Everybody loves The X-Files, but even almost ten years of weekly weirdness was not enough to cover all of the truly bizarre things that can happen out there. From bizarre illnesses and mysterious disappearances to alien hot spots and inexplicable fires that have ravaged entire towns, there are a lot of true creepy mysteries out there. Some of these real life X-files go beyond completely terrifying.
What makes a man mysteriously die and decompose as if he'd been dead for weeks in only a matter of days? Where do entire boats and planes go when they disappear? What can make five children disappear almost without a trace and then taunt their parents for decades? No one has ever been able to figure most of these bizarre real-life mysteries out, but we all know it would be awesome to watch Mulder and Scully take a crack at them. Take a look at these cases that might even be too weird for The X-Files.
The Mass Disappearance of Children from National Parks
Over the past 100 years, more than 1100 people have disappeared without a trace from national parks across the US. Most of these disappearances have been those of children younger than 10. This is especially insane considering that these children have vanished on federal land, which is known for being closely watched by law enforcement.
You would think that such a high number of disappearances would have left angry loved ones behind looking for answers, and led to some sort of public outcry, but instead, the issue is not widely known. This is, perhaps, because getting accurate statistics is incredibly difficult, meaning that it is impossible to know exactly how many children have vanished.
When author David Paulides asked for a record of missing persons from different national parks, he was told that they don't keep those records. Later he was told if he wanted those records, it would cost him over $1 million. What exactly is being covered up here, besides awesome X-Files episode material?
The Man with a Horrifying Appetite
In the 1700s in France, a man named Tarrare stalked the streets eating literally anything in his path. At the age of 17, he weighed only 100 pounds and could eat a quarter of an entire cow in a day. He could also wrap the skin of his stomach around his entire body. After being kicked out of his house for being terrifying, he traveled as part of a freak show, consuming anything put in front of him. Tarrare would eat anything from garbage to flint to even live animals.
Tarrare enlisted in the army and was quickly sent to a hospital after almost starving to death on a diet meant for only one normal man. There he became the test subject of curious doctors, who fed him everything from live snakes and eels to meals meant for 15 people. Tarrare, however, was kicked out of the hospital after getting caught trying to eat corpses. During his stay a 14-month-old baby mysteriously disappeared from the infirmary, and it's believed he ate it.
A monster-of-the-week X-Files episode based on a man who literally steals infants and eats them would be truly insane. Second revival, anyone?
The S.S. Ourang Medan
Around 1947-1948, a bizarre radio message was received by a number of ships traveling through the Straits of Malacca near Sumatra and Malaysia. The message was delivered in Morse code and partially indecipherable. According to those who received the transcript, it said. "All Officers, including the Captain, are dead. Lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead. … I die."
Two American ships came to the Dutch ship's rescue and found the distress calls horrifyingly accurate. The ship was littered with the corpses of the crew, all in states of complete terror. Even the crew's pet dog was found dead, its teeth bared mid-snarl. While there was no sign of physical harm on any of the corpses, they all appeared to be rotting rapidly. Suddenly the Ourang Medan caught fire and exploded, sinking into the sea.
The Man from Taured
In 1954, an unusual man tried to go through customs at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. He claimed that he was from Taured, a country between France and Spain that simply does not exist. He had a passport from the country with stamps which corresponded to all of his business trips, as well as a wallet full of corresponding currencies and documentation. After officials showed him a map which depicted Andorra to be the country between France and Spain, he became angry and claimed that Taured had existed for thousands of years.
The man was put up in a hotel over night and his documents locked away while the authorities attempted to sort everything out. They found out that the company he said he was meeting with had never heard of him and the bank listed in his checkbook did not exist. Things got even weirder when the man disappeared from a guarded hotel room without a trace overnight. All of his documentation, which had been held overnight by airport security, also vanished.