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‘The Hum’: Multiple West Seattle reports say it’s back
West Seattle Blog - September 24, 2012

"For the first time since our reports on 'The Hum' two weeks ago...we are getting multiple reports that people are hearing it again – so far mostly from eastern West Seattle."

Fish mating call not source of West Seattle hum
Seattle Times - September 12, 2012

"A University of Washington associate professor who studies the Midshipman fish says he placed a hydrophone in Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and the Duwamish River Thursday night and heard no fish calls.

West Seattle’s now-famous ‘Hum’: Apparently NOT a fish’s fault
West Seattle Blog - September 11, 2012

"Thus, we have no evidence or data that the midshipman is present in West Seattle waters right now."

Mystery Hum: Fish In Love?
9 News Denver - September 9, 2012

"Scientists say a mysterious hum keeping Seattle residents awake may be mating call of local fish."

Mysterious 'sounds': Seismograph installed at 'sound-hit' Jawhar town
The Indian Express - September 7, 2012

"A seismograph has been installed in this district's Jawhar taluka where mysterious underground sounds over the past two weeks have rattled the locals."

Annoying Seattle sound may be fish mating call
Seattle Times - September 7, 2012

"No one knows for sure what caused a humming noise that annoyed residents of the west Seattle neighborhood on Puget Sound, but one theory is the buzz was a fish mating call."

Mysterious hum rattles Seattle
WHDH Boston - September 7, 2012

"'It is kind of creepy,' Kay Kirkpatrick, the West Seattle resident said of the sound. 'It creeps you out a little bit.' The neighboring large industries say they aren't to blame."

Hum annoying Seattle neighborhood on Puget Sound could be mating call of the Midshipman fish
The Republic - September 7, 2012

"No one knows for sure what caused a humming noise that annoyed residents of the west Seattle neighborhood on Puget Sound, but one theory is the buzz was a fish mating call."

Strange humming sound in West Seattle could be frisky fish's mating call
The Oregonian - September 7, 2012

"So what could it be? Biologists at UW think it could be the male midshipman fish, a not-so-attractive bottom dweller with a distinct mating call."

Seattle 'Hum' May Be Due To Midshipman Fish That Produce Sound For Mating
Huffington Post - September 7, 2012

"If you've been to Seattle recently and wondered what that odd "humming" sound was, and why you could hear it all over the western part of town, researchers believe they've found an answer: It's the fish."

West Seattle hum could be fish (seriously)
King5 - September 6, 2012

"A number of tips led us to the University of Washington's Marine Biology program. Yes, the Midshipman fish, an ugly creature with an odd mating call, could indeed be the sound."

Is ‘the hum’ industrial noise? Many reports, few complaints – so far
West Seattle Blog - September 5, 2012

"Some call it “the hum”; some call it words we don’t publish here. It’s a mystery sound, most often reported at night, most often heard from eastern West Seattle."

Strange sounds from the sky spook Widnes residents
Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News U.K. - August 30, 2012

"A SERIES of unexplained sounds that have allegedly been heard around the world have been keeping a number of Hough Green residents awake at night...In some instances the noises produced a loud rumbling sound like a thunderstorm but in others it is more like a ‘groaning’."

California residents baffled by mysterious thunder-like sounds they've been hearing for YEARS
Daily Mail - August 26, 2012

"The mysterious noises will reach residents in a series of sounds. “Boom, boom, boom, boom just like that,” Lorren Gonzales, who lives near Pleasant Valley, reportedly said."

In search of a mysterious sound
WTVA - August 21, 2012

"We still don't know for sure what caused the loud sound across north Mississippi Monday, but just like you told us on our Facebook page, the sound was real as we were able to confirm in two separate counties."

What was that sound up in the sky?
Coeur d'Alene Press - August 10, 2012

"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's, it's, it's two planes, apparently. That booming noise residents heard around 4 p.m. Wednesday? It came from a pair of military-looking jets flying over Coeur d'Alene and Hayden, multiple witnesses reported."

Cd'A residents report strange afternoon noise
Coeur d'Alene Press - August 9, 2012

"Coeur d'Alene residents were shaken on Wednesday, at roughly 4 p.m., after hearing a loud and strange noise from above. 'It sounded like a huge, huge machine right above our heads,' said Barbara Hensley, adding that she had been standing on Wilbur Avenue at the time, near PetCo. 'It's so bizarre. We had heard airplanes before from the Coeur d'Alene airport, but that wasn't it at all.'"

When we believe we are not alone
Asia One News - July 7, 2012

"'The clear blue skies were roaring.' This was what the villagers of Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, said when questioned during an extraterrestrial site visit conducted by the National Space Agency (Angkasa) at the beginning of this year."

Mysterious noises, vibrations reported in Northeast Austin neighborhood
KVUE-ABC - May 6, 2012

"Around midnight Saturday, people started calling 911, reporting sounds and vibrations in the Harris Branch neighborhood."

Strange sound causes sleepless nights, health concerns
WXYZ-ABC - May 6, 2012

"Looking at twin stacks towering just beyond the old cemetery, Leskiw says, 'They’re just like someone standing there, Gabriel standing there with a trumpet blowing out in all directions. But every time I hear it, and all the recordings, this to me, is the sound.'"

