What’s In The Ceiling!?

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Marbles in Ceiling?

 Losing My Marbles?

“What’s in the ceiling” refers to an an experience I had that I still cannot explain to this day and I have not had any clear explanations as to the cause.

Several years ago I moved into a brand new, state of the art apartment complex in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I was living on the second floor with another full sized apartment above me. My apartment was two bedrooms and two baths with a large living room and kitchen. I was located near great amenities and had a four mile drive to my office. Life was at a good point for me as I had fully bounced back from a divorce after a twenty-two year marriage.

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Ceiling Noise

Approximately three months into living here, I started hearing something rolling across my living room ceiling every night at around 8 P.M. It sounded exactly like marbles or stones were being dropped, then rolled across the ceiling. My dog also heard the noises and would often look up at the ceiling and start barking. I knew that a single guy lived right above me in the third floor apartment and I simply thought he was playing some sort of game. He was strange; never a hello or direct eye contact and he would literally run up the stairs to get into his apartment as fast as possible to avoid interacting with people. After another night of non stop noise, it dawned on me that it was not possible to hear marbles rolling on a fully carpeted rug up above me! All of the apartments were a combination of carpeting and tile. All living-rooms and bedrooms were carpeted.

This video is not the best but, this individual did capture the noise which is similar to what I was hearing. My marble sounds were much, much louder and competed with my television.


This habitual sound really started to annoy me and it was not until I realized that this upstairs neighbor had moved out, that I became a bit unnerved. Empty apartments should not make noise that lasts for hours. There was only one incident of me hearing the marbles rolling across the ceiling during the daytime. It was a Saturday morning and the sound came from the ceiling above me while I was standing in my kitchen! The sound never again came from this area. So, whether or not the sound was structurally related, it all remained a mystery to me.

One night, with flashlight in hand, I went outside of the apartment complex and tried to find any signs of squirrels and a possible entrance into the building. There was nothing. The next step was a report to the maintenance department who told me that the building was still settling or that it was just the pipes making noise. I contacted my brother who is a contractor and he ran a few scenarios by me.They were all logical but simply did not apply to the noise I was hearing. Sorry, but it just had to be something else!

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Squirrels Causing Noise?

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Time to Leave the Marbles Behind!

After my one year lease was up I moved out and relocated to the state of California. I never investigated the marble noise incident any further until I recently came across stories about this phenomenon being reported by many people in Singapore!

Reports

Many Singaporeans reside in what is referred to as Housing Development Board flats. There have been numerous reports of marble dropping sounds heard above in units during the nighttime. Residents have reported they thought children were playing games with marbles but in most of the cases, there have been no children residing in the flats. The only addition to the marbles sounds are reports of people hearing furniture being dragged across the floor at late hours of the night.

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Singapore Housing

There have been all kinds of explanations offered as to the root cause and these include:

  • sounds from water pipes
  • expanding pipes
  • ghost children playing games
  • resident spirits who live in ceilings

I have continued to research this subject in the hopes of finding a reasonable explanation and have found absolutely nothing. I am wondering if anyone reading this post has had this experience. I would love to hear about your take on the occurrence and also what the cause is. Since it is so wide spread, I doubt it to be of a paranormal nature. Who knows!?! Feel free to leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by.

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65 Comments

  1. Cholene Derios

    Hi I’m Cholene from Malaysia.I often heard this rolling stone or marbles sound on the roof top of my house which the house now Im staying with my husband and kids are given by my father in law and he bought this house like 30years ago.Weird things is we’ve stayed in this house for almost 10years and I never heard such this noise,until this lately and it happened only around 2 to 3am.And just like u,I also looking for something logically explaination for this and of course its freak me out sometimes.There were no trees near our house.So,I dont think it can be a squirell?I hope someone can came up with the answer.Looking forward for your replies.Thank you.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Thank you for leaving your comments. There is still no reasonable explanation to this mystery. The only positive is that no harm ever came my way!

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    2. Solomon olu

      Hi am from Nigeria & my experience started when I separated from my who later confessed to black magic witchcraft. Never used to pay attention to such till I experienced spiritual activities around me…So so serious…I feel most of these midnight activities are spiritually inclined.

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      1. Donna L (Post author)

        Thanks for your input on this subject. Anything is possible at this point in time! It’s an international occurrence.

