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Perks
12-07-2009, 12:31 AM
Okay, I've been trying for over thirty years and I cannot whistle. What does it mean and how alone am I?

Sophia
12-07-2009, 12:38 AM
I find the easiest way to whistle is to have a bunged up nose and then lie in bed and try to sleep. Whee... whee... :D

I can sort of whistle - a tiny, barely audible whistle that takes more effort than it's worth. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Seaclusion
12-07-2009, 12:39 AM
It means you will never get cast in a Bogart movie.


Richard

jvc
12-07-2009, 12:40 AM
It means you're a martian and should be stuffed inside a used can of baked beans and then expelled from the planet using compressed gas and a large hose pipe :D

Seaclusion
12-07-2009, 12:44 AM
It means you're a martian and should be stuffed inside a used can of baked beans and then expelled from the planet using compressed gas and a large hose pipe :D



You're too kind.


Richard

MaryMumsy
12-07-2009, 12:48 AM
I can make a kind of noise. Enough to fetch the husband or cat from the back of the property. But nothing most people would consider a whistle.

MM

Perks
12-07-2009, 12:49 AM
It means you will never get cast in a Bogart movie.


RichardTales from the Crypt?

Seaclusion
12-07-2009, 12:59 AM
Tales from the Crypt?



Episode #127 - The man who couldn't whistle

Comming to a theatre near you


Richard

Smish
12-07-2009, 01:01 AM
Sigh. No, I can't whistle. :(

KTC
12-07-2009, 01:42 AM
Okay, I've been trying for over thirty years and I cannot whistle. What does it mean and how alone am I?

They call me Roger Whittaker.

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 01:46 AM
How are you going to whistle in the wheat field if you can't whistle?

Drice
12-07-2009, 01:50 AM
I can whistle OK in the usual way, I guess, but lately I've started to whistle when saying things with "s" in 'em. Quite annoying.
My wife can't whistle and hates it when people wander around tweeting away like frikken birds.

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 02:01 AM
Not only can I whistle, I can whistle songs in their entirety.

Ha ha ha!

sheadakota
12-07-2009, 02:09 AM
Nope never could.

Perks
12-07-2009, 02:12 AM
How are you going to whistle in the wheat field if you can't whistle?
Does something good happen when I whistle in a wheat field?

Xelebes
12-07-2009, 02:18 AM
It means you're a martian and should be stuffed inside a used can of baked beans and then expelled from the planet using compressed gas and a large hose pipe :D

My future doesn't look too bright for me. :(

jvc
12-07-2009, 02:56 AM
Does something good happen when I whistle in a wheat field?
Nope, a butterfly on the other side of the planet turns into Winona Ryder.

Perks
12-07-2009, 02:58 AM
Nope, a butterfly on the other side of the planet turns into Winona Ryder.
You said I was weird, but I don't hold a candle to you.

RaineeRose
12-07-2009, 03:08 AM
I thought everyone could whistle. Huh...

Adam
12-07-2009, 03:15 AM
I can only whistle inwardly (sucking instead of blowing). I think my lips were installed back to front. :(

backslashbaby
12-07-2009, 03:23 AM
I can only whistle inwardly (sucking instead of blowing). I think my lips were installed back to front. :(

I whistle much better that way, too!

Ah, my Ex whistled entirely too much for the both of us. It gets really annoying after a while, actually.

Perks
12-07-2009, 03:42 AM
I can only whistle inwardly (sucking instead of blowing). I think my lips were installed back to front. :(

It's like inward singing -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeKx6EuMZWM

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 03:45 AM
Does something good happen when I whistle in a wheat field?
Check reps :D

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 03:46 AM
Whistling is a special skill.

You must purse your lips in such a way, draw them in til there is a small "o".

I think you blow air out when you're blowing out candles, and you sort of take air in when you whistle.

Make sense?

Adam
12-07-2009, 03:48 AM
Whistling is a special skill.

You must purse your lips in such a way, draw them in til there is a small "o".

I think you blow air out when you're blowing out candles, and you sort of take air in when you whistle.

Make sense?

Teacher! Kathy's been drinking again!

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 03:51 AM
Teacher! Kathy's been drinking again!

I whistle REALLY well when I'm drinking, Adam.

Adam
12-07-2009, 03:53 AM
Video, please. :D

Devil Ledbetter
12-07-2009, 04:20 AM
Okay, I've been trying for over thirty years and I cannot whistle. What does it mean and how alone am I?I am among the broken ones. I find the poll result strangely comforting.

