25 Fascinating Facts About Zeus: King Of Olympus

When we talk about religion in antiquity, very few gods came close to Zeus in terms of popularity and worship. Zeus was the king of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus; he was god of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order, and justice. He was first worshiped by the Greeks, then by the Romans (who referred to him as Jupiter), and then by the peoples of many other parts of the world. As the father of the gods, Zeus ensured that each deity performed their individual duty, punished their misdeeds, settled their disputes, and acted as their all-knowing counselor and mighty friend.


Zeus also loved to frequently interfere in human lives. He often took a paternal interest in the actions and well-being of mortals. He watched over them with tender solicitude, rewarding truth, charity, and fairness, while severely punishing perjury and cruelty. Even though he’s mostly remembered for his wild love affairs with numerous mortal women, Zeus was also the protector of the poorest and demanded that the wealthy inhabitants of the earth be attentive to the needs of their less fortunate fellow citizens. Take a look at these 25 Fascinating Facts About Zeus.



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Zeus was the child of Kronos and Rhea, the youngest of his siblings, though sometimes he is reckoned the oldest, as the others required disgorging from Kronos’s stomach.




Zeus was the child of Kronos and Rhea, the youngest of his siblings, though sometimes he is reckoned the oldest, as the others required disgorging from Kronos’s stomach.

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Zeus avoided being swallowed by his father, who had been told one of his children would overthrow him, when Rhea hid him in a cave on Mount Ida in Crete and sought help from Gaia.




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According to another legend, Zeus was raised by a goat named Amalthea, while a company of soldiers danced, shouted, and clashed their spears against their shields every night so that Kronos would not hear the baby’s cries.




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Zeus vanquished his father and released his siblings, who were still living in Kronos’s stomach.




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Thanks to this action and after the revolt against his father, Zeus became the ruler of heaven and earth. Along with Hades (god of the underworld) and Poseidon (god of the sea), Zeus shared the rule of the world and became king of Olympus.




Poseidon

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Even though he’s known for causing thunder and lightning, Zeus was once a rain god. One way or another, he was always associated with the weather.




Even though he’s known for causing thunder and lightning, Zeus was once a rain god. One way or another, he was always associated with the weather.

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Maybe that explains why the legendary Greek poet Homer believed heaven was located on the summit of Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the logical home for a weather god.




Mount. Olympus

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Physically, Zeus is often described or depicted in art as a strong, tall, muscular man, with a black or gray beard and long curly hair.




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His wife, Hera, was also his sister. However, Zeus was not very faithful to her and he’s widely known for his many erotic escapades. These relationships resulted in many godly and heroic offspring, including Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus, Minos, the Muses, and the great Heracles.




Zeus and Hera

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Zeus fathered Heracles, the most famous mythical hero of all time, by deception. He disguised himself as Amphitryon, Alcmene’s husband, in order to have sex with her.




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Very few are aware that before Zeus married Hera, he had already been married twice. After the victorious war against his father, Zeus married Metis, the Titaness of wisdom and daughter of Okeanos and Tethys. After his marriage to Metis, Zeus married Themis, the Titaness of justice. With her he had the Moirae (the Fates), the Horae (the Hours), and Astraea.




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According to Works and Days by Hesiod, Zeus was a carefree god who loved to laugh out loud. He was regarded as wise, fair, merciful, and prudent. He was also unpredictable—nobody was able to guess the decisions he would make.




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Zeus was also known for his bad temper; he was easily angered, which could be very destructive. When angry he would hurl lightning bolts and cause violent storms that wreaked havoc on Earth.




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Maybe that explains why his servants were named Force and Violence.




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Zeus’s punishments could be really severe. For example, when Prometheus stole fire from him and gave it to humans, he condemned Prometheus to having his liver eaten daily by a giant eagle.




Prometheus

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Athena was said to have sprung from Zeus’s head. She was his favorite child, with whom he shared the thunderbolt and aegis (his shield).




Goddess Athena

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The Temple of Olympian Zeus is a colossal ruined temple in the center of Athens that was dedicated to Zeus. Construction began in the sixth century BCE during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world. When it was completed under the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the second century CE, it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.




Temple of Zeus in Athens

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Depictions of Zeus as a bull, the form he took when raping Europa, are found on the Greek two-euro coin and on the UK identity card for visa holders. Mary Beard, professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has criticized this for its seeming glorification of rape.




