Sweden’s Ghost Rockets

The Roswell UFO crash of July, 1947 is one of the most publicized UFO events in American pop culture. In fact, the little town of Roswell has exploited this event to a point that it has become a cottage industry for many of its residents. Nearly every storefront window is decorated with green alien blow-up dolls and cardboard flying saucers. It seems more of a joke than a page from New Mexico’s history.

Sweden hasn’t turned their UFO sightings into a joke, but it has been turned into a documentary. Most Americans have never heard of the Ghost Rockets of Sweden. But this series of events began about seventeen months prior to the Roswell event and it is, by far, a bigger story than the Roswell crash. One big reason is that is wasn’t just a single event. In fact, it even continues to this day.

The first reports of a sighting of something unusual occured on February 26, 1946. Witnesses claimed they saw a missile-shaped craft crashing into a lake. Over the next few months, similar reports were received from all over Sweden at different lakes. The most remarkable sightings occurred on July 19, 1946 (almost exactly one year before the Roswell incident). On that day, four Ghost Rockets crashed into four different lakes, all within the span of four hours.

Sketch of a Ghost Rocket

A witness’ sketch of a Ghost Rocket. The handwritten notes, when translated, describe the rocket as having a green stripe on the side and a heat wave exhaust pattern at the rear.

Initially, these sightings were assumed to be a meteor shower. But when some witnesses described a small, metallic aircraft it was then assumed that the Russians were testing missiles. To prove this theory, the Swedish military searched an area where some of the sightings took place. Their investigation centered on lake Kölmjärv, conducting an underwater search for three weeks. They did discover fresh impact craters on the lake bed and damage to some aquatic plants. It definitely appeared as though something crashed into the lake, however no craft was ever recovered.

The United States and British military forces attempted to offer Sweden additional manpower and technology to help in the investigation. But, the world was still in the throes of the second world war and Sweden’s Prime Minister, Per Albin Hansson, feared that granting US and British troops entry into their country would risk Sweden’s “neutral” status, and enrage Stalin and Hitler, causing a bigger problem than a few unidentified falling objects crashing into lakes.

Now, nearly seventy years later, Ghost Rocket activity is still being witnessed. The stories are familiar — missile-like craft crashing into Sweden’s lakes or landing on the surface of a lake and slowly sinking beneath the surface. According to these new witness reports, the UFOs vary in size. Some are described as having wings, others appear to be wingless. But, they all seem to be too small to carry a human-sized pilot.

The Ghost Rockets documentary will cover the history of this weird chain of events, including the investigations. It has already been shown to limited audiences in some Swedish theaters. It will finally make its TV debut on Swedish television this coming November.

What are they? Where do they come from? And why are they choosing Sweden as their target? These are the questions everyone asks. Unfortunately, the Ghost Rockets documentary will still leave that up to your imagination.

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An Unlikely Hero In The Killing Fields

The little country of Cambodia, located in South East Asia, has suffered three decades of war. This has taken a severe toll on its citizens. But even though the battles have finally ended, the casualties continue. The victims are often curious young boys who explore the countryside and discover one of the many existing landmines planted decades ago.

The Cambodian Mine Action Authority, established in late 2000 to regulate mine activities, estimates that these demining operations cost a staggering $30 million per year. But the cost of lives and limbs is even more staggering. The Cambodian Mine Victim Information Service has recorded 19,684 people killed by mines since 1979. They also have one of highest rates of amputees in the world, with approximately 40,000 sufferers.

Currently, there are four main demining organizations working in Cambodia – The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), The HALO Trust, and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). At the current rate of funding and activity, it could take up to another 20 years to clear the mines from Cambodia’s soil.

It is extremely dangerous work to locate and disable landmines. They are buried beneath the soil, so they are an invisible threat. Since their housing is typically made of plastic, a metal detector will not find them. Unfortunately, there are no maps or charts to indicate where they are buried.

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This unlikely hero is doing an important job.

