No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
Welcome to Germantown, TN.
Now we know what you are wondering, just where IS Germantown, Tennessee? This sleepy little city is located just outside of Memphis and was founded in 1825 by a group of settlers who had been traveling through the region. Now home to a population of nearly 40,000 people, Germantown has a thriving economy and the lowest crime rates in the state of Tennessee.
Our Story Starts in An Ordinary Home
No matter how safe Germantown is, feeling uncomfortable in your own home can be hard to get over. Our story takes place in this regular home where you wouldn’t expect anything particularly fascinating to happen. With that being said, appearances can be deceiving. As you will soon find out, anything could be lurking right behind your very walls!
An Older Home Can Bring Surprises
Germantown is an old city and that means that there are old homes scattered throughout the region. Our story takes place in one of those older homes, albeit in an incredibly desirable corner of town. The family that our story includes had no idea that they were purchasing something quite… extraordinary.
Wait, Did You Hear That?
Seemingly overnight, various members of the family would report strange sounds coming from their walls. The only problem? Nobody was hearing it at the same time! This meant that the family had to try and track down the sound in order to identify it, a task which proved to be quite problematic. How do you chase down a disembodied sound in your home? Call Zak Bagans?
The Noise Becomes Incessant
Is your home afflicted by strange sounds? Or have you grown comfortable with the various creaks and moans that come from older homes? For our protagonists in Germantown, comfort was the last thing on their minds! As time passed, the noises grew louder and more consistent. Soon it was almost impossible to get away from the sound!
Could Rodents Be to Blame?
As the family began to do research, they came upon an idea. Could it be possible that a family of rodents had become trapped in their walls? Were pests lurking just out of sight? Either answer would leave the family without much comfort. After all, if you have one pest then you likely have thousands!
Time to Call on Pest Control
With the thought of their home infested with rodents, the family in Germantown was quick to reach for their phones. After all, a pest control specialist could get things under control, right? The homeowners decided to call in a professional while sitting back, allowing the pro to work.
What would the pest control team find?
Still, the Noise Remained
A pest control team arrived promptly at the home to do their investigation. They layered the home with a pesticide in order to kill rodents and other traditional pests. Even though the pest company didn’t come face-to-face with the invisible antagonist, the family felt more at ease.
Unfortunately, their comfort would quickly change to confusion as the noises returned.
Was Their Home Truly Haunted
At this point in time, the entire family felt like throwing up their hands. The pesticide didn’t work. Their own investigations into the home didn’t reveal anything out of the ordinary. Despite this fact, the noise still remained! Was their home truly haunted? Was a poltergeist rattling the walls to make their lives miserable?
The Family Grows Very Concerned
While the family didn’t seriously fear poltergeists, they did know that something was wrong. After all, whatever was inside of their walls was very much alive. If the hidden figure was truly alive, that meant that they could not relax.
After all, what if the creature escaped into the house to harm someone?
Looking For Answers Online
With nowhere else to go, the family decided to turn to the internet. The great thing about the internet is that you can connect with people all around the world. The family quickly found a forum where they were told to record the sound that was coming from their walls. The only problem? The sound was now intermittent and impossible to track!
Waiting Patiently for the Noise
The family decided to sit down in a single room while quietly waiting for the noise to reappear. In order to track down the source of the noise, the family would have to listen closely for any clues that they could find. Would they have any luck with their efforts?
Loud Noise and Vibration From the Walls
Eureka! The sound finally came back, only this time it was louder than ever before. For the first time in a while, the family was genuinely scared of what might be lurking behind their walls. When they placed their hands against the surface of the wall, they even felt the surface begin to vibrate!
What the heck was making their walls SHAKE?
A Culprit Finally Appears
After waiting with bated breath, the family started to hear the walls…. buzz! There was a clear buzzing sound that was causing the walls to tremble and shake. Now we know what you are thinking, buzzing means bees! Not a problem, right?
If you think this story ends with a simple bee or two, you have another thing coming.
Inspecting the Walls Even Closer
After realizing that the vibrating wall was an exterior facing wall, the family got a bright idea. They decided to go outside to see if there was something coming from the other side of the wall! Unfortunately, the family was met with the plain brick exterior of their home. Whatever was inside of their wall was truly dug in.
Finding the Right Person to Help
With a clue as to what was going on inside of their home, the family knew that they needed help from a professional. Only, who do you call when you need a professional to inspect a potential bee problem? You call David Glover, The Bee Whisperer!
Let’s introduce you to the real hero of our story, Dave.
Not Your Average Profession
David worked in a field that may seem fake, at first! David Glover was a bee removal expert. He specializes in inspecting homes for bee problems before safely removing the creatures from their location. As bees are incredibly important to our world, it is always important to save them when possible.
