Arts Briefs

This Justin

Just when you thought you were safe, Justin Bieber takes over Twitter. Canada’s latest teen heartthrob is gunning for the title of “tweet king,” one follower at a time. According to trend-tracking website, the 16-year-old was the number-one tweeted about topic last week, and came only second to the Oscars this week. Bieber currently ranks within the Top 140 users and it is entirely possible that the singer may yet crack the Top 100, thanks to the substantial way his number of followers has been growing over the past few months. While he is far behind the Big 10 in followers, which includes such celebrities as Lady Gaga and President Barack Obama, who all have 3 million-plus followers, he is consistently a trending topic. His Twitter popularity is aided not only by his fans expressing love but also by the haters who post their disgust at his constant presence. So haters, if you don’t have something nice to say, perhaps tweeting about it isn’t the best way to prove your point. You’ll only make it worse.

Bacon > sex

We already knew Canadians love their bacon. But a new survey by Maple Leaf Foods has found that 43 per cent of Canucks would choose the greasy, crispy meat over having sex. The survey, conducted by Angus Reid in early December to mark the launch of Maple Leaf’s Recloseable Bacon, also noted regional difference in the adoration of the popular pork product. Twenty-three per cent of prairie folks from Manitoba and Saskatchewan have wondered if their partner loves bacon more than them. That concern might be valid as the poll found that half of British Columbians stated they would give up sex before bacon. And ladies, if you’re looking for a man, consider seeking out a new meat-infused perfume. When men were asked to rank a series of aromas, 23 per cent put bacon in the top spot.

The revolution must have a permit

Want to overthrow the U.S. government? A new law on the books in South Carolina requires any “subversive” group to register and state their intentions with a $5 fee to Secretary of State, according to The Subversive Activities Registration Act requires a form be filled out by “Every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision,” as stated in the legislation. The punishment for not properly notifying the officials of your plans to overtake them? A $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.

Published in Volume 64, Number 23 of The Uniter (March 18, 2010)

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