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The Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes erected a statue of Zeus Olympios in the Judean Temple in Jerusalem. Hellenized Jews referred to this statue as Ba’al Shamen, which means “lord of heaven.”




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Zeus was identified with the Roman god Jupiter and associated in the syncretic classical imagination with various other deities, such as the Egyptian Ammon and the Etruscan Tinia.




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Although most oracle sites were usually dedicated to Apollo, heroes, or various goddesses like Themis, a few sites were dedicated to Zeus. In addition, some foreign oracles, such as Ba’al’s at Heliopolis (Lebanon), were associated with Zeus in Greek or Jupiter in Latin.




Oracle of Apollo

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The major center where all Greeks converged to pay homage to their chief god was Olympia. Their quadrennial festival featured the famous Olympic Games, which were held each year to honor Zeus.




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Zeus believed in the importance of keeping one’s word and would punish anyone who lied or deceived others in business.




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His sacred bird was the golden eagle, which he kept by his side at all times. Like him, the eagle was a symbol of strength, courage, and justice. It later became a prominent symbol used in ancient Rome, especially as the standard of a Roman legion.




Golden Eagle

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Well before Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and other global religions, Zeus was the first god to enjoy worldwide fame and acceptance. Thanks to the ancient Greek kingdoms and empires, with Alexander the Great’s being the greatest example, Zeus and ancient Greek religion traveled to most parts of the then known world. With the rise of the Roman Empire, which had adopted the Greek religion, Zeus became the first god of antiquity to enjoy worship in many different regions of the world.




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10 Mind-Blowing Secret Operations From World War II


During World War II, tons of secret operations were conducted by both sides. While many were daring, some of them stand out as incredible, with mind-blowing operations that seem straight out of a historical thriller novel.


10 The Olterra


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The plan sounds like something from a spy movie—to use a secret underwater base as a jumping-off point for launching and recovering midget submarines that would destroy British shipping. That’s exactly what the Italians planned and eventually executed. An Italian cargo ship, the Olterra, was stuck in Spain after World War II broke out and just happened to be anchored across the harbor from the British fortress at Gibraltar. Italy managed to secretly smuggle several tiny midget submarines through Spain and onto the Olterra as well as equipment to maintain the submarines. A hole was cut in the ship below the waterline to allow midget submarines and combat divers to secretly exit.


The first operation in December 1942 ended in disaster, with three deaths and two combat divers taken captive. However, a second operation in 1943 was successful in sinking three cargo ships, and another operation later that year sunk three more. The British had their suspicions, given that the Olterra was anchored right across the harbor from them, but never found out the truth until Italy surrendered to the Allies in 1943.


9 Operation Frankton


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In December 1942, 10 British special forces soldiers were secretly sent to a French port to destroy things and otherwise cause mayhem. Their mode of transport? Canoes. Having realized that valuable war materials were flowing from Asia to Germany through the port of Bordeaux, the British decided that this choke point had to be stemmed. As more destructive ways of destroying the ships in the port could have caused civilian casualties, the British decided on a commando surgical strike. A royal marine came up with the insane plan of commandos paddling canoes into the port and sticking explosives onto the ships.


A British submarine surfaced off the French coast and launched five canoes, each carrying two commandos, for the strike. The port was hundreds of miles inland up a river, and the commandos had to paddle the whole way, taking several days to make the journey and hiding on the shore during the day. Only two of the boats managed to reach the safety of inland waters; two others capsized, and one disappeared. After reaching the harbor, the four remaining commandos blew up six ships.


Two of the commandos were captured and executed, but the other two were smuggled out of France and into Spain by French resistance members. The strike was a huge propaganda boost for the struggling Allies, and the Germans were forced to guard their ships more closely from then on, an increased expenditure of resources.


8 Operation Zeppelin


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By 1944, the tide had turned against Nazi Germany, and Soviet troops were knocking at Germany’s door. In 1942, the Nazis had begun a series of operations designed to hinder the Red Army by starting anti-Soviet uprisings and otherwise messing with the Soviets. The Nazis were never very successful with these endeavors, but kept at them. Operation Zeppelin, the plot to assassinate Joseph Stalin in 1944, was part of this.


