People throughout the world have reported hearing really weird and unexplainable noises. There are numerous YouTube videos that have recorded these sounds and just as many theories on what the sounds could be.
Yesterday one of my friends linked to a YouTube video on her Facebook wall. I don’t often watch videos people post but the title intrigued me, “1/16/2012 — ‘Strange sounds’ heard WORLDWIDE — what is it?!” After watching part of it I found myself sharing the link on my own Facebook wall asking people what they thought. Before I go any further, have a look yourself:
At first, it was easy for me to dismiss it as a hoax – even with the numerous other related videos shown to the right of the video I was watching and reading comments from people claiming to have heard very similar sounds. So what. I don’t know these people, they could be complete nut-jobs for all I know. But then something happened that caused me to rethink the whole thing: a friend of mine, someone who was my best friend all through school who I know very well, commented on my wall saying that she, her husband and some of their friends heard similar noises. This friend of mine is neither a nut-job nor a 2012 apocalypse conspiracy theorist (at least, not as far as I know! Erin?). Further, the other friend I mentioned earlier who introduced me to this video, had comments from people claiming to have heard similar noises too.
There are several theories going around – some obvious, others not so much – on what these strange noises could be. Here is a quick look at a few of them (note that I could probably punch holes in all of these theories, I’m just the messenger here):
- A by-product of the HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) which Wikipedia describes as being, “an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).”
- The effects of spacequakes
- A marketing campaign for an upcoming film
- A marketing campaign for an upcoming video game
- Caused from solar flares
- Phenomenon involving thunder (Nick Pope, expert on UFOs and conspiracy theories, was quoted in an ITN article saying, “One possibility is that we’re dealing with some sort of phenomenon involving thunder. Sound can behave in very funny ways.” And “Another option might be power lines. Again, under some circumstances we know power lines can make a humming and crackling sound. That may well explain some of these events.”)
What do you think it is, Sync readers? A hoax? The beginning of the end of the world? In my house, we’re all in disagreement: my husband thinks it’s a PR stunt for a new film; my son doesn’t know what he thinks; and I can’t decide either – I would dismiss it as a hoax, except for the fact that I know people who claim to have heard the noises. What do you think is going on? The truth is out there … somewhere!