Are Scotland’s famous statues showing signs of ‘life’?
People across Scotland have been urged to take part in a unique scientific experiment this week to see if the country’s most iconic statues and landmarks are showing signs of life.
The astonishing claims can be revealed after months of secret investigations following numerous reports of statues moaning and even ‘speaking’ - terrifying locals and tourists alike.
Now scientists are to be stationed at a number of landmarks across Scotland to conduct this unique experiment ... and they want local folk to join in.
They need hundreds of volunteers to visit popular landmarks across the country, and simply put their ear to it - and report what they hear.
Specially trained counsellors will be on hand should anything unexpected happen and people are left in a state of deep shock.
People of a nervous disposition, and those with yappy wee dogs, are urged to stay away.
It sounds almost too bizarre to be true - like an episode of Dr Who - but the Ministry of defence and a number of organisations have been busy investigating in complete secrecy after receiving a worrying number of reports.
We understand the first one came at the Kelpies when two local ladies out for a stroll with their dogs heard strange sounds coming from the stunning giant works of art.
On closer inspection they thought the horses were going ‘’neigh’’ - but their attempts to record it on their mobile phones were dashed as the devices mysteriously stopped working.
Three days later, the statue of Sir Walter Scott in the heart of Edinburgh’s famous Princes Street was heard to utter a few words.
A group of young backpackers from New Zealand were left deeply traumatised when the statue appeared to speak the words ‘’caution’’, ‘’midst’’ and ‘’evils’’.
Just hours later a tour bus in Ayrshire filed reports of Burns’ statue in the heart of Ayr reciting some of his most famous lines, while there were reports of late-night revellers being terrified by John Knox statue roaring fire and brimstone warnings in the Royal Mile.
And in Fife, the strains of the ‘Bluebell Polka’ have been heard in the vicinity of the statue in tribute to Jimmy Shand.
A spokesman for the MoD stressed all reports were unconfirmed and cautioned against panic.
He said the aim of the unprecedented investigation on Wednesday was to re-assure folk there was nothing to worry about.
‘’This is real life - not a bad episode of Dr Who,’’ he said. ‘’Statues are made of stone - granite - and don’t move or speak unless they are very bad drama students trying to make a few quid during summer.
‘’But in order to allay fears we have invited people from across Scotland to take part in this investigation because we do take all reports seriously.
‘’All they have to do is go to the statue or landmark nearest to them before midday on Wednesday, and listen very carefully - and then report what they hear.
‘’There is no need to climb walls or leap over fences - we don’t want people taking un-necessary risks. This is a very simple ‘stand and observe’ procedure which scientists have been using for years.’’
He said at each location there would be an official with a clipboard ready to note any sightings.
But he also urged them to take a selfie picture and send it to [email protected]