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They look at Guy Daniel Francis' YouTube videos and can't help themselves. Others can't help thinking this can't be real.
Yet while YouTube has been used by so many to eke out the gory, subjective details of their love lives, Francis, a 31-year-old from the U.K., thought he could use Google's TV for the People to bring something positive to a condition that is sometimes totally debilitating.
Francis has tourette's syndrome, a condition that has many manifestations. He happens to have the type that causes swear words and weird gestures to emerge from him without warning. Francis has it bad. Yet he has found an outlet on YouTube that's helped him if not deal with his condition, then at least get through his day.
Francis is the man behind Tourettes Karaoke, which is not something you'll often see in your local pub on a Friday night. However, his latest performance, of REM's "Losing My Religion," has already enjoyed more than 250,000 views, and what has surprised Francis is just how positive the reaction has been.
"I am a bit blown away by the response," he told me. "There seems to be a lot of love there."
"Love" is not a word often used in connection with many of the commenters on YouTube. Yet Francis' YouTube pages are full of suggestions about what songs he should perform next. INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" or Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," are but two examples. Another person asks Francis to sing at his or her wedding. Another wants to know what meds he's on, wanting to compare notes.