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Watch This Bird Man Whistle 'Georgia On My Mind'

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This is no Everything Is Terrible manipulation of found footage. That shrill whistle is actually emanating from this man's torturously pursed lips.

In 1984, the Detroit public access show Kelly & Company hosted a crowd sourced variety show and the clear winner was Ralph "Whistler" Giese's rendition of "Georgia On My Mind." The contestants' talents were varied (the man right before Giese tries and fails to stack a tower of bowling balls), but Giese's birdly whistle wins over the audience.

This was no one-off for Giese. Whistling was his passion (it's in his name for goodness' sake), and he continues to teach and perform to this day with a group called "Whistler's Muthers."

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