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  2. ms singh

    I CAN ALSO HEAR THE SAME.NEED SOLUTION

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    1. Diana

      Hello I live in westa palm beach. My family and I had the same problem living in a 4 floor building apartment. Although yes, we had two children living on top of us, it was terrible. Having had enough of the marble sounds we have moved to a 2 floor house. My fathers bedroom is right underneath mine and he has just told me he is hearing the same marble dropping and rolling off as in the apartment usually at 2 am, i do not have any children and my husband and I are sleeping soundly at that time. He and I are use to sleeping with earbuds so I have not experienced it but my father seems to think its some type of paranormal activity. Im a bit scared.

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      1. Donna L (Post author)

        The more I’ve read about this, I am now leaning more towards a commom structural issue.

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    2. Lena

      Hello I’m from Morocco I hear the exact same sounds coming from the appartment upstairs: furnitures moved in the middle of the might, marble ball rolling, strong banging as if a heavy closet is lifted then dropped off. Also the footsteps sometimes very loud other times less pronounced. There is also the blender at very late times or very early in the morning. These sounds I hear them very often after 11pm and before 6am.
      I forgot to mention the appartment upstairs is empty and also the one at it s right in another building. Our building has 3 leveld with 2 appartments at each one. I’m sure the one above us is empty as the owners live in another country and when they visit you can easily spot them, their car is parked at the entrance and windows are open.
      These noises are going on for over 2 years now. With irregular frequencies. Sometimes very strong and kind of angry other times less pronounced.
      I learned to live with them over nights, sometimes I’m scared and other times I just don’t care anymore.
      But what most spooky in my case is that I started to hear them when I’m not sleeping at home. In several occasions when I travel for work and sleep at a hotel. I swear that I heard them, in Europe less than a month ago and the hotel rooms were all carppeted! And last week when I was in a field trip.
      One last particularity in my case, whatever is this ting making the noise, it s interacting with me. For instance, in the middle of the night and no noises, once I move in my bed a noise is made instantly like a hello I’m here. Another thing, when my alarm goes on in the morning and turned off and go back to sleep for an extra 5min, the noise will occur as if to wake me up. I swear again this is what s really happening, I have no psychotic disorder only a very light sleep.
      While writing these lines, banging and hammering upstairs was going on. It s 11h30 pm

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      1. Donna L (Post author)

        Is is possible for your to visit with a reputable psychic? Its sounds like you might have something attached to you. Your living area is one thing, being bothered while you are traveling to other locations is another. Please keep me posted and thank you for leaving your story with the readers.

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  3. Suresh

    Hi
    This is Sureshow from Bangalore, India. I and my wife have been experiencing the same situation at our apaetment. We hear furniture being moved and pushed… hammering some wooden furniture…… doors being closed and walking footsteps and some times small stones rolling. The apartment above us and 1 floor above is empty for the past 1 year. We find this very spooky but have outgrown this due to no logical conclusion. We start hearing this late evening onwards upto 2.00am or 2.30am on the days I was awake.
    Thanks Suresh

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    1. Suresh

      HI, this is Suresh again. Further to my earlier posting. I would like to share this also. I have a downloaded a paid App called “Ghosts & Spirits”on my hand phone. This app doesn’t show any paranormal activity at all when these strange occurrences happen. I don’t know how far I can trust this App……. but it senses the movement of spirits around 250 feet surrounding radius on the GPS & shows its movement in red, blue and grey dots classified as Very dangerous, Dangerous and low intensity accordingly.
      Thanks Suresh

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  4. Troy

    I stay in the gold coast of Australia. My partner and i moved into a new apartment building on a site consisting of 3 towers. Tower 1 level 34 – Lots of marble dropping and rolling noises in the roof while watching tv. We just assumed the people above enjoy dropping marbles but couldn’t understand it since every living room has carpet. After 2 years we move to tower 3.
    Tower 3 level 12 – Still get marbles but not as often. Now randomly there is a loud bang in the living room and bedroom wall followed by what sounds like 20-30 fast knocking sounds traveling from the ceiling down to the floor from inside the wall cavity, like garbage going down a shoot but in my wall? I work in commercial construction so i know how everything is made and put together, where ducting/thermostats/pipes/electrical wires run etc, so fed up one day i put holes in the walls to check the cavity is empty with no other structures (nothing) then plastered and painted them like new. My partner is a believer in ghost so i try to make light of it so she is not in constant fear. One thing is for sure my spiritual/emotional/mental awareness has strengthened since experiencing this phenomenon over the past 5-6 years. Meditation is intense and I almost feel like a more empowered being to the guy that moved in all those years ago. My children and partner are not afraid of it and we accept it as part of the living arrangement no matter how loud or random it becomes.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Your story is fascinating and I am happy to learn that you have adjusted well to the noise.

