Lost Objects

Has the legendary Nazi Gold Train been found at last?

What are the Nazi “gold trains”? The “Nazi Gold Trains”, also known as the Walbrzych gold trains, are legendary Nazi German-era trains, laden with gold and treasures, rumored to have been buried underground toward the end of World War II. At the time, Germans in Poland were in retreat from the advancing Russian army. Witnesses report seeing the trains being hastily loaded in Wroclaw (eastern Poland) and leaving in a south-western direction. According to legend, the trains left Wroclaw (named Breslau at the time) filled with gold, jewelry, and stolen artwork as well as documents and experimental military technology. The trains were never seen again. Why is it believed that treasure was loaded onto the trains?  Witnesses say it was apparent that whatever was loaded onto the trains was very

The Missing P40 Airplane

Radar Reflections On December 8, 1942, over a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, radar in the United States picked up an unusual reading.  What appeared to be an airplane was heading for American soil from the direction of Japan.  Radar operators knew this bore none of the usual markings of some sort of aerial attack.   The sky was overcast, it was late evening, and no prior attack had occurred in these types of conditions. Fighters Scrambled Two American pilots were sent to intercept the mysterious plane.  As they approached the plane they radioed back to the ground to report that the aircraft was a P-40 and bore markings that had not been used since the attack on Pearl Harbor.  When they pulled up alongside the craft

The Lost Letter

The Letter is Sent On September 22, 1918, days before the end of World War I, George Kemp penned a letter to his 9 year-old nephew Donald Templeton from deep within the trenches in embattled France.  After mailing the letter, George returned to his unruly surroundings to continue his fight to survive the perils of World War I.  In the final days of the war George lost that fight and was killed in action.  His letter it seems was lost too.  While postal authorities concede that thousands of letters are lost each year, what's unusual about this case is that the letter did eventually reach its destination - 63 years later. Letter Arrives On July 6, 1981, the letter arrived in Buffalo, New York.  The original recipient, George

The Indian Rope Trick

Introduction The famed Indian rope trick - a myth, a product of mass hypnosis, or was it really magic?  The trick, involving a coil of rope that is magically extended skyward, has yet to be duplicated by modern day magicians despite centuries of exhaustive study by scholars and expert magicians. The Trick An early account from India in the 14th century, tells of a magician using a coil of rope with a large wooden ball tied to one end.  The magician tossed the wooden ball high into the air.  Instead of returning to the ground, it rose higher and higher until the rope disappeared into the clouds.  A small boy (the magician's assistant) jumped to the rope and began climbing hand over