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World BABY FALLS 30m: A baby survived a 30m fall from a Swiss Alps cable car – which killed her parents – by landing in a tree. Rescuers heard murmurings in bushes and found the one-year-old in a baby carrier rucksack. The one-year-old orphan was expected to survive serious injuries, reported.

Australia SPA FOR GILLARD: Ex-PM Julia Gillard bought an Adelaide beachside bungalow worth $2 million. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom bungalow boasted a heated pool with swim jets and starting block, an outdoor kitchen and a 12-person spa with views of the ocean, reported. Gillard and partner Tim Mathieson would move from Melbourne.

GERMAN police seized an open-top car that had been converted into a travelling swimming pool, with water and wooden decking, after it was seen driving with four men aboard, Nine News reported. BRAIN SNAP: A US tourist drew the ire of Italians after he knocked a finger off a 600-year-old statue at a Florence museum. The New York Daily News reported the 55-year-old snapped the pinky finger as he was trying to measure the statue, called Annunciazione. A guard noticed too late to stop him, Fox news reported.

Entertainment PATTINSON PLEDGE: Actor Robert Pattinson reportedly assured ex-girlfriend actress Kristen Stewart he was not dating their friend and his The Runaways co-star, Riley Keough. He said he wouldn’t ever date Stewart's friends. He ended his relationship with Stewart after her fling with director Rupert Sanders in 2012. OPRAH SHOOED: The owner of a luxury goods shop in Zurich denied racism was involved when Oprah Winfrey was discouraged from buying a $40,000 handbag. The US talk show host, recently named the world's most powerful celebrity, was in Switzerland for the wedding of singer Tina Turner at the time.

ROYAL REBELS: Two Tongan princesses were rebelling against expectations and planning to marry commoners. Princesses Salote Lupepau'u Tuita would marry ex-Tongan rugby national Epeli Taione, and Princess Frederica Tuita was marrying Johnny Filipe, a businessman’s son, ABC News reported.

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ROCK CHICKS: 612 ABC host Kelly Higgins-Devine and editor Felicity Moore at the Exhumed final, Chermside, Saturday, August 3. BAND BOMBSHELL: Diddly Squat and The Roseberys were named joint Brisbane winners of 612 ABC’s band competition Exhumed in a “bombshell”. More than 500 people filled a Chermside venue on Saturday, August 3, to listen to the six finalists of the national competition for bands that never quite made it. MURDOCH ACCUSED: PM Kevin Rudd accused News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch of sending New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan to give Australian editors a “directive” to get rid of the Labor Government. Rudd alleged Allan had told News Corp Australia editors: “Go hard on Rudd ... and don’t back off.”

Did You Know? TALK show queen Oprah Winfrey made an estimated $US77 million from June 2012 to June 2013. Pop star Lady Gaga earned $US80 million in the same period. Source:

BROWN FITS: Chris Brown suffered a seizure at a LA recording studio after a whirlwind week for the Grammy-winning R&B singer that brought on "intense fatigue" and "extreme emotional stress," his rep said. Brown was said to have refused treatment and refused to be transported to a hospital, TMZ reported.

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World WAR SHIP: Japan unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge destroyer that raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bore a strong resemblance to an aircraft carrier. The ship, with a flight deck nearly 250m long, was designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. SNAKE TRAGEDY: Two boys, aged 5 and 7, were found dead in an apartment above a pet store in Canada. Their suspected killer was a 45kg python. Early indications suggested a snake escaped its store enclosure, got into the ventilation system, then the apartment, and strangled the boys, Canadian police said, CNN reported.

Odd Spot DALE Irby, a teacher in Dallas, Texas, wore the same polyester shirt and vest for his yearbook photo for 40 years, reported. It started as a mistake but became a running joke.

Australia RINEHART REBUFF: Gina Rinehart's bid to force journalists to hand over source material for articles detailing her family feud was dismissed by a Perth judge. After an 18-month legal battle between the billionaire and journalists including Walkley Award-winning Steve Pennells of The West Australian newspaper, Justice Janine Pritchard ruled Ms Rinehart's subpoenas should be set aside, reported.

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“Life is only froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon BOOZE BILL: Alcohol abuse cost state government agencies more than $1 billion a year via by police, hospitals, courts, Community Services and other agencies, the NSW Auditor General estimated. If social costs like lost productivity were factored into the equation, the total cost rose to nearly $4 billion a year, ABC News reported.

Entertainment MAUBOY GONG: Pop singer Jessica Mauboy walked away with the top prize at this year's National Indigenous Music Awards. The 24-year-old was awarded the National Artist of the Year accolade in front of a crowd of hundreds at a ceremony at Darwin's Botanic Gardens. ODD JOB: Kate Middleton listed her occupation on the birth certificate of the newborn Prince George as “Princess of the United Kingdom”. Prince Williams states his occupation as Prince of the United Kingdom, reported. The new prince, born on July 22, is third in line to the throne.

