Lists: Mysteries That Haunt Me

Life is just filled with unanswered questions, isn’t it? Some people see the world as one big mystery.  They might be content the’ve found part of an explanation, but they are always certain a complete answer is hovering just outside their reach. “Sure, after careful research I built my house out of stone, but now I wonder how my impact resistant glass windows will hold up to the Big Bad Wolf’s lung power.”

Others ask few questions, certain they have been given all the answers that matter using common sense, or finding them in the pages of holy scripture, family wisdom, or the slogans of their favorite politician.  “Sure, I built my house out of straw.  Straw was good enough for Mama and Papa Pig, and they lived long enough to have us three little piglets, didn’t they?”

Most of us can be found somewhere in between.  We know there’s more to the world than meets the eye, so we search for answers in a variety of places without becoming obsessed.

If you’re like me, though, there are mysteries that haunt you, things you must know but can’t find out.  This is your chance to tell us what they are.  Share at least one in a comment here and you will be entered in May’s List’s giveaway. Let’s avoid politics and religion, okay?  If you have no unanswered questions, you can tell us that, too, and still be entered. will choose a winner next month from all May’s List commenters.  The prize is an autographed novel, my choice since it will depend on what is not yet packed.

Mysteries That Haunt Me:

1: Was Lee Harvey Oswald really a lone assassin?

2: Is the Loch Ness monster a myth, wishful thinking, or a leftover from prehistoric times?

3: What did Billie Joe McAllister throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge?

4: In December 1941, how did the Japanese get so close to Pearl Harbor without being spotted?

5: Will Hollywood ever again find inspiration from any source other than comic books and video games?

Now it’s your turn.  Comment any time this month to be entered in the giveaway.

And speaking of giveaways and winners?  Congratulations to Mollie Cox Bryan, who won last month’s Lists giveaway with the following comment:  “I agree with a lot of what’s already been written here. For me, a little politics and religion goes a long way. I don’t mind either one, really, if I feel like it’s an integral part of the story and if it’s done well. But so many times these days it feels like fiction has an agenda. That’s what I don’t like.”


  1. Cathy Jackson on May 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

    My mystery is simple: Where the heck do the odd socks go in the washer????

    • Emilie Richards on May 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

      So glad you added that! I ask myself that question frequently.

  2. Lucy Joy on May 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Actually I have two that are regional to where I live. Does Big Foot really exist? What REALLY happened to D.B. Cooper?

  3. Lori on May 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

    If we all come from Adam and Eve, why are there so many different types of skin color? Same with all the different languages – why? Why don’t we all speak the same language and look similar?

  4. Maureen Johnson on May 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Why did Mary have a little lamb?
    Why don’t one’s plams tan?
    Why do clothes get darker when they are wet since water is clear?

  5. Wanda on May 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Why does the dryer eat socks?
    Why is it that men just don’t get it?
    Why do we have daylight saving’s time in Alaska?

  6. Debbie Giammaria on May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Why is there only a spider on the wall when my husband is not home ?

    What is it about putting milk on your cereal that makes the phone ring ?

  7. GladysMP on May 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa ever fall?

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