Moodus Operandia: A New England community, Moodus, Connecticut, has been plagued by mystery blasts for over three hundred years, baffling scientists as well as inhabitants of the village. “Moodus” is derived from the name Machemoodus, from the Wangunk, meaning “place of noises.” The Wangunk tribe made a religion out of the strange booms, believing that they were made by a spirit made angry by the European colonists settling in the area. The settlers themselves blamed the noises on the battle sounds of good and evil witches fighting for their puritanical souls.