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Carrying a tune for 24 hours

Whistling comes naturally to Jennifer Davies — she does it at home, and sometimes around the office.


Whistling comes naturally to Jennifer Davies — she does it at home, and sometimes around the office.


But yesterday, the 34-year-old capped 24 hours of whistling, in an attempt at a world record.


Between 5 p.m. Sunday evening and 5 p.m. yesterday, Davies sat in the street-level window at 1 Stewart Street in front of official witnesses, two video cameras and a large clock, quietly whistling her tunes.


“I’m not as sore as I thought I would be. I’m pretty tired but totally content,” she said afterwards. “Right now there’s a big piece of cheesecake with my name on it. Then I’ll probably just go home and sleep.”


In order to ensure legitimacy, two video cameras recorded everything, and a pair of witnesses changed up every four hours to watch her. She was permitted a five-minute break every 90 minutes, between songs.


Neree St-Amand, a professor in social work at the University of Ottawa, kept a log of the time she spent whistling. St-Amand said the schedule must be rigid, because if a 30-second break took even a second too long, the whole endeavor would be lost.


St-Amand said all the paper work and the video tapes will be sent to Guinness World Records for review. It could be months before they learn if Davies’ attempt is certified a record.


Davies said when the whistling record idea first came to her, she assumed there were thousands of existing world records.


“Every other person can whistle, but when I looked for any records … not a single record had been set for whistling,” she said.


-tim.wieclawski@metronews.ca

 
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