The Mystery of The Worldwide Hum Phenomenon

I am reblogging this because it is intriguing and I don’t know what to think about it. A worldwide hum? It is not quite worldwide as it seems to other the ears of the wealthy North Americans and Europeans more that any other people. Is it a hoax? A First World Problem? What do you think?

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Worldwide Hum Map The Worldwide Hum Map (click to view, then click the icons for detailed info)

The ‘Hum’ is a low-pitched sound heard in numerous places worldwide, especially in the USA, UK, and northern Europe. It is usually heard only in quiet environments, and is often described as sounding like a distant diesel engine.

The most famous hum ‘The Taos Hum’ was first reported in 1992, but reports of the Hum go back to at least the early ’40’s. Acoustic investigations have concentrated on low – frequency sounds between 33 and 80 hertz, but have so far failed to pinpoint the source of the strange sound.

Its source and nature is still a mystery.

graph of the year when people first heard the Hum graph of the year when people first heard the Hum source

The Hum

taoshumThe Hum is a phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise…

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About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a geophysicist who also does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has written two books, dozens of magazine and journal articles, and complements his first book, Bad Beekeeping, with a popular blog at www.badbeekeeping.com. Ron wrote his most recent book, The Mountain Mystery, for everyone who has looked at a mountain and wondered what miracles of nature set it upon the landscape. For more about Ron, including some cool pictures taken when he was a teenager, please check Ron's site: miksha.com.
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