As part of the plot, two Soviet defectors were trained for the mission, equipped with special assassination tools, and given a myriad of false documentation to allow them to slip through Soviet lines, get into Moscow and close to Stalin, and kill him. Before the mission, the agents, a man and a woman, had gotten married to each other. The agents were inserted into the Soviet Union via a cargo plane, which crashed. However, the crew and the two agents were unharmed, and the agents set off on a motorcycle.


They would have reached Moscow, except that it was raining, and a guard at the first checkpoint they reached became suspicious because the two motorcycle riders headed toward Moscow were relatively dry despite the rain.


7 Operation Gunnerside


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When the British became aware of Germany’s nuclear program, the obvious course of action was to sabotage it wherever they could. As the Nazis were producing a lot of heavy water, critical for their nuclear program, at a Norwegian hydroelectric power plant, the British resolved to destroy it. The first commandos sent to attack the base in 1943 were almost all captured and executed by the Nazis after their aircraft crashed, and the Nazis beefed up security around the power plant. Searchlights, more guards, and a minefield proved to be formidable obstacles. The British were not deterred.


Six more Norwegian commandos were parachuted into Norway in 1943 to join up with the four surviving commandos from the previous raid. In late February 1943, they decided to attack the power plant again. The 10 commandos had to avoid Nazi defenses by climbing down a ravine, crossing a freezing river, and climbing up the other side under the cover of darkness. They entered the plant by sneaking through a rail line.


Inside the plant, there were no guards, but the commandos found an elderly caretaker who was extremely helpful to them. After planting the explosives, they politely waited for the caretaker to find his misplaced glasses before they destroyed the power plant and escaped. Although the Nazis tried to repair the plant, the Allies destroyed it in an air strike a few months later.


6 The Kreipe Operation


Kreipe Kidnap Team


Probably one of the craziest operations ever conducted by Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the war, the operation to kidnap General Kreipe, the commander of the German garrison on Crete, was designed to engender resistance on the occupied island. Having been secretly inserted onto the island months before the kidnapping would take place, the two commandos tasked with the operation put their plan into action in April 1944.


Dressing as German troops, the two commandos, with the help of the Cretan resistance, hailed the general’s car and then surprised and killed the general’s bodyguards. Stuffing Kreipe in the back of the car, the commandos, now disguised as the general and his driver, drove past more than 20 German checkpoints without the Germans knowing that anything was amiss. After abandoning the car and moving the general, the two commandos had to hide from German patrols while waiting to be extracted by a submarine.


The operation was a huge embarrassment to the Germans and a massive morale boost to the Cretan resistance and population.


5 Operation Postmaster




When the British started to suspect that Nazi U-boats refueled from or received targeting data from camouflaged civilian cargo ships in neutral ports, the admiralty sent a small group of SOE commandos to investigate and neutralize the threat to British shipping. In the course of their investigations during 1941, they came upon three suspicious ships which might have been guiding U-boats secretly via radio. Unfortunately, the boats were in neutral Spain. That didn’t deter the commandos, however.


The commandos threw a party for the crews of the three ships. While they were out partying, the commandos sneaked onto the vessels, overpowered the sentries onboard, blew up the anchor chains with explosives, and sailed the ships out of the harbor to rendezvous with a Royal Navy patrol boat.


The operation was a complete success and raised the standing of the SOE among the eyes of the British Cabinet, who would be persuaded to invest more resources in the then-fledgling organization.


4 Operation Corona


Operation Corona


When Britain started striking back at Nazi Germany with bombers, they also started trolling the Nazi night fighter pilots tasked with hunting down the British bombers. The British used people who could speak German to impersonate German air controllers, broadcasting false orders to confuse German fighter pilots. It was called Operation Corona.


The massive scope of the operation was only possible because of, ironically, German-speaking Jewish refugees who had escaped Germany and settled in Britain. Now, these refugees were breaking into Luftwaffe radio channels and playing merry hell with the Luftwaffe’s ability to direct their night fighters. In one particular instance in 1943, the British got nearly all the German night fighters to fly home, and only one aircraft was lost during that night. Another time, a German night fighter which had gotten lost was diverted to a British airfield and captured.


3 Operation Peppermint


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During World War II, right up until the first successful nuclear test, some Allied scientists believed that the use of radioactive substances in warfare would be more important than an actual nuclear weapon. The Allies concluded after some research that while the offensive use of radiological warfare was unlikely because of problems with delivery, the defensive use of such weapons, by, for example, deliberately contaminating beaches on which enemy soldiers were to land, was far more likely. Since the Allies were aware that the Nazis had a nuclear program, they became worried that the Nazis would unleash a radioactive death trap on Allied soldiers as they took back Europe.


