A Bo’ness schoolboy has racked up over 1.4 million hits on YouTube - with a video of himself talking backwards.
Cameron Bissett, (12), of Muirhouses Crescent in the Drum, amazed his family even as a pupil in primary one, after teachers called parents Linsay and John into school to explain he was doing the work of a primary three or four child.
Cameron’s video has now gone viral on the video-sharing website having clocked up over a million hits in a single weekend. His unusual talent, which has confounded his parents, first came to their attention two years ago.
Mum Linsay said: “We first heard it after he started talking oddly at home a couple of years ago.
“Apparently he had been doing it at school for ages as a joke with his mates who would ask him to speak backwards, which he was able to do.
“Then two years ago his brother Jo uploaded a video of him reciting stuff backwards which his dad had filmed.
“Why it has suddenly gone viral is anyone’s idea, but it had hits totalling over one million last weekend alone.”
Cameron’s ability allows him to listen to normal speech which he can then recite backwards just by listening to the phonetic sounds.
Cameron himself has no idea how or why he can do this, or indeed when it all started.
Dr Carolyn Anderson from the department of Speech and Language at Strathclyde University said: “The ability to speak backwards is known as phonetic reversal and is quite uncommon.
“It tends to suggest that an individual is able to process speech differently by hearing sounds as opposed to speech.”