You Are Missing These Things – WIF Simple Pleasures

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The Modern World

Has Robbed You

of These

Simple Pleasures

There are a lot of great things about the modern world, including instant communication, a wealth of amazing entertainment options, access (depending on your part of the world) to some of the best healthcare in history, and the ability to travel all over the world at incredible speeds that our ancestors would have found mind-boggling. However, all good things also have their downsides, and there are some negatives to our modern conveniences that we often don’t think too much about, sometimes because the modern convenience has hidden some past joys entirely from our view. In today’s article, we will go over 10 examples of this phenomenon.

10. An Unobstructed View Of The Night Sky

It used to be that most people could look up at the night sky and see an absolutely stunning vista. You could see a multitude of colored stars, and you could certainly imagine how your ancient ancestors could have once gazed up at that same sky, and imagined all the various powers that have been attributed to them in the past. Now, however, the modern world has largely taken that joy away from us. Due to light pollution, you often have to travel a good days drive from what some would call “civilization” in order to get a proper view of the night sky. Sometimes 50 miles or so can get you a decent view in one direction, but it is rarely going to get you a fully proper 360 degree view, unless you already live in an an area that’s relatively remote.

And even if you can get all the way to those few spots left, you will still have satellites, planes and other flying objects drifting through your view, and polluting the once pristine view of the night sky. While planes and all the city lights give us great convenience, there is an absolutely stunning view hiding right in plain sight, that most of us will live our entire lives never getting to see.

9. Leisurely, Peaceful Meals, With Time To Talk And Digest Our Food

Now, while some countries still take time to linger over meals for the sake of tradition (such as France and Greece), many other major powers such as the UK and the USA eat much quicker. An International Economic Study by the OECD Think Tank found that the United States spent about one hour total on average per day on meals, the UK only about one hour and 19 minutes, and the French, on average, spent two hours and 13 minutes on combined mealtimes, making them the most leisurely with their meals. The industrial revolution has made the world move incredibly fast, and people in many countries just find themselves spending less and less time eating food as the world becomes faster paced and they have to keep going quickly to survive.

It has been well established for some time that there is a strong link between weight gain and eating far too quickly, which is what makes this modern trend alarming. As people eat quicker and quicker in order to keep up with the fast paced modern world, they don’t take the time to properly digest their food, which makes it far easier to overeat. And of course, overeating is a huge contributor to obesity, and other serious weight gain related health problems.

8. Seeing A Phone Number We Don’t Recognize, And Not Being Afraid To Answer 

Phone calls have certainly gotten more advanced over the years, and even most of the older generation tends to agree that advances like caller ID, voicemail, and the like were really good ideas that made things a lot better. However, all the same, it used to be a lot more normal to answer a phone call from a number you didn’t recognize, without actually expecting some kind of devilry. Unfortunately, telephone scams are numerous and make up a staggering percentage of calls, so much that the telecoms and the FCC are trying to work to find a way to bring an end to it, or at least cut it down in a large way in the short term.

Elderly people often get fooled by scam calls the most, but the scammers, trying to find someone to steal from, will target anyone they can get to answer the phone for a little while, and will try to trick important financial details out of people. Now, no one really wants to answer a number they don’t recognize, as they are almost expecting it to be a scam caller of some kind, and with text, Facebook messenger and Snapchat, people tend to just communicate through those mediums in some way or another, and don’t bother to talk for more than a few minutes. The days of people simply calling and having a chat, or being able to answer an unknown number without paranoia, are mostly gone.

7. The Ability To “Go Offline” For A While Without Severe Anxiety

It used to be that before the internet and smartphones changed the world, people had to talk to each other, read a book or engage their hands in something perhaps a little more productive. At the very least, when spending time with someone else, they generally had to do something with them and make conversation. Now, however, people will spend hours hanging out staring at their phones, occasionally showing the other person a funny meme and making sure their phone is charged at all times.

