Today I learned of Peter Buxtun, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Service who after filing two protests with his superiors was the man who blew the whistle on the Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment.t It would become front page news in the New York Times the next day and congressional hearings would be called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A whistle given as a toy in Captain Crunch boxes in the 70s was used by early hackers to gain free long distance calls. atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
Dolphins have names for one another, using a unique whistle to distinguish between different members within their pod. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The sound produced by two blackholes colliding is referred to a chirp by scientists as it sounds like a slide whistle ligo.caltech.edu/video/li…
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…
"The Hampster Dance" song (1998) is just a sped up version of the song "Whistle Stop" from the animated Disney movie Robin Hood (1973). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Today I learned about Joybubbles, a blind man who at age 5 figured he could make free long distance phone calls by using his perfect pitch to whistle. He later went on to create a non profit where he called terminally ill children and talked to them paying for the call himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy…
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…
The sound mourning doves make while flying when startled is NOT a vocalization, but a "wing whistle" that is a natural alarm system to alert other birds to potential predators celebrateurbanbirds.org/b…
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…
Walruses can whistle youtu.be/OAVL61yeCYs
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Its illegal to yell, shout, hoot, whistle or sing in Petrolia, Ontario readersdigest.ca/travel/c…
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…
Dolphins have their own signature call whistle (name), apart from having a signature whistle for a whole pod of dolphins. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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?…
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/…
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 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 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-…
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…
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 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.…
There are Turkish Villagers who don't speak, but instead whistle. youtube.com/watch?v=6CYhR…
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…
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…
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…

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