A man called Roland the Farter was required to perform one jump, one whistle, and one fart each Christmas for King Henry II in return for a 30-acre estate. zmescience.com/other/offb…
A parrot was banned from a football game for imitating the referee's whistle and causing confusion telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Today I learned of hacking phone lines via whistling. Captain Crunch aka Thomas Draper used a toy whistle packaged in boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal to hack telephone lines ("phreaking") to get free calls. The blind pioneer of phreaking, Joybubbles, could even produce this 2600hz sound by whistling with his mouth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/260…
Today I learned of this Turkish language which is not spoken but whistled, this language is used by villagers living in the mountains and the high pitch of the whistle allows them to communicate across long distances youtube.com/watch?v=6CYhR…
A 4-yr-old captive beluga whale who'd been living with belugas moved to a dolphinarium where her only companions were dolphins. In her early days with the dolphins, she made beluga "contact calls." Within 2 months, the beluga imitated dolphin whistles & dropped the beluga calls altogether. discovermagazine.com/plan…
In 1831, a train suffered a boiler explosion when a fireman grew tired of listening to it whistle, and tried to stop the noise by placing a piece of lumber on the safety valve and sitting on it. The blocked valve caused the pressure within the boiler to exceed its capacity, and it exploded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
Walruses can whistle youtu.be/OAVL61yeCYs
An instrumental version of the song "Sukiyaki", a story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears will not fall, was played by NASA over the radio for the Gemini VII astronauts as mood music, thereby becoming one of the first pieces of music sent to humans in space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suk…
NFL officials used to use a gunshot to signal the end of a quarter. In 1994 they switched to using a whistle. footballzebras.com/2018/1…
The Chinese equivalent of "when pigs fly" is "when the sun rises in the West." Other variants include "when the crayfish whistles" (Russian), "when the crow turns white" (Tagalog), "when the fish climbs the poplar" (Turkish), and "when it snows red snowflakes" (Hungarian). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about the Aztec Death Whistle. It was used in rituals as well as when marching into battle to intimidate and strike fear into their enemies. youtube.com/watch?v=I9QuO…
Until 2009 it was against the law to yell, hoot, whistle or sing in the town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. theobserver.ca/2015/03/23…
Today I learned about Ama, female Japanese pearl divers that start diving at the age of 12-13, and are well active into their 70s. They endure freezing conditions and great pressure from deep sea depths to get pearls. They have a unique technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Orcas can teach themselves to communicate with dolphins. A group of researchers in California discovered that orcas living alongside dolphins changed their vocalizations by adding in more clicks and whistles to match the dolphin’s communication. azula.com/orcas-learned-s…
After witnessing a flagrant foul during a basketball game, referee Ron Foxcroft's whistle failed and he could not stop play. He went on to invent a better whistle. He gave the whistle to referees at the 1987 Pan Am games and by the end of the Games had secured orders for 20,000 whistles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
The quickest a football player has been sent off was just 2 seconds after the starting whistle when striker Lee Todd said "Fuck me, that was loud!" theguardian.com/football/…
A military psychology tactic in late WW2 was to attach whistles onto bombs. As the bombs fell, they made the terrifying decrescendo whistling sound we think of today. The same sound is often dubbed over every type of bomb in movies and cartoons, despite only being used on a few specific bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
There's a language called Sylbo, which only uses whistle sounds. It takes phonemes of Spanish words and turn them into whistles, enabling messages to be exchanged over a distance of up to 5 kilometres. youtube.com/watch?v=C0CIR…
Dolphins have their own signature call whistle (name), apart from having a signature whistle for a whole pod of dolphins. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Early in life, each dolphin creates its own unique vocal whistle that gives it an individual identity. Because each whistle is unique, dolphins are able to call to each other by mimicking the whistle of a dolphin they want to communicate with. It's the equivalent of calling each other by name. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Its illegal to yell, shout, hoot, whistle or sing in Petrolia, Ontario readersdigest.ca/travel/c…
