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I've told this story a lot recently, since it keeps coming up. Might as well make it public...

...although, for all I know, the black helicopters will come after me. ;)

It was the mid 1990s. Our local Fox station, based out of Grand Island, New York, would air Sonic the Hedgehog during the early hours of the morning. I was quite the fan of Sonic back then and I really wanted to watch the show.

So, being the resourceful nerd I was, I programmed a VCR and taped the show. I was awesome! I could tape it without waking up!

Except, this only worked for a week. One sweet, blissful week of Sonic cartoons kidnapped from the early hours. After that, the recordings became unwatchable. The audio was garbled - the audio wasn't the audio from the cartoon, but a woman saying random words and numbers.

I was, naturally, confused. My first thought was that it was ghosts, but this didn't seem likely. My second thought was that something was wrong with the VCR and maybe I had to start up the VCR manually.

So, I set my alarm clock to wake me up. Surprisingly, it worked and I stumbled out of bed and downstairs to watch my TV show...

... only to discover the the problem with the audio existed in the broadcast as well! There was no way to watch the cartoon! After that, I never woke up early to record again.

So, what was it? It beats me, but my current theory is that somehow, the TV station ran afoul of a Numbers Station:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station

Got any better ideas? I'd LOVE to hear it. This has haunted me for quite some time.
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