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The steel mill near Detroit, which, presumably, creates the "Winsor rumble". Photos The Globe and Mail
The steel mill near Detroit, which, presumably, creates the “Winsor rumble”. Photos The Globe and Mail


The Internet is full of scattered information about mysterious radio signals and ghouls, the destinations of which can not be understood. In Russia, one of the most famous radio stations of this format is “UVB-76” , but this is just an example of a rich world of cryptic signals. It originated in the mid-1960s, and has since expanded, harnessing dark legends and real stories of exposure to people, which sometimes leads to unpleasant consequences.

Singing of a lone whale

In 1989, a team of researchers from the Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole (Massachusetts) recorded a strange signal from the north of the Pacific Ocean. It was like repeating low-frequency calls typical of whales, but at a unique frequency of 52 Hz. This is much higher than the average range of 15 to 25 Hz of blue or herring whales. Unable to find new details, the scientists waited, and a year later they again recorded a strange sound.

Surprisingly, the signal tracking was made possible by the end of the Cold War in 1991. With the fall of the USSR, the US Navy declassified the sound monitoring system ” SOSUS “, which was used to detect submarines. The specialists borrowed the device and with it again fixed the sounds at a frequency of 52 Hz. Since then, they have noticed it from the North Pacific and the coast of California to the Aleutian an not confidently determine the source of sound. The most common version is the whale singing. “It’s hard to accept, but if it’s a whale, it’s likely to be the only one of its kind,” the researchers wrote in scientific journals.

Sound always has one source in a particular place, which confirms the version of the lone whale. Perhaps it is a mutant or a hybrid of two different representatives, unable to contact other individuals. Usually, sounds are recorded from August to December, and the average speed of the source of the signal is from 31 to 69 kilometers per day.

Since 2004, scientists are actively monitoring the movements of an unknown creature (according to the analysis of sounds it is confirmed that it is being published by a living being). According to observations of specialists, it has become less likely to “sing”, but, judging by everything, it’s great. This does not cancel the tragedy of history – if it is a whale, then most likely, it is doomed to loneliness. “The whale says,” Hey, I’m here, “but no one answers him,” concludesKate Stafford, a specialist at the US Marine Mammal Laboratory.

The Bloop

Among the radio amateurs, The Bloop is considered the most mysterious sound recorded under the water. For the first time the hydrophones took the signal in 1997 about 4,800 kilometers off the coast of South America. The signal sounds like oxygen bubbles rising from the water. During the study, experts have proved that the source of the signal is not a bomb, a submarine, a volcano or an earthquake – the most frequent sources of mysterious sounds.


According to one version, the noise produces an animal, but scientists have not been able to figure out what. This gave birth to the legend that gurgling belongs to an ancient sea monster. Fans of writer Howard Lovecraft even built a myth around The Bloop: supposedly the sound belongs to the underwater monster Cthulhu from the author’s novels.

According to the latest research, a strange sound produces giant pieces of ice when chipping off icebergs near the Bransfield Strait in Antarctica. Since the middle of the 2000s, underwater earthquakes have often been recorded at this place, and in 2007 the “Explorer” ship sank there , colliding with an iceberg. All 154 passengers were rescued.

Operation “The Wandering Soul”

On February 10, 1970, soldiers of North Vietnam, fighting against the southern government and the US, as always sat in ambush near the American perimeter near the present province of Tainin. But that day something new happened – just after sunset, the troops of the north heard a strange cacophony: gnashing, noises, creaks and sobs.

Then a voice addressed the soldiers: “My friends, I came back here to say that I’m dead, dead! I’m in hell! I’m in hell! Do not finish like me, go home, before it’s too late, “- called in Vietnamese. Against the background, the troops heard the drumming, the female crying and the voice of the child who called his father.

None of the employees faltered or ran out of ambush, but they all felt uneasy. As in the folklore of many countries, there is a place for ghosts in Vietnamese. According to the local legend, the soul of a person who is not properly buried is doomed to wander forever on the earth. Only once a year between the afterlife and reality opens the passage, and the lost can talk with the living. Did the soldiers think that they heard the voices of the killed comrades? It is difficult to say, but the American troops sought this.


Probably some of the soldiers of northern Vietnam did not learn the truth about the sounds, which in fact were a propaganda record of the United States. American soldiers broadcast a record specially prepared by psychologists to reduce the morale of opponents and force them to stop fighting. The operation was called “The Wandering Soul “, and the cassettes with the broadcast were informally referred to as “Ghost Records”.

The project was not widely spread, so little is known about its success. Various American detachments tested it from 1969 to 1970: sometimes to amplify the signal the record was broadcast from hills and mountains, and sometimes from a helicopter. The latter strategy sometimes turned into a failure – the soldiers recognized the deception and bombarded the Americans.

The soldiers, who were supposedly familiar with the operation, claimed that they tried not to include the record in the allied forces of southern Vietnam, since they were also affected by the voices of the “dead”. It is not known how successfully the program performed its tasks.