And it is certainly a useful tool to have, but it has become an entertainment crutch for many people for any sort of boredom, and has become such a part of us that many people now get anxious and upset if they don’t have their phone on them or have it charged. According to a study by researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, roughly three quarters of young adults suffered anxiety like twitching, or even scratching when observed for research purposes without their smartphones.

6. Delayed Gratification Is Something A Lot Of Even Older People Are Forgetting 

It used to be that you had to wait for certain times for your TV shows to be on, but now anyone can typically just binge their favorite shows without bothering to even wait for commercial breaks, which means even many of the older generation are forgetting the joy of delayed gratification. Across all generations, whether it is a self-scan at the grocery store or a second drive thru lane at McDonald’s, we are all being trained to hate waiting for more than a few seconds.

No matter what the generation, people in developed countries seem to have become less and less willing to wait for anything, and this likely isn’t good for any of us overall. The evidence for this goes back to the famous Marshmallow study, conducted by Stanford professor Walter Mischel in the 1960s. He offered children a marshmallow, but told them if they could wait while the researchers were out of the room, they would get a second marshmallow. As you can imagine, some of the children went ahead and just ate the marshmallow, while others resisted the temptation. After following them for 40 years, the numbers showed better success at SATs and the like, and less issues with stress and substance abuse, among those who had waited to gain that second marshmallow. This suggests that delayed gratification is a very useful tool for success in life.

5. Learning A New Hobby (And Impressing Our Friends And Feeling Super Cool About It)

While this isn’t something we have lost entirely, there is a certain magic that is definitely gone, due to the ubiquity of the internet. Before the ability for everyone in the world to instantly record and upload anything they do, it actually took some exploring and discovering to get the information you needed for a brand new hobby, and then, once you actually figured it all out — or at least the basics of it — you were usually the only one any of your friends knew who could do something quite like that, at least at first (if it doesn’t catch on with others around you).

However, now we really have lost that simple happiness, as people have become so incredibly jaded. It isn’t as hard to get into a new hobby anymore, as you can find a billion tips on the internet, easy starter kits for everything, and a ton of people who can do it a lot better than you. And of course, it’s right at the fingertips of your friends, too. While they may still be somewhat impressed to see someone do it live, and encourage you as their friend, it certainly won’t wow them as much when they can go online and immediately find someone who can do it a million times better than you can, who has been doing it for years. It also can make it hard to keep up with your hobby when it’s so easy to compare yourself to actual experts, and feel discouraged at how long it takes you to reach that level. The internet has sort of ruined us. (Except this site, of course — keep reading this site, guys!)

4. Being Able To Relax Away From Unnatural Or Industrial Noises 

It really wasn’t that long ago, back before the industrial revolution, when we had a much more peaceful world (with regard to noise pollution and, well, regular pollution). There were no big factories belching smoke. You go back a little longer and we didn’t even have trains. No WiFi, constant radio communication, internet, or satellites, and no planes constantly flying overhead. All the sound pollution, both audible to the human ear and not, was almost entirely non-existent just a few hundred years ago, but now there is almost no escape from it. And while you have to go out of the way, you can get a mostly unobstructed view of the night sky if you travel far enough (although you will still see planes and such), but it is a much more difficult issue when it comes to noise.

Researchers who have tried to find any quiet spots on earth have only found spots that are temporarily quiet from unnatural sounds. No matter how far you go, at the very least, the occasional airplane will fly by and ruin the natural soundscape you were trying to enjoy. Planes may be convenient, but there are tens of thousands of flights every day, and the sound from them constantly soaring through the sky has made every corner of the globe a site for intermittent noise pollution.

3. Waking Up To Natural Circadian Rhythms Is An Almost Non-Existent Privilege 

It used to be we just kind of went to bed and got up based on our natural alarm clock, but electronic aids now wake the world up. This is also kind of necessary now, because almost no one goes to bed shortly after sundown, or gets up at sunrise anymore. The privilege of simply going to bed like everyone else does, and knowing the whole world has pretty much the same schedule and will be waiting for you when you get up, is gone.

