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World EYES STOLEN: A six-year-old boy in China was blinded for life after his eyes were gouged out in an attack blamed on organ traffickers, ABC News reported. Family members found the boy covered in blood a few hours after he went missing while playing outside. His eyes were found nearby but the corneas were missing.

Australia BETTER OFF: The belief that Australians' cost of living was skyrocketing was shown to be untrue by an analysis that revealed the average household was actually $5302 a year better off in real terms than in 2008, reported. The analysis showed wage rises were easily outstripping cost of living increases.

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. GENDER SWITCH: Bradley Manning, the US soldier sentenced to 35 years in jail for handing more than 700,000 secret files, videos and diplomatic cables to the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks, said he was a woman and wanted to be known as Chelsea. “I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female,” Manning, 25, announced.

Entertainment GREY STARS: Dakota Johnson would star as Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the global hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Johnson was the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, USA Today reported online. The film would be released on August 1, 2014. BOSWORTH WEDS: Actress Kate Bosworth, 30, and director Michael Polish, 42, wed in front of 75 family and friends on a Montana mountain top, with the new bride arriving in a stage coach being pulled by two horses, reported. Before meeting Polish, Bosworth dated Alexander Skarsgard and Orlando Bloom.

GONDOLA BAN: Gondolas were to be banned from the Grand Canal in Venice during busy parts of the day after the death of tourist who died when the gondola he was on collided with a water taxi. Also, the serenades honeymooners have enjoyed for centuries would only be allowed at night, News Corp reported.

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Volume 26 September 2’s Felicity Moore meets ABC presenter Richard Fidler while promoting The Parenthood.

PARENTS UNITE! Wavell Heights mother-ofthree Felicity Moore is helping drive a new advocacy movement of mums and dads working together to create positive change for kids. Felicity has taken a leadership role as one of The Parenthood’s two Campaign Directors. “We can stand up and make government and big business take notice of our concerns,” Felicity said of the national movement. “The Parenthood’s here for parents, like you and me, who are passionate about tackling the issues that matter and together, creating change.” Visit: Felicity also writes about parenting and family matters at

Did You Know? POP performer Madonna was the world's highest-earning celebrity in 2012-13, raking in $US125 million, ahead of Steven Spielberg at $US100 million. Source: Fairfax

RATINGS DIVE: The MasterChef season finale hit an all-time low, drawing fewer than half the viewers as last year. About 1.06 million watched Emma Dean take the crown in the “winner announcement”, with 921,000 watching the rest of the episode. Last year, 2.19 million viewed the winner announcement, Fairfax reported.

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World WORDS ADDED: Twerk (dancing to music in a provocative manner), Tweet, FOMO (fear of missing out) and Selfie (a camera phone self-portrait) were some of the latest entries in the Oxford dictionary. FIL (father-in-law) too was an official word and so was food baby (a big stomach caused by eating street food). ENEMY WITHIN: The US suspected individuals with connections to al-Qaeda and other hostile groups had tried to get jobs in the intelligence community, and it reinvestigated thousands of employees a year to cut the threat that one of its own may be trying to compromise secrets, according to a classified budget document.

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. NAZI TRIAL: Siert Bruins, 92, who served as a guard in Adolf Hitler’s elite WaffenSS troops went on trial on charges he shot dead a Dutch resistance fighter in the final months of WWII. His prosecution was part of a German effort to bring aging Nazis to justice before it was too late, The New York Times reported.

Odd Spot 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.

Australia UNHAPPY SNAP: A Canberra thief was nabbed after his photo was taken by a mobile phone he had stolen. The phone contained an app that discreetly takes a photo when a user puts in the wrong password on the phone three times in a row. The photograph was automatically sent to the owner's email account, ABC News 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 CROC CAUGHT: Rangers captured a 4.5m saltwater crocodile that had been terrorising fisherman on the Herbert River, about an hour north of Townsville. It was the biggest croc caught in Queensland this year. More than a dozen rangers worked for half a day to wrangle the 300-400kg beast out of the water, ABC News reported.

CHAIR COMPO: A Canberra woman was awarded more than $1 million for injuries suffered after her work chair collapsed in 2002. Since the accident Terry Anne Downie, now 51, had suffered symptoms from severe pain to a feeling like ants were crawling under her skin and had permanent sciatica and lower back pain, ABC News reported.

Fun Fact $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

What we learned is that for preventing weight gain, the intensity of the activity matters more than duration.”

Entertainment LUCKY THEY CAN SING: Grammatically incorrect tweets by Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga and others were being used by Red Balloon language school to help Brazilian students learn correct English. A Rihanna tweet example: “@She’s my rock so I hold on to she tight!!!”, reported. COMEDY STRIKE: About 10 minutes into his act in Hartford, US comedian Dave Chappelle stopped telling jokes and scolded the audience for being too loud ... then spent the next 25 minutes smoking and reading an audience member's book onstage, reported. He was being heckled and booed.