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      1. Arjun

        I live in india i am experiencing the same as you doing like someone dragging furniture and dropping marbbles ., it start from the midnight and i dont live in any aprtment i have own house our terrace is open,,, freaking strange hard to understand

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        1. Donna L (Post author)

          Hopefully one day this mystery will be solved.

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  5. Keith

    Very interesting read

    I have a similar story to tell. email me

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      What’s up Keith. I responded and never heard back from you.

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  6. Seth

    Hello my name is Seth, im from the middle of the united states. I sometimes hear the faint sound of a coin spinning or rolling for an impossible length of time upstairs. Only there is nothing in the rooms there. I live alone.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Welcome to the club Seth. What’s your opinion?

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  7. Courtney Tripp

    Hey Donna… My name is Courtney and I reside in Pensacola Florida. I moved to my new apartment in June 2016. Where i moved from i never heard any of these noises im getting ready to describe to you. Ok so, I never noticed because I was a workaholic then but since August I havent been working so I never noticed it. About a month or month and a half ago I heard a sound that sounds like furniture moving across the ceiling floor and marbles being dropped and rolling. Funny thing is is that im have no upstairs apartments above me. The only neighbor i have is to the left of me because im the last apartment on that end therefore its noone to the right of me. One day I asked my neighbor (on the left) was he making the noise he said no but he hears it and his guest as well as my guest hear it too. Hevsaid it sounded like someone moving furniture and ge thought it was me and I said no (remind you that we have no upstairs apartments neither him or me). I tried going outside once I hear the noise and look on the roof with a flashlight i see nothing and the noises stopped but i also asked my oldest son to listen on the inside while i was outside as well. When i came back in he said he the noise didnt stop it persisted until i came but in but remind you i didnt hear anything nor saw anything outside. I have not told my sons but i think a spirit is stuck here im not sure but what other explanation could it be but what i do know is that Im determined to get to the bottom of this

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    1. Courtney Tripp

      Just to let you know the biises persisted throughout the day and night and it kept us from sleeping alot of times

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    2. Donna L (Post author)

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope that you can find some resolution to this! I am not sure if these sounds have to do with the paranormal or are natural occurrences. To date, there are no reasonable explanations.

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  8. vaia

    You are not suffering from phychosis I assume. I had an episode and I was diagnosed whith physhosis. I have heard the same noises as you (furniture moving,marbles rolling) but also voices in my ear. I am from Greece. I am surprised that there are people who hear these noises without being phychotic. As a matter of fact I don’t know if I am really phychotic.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      I’m not quite sure how to respond to you. First off, this is a paranormal website. In addition, I am not psychotic and have an extensive background in the mental health field as a therapeutic provider of services. The marble sounds is an unexplained phenomenon experienced by people all around the world. If you are hearing voices, I suggest you look into mental health services for a potential diagnosis.

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    2. Kim

      Hi I have heard the sound of marbles rolling in my boyfriends bedroom and it was at 8 am. It was super loud. I was fascinated by it then called him to hear. After hearing it a 3rd and 4th time, I recorded it but it wasn’t as loud. When he came to see, The sound was pretty much gone.

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  9. Vani

    Hi, I’m from India.
    Even I hear strange noises. Sometimes at odd hours like 11.30 or 12.30 at night I hear hammering sounds. First I thought there must be some renovations going on but so late? Then throughout the day there is sounds of furniture being mover around . ALL THE TIME. No one surely moves around their stuff so much. And how is the sound reaching till the next floor.

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    1. pragya

      Absolutely same case here!!!

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  10. Yalines Martinez

    SO I just moved to a new place 4 months ago. I am not sure if the apartment above me is occupied or not (i never thought it wasn’t cause of the noise)but I am constantly hearing sound of something dropping then rolling or furniture being moved/dragged across the floor. This goes on all the time especially in the morning and at night (I work 9-5 and gym after so I leave the house at 8 and return at 8)

    But I cannot believe it is empty and I cannot fathom what exactly it is that they are doing up there to make those specific noises. No one moves their furniture around every day. Why do you constantly drop round objects that roll? Anyways I am mustering up the courage to talk to the about this. I was just doing some research before I went to speak to them. I cannot imagine it being empty thought (yall really scared me with this lol)

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      The day I moved out of my apartment, I ran into a neighbor who lived in the same building. He was experiencing the same as me and he was blaming the couple who lived up above him. It’s a very strange occurrence and I have no explanation for such sounds. What amazes me is the number of people like yourself, experiencing identical sounds! Thanks for leaving your feedback.

