Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries

“Unworldly” Hum In West Seattle Keeping Residents Awake

So, what do you think of this apparent epidemic of strange noises occurring around the world? The Windsor Hum, the booms in Michigan, the Songs of the Apocalypse?

Some have natural explanations, others may be hoaxes. But they’ve driven a compelling story over the past year or so. Perhaps it’s just one of those 2012 doomsday things.

At any rate, another strange noise has popped up in West Seattle. Some residents believe it’s always been there — a low-grade hum that seems to rise and fall and sometimes vanish altogether. Others are fairly sure it’s a new phenomenon, describing it as “unworldly” or “creepy.”

One possible explanation given by scientists at the University of Washington is that the bizarre noise may be caused by male midshipman fish, which use a very “distinct mating call” that may become amplified by ship hulls. Recordings of the fish compared to video evidence of the strange noise apparently share a similarity.

Case closed, then?

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Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.

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