In 1942, in response to these concerns, the Allies started to develop portable sensors to detect radioactivity. By the time 1944 came around and the Allied invasion of Europe was coming up, the Allies had developed tools to detect radioactivity. Supreme Commander Eisenhower was briefed by the head of the Manhattan Project, and instructions went out to Allied troops to report certain illnesses or symptoms to Allied High Command. Soldiers equipped with the portable detectors conducted tests of the equipment in England. Hundreds of detectors were held in reserve to be distributed. However, the Nazis didn’t have any radioactive weapons, so Operation Peppermint, the operation to detect and respond to radioactive weapons, was never put into effect.


2 Operation Source


Tirpitz


In 1943, the German battleship Tirpitz was hiding out in Norwegian fjords, positioned to threaten Allied convoys from Britain to the Soviet Union. Even worse for the British, the four battleships tasked with keeping the Tirpitz at bay were desperately needed to fight against the Japanese in the Pacific. With this in mind, as well as the fact that the Tirpitz was the responsibility of the Royal Navy to defeat, the British admiralty came up with a daring plan to damage the Tirpitz using midget submarines.


The X-craft midget submarines, each weighing 35 tons, had a pair of 2-ton explosive charges attached to their sides. The plan was for several of the submarines to sneak past German defenses, drop the explosive charges under the Tirpitz, and then sneak out before the explosives detonated. Six of the X-craft were tasked with attacking various capital ships that the Nazis had in Norway, with three tasked with attacking the Tirpitz.


Due to various difficulties with the mission and the loss of three of the submarines, only Tirpitz ended up being targeted. On September 22, 1943, three midget submarines slipped into the fjord where the Tirpitz was anchored. Two of them managed to sneak past the anti-torpedo nets around the Tirpitz and lay charges, but all of the boats were either captured or sunk afterward. However, the explosive charges worked, blowing big holes in the bottom of the battleship and causing damage that took half a year to repair.


1 Operation Biting


WWII German Radar


When the Germans started deploying a new radar in France in 1941, the British high command decided that they had to get their hands on a German radar set to see how it worked and to create countermeasures to it. The task fell to a newly formed Parachute Battalion, which would escort a radar technician into France and guard him as he dismantled a radar set. The Royal Navy would then extract him and the radar back to Britain.


On February 20, 1942, the battalion was dropped by parachute into France. Surprising the radar station and disassembling the radar through brute force while holding off German reinforcements, the paratroopers and the technician then found their way to the beach. It was barred by a pillbox, which they had to destroy. Then, they found that they couldn’t signal the ships that were to pick them up and had to fire a flare to attract their attention, all the while preparing for a German attack on their position.


The successful operation was a huge morale booster at a time when Nazi Germany still seemed invincible. It also gave Britain a huge advantage in electronic warfare at the time.


The 13 Most Awkward One-Night Stands Of All Time


Having a one-night stand could be construed as a good or bad thing depending on which way you look at it. Some men and women find it empowering to be with someone without any emotional attachment in order to ‘scratch an itch’ and are not bothered by what society deems as ‘too many sexual partners‘ while others find it difficult to separate sex and feelings.


If you’ve ever had a one-night stand, you’ll know that more often than not, there is a level of awkwardness during or after the encounter. It could be something as small as realising you were wearing your ridiculously fashionable beer googles the night before or something very embarrassing like puking in a one-night stand’s drawer while he’s asleep. Whether you’ve indulged in the no-pants-dance with a stranger or not, these 13 people know the true definition of an awkward one-night stand and were willing to share it with us via Whisper.


1. Burn


I’m all for letting yourself go every once in a while but if you’re inviting someone over to stay for an entire day the least you could do is learn their name.


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2. Mom’s on-board


It looks as though this guy’s mom is totally fine with her son bringing home randoms. She’s even encouraging it, in a roundabout way.


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3. Taking the blame


What would you do if this were you? Knowing me, I’d probably admit that it was me that puked but that’s just because I can’t tell a lie to save my life.


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4. You’re still short, though


Technically, girl, you’re a thief but you’re still $20 short so I guess everyone loses here.


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5. Can’t handle an ample bosom 


Give the guy some slack, he could of done a whole lot worse. Also, it’s probably the first time he’s ever touched a pair of breasts.


