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Show off your pipes (and Nevada pride) to help the Silver State score a world record for its 150th

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The Killers have performed it. And now, so can you. Any way you please. You want to rap it? Go right ahead. As poetry? Why not? As part of a barbershop quartet? Er, sure, okay. But whatever you do, pay some much-needed respect to the Silver State next week during the conclusion of its sesquicentennial celebrations by recording yourself performing “Home Means Nevada” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, and posting it online. Yes, it’s one of the corniest tunes ever written—thank Bertha Raffetto, who in 1932 got it officially adopted by the Nevada Legislature as the state song—but that’s what makes it perfect for #NevadaSings, an attempt by the Nevada 150 Commission to set a world record for the most simultaneous videos recorded—and uploaded to nevada150.org—at once. Won’t you want to check out everyone else’s version afterward? The entertainment value seems limitless. And you don’t get to use the excuse that you don’t know the song: There’s a little thing called YouTube, and the Nevada 150 website offers lyrics and renditions as well. Once you’ve recorded your version and posted it, congratulations—you’ve just become part of Nevada’s history. And who knows? You could also become the next William Hung in the process.

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