Can a song save your life? Apparently it can, and no one knows that better than Igor Vorozhbitsyn, who was fishing in northern Russia when his ringtone, set to the hit Justin Bieber song, Baby, sent a pouncing brown bear fleeing for the hills.
Vorozhbitsyn, who suffered multiple injuries in the attack, explained to the New York Post that his granddaughter loaded the pop star’s song onto his phone as a joke, and admitted “that sort of ringtone isn’t to everyone’s taste.” Well, because a certain song wasn’t to a certain animal’s taste, that joke saved Vorozhbitsyn’s life. The bear now joins millions of mammals who dislike the young pop star’s sound, but Vorozhbitsyn isn’t complaining: “I couldn’t believe my luck when the phone went off and he fled.”
Like Anne Frank, it is not yet known whether the survivor is a confirmed Belieber, but it’d be hard not to be after his near-death experience. Now campers know two strategies to avoid death by bear: crawl into a fetal position… or play a Justin Bieber song. I guess even bad music has a purpose. ~Daniel Horowitz