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6. Must of been a good night


It must have taken a great night with someone in order to tell such a massive lie. What looks worse to your boss, though, being arrested or having sex? Hmm.


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7. Serves you right


Well, karma is a good looking bitch!


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8. Who does that?


Out of everything in his bedroom she decided to steal a pillow? Sounds like some voodoo stuff to me.


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9. Beer, urine – you can’t tell the difference 


There is actually quite a distinct difference between the two but hey, if the guy bought it then cool.


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10. Not into it


Imagine the poor girl was a virgin and the guy just ran away. How traumatic that would have been?


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11. Nope


She must have dropped her beer goggles during the act.


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12. Evidence


Hey, at least it wasn’t a parent or relative.


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13. The smell, though?!


Surely it must have smelled? Who does that, though – really?!


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Besides the folk that weren’t caught out for their sneaky acts, a lot of them faced a tonne of embarrassment. I couldn’t imagine the sheer terror it must have been for the woman whose cable guy saw a used condom on her kitchen counter. At least it wasn’t a spectacle for the public to see, though, like when Gigi Hadid had an accidental nip slip on the catwalk or when this bride had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction on her wedding day.



 


10 UFO Stories From The Vietnam War Era


The Vietnam War was not well-known for its UFO sightings, but there were stories passed around by servicemen in the combat area and by people back home. Some of these stories are much more believable than others, but all of them show that the human mind is always looking for explanations for odd events.


10 HMAS Hobart



Although the North Vietnamese had helicopters early in the war, they rarely used helicopters by the middle of the war. Thus, a lot of the UFO sightings from the war revolve around bright floating objects because crews knew that they couldn’t be North Vietnamese helicopters.


In June 1968, Australian spotters saw 30 floating lights near the DMZ. Fearing another Tet Offensive–style attack, NATO forces promptly scrambled F-4 fighters and patrol boats to intercept. The lights turned seaward and came under fire from various ships in the area. Unfortunately, a US Navy swift boat got hit by friendly missiles and sank, killing five of the crew.


Amid the confusion, the Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart sat ready to engage the enemy. At 3:30 AM, the commander called “Action Stations” when the radar room detected an airplane coming in fast with no IFF (Identification, Friend or Foe). The plane opened fire on the HMAS Hobart, damaging the ship and killing crew members.


Throughout the confusion, the F-4s tried to make contact with the floating lights. But there were only a few inconclusive engagements. Later that night, the pilots returned to their base.


The next morning, no wreckage of enemy helicopters was found, even though there was a flurry of antiaircraft fire trying to intercept the lights. Eventually, the incident was chalked up to atmospheric disturbances or possible helicopter activity.


General George S. Brown, commander of the 7th US Air Force, went on record after the war with his beliefs. Although the government had grouped all UFO sightings under the heading of enemy helicopter activity, Brown believed that the Hobart incident was a case of UFO interference in military operations.


9 Pete Mazzola’s Sighting


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At the beginning of the Vietnam War, Pete Mazzola was a young soldier. Although not interested in UFOs at the time that he shipped off to the front, Mazzola experienced sightings that made him believe in UFOs.


Throughout his tour, Mazzola noted that he saw many “meteors” that moved in a way that was unlike a normal shooting star. Later in the war, he even had a direct experience with a UFO.


While on patrol, his squad got pinned down by enemy soldiers. They stayed low and hid, hoping to find a way out of the mess. As they were trying to figure out a way home, they saw bright objects rise up over the paddy fields and hover in the air.


When the objects rose in the air, they took fire from the American warships to the south. But surprisingly, the Vietcong also started shooting at the floating lights. Neither side could touch the objects. Mazzola recalls seeing the shells explode just short of the lights, even though they were right on target. Whatever the lights were, neither the Americans nor the Vietcong recognized them as friendly.


The experience had such an effect on Mazzola that he founded an organization called the Scientific Bureau For Investigation after the war. Based out of New York, Mazzola dedicated his life to researching UFO experiences and other paranormal events.


8 Coyne Incident



Although it did not occur in Vietnam, the Coyne incident of 1973 was a classic case of a UFO sighting by the US Air Force that occurred during the Vietnam era. The incident is named after Major Larry Coyne, the commander of the helicopter involved.


A four-man army reserve crew was conducting a routine training flight at 760 meters (2,500 ft) above Mansfield, Ohio, when they spotted a red light in the distance approaching their helicopter. They braced for impact, but the object stopped right in front of the helicopter.


