Saturday, July 27, 2013

As It Stands blog: ‘Hummers’ going crazy over mysterious sound

 Good Day World!

 No Ho-hum Saturday today!

Did you know there are folks who are called “Hummers,” not because they drive the vehicle, but because they hear a sound no one else hears? As much as I like pulling people’s legs now and then, this little tidbit is straight up:

“It creeps in slowly in the dark of night, and once inside, it almost never goes away.

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.

But 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. [The Top 10 Unexplained Phenomena]

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. It's also more common in rural or suburban environments; reports of a hum are rare in urban areas, probably because of the steady background noise in crowded cities. Read the whole story

[Video: Listen to 6 Spooky Sounds] [The Top 10 Spooky Sleep Disorders]

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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