Ghostly Noise Visits Office Every Afternoon

Every day at four in the afternoon, Lisa Rose hears a mysterious, ghostly sound in her office in Oakland, Calif. Rose explains the origin of the eerie sound: the wind that creeps in through a window.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

A Sound Clip now from a woman in Oakland, California. She says she is haunted by a noise that comes through her window at the same time every day.

Ms. LISA ROSE (Oakland resident): My name is Lisa Rose and I discovered a sound that comes in through the window in my studio, and it comes in usually around 4:00 in the afternoon, late in the day. The sound has been going on for as long as I've lived here, which is - how long have I lived here? Maybe 12 years.

I walked around the house trying to figure out where in the world was that thing coming from and what was it, and yeah, it frightened me a little bit, but I was just mostly curious. It was strange to me. Very odd. Never heard such a thing. It's a whistle, basically, and it's usually really loud.

(Soundbite of wind whistling)

Ms. ROSE: And sometimes when people are here and they hear that, they get scared. It's just very disconcerting.

(Soundbite of wind whistling)

Ms. ROSE: If I open the window - if it's open wide, I'll get a different tone, and if I close it down almost closed, I'll get a different tone. So yeah, you can get different tones by opening the window to, you know, different lengths.

(Soundbite of wind whistling)

Ms. ROSE: The house is a big flute.

SIEGEL: Lisa Rose and the wind that whistles into her window every day at 4:00 p.m. She told us about that sound by calling us at 202-408-9576, something you can do, too. There's more information at NPR.org.

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