Now we go to bed at all sorts of weird hours, sometimes for only brief snatches, and many types of workers have schedules where shifts change throughout the week, leaving their poor bodies even more confused. On top of that, many are so trapped by social media, that even waking up for a brief moment, they have to check their feed — this kind of behavior is not good for our sleep patterns.

2. There Is Now No Escape From Shocking, Horrible And Grotesquely Sensational News 

With the ubiquity of the internet and the 24-hour news cycle, we now have access to news from any corner of the world at all times and a corresponding need to fill air space. While you’ll see the occasional positive human interest story, the news is mostly dominated by the worst of the worst, and because of such instant, worldwide, mass communication, no editor has any trouble filling their entire news block with a stream of horrific goings on.

No longer are the days when the news could simply only find so much negative to give you, and wasn’t going to be on 24 hours a day regardless, so at least you got a break. For some people this puts them in a quandary, as they feel as a responsible person they should keep up with the news, but it can be hard to filter out the important things from the constant horror. No matter how important you think it is to keep up with it, you may want to be careful about your consumption. Multiple replicated studies have found that people who viewed negative news broadcasts have more anxiety afterwards, and are more likely to start talking at length about things that worry them, and make them out in their heads to be something far bigger than they are.

1. The Constant Fear Of A Lawsuit Over Everything Has Left Us All On Edge 

In the news over the past several years, we’ve seen a steady stream of stories about little kid’s lemonade stands getting shut down by city authorities, with the police sometimes literally coming in and tearing them down. And just recently, the State of Texas passed a law specifically aimed to not make it so impossible for children to run a simple lemonade stand. However, we have to understand that the reason behind the police taking down lemonade stands is not to be mean to children, but due to the way our modern world works. Today, it is not just the US legal system, but also American culture that has become extremely sue-happy.

State laws regarding licenses and permits, which these lemonade stands obviously don’t have, because they are run by children, require you to be inspected and get licensed, because it both protects the public safety, and protects the proprietor from lawsuits. Now of course some may consider it silly to sue a child, because if you get sick drinking lemonade from a child’s stand obviously you understand that you took the risk in your hands. However, if someone got sick, it could potentially open the child’s parent up to a lawsuit, and perhaps the city as well if it could be proven they were negligent in their duty to make sure roadside food stands are properly licensed and inspected for food safety. Whether it is a lemonade stand being smashed to bits by the police, or a parent freaking out at a neighborhood kid climbing their tree (over fear of them potentially falling), the lawsuit-happy culture of the modern world has left America on edge.

You Are Missing These Things –

WIF Simple Pleasures

Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 36

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 Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 36

It’s like a half-dozen people are talking all at once, but I can’t pick out a single word they’re saying

The right elevator takes Constance up to the #39 she had pushed, noticing that that the lighted button wasn’t as worn as all of the others. After several stops and starts on the way, for the other comers and goers, she alone disembarks at the final floor of the building. She steps out into an incomplete level, without form or function; no carpeting, no paint, no lighting and not a single soul to be seen.

“Wasn’t expecting this,” her words are swallowed up.

She begins looking into each of the six doors on the floor, every one as pristine as the next, starting with 39660. Empty.

39661, empty.

662, 663, 664 + 665 all empty, yet spotless, floor to ceiling.

Before she attempts to gain access to the remaining 39666, an impatient Eddie pops out of the same lift and of course he adds his commentary, “They sure skimped on the furniture, Con!”

“Nothing much here, yet I feel like we are not alone.” She looks back at where she’s been. “Look at my footprints, they last for two or three seconds then disappear.”

“Footprints? Do you see the steam coming out of your pretty little mouth?” Eddie is getting the creeps. He watches his own breath leave a trail, “It’s cold, but not that cold in here.”

“Do you hear that?” she asks, reacting to the sound of whispers.