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  11. tanya

    i need help ona similar experience. i to here sounds of marbles being dropped. occassionally, i also here running footsteps. what is creepy about my experience is that the falling marble sound seems to make the sound in the area exactly where i am in the house. i live with my husband but the sound seems to follow me only.

    i am so creeped out about this experience because of the fact that i am ‘singled out’ by it. it scares me that i am seriously considering hiring a PI.

    pls help!

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Here is what I suggest. Keep a log of the dates, times and the rooms you are in. I had this experience for about 6 months and it always happened just as I sat down to watch television in my living room. My dog would look up at the ceiling and bark. I understand how freaky this is. Can you record the sounds?

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  12. Lenon Still

    Hi, so this time I Decided to go Thailand for my vacation, long story short on my way to Bangkok in the bus I fell asleep as I woke up, arrived at the terminal. last person off before getting out, my eye caught a black bag n a cheap local phone. I decide to take the phone only and use it(FYI no sim inside, before all this trip had a argument and broke my phone). Coincidence? Luck? So, yes I took it .Got back to the hotel in the night when I start learning this phone first thing I formatted it so I’ll pretend it’s from the secondhand shop. Two days pass one night in the hotel before going to bed, my eyes was shutting in my mind or what I dunno. I saw a white dress, long hair figure from below the front TV, standing from the ground up. I jumped and look with wide eye there was non. So I thought maybe a bad dream got back to sleep I saw it again before I actually in deep sleep walking up front towards me and looking at me from beside of my bed next thing I know I woke up normally thinking non of that and went shopping and doscovering Thailand. Changed to the next hotel, night when I’m about to fall asleep. I hear this high pinch noise like the tv had no reception? Keep buzzing, when I close my eye in the dark I saw round circle within circles and making me more tired. for the first time I was afraid of falling asleep and Everytime I about to sleep. I literally force my body jump to wake myself and start watching tv-music to made my sleep easier and not thinking bout maybe just maybe it’s the phone? Or I visit those ruines? After my days there, got back to my hometown start my day decide to let my GF to use the phone, two days later she started to have nightmares? Got sick and dizzy most of the day. When she can’t take it anymore at her home she took out her SIM card from that phone she suddenly felt better and not that dull. We talked about it. So my decision is let’s test this phone ey?(BTW, I forgot to mention when I charged the phone it was okay the first day and day pass only I realise I saw this small qoute beside the battery icon on lock screen saying (another man lost is another person gains)

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  13. Kaushik

    Hi from India. I would hear marble sounds in day out night when I was in hostel before a year and I am hearing the same in my home also.i am surprised that there is no proper explanation for this.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Thank you for leaving your comment. Many people experience this and to date, I have found nothing conclusive about this universally shared experience.

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  14. Belle

    Greetings,

    Well I’m the type of person who believes in ghosts,and other creatures out there.I see brutal deaths often in my dream.Like someone being hit on the head,stabbed or whatsoever.And some of them,I later on see them as spirits in reality.I also often wake up wth cuts on different parts of my body.Well I’m just 12 btw.And my parents leaves me in the house alone.We didn’t have maids at that time.cause she was on a day off.So I often hear marbles rolling,stomps,dragging of furnitures,hammering an may more unexplainable noises.First,the people living in the second floor were 2 old people.And their often away.And the question is…why would they be hammering in the middle of the night? I know that many people are experiencing these strange things.And you’re not alone.So if you need me or something,I’m just here and ready to help people.I may be a kid,but I think,I’ve experience many strange stuff already.thanks for your story though.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hello Belle,

      I appreciate your sharing your experiences with me. Have you shared with you parents or other adults about what you are hearing and seeing? Perhaps a trained psychic could investigate your home or you could contact a trusted paranormal group in your area. You definitely should get assistance in clarification in what you are seeing. It’s sounds to me like you could be psychic yourself.