Did You Know THE Good Reverend Pow Jackson, Pipitty L. Jackson, and Mutley P. Gore Jackson the 3rd – those are the names pop singer Mariah Carey has given to her new dogs, according to

GYPSIES TARGETED: A court in Hungary had found four men guilty of killing six Roma (Gypsy) people in racist attacks. The victims included a five-year-old child. The attacks on Roma families took place in villages in northeastern Hungary in 2008 and 2009, BBC News reported.

DRIVEWAY DEATH: Police were investigating the death of a man crushed under a ute that rolled in a Logan driveway at the weekend, ABC News reported. It was understood the vehicle and home did not belong to the man. Police had originally said they were treating the incident as suspicious due to the unusual circumstances, but then said it was not suspicious.

LYNCH SPLIT: Glee’s Jane Lynch (Sue) filed for divorce from wife of three years Dr Lara Embry. Lynch was also seeking to terminate the court’s jurisdiction to award Embry spousal support, reported. The couple has a child, Embry’s daughter from a previous relationship.

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BRITISH women spent 59 days of their lives shaving their legs, a study found. And 35% of women polled said it was their least favourite beauty chore. The second most detested was hairstyling, with eyebrow plucking third.

$US6 BILLION - that’s how much tax the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, says he’s paid in total. He has given $28 billion to charity and was still worth $56 billion. His three kids will inherit ‘just’ $10 million each. Source: Guardian, Fairfax

Thanks Rupert, but we’ll choose our own government.”

ACCORDING to Aboriginal legend, there is a cave on the Wessel Islands off Australia’s north filled with doubloons and weaponry of an ancient era. African 1000-year-old coins had been found on the islands, News Ltd reported.

— Fr Rod Bower’s sign at Gosford Anglican Church, sparked by an apparent campaign by News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch to install Tony Abbott as PM.

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Health AGGRO MUMS: Women were more likely to shout at their children or smack them during an economic downturn, research had suggested, but only when they carried a gene variant thought to make people more sensitive to rewards and threats in their environment, News Corp reported.

PHONE/CAR SURPRISE: Researchers had found no link between the number of US drivers making phone calls while on the road and the number of accidents recorded. They analysed more than eight million incidents of car crashes and all fatalities on roads in eight US states, BBC News reported. The results, however, did not include texting or net browsing.

Business LACOSTE-LY POST: A salesman at luxury brand Lacoste in New York was fired after posting a picture of his pay cheque online. He racked up sales of more than $130,000 in June but made just $15 an hour plus 3% commission and said he posted the picture out of “frustration”, News Corp reported.

Northern Life CRACKDOWN: Chiropractors would be forced to stop making anti-vaccination and other claims in a crackdown by the profession. Fairfax had revealed chiropractors were receiving governmentmandated training by clinicians who believed diet and “keeping the spine in line” would prevent diseases such as polio.

Did You Know? ANXIETY, or excessive worrying, is the most common psychological problem in Australia and affects 14% of the population, according to the Bureau of Statistics. ANOREXIA LINK: Teen girls with anorexia shared many traits with autism patients, UK research said. Fixation on calories and numbers on a scale had much in common with the systems and deep involvement with introspective thought patterns seen in people with autism.

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CHROME SLATED: Google faced criticism from technology bloggers over the password storage system used in its Chrome browser. Simply typing “chrome://settings/passwords” into the browser's address box revealed a list of the user's login details, with any user able to click a 'show' button to reveal the hidden passwords. HACKERS FOOLED: Chinese hackers, possibly linked to the Chinese Army, had been caught breaking into a fake US water system. The MIT Review reported the hacking group thought they were hacking a control system for a US city but it was merely a decoy set up by a researcher at security firm Trend Micro, reported.

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THE 2014 Mercedes S-Class offers a $350 option that wafts perfume through the car. There are four scents: Nightlife, Sports, Downtown and Fireside. The system atomises the perfume and distributes it throughout the passenger area.

THE sun’s core is so hot that a piece of it the size of a pinhead would give off enough heat to kill a person 160km away. Source: QI television show

Did You Know? AT some point, genes from at least eight retroviruses became incorporated into human DNA. They now perform important functions in reproduction, yet are entirely alien to our genetic ancestry. PROFITS, AWAY! Walt Disney warned its Lone Ranger film would lose it $160m$190m after heavy spending on promotion failed to bring returns. But Disney said its Pixar movie Monsters University was doing better than its children's film Brave did a year ago, BBC News reported.