“Hear what? I had a grenade go off inside a bombed out building at the Battle of Verdun, Verdun France in the Big War, didn’t see that lousy kraut hiding behind a wall. My buddy shot him before he could throw it, but it did go off… my ears still ring some to this day…”

It’s like a half-dozen people are talking all at once. The chatter is non-stop, but I can’t pick out a single word they’re saying, like babbling.”

“I’ll take your word for it. Can we leave?”

“No, I have one more office to check.”

Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon

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Quacks, Whistling Helium, Howls and Mistpouffers – WIF Noises

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10 Mysterious Noises

That Science Can’t Explain

Some sounds just can’t be explained. No matter how much we analyze, test or scrutinize, there are just no answers forthcoming. While the following sounds all have theories surrounding them, the lack of conclusive proof has made them baffling, bizarre mysteries that have fascinated both scientists and laymen.

10. Slow Down

On May 19, 1997, a weird sound known as the “slow down” was detected by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To this day, the source has not been determined — theories exist, but none are conclusive. It’s referred to as the slow down because every seven minutes the frequency of the sound literally does slow down.

The slow down was recorded on the Equatorial Pacific Ocean autonomous hydrophone array, and its amplitude was sufficient to have been heard on three sensors at a range of nearly 2,000 km. The best theory seems to be that the sound is Arctic ice slowly moving over land, but while this sounds somewhat similar to the slow down it doesn’t offer conclusive proof for this unsolved mystery.

9. EVPs

“EVP,” or “Electronic Voice Phenomenon,” is the paranormal pseudoscience of capturing the disembodied voices of the spirit world. Paranormal investigators claim that they’ve recorded words and conversations during the course of their research. EVPs are usually captured on audiotape or digital recordings, but they can also be caught on video. These voices aren’t present during the time of recording, and are only uncovered and heard as the audiotape or recording is played back.

EVPs vary from one another. Some are just single words, phrases or sentences, while others are whole conversations involving multiple voices. While some believe these strange sounds are words, others believe that these sounds are unintentional and can be attributed to natural phenomena. One theory is known as apophenia, which is the concept of finding patterns or meaning in otherwise useless data. Another possible explanation is pareidolia,which means the brain is translating an illusion into something of significance.

8. Quacker


Submarine crews in the Arctic and Atlantic have reported hearing strange noises similar to the sound a frog makes while submerged. Nicknamed the “Quacker” by Soviet crews, these sounds manifested only when the submarines would pass certain areas. It was discovered during the Cold War thanks to new technology made to pick up suspicious signals emerging from the depths of the ocean. Since the Americans and Russians took great pains to hide their submarines from each other, it was assumed the noise was coming from some type of hidden submarine detection technology. However, the evidence showed otherwise.

The truly bizarre thing about the quacker was that the sound would actually react to the submarines. It would avoid the submarines, move and circle around them, and elude sonar. It was concluded that the origin of the quacker couldn’t be another vessel as the speed of the quacker was around 200 km/h. These sounds faded in the 1980s, and while theories ranging from unidentified marine animals to aliens to secret military technology have been proposed, none have offered a solid explanation.

7. Planetary Sound

Do you know that planets make sounds? It’s unusual to think that they can, let alone have these sounds register since space is a vacuum that sound can’t travel through. Radio waves, however, can travel through space, and spacecraft roaming the universe compile information on radio emissions that their instruments pick up.

Some of these emissions are “sounds” that planets and moons emit, such as whistling helium or howls. Recordings of planetary sound are then altered into sound waves to render them audible to the human ear. While their source is usually known, they’re neverthelessbizarre and eerie.

6. The Unknown Howl

Some sounds are so unknown they don’t even have an official name attached to them. That’s the case with a series of mysterious sounds coming out of northern Canada. These weird howls have been captured on video and uploaded on YouTube, where they’ve accumulated over half a million views. Allegedly the sounds are coming from an unknown source emanating from deep within a forest near the tiny town of Conklin, Alberta.