Kaiser-Kun
12-07-2009, 04:30 AM
At age 20, all people are visited by the Soul Devourer, who will feast on their souls. The only way to keep him away is to whistle In a Gadda da Vida seven times backwards. What? Unable to whistle? Uh-oh.

JoeEkaitis
12-07-2009, 04:36 AM
Had to learn all over again after I got a dental appliance (one of my front teeth is a cap, the other is the appliance).

Perks
12-07-2009, 04:53 AM
Check reps :DIs that a specialist reference or just something normal?

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:00 AM
Is that a specialist reference or just something normal?
Hey look, someone who can't whistle! :gone:

SouthernFriedJulie
12-07-2009, 05:05 AM
I can whistle sucking and blowing. (Not a word, Adam or I'll post Photoshopped pics of you on my Facebook) Can imitate birds well enough to hold strange birdy conversations. Freaks out city folk. ;)

What I can't do is that weird thing where people stick their fingers in their mouths to whistle. WTF is that, anyway? Or teeth over the bottom lip. That looks horrid.

Perks
12-07-2009, 05:09 AM
Hey look, someone who can't whistle! :gone:I just don't know what it means! And I'm afraid to look it up.

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:13 AM
I just don't know what it means! And I'm afraid to look it up.
Now I'm afraid to tell you.

Perks
12-07-2009, 05:14 AM
Now I'm afraid to tell you.Nevermind. I looked it up.

Not a thing in the world wrong with that.

Perks
12-07-2009, 05:15 AM
I still can't whistle, though.

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:16 AM
I can :D

jvc
12-07-2009, 05:21 AM
I still can't whistle, though.
If you were desperate, maybe you could try, you know, maybe, i dunno, using, oh, what's it called...yep, maybe a whistle? :D

Perks
12-07-2009, 05:30 AM
If you were desperate, maybe you could try, you know, maybe, i dunno, using, oh, what's it called...yep, maybe a whistle? :D
Has anyone ever been desperate to whistle?

It's just weird that everyone in my family can and I can't. I think I'm deformed.

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:38 AM
Have you tried learning to whistle with your fingers?

I can't do it muhself.

Perks
12-07-2009, 05:40 AM
I've tried everything. Only, as jvc suggested, actual external whistles work.

jvc
12-07-2009, 05:41 AM
Has anyone ever been desperate to whistle?
A policeman who is chasing a perp and has lost his radio?

It's just weird that everyone in my family can and I can't. I think I'm deformed.
I was wondering if it was genetic. Like earlobes, or the ability to curl your tongue.

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:42 AM
I can hum like a sum a gum.

jvc
12-07-2009, 05:42 AM
Have you tried learning to whistle with your fingers?

I can't do it muhself.
Ah, well, now, I can't do it that way.

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:43 AM
I can also tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.

Perks
12-07-2009, 05:45 AM
I can also tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.I can do that, too, smartboy.

jennontheisland
12-07-2009, 05:48 AM
Totally can't whistle.

There's a hell of a lot more to it than just putting your lips together and blowing.

I can do this neat trick with my tongue though...

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:48 AM
I can do that, too, smartboy.
:badthoughts

jvc
12-07-2009, 05:49 AM
I can also tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.
Yeah, I've seen that trick

Wayne K
12-07-2009, 05:51 AM
I can eat a peach for hours :D

jvc
12-07-2009, 05:56 AM
I can do this neat trick with my tongue though...
Okay, I'm totally curious???

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 06:11 AM
Maybe they should teach a class in whistling.

Death Wizard
12-07-2009, 06:35 AM
I am an extremely good whistler, a natural. Given the proper training, I probably would have become one of the world's great whistlers. But I'm an average singer at best and I can't dance a lick, both of which depress me, because I'd trade in my whistling skills to be good at either of the other.

I also can't trill my R's. You could put a million in cash on a table and give it to me for a single trill, and I'd be helpless.

jvc
12-07-2009, 06:37 AM
I'll take the cash

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 06:43 AM
I am an extremely good whistler, a natural. Given the proper training, I probably would have become one of the world's great whistlers. But I'm an average singer at best and I can't dance a lick, both of which depress me, because I'd trade in my whistling skills to be good at either of the other.

Can you whistle The National Anthem? That's gotta be tricky.

Death Wizard
12-07-2009, 06:58 AM
Can you whistle The National Anthem? That's gotta be tricky.

As long as my lips are moist, I can pretty much whistle anything. Are you a good singer?

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 07:05 AM
As long as my lips are moist, I can pretty much whistle anything. Are you a good singer?

I like to sing.

Death Wizard
12-07-2009, 07:06 AM
I like to sing.

Ha!

