Mysterious 'Hum' Drives English Village Mad

For two months, the strange sound has been heard from midnight to 4am
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2011 11:43 AM CDT
Updated Jun 18, 2011 7:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – They’ve shut off the electricity. There are no factories or busy intersections. And still the English village of Woodland remains at a loss regarding the mysterious “hum” that has plagued the small town from midnight to 4am each night for nearly two months. Residents describe this hum as a vibration similar to the whir of a car engine, reports the Telegraph; one says it's so strong at times that it shakes bed frames. "It's not tinnitus, that's a high pitched sound and this is very low,” one resident explains. “If I put my fingers in my ears it stops, so I know it's not in my head.”

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"In certain areas of the house you can hear it more loudly," she continues. "It is definitely from outside, it's in the air, all around, very faint." The 300-person town isn’t the first to experience “the hum.” In the ‘70s, thousands in Bristol suffered nosebleeds, sleeplessness, and headaches from what they described as a similar rumble. Eventually Bristol's hum subsided, but it has never been explained—though it was featured on the X-Files. (Read more mystery stories.)

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