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  15. Bea

    I’m from Peru and used to hear those marble sounds as a child in the first apartment I lived in. The explanation about the change in temperature is also difficult for me to believe for in my city we have very steady temperatures throughout night and day, but who knows… sounds more reasonable than saying its ghosts like we usually say it is.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hi Bea,
      There must be a logical explanation but no one has found it yet!!

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      1. Sami

        Greetings Donna,
        Hope everything is well at your good end.

        I’m Sami form Pakistan. I’ve been to various Paranormal Sites and from what is stated above, I’ve experienced as follows:
        (a) The moving of Furniture after Midnight / Giant Marble Balls.
        (b) Water Pipes – like someone taking shower in my Store Room.
        (c) Presence of someone at my legs.
        (d) Shadow People – not just night but at morning too while ironing clothes for work.
        (e) Cold feeling – presence of someone around & watching me.

        I’ve never been harmed by the entities from the other world. Its only me that experiences such stuff not my brothers or parents.

        I happen to visit my Aunt for Holidays and stayed in her apartment for 2 Month…there my Bed was shaken at 2:00AM and heard Bang! Bang! knocks on the wall. I was so freightened that I now sleep on the Floor on a Mattress.

        Question 1: I would highly appreciate if you can Advise me something & what if someone is trying to communicate…What if someone needs my help. I’m a very friendly guy and have no hate for anyone.

        Question 2: Is there a difference between Experiencing Paranormal & assuming that I’ve some sort of special gift to see, hear or feel?

        Thankyou for your time to read & looking forward for your kind response. Thanks

        Kind Regards,
        SAMI

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        1. Donna L (Post author)

          Hello Sami,

          It very well could be that someone is trying to communicate with you and give you a message. I would start with the history of your home and see if anything significant happened over the years. The same for your aunt’s apartment and apartment building. I have had several responses pertaining to the marble sounds and one professional builder felt it was a natural occurrence. I am still not sure what to think. Do you have a local paranormal group or psychic that would be willing to check out these locations with you? As far as a difference between experiencing paranormal and having a gift, I believe they are quite different. There are individuals that are born with a gift of communicating with and seeing spirits. Others have no special gifts but do experience paranormal activity which I believe is your case. Please feel free to write again and keep me updated on your findings. It was so nice of you to share your experiences with the readers. Best regards, Donna

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        2. jun

          hi sami..
          i have had some of ur experioences too esp furniture moving n shadow people.. additionally in past i had experienced my name being whispered. that was spooky n i used to sleep with earphones listening to loud music. i had searched the internet n kind of realised that in fact ppl could be trying to communicate. that was when i was studing n was in hostel.. now they have kind of disappeared. how are you doing now?

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        3. Lenon still

          Hi, I’m Leo from Malaysia as a teenage I like to visit paranormal sites too! Group of us will go in and find a nice spot and sit on the floor laugh talk n Bluetooth connect our phone n play together the end of the day we would go home. And shit hit the fan? All of us that went to these site had our own experience.

          There were 5 of us.

          My friend A – One night in his own house, after dinner. was his turn to throw the rubbish so he packed n go out and when he open the auto gate. He say a white figure long hair with a really long tongue and start to levitate towards him. He got hype!! started running back in- after that I pretty much forgot what he said haha.

          For my B friend that was just beside of my house. He experience knocking on the window and shadow figure around his house. I remember one night he call me to go his house but I was way tired so I didn’t make it… Guess he can’t take it anymore n I didn’t go? But his doing okay until now or maybe didn’t talk bout it. Owh one more thing was we always hang out at this abandoned Bangalore house but this time we were at the park, and my B friend didn’t get the text. He jump in, got inside and heard A voice calling him “hey come up come up we’re over the second floor room” while he running up d stairs he felt cold and his spine chills- he runs back down and speed out of the house and called us ask where we are…. –