Did You Know? THE antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa was almost twice as strong as red wine, two to three times stronger than green tea and four to five times stronger than black tea, a study at Cornell University determined.

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Q: Via lactea is the classical Latin name for which celestial body?

Q: Which is the only number in English with its letters in alphabetical order? Q: Is Helsinki the capital city of Norway, Sweden or Finland? A: Finland

A: The Milky Way

A: Yazz

Q: What is the highest Australian mountain?

Q: What did baseballer Babe Ruth keep under his hat to stay cool? A: A cabbage leaf

Q: Which singer had a hit with the 1988 dance track The Only Way is Up?

A: Forty

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BLACK belt grading, Kyushin Ryu jujitsu, August 4, Sandgate. Visit:

WILLIAMS WALKS: News Corporation Australia chief executive Kim Williams quit and was replaced by former News executive Julian Clarke. Mr Clarke was the former chairman of The Herald & Weekly Times in Melbourne. More changes were expected to follow. Mr Clarke was due to start the new role on Monday this week.

A: Mawson Peak, on Heard Island, stands 2750m

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C BE KIND: Please place me back neatly for the next person to enjoy. THANK YOU! Health SWEET POISON: High levels of blood sugar raised a person’s risk of dementia, even if they didn't have diabetes, a US study the New England Journal of Medicine stated. Every incrementally higher glucose level was associated with a higher risk of dementia, it said.

Science FAKE FRIES WITH THAT? The world's first test-tube-grown beef burger had been cooked and eaten in London. The burger was created by scientists in the Netherlands at a cost of about $370,000 using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living cow, ABC News reported.

Business SERVICES SINKS: Activity in Australia's services sector slumped to a more than four-year low, driven by drops in sales and new orders. The Australian Industry Group's monthly Performance of Services Index fell by more than two points to a reading of 39.4 in July, ABC News reported.

Northern Life HIDDEN THREAT: One in three Australian adults had high cholesterol but only one in 10 knew it. That meant more than five million adults had high cholesterol, biomedical information collected by the ABS stated, News Corp reported. Nearly half of those aged under 45 had at least one of risk factor such as obesity.

Fun Fact THERE are 200-400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and a German supercomputer calculated there were 500 billion galaxies in the universe. Source: BBC Schools online

KILLER ‘CURE’: A plant extract used in herbal remedies for arthritis and gout had been linked to cancer and caused genetic mutations, scientists said. The gene signature of aristolochic acid was found in tumours from 19 urinary tract cancer patients from Taiwan, Google reported.

Odd Spot PEOPLE’S closest friendships were formed with their colleagues – particularly if their workplace environment was stressful, research conducted by the Lancaster University in the UK concluded.

IMAGE PROBLEM: The chairman of the Diggers & Dealers mining forum told more than 2000 delegates in Kalgoorlie that the public perception of the industry revolved around “high profits” and “billionaires and a culture of high living to the exception of the average Australian punter”, News Corp reported. EKKA, opening day, Thursday, August 8. DOLPHIN MEMORY: A scientist had found dolphins could recognise an old friend’s whistle, even after they had been apart for 20 years – the longest social memory recorded for a nonhuman. The studied dolphins ignored calls from unfamiliar dolphins but responded when an old tank mate’s whistle was played back to them. DESTINATION MARS: More than 100,000 people had applied for a one-way trip to Mars, the organisation planning the manned missions said. The Mars One project wanted to colonise the red planet from in 2022. There were financial and practical questions about this venture that hadn't been clarified, reported.

Fun Fact IF YOU drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side. Source: QI television show

Did You Know? AT the Santa Rita do Sapucaí jail in Brazil, inmates can pedal to generate electricity in return for a cut in their sentences - a day off for every 16 hours of effort on bikes hooked up to batteries. GROWTH TRIMMED: The Reserve Bank of Australia cut its growth forecast for the economy. In its latest statement on monetary policy, the RBA predicted the economy would grow by 2.25% this year. The forecast was down from 2.5% in its previous statement.

Did You Know? AN original Apple-1 sold for $US640,000 at an auction in Germany in November. The computer was priced at $US666.66 (about $US2700 in current money) when made in 1976, The New York Times reported.

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Q: Which is the only state in the US that begins with the letter ‘P’? Q: Is jujitsu a Japanese martial art or paperfolding craft? A: Martial art

A: Navel gazing A: Arthur Phillip

A: Paul Newman

Q: Cut, clarity, colour, and carat set the value of which gemstone?

Q: If you indulge in some omphaloskepsis, what are you doing?

A: Pennsylvania

Q: Who starred in movies The Hustler, Hud, Harper, and Harry and Son?

A: A diamond

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