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(2010-01-27 12:55:24)



  Over the centuries, history is filled with wonderful tales of mysterious people - many of whom are never identified. This list is a selection of the most significant or mysterious people of this variety.As usual, if you know of other fascinating people that would suit asimilar follow up list, be sure to tell us in the comments。





  10 Monsieur Chouchani

  Monsieur Chouchani (died 1968) is the nickname of an anonymous and mysterious Jewish teacher who taught a number ofhighly regarded students (including Emmanual Levinas (pictured above)and Elie Wiesel) in Europe after World War II. Very little is knownabout Chouchani, including his real name. His origins and entire lifehistory were kept a closely guarded secret.His gravestone in Montevideo, Uraguay where he died) reads: “The wiseRabbi Chouchani of blessed memory. His birth and his life are sealed in

  enigma。” The text was written by Elie Wiesel who also paid for the gravestone。

  There is no known body of work by Chouchani himself, but he left a very strong intellectual legacy via his students. Chouchani dressed like a vagabond but was a master of vast areas of human knowledge, including science,mathematics, philosophy and especially the Talmud. Most of the detailsof his life that are known come from the writings and interviews with his students。





  9 The Poe Toaster

  The Poe Toaster is the nickname given to a mysterious man who pays annual tribute to Poe by visiting his grave every year.The strange tradition started in 1949 - a century are after Poe’sdeath, and it occurs every year on the author’s birthday (January 19).According to Wikipedia: “In the early hours of the morning on thatdate, a black-clad figure, presumed to be male, with a silver-tipped cane enters the West minster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore, Maryland. The individual

  proceeds to Poe’s grave, where he or she raises a cognac toast. Beforedeparting, the Toaster leaves three red roses and a half-bottle ofcognac on the grave。”

  The Toaster wears a black hat and coat and hides his face with a hood or scarf. Groups of reporters and admirers are often on hand to watch the event. There have been no attempts to interfere with the Toaster or to unmask him - most likely out of respect for the tradition。





  8 Babushka Lady

  During the analysis of the film footage of the assasination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, a mysterious woman wasspotted. She was wearing a brown overcoat and a scarf on her head (thescarf is the reason for her name as she wore it in a similar

  style to Russian grandmothers - also called babushkas). The womanappeared to be holding something in front of her face which is believedto be a camera.She appears in many photos of the scene. Even after the shooting whenmost people had fled the area, she remained in place and continued tofilm. Shortly after she is seen moving away to the East up Elm Street.The FBI publically requested that the woman come forward and give them the footage she shot but she never did。

  In 1970 a woman called Beverly Oliver came forward and claimed to bethe Babushka Woman, though her story contains many inconsistencies. Sheis generally regarded as a fraud. To this day, no one knows who theBabushka Woman is or what she was doing there. More unusual is her refusal to come forward to offer her evidence。





  7 Kaspar Hauser

  boy appeared in the streets of Nuremberg, Germany. He carried a letterwith him which was addressed to a captain of 6th cavalry regiment. Theanonymous author said that the boy was given into his custody, as aninfant, on the 7th October 1812, and that he had never let him “take asingle step out of my house”. Now the boy would like to be a cavalryman, thus the captain should take him in or hang him. Hauser claimed that he had, for as longas he could think back, spent his life always totally alone in adarkened 2×1×1.5 metre cell (little more than the size of a one-personbed in area) with only a straw bed to sleep on and a horse carved outof wood for a toy. Hauser claimed that the first human being he everhad had contact with had been a mysterious man who had visited him not long before his release, always taking great care not to reveal his face to him. According to contemporaryrumors - probably current as early as 1829 - Kaspar Hauser was thehereditary prince of Baden that was born on September 29, 1812 and haddied within a month. It was claimed that this prince had been switched with a dying baby, and had indeed appeared 16 yearslater as “Kaspar Hauser” in Nuremberg. Hauser died after receiving astab wound to the chest which was possible self-inflicted. He claimedhe had been stabbed by the man who had kept him as an infant。

  In 2002, the University of Münster analyzed hair and body cells fromlocks of hair and items of clothing that were alleged to belong toKaspar Hauser. The DNA samples were compared to a DNA segment of Astrid von Medinger, a descendant in the female line of Stéphanie de Beauharnais, who would have been Kaspar Hauser’s mother if indeed he had been the hereditary prince of Baden. The sequences were not identical but the deviation observed isnot large enough to exclude a relationship, as it could be caused by a mutation。