Canadians Make a Racket Over Mysterious 'Windsor Hum'
Wall Street Journal - April 30, 2012

"The so-called Windsor hum, described as a low-frequency rumbling sound, has rattled windows and knocked objects off shelves in this border community just across the Detroit River from the Motor City. Locals have said it sounds like a large diesel truck idling, a loud boom box or the bass vocals of Barry White."

Clintonville, Wisconsin Earthquake: Booms May Be Linked To Minor Quakes
Huffington Post - March 22, 2012

"'To be honest, I'm skeptical that there'd be a sound report associated with such a small earthquake, but it's possible...'"

Wisconsin town plagued by mysterious booming noises
Fox News - March 22, 2012

"Bemused curiosity is turning into worry and aggravation for families in a small Wisconsin town longing for peace and quiet after three nights of mysterious booming noises that have sent some residents into the streets -- sometimes still in their pajamas."

Mysterious Sounds Reported Around the World
DiscoveryNews - February 8, 2012

"People around the world have reported hearing strange sounds from the skies over the past month. Sometimes they describe it as a hum or low rumble; other times it’s a whine, thump, or even a melody."

Are These Strange Sounds Heard In The Sky A Hoax?
Huffington Post - February 3, 2012

"We're only a month into 2012 and already there are a mass amount of YouTube videos capturing bizarre sounds that are being heard around the globe."

Strange sounds in sky explained by scientists
GeoChange Journal - January 28, 2012

"In our opinion, the source of such powerful and immense manifestation of acoustic-gravity waves must be very large-scale energy processes. These processes include powerful solar flares and huge energy flows generated by them, rushing towards Earth's surface and destabilizing the magnetosphere, ionosphere and upper atmosphere."

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Mysterious sky sounds baffled early explorers too
Weird Australia - February 20, 2012

"Accounts from early explorers and settlers of hearing strange sounds of unknown origins in our skies were published in 'Phenomenal Sounds in the Interior of Australia — Are They Terrestrial or Atmospherical?' – a pamphlet by Mr T. Gill from a report of the deliberations of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, held in Melbourne in December 1913."

Is HAARP making the skies snore above Malaysia? Or is it Jay Man? - January 24, 2012

"Just last week, citizens in the Malaysian city of Kota Samarahan reported they were kept awake two nights running because the sky was ... snoring?"

Mysterious "booming sounds" perplex scientists
MSNBC - September 16, 2011

"A host of plausible explanations may now exist for these enigmas, including earthquakes, rock bursts, mud volcanoes, explosive venting of gas, storm-driven waves, tsunamis, meteors, distant thunder and so-called booming sands."

Blast from the Past

West Seattle “hum” mystery: Can you help solve it?
West Seattle Blog - April 23, 2009

"We’ve heard the hum this week from WSB HQ in Upper Fauntleroy and from outside the Southwest Precinct near Home Depot … maybe you have heard it too."

Irritating noise a mystery
Vancouver Sun - March 17, 1980

"Environmentalists will conduct an all-night stalk next month seeking the source of the 'Bristol Hum,' a mystery noise that has puzzled and infuriated residents of this southwest England port for two years and defeated those trying to track it down.

Noise, tremor, but no quake
The Vindicator - December 3, 1991

"One resident likened the sound to an artillery barrage. A business owner said she thought someone was on the roof."

Mystery Noise Puzzles Many
The Youngstown Vindicator - November 11, 1938

"Was it a truck backfiring? - a high tension line cracking? - or was it some one indulging in a private shooting match?"

Mystery Noise Alarms Residents In Southwest
The Calgary Herald - August 11, 1960

"Army, RCAF and civilian authorities in Calgary said today they had no knowledge of a loud roaring noise which was heard between 11 p.m. and midnight Wednesday in southwest Calgary."

Ocean noises intrigue navy
New Straits Times - September 4, 1994

"For the past week, divers have reported hearing a deep, heartbeat-like thumping in the Pacific Ocean off Point Lobos, a rocky outcrop just south of Carmel."

Second mysterious noise rattles Victoria
Victoria, TX Advocate - March 5, 1993

"But, he added, 'There have always been unexplained sonic booms over the Gulf of Mexico that we have been unable to relate to any of our aircraft.'"

Report Says Booms Caused by Aircraft
Spartanburg S.C. Herald-Journal - March 4, 1978

"A strange atmospheric effect upon the noise created by supersonic military aircraft caused most of the mysterious booming sounds heard over the East Coast this winter, the Pentagon said Friday."

Unexplained Sounds in Sky Probably Meteors, says Pruett
Eugene Register-Guard - November 30, 1942

"A weird, rattling noise was reported heard in the sky over the Blue Mountain region of Oregon around November 1 during daylight."

Marconi Still at Sea on Mysterious Sounds; Says Queer Sounds on Wireless Occurred in London and New York Simultaneously
The New York Times - January 27, 1920

"'We occasionally get very queer sounds and indications, which may come from somewhere outside the earth,' said Signor Marconi."