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'Dumb Ways To Die': Hilarious Safety Video That's Taken Internet By Storm

04/07/2013 18:59 | Updated 22 May 2015

Dumb Ways to Die

What do the following have in common? Set fire to your hair. Poke a stick at a grizzly bear. Eat medicine that's out of date. Use your private parts as piranha bait.

Yes, they are all dumb ways to die – and they are also the opening verse to the latest internet hit: a health and safety video. Yes, you read that right: a health and safety video – called Dumb Ways To Die.

The film sees cartoon characters meet their ends in a number of colourful, gruesome ways, including a couple of nasty mishaps on train tracks, to the background chorus, 'Dumb ways to die.'

The hilarious film, backed up by a very, very catchy tune, has been viewed more than 52 million times on You Tube, and has spawned a whole bunch of apps and games and is being shared the world over by young and old alike.

It's hard to believe that the video is nothing more than a transport safety ad for Sydney's Metro Trains, but it is so stunningly successful it has scooped every ad industry award going.

The writer of the catchy song, Ollie McGill, said: ''I'm kind of overwhelmed to tell you the truth. ''I'm not a major songwriter and I've never dreamed of something I've written going viral like this.''

Fancy singing along? Here are the lyrics to 'Dumb Ways To Die'

Set fire to your hair

Poke a stick at a grizzly bear

Eat medicine that's out of date

Use your private parts as piranha bait

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to die ie ie, so many dumb ways to die

Get your toast out with a fork

Do your own electrical work

Teach yourself how to fly

Eat a two week old unrefrigerated pie

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to die ie ie, so many dumb ways to die

Invite a psycho-killer inside

Scratch your drug dealer's brand new ride

Take your helmet off in outer space

Use your clothes dryer as a hiding place

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die ,dumb ways to die ie ie, so many dumb ways to die

Keep a rattlesnake as pet

Sell both the kidneys on the internet

Eat a tube of superglue

"I wonder what's this red button do?"

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to die ie ie, so many dumb ways to die

Dress up like a moose during hunting season

Disturb a nest of wasps for no good reason

Stand on the edge of a train station platform

Drive around the boom gates at a level crossing

Run across the tracks between the platforms

They may not rhyme but they're quite possibly

Dumbest ways to die ie so many ways to die Dumbest ways to die ie So many dumb So many dumb ways to die

Be safe around trains. A message from Metro.

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