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Dr. Glen MacPherson doesn't remember the first time he heard the sound. It may have started at the beginning of 2012, a dull, steady droning like that of a diesel engine idling down the street from his house in the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. A lecturer at the University of British Columbia and high school teacher of physics, mathematics and biology, months passed before MacPherson realized that the noise, which he'd previously dismissed as some background nuisance like a car traffic or airplane passing overhead, was something abnormal.
"Once I realized that this wasn't simply the ambient noise of living in my little corner of the world, I went through the typical stages and steps to try to isolate the sources," MacPherson told Mic. "I assumed it may be an electrical problem, so I shut off the mains to the entire house. It got louder. I went driving around my neighborhood looking for the source, and I noticed it was louder at night."
Exasperated, MacPherson turned his focus to scientific literature and pored over reports of the mysterious noise before coming across an article by University of Oklahoma geophysicist David Deming in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to exploring topics outside of mainstream science. "I almost dropped my laptop," says MacPherson. "I was sure that I was hearing the Hum."
Some Hum investigators suspect that there's a global source responsible for the Hum worldwide. Deming's research, considered close to authoritative in the Hum community, suggests that evidence of the Hum corresponds with an accidental, biological consequence of the "Take Charge and Move Out" (TACAMO) system adopted by the US Navy in the 1960s as a way for military leaders to maintain communications with the nation's ballistic missile submarines, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, and long-range bombers during a nuclear war. As part of TACAMO, military aircraft use VLF radio waves to send instructions to submarines: Because of their large wavelengths, VLF can diffract around large obstacles like mountains and buildings, propagate around the globe using the Earth's ionosphere and penetrate seawater to a depth of almost 40 meters, making them ideal for one-way communication with subs. And VLF, like other low-frequency electromagnetic waves, have been shown to have a direct impact on biological functions. (Strategic Communications Wing One at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, which is responsible for the manning, training and equipping of aircraft utilized as part of the TACAMO system, did not respond to requests for comment.)
The study concluded that not only does the Windsor Hum actually exist, but its likely source was blast furnace at the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island, which reportedly generates a high volume of VLF waves during its hours of operation.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: grey580
It could be they're describing Infrasound , it can cause feelings of unease and has been linked to peoples perception of paranormal experiences like Ghosts.
It can be naturally occurring or as a result of human activity , some have linked wind turbines as a cause.
originally posted by: toktaylor
I live in Jamaica, and I where I live this sound is constant. At first I thought it was the sewage pump, however, investigations proved otherwise. This sound seems to be emanating from everywhere as it is hard to pinpoint a direction to its source. I have a theory that it either underground or in the atmosphere.
Everyone all says "What's that sound?" and then just accept it as part of everyday life...
originally posted by: AboveBoard
I know someone who was given an "experimental phase" meter from the power company against her will (they didn't even ask). It allows them, I think (this is not so fresh in my memory) to take meter readings from online and not have to go door to door. Sounds like progress, EXCEPT it has caused a low level electric humming sound that is literally driving my friend insane.