Bieber ringtone drives away bloodthirsty Russian bear 

click to enlarge A Russian fisherman owes his life to a Justin Bieber ringtone after it scared away a crazed Russian bear (not pictured) with murder in its eyes (also not pictured). - U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • A Russian fisherman owes his life to a Justin Bieber ringtone after it scared away a crazed Russian bear (not pictured) with murder in its eyes (also not pictured).
A Justin Bieber ringtone isn’t standard equipment for a grizzled outdoorsman, but for fisherman Igor Vorozhbitsyn, it was the only way to fight off a bloodthirsty bear.

“I couldn’t believe my luck when the phone went off and he fled,” said the 42-year-old Russian, recounting the moment when a tinny rendition of “Baby” changed his predicament from certain death to a light mauling.

The hirsute Slav showed his bandaged wounds to the Croatian Times, which somehow got the scoop despite being located more than 4,000 miles from the apparently bear-riddled Yakutia Republic where Vorozhbitsyn was attacked.

“I know that sort of ringtone isn’t to everyone’s taste but my granddaughter loaded it onto my phone for a joke,” he said.

Bey & Jay do free show, kinda

Cheapskates rejoice: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s concert at AT&T Park on Tuesday, with tickets fetching as much as $284, was reportedly heard from the Mission, Potrero Hill and beyond.

“The Beyoncé concert is three miles away, but so loud that I can hear the songs they’re playing clearly. #theolds,” tweeted Veronica Belmont, a host for BBC America.

“Stoked! Jay Z and Beyonce are playing SF again tonight. That means I can sit in my apartment 4 miles away and hear it perfectly,” activist Jake Conroy tweeted Wednesday before the duo’s second show in The City.

“We want to apologize to our neighbors,” Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter told KPIX (Ch. 5). “We actually have been working through the night to make adjustments to the sound system.”


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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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