If you're a fan of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files then you witnessed the phenomenon known in Argentina as the "Haunted" Swing. A single swing appearing to move on its own can be rather creepy. After viewing a reporter's video of this swing, the Fact or Faked crew set out to debunk it.
When I see or hear about something this intriguing, I want, as others do, to learn more about it. I put my Googling skills to the test and went to hunting. Other than a few forums talking back and forth on the issue, pretty much every article I found on this subject says the same thing.
This began in June 2007, although it doesn't specifically state the boy Fibian was the first to discover it; only locals are listed. Teachers or someone reported it to the police (would loved to have heard that conversation) after it supposedly kept moving back and forth for ten days straight and then stopped dead. When the police couldn't come up with an explanation, they called in physicists. After months of trying to find an answer, they too walked away empty-handed. A logical explanation couldn't be obtained. So, it must be haunted or at least that's what the parents have decided. I have yet to find anything other than what was said on the show about a little boy dying on a nearby construction site. I know the world wide web isn't always the most reliable when it comes to accurate information, but if the two are related wouldn't it be mentioned in an article somewhere?
After a little more digging, I discovered a few more tidbits that wasn't mention in the above account. During the last experiment, Jael pointed out the middle swing seat is wider than the others. Did you ever wonder why? There are various Youtube videos showing the middle swing was completely removed for a time. Wonder what happened while it was gone? A swing next to it picked up the haunted slack. Instead of putting the old middle swing back, they replaced it with an entirely new one and, of course, the new one began moving on its own.
The most common theory claims the wind or "vortex shedding" (wind blowing against a cylindrical object create a “wake” or trail of vortexes in the direction of the wind effecting the object behind the stream) is the culprit. The Fact or Faked crew came up with an experiment that pretty much duplicated what everyone was witnessing. However, those who were present in 2007 for the "haunted" sing-a-thon stated it was rather quiet for much of the time. Plus, you would think a physicist could develop an adequate experiment with results similar to the show's. So, why were they left baffled? Is the playground really haunted?
With New Swing