'White Noise' Predicts Ohio Train Derailment: 2022 Movie About Toxic Train Crash Was Filmed In State Where Catastrophe Occurred—Here Are The Other Weird Similarities They Share

The 2022 book-to-movie adaptation of "White Noise" seemed to predict the recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. The film is about an "airborne toxic event" caused by a catastrophic train accident in Ohio that emitted harmful chemicals into the air.

By Nicole Dominique2 min read
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Users were stunned to find that a movie released in 2022 contained interesting parallels to our current reality. On February 3, a train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, sending toxic chemicals into the air and water supplies. A mechanical issue is believed to be the reason behind the crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board has yet to make an official announcement on the cause. Residents were evacuated, but most have since returned. The event has been largely ignored and downplayed by mainstream news, fueling public outrage from Ohioans and users on social media. 

Now people are finding that White Noise has eerie similarities to the derailment. Here are some of the weird facts we learned.

"White Noise" Was Filmed in Ohio

The book-to-movie adaptation, White Noise, was released on Netflix in December 2022 – less than two months before the real catastrophic event in East Palestine occurred. The motion picture, which had a budget of $100 million, stars Adam Driver as "Hitler studies" chairman and professor Jack Gladney. The novel was published in 1985 and was written by author Don DeLillo. 

The plot begins in the 1980s at College-on-the-Hill, Ohio. The setting in the book, however, is unidentified – and it's unknown why movie producers chose Ohio for the film. While White Noise wasn’t shot in East Palestine, it was filmed in multiple towns in the state. In the movie, a cataclysmic train derailment casts a harmful cloud of toxic chemicals into the sky, forcing residents to evacuate. Interestingly – like in real life – the main characters come across a man complaining about the lack of media coverage.

This is more of a random fact, but it's interesting nonetheless. In the book, a fictional organization known as SIMUVAC (which stands for "simulated evacuation") is called in by the government to respond to the train disaster. But as their name suggests, the group's job is to create fake evacuations. They show up anyway, believing the event was an opportunity to use "as a model." 

People Start To Get Sick from Toxic Chemicals

An individual named Babette in the film later becomes pale, fatigued, and emotionally distant, while Jack suddenly hallucinates. The symptoms seem to mirror the harmful side effects exhibited by some of the animals in East Palestine – reports stated several foxes became lethargic with stomach issues after the incident.

The real train crash in East Palestine, unfortunately, carried cars containing chemicals like ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, ethylhexyl acrylate, and isobutylene. Contact with these chemicals can cause burning and irritation to the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. It can cause difficulty with breathing. Ethylene glycol monobutyl does the same – but it can also lead to blood in the urine, nervous system depression, and vomiting. Some toxins released in the air were known carcinogens, like vinyl chloride.

A Song in the Movie Has Lyrics about UFOs

If you’ve made it this far and thought things couldn’t get weirder, you’re wrong. The media’s recent coverage of UFOs has led to speculation that these stories were used as a distraction from the train derailment in Ohio. The soundtrack to White Noise even featured a song called “The Cloud Is Coming,” which contains these lyrics:The government knows more than they say / UFO sightings in Farmington town.”

The question is, how could White Noise have so many similarities to the train derailment in Ohio? Is this all just a bizarre coincidence?

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