In a soccer match between Iran and Denmark, an Iranian player mistook a whistle from the crowd as being the referee's half-time signal, and picked the ball up with his hands in the penalty area. Danish player Morten Wieghorst missed the resultant penalty on purpose, and Denmark lost 1–0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Many countries have their own version of β€œwhen pigs fly.” In South Africa it’s β€œWhen horses grow horns.” In Russia: β€œWhen the crawfish whistles on the mountain.” In Albania: β€œOn August 36.” In Greece: β€œRight on the Day of St. Dick’s” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Before whistles were introduced, hockey referees used a cowbell. They had to switch to whistles when fans started bringing their own cowbells to disrupt game play. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Cap’n Crunch once gave a free prize whistle that blew a 2600 Hz tone - so if you dialed a long distance phone number and blew the whistle, it gave you free long distance calls. culinarylore.com/food-his…
In order to get the right sound effects for The Who's song 5:15, Pete Townshend's driver bribed a train driver with Β£5 to have him sound the whistle as the train was leaving the station, which was against the station rules. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5:1…
Maya Rudolph, famous for being a SNL cast member, is the daughter of Minnie Riperton, singer-songwriter best known by her song Lovin' You (yes, the one with the whistle notes) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
A pod of killer whales used to hunt with Indigenous Australians. The pod would lead another whale into a bay then whistle to the hunters. After they had killed the whale, the pod would get the tongue and lips before the hunters took the rest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
The theme "Concerning Hobbits" is one of the happiest tracks in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and is intended to evoke feelings of peace. Although tin whistle and fiddle both have solos and the main melodies throughout the piece, it is also noted for Shore's distinctive use of the bodhrΓ‘n en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The fastest red card in a football match was given too Lee Todd in just 2 seconds for saying "Fuck me that was loud" when the Ref blew his whistle theguardian.com/football/…
A whistle included as a toy in Captain Crunch cereal could be used to make free phone calls due to the frequency it emitted atlasobscura.com/articles…
Charles Darwin's cousin invented the dog whistle, meteorology, forensic fingerprinting, mathematical correlation, the concept of "eugenics" and "nature vs nurture", and the concept of inherited intelligence, with an estimated IQ of 200. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of Roland le Petour, or Roland the Farter. He was a professional flatulist & jester in the 12th century England, who was obliged to perform one jump, one whistle, and one fart, for the King Henry II's court on Christmas. In return, he was given a manor and 100+ acres of land for his annual show. atlasobscura.com/articles…
When a scientist attempted to blow the whistle on the FDA for approving an unsafe medical device, the FDA installed spyware to record his private emails and surfing activities, and then used the information to smear him and other whistleblowers. nytimes.com/2012/07/15/us…
At the first World Cup Egypt missed their boat, a referee did all his games in suit, tie and knickerbockers, a player was suspended for opening a cafe, a referee called the final whistle after 84 minutes, Bolivia wore berets and a Romanian was believed to have died before turning up at his wake theguardian.com/football/…
The superstition about whistling in a theatre originates back when theatre sceneries were massive backdrops raised and lowered by stagehands who would whistle to indicate scene changes. Because absentminded whistling by an actor could cause an accident, whistling is frowned upon even today. playbill.com/article/why-…
Today I learned of Roland the Farter, court jester of Henry II. He was given a manor in exchange for having to perform 'One Jump, One Whistle, and One Fart' at each Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
There are Turkish Villagers who don't speak, but instead whistle. youtube.com/watch?v=6CYhR…
The whistle blower of the LAPD's Rampart Scandal as well as the initial lead detective of the murder of Biggie Smalls, suffered a heart attack at the sheriff's office where he was meeting about information on Biggie's unsolved case. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
"Bennie And The Jets" by Elton John ISN'T a live recording but that producer Gus Dudgeon wanted a live feel on the recording, so he mixed in crowd noise and whistles into the song. songfacts.com/detail.php?…
When the game ending whistle blew in the 1950 World Cup final hosted in Brazil, a Brazilian fan immediately committed suicide and three others died from heart attacks as a result of shock and shame from losing the final at home. sites.duke.edu/wcwp/tourn…
The "60 Minutes" whitewash of Audi wasn't the first time a major news network was caught rigging an automotive test. NBC did it to Chevrolet in 1992, but a firefighter at the test blew the whistle, forcing NBC to cough up an on-air apology. youtube.com/watch?v=KtpMz…
Charles Darwin's cousin Francis Galton invented the dog whistle, meteorology, forensic fingerprinting and mathematical correlation. He also suggested that principles of animal breeding could be applied to humans, coined the word 'eugenics', and came up with the 'nature vs nurture' idea. www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.…