“Music on the contrary”

This is how we call the strange, frightening and creaking sounds that were first recorded in May 2004. Sometimes the transfer is also called “Singing of whales”, but this is not at all like him: the sounds abruptly break off, are greatly distorted, and you can rarely hear stubborn phrases of people in English.

The purpose of the broadcast is unknown, but it can be heard at different frequencies (the full list is available on the forum of radio fans). Sometimes “Music on the contrary” can be heard at two stations simultaneously, but with different loudness. Radio amateurs believe that the signal has two possible sources – one belongs to the US Navy and comes from a base in Florida. The second broadcast, perhaps, is being conducted from a military base in the UK.

Some enthusiasts suggest that this could be a channel of communication between NATO allies in the event of a declaration of war. Others believe that this is just a background noise from marine transmitters with open communication channels. Whatever the truth, “Music” still sounds pretty gloomy, although in recent years, radio amateurs have stumbled on it more and more.

«Winsor rumble»

The phenomenon of abnormal sound phenomena in nature , when some people hear low-frequency noise, is known to many. But few people had to listen to an inexplicable roar for seven years in a row like the inhabitants of the Canadian city of Winsor. Since 2011, Canadians are trying to find the answer to the origin of the strange sound, suspecting that it comes through the river from the neighboring American Detroit. “You can not leave him. The noise haunts you when you go out into the street to work in the garden or take a walk, ” said 62-year-old Mike Provost to The Guardian.

Sometimes the inhabitants rather “felt” the rumble, constantly changing the intervals, becoming louder, then quieter. Sometimes heard him for several hours, and sometimes for several days. For the city, this has become a local folklore – almost every inhabitant has his own story about the noise that they publish in a closed community on Facebook.



In 2012, more than 22 thousand people called the hotline complaining of a buzz: some were worried that it would affect pregnancy or in the future would damage the grounds of the house. Soon, rumors spread in the city that aliens or soldiers were blamed for the painful sound, who allegedly were digging under the city a secret tunnel.

However, experts do not consider these versions. They assume that hum at a frequency of 35 Hz comes to Canada from an island near Detroit, on which the steel plant is located. The scientists can not prove their version yet – the guard patrols the territory of the institution. Local American authorities are also not interested in helping foreign researchers solve a problem that only affects Canadians.

It is believed that the steel plant is located on an ancient Indian cemetery.

Often the rumble begins at night, not allowing the inhabitants of Winsor to sleep. Some residents switched to antidepressants and sleeping pills to get some rest from the mysterious noise. From him also suffer and animals: dogs often start whining, and cats do not want to go out.

Similar cases of “hum” – not uncommon. In the 1970s, almost 800 residents of the British city of Bristol said they heard a certain noise. In 2006, a similar phenomenon was documented by Dr. Tom Moir in Oakland. In both cases, the researchers were unable to establish the cause.

The oldest example of such a phenomenon recorded in the city of Taos in New Mexico. Since 1993, residents periodically hear low-frequency noise, similar to the movement of heavy equipment on the highway, although in a town with a population of 4,000 people there are no such large roads. Moreover, for some reason, visitors hear the sound very rarely, and the local people regularly.

Despite the popularity (in 1998, the phenomenon of Taos is mentioned in the science fiction series “The X-Files”), specialists have not been able to find the source of sound. Presumably, it is caused by power lines located near the town.

Residents of Winsor are still trying to find a way to deal with the rumble. Their only hope is to enlist the help of the Canadian and American authorities to jointly solve the problem. The problem is that government intervention is possible only if noise threatens the health of a person or his property. “Winsor rumble” is not so dangerous.

Like the inhabitants of Taos, the inhabitants of Winsor can remain “hostages” of mysterious noise, as there is no solution to the problem. “There is a chance that despite all efforts to suppress the hum, they will never be enough,” saysCanadian geologist and retired engineer Tim Carpenter.

“Quivering Sound”

For the first time sonar recorded a signal in the 1960s. Its frequency varies from 50 to 300 Hz. Researchers do not know its origin, believing that the source may be a submarine, fish or whales. In a report for 2014, scientists claim that the signal is produced by whales of the species small rorquals.

Arrival of the train

The sound was first recorded in March 1997 in the Ross Sea in western Antarctica. At first it looks like the sound of an approaching train, but then it grows into a loud roar, as if a transport horn drove to the listener at point-blank range. The exact origin of the transfer is unknown, but geologists believe that with such a sound floats a giant iceberg.

Sounds of Saturn

Any planet radiates radio waves, but Saturn has a special sound like it was from the horror films of the 1980s. It was first recorded by the interplanetary station Cassini-Huygens in April 2002, being 374 kilometers from Saturn. NASA experts believe that such gloomy waves are associated with the polar radiance of the poles of the planet, and their sound is somewhat reminiscent of the Earth’s radioelectronic emissions.

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