A Day in the Life of David
As bees are well on their way toward becoming an endangered species, people like David are needed to ensure their health. Where you or I might have to rely on pesticides, David uses all-natural methods to save bees when they find themselves in a residential setting. After all, cohabitating with bees is not exactly the easiest thing to do!
The Master Bee Whisperer
As David is known as the Bartlett Bee Whisperer, it is probably safe to say that he is pretty good at his job! What’s more, David works with the bees that he rescues in order to rehome them and produce honey. Not too bad for a quirky little profession, right?
The Importance of an Evaluation
Even though the family was certain there were bees in the walls, David still had to perform his own evaluation. David knew that he was the most prepared person for the job, so he immediately set out to investigate. It didn’t take long for David to reveal quite the shocking surprise!
What Was Really Going On?
When David showed up to the scene, he was made aware of buzzing and vibrating sounds coming from the walls of the home. Instead of a gentle buzzing sound, like the typical beehive, this sound was almost overwhelming. More akin to a swarm, the homeowners were terrified of what David was about to discover.
Exploring the Extent of the Situation
Primarily, the family was concerned that a massive bee infestation could ruin the very integrity of their home. During home inspections, you always fear things like asbestos or water in the basement. For this family in Germantown, TN, they were terrified that a terrifying amount of bees were about to be unleashed into their property.
What David found was far more fascinating than a swarm of bees. Don’t know what we mean? Keep on reading!
Special Tools Help Reveal Hidden Details
When you work as a bee removal expert, you kind of have to have the right tools on hand. In order to track down the source of the sounds, David whipped out a temperature-reading tool. This fantastic little tool would allow David to pinpoint exactly where the bulk of the bees were located.
Jackpot! Dave Makes a Discovery
In five minutes, David would accomplish what the family had been trying for days to discover! With his FLIR camera on hand, David was able to track the center mass of whatever was lurking behind the walls of the home. If that temperature shape looks familiar to you, get ready for what it looks like on a regular camera!
The Bees Were a Danger to Themselves and Others
After identifying the hotspot, David was able to solidify his bee theory. Only, David wasn’t worried about just bees — he thought that a beehive was behind the walls. Does the idea of a beehive growing in your walls make your shudder? We know it makes us think twice about buying an old home! In any event, the bees inside of the walls needed help because they were a danger to themselves AND the family.
Saving the Bees Brick by Brick
Unlike games like Minecraft and Rust, you can’t just take apart a building in two seconds. Instead, David had to painstakingly strip brick after brick to make any progress. Can you imagine removing bricks with your hands while knowing full-well that a hive of bees was lurking mere inches away from your fingers?
The Hive Was Still in Perfect Form
After revealing a brick, David was able to get a look at the hive behind the wall. The hive was completely intact! What he could tell from this view instantly made David worry. David realized that he had to carefully withdraw brick-by-brick in order to provide safe support for the hive while also helping the family.
Making Incremental Progress
Removing bricks ain’t easy, just ask David! After what seemed like an eternity, the bee removal expert was making real progress. Can you imagine working on this kind of project during the heat of summer while wearing a heavy outfit like David’s? We are just glad that people like him exist!
The Absolute Size is Astounding
A short while later, the full extent of the hive’s size was revealed. To say that this beehive was large would be, to put it mildly. You can compare the hive to the window above to realize just how large the hive was! Suddenly this didn’t seem like a ‘small’ bee problem.
Calmly Removing the Bees
While David was impressed by the size of the hive, he knew that he still had some digging to do. After all, if he wanted to get the bees out safely, he’d have to remove even more bricks. As David continued to pull bricks from the wall, the hive only got bigger and bigger!
Special Tools for a Tough Job
As you can see, David was suited up for this task to make sure that he could get the job done. A bee removal expert relies on various tools and safety precautions to protect themselves. What made David Glover so good at his job was his ability to work calmly in stressful situations. If David lost his cool, the bees would too!
Meet the Holy Huge Honeycomb
After an entire afternoon of work, David was able to unveil the entirety of the honeycomb. After seeing the hive for what it was, David decided to name the hive, ‘Holy Huge Honeycomb’. This hive was particularly rare due to its shocking size. What was more shocking to David was the fact that the bees had survived!
Tragically the Queen Had Died
While many of the bees had survived and were thriving, there was some bad news to report. As it turned out, the family’s pesticide had ended up killing the Queen Bee. As you probably already know, Queen Bees are vital to the health of the hive. This meant that David had to not only rehome the hive, but he also had to introduce a new queen!
Biggest Hive of Dave’s Career
David regularly shares his work on social media. So, when David revealed the Holy Huge Honeycomb, his followers went wild. This was easily the largest hive that David had ever worked with and it caused quite the stir in Germantown.