Today I learned of the old grey whistle test. When the first pressing of a record was played to old greys (men in grey suits) any song they could whistle back after hearing it once passed the test. The song was considered a potential hit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When telephones first came into commercial use you had to whistle loudly into the receiver to get the other person's attention, as telephone bells hadn't been invented yet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
Canadian Pacific pays tribute to veterans by sounding the whistle on every locomotive on 11/11 at 11:01 local time to start a moment of silence. cpr.ca/en/community/remem…
Bond author Ian Fleming believed a popular theory that a man who cannot whistle has homosexual tendencies. He believed this to such an extent that he promoted the theory in one of the Bond novels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The fastest red card in football/soccer history was 2 seconds. Lee Todd was sent off for foul language after he exclaimed "Fuck me that was loud" after the starting whistle mirrorfootball.co.uk/opin…
Mice β€˜whistle’ to find a mate and define territory . They β€˜whistle’ by using a mechanism similar to that of a jet engine inside their throats. independent.ie/world-news…
The fastest red card in a football/soccer game was after 2 seconds for "foul language". After the whistle to start the game Lee Todd said "Fuck me, that was loud" guardian.co.uk/football/2…
Bottlenose dolphins have longest memory among non-humans - they can recognize whistles of their mates after being separated for more than 20 years sci-news.com/biology/scie…
The whistle equivalent of Cat-Calling is called "Wolf-Whistling" and originated from shepherds who would use the whistle to warn of wolves in the area bbc.com/culture/story/201…
A village in Turkey communicates in Whistles. A whole language was developed through whistling. youtu.be/P0aoguO_tvI
There is a Royal Navy superstition that whistling on a ship can summon strong winds. Traditionally, the only person allowed to whistle is the ship's cook, as it means he's not eating the food. hmsrichmond.org/dict_w.ht…
There is a village in Turkey that use whistle language to communicate with its neighbors youtu.be/mQmF7kbOrmE
In 1971, John Draper used a whistle found in a Cap'n Crunch cereal box to hack AT&T. This gave him authorization into the phone companies system, essentially giving him operator like control, with the ability to place free long distance calls around the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The opening credit song of Disney's 1973 movie Robin Hood is the original version of "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller - more famously known in its sped up version, "The Hamsterdance Song" youtube.com/watch?time_co…
John C. Mcginley (the actor who played Dr. Cox in Scrubs) uses girl names to refer to all his real friends. He also uses Cox' signature whistles in regular conversation, calling it "a bad habit". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The fastest red card ever given in football (soccer) was given 2 seconds into the match to Lee Todd after he muttered "Fuck me, that was loud" when the kickoff whistle blew. theguardian.com/football/…
Today I learned of the Footballer Lee Todd, who holds the record for the fastest red card in English football; 2 seconds. Lee was startled by the opening whistle and remarked "Fuck me, that was loud" and was sent off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
Groundhogs are also known as "whistle-pigs" blogs.scientificamerican.…
The famous opera canzone "La donna Γ¨ mobile" was so catchy that its composer made the opening night singer rehearse in secrecy and promise not to hum or whistle the tune outside en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
The physics behind why tea kettles whistle was not well understood until 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Dolphins give each other names through specific whistles and sounds. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
It was a fairly common stereotype ~1914 that homosexuals could not whistle (Specific part starts ~1:50) soundcloud.com/scifri/mag…
Dolphins have personal names: unique whistles to which they respond, even when sound is synthesized. laboratoryequipment.com/n…
In the 1960s Mattel made a toy called the Toot Sweet that moulded Tootsie Rolls into actual working whistles. retroist.com/2010/03/10/m…
That the original hamster dance song was a sped up version of the whistle stop song from the furry robin hood movie youtube.com/watch?v=gxnvx…
It’s illegal to whistle in Petrolia, Ontario readersdigest.ca/travel/c…
In 1967 Van Morrison still owed his record company 31 songs to finish his contract, so he quickly wrote and recorded 31 nonsense songs with titles such as "Ring Worm", "You Say France And I Whistle", "Blow In Your Nose" and "Want A Danish?" eargoggles.wordpress.com/…
Today I learned of the Aztec Death Whistle. It is a skull shaped wood whistle, that sounds like someone screaming. It was used to intimidate their enemies during war. youtube.com/watch?v=I9QuO…
