Bieber fever just wonít cool down

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DARRYL STERDAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

By any measure, Justin Bieber has an unbelievable life.

At the tender age of 18, Stratford's favourite son has accomplished more than many people do in a lifetime.

Less than five years after being discovered on YouTube, auditioning for Usher and signing a record deal, Bieber is the reigning prince of teen-pop. He has sold more than 15 million albums and won umpteen accolades, including a trio of Junos, four AMAs and five MuchMusic Video Awards. He has 43 million Facebook fans -- more than Mitt Romney and Barack Obama combined -- and 21 million Twitter followers, second only to Lady Gaga.

His video for Baby is the most watched clip in YouTube history with 750 million views. According to Forbes Magazine, he is the third-most powerful celebrity in the world, with earnings of $55 million.

And that's just the beginning. If anything, Bieber is about to take things up a notch. His feverishly anticipated third studio album -- titled Believe -- arrives online and in stores Tuesday.

Judging by the response to pre-release singles Boyfriend and Die in Your Arms, Believe is all but guaranteed to top charts upon release and become the summer soundtrack for millions of teenage girls around the world who also ensured that tickets for his upcoming world tour recently sold out in about an hour.

As a warmup, Bieber -- who recently plunked down $6.5 million on his first home in a tony L.A. suburb -- returns to his home and native land to take part in Sunday's MuchMusic VideoAwards, where he's vying for three prizes and performing.

Of course, when you're one of the most famous people on the planet, people say all kinds of things about you. Some are true, some are white lies, and some are completely beyond belief. Here are 30 random and supposedly true facts about Bieber, harvested from a variety of websites, profiles and interviews. Believe them or not:

Bieber's favourite cereals are Crunch Berries and Frosted Mini Wheats.

Bieber accounts for 3% of all Twitter traffic.

Bieber was voted Villain of the Year at the 2012 Kerrang! Awards, beating out Simon Cowelll, Lou Reed and One Direction, among others.

If Bieber had to be an animal, he'd be a tiger or lion -- but his favourite animal is the giraffe.

When asked which women he'd like to work with, Bieber named Rihanna and Beyonce -- but not girlfriend Selena Gomez.

If he gets tired of his first name, Bieber says he's going to go by Bubbles.

Bieber claims he plans to write a song about his chest hair.

Bieber is claustrophobic and has a fear of elevators.

Bieber likes to clean his teeth in the shower.

Bieber's favorite color is purple.

Bieber can solve a Rubik's Cube in less than a minute.

Bieber's hair once sold on eBay for $40,000.

Bieber once smooched a poster of himself and said, "Yup, I'm a great kisser."

There are at least two websites filled with pictures of lesbians who look like Bieber.

One Facebook user is hoping a picture of a hobo can get more fans than Bieber. So far the hobo has 369 likes.

A poll about which country Justin should tour was hacked by haters who wanted to send him to North Korea.

Bieber's favourite soup is broccoli-cheddar.

A puppy peed on Bieber during the filming of the One Less Lonely Girl music video.

Bieber likes tacos.

Bieber doesn't like clowns.

Bieber once had a dream that a cat ate him.

Bieber's Twitter account is worth over $11 million, according to WhatsMyTwitterAccountWorth.com.

If he could do anything, Bieber said he'd "probably go to space with Chuck Norris."

Bieber fever is more infectious than measles, a new study suggests.

Symptoms include uncontrollable crying and/or screaming, excessive purchasing of memorabilia and poor life choices.

Bieber enjoys pranking his male friends by punching them in their privates.

An American high school student recently took a cardboard cutout of Bieber to his prom to act as his wingman.

Mike Tyson has been training Bieber to box -- a skill that recently came in handy during an altercation with a paparazzi.

According to his recent single Boyfriend, a date with Bieber would include fondue.

Bieber's favourite sandwich is tomato and mayo on Wonder Bread.

Bieber's penis is nicknamed Jerry.

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