mysteries 4

Mysteries, IV


1. Coral Castle

In Coral Castle, you can find the world’s largest valentine — a stone heart weighing 2.5 tons. It also contains a giant chair that rocks at the touch of a finger.

The centerpiece of the castle is an eight meter sun dial that can tell time within two minutes.

Revolving Door

Meanwhile the door at the entrance to Coral Castle is made from a single rock weighing nine tons. This slab is perfectly balanced so that anyone can push it open with one finger.

Every piece in the castle was made from coral rock dug from a nearby quarry. And it was the work of just one man: Edward Leedskalnin, a 50 kg immigrant from Latvia.


His tools consisted of handmade saws, chisels, chains, hoists, and hammers. And his transportation? An old bicycle without tires.

Ed spent twenty years constructing Coral Castle near Homestead, Florida. However he never did reveal how he could move, lift and position, the massive coral blocks.

All he said was that he knew the secrets of the ancient Egyptians and Mayas.

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1. Would couples, astronomers, and senior citizens (elderly people)like to visit Coral Castle?

2. It’s possible for someone to move a rock weighing many tons. True or false?

3. Did many construction workers build Coral Castle?

4. Modern cranes and trucks were used. Yes or no?

5. How did Ed build Coral Castle?

2. Footprints in the Snow

On the night of 8 February 1855, a heavy snowstorm began in Devon, England. In the morning, people got up to find everything covered by a blanket of fresh snow.

Then they noticed U-shaped footprints running up to their doors, through their gardens, over rooftops, crossing fields, rivers, and into the forest. They looked like donkey or horse hooves.

But they all followed a single, unbroken line, 20 cm apart as if its legs had walked directly in front of the other. There were no rest marks, line breaks, or other walkers. The total length, until it disappeared in the woods, was 160 km.

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1. Was “it” a day or night walker?

2. Did they walk only on road and paths, or everywhere?

3. What were some strange or unusual things about the footprints?

4. How do you think the people there felt?


3. Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are ancient, surface drawings, stretching for many kilometres on the Nazca plateau in southern Peru.

These outlines were “drawn” by removing the dark stone surface layer, revealing the light-covered sand underneath.

Plants and Animals

Some are rigid, exact, geometric designs while others represent animals, including a humming bird which measures 120 meters across, a spider of 50 meters, a monkey, a killer whale, sharks, lizards, fishes, strange plants…and what appears to be an astronaut.

The pictures were unknown in modern times until 1941 when they were discovered from an airplane – the only way to properly view them.

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1. Are the Nazca Lines small, medium-sized, or big?

2. Were the Nazca Lines created with paint?

3. There are only abstract pictures. Yes or no?

4. What are some mysteries about the Nazca Lines?

5. What are some possible explanations?


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