What Karaoke Song Sent This Man To Hospital With A Collapsed Lung?


Karaoke should be a sport. It’s stressful, sweaty, and it involves far more than 20 beers and an off-pitch rendition of Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.’ Just ask this guy in eastern China who was sent to hospital with a collapsed lung after going too hard at karaoke.

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According to the South China Morning Post, a 65-year-old man performed 10 (!!) high-pitched karaoke songs in a row when he began suffering from chest pains and experiencing difficulty breathing.

Easy tiger. Credit: Giphy

He visited a hospital the next day where doctors told him he had a collapsed lung, or pneumothorax. Dr. Peng Bin-fei told the South China Morning Post that it collapsed “because of high lung pressure caused by singing high notes.” Ouch.

It got me thinking, with so many iconic karaoke song choices out there, which ones would have been high-pitched and powerful enough to collapse a lung? Here are some thoughts:

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – Queen

It’s a cliche karaoke song, but it’s a tried and tested classic. Surely, if you sung “galileo, galileo figaro” enough times in a row you’d pop a lung and break your wine glass. Fun fact: Freddie Mercury doesn’t sing the high-pitched lyrics “for meee!” in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ it’s actually sung by Queen drummer Roger Taylor.

‘I Will Always Love You’ – Whitney Houston

When it comes to karaoke, you can’t go wrong with the Earth-shattering key change of ‘I Will Always Love You’ when Whitney brings back in the “and I” of the chorus. Well, evidently, you can go wrong – you can bust a lung singing it. 

‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ – The Darkness

This karaoke song is not the faint-hearted, or faint-lung-ed. A large portion of the chorus is spent in a super duper high-pitched tone. It’s also a really speedy song, so catching your breath is going to be difficult to say the least. 

‘Honey’ – Mariah Carey

If you’re at the end of an intense night of karaoke, ‘Honey’ by Mariah Carey is sure to send you over the edge. Or at least to the nearest hospital. Let’s be honest, can anyone do a five-octave range like Mariah could back in the day? I think not. 

It’s not the first time someone’s love of music has resulted in major injury, either. In 2017, a young girl’s lung collapsed from prolonged screaming at a One Direction concert. 

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the ears of the poor soul standing near her at the concert, and whoever was trying to sing along at karaoke.

Dear Millennials, Please Stop Stealing This Old Town Road Street Sign, It's Not Funny Or Cute

Where will we take our horses?

Since its release in December 2018, Lil Nas X’s country rap hit ‘Old Town Road’ has been broken the Internet and records all over the world. 

Just last month, the track became the most successful number one song of all-time when it reached its 19th week in first place on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It also went viral on Tik Tok and racked up over 580 MILLION streams on Spotify.

The song is so popular, however, it’s starting to cause serious issues in a small town in Massachusetts because people keep stealing the street sign for the IRL Old Town Road.

According to The Swellesley Report, the town of Wellesley has had to replace the sign three times since the track went viral.

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“The behaviour is likely the work of individuals playing pranks, but it costs the town a lot of time and money to locate, repair – and where the signs and posts are damaged – replace, and reinstall the signs,” Wellesley communication and project manager Stephanie Hawkinson said.

Apparently, the street signs have been discarded everywhere from “residents’ yards to town parks to wooded areas to wetlands,” and honestly, it sounds like a right pain in the arse for the poor soul who has to relocate and replace them. 

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To make matters worse, The Swellesley Report says the street signs have become a “hot item” in other towns as well. While they have no confirmation and suspect communities would rather not draw attention to it, the towns of Walpole and Holliston also have Old Town Roads. 

Perhaps Wellesley and the like could take note from the town of Sicamous in British Columbia. Instead of letting the sign thieves get them down, Daily Hive says the Sicamous and District Chamber of Commerce has decided to replicate the signs and sell them “as a nod of appreciation to Lil Nas X” for $25 a pop.

The Sicamous solution. Credit: Sicamous and District Chamber of Commerce

If it means giving people an official location to take their horses and ride ‘til they can’t no more, we’re on board.

The 1975's New Single Is A Huge Slap In The Face For Climate Change Deniers

Time to wake up.

Instead of blessing us with yet another banger, British band The 1975 have released a new single containing a very powerful and important message about climate change.

The track features 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg speaking over the band’s minimal background music: “We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis. And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.”

“We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet. Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things,” she continued.

“We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.”

“…So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel,” she ended her moving speech.

Thunberg announced via social media that all profits from the release of the track will go to socio-political movement Extinction Rebellion.

The young activist addressed legislators at France’s parliament this week where she told them to “unite behind the science” of climate change, and said “you don’t have to listen to us, but you do have to listen to the science.”

Greta Thunberg. Credit: Micah Garen/Getty Images

Thunberg’s words couldn’t have come at a more pivotal time. According to BBC news, action will need to be taken in the next 18 months to deal with the global heating crisis, amongst other environment concerns. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that to keep the rise of global temperatures below 1.5C this century, we would need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030. 

Clearly, we’re seriously running out of time, and every little action we take now is critical.

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