10 Unidentified Sounds That Scientists Are Seriously Looking Into


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Author's Note: 10 Unidentified Sounds That Scientists Are Seriously Looking Into

I can't say that I've experienced any of the unexplained sounds described in this article—I was in Taos once during the mid-1980s, for example, and the only odd phenomenon that I noticed was a local artist who wore cowboy boots that he'd apparently spray-painted fluorescent orange. When I started working in downtown Baltimore a few years later, I remember that on one of my first afternoons on the job, I was startled by the loud, eerie wail of a siren. No one else in the office seemed to notice it. I eventually discovered that it was the weekly test of an emergency alert system, and sounded at 1 p.m. each Monday. In time, I became accustomed to it as well.

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