The Sound That Only Canadians Can Hear

Everything that I know about Canada I learned by watching South Park. But the show hasn't mentioned this fact. There's a sound that only Canadians can hear, various described as "a large diesel truck idling, a loud boom box or the bass vocals of Barry White."

The sound is detectable to people in Windsor, which lies on Canada's border with the United States. But Americans across the river can't hear it:

Windsor residents 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 can't seem to hear it. Canadians find that suspicious—especially since their research suggests the hum is coming from the Yankees' side—and accuse U.S. officials of staying silent over the noise. [...]

American officials contend there haven't been complaints on the U.S. side of the border. Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality looked last year at whether the companies at Zug started up any new machinery in the past two years that might be causing the noise and found nothing.

"The only place I am hearing noise from is Canada—from politicians complaining," Mr. Bowdler said.


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I live in Windsor where currently this is a pretty big issue.
I have found however, that there are some sounds that only Americans can hear.
example: when I turn on "Fox news" all I hear is a babbling drone of incoherent peeps
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We have the noise over here in Alberta as well.

Since it sounds much like a diesel train engine revving up to roll it doesn't bother me much; I grew up around trains.
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The sound is caused by the air turbulance coming from Captain Canuck flying around to protect maple leaves, poutine, bunny hugs, homo milk (in a bag), and Japadog. He doesn't for some reason seem to be very found of ketchup popcorn salt so you might want to spray some of that in the air around Windsor.
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The "idling semi truck" sound is commonly heard in lots of areas. We have it on the lee side of the Sierra Nevada too.

Other example: http://globalrumblings.blogspot.com/2012/03/strange-noises-around-world.html
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