My son has been learning to whistle. That’s nice, I hear you say (come on, I’m sure one of you said it). Well, it would be nice if he could string a tune together. At the moment, it’s nothing short of brain damage. He’s discovered he can make a sound if he sucks air in, but hasn’t yet mastered whistling when he blows out, so he always sounds as if he’s on the brink of hyperventilation. Our house is haunted by random wheezy half notes and disembodied complaints that it’s ‘too hard to whistle’, followed by other disembodied complaints elsewhere in the house that ‘if you don’t learn a tune soon, I swear I’m going to go crazy!’
Whistling has recently taken on a new interest for me. I have been watching Most Haunted and they have discovered that whistling sometimes gets results of the paranormal kind. (My partner in crime, Tarryn, and I are currently on season 20 of 21, and we’re rapidly dissolving into a panic as to what we’re going to Armchair Ghostbust once we’re up to date, so any suggestions for future hunts would be much appreciated … apart from Ghosthunters because, well, the drama that goes on in that programme is anything but paranormal)
During Most Haunted’s visit to HMP Shrewsbury (Part 2) (series 18) at 22.10 mins in, Karl whistles and asks for whatever is lurking to copy him. And… it apparently does. There are quite a few other instances during that investigation (which is a massive three-part investigation) where they get whistled responses to their requests, so it’s worth a watch. Also, during a visit to Rowleys House (series 20) at 29.40 mins, whistling and asking for a response pays off. Where does the whistling come from? I wouldn’t have thought ghosts possessed sufficient lung capacity to squeeze a whistle out? Yes, yes, I know, I can hear people shouting in disbelief ‘you’re taking Most Haunted seriously!?‘ But I have to say, having seen every episode from series one, the team has come along in leaps and bounds, edging away from mediums who quiver spasmodically while they declare that Mary Loves Dick!!! (yes, I swear it happened, you have to see it to believe, even Yvette can’t quite keep a straight face) to chairs being tipped over balconies and dragged across the floor (series 20, The Fleece Inn). And if you take it at face value, it’s all very impressive.
But going back to whistling, one story I read years ago that involved paranormal whistling has stuck with me after all this time. In Robert Schneck’s superb book ‘The President’s Vampire: Strange but true tales of the United States of America‘ there is a story which I believe is called ‘The Bridge to Body Island’. I won’t ruin the story for you, suffice to say that whistling is the last sound you’ll want to hear after you’ve read it. You can also watch The Bye Bye Man for a cinematic treat based on the same allegedly true story. Sadly, it didn’t get a very good rating on Rotten Tomatoes BUT… don’t let that stop you from seeing if it’s as chilling as Robert Schneck’s story that’s haunted me all these years.
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