The so-called Windsor hum, described as a low-frequency rumbling sound, has rattled windows and knocked objects off shelves in this border community just across the Detroit River from the Motor City. Locals have said it sounds like a large diesel truck idling, a loud boom box or the bass vocals of Barry White.
Residents in Windsor, Ontario, have blamed the hum for causing illness, whipping dogs into frenzies, keeping cats housebound and sending goldfish to the surface in backyard ponds. Many have resorted to switching on their furnace fan all season to drown out the noise.
Even weirder, Americans cannot seem to hear it. Canadians find that suspicious — especially since their research suggests the hum is coming from the Yankees’ side — and accuse US officials of staying silent over the noise.
Hundreds of other sleep-deprived locals have demanded action from politicians in Windsor and Ottawa.
If U.S. officials don’t help find a solution, “there will be a lot of upset people,” said Brian Masse, a Canadian New Democratic Party member of parliament, whose Windsor constituency sits across the river from Zug Island.
Studying the hum, much less its origin, is challenging. It is difficult to capture the mainly nocturnal sound on tape, since it doesn’t hum all the time.