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Distinctly Odd [Nov. 15th, 2012|09:27 pm]
Tony Grist
For months now Dot has been waking in the early hours of every morning to hear a cuckoo clock strike twelve- only she doesn't own a cuckoo clock.  In between each of the "cuckoos" comes something that sounds like a snatch of recorded speech- too muffled to decipher. The noise is loudest in the vicinity of the cupboard that houses the boiler.

None of us has the least idea what is going on.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2012-11-15 10:23 pm (UTC)
Have her neighbours got one - could the sound be travelling through the wall/pipes? That doesn't explain the speech - but there's sometimes a sort of whirring noise between the cuckoo notes
Has she ever lived in a house where there is one? It might be a waking dream - just on the verge of sleep?
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2012-11-15 11:36 pm (UTC)
I would suspect the former - that maybe her neighbor bought one and put it right against the wall, so she ends up hearing it as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-11-16 09:17 am (UTC)
The houses are free-standing. Also she only hears it the one in time in every 24 hours.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2012-11-16 12:58 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that IS weird. (Potentially kinda cool, too)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-11-16 09:16 am (UTC)
She knows her neighbours and I assume she's asked them. Besides, she lives in a free-standing bungalow.

Yes, she has had a cuckoo clock in the past.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2012-11-16 10:46 pm (UTC)
Then the waking dream/memory seems a likely suspect. I once got out of bed to go to switch off the cuckoo - then remembered I'd not owned one for several years - and it seems possible that she's misinterpreting the sound between the notes, although her memory recorded it correctly
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-11-16 12:40 am (UTC)
Can it be heard during the day?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-11-16 09:18 am (UTC)
No, only at night- and only once in the night.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-11-16 01:36 pm (UTC)
After reading all the replies I am now officially weirded out.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2012-11-16 12:45 am (UTC)
Answerphone with a peculiar ringtone?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-11-16 09:19 am (UTC)
Which always goes off at the same time? I suppose it could be a neighbour's alarm clock.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2012-11-16 07:30 pm (UTC)
A radio alarm clock, set to Radio 4, which is immediately hit to snooze.
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[User Picture]From: butterscotch711
2012-11-16 02:46 am (UTC)
While I think it's much more likely that the neighbour has a cuckoo clock, my first thought was that maybe there's a metal piece of the boiler that is picking up a radio signal. I've read about people picking up the radio with metal tooth fillings and stuff.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-11-16 09:20 am (UTC)
No, I've just checked: the neighbour doesn't have a cuckoo clock.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2012-11-16 04:39 am (UTC)
Nah. It's a ghost. A ghost with a cuckoo clock. Living in the wall. Well, NOT living...whatever it is that we do when we become specters.

I'd get a tape recorder and try to record it.

Wouldn't it be cool if you opened up the wall and found some really really ancient cuckoo clock--and a big bag of gold coins?

Might as well dream big. :D
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-11-16 09:24 am (UTC)
This is the best suggestion so far.

Next time I visit I'll take a pick-axe and get those gold coins out. :)
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-11-16 11:33 am (UTC)
Sounds like it's time for a sleepover.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2012-11-16 01:01 pm (UTC)
This is a good idea!!!
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