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Experts Still Cannot Explain The Mysterious Hum Of Bristol, Taos, And Largs

mysterious humYahoo! News on the continuing saga of the sound that defies explanation:

It’s known as the Hum, a steady, droning sound that’s heard in places as disparate as Taos, N.M.; Bristol, England; and Largs, Scotland. What causes the Hum, and why it only affects a small percentage of the population in certain areas, remain a mystery, despite a number of scientific investigations.

Reports started trickling in during the 1950s from people who had never heard anything unusual before; suddenly, they were bedeviled by an annoying, low-frequency humming, throbbing or rumbling sound. The cases seem to have several factors in common: Generally, the Hum is only heard indoors, and it’s louder at night than during the day.

Only about 2 percent of the people living in any given Hum-prone area can hear the sound, and most of them are ages 55 to 70, according to a 2003 study. Most of the people who hear the Hum (sometimes referred to as “hearers” or “hummers”) describe the sound as similar to a diesel engine idling nearby.

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Authorities To Study Mysterious Hum In Windsor, Canada

Researchers are prepared to uncover the truth behind the ominous sound haunting a city, Michigan Radio reports:

Researchers in Ontario will spend the coming months trying to get to the bottom of the noise and vibration known as the “Windsor Hum.” People in Windsor have complained about the low-frequency rumbling for the past two years.

“What we’re attempting to do is pinpoint the source…but also understand how it might affect quality of life for the people of this region,” said Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa.

Windsor city Councillor Drew Dilkens says he knows of one resident who recently sold his house to get away from the hum. One study has already suggested the hum might be coming from near Zug Island, which sits in the Detroit River on the U.S. side of the border.

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