On the surface, nursery rhymes seems innocent enough. For many of us, they bring on a wave of childhood nostalgia, such as memories of playing in the school yard or your mom softly singing you to sleep at night.
Because of this, most people have never taken the time to actually listen to the lyrics in their favourite nursery rhymes.
Well, we hate to break it to you, but nursery rhymes are creepy as f*ck. From ‘Rock-a-Bye-Baby’ (which is about a baby dying in a tragic accident), to Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosie (about the plague), these seemingly sweet melodies disguise twisted tales of murder, sex, and general gloom and doom.
But do you know what makes nursery rhymes even more disturbing? When they’re sang on repeat by creepy-ass ghost children (Thank you very much, Wes Craven).
And that’s exactly what the residents of a town in the UK have had to contend lately. Alice Randle, from Ipswich, UK, told her local paper that the nursery rhyme ‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring’ had woken her and several of her neighbors up multiple times in the past few months.
Sometimes, the rhyme would start at 2:00am or 4:00am, play once or twice, then stop. Other times, it would play on a loop for hours.
She said the tune was sang in a child’s voice, but it was tinny and alarming (listen to it in the video below).
The mom-of-two told The Independent: “It’s very haunting, people have said it’s like something out of Freddie Krueger.”
At first, she wondered if the song was all in her head, until she realised her neighbors had heard it also.
After putting up with the eerie tune since September last year, Alice finally called her local council begging for help.
“I started to ask myself why I was living with this when I could do something about it,” she told the Ipswich Star.
“The last couple of months I’ve been quite committed to finding out what it was.”
The council sent their rapid response team to Alice’s area several times, but the tune always stopped before they arrived.
Until one time, they finally caught it.
“We did hear the nursery rhyme playing and it sounded very eerie at that time of night,” a spokesperson for Ipswich Borough Council said.
Their search led them to a warehouse on an Industrial Estate just a few 100 yards from Alice’s home. Once they entered the building, they found the song playing on a loud speaker.
It turns out the music was a security device designed to spook trespassers, and its motion detectors were being triggered by spiders.
“When they examined the motion sensors there were spiders and webs across it, so that’s how they know,” Alice explained.
A spokesperson for the site said: “The sound is only supposed to act as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves that come onto our property, and it is designed only to be heard by people on our private land.
“We are now aware of the problem – the motion sensors were being triggered by spiders crawling across the lenses of our cameras and it looks like we’ve had it turned up too loudly.
“We’ve spoken to the resident who brought it to our attention and adjusted it so this should not happen again.”
Alice is just pleased to know that her street isn’t haunted.
“It’s a massive relief and I’m looking forward to getting some actual sleep from now on,” she said.
So, if anyone tells you spiders are not scary, just show them this article.