THE INTERNET—Justin Bieber Gets His Way After 11-Yr-Old Mayor's Decree
A teeny bopper fan base has its perks when one of them becomes mayor of their town for a day.
That's what Justin Bieber found out after Caroline Gonzalez, 11, decreed that a street would be renamed 'Justin Bieber Way'.
Gonzalez was named mayor for a day in her town of Forney, Texas, after winning a contest designed to spark government interest in young people, according to the Washington Post.
This Day In History: Woodstock Music Festival Concludes
On this day in 1969, the grooviest event in music history--the Woodstock Music Festival--draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock 'n' roll in upstate New York.
Conceived as "Three Days of Peace and Music," Woodstock was a product of a partnership between John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Their idea was to make enough money from the event to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock. When they couldn't find an appropriate venue in the town itself, the promoters decided to hold the festival on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York--some 50 miles from Woodstock--owned by Max Yasgur.
Watching Too Much TV as Harmful as Smoking, Study Says
Watching too much television can be just as bad for people's health as smoking or obesity, according to an Australian study published Tuesday.
Experts from the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, found that on average, every hour of television a person watches reduced the viewer's life expectancy by almost 22 minutes.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, concluded that after the age of 25, six hours of daily viewing could cut a person's lifespan by almost five years.
Using data from a lifestyle study involving more than 11,000 people in Australia, combined with population trends and death rates, researchers found that being sedentary for long periods increased the risk of dying earlier.
Why Most People Don't Finish Video Games
Once considered a cult pastime, video games have grown immensely in the last 30 years to become a mainstream fixture alongside movies and music.
But you wouldn't know it by how often players finish their games.
In fact, the attrition (or bounce rate) of video games is pretty pathetic. "What I've been told as a blanket expectation is that 90% of players who start your game will never see the end of it unless they watch a clip on YouTube," says Keith Fuller, a longtime production contractor for Activision.
That's a lot of unfinished games.
And it doesn't get much better when isolated to just avid gamers.
Russia's Orbital Technologies Reveals Plans for Space Hotel
This is one hotel that's truly out of this world.
A Russian company has revealed plans and sketches for a space hotel -- and it'll cost you. The hotel, designed by Russian firm Orbital Technologies, will accommodate seven guests in four cabins. It will take two days on board a Soyuz rocket in order to reach it.
But experts warn that the firm faces real challenges before it will be able to launch the planned space station.
And before you get too excited, it will cost $942,000 to visit the hotel. A five-day stay is expected to be about $157,000, plus the cost of the trip there: $785,000.