Ok, so we all know Frank Lampard’s shot crossed the line. Or did we? Can 100 million people worldwide really all have simultaneously experienced a mass delusion? According to the referee and his assistant we did. So this week we’re looking at where else you might be able to witness some of the world’s most bizarre phenomena. Cue Twilight Zone theme tune…
Bloemfontein, South Africa (from £1,350)
South Africa, June 2010. Germany v England. Two famous old rivals take each other on once again in a World Cup finals. Germany cruise to a surprisingly easy 2-0 lead after half-an-hour, before England hit back on 37 minutes. And then it happens. Frank Lampard shoots a bullet from 25 yards, the ball bounces off the bar, down off the ground and back out, safely into the keepers arms. Everybody watching on TV thinks it’s a goal. Everyone in the stadium thinks it’s a goal. The players think it’s a goal. But the referee waves play on – freaky but true…
Roswell, USA (from £865)
In June or July 1947, a batch of alleged extra-terrestrial debris was recovered from a site near Roswell, New Mexico. Following the incident, there was frenzied speculation as to the nature of the actual object which crashed – was it a UFO or simply the result of a botched military manoeuvre? Conspiracy theories have been circulating ever since, and the incident has become arguably the biggest UFO ‘happening’ ever.
Seattle, USA (from £777)
The legend of the huge, hairy ape-like creature known as Bigfoot was around for some time before the first photographs of the creature emerged. The beast, also known as Sasquatch, is said to have footprints up to 24 inches long and 8 inches wide. If you’re brave enough to set, er, foot in the woodlands Bigfoot is said to inhabit, you can fly in to Seattle and make your way into the forest from there. Good luck.
Inverness, Scotland (from £115)
The Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as ‘Nessie’ by locals, is said to be a huge dinosaur-like creature that lives in Loch Ness, a freshwater loch in northern Scotland. Sightings of Nessie have been reported since the 17th century, with the most famous photograph of the monster emerging in 1934. If you’re keen to take a closer look, you can take a boat trip on the loch. Don’t forget your camera – and your zoom lens.
Komatsu, Japan (from £778)
The surreal meterological phenomenon of ‘raining animals’ has been reported many times across the globe, and is thought to occur when high winds pick up groups of fish, frogs or birds and deposit them in another location. There have however been many cases of animals dropping out of the sky where no high winds or rain have been recorded. One such case took place last year in central Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture, where hundreds of dead tadpoles were discovered on the ground over a 48-hour period, baffling locals. If you’re more than a tad intrigued, why not visit the scene of last year’s downpour. Bring a brolly just in case.
Bermuda (from £668)
The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda where various aircraft, boats and ships have been reported as missing over the years. There are a number of both supernatural and rather more sceptical explanations for the disappearances, but the area has gained sufficient notoriety to ensure its position at the top table of bizarre worldwide phenomenon.