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How spiders accidentally tormented a town with disembodied nursery rhymes

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Sep 18, 2018

We all have a love-hate relationship with stories of real-life hauntings, right? Well, get ready to put on your Ghostbusters jumpsuit, because one of England’s oldest towns has a spooky infestation.

But thankfully, not of ghosts. Of course, that wasn’t initially apparent. According to the Ipswich Star, a local mother reported being awakened almost every night by seemingly disembodied voices — voices of children — singing the nursery rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring.” These aren’t the most comforting lyrics to hear in the middle of the night, especially from minor-key, movie trailer-esque children. And make that double if there’re no children in sight.

Just listen to these ghosts:

Good lord.

Eventually, enough was enough. The mother reported the spooky happenings to the Ipswich Borough Council, which had its rapid response team investigate the industrial estate behind a nearby railway — where the ghostly tune was emanating from. Turned out the woman wasn’t hearing things and the culprit wasn’t supernatural.

A loudspeaker was playing the tinny music as a security measure, but was going awry. “The sound is only supposed to act as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves that come onto our property, and it’s designed only to be heard by people on our private land,” said a spokesman for the industrial site. “We are now aware of the problem — the motion sensors were being triggered by spiders crawling across the lenses of our cameras, and it looks like we’ve had it turned up too loudly.”

So sneaky spiders in the night, triggering the world’s most haunted burglar alarm, are the problem. Or, at least, one of the problems. Is Guillermo del Toro running this place? But at least the case of the world’s most troubling noise complaint was solved without a single drop of ectoplasm.

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