Have you heard it? The mysterious noise in Windsor, Ont.?
It’s been dubbed “The Hum,” and the low-frequency sound has been haunting residents since 2011. Some say the steady droning has been waking them up in the middle of the night–others claim it actually makes them nauseous. But everyone agrees on one thing: The Hum is back, and it’s louder than ever.
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A Maddening Sound https://t.co/yCeX9w6ppc I’ve been woken up by Windsor hum. It definitely exists.
— Roberta Pennington (@digichick) April 12, 2016
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The sound seems to come and go and doesn’t start up at any particular time. Sometimes it can last days, other times it can last hours–sometimes The Hum will disappear for weeks at a time. The Globe and Mail reports that some residents have even gotten to the point where they’ve resorted to taking sleeping pills or anti-nausea medication just to cope with it.
So where the heck is the noise coming from??
The government has so far made two attempts to locate the source of the infamous hum. A 2011 report by Natural Resources Canada said it was likely coming from Zug Island–an industrial island in Detroit. In 2013, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade commissioned another study that also found Zug Island was likely the culprit, only this time they actually named a cause:
“The conclusion of the research is that the Windsor Hum does exist and has both qualitative and quantitative characteristics that surmise the likely source of the Hum to be from the blast furnace operations on Zug Island,” the report said.
Not all Windsor residents are necessarily convinced that the noise is coming from Detroit, however. The noise only began in 2011, even though industry had been set up on the island for many, many years. And even though Zug Island is much closer to the U.S. than it is to Windsor, Americans don’t seem to hear the hum as much as those north of the border. As a result, some believe the noise could have its roots in something much more sinister, with conspiracy theories ranging from government coverups, to UFOs.
Regardless of the cause though, it looks like The Hum will continue on humming for quite some time. The fact that the noise is coming from the U.S. makes it a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare to deal with, especially since it doesn’t exactly rank high in terms of Canada’s diplomatic priorities. Plus, closing down the plants on Zug Island would come with huge price tags for the U.S., which means the companies involved likely aren’t interested in investigating.
For now, it looks like The Hum will remain a mystery.
Sweet dreams, Windsor.