Once the crew recovered from the collision scare, they realized that the object was shaped like a cigar. From the undercarriage, a green light illuminated the helicopter cabin. After a few seconds, the strange object flew off.


As the crew decided to return to base, they noticed that they had climbed a few thousand feet during the few seconds of the incident. The climb occurred at a faster speed than they would normally be able to achieve. But the climb was especially strange because the pilot had set the controls for a 20-degree dive.


All of the crew members confirmed the story, and people on the ground also stated that they had seen something strange near the helicopter. In UFO circles, the Coyne incident is considered to be one of the most reliable UFO stories because multiple witnesses shared their stories. It remains one of the most interesting sightings of the Vietnam era.


7 Skylab 3 UFO



Another incident that did not occur in Vietnam but still occurred during the war was the UFO sighting by Skylab in 1973. The Skylab 3 mission was plagued with problems, including a frequent loss of radio contact.


Right before the three astronauts on Skylab returned to Earth, they were out of radio contact and noticed something strange while gazing out of the wardroom window. Grabbing his camera, astronaut Owen Garriott took a picture of the object, which looked weird and squiggly.


After radio contact came back, the astronauts told CAPCOM that they had seen a red light oscillating outside the space station. Then it got washed out by the Sun and became invisible. It was the closest, brightest object that they had seen during the mission.


After returning to Earth, Garriott stuck by his story. In his debriefing, fellow astronaut Jack Lousma mentioned that this was the only satellite of the many observed during the mission that looked like something not from Earth.


In recent years, skeptics have chalked up the picture to debris or optical tricks, but it remains one of the earliest UFO sightings in space.


6 Shag Harbor, 1967



One of the weirder sightings from the Vietnam era was the Shag Harbor incident in 1967 in Nova Scotia. On the night of October 4, multiple witnesses reported that they saw a bright object descend from the sky and crash into the harbor.


The first sighting was by a Canadian DC-9, which reported a large rectangular object falling from the sky that was trailed by explosions. Locals also reported it to nearby authorities. Soon, officers arrived on the scene, thinking that an airplane had crashed into the ocean.


Organizing with local fishermen, the authorities searched for debris or survivors. Neither was found. Checking with both Canadian and American government agencies, the Canadians determined that there were no missing aircraft on the Eastern seaboard. They could not figure out where the object had come from.


Locals described it as moving quickly and sounding like a bomb exploding overhead. But nobody was able to figure out what the mysterious aircraft was. Everybody just decided that it was a UFO.


5 Las Vegas 1962 Incident


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The military was already experiencing incidents with UFOs as they were building up to war in Vietnam. For example, in 1962, there was a UFO crash at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.


Initial reports stated that radar had tracked a fast-moving object over Mesquite (near Las Vegas) but had lost contact after that. Days later, witnesses started to come forward with their own stories of the incident.


Contradictory stories popped up about where the mysterious object had landed. Some people believed that it had crashed in Utah. Others believed that it had set down near a power station in Eureka, Nevada. Still others reported that they had seen an explosion over Mesquite. Most sources indicated that the object had crashed somewhere near Las Vegas.


Multiple people called the Las Vegas sheriff’s office to report odd lights in the sky. Near Las Vegas, other witnesses talked about seeing the object explode over the desert. Residents around the city led search teams into the desert to find the crash site.


But nobody ever found debris or evidence of a crashed object. When the US government ended their investigation, they noted that the radar contact was true, but there was no way to trust the visual sightings. Thus, the case was impossible to analyze.


4 USS Kilauea Sighting


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Many of the UFO cases in the Vietnam War are not verifiable and are mostly passed around as stories between soldiers. One such story is that of crewman Norman Burns’s odd encounter with a water UFO near the end of the war. At the time, he was serving on the USS Kilauea during a patrol of the Indian Ocean.


One night in 1974, Burns and a friend were standing on the deck of their ship, idly watching another ship in front of them in formation. The ship was kicking up a trail of phosphorus algae behind it.


Suddenly, the trail began to glow and got extremely bright. Out of nowhere, a ball of light leaped out of the water, rolled over the destroyer, and dived back into the water. Burns recalls that the ball was 30–60 meters (150–200 ft) in diameter. Everybody on watch also saw the light, but no one was able to identify what it was.


