In the decades following World War Two, everyone in the world had been crossing their fingers hoping that nuclear war would not break out between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Now, the Cold War has been over for nearly thirty years, but the current state of international political affairs is anything but stable, and the paranoia that characterized the Cold War seems to be making a comeback. For example, for the past two years, American diplomats serving in Cuba have been hearing strange high pitched sounds that have reportedly caused them unpleasant physical symptoms. After medical tests confirmed that these diplomats had suffered brain damage, rumors began to circulate that the officials had been subject to a new type of weapon that makes use of certain sound frequencies to attack enemies. Understandably, Cuban officials doubted this scenario; instead, Cuban officials claimed that a native cricket species was the likely source of the strange sounds. This theory took a backseat to more sinister explanations that had been released by numerous media outlets. Despite the alleged brain damage suffered by American diplomats, an American researcher has recently confirmed that the so called “sonic attacks” were, in fact, crickets after all.
During 2017, medical professionals claimed that certain brain structures had become altered in American and Canadian diplomats serving in Havana, Cuba. This claim was announced at the same time that the diplomats were said to have heard odd sounds on a daily basis in the island country’s capital. Now, medical professionals are backing off of this claim after a researcher, Alexander Stubbs, from the University of California at Berkeley, debunked the several sinister theories concerning these sounds by analyzing recordings of these high pitched frequencies. According to Stubbs, the sounds were actually the love songs produced by the Indies Short Tailed Cricket, which is a cricket species native to Cuba. This cricket is officially known as Anurogryllus celerinictus and the sounds it makes are identical to the sounds heard in the recordings. While it is a relief to know that Russia is not using Cuba as a testing ground for a new sonic weapon designed to melt Americans’ brains, the alleged brain damaged suffered by the diplomats has yet to be explained.
Do you believe that sound frequencies produced by insect songs could cause brain damage in humans?