RAM is not always Random Access Memory...

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Wed Nov 5 12:45:25 CST 2003

LONDON Nov. 4 -- A mysterious transmission that baffled British 
intelligence analysts for days was caused by a ram rubbing up against an 
aerial mast, a government agency said Tuesday. Scientists at Government 
Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, western England, an 
intelligence-gathering station, were baffled by strange high-frequency 
noises coming from Scarborough signal station in Yorkshire, northeastern 
England. GCHQ's in-house paper, the Daily Observer, said the noises were 
unlike anything staff had encountered before and an investigating team 
initially thought they were coming from spies or aliens. Their 
investigation found the signal only happened in the day time, went 
across all the high-frequency bands and only Scarborough aerials could 
pick it up. Eventually, investigators discovered that a ram was rubbing 
its horns against the aerial masts "in between servicing some local 
ewes," the paper said. "It's possible the ram was attracted to the mast 
which may have given off some kind of tingling sensation, but it was 
probably just a post to rub against," said GCHQ spokesman Bob McNally.

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