This is one of those articles I’ve been walking around all day chewing on. Should I or shouldn’t I? I hesitated on the side of vanity, because frankly I value my credibility and this could send that into the waste bin with some of my readers and I value my readers as much as I do my credibility. This is also an inspirational blog and I’m straying a bit. The only thing that spurs me on is the fact I experienced this phenomenon. It’s being reported from many people all across the globe and I’m wondering if anyone else out there reading me now has too.
Okay, first let me wipe the sweat from my palms. It’s that credibility thing squeezing at my stomach again. I hope you don’t stop reading me after this. I hope that you’ll at least give me the benefit of the doubt, because I have nothing to gain and everything to lose. I guess the most logical way to say it is to just say it.
Two times during the past two weeks I have heard a strange sound I’ve never heard before. Once was at night and I was here alone. I haven’t lived in India even a year yet and a lot of things here are new, so even though this sound was strange, and it quite frankly frightened me a bit, I shrugged it off as my inexperience with all the sounds here. The second time was in the afternoon. Everyone was busy in their daily doings and it was anything but quiet. The air was alive; a melting pot of sounds: jets flying overhead making their approach to the Delhi airport, trucks and cars trundling down the main road, the generator from the petrol station, various car horns, people talking, children playing.
Then the sound came. I recognized it immediately; the sudden loud hum rising and then falling then rising and falling again. It swallowed everything else, vibrating through the floor and the bed I was sitting on. I ran outside. It was coming from everywhere all at once. A few people were looking around, looking up just as I was; and we all looked confused. Something, okay everything about the sound was “wrong.” It was too loud. It lasted too long. It wasn’t moving. It had no definable direction.
Just as my stomach was beginning to knot with the realization this was not something normal, it just stopped. As is the case with this type of thing, everyone shrugged it off and went about their business. I did too. I flipped on my computer and lost myself in writing, the day passed, and the next, and the next. I completely forgot about it; until last night.
Because I also write articles on HubPages I receive the featured Hub on my Facebook every day. The featured Hub last night was about just this very thing. Even as I read the title, it didn’t click. It wasn’t until I started listening to some of the YouTube videos from people who claimed to hear “a strange sound” and recorded them that I remembered. I more than remembered. I was utterly shocked. It was the same sound.
Search engines are supporting the sudden interest in this strange hum. Google Trends shows internet searches for “strange sounds” has skyrocketed in the last 30 days. My logic tells me it could be because everyone is just starting to talk about it, but so many reports of this hum have also been reported just prior to and during the same time frame so it’s very hard to tell if that’s even relevant.
Someone has gone to the trouble of actually plotting reports on a Google Earth map. Again, I don’t know if this can be relied on for any type of accuracy. It represents those who have reported witnessing the phenomenon, but I don’t know it’s reliable for assuming any kind of trending.
Of course no one knows what the strange sound coming from the sky is. The only thing that’s certain is people are speculating. This is a list of what I’ve found:
- the harbinger of the end of the world
- electromagnetic waves being released by the earth portending a mega earthquake
- the heavens announcing the Second Coming
- proof the world will end
- the gates of hell opening
- the sounds of an inter-dimensional doorway being opened
- the choir of heavenly host
- a global secret weapon
- magma movement
- a viral 2012 end-of-world marketing hoax
You can view the HubPages article that I read here.
What do I think it is? If I hadn’t heard it myself, I would vote for hoax. But honestly, I haven’t a clue. I wouldn’t even begin to guess. I know it was strange. I know I’ve never heard anything like it. And I know I don’t know what it was. Like others, I found it unnerving. My curiosity is piqued.
So, if you haven’t decided that I’m a complete loon, freak or “one of those people” and you’re still reading, have you heard it? What do you think it is?