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 07:07 AM
Ha!

Well, how good someone sings is a matter of opinion, isn't it?

Death Wizard
12-07-2009, 07:09 AM
Well, how good someone sings is a matter of opinion, isn't it?

We all sing great in the shower. It's how we sound on a recording that sobers us.

Silver King
12-07-2009, 07:12 AM
The trick to whistling is to remember that the sound is generated by the throat, not by the mouth. Learn that, and you'll be whistling Dixie in no time.

Death Wizard
12-07-2009, 07:15 AM
The trick to whistling is to remember that the sound is generated by the throat, not by the mouth. Learn that, and you'll be whistling Dixie in no time.

Dixie? No problem.

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 07:16 AM
The trick to whistling is to remember that the sound is generated by the throat, not by the mouth. Learn that, and you'll be whistling Dixie in no time.

Give us an example. Whistle something. :D

Alan Yee
12-07-2009, 07:28 AM
Good to know that I'm not the only one who can't whistle.

I also can't roll the tip of the tongue. I'm a freak!

rhymegirl
12-07-2009, 07:31 AM
Good to know that I'm not the only one who can't whistle.

I also can't roll the tip of the tongue. I'm a freak!

Can you yodel?

quickWit
12-07-2009, 07:33 AM
Does it count if it isn't my mouth making the whistling sound, or is that cheating?

Alan Yee
12-07-2009, 07:37 AM
Can you yodel?

Not really. I can sing normal and falsetto, but I can't switch back and forth really fast.

Silver King
12-07-2009, 08:08 AM
Give us an example. Whistle something. :D
That just gave me an idea: We should create a file sharing site called You Listen, with only sound available and no video. Might be the next big thing!

I've seen people who can't whistle worth a damn attempt the feat by filling their mouths with air, then forcing it out through puckered lips, the resulting sound more like a water mattress that has sprung a leak.

I can't teach anyone how to whistle, but if you observe the very best natural sound makers we have, you'll see that most birds work their magic with all throat and hardly no mouth. That's the way good human whistlers work, too.

Adam
12-07-2009, 05:23 PM
I can whistle sucking and blowing. (Not a word, Adam or I'll post Photoshopped pics of you on my Facebook)

As if I would! :D

SouthernFriedJulie
12-07-2009, 06:20 PM
As if I would! :D

I still might, for general purposes.


And that rolling of the r? Can't do it. Anything else with the tongue, sure. But those r's are flatter'n Illinois highway. Can understand the whistle frustration because that trilly-r is a bitch.

Adam
12-07-2009, 06:25 PM
I still might, for general purposes.


And that rolling of the r? Can't do it. Anything else with the tongue, sure. But those r's are flatter'n Illinois highway. Can understand the whistle frustration because that trilly-r is a bitch.

Alright, but I want copies. :D

I can't roll my r's either, but I can do a half decent Chewbacca impression, which is similar. ;)

Ambrosia
12-07-2009, 07:34 PM
I can sing (yes I am good at it, Jim), I can roll my r's, I can whistle both in and out, and I can yodel if my life is in danger. Otherwise, why would I yodel? :tongue

I have never tried to tie the stem of a cherry with my tongue, but it sounds like a good skill to have in one's S.O.

I also never figured out, and I tried very hard as a child, how to whistle using fingers. I did figure out how to make a noise by cupping my hands together and blowing into the small space where my thumbs came together. It took me months on the school bus practicing to pull it off and once I figured it out, I was elated. I have since lost that dubious skill through non-practice.

Wookie? No. I am envious, Adam. :D

Mela
12-07-2009, 08:13 PM
I could whistle when I was younger - strangely I've lost my whistling powers as I got older.

Death Wizard
12-10-2009, 03:23 AM
I can sing (yes I am good at it, Jim), I can roll my r's, I can whistle both in and out, and I can yodel if my life is in danger. Otherwise, why would I yodel? :tongue

I have never tried to tie the stem of a cherry with my tongue, but it sounds like a good skill to have in one's S.O.

I also never figured out, and I tried very hard as a child, how to whistle using fingers. I did figure out how to make a noise by cupping my hands together and blowing into the small space where my thumbs came together. It took me months on the school bus practicing to pull it off and once I figured it out, I was elated. I have since lost that dubious skill through non-practice.

Wookie? No. I am envious, Adam. :D

You've got me whipped big time! I can't even do the cherry/tongue thing. I can twitch my eyebrows independently. I might be better at that than anyone else in the world.

writeronfire
12-10-2009, 03:44 AM
... but I can do a half decent Chewbacca impression, which is similar. ;)

I'd like to hear that.