dress

Betty Hill Dress

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
In 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were allegedly abducted by aliens. This vintage, torn dress worn by Betty that strange fall night still carries a stain of an otherworldly nature. I’m afraid to ask.
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The Mars Spirit Rover

The Mars Spirit Rover

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, NM
It’s 2004 and our robot representative moves along on the Martian surface hobbled by a malfunctioning wheel. But the broken wheel scrapes away soil, leading to a major discovery: silica. Proof there once was water on the Red Planet.
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Sheet Music

Sheet Music

Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI
July 6, 1944. A terrible fire consumes a Ringling Brothers’ circus tent, killing 168 people. The investigation turns up the problem: the tent was waterproofed using paraffin and gasoline. What were they thinking?
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The Flying Car

The Flying Car

Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA
The initial test flight of this machine must have been a terror. After all, cars should be driven, not flown (just one man’s opinion).
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Credit Card Machine

Credit Card Machine

Valdez Museum, Valdez, AK
On March 27, 1964 the second-largest earthquake in recorded history strikes Valdez, Alaska. Fifty years later this credit card machine from a gas station along the destroyed waterfront turns up in the weeds, a card still intact.
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Cher Ami, Hero Pigeon

Cher Ami, Hero Pigeon

US Army Signal Corps Museum, Fort Gordon, GA
In 1918, a homing pigeon named Cher Ami saved the lives of 194 US soldiers under a deadly barrage of friendly fire -- and this pigeon did it flying 25 miles after taking a bullet from a German sniper.
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Kittenger's Jumpsuit

Kittenger's Jumpsuit

National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, OH
In 1958, Capt. Joseph Kittenger wore this jumpsuit to test a new parachute system designed to save the lives of ejecting US pilots. But he would have to risk his own life, jumping from more than 20 miles above the earth!
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Pullman Car Lighting Brackets

Pullman Car Lighting Brackets

Seattle Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA
A devastating avalanche destroys a Great Northern Railway car stopped in the Cascade Mountains en route to Seattle. Decades later, these bent pieces of metal turn up, evidence of a tragedy that killed more than 100 passengers.
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Einstein's Stolen Brain

Einstein's Stolen Brain

Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA
When Albert Einstein dies in 1955, his brain is illegally preserved and dissected by the doctor who performs his autopsy. He mounts specimens of the brain on microscope slides -- and makes a valuable discovery.
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Spanish Treasure

Spanish Treasure

McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian, FL
In 1961, after a decade of searching, Kip Wagner realizes his dream and discovers buried Spanish treasure at the bottom of the sea -- worth about 20 million bucks then and a whole lot more today.
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Black Aggie

Black Aggie

In a quiet, Washington, DC, courtyard is a mysterious bronze sculpture that depicts a mournful woman draped with a cloak. This figure is rumored to have caused pregnant women to miscarry and is even reported to have caused the death of a college student. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

An actress stands in front of the Hollywood sign in Hollywood, CA. The sign looms high over the city of Los Angeles and is an iconic symbol of glitz and glamour. But there are some who claim that these 9 letters are haunted. So, what tragic event spawned these rumors? 960 1280

  

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Standing in the middle of the National Mall in the nation’s capital is the Washington Monument – a 555-foot marble tower celebrating the country’s first president. But many people say it’s the creation of a secret society determined to take over the world. So, is this striking memorial really a symbol of evil? 960 1280

  

Agnus Pedestal

Agnus Pedestal

The Agnus Pedestal in Druid Ridge Cemetery where the Black Aggie statue once stood. 960 1280

  

On a hill outside of the small town of Elberton, GA, is one of the nation’s most peculiar monuments - a collection of 6 stones, engraved with cryptic messages, in a dozen languages. What do they say? And what is their purpose? 960 1280

  

Georgia Guidestones

Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guidestones display at the Elberton, GA, Granite Museum. 960 1280

  

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

The Black Hills of South Dakota are home to Mount Rushmore – a modern marvel featuring giant sculptures of 4 of the nation’s most revered leaders. But some claim that there is a secret vault carved into the rocks behind these colossal portraits. 960 1280

  

Georgia Guidestones

Georgia Guidestones

Learn more about the Georgia Guidestones at the Elberton Granite Museum & Exhibit. 960 1280

  

A view of Hollywood from behind the "H" of the famous sign. 960 1280

  

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