Dear 4 Day–4 Hour Board (and +/- 31 minutes & 17 seconds),
What on earth could be making the strange noise I hear each morning? At least every weekday, at 8:00a.m. sharp, I hear some sort of siren or something sounding off, at a single, steady tone which lasts about 7-10 seconds, then shortly trails off in pitch. When on east BYU campus, by Heritage, I can hear it to the south somewhere, and in my neighborhood near the Vasa Gym on 9th East, I can hear it pretty well too. If I didn't know any better, I might say it (honestly) reminds me more of a single-tone steam whistle than a horn, though that does have a small likelihood. What on earh could it be?
-Curiouser and Curiouser
This question was first posed to the Board on January 25, 2006 in Board Question #22359 and finally answered by Tao in Board Question #42905 on March 22, 2008. I hope you read Tao's response, because it is among the greatest Board answers. In his words:
If you are so inclined, you may simply scroll to the closing paragraphs, but as with all shortcuts, you will miss the best parts...
Nonetheless, I shall tell you. By old-fashioned triangulation and dedication, Tao discovers and shares with us that the siren comes from the Utah State Hospital.
--Ardilla Feroz, from Diyarbakır, Turkey