Bieber ringtone drives away bloodthirsty Russian bear

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr Creative CommonsA 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 CommonsA 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.”


Rock icon Janis Joplin is returning to Golden Gate Park: The U.S. Postal Service is introducing its Joplin stamp at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival this weekend. … Comerica Bank is helping to fund “Batkid Begins,” a documentary about 5-year-old Miles Scott’s Make-A-Wish adventure in San Francisco last year. The bank is matching donations made on through Tuesday. … “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” star Marilyn Burns has died at age 65. … Netflix executive Ted Sarandos is “positive” that “Arrested Development” will return for a fifth season.


Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is 23. … Actress Charlize Theron (“Monster”) is 39. … Actor Harold Perrineau (“The Best Man Holiday”) is 51. … Actor David Duchovny (“X-Files”) is 54. … Actor Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”) is 59. … Humorist Garrison Keillor is 72. … Actress Verna Bloom (“High Plains Drifter”) is 75. … Former Giants pitcher Don Larsen is 85. … Writer-producer Stan Freberg is 88.

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