In 2012, officials in Windsor received over 22,000 phone calls in one night about this mysterious humming, which was rattling windows and vibrating dishes off shelves. On another night, the hum so incensed one man that he hopped in his car at 2:00 in the morning and began prowling around town in search of the source, presumably so he could shake his fist at it. The SyFy channel even visited Windsor to investigate whether or not the hum was caused by HAARP, a government communications research project that totally logical people claim also controls the weather and minds. It was not.
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"Back to the old conspiracy theory drawing board."
People whose science degrees didn't come in a Happy Meal decided to go a different route, and were able to trace the hum to Zug Island, a little patch of land in the Detroit River where a US Steel factory is located. The hum is believed to be caused by the furnaces releasing pressure, resulting in the annoying yet haunting vibrations in nearby Windsor. Because Detroit didn't have enough things to worry about, now it has a giant mumbling factory.
Kazakhstan Has A Sleeping Plague
In the rural towns of Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, some villagers developed a peculiar habit whereby they would fall asleep right in the middle of what they were doing, even mid-stride while walking. Some people would fall asleep multiple times per day, and others would stay asleep for a week straight, experiencing that unique form of "surprise coma" restfulness. Here's the weirdest part: When the people woke back up, they had no memory of what happened, and would occasionally have terrifying hallucinations, like snakes in their beds or worms eating their hands.
There's a carnival of horrors dancing behind those eyelids.
Doctors initially blamed the symptoms on cheap moonshine (which apparently everyone was drinking), until young kids start suffering the strange illness too. One guy even reported that his cat went nuts and attacked the walls and furniture for no reason before sleeping for 12 hours -- which, if we're being perfectly honest, sounds like standard cat behavior. Residents blamed the local long-abandoned uranium mines for causing the strange behavior, because not everybody gets cool superpowers from radiation.
It turns out they were right, but not in the way they expected. Instead of radiation turning people into walking accident reports, large volumes of carbon monoxide were leaking out of the mine, reducing the local oxygen level to the point where everyone in town was passing out. The government evacuated the residents, though we're sure it will only be a matter of time before some group of vacationing teens ignores all the local legends and drives their VW van in for a weekend of terror.
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"Who would've thought these old abandoned mine shafts would come back to haunt us?"
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