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Ditching School to Whistle is a delightful 15-minute look at some absolutely amazing whistlers who converge yearly on the little town of Louisburg, North Carolina. To whistle. posted by flapjax at midnite (20 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
Well that was fantastic. Sweetest little documentary I've seen in a long time.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:05 AM on June 16, 2012 [3 favorites]

All I can say is I have to bring this entire crew to Key West for the Southernmost Whistlers Competition. PS Whistling Tom.
posted by Mike Mongo at 2:46 AM on June 16, 2012

Oh my god, the boy scout singing the national anthem is the most face-punchingly earnest thing I've seen in the long cold centuries of my tortured existence.

This documentary is amazing. Thank you.
posted by Sokka shot first at 3:00 AM on June 16, 2012 [2 favorites]

I am a compulsive whistler. By friends and loved ones, I have long been known as the best whistler around. I now know that I have no idea how to whistle.
posted by SugarFreeGum at 3:49 AM on June 16, 2012 [3 favorites]

I am terrible at whistling (recently expanded my range to... just under an octave), but still do it all the time. Very interesting, the woman who (1) does it to calm anxiety and (2) can do double-tone! Thanks for the post!
posted by bread-eater at 3:54 AM on June 16, 2012

The woman who does the two tone self harmonising whistle. Is that really real?

[My attempts to listen to this were partly drowned out by a nightingale singing in the tree outside my open window. Co-incidence you say?]
posted by rongorongo at 4:33 AM on June 16, 2012

Sounds like the title of an efterklang song.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:23 AM on June 16, 2012

That's pretty cool. Not as crazy as falling in love with the Eiffel Tower video, but another niche area that I didn't know about before Metafilter. That kid's gonna go places- between the whistling and film-making!
posted by bquarters at 5:42 AM on June 16, 2012

Great story! They hit the nail on the head when they said there's something about whistling that's just happy.

And when I think of a whistled tune that makes me happy, I think of Toots Thielmans' Bluesette.
posted by SteveInMaine at 6:49 AM on June 16, 2012

Did you know that James Whistler's father worked on railroad systems in the early days of steam transportation and invented a system of communication between the locomotive engineer and the train crew, known as 'Whistler's Trumpet'? It was eventually shortened to 'Whistler's', or 'whistle'.
posted by growabrain at 7:19 AM on June 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

That was excellent. I'm a whistler. I'm not particularly good but I just can't help it.
posted by h00py at 8:14 AM on June 16, 2012

This is fantastic -- thanks so much for sharing!
posted by lobbyist at 8:34 AM on June 16, 2012

Excellent, thanks!
posted by shivohum at 8:39 AM on June 16, 2012

A Day at the Races.
posted by Mblue at 9:51 AM on June 16, 2012

What a delightful piece! Thank you for posting...
posted by speug at 10:13 AM on June 16, 2012

The world needs us whistlers. Too much blood, too much greed. We can clean it up.

Wonderful film.
posted by SLC Mom at 10:20 AM on June 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

posted by The otter lady at 11:58 AM on June 16, 2012

I played a solo whistling show in Vienna in March. Not much like what these folks do, but I'm 100% in favor of whistling across the board.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:50 PM on June 16, 2012

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