There’s plenty of unexplained phenomena occurring in the skies around the world; from the extremely loud “skyquakes” to seemingly random booms with no apparent source. Such instances have been reported on the news and taken the Internet by storm, but one type of anomaly that has also been heard around the world can’t actually be heard- except for about 2% of the population where Hum occurs.
The Hum, as it has come to be known, is a loud humming noise (as the name would suggest) that has been heard around the world, with the first known occurrence of it being in Bristol, England during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s (although reports of people hearing the Hum in the UK supposedly date as far back as the 1940’s and 1950’s). This led to the Hum being known originally as the “Bristol Hum,” and at one point a team which included a member of Bristol Parliament Arthur Palmer were asked to investigate due to the large number of complaints. The group supposedly traced the Hum to its source and caused it to stop, as the group stated “we have stopped it, be satisfied with that.” Obviously, the Hum did not stop and has continued affecting people; in fact, its range has actually increased.
Eventually during the mid 1970’s the Environmental Health Officers located in every city in the United Kingdom were receiving complaints related to the Hum, and when News of the World and the Sunday Mirror (a pair of national newspapers) asked who could hear the Hum, they received over two thousand replies. By 1992 the Building Research Establishment was paid over £50,000 to investigate the Hum, which investigated forty-one cases (although thousands of people were suffering from the Hum) and of the forty-one, only six could be explained.
Since then, the Hum has been heard in the United States since roughly 1992, when it was first heard in Taos, New Mexico; this led to it being called the “Taos Hum.” However, there were supposedly reports of the Hum being heard in Hueytown, Alabama several months earlier. Since then, it has been reported in Norman, Oklahoma, Hull and Nahant, Massachusetts, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Kokomo, Indiana, Southwest Germany, and Victoria, British Columbia. Hearers of the Hum are generally female and roughly fifty years old, although in Taos 52% of the hearers were males. The Hum is described as being between 40 and 80 hertz.
As to what the Hum actually sounds like, there are a few similar descriptions. People in Hueytown, Alabama reported the Hum sounding similar to a dentist’s drill or a nearly dead fluorescent light bulb. However, in 1995 the Scottish Sunday Herald stated that during the 1950’s people in Britain reported a buzzing, droning sound. Others in the UK report the Hum sounding similar to a truck engine or a loud droning noise. Symptoms caused by listening to the Hum can cause loss of sleep, nausea, dizziness, nosebleeds, anxiety, balance problems, earaches, etc. and in the UK at least three suicides were linked to people who could here the Hum. An individual in Germany who reported hearing the Hum stated that their bed felt as if it was charged with electricity, and that their body, mattress and pillow were vibrating. Others say they’ve experienced similar symptoms where their head felt like it was vibrating; sometimes objects such as windows and whole houses are reported to be vibrating although recording devices are unable to detect any sort of vibration, and light bulbs have also been known to explode with no apparent reason. Some claim the Hum gets louder at night and when the hearer is indoors, and that earplugs are unable to diminish the sound.
As to what causes the Hum, there is currently no explanation. Some theories range from mating fish noises to mass hysteria, although there are other more likely theories, such as LORAN (Long Range Radio Navigation) and or TACAMO (Take Charge And Move Out, where aircraft are used to communicate with submarines). Some suggest it could be caused by HAARP, or High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project, a research project run by the University of Alaska, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. Although HAARP is surrounded by conspiracy theories, it has been found that HAARP has the ability to manipulate the ionosphere.
Despite the lack of evidence as to its source or any way to prevent hearing it, its clear that the Hum is affecting people around the world, and that its causing documented problems to the people that can hear it. Hopefully the true cause of it can be ascertained, or a way to prevent it from being heard can be found in order to give some respite to those who are affected.