          For my turn of story – most of the time my parents are out meeting and dinner is speggatti or instant noodle again, at that age the only thing I know of. and little to wash. Sunset time I was minding my business watching Cartoon Network my TV was beside the stairs so side of my eye could see if something move or whatsoever. And! I saw a dark figure kid kneeling down and holding the stair(what’s is called? Below the stairs handle?) somewhere there the kid would be almost top not in the middle where I could only see half of his figure. So I looked at it. It run up to the darker area. The second n third time I got scared n tired of distraction. In my mind or heart. I said “if you were real show yourself don’t hide” so it went back to the place it kneel the first time. I look at it. It freaking stop running. And stand up while running towards me. My whole f***ing house short circuit goes dark. I freaking got stun and stay sitted quietly and starts hearing tutoring voice, men/women crying sounds like crowded area when people talk non stop buzzing. And start to get worse or somthing is nearing me I felt. I forcing my body to move and ran out of the house reaching my gate. Suddenly it get so windy(or I didn’t noticed) I ran to the street light poles that the only first thing I saw felt safe comfort. Guess what? Seconds later, freaking street light the only one I standing goes off too!! I ran back to my gate standing inside voices start filling my head again I try to listen what they r saying I couldn’t make any to many talking. Infront of my house there’s this roll of planted coconut tree. My sense like something somewhere is looking at me. So I look up wanted to see how windy it was for the tree. A big black figure(jinn or giant?) on top of the tree couldn’t see face only I can make out its size and head all black. It directly saw me looked at it. Freaking jet fly to me. I haven’t even got to boost my reflex it went pass/crashing to my body. I got stunned. Look backwards? Nothing there. House still dark. Call my neighbor and he ask why I’m dropping tears. I answered him I can’t stop it from dropping. Next day. was in my parents room about to sleep at first someone throw pebble stone like to my window so I thought was him calling- no one was there. And the room had a balcony? Below the door gap I saw shadow runing. I open the door it was empty n I felt cold and got the memo that it has come back to suck my life out. Window start smacking and the doors start knocking I call my parents ask for help someone is trying to get in the house called them to hurry back. They got back check around saw me crying with a pale face they stay till I sleep-

          For my D friend – when he told us that every reaching 1-2am there’s someone back of his house laughing like a mad women every night. We wanted to experience it so called out the squad and camp out his place. Reaching midnight we close all lights with our hammer n screws. Chipping to the back house sitting down close by each other and wait. Minutes pass. We all heard a aged like women laughing like mad. We all freaked and one of us scream ask her to shut it and we started yelling- and she really shut. Next day we didn’t ask him about the days he doing so yea—

          For my E friend he is A little brother so we didn’t story much.

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          1. Donna L (Post author)

            You definitely need to take a video camera when you travel. You have had wild experiences and I appreciate your sharing them with the readers.

  16. Dory Blevins

    I posted a story about my mother’s experience with this exact same phenomenon on my YouTube channel, this morning. One of my subscribers immediately sent me a link to this story!!
    I had no idea other people had experienced this!

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hi Dory–Yes, I have had feedback from many people who have experienced the same. Many still feel that it is an issue with pipes but I have my serious doubts having experienced this first hand. I appreciate your taking the time to leave me a comment.

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  17. Belinda

    We have a rolling sound upstairs, as if a giant metal rolling pin is rolling imaginary dough on a laminate floor. It’s in stereo right now, which is why I googled it and found your blog. We also have a strange neighbour, who lives 2 floors up (the flat directly above us is empty!) and he is never seen. I’ve been up there once to knock on his door to ask if he owned a car blocking mine, and he had a spaced out look on his face, grey complexion. I have a theory that he’s a drug addict, and manufactures drugs – which is the rolling sound. It’s quite often on a week day morning, when he thinks people are at work. Either that, or it’s spooks.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hi Belinda–I’d be looking into those activities of your neighbor! That is really creepy and it definitely sounds like he’s up to something. I had a really strange neighbor years ago when I was single and living in an apartment. He literally hid in his place and would only crack the door when he heard me come home. Thanks for stopping by my website and be sure to come back for other articles! Donna

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  18. Ana

    Wow, I grew up with these unexplained mysterious sounds, too! In my old Singapore HDB apartment, I used to hear all sorts of sounds. Marbles dropping and rolling across the ceiling at night and day. Sometimes it sounded so close that I had to look up at the ceiling to make sure nothing was rolling there.

    I also definitely heard furniture being dragged across the floor upstairs. Footsteps shuffling (which didn’t make sense because I lived in one of those HDB flats you mentioned and the ceiling/flooring was fully concrete, so I didn’t understand how a sound as light as footsteps could penetrate that layer of concrete into my bedroom??!). And also sometimes, loud banging noises like a hammer being dropped onto the floor in the unit above mine. These were the most unpleasant.

    We moved out of our unit into another HDB flat after that (brand new) and didn’t hear these noises. I am now in my third HDB flat (old, resale flat) and didn’t hear these noises either. Strange. If they were structural, I’d think they’d have sounded in my next two HDB flats… But nope.