Acme City whistle founder Joseph Hudson accidentally dropped his violin and it shattered on the floor. As the violin broke, it emitted a unique warbling sound and led him to an idea to putting a pea in a whistle. Pea whistles went on to replace policemen’s ineffective rattles for communicating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Roland the Farter was a medieval flatulist who lived in twelfth century England. He held Hemingstone manor in Suffolk and 30 acres of land in return for his services King Henry II. Each year he was obliged to perform "one jump, one whistle, and one fart" for the King's court at Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Individual bottlenose dolphins have a "signature whistle" that is unique to each dolphin. Much like names, these signature whistles are exchanged when meeting other dolphins, when locating members separated from the group, and when addressing other individual dolphins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
Woodchucks are actually Groundhogs and also known as Whistle Pigs voices.nationalgeographic…
Dolphins give each other unique names, just like humans. They use distinctive whistles to identify each other. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Cap'n Crunch used to include a prize whistle that unintentionally allowed people bypass international calling fees jetcityorange.com/capncru…
The whistles of the dwarfs in the Russian version of "Snow White" were censored because of a superstition, as it is thought that whistling inside a house brings misfortune to that household. youtube.com/watch?v=ClnOU…
Inhabitants of a region of The Canary Islands have a dialect of Spanish called Silbo Gomero where they whistle to communicate across ravines and large distances youtu.be/nYKBTjSNMv8
There is a hiking trail in Washington dubbed "Poo Poo Point Trail" after the sounds steam whistles made there from trains that were heard by loggers in the 70's. wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/p…
There are languages made entirely of whistles and the "speakers" insert nonsense syllables to confuse eavesdroppers bbc.com/future/story/2017…
Vietnamese families potty train by teaching their infants to pee on command to a whistle sciencedaily.com/releases…
At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog. pbs.org/independentlens/a…
Scientists have been teaching wild dolphins special "words" in clicks and whistles. They hope the dolphins will start to use the words and then communicate with humans, so far dolphins have used only one word: Sargassum newscientist.com/article/…
When Aztec tribes used to march into battle with one another they would play whistles that sounded like the screams of their enemies youtu.be/I9QuO09z-SI
At the end of the Beatles song, β€œA Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland sheepdog wzlx.cbslocal.com/2013/11…
There is a whistle-blower known as Clare Francis (possibly a fake identity for multiple people) who is responsible for tipping off over 100 academic journals about suspected fraudulent research. the-scientist.com/?articl…
The Aztecs used to go into battle while blowing death whistles - an instrument that sounds like a hoarse scream. odditycentral.com/videos/…
At the start of the infamous 'Ice Bowl' game, the referee tried to blow his whistle, but it froze to his lips. When he tried to pry the whistle off, he tore the skin off and he started to bleed. Instead of forming a scab, the blood simply froze to his lips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
The Beatles song "A day in the Life" has an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for the enjoyment of his Shetland sheepdog dog-names.org.uk/dog-fact…
Four days after the Hillsborough disaster, in the European Cup semi-final between AC Milan v Real Madrid, the referee blew his whistle two minutes into the game to stop play and hold a minute's silence for those who lost their lives. Halfway through, AC Milan fans sang β€œYou’ll Never Walk Alone”. youtube.com/watch?v=5ZrVf…
In 1971, a man named John Draper discovered that a toy whistle packaged in boxes of Cap'n Crunch could be easily modified to result in the ability to place free phone calls to anywhere in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Near the end of the popular Beetles song, "A Day In the Life", a hidden high-frequency sound similar to a police dog whistle was purposely inserted. dogingtonpost.com/video-a…
Celtic striker Lee Todd was shown red card in just 2 seconds into a Sunday league game in 2000 for foul language. After the whistle to start the game, Todd said "F**k me, that was loud". ballball.com/en-gb/articl…
Bob Lazar, alleged area 51 whistle blower with 2 masters degrees, was arrested for pimping. beyondweird.com/ufos/Bob_…
Astronauts in a spacesuit cannot whistle io9.com/5820564/why-astro…
Not all feudal agreements exchanged land for military service or farmwork. One agreement required a man to visit every Christmas in order to whistle, jump and fart for the king. (also "bumbulum" is how to say fart in Latin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Dolphins name themselves with unique whistles, and will call each other by name too. news.discovery.com/animal…
In the 80s, intravenous vitamin E was marketed without FDA approval because it was a vitamin. It killed at least 38 infants. The doctor who blew the whistle was threatened with libel or slander charges and ultimately testified to congress over the deadly drug. nytimes.com/1984/05/27/we…
Vietnamese mothers use whistles to train their newborn infants to be potty trained by 3 months of age. sahlgrenska.gu.se/english…

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