With such a big hive, what did that mean for the bee population?
Capturing Every Single Bee
As a bee removal expert, knowing how many bees he was dealing with was kind of a specialty for David. David didn’t try to count every single bee he saw. Instead, he used his knowledge and expertise to declare that more than 35,000 bees had made the hive their home. Can you imagine that many bees living in your home, much less even near you?!
Relocated to a New Hive
David decided that he would transfer the bees to vertical hives. The bee removal expert used a variety of tools including a special vacuum cleaner to transplant the bees! Dave’s biggest concern was that the bees would not take to their vertical hive, though that would end up being an unfounded worry.
Adding a New Queen to the Hive
The second hurdle that David had to clear was the dead Queen Bee. Without a Queen, the new bees would not be able to produce honey in their new hive. David searched far and wide (or into his own sources) to find a Queen that was ready to be transplanted. Thankfully, the old bees took to the new Queen without any issues. Cersei, take note!
Soon the Bees Were Producing Honey
At first, the bees resisted the new Queen by avoiding her as much as they could but that problem quickly dissipated. With a new Queen Bee in the hive, the bees had a legitimate chance to survive and thrive with their hive producing honey!
From buzzing walls to a thriving new beehive, this story certainly brought us on a journey!
A Job Well Done
Nearly six months after David had saved the bees, the bee removal expert took to social media to update his followers. David showed pictures of the bees thriving and producing honey in their new home. The homeowners were thrilled to be free of their buzzing problem.
As far as haunted home stories go, this was quite the sweet ending!
Large Honeycombs Aren’t Exactly Rare
While this large honeycomb was certainly a rare find for David, massive hives exist all around the world. One of the largest beehives found in America originated in Utah, where a beekeeper named Vic Bachman recovered more than 16,000 bees from a cabin located in Ogden Valley.
Do you have bees buzzing behind your walls? Now might be the right time to give it a listen!
Pets Have Helped People Get Through the Health Crisis
The ongoing health crisis of 2020 has not been easy for anyone. It’s been especially difficult for some people, but it has truly been hard for all people in some way or another. Some individuals have managed to find ways to cope with it, however. Other people are just in a comparatively fortunate position. It would seem that pet owners fall into that category.
People who are used to working in person are now able to spend much more time with their pets. The pets themselves obviously do not know what it happening. They’re just aware of the fact that their human family members are now able to spend much more time with them.
Many people are still having a difficult time staying positive, especially because the health crisis has lasted much longer than many people anticipated. Still, the people who have pets on home might be coping with the situation more easily.
There was a recent survey conducted by the Gallant company. This is an organization that specializes in banking canine stem cells, giving the dogs the chance to get additional health benefits later in life. The survey involved a sample of one thousand Americans who have pets, which is a decently large and representative sample.
The Gallant company wanted to see how the health crisis was affecting pets and their human family members. It’s interesting to note that more people today are adopting pets, especially dogs and cats. Some of the people who decided to adopt new pets did so spontaneously, so they would not have done so if the health crisis had not occurred.
Some people may have decided to do so because they knew that they were going to be home a lot, and they wanted to have some company. Other people may have decided to reevaluate their lives and think about plans that they made years ago. They may have decided that this was the perfect time to get a new dog or cat.
Many other individuals may have been worried about dogs and cats getting abandoned during this health crisis, which has been happening in some areas. Lots of people are trying to do their part in order to help these days. Adopting dogs and cats can certainly be part of the picture.
The successful Gallant company wanted to release this survey in time for the National Dog Day holiday, which many people might decide to celebrate this year. An astonishing sixty-eight percent of the survey respondents said that they socialized more with their dogs, cats, or other pets than they did with other people throughout the ongoing health crisis.
It isn’t surprising that this is the case, since so many people are practicing social distancing at the moment. While there are big families that have dogs and cats, there are plenty of people who have dogs and cats and don’t live with other family members.
A shocking seventy-nine percent of the survey respondents said that they did not initially have any adoption plans scheduled. This all seems to have changed very quickly for a lot of people, especially for the people who lived by themselves beforehand.
Social distancing has been more difficult for some people. Individuals who live alone have potentially had a difficult time staying connected with other people since the beginning of this crisis. Some people have said that they have been able to spend much more time with their families since this all started, which has certainly helped some people get through it all. However, not all people have had that benefit. Getting pets of their own has changed things for them.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Airline Passengers Attention Please: Avoid Wearing These Items While You Fly!
With the state that the airline industry is currently in, flying comfortably can be a challenging quest to undertake. Despite how uncomfortable flying can be, air travel has become the beating heart that connects every nation on our planet. Knowing that air travel is so important, we felt that it was vital to understand what best to wear during our travels. Today, we are going to highlight everything that airline passengers should avoid wearing while flying!