7 Mysteries of the Early Internet That People Are Still Desperate to Solve

Not even Google could debunk these mysteries. On Sunday, August 16, Reddit user dirtyumpire69 asked fellow Redditors: "What mysteries from the early days of the internet are still unsolved to this day?" Since, the inquiry garnered over 9,000 comments. People are still curious about many things, including the creator of Bitcoin, Philip Taylor Kramer, and the Numa Numa guy.

The identity of the main creator of Bitcoin

"The identity of the main creator of bitcoin, many speculations but still no solid proof of who they are exactly, just that their bitcoin wallet remains untouched and there's speculation for that too like they're waiting to dump it when the times right or as simply lost the code to the wallet. Still interesting all together."

Satoshi Nakamoto is credited for creating Bitcoin. It is widely speculated that Nakamoto is a pseudonym for someone else or several people. Nakamoto was active in. the development of Bitcoin up until December 2010, when he appeared to vanish from the internet. Many have claimed to be Nakamoto over the years, and many news outlets obsessed over unmasking behind the Bitcoin. It still remains a mystery who he is, along with who exactly created the cryptocurrency.

Heaven's Gate

"Is the Heaven's Gate website still up and running?"

(This mystery is easily solved by Googling the website).

The Heaven's Gate website, the page for a California-based UFO religious group. As per CNN, the group participated in a mass suicide pact in 1997. Hours before the incident, the website read: "Hale–Bopp brings closure to Heaven's Gate ... Our 22 years of classroom here on planet Earth is finally coming to conclusion—'graduation' from the Human Evolutionary Level. We are happily prepared to leave 'this world' and go with Ti's crew." Today, Heaven's Gate's webpage still exists, and maintains a 1990s aesthetic.

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Instructions for creating ecstasy

"Back in 1993, there was a page that had the full process for creating ecstasy. Must have been written by a scientist, because it was highly detailed."

The drug 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy, was invented in 1912. It became very popular in the 1970s and 80s for its recreational use. It is illegal in most countries, and as of 2018, has no approved medical uses, The New York Times reported in 2018. In order to make this drug, the Sunrise House website notes that "manufacturing ecstasy requires several toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, mercury, and ammonium chloride," which also includes some illegal steps and exposure to toxic materials. Need we say, don't try this at home? Don't try this at home.

The death of Philip Taylor Kramer

"Death of Philip Taylor Kramer the bass guitarist for Iron Butterfly who became a computer engineer. He was said to have been working on data compression techniques and may have been assassinated, but his death was ruled a suicide. The whole story (and family) are weird. It made the rounds as a favorite early internet conspiracy and then... just disappeared."

According to the Los Angeles Times, the musician turned aerospace engineer was reported missing in February 1995. Shortly before he went missing, Kramer called his wife and a friend on his way home from Los Angeles International Airport, telling them he won't be picking them up. He also called 911, saying he was going to kill himself. Massive search efforts and media outlets reported on Kramer's disappearance. Four years later in May 1999, his remains and his van were found. There were no known suspects in the case, and police suspect that Kramer committed suicide.

Grave robbing for morons

"I remember that extremely creepy video of a young guy with longish hair and a very odd way of speaking (I think it was a combination of accent and speech impediment) talking about grave robbing and how to prep the remains for sale. I remember specifically him going into great detail into how to properly clean out the skulls so they wouldn't rattle when you shook them. Nobody ever came up with an identity, location, or even a solid answer for who was buying the human remains or why.

"Anyway, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it for a long time, because last year a man where I live was arrested for doing the exact same thing. He was digging up graves, taking the remains, and methodically cleaning them for sale. Sale to who?? For what reason?? It literally drives me insane."

The website mentioned here does exist, and it includes said video, too. In the clip, a man whose name appears to be Anthony gives an in-depth look at grave robbing and preparing remains for sale. It lasts for about an hour. Some have speculated Anthony made the video for fame. Others think it was a hoax, despite the fact that the skull Anthony holds looks eerily realistic. Who really made the clip, why it was made, where exactly it came from, and when it was recorded however, remains unknown.

The Numa Numa guy

"I can only think of Numa Numa guy and wonder what the legend is doing now."

This query refers to the 2004 video of American vlogger Gary Brolsma dancing to the song "Dragostea Din Tei." The video instantly became viral and birthed many memes. He even made appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's The Tonight Show, and VH1's Best Week Ever.

New Jersey native Brolsma is a YouTuber who creates engineering clips. His most recent upload for his 16,000 followers was from three months ago, and his page's description even reads, "Videos from Gary Brolsma, creator of the Numa Numa Dance, musician, and web designer." Rock on, Gary.

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The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet

"The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet, I only know about this mystery because of a series of videos made by Whang!, if you don't know what the mystery is about, it's about a song that is visible to the public, but no one knows who made the song, no one even knows the title of the song, this search started in 2007, but wasn't big until 2019 I think."

This new-wave tune was likely created in the 1980s. It even has a subreddit dedicated to it. As per Rolling Stone, a man named Darius S. recorded the song in 1984 on a cassette labeled "Cassette #4." The song was recorded from the German radio program called Musik Für Junge Leute (which translates to "music for young people"). Darius missed the title and the artist of the song when he recorded it. Paul Baskerville, the DJ of the radio program also couldn't place a name on the track.

Over 20 years later, in 2007, Darius' sister posted a snippet of the song on a website in efforts to identify the artist and title. The Most Mysterious Song didn't go viral until 2019, when Gabriel da Silva Vieira, a Brazilian teenager, began searching for its origin. He shared the video all over the internet, and folks became obsessed with finding out where it came from. The Most Mysterious Song may remain exactly that.

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