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Old 10-17-2008, 08:07 AM
 
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Apparently this mystery is not confined to this continent. Singaporeans are discussing this marble dropping mystery too...

Asia Paranormal Investigations - the Marbles Dropping Mystery


The Marbles Dropping Mystery has plagued many HDB flats residents for as long as anyone can remember. Ask anyone on the streets, chances are that 1 out of 5 would tell you that they do recall hearing those marbles dropping on the floor from the units above them, most of the time during unearthly hours, and sometimes, during the day as well. Often the marbles dropping sounds could be attributed to real playful children playing with marbles.

But the concept of playing with marbles doesn't tie in well with modern times when marbles playing is already considered a traditional game. Besides, marbles are considered small objects and could be easily swallowed by young kids playing with them.

So, could the sounds of marbles dropping on the floor be due to playful children, or are they something else altogether?

Though the Marble Dropping Phenomena was considered widespread, no one really dared to talk or even admit publicly that he or she had such a problem. Until 1 day.. someone wrote in to the Straits Times Forum......


The 1st Article in STRAITS TIMES - A letter to ST Forum
The date, June 6, 2005.

The date, June 6, 2005.
A Singaporean by the name of Joseph Wong wrote in to the Forum page of the Straits Times, complaining of marble dropping sounds coming from the above floor unit occurring in the early hours of the morning.
This is what Mr Joseph wrote:


I can hear marbles... or am I losing mine?
IN THE 15 years I lived in my three-room HDB flat in Lorong Ah Soo, my family had to endure what sounded like marbles being dropped on the floor of the unit above mine. Strangely, this seemed to take place only at night, at times in the wee hours of the morning. Never one for confrontation, I did not speak to the occupants upstairs, and we lived with it.

We moved to Punggol 21 five years ago, and the sound of marbles dropping in the wee hours of the morning seems to have followed us. I once trotted upstairs to see what sort of neighbours I have and the occupants were an elderly woman, her weak elderly husband and their domestic help. It is unlikely they played with marbles, and certainly not in the wee hours of the morning.

From conversations with friends, I was astounded to learn that this sound of dropping marbles is a widespread phenomenon in Singapore. It seems it happens only in HDB flats. One of my friends even suggested it may be the way HDB flats are built.

As a non-believer in the supernatural, I am eager to understand this mystery that is fast becoming an urban legend. I may have a legitimate reason to ask the HDB to explain it, since it seems to inflict only flats built by it.

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Old 10-17-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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My apartment is an old apartment in Upper West Side. It has 6 stories, I live on the 5th. On a lot of nights, at around 11pm, 12 midnight, when I am sleeping, I hear what sounds like a marble that dropped on the top floor above me. Like a big dropping sound, then followed by a few small bouncing sound, and a rolling sound. This happens a lot, even during the night when I am sleeping. Similarly, through the walls, I hear what sounds like small tapping by a person's finger, very quick, very successive. Both sounds only happen at night, never heard it during the day.

What could be the issue? Heater? But it doesn't sound like heater at all.

Is this a really cheap rent-controlled unit? Reason I ask is that some landlords will adopt varied measures to get rid of tenants when they've unsuccessfully exhausted the legal options for such apartments. Some will drop large objects in the middle of the night, run sharp sounding instruments against walls, ceiling, floors, make rustling sounds at 3 a.m., show up in scary costumes at your front door when it's not even Halloween.They sometimes resort to such devious tactics to bring the unit to market rates.

A friend of mine who lives in the floor above her landlady turned the tables on her by getting an owl as a pet, coaching it to make sounds at midnight in front of said landlady's door, by playing eerie sounding soundtracks from horror movies late at night, teaching a salsa and merengue class at late hours, and by showing up with a Dracula costume to pay the rent at 11:00 p.m.

My tenant friend never hears strange sounds anymore. She can even hear a needle drop on her floor now.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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This is the first time I'd ever heard of the marble dropping effect. Years and years ago, I had an upstairs neighbor whose kids actually did spend outlandish amounts of time dropping marbles on the floor! Apparently, this is a fun activity.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:38 AM
 
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i hear them at night when i stay in the projects
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:43 PM
 
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Is this a really cheap rent-controlled unit? Reason I ask is that some landlords will adopt varied measures to get rid of tenants when they've unsuccessfully exhausted the legal options for such apartments. Some will drop large objects in the middle of the night, run sharp sounding instruments against walls, ceiling, floors, make rustling sounds at 3 a.m., show up in scary costumes at your front door when it's not even Halloween.They sometimes resort to such devious tactics to bring the unit to market rates.

A friend of mine who lives in the floor above her landlady turned the tables on her by getting an owl as a pet, coaching it to make sounds at midnight in front of said landlady's door, by playing eerie sounding soundtracks from horror movies late at night, teaching a salsa and merengue class at late hours, and by showing up with a Dracula costume to pay the rent at 11:00 p.m.








My tenant friend never hears strange sounds anymore. She can even hear a needle drop on her floor now.






Outrageous!
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:54 PM
 
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We have been plagued by this sound so much, that we decided to google it... and this site is what came up. I was told by a previous upstairs neighbor (after complaining about the noise) that it was probably small pieces of mortar, dropping inside the concrete blocks that our building is constructed from. The neighbor has long since moved out and still the sound continues. I'm beginning to think he was right!
Does anyone know an engineer that can solve the mystery. My building was built in 1969.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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Haunted
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:55 PM
 
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the noise is coming from the plumbing. this was explained in a tv show I watched.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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I manage a building where all of the closets "roll" open. A lot of people complain of the marble sound and it is usually someone opening and closing the closet on its rollers. Not sure what else it could be.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Red Hook Brooklyn-winter Derby Line Vermont-summer
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I used to hear this exact sound as described "like a marble dropping on the floor" I don't know if it happened during the day but at night when in bed I would definitely hear it from time to time. Never really thought about it much until this thread.This was in Starrett City and the construction between floors/ceilings was pretty thick.
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