But now, Cambodia is getting a “little” help from an unusual source. Rats! Gambian Pouched Rats to be precise. These rodents were deployed to Cambodia from Tanzania in April by a Belgian non-profit organization, APOPO, to help clear these deadly mines. APOPO has used the rodents for mine-clearing projects in several countries, including Angola, Mozambique, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

One of the biggest advantages of using rats is that landmines pose no danger to them because the rats are not heavy enough to trigger an explosion. These clever rats are trained from the time they are 4 weeks old to sniff out TNT. When they find it, they scratch the ground at the site. 

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All the rats ask in return is a little love and a bite of banana.

The team of 15 rats and 18 handlers are still in training mode, but these rats are showing great promise. It takes one of these rats a matter of minutes to find a mine. It could take a human days, and it would be extremely dangerous work. One false move and a limb or a life could be lost.

A typical work day for these rats will find them in a training field, fitted with a harness which is connected by a leash to a matrix that confines the rat to a specific section of the field being searched. The rat sniffs around within this area and reacts when it gets a whiff of dynamite by digging at the target spot. The rats are then rewarded with a bite of banana.

Deploying these little bomb sniffers and their handlers in high numbers could drastically reduce the time needed to remove the deadly mines in Cambodia’s killing fields.

For their handlers, the rats are more than bomb detectors. “They are not just rats, they are like my brothers,” said 41-year-old handler Meas Chamroeun.

The Most Haunted Place in America

The Alamo, located in San Antonio, Texas, was the site of the legendary siege of 1836, one of the most important battles for Texas’s independence from Mexico. During this battle, thousands of Mexican soldiers were killed or wounded and 182 Texan defenders of the Alamo lost their lives.

The Alamo was erected in the 1700’s. It was built as a mission to bring Christianity to the Native Americans. However, In the 1830’s, this mission housed revolutionaries and rebels. It was during this time that the mission was re-purposed as a fort with the addition of high walls and numerous outbuildings.

In 1836 Mexico’s General Santa Anna (known as the Napoleon of the West) marched on San Antonio with 1,000 troops. Santa Ana’s goal was to conquer the Texan rebels. When he arrived on the 23rd of February, 145 rebels had taken refuge within the Alamo. For the next 13 days, a raging battle ensued.

William B. Travis, commander of the regular army and Jim Bowie commander of the volunteers, managed to increase their numbers to 182 men to defend the Alamo. Unfortunately, Santa Ana’s army swelled to 4,000 men.

Grossly outnumbered, the Texans fought valiantly but Santa Anna’s troops stormed the Alamo on the morning of March 6, killing most of the men. Among the dead were William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett. The Mexican army won the battle, but at a high cost, 1,600 Mexican soldiers lay dead or wounded. When General Santa Ana spoke of this victory, he was reported to say, “One more such glorious victory and we are finished.”

After the battle, the bodies of the Alamo defenders were desecrated by Mexican soldiers. They were looted, dismembered, buried in mass graves, dumped in the river, and even burned. In contrast, the fallen Mexican soldiers were given proper burials on the site. To this day, construction crews and utility workers dig up skulls and other bones when excavating in the area.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of unsettled souls haunting the Alamo. Several Federal Marshals have quit their jobs after encountering wandering entities on the portion of the lawn that covers the old cemetery.

In the gardens, the spirit of a cowboy, wearing a black duster and hat, appears dripping wet as if he has ridden through a thunderstorm. Some historians feel this spirit may be one of the 22 dispatch riders that William Travis sent seeking assistance.

Other witnesses report seeing a tall stately, but sorrowful Mexican officer who is believed to be General Manuel Fernandez de Castrillon. He was one of Santa Anna’s regimental commanders and opposed the final assault on the Alamo, stating it was bound to be a “bloodbath.”johnwayne

Park Rangers report seeing Davy Crockett standing guard at various locations. He is described as holding his flintlock rifle and wearing his coon
skin cap and buckskin clothing.

Even the spirit of John Wayne has been spotted. In life, he was cast as Davy Crockett in the 1960 version of “The Alamo” and was obsessed about researching the famous battle, It is speculated that he was so captivated by heroic stories that he chose to spend eternity alongside the real Davy Crockett and the rest of the fighting Texans.

This is just a small list of the apparitions seen at this famous battle site. In fact, this historical site is considered to be the most haunted place in the United States, possibly even the world.