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Most Hand Whistles Made In A Single Breath

United States Colby Wrathall

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Chelsea, Michigan, United States / August 10, 2011

Colby Wrathall made 65 hand whistles in a single breath.

Stride’s setting 100 records in 100 days. At the end of 100 days, we’ll verify if you are the standing Record Holder. If you are, you’ll get $500 for each record you managed to hold with your guile, talent, and sheer will.

General caution and common sense required. We show the Stride Team at work, but recommend that these challenges be done at home.

- must exhale for duration of attempt
- must cup hands around mouth to create whistle sound
- must have a distinct pause between each whistle
- each whistle must be audible

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  • United States Junad Stackz

    Junad Stackz

    Chase of course you're defiantly free to defend your record it wouldn't feel right if you didn't lol, but I've tried a few times now and I can't get any noise besides the normal one. Also the main reason I brought to attention is because Jesstin was attacked just for going long period even though his sound was constant throughout the entire video, while you were even longer, with changed sounds and nobody felt it was necessary to comment on your attempt. If Stride's decision stands though congrats cause either way that's still a hard feat.

  • United States ch2h38

    ch2h38

    Junad, no problem on calling me out, as long as you let me come to my own defense! ;)
    The sound there definitely did change, no denying that. This wasn't from breathing in though. If you are able to do hand whistles, try tilting your mouth down a little bit or slackening your jaw, and you will hear this same sound. Note that it still has a very "round" feeling to it (sorry, I'm a musician), which is the sound one makes when they are just missing the correct location a little bit while playing a wind instrument.
    You can hear a more intermediary version of it around :44. I changed my form a little bit there, and thus you get an airy whistle. There's another section from :51-:54 where there are three whistles that have a very similar tone to the two at :34, just from face fatigue.
    I simply got a little tongue-tied (it's a lot of work to stay that consistant with my rhythm, especially after lots of attempts that day!), which is why the rhythm is a bit off at :34 and why I missed my mark for those two whistles. However, I know of no way to emulate the "roundness", which comes from exhaling, with an inhale; inhales end up sounding sharp since that air doesn't resonate in the sounding chamber formed by the hands.
    Also, trying that now, it's REALLY hard to pull air in through your hands like that. I think it would have just wasted energy to breathe in that little air at that point. So that's my defense for saying I didn't breathe until the end (my heart sure believes me, I felt like I was going to pass out at the end!). Since Dan says he might be able to beat me, I'm sure he could confirm these facts, and if he needs some extra proof or something, I'd be glad to oblige, of course. Thanks for responding and watching carefully, Junad! Good luck with your record!
    Pete: Yeah, I probably should have gone out and bought a kazoo. Oh well. Those two were pretty awesome with all the records they were setting, so I don't want to take that away from them! ;)
    (P.S. It's too bad this site doesn't seem to support line breaks for new paragraphs. Sorry if this is hard to read.)

  • United States Junad Stackz

    Junad Stackz

    Between 0:34 and 0:35 but he breathes in you can hear the sound change, therefore shouldn't this record have been denied? Sorry to player hate Chase but rules are rules, "-must exhale for duration of attempt."

  • United States Pete Graf

    Pete Graf

    Dude, why are you not trying to beat the "winning", "Stride", "aarrgh", and "kazoo" contests? You are expending so much energy and breath conducting those notes, that you could probably give ben and Jordan a run for their money! Very impressive!

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Taylor Vernon Our decision stands. When the contest ends, I may have a go at beating Chase myself.

  • United States Taylor Thompson

    Taylor Thompson

    I agree Vernon. This is physically impossible. The only way you could have achieved this is if you would have cheated.

  • United States ch2h38

    ch2h38

    Hey Vernon, I just tried, even on video just in case. Certainly can't do that. ;) The problem, I think, is that it uses up a LOT more air to continuously breathe out than to just send out little bursts. Those little gaps are really helpful for conserving air. If you watch the end of the video, my last few whistles are actually very airy, because I wasn't totally out of physical air in my lungs; I was just out of clean oxygen (or how ever that biology works).

    Good work on your "Words rhyming with Stride", by the way! Your 46 officially scared me away from attempting it. ;)

  • United States Vernon Frenzel

    Vernon Frenzel

    BS... IF this is actually real, he'd be able to do a hand whistle for like 1:30. I'd love to see that...

  • United States Taylor Thompson

    Taylor Thompson

    I just got an email saying this record was broken. I was wondering why or if someone did break it and it hasn't posted.

  • United States Schuyler Van Horn

    Schuyler Van Horn

    Taylor - way to absolutely demolish this record!

  • United States Taylor Thompson

    Taylor Thompson

    I think it was just a bad whistle but I've got another one.

  • United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    Denied for the slight inhale at 0:12 seconds.

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