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How To Whistle Loudly Enough To Hail A Cab

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Tried and True Tips to Whistle Louder

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac can tell you how to do (almost) everything. For example, what other publication provides information on how to whistle loudly enough to hail a cab?

Straight from our archives, this article is a whole lot of fun, whether you are trying to get the cabbie’s attention or summon your children from the woods!

How to Whistle Loudly Enough to Hail A Cab

• Open your mouth slightly. Keep your bottom lip taut as you pull it over the top edge of your lower teeth.

• Keep your tongue flat and lightly press it against the inside edge of your lower lip. Lift the sides of your tongue up a bit so that it forms a slight “V.” Pull your tongue back from your lower teeth a bit so that there is a small hole between the tip of your tongue and the inside edge of your lower lip. You will need to lift your tongue from the floor of your mouth about ⅛ to 1/16 of an inch. In this position, your tongue creates the “bottle,” or cavity, that you will be blowing across.

• Close your mouth slightly, keeping your lower lip tensed. Keep your upper lip out of the way.

• Gently blow and direct air over the hole. Increase the tension of both lips and, if necessary, adjust the V shape of your tongue. Avoid blowing too hard at first, and listen for the slightest beginnings of a whistle. Once you hear that, continue to practice and adjust.

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Judson D. Hale Sr.

Jud Hale is the honorary Editor-in-chief of The Old Farmer’s Almanac; Jud was the 12th editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac (since 1792!) and joined the parent company Yankee Publishing in 1958 as an Assistant Editor. Read More from Judson D. Hale Sr.

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