  4 Comte St Germain

  The Count of St. Germain (allegedly died February 27, 1784) was a courtier, adventurer, inventor, amateur scientist, violinist, amateur composer, and a mysterious gentleman; healso displayed some skills associated with the practice of alchemy. Hewas known as ‘Der Wundermann’ — ‘The Wonderman’. He was a man whoseorigin was unknown and who disappeared without leaving a trace. In1745, Horace Walpole wrote of him:

  …the other day they seized an odd man, who goes by the name of CountSt. Germain. He has been here these two years, and will not tell who heis, or whence,but professes that he does not go by his right name. He sings, plays onthe violin wonderfully, composes, is mad, and not very sensible.He is called an Italian, a Spaniard, a Pole; a somebody that married agreat fortune in Mexico, and ran away with her jewels toConstantinople; a priest,a fiddler, a vast nobleman. The Prince of Wales has had unsatiatedcuriosity about him, but in vain. However, nothing has been made outagainst him; he is released; and, what convinces me that he is not a gentleman, stays here, and talks of his being taken up for a spy。

  Since his death, various occult organizations have adopted him as amodel figure or even as a powerful deity. In recent years severalpeople have claimed to be the Count of St. Germain。





 3 Man in the Iron Mask

  The Man in the Iron Mask (died November 1703) was a prisoner held ina number of Jails (including the Bastille) during the reign of KingLouis XIV of France. The true identity of the man is unknown because noone ever saw his face which was hidden by a black velvet

  mask. Fictional retellings of the story refer to the mask as an “Iron”mask. The first records that mention the prisoner are from 1669 whenLouis XIV’s minister placed the prisoner in the care of the governor of the prison of Pignerol。

  According to the letter that accompanied him, the man’s name wasEustache Dauger. The letter instructed the governor to prepare a cellwith multiple

  doors - to prevent anyone outside from listening in. The prisoner wastold that if he spoke to anyone of anything other than his immediateneeds, he would be killed. The Governor was the only person who was tosee the prisoner, and he provided him with his daily food. When theprisoner died, all of his belongings were destroyed. To this day, noone knows who he was。



  吉尔·佩雷斯是一名西班牙士兵,在1593年10月26日那天,他突然现身在墨西哥城。他当时正身穿一身卫兵制服,这个制服只有在菲律宾的德尔·戈博南多宫殿的士兵才穿。他说他并不知道他为什么会出现在墨西哥。他描述说,在他发现他来到了墨西哥的之前,他正在马尼拉的总督宫殿值岗哨。他还说,总督(Gómez Pérez Dasmari?as阁下)刚刚被杀害。


  2 Gil Pérez

  Gil Perez was a Spanish solder who suddenly appeared in Mexico City on October 26, 1593. He was wearing the uniform of the guards of the Del Gobernador Palace in the Philippines. He claimed to have no idea how he had managed to appear in Mexico. He stated that moments before finding himself there, he hadbeen on sentry duty in Manila at the governor’s Palace. He told themthat the governor (Don Gómez Pérez Dasmari?as) had just been assassinated。

  Two months later, news arrived from the Philippines by ship. Theycarried news that confirmed that the governor had been killed and theyverified other aspects of Perez’s story. Witnesses confirmed that Perezhad indeed been on duty in Manila just before arriving in Mexico. Inaddition, one of the passengerson the ship recognized Perez and swore that he had seen him in thePhilippines on October 23. Perez eventually returned to the Philippinesand resumed his life - which was uneventful until his death。





  1 Green Children of Woolpit

  The Green Children of Woolpit were two children who appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, UK, in the 12th century. The children were brother and sister and they had green colored skin. Their appearance was normal in all other areas. They spoke an unrecognized language and refused to eat anything other than pitch

  from bean pods. Eventually their skin lost its green color. When theylearned English they explained that they were from the 'Land of StMartin' which was a dark place because the sun never rose far above the horizon.They claimed that they were tending their father’s herd and followed ariver of light when they heard the sounds of bells - finding themselves in Woolpit。

  Some of the more unusual theories proposed for the origin of the children are that they were Hollow Earth children, parallel dimension children, or Extraterrestrial children。


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