3 B-52 Shot Down By A UFO


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Another interesting UFO story in Vietnam revolves around a crashed B-52 bomber. The paper trail for this story is vague, but it remains a common tale in UFO circles.


The incident is a part of Project Grudge, a US Air Force investigation of UFO sightings which supposedly ended in 1951. But UFO researchers believe that it was still operating in Vietnam.


In the 1970s, Green Beret Captain William English was assigned to Laos to investigate a downed B-52 bomber. The aircraft was lost under mysterious circumstances, and the US Air Force was eager to retrieve evidence from it.


Captain English successfully found the airplane, which seemed in unusually good shape. The only damage on the bomber was normal damage expected from a crash landing. When English opened the hatch, he found all the crew still strapped in their seats but horribly disfigured and mutilated. There was no other damage in the cockpit.


English collected samples and turned the bodies in for autopsy. But after the incident, the Laos government deported him. Whether or not this story is true, it is an interesting tale from the end of the Vietnam War.


2 Nha Trang Base 1966 Sighting


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The US base of Nha Trang was an important strategic location for the US. In 1966, it was also the sight of one of the most interesting UFO encounters of the war. Unlike other encounters, this one had a few thousand soldiers as witnesses.


During a night without fighting, the American GIs got together to watch an outdoor movie. Bulldozers were working on hills nearby, and two Skyraider attack planes were warming up their engines for a mission. An oil tanker was also close by in the harbor.


As the soldiers watched their movie, the sky to the north suddenly lit up. Initially, the soldiers thought that it was a flare. But suddenly, the light moved toward the base.


Eyewitnesses reported that the light moved erratically, speeding up and slowing down. It was flying at around 7,600 meters (25,000 ft). Suddenly, the light stopped and dived downward, hovering 90–150 meters (300–500 ft) off the ground.


When the light descended, all the electrical equipment in the base shorted out, including the engines on the Skyraiders and the bulldozers. The light hovered for a bit and then shot straight up, disappearing into the night sky. Eventually, the power came back, but nobody could understand what had happened.


1 Patrol Boat Attack And Only Known UFO Photograph


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In 1968, two patrol boats in the DMZ between North and South Vietnam spotted a couple of UFOs approaching them. The two UFOs stopped and hovered over the first patrol boat. Crew members of the second patrol boat watched as a flash of light from the UFOs completely engulfed the first boat and destroyed it in a huge explosion.


In a separate incident, the only known photograph of a UFO from the Vietnam War was taken in 1967. An American serviceman was riding in the back of a truck in Chu Lai when he spotted an odd object.


With his Electro-35 Yashica camera, the soldier took a picture of a cylindrical object hovering just above the country road. These sorts of experiences made UFO stories somewhat common during the Vietnam War.


10 Signs You’re Addicted To Online Shopping


Online shopping lights up the same reward centres in the brain that are associated with drug and food addiction. For anyone under the spell of the ASOS website, this is easy to believe. The joy of nabbing the last pair of jeans in your size and finding a 10% off coupon is all too real. Then there’s the obsessive refreshing of the tracking page, and the palpable excitement in the air as the delivery truck pulls up.


When you finally have the items in your grubby little mitts, they almost never live up to your expectations. But that’s okay, because you know it’s not the winning, but the taking part that counts.


1. There are days when you can’t concentrate at work because you are thinking about the flash ASOS sale that you’re currently missing. Unless of course your desk is situated in a corner in which case you already have seven pairs of shoes in your basket


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2. You have to constantly reassure yourself with excuses about why your addiction is okay


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3. ‘Only one left’ will increase your heart rate more than any class A stimulant could ever dream of


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4. The thought of shopping IRL actually scares you. Think of all… the people…


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5. You never, ever have any money left in your account at the end of each month


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6. Finishing college was extremely difficult, not because you were faced with the prospect of the real world for the first time, but because your student discount expired 


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7. Waiting for the post to arrive is a strangely pleasant form of torture that you secretly love more than the delivery itself


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7. You’re on a first name basis with the lady at the Post Office. Free returns FTW


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8. You can never purchase just one item and be done with it. That would be like, bad for the planet, right? 


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9. You Google ‘how to stop spending money’ and discover that in order to do that you will need to stop buying things. The stress of this realisation leads to more shopping


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10. You’ve come to terms with your addiction, because unlike meth or cheese, it makes you look pretty damn great


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