But apparently something weird was going on with their arms.
The first place to face the wrath of the mysterious invaders was Anatolia, in what is now modern-day Turkey. By all accounts, Anatolia was one of the most powerful areas in the Mediterranean, which is why the king of the Anatolian city Ugarit was understandably taken aback and more than a little spooked when emissaries from a neighboring king, Suppiluliuma, arrived with a desperate plea for assistance against a band of unknown attackers.
"They just keep unleashing loads and loads of sea men on us."
Ugarit sent their own military to help ward off the mysterious aggressors, but even that wasn't enough. The Sea Peoples burned Suppiluliuma's city to the ground, then pulled up their sea-sleeves and marched to Ugarit to burn it to the ground as well, all before disappearing back into their undersea kingdom.
A few years later, the same thing happened to Kadesh, a major trading center in modern-day Syria. After that, they continued to burn their way through the cradle of civilization to such a violent extent that they wound up reshaping the landscape of the ancient world. Eventually, though, they got cocky and attacked Egypt, which went about as well for them as the Nazi invasion of Russia. The Egyptians were the only nation powerful enough to stand up to the Sea Peoples, but that's not to say the mysterious ocean ravagers didn't put up one hell of a fight -- after two massive invasion attempts with heavy losses on both sides, the Sea Peoples finally decided to eat some crow and slinked away (again, presumably back to Atlantis).
For now ...
But who were these invaders who managed to walk over the most powerful civilizations on Earth like the aliens in Independence Day? Well, scholars think they might have come from Europe, or the Balkans, or Asia Minor, or fucking New Jersey for all anyone knows. The problem is that the only human beings to ever meet the Sea Peoples were too busy being stabbed and set on fire to ask them where they came from and what the hell they were after.
The whole thing seems eerily like "The Doom That Came to Sarnath," a story by H.P. Lovecraft about an underwater civilization of lizard people who tear down the most powerful city in the world on the eve of its 1,000th anniversary. Considering the fact that nobody knows who the Sea People were or any land they could have come from, and their sole motive seemed to be the destruction of all the greatest cities of mankind, the "Lovecraftian horror beasts" theory is as good an explanation as any.
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