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You know how to whistle don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow…

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections,
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling,
Or just after.

– Wallace Stevens

GOOD votes for inflections:

One fateful day in the late ’80s, during the golden age of local talk shows, a man wearing a great t-shirt and an even greater haircut spent two minutes and 35 seconds performing an act involving whistling, facial expressions, and a Hoagy Carmichael song. Like a viral Holy Grail, it sat dormant for years, waiting to be discovered. Presidents came and went, nations rose and fell, hip-hop was born and New Coke died. The world waited for it to return.

And now, finally, it has.

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As we wet our whistles, we might recall that it was on this date in 1950 that James Dean, the rebel without a cause who was later to become the first actor to receive a posthumous Oscar nomination, had his first paid acting gig: he was featured in a Pepsi commercial.

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(Dean puts the money into the piano/jukebox)

Written by (Roughly) Daily

December 13, 2011 at 1:01 am

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