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Andrea Romano
February 21, 2018

Imagine living in your own private episode of “Black Mirror.” For some residents of one Canadian city, that isn't too far off.

A persistent, low level hum has plagued the people of Windsor, in Ontario, since 2011, and residents can’t figure out what's making the sound.

The New York Times reported that the noise has been compared to “a truck idling or distant thunder,” or perhaps a subwoofer on someone’s stereo. But besides simply being a nuisance, the unending noise, now known as “The Windsor Hum,” has led to residents reporting all manner of health issues.

Tracey Ramsey, a member of the Canadian House of Commons, told the New York Times that she regularly gets calls from her constituents about “headaches, sleeplessness, irritability and depression, among other symptoms.” She says they're “desperate” for answers.

Residents have developed theories for the source of the noise that range from aliens to mass hysteria. Some believe the hum originates from an irregular furnace at a nearby steel mill on a nearby Island. But that's based on a federally funded report in 2014, according to the CBC, and people are still looking for relief.

If it's of any consolation to the residents of Windsor, the local hum isn’t the only sound anomaly reported in the world. There have been similar noises in places like England, Scotland, Australia, and several parts of the United States, the New York Times reported.

Until a solution is found, a private Facebook group has been created by residents who are dedicated to finding the source of the noise and hopefully stopping it.

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