Odd Spot A CANADIAN couple was charged with animal cruelty after 40 ball python snakes and five eggs were found in a motel room. The reptiles - some a metre long - were in plastic storage bins. VALE FROST: Veteran British journalist David Frost was being remembered as an icon of broadcasting, after dying of a heart attack at age 74. Best-known for interviewing ex-US president Richard Nixon post Watergate, his five-decade career also spanned comedy and light entertainment, ABC News reported.

Did You Know? 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.

— DrJessie X. Fan, who led a US study based on data from about 4500 adults who were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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Health DRINK THREAT: Each alcoholic drink a woman consumed daily from when her menstrual periods started until her first full-term pregnancy increased her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 13%, said a fresh study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, News Corp reported. MIND PAIN: Mental health problems and substance abuse caused the most disability and poor health across the world, a report in The Lancet showed. Depression accounted for more than 40% of disability. Regarding illicit drug use, opioids caused the most illness, followed by amphetamines, ABC News reported.

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.

NET DETOX: A US psychiatric hospital would become the first to offer a program for net addicts, Fox News reported. The 10-week program, designed by experts with backgrounds in treating drug and alcohol addiction, cost $US14,000 started with a 72hour “digital detox”. Patients then learnt ways to keep net usage to a minimum in daily life.

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FERRIS Wheel fun, Ekka, People’s Day. CARBON BRICKS: A research pilot plant in Newcastle would trial world-first technology that turned carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction industry. The mineral carbonation technology copied and accelerated the Earth’s own way of sinking carbon, ABC News reported. It was part of an effort to safely dispose of carbon dioxide.

Business BACK TO BLACK: Qantas returned to profit helped by strength in its domestic business and the turnaround of its international arm but warned conditions remained challenging, ABC News reported. It posted a net profit after tax of $5 million for the 2012/13 financial year after a loss of $245 million the year before. SALES DIP: New home sales had fallen for the first time in five months. Sales fell 4.7% in July, seasonally adjusted, the Housing Industry Association said. Sales of new detached house fell 6.4% in July, the first decline since February. Sales of flats, townhouses and semi-detached houses were up 7.2% in July.

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.

BRAIN DRAIN: Scientists had found a link between type 2 diabetes and reduced brain function, issuing a warning for the elderly. The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study said older people who developed the disease experienced a greater fall in brain performance than those without the condition, ABC News reported.

MIND CONTROL: University of Washington researchers had performed what they believed was the first non-invasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. It caused the researchers finger to move on a keyboard, reported.

BOSS SHARES: For the second straight year, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing was giving at least $US3 million of his bonus to about 10,000 of his workers, Bloomberg News reported on Eighty-five percent of recipients worked in China and their average payout of $325 is nearly the same as a month’s pay.

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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.

Source: QI television show

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

Fun Fact:

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.

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 WAR CASUALTY: NZ’s Vietnam War veterans were almost twice as likely to suffer a common form of adult leukaemia than the public. A Otago University study found vets, who may have been exposed to chemicals including Agent Orange, had a 91% higher incidence of chronic lymphatic leukaemia.

Science BRAINS GROWN: Miniature “human brains” had been grown in a lab at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in a feat scientists hoped would transform the understanding of neurological disorders. The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus but were incapable of thought, BBC News reported.

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

INTERN ANGER: A former intern was suing fashion house Donna Karan International over his unpaid Manhattan internship in 2009, the New York Daily News reports. Vallentino Smith, 25, claimed he was told the internship would be a great learning experience but all he did was get coffee and organise closets. NET GAINS: The falling Aussie dollar had done little to slow the growth of online spending with foreign websites, although domestic retailers still accounted for 73% of net spending, the NAB Online Retail Sales Index showed. Online spending grew 14.2% to hit $14.1 billion in the 12 months to the end of July.

EGO BLOW: Men’s self-esteem dropped after a romantic partner’s success, while women’s remained unchanged after hearing similar news, a study found. Study author Kate Ratliff of the University of Florida said “there is some evidence that men automatically interpret a partner’s success as their own failure”.

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AIR KILLER: Researchers had discovered air pollution caused about 200,000 early deaths a year in the US. Emissions from road transportation were the worst, causing 53,000 premature deaths, followed closely by power generation at 52,000. Those who die from air pollution-related causes did so on average 10 years earlier than they otherwise might have.

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.

A STRETCH: The average height of men had risen by almost 11cm since the mid19th century, experts found. Data was collected on hundreds of thousands of men from 15 European countries. For UK men, the average height at age 21 rose from 167.05cm (5ft 5in) in 1871-5 to 177.37cm in 1971-5, BBC News reported.

DEEP IMPACT: A meteor impact in Canada might have been the catalyst that triggered the start of civilisation. Evidence indicated an asteroid or comet struck Quebec around 12,900 years ago. Scientists believed the impact caused a transition to a colder, drier climate around the world which had far-reaching effects, News Corp reported.

FINE FUTURE: Australia’s Future Fund generated a 15.4% return in the year to June 30. The value of the fund, which boasted average returns of 7.1% over the past five years, increased by $11.9 billion to $88.9 billion during the past financial year, thanks to an increased exposure to global equities, News Corp reported.

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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.

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

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 sea captain commanded the First Fleet to Australia?

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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