This video evidence was followed by another playing the same kind of sound, but from a different location — The Pas, Manitoba. These sounds have elicited significant controversy and a diversity of opinion. Some have stated that it sounds like music, while others believe the origins might be extraterrestrial and some have gone as far as stating that it’s the very sound of Hell itself. With no plausible answer in sight, more video evidence has appeared, with new sources coming from such diverse locations as Glasgow, Chicago and Denmark.


5. Mistpouffers

Loud, unexplained and seemingly random sounds have been coming from large bodies of water around the world, from the Great Lakes in America to the Yellow River in India. These strange sounds have been officially termed “mistpouffers,” and have been described by witnesses as sounding like thunder. However, there are usually no storms in range when these booms occur.

Mistpouffers are incredible powerful. The sound generated by them can produce shockwaves that are felt miles away. Multiple theories have been put forward, including pent up gas, underwater caves collapsing, meteorites and rapidly rising air. But extensive research has yet to produce a credible answer as to what these sounds are and why they occur.

4. One World Trade Center

A mysterious, eerie sound has been causing consternation for residents near the site of the former World Trade Center and the current home of the new One World Trade Center. The noise sounds like a buzzing with a slight melancholy to it, almost like a faint wailing. This unsettling sound appears to come from the building itself, and it’s noticeable enough to have been heard by pedestrians so it’s not simply an isolated incident witnessed by a few folks with sensitive ears. The initial theory was that the sound was created by a wind vacuum within the then empty structure, since it was first heard during Hurricane Sandy. But the sound hasn’t ceased, even though the building is complete and the hurricane is now an afterthought. So what it? The spirits of the deceased? As of now, the mystery remains.

3. Bloop

Like the “slow down,” the low frequency sound known as the “bloop” was picked up by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1997. The unidentified bloop contained such a high amplitude that it was detected by multiple sensors over a range of 5,000 km, a testament to how loud it is.

This sound originated from about 1,750 kilometers west of Chile, a remote location with no land and an ocean depth of about 4,300 meters. The bloop’s nature and characteristics are comparable to sounds made by marine animals, but even  blue whales, the largest living creatures on the planet, can’t produce a sound equal to the bloop. While nothing has been conclusively proven, the most likely theory is that the bloop was caused by a massive icequake.

2. The Hum

Strange, unexplained low humming sounds have been reported throughout the world, although the source of this low frequency noise can’t be found or explained. At times it appears the hum is connected to natural phenomena such as active volcanoes, but this theory isn’t enough to explain all cases. What makes the hum weird and spooky is that some people can pick up on it while others hear nothing at all. There  have also been reports of the hum being noisier indoors, and attempts to block the sound with earplugs seem to be ineffective as the hum travels through the body like vibrations. Furthermore, the hum seems to intensify at night, further complicating attempts to explain it.

1. The Wow! Signal

Dr. Jerry Ehman first detected the “Wow!” signal on August 15, 1977 while working on the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project in Ohio State University. SETI had working for decades in the hopes of receiving some type of extraterrestrial contact. The one minute and 12 second signal was only detected once and never replicated, and was called “Wow” because that’s what Dr. Ehman wrote on the printout of the signal. Dr. Ehman was initially skeptical of the source, believing it to be an Earth signal reflected off of space debris. But the more he looked into it, the more difficult it became to explain.

The signal was about 30 times louder than anything around it, and unlike natural radio frequencies the wow signal was not distributed in various ranges — it was at the very specific frequency of 1420 MHz. This signal is only used by astronomers, since it’s the natural frequency of hydrogen atoms in space. We use it to map out the universe, so the fact that we received the signal suggests that an intelligent life form may be doing the same thing on their end. It’s theorized that its origin is extraterrestrial, but there’s no solid proof of this hypothesis. The only thing we know for sure is that the signal came from the constellation Sagittarius.


Did You Hear That? – Quacks, Whistling Helium, Howls & Mistpouffers