    Not complaining, though!

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    1. Donna

      Hi Ana,

      I really appreciate your telling me about the experience and yours was definitely more intense than mine! Footsteps and dragging furniture sounds must have been frightening. I am glad that you relocated! Stay in touch.

      Donna

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  19. Lyz

    Well as I was reading up to what Donna also mentioned,I do not hear marbles just furniture.

    I have been brought up in this residential building consisting of 12 flats with 3 on each level. Its now a very old building almost 35 yrs old.
    Off late while I was home on holiday during the nights I would hear loud noise furniture moving,Being dragged across screeching sound, almost every night that u wudnt get to sleep.
    Often, it would be an loud thud.

    Everyone in the flat below me and ground floor residents who had heard the same. Still looking for answers as to why or what’s causing It??

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    1. Donna

      I have also heard back from people who have stated the same as you Lyz….furniture dragging and there being no logical explanation. I honestly do not know what to tell you. There are so many unsolved mysteries out there. I also received feedback from a young lady who told me that she had the ceiling marble experience and could not get to the source. It certainly is unnerving when we have these experiences. I appreciate your taking the time to write about yours.

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    2. j martin

      I have been managing buildings for over 10 years in Australia and I have had complaints about the “Marble dropping noise” many times from residents. After much investigation, the problem occurs when there is a marked temperature change and the metal rio inside the cement expands and retracts, this causes the noise.

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      1. Donna

        Thanks for your feedback on this topic. This happened to me while living in Florida where the temperatures were consistent and noises occurred night after night at approximately the same time.. What you’re saying is logical and is probably the case in many instances. However, that being said, what is your opinion on the sound of furniture being dragged as reported by people? Thank you.

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      2. Call me Liz

        hello. As I can see, you are experienced, but I have a question. My family just had an addition added onto our house, and it is only a one story house with, of course, an attic. I have 2 kittens and they walk and stretch and sit on shelfs, so I know what that sounds like. But I’ve been hearing scratching noices coming from the ceiling above the end if my bed. It happens sometimes during the day, but mainly at night. I live around The ‘hotparts of Texas’ ( I’d rather not say exactly where I live) , i don’t know if my location would help. Thank you so much.

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        1. Donna L (Post author)

          Hi,

          First off, please rule out that it is not an animal. Bats, raccoons, opossums all make scratching sounds. It could also be mice. Keep me posted and thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Megan

    My husband and I both woke up to the sound of marbles on our ceiling. There is nothing above our house, but our roof and it would have been impossible for anyone to get on our roof without us hearing someone climbing on it, or foot steps. I decided to google “marbles rolling on the ceiling” because my husband and I were woken up at 2:44AM. The marble rolling sound happened on and off until about 3AM. There are so many similar stories out there! Thanks for putting your experience/story on a website! We have lived in this house near Pearl Harbor for four years and have never heard marbles. We have heard footsteps sounds (during the day and night), but I always figured it was the house adjusting. Maybe not? We move in two months. Maybe gearing up to move has caused a stir?

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    1. Donna

      Hi Megan,

      Thank you for sharing your story with me. The marble sound is a weird one for sure. Most people think it is associated with pipes but I am not convinced having experienced it, as well as you. Good luck with your move!

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  21. Mercedes

    My boyfriend and I had the same experience while we were living together for a few months in a new apartment in Buenos Aires last spring. We both heard them at night separately and together and it sounded like the marbles were right above our ceiling but under the floor of the upstairs apartment-the sound was much too loud and clear to be coming from another layer away.

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    1. Donna

      Hi Mercedes,

      I appreciate your taking the time to share your story. I was told over and over that it was the pipes but what people do not understand it that one can actually hear “something” rolling. Your experience was identical to mine and the apartment I was living in was also new!

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  22. Marcey

    That is really strange and I not read about this subject before. Ir probably is structural like you said but, still not fun to hear when you are alone.

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    1. Donna

      Thanks Marcey and I agree.

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  23. Francine

    Interesting story! Keep them coming Donna!

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    1. Donna

      I sure will my friend. Thanks for stopping by Francine!

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    2. Donna L (Post author)

      Hello Francine–If you have a story please feel free to share it with the readers. Go to the “Share Your Experience Page”–thanks for stopping by again.

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  24. Alice

    That is so creepy. I wonder what the cause is? I hope someone figures this one out.

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