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Old 10-22-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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During the summer of 2012, my wife and I were chatting in our master bedroom (in the middle of the afternoon). We began to hear noises coming from the bathroom. The noises sounded like a bag of microwave popcorn that was popping. We were NOT popping popcorn, nor cooking any food items. Each "pop" was muffled. And there was almost a minute in-between each one. In between the "pops", I heard squeaky noises coming from the bathroom area as well (similar to the noises you hear when you clean a mirror/window and/or rub your fingers on a glass surface). My wife didn't hear the squeaky sounds, but we both noticed that the "pops" eventually stopped. A few minutes later, they resumed. However, this time, the "pops" were originating from the kitchen and were more frequent and louder. I told my wife I was going to walk over to the kitchen and investigate. My wife displayed her sense of humor and started to hum "scary music" as I began to leave the bedroom. I got spooked and told her I was too frightened to enter the kitchen. Again, the "pops" stopped. In less than five minutes, they started up again and traveled back to the bathroom. My wife said she was going to check out the bathroom, but before she left the bedroom, the "pops" reentered the kitchen. My wife continued walking and headed for the kitchen. Before she reached her destination, the noises stopped and never returned.

My wife and I wonder to this day, who, or what, was responsible for the noises? We both feel that "it" had an intelligence and was desperately trying to send us a message. Whatever "it" and "the message" were shall always remain mysteries.

I welcome all feedback.

Sincerely,


Steve
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:32 PM
 
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If it had been me, a squeak would have had me putting out mouse traps.

The "thing" ran when it heard your wife because it got scared...which would fit with an animal.

"Pops"...little bits being ripped out in bites, from maybe the inside of the wall? Drywall in particular would make popping sounds, I would think, if chomped out of a wall in bits. (Yuck...)

Rodents typically easily travel through walls from one room to the next and upstairs to downstairs. When I was renting some years ago - probably about 15, 17 years ago? - the house I shared with my roommates was right next to a creek. The landlady had warned us that sometimes rats showed up because the creek was very woody and had lots of animals. I ignored that because I couldn't imagine having rats, it was just something that I assumed happened to dirty people. Nope - rats just like warmth and they love the insides of cabinets where the cereal is! (Also pet food, although we didn't have a pet at that time, but that happens to some people - they get rats because of big bags of pet food in the cabinets or left out.)

Anyway, I started noticing all this fluffy stuff under my son's dresser. I cleaned it out the first time assuming it was the inside of a stuffed animal or something, he had a million stuffed animals. I noticed just a few days later that there was more fluff. I was like, ummm....Then one day I went to turn on the light in that room and BOOM, the light shot itself out and everything went black. I saw with a flashlight that something had bitten through the lamp wire.

So I ran upstairs, scared...we decided to call the landlady...and within minutes SOMETHING went thud in the kitchen...I ran in, turned on the light and "it" was running under a cabinet and was just gone. I couldn't find any holes. I had no idea where this thing was getting in and out from.

So we called an exterminator (obviously) and he found a gnawed hole in the corner of the garage door and he put a trap outside of that hole, and the rat was caught. He told us rats get easily from one room to another - and fast - inside of walls and if there is an opening only as large as their heads, they can squeeze their entire selves through.(Visual...shudder) So anyway, that's what I thought of when you said you heard it in one room and then another.

And they chew. Through. Everything. LOUDLY. Ask me how I know. (another shudder)
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:56 PM
 
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Another poster on a different paranormal forum suggested the theory that the cause of the weird noises were "air pockets" jumping from the bathroom pipes to the kitchen pipes.

I still think my wife and I experienced something paranormal, but feel free to share your "rat chewing" anecdote.

Sincerely,


Steve
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:13 AM
 
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Another poster on a different paranormal forum suggested the theory that the cause of the weird noises were "air pockets" jumping from the bathroom pipes to the kitchen pipes.

I still think my wife and I experienced something paranormal, but feel free to share your "rat chewing" anecdote.

Sincerely,


Steve
Ugh, I don't really want to, but...

It was almost like...loud clicking. I guess that was its teeth?

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrruh (shiver).

Perhaps you did experience something paranormal, we can never know, but thanks for sharing your story. Interesting.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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You're welcome! Thank you for sharing yours.

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Steve
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:05 AM
 
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Sounds to me like you had a squirrel in your walls. It's happened to us before. If it continues, set traps. You don't want the little buggers chewing your wiring and burning your house down.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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I agree with Mark S. - you've got a squirrel and want to get rid of him. Some people think they're cute but to me they're just tree rats.

The "muffled popping" was squirrel chitter.

Paranormal entities trying to send you a message, don't run away when you approach them. Squirrels do.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:29 PM
 
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Shame you don't know morse code.

Maybe there was a message in there!
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:57 PM
 
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The majority of the people on this board think it was animals. Perhaps it was rats or squirrels. If this makes a difference, the event happened during the summertime. Wouldn't there be a greater chance of animals trying to enter a house (or apartment) during the winter months in order to find warm shelter?

"RosemaryT", perhaps you're right. But how would I go about deciphering the "secret message?"
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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The majority of the people on this board think it was animals. Perhaps it was rats or squirrels. If this makes a difference, the event happened during the summertime. Wouldn't there be a greater chance of animals trying to enter a house (or apartment) during the winter months in order to find warm shelter?
Probably a greater chance, but still a chance and not exactly an unheard of one. Animals are ALWAYS seeking shelter, and not just from the cold. They want protection from other animals, too, for instance.

If it makes any difference, our rat episode was in the spring. I would think spring and summer are times that, in particular, female rodents would be looking for better, more secure shelter, because they have young to protect during that time. But I'm not a rodent behavior specialist so who knows.

Look, don't be discouraged. It sounds like you want to believe this experience was paranormal because you want to believe in the paranormal. But even given the possibility that your experience wasn't paranormal, I mean that doesn't prove that spirits just don't exist. You know? Hope that makes sense. If you feel it was paranormal - nobody can sit here and tell you definitively, "Oh no it wasn't, period, the end." Keep it in your mind and heart as a cool story, it is yours, and your own experience.

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