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We need somebody who can conduct historical research and follow up on some interesting findings

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I have full-text access to the world’s major (and minor) newspapers, in a few cases going back to the late 1700s. Recently, I was doing some broad searches on the Times of London, and some stories from the 1850s/1860s really caught my attention. In two particular cases it appears that descriptions of odd/unusual/unexplained sounds are worth pursuing. There were no “engines idling” outside people’s homes at that time, but there was large industry, which itself was pinpointed as the source of some complaints.

If you know how to use academic search engines and are interested in access to these newspaper archives and doing the digging on this, then contact me.

Cheers

Glen


2 Comments

  1. Alex Blainey says:

    Glen it would be interesting to see if the historic accounts correlate with solar activity especially if there was lots of reports around the time of the Carrington event or similar high activity.

    • An excellent idea. There are frustrating variables in the way, however. For example, during my surfing of news titles from London, England during the 1800s, I noticed that there was a sharp spike in news stories relating to ghosts and similar phenomena. I’m wondering if there might be a connection to the arrival of infrasound generated by industry arising from the industrial revolution. It has been speculated that certain frequencies, perhaps around 17 Hz or 18 Hz, sent with sufficient power, might be able to affect mood states and in some cases activate visual responses. But I may have missed a lot of material from the first part of the 1900s, just because I only had a little while to explore it. Therefore it will take some very careful searching of stories, then reading of the news stories to separate out the outright nonsense from the localized logical noise complaints from the unexplained sounds that meet or partially meet our criteria for the Worldwide Hum. Then we need to chart these stories on a time graph, and then overlay a solar activity graph. Or overlay it against any other theory. Cheers, Glen.

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