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My Way and Die

Frank Sinatra’s My Way is off the karaoke menu in the Philippines – or it is if you don’t have a death wish. Over the last decade at least half a dozen deaths have been connected to someone singing My Way. Some put it down to bad singing, hogging the microphone or choosing a song that’s already been sung; others say that it’s down to the general level of violence in society or because the song has ‘triumphalist’ lyrics.

Karaoke is provoking violence in other places too – a Thai man killed eight people after they sang John Denver’s Take Me Home Country Roads and a woman in Seattle hit a man for singing Coldplay’s Yellow.

Read the full article in the New York Times.

Hat tip: @GregMitch


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