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The Problem With Whistling: Teen Sets World Record For The Highest Note Ever Whistled

by | 21st, April 2014

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THE more specious the world record, the more Anorak appreciates it. So, to Walker Harnden, 19, from Pittsboro, North Carolina, who has whistled the highest note ever.

Harnden, a student of the oboe at The UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, has  had his whistle certified and posted by The Guinness Book of World Records, which reports:

The highest note whistled is a B7 (3951 Hz), which was achieved by Walker Harnden (USA) at the Hoad Recital Hall, University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA, on 7 November 2013. The “B7” note is the B just below the high C on a piano.

Anyone keen to best Harnden should know that he whistles “all the time,” up to four or five hours a day. A third of his waking day is spent whistling.

Whistling can be a sign of happiness or insouciance. But to someone stood next to a whistler, particularly one who can blow for hours at a time, it produces the opposite effect. It is a trigger for anger and stress. You view the whistler as self-involved, a person who cares not for anyone else. The whistler hears the upbeat opening bars to Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy . The listener hears someone using a cheese grater on their eardrums in a sarcastic and invasive manner.

Whistling can be sinister. Tom

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