Saskatchewan catches contagious Bieber Fever
There's a fever going around and it's highly contagious, especially Tuesday night in Saskatoon.
Bieber fever is the inordinate obsession with Justin Bieber, who took in a round of golf at the Willows Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Bieber fever won’t kill you but you have a good chance of catching it.
Robert Smith? (the question mark is part of his name), who develops mathematical models of infectious diseases at the University of Ottawa, says it's more infectious than measles. Smith? and Valerie Tweedle are the authors of “A mathematical model of Bieber Fever: The most infectious disease of our time?”
“Bieber fever is very, very contagious,” said Smith?
“Symptoms are uncontrollable crying, screaming, purchasing memorabilia, maybe even tattoos of Justin Bieber’s name.”
Bieber fever can be spread in two ways, including person to person and through the media. Smith says one per cent of all tweets are about Bieber. In fact, every 2.9 seconds someone tweets about Bieber.
Smith? says we’ve seen similar strains of this, as with Beatlemania, the New Kids on the Block or the Backstreet Boys. None have are as contagious as Bieber fever, says Smith?
“You know, I’ve got a bit of the fever myself. I listen to his songs and am like, ‘You know this is pretty catchy.’ This kid is pretty talented. His voice is pretty amazing, actually.”
More than 13,000 fans are expected in attendance for show at the Credit Union Centre at 7 p.m. Promoters are suggesting concert-goers show up when the doors open at 6 p.m.
Special shuttle buses are available for a five-dollar round trip. Buses depart at 5:45 p.m. with continuous service.
- Lawson Heights Mall (Primrose Drive bus stop across from Coppermine Crescent)
- The Centre at Circle and 8th Street (Safeway parking lot)
- Market Mall (Market Mall bus terminal)
- Confederation Mall transit terminal (transit mall on Laurier Drive)
There is also transit service on the downtown bus on 2nd Avenue facing north. Regular fares apply to this bus which leaves at 5:45 p.m. with service every 15 minutes.
Carly Rae Jepsen, famous for her hit “Call Me Maybe” is Bieber's opening act.
Justin Bieber in Saskatoon on Oct. 16, 2012. Courtesy @BelieveTourUpdates