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Obama's latest accomplishment: Getting a girl a meeting with Justin Bieber

New York magazine's Daily Intel ran a story last week about how President Obama had just made a promise that he couldn't keep: getting a 14-year-old girl whose father was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center the chance to meet pop megastar Justin Bieber. The girl, Payton Wall, says that Bieber's music helped her survive, despite her loss.

Obama made that promise during last week's ceremony at ground zero, meeting with Payton, her sister Avery and their mother Diane. Obama told Payton that he "knows Justin" and would set a meeting up with Bieber.

Well, Justin Bieber just proved New York magazine wrong – he tweeted that Obama would be keeping this promise.

What I find most notable about this story: it's apparently easier to get a meeting with the president of the United States than with Justin Bieber.

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New thing that's bad for you: Sitting

This infographic, "Sitting Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down," has been going around the Internet all day. It makes use of visuals that look like what little kids see in the dark to emphasize the negative health effects of sitting. The chart also offers helpful tips to avoid a sitting death.

As people move to more desk jobs that require more hours sitting in front of a computer, what's the effect on our health? From Medical Billing and Coding:

Sitting is Killing You

(via Andrew Sullivan)

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Pomplamoose covers the Angry Birds theme song

We've extolled the virtues of Pomplamoose before, the quirky male/female pair who put out music videos of their work that show how each sound in that song was produced.

However, they've just released their most off the wall creation to date: A cover of a song familiar to the hordes of Angry Birds players the world over, the Angry Birds theme (at least those not covertly playing the game with the sound off).

True diehards will have to wait for covers of the versions from later releases of the game, but you can enjoy Version 1 below:

For your listening pleasure, more Pomplamoose:

Michael Jackson's "Beat It":

Earth, Wind & Fire's "September":

The Chordettes' "Mister Sandman":

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Johnny Depp agrees with you that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies don't make any sense

In a cover story interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnny Depp says that even he found the movies a bit confusing.

"I remember talking to [director Gore Verbinski] at certain points during production of 2 or 3, and saying: 'I don't really know what this means.' He said, 'Neither do I, but let's just shoot it.'"

As Vulture puts it, "If those movies eventually made sense in postproduction, Depp admits he wouldn't know it," as Depp says he saw the first one but hasn't gotten around to watching the other two.

Well, now it's time to make it a quadrilogy; the fourth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, opens May 20.

Will other movies coming out this summer where sequels weren't clearly planned initially make sense in the end? We'll have to go see X-Men: First Class, the Hangover Part II and Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon to find out.

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How Prince William and Kate Middleton met, if it involved dinosaurs and jetpacks

I've written about Neill Cameron before, but I just discovered today that he had illustrated the (not really) true story of how Prince William met Kate Middleton.

Orcs, dinosaurs, swords and jetpacks? This is a royal wedding that I can get behind.

(I also encourage you to check out Neill's A-Z of Awesomeness 2: Japan, raising money for Japan relief through fun art.)

(via Andy Khouri)

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