Just out of curiosity how many of you live in a place where there is still a noon whistle? I've been talking through FB to an number of people who grew up and still live in my hometown. Back in the day the firehouse whistle always blew at noon but, apparently, now it just does on Wednesday and Saturday. Where I currently live the fire whistle--actually a horn--blows every day at noon. If I understand it correctly it was an old tradition that was used when not everyone carried watches so the farmers and townsfolk knew it was lunch time--also it kept everyone in the area on the same time.