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World CUT DOWN: Roman Pirozek, 19, was killed in front of his father after being partially decapitated by the rotor blades of a remote-control model helicopter as he played with it in a US park. Witnesses said the helicopter blades sheared off the top of his head and part of his shoulder, reported.

Australia POLICE PICS: NSW police cars were photographing the number plates of every vehicle they passed and storing the data in a vast searchable database, ABC News reported. Cameras on 280 vehicles were automatically taking snapshots of all the cars they passed, irrespective of whether they were suspected of an offence.

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. CAR MELT: A motorist said sunlight reflected from the “Walkie Talkie” - one of several flashy towers being built in London’s City - warped his Jaguar which he had parked across the road, ABC News reported. The skyscraper's developers blamed the problem on the position of the sun at certain times of day.

Entertainment LOW WATTAGE: Naomi Watts stormed out of a BBC interview, apparently unhappy with questions related to the savage criticism she had received for her role as Diana, Princess of Wales, reported. Watts previously said she felt Diana had “granted permission” for Watts to take on the role. WINSLET BABY: Kate Winslet and her new husband Ned Rocknroll (yes, that’s his name!) were expecting their third baby, due at the end of the year. This is the third husband for Winslet, who had a daughter, Mia, 12, to first husband Jim Threapleton and a son, Joe, 9, to second husband, Sam Mendes, reported.

SHOP INSULT: An American girl on a shopping trip for her birthday was asked to leave a clothing store by an employee as she was “too big”. “I walked in and the lady at the front counter said, ‘Hey, you're too big to be in this store, I need you to leave’,” Shelby Buster, 14, told KEZI 9 News, Nine News reported.

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Volume 27 September 9’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

TV PAY DAY: Sophia Vergara, (Modern Family’s Gloria) had been named TV’s top-paid female actor, earning $30 million last year. Forbes put Vergara in top spot for the second year in a row, and a long way behind, sharing second place, was Mariska Hargity (Law & Order) and Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory) on $11 million each.

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World ROW BREWS: The Philippines accused China of preparing to build a structure on an uninhabited piece of land claimed by both countries in violation of a regional agreement. The Philippine armed forces reportedly saw three Chinese coast guard ships and concrete blocks in the Scarborough Shoal late last month. NAZI DIES: Adolf Hitler’s bodyguard and the last witness to the Nazi leader’s final days in Berlin died in Germany aged 96. During Hitler's last days in 1945, Rochus Misch lived alongside him in a bunker in the German capital, ABC News reported. He claimed to know nothing of the Holocaust when it was happening.

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. ELEPHANTS POISONED: Five people were arrested in Zimbabwe for killing more than 40 elephants with cyanide. The elephants were found with their tusks removed at water pools in a national park. It was thought to be the largest number of elephants poached in Zimbabwe in one incident, ABC News 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 MURDOCH AD REFUSED: Activist group GetUp was lodging a complaint with the consumer watchdog after commercial TV networks refused to play an ad criticising Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia. GetUp would lodge a complaint with the ACCC arguing the networks were blocking free speech, 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 WHOOPSIE … But News Corp accidentally ran the ad (see brief above) on the mobile phone websites of the Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier-Mail and It was displayed in nearly every top story during lunch-time – the peak period for online browsing – before being removed late in the afternoon, Fairfax reported.

MEANWHILE … Murdoch attacked Australia’s public servants while lauding the Coalition victory in the Federal election. The American media mogul took to social media site Twitter to accuse public sector workers, along with “phony welfare scroungers”, of sucking the life out of Australia’s economy, Fairfax reported. “Others nations to follow in time,” he wrote.

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 JOLIE JETS IN: Angelina Jolie and her tribe of six kids jetted into Sydney Airport at 6am last Friday. The clan arrived with nannies and headed to their hotel, Sydney Intercontinental. Jolie, 38, is here to film Unbroken. Sadly, Brad Pitt was not expected to join his family any time soon, as he was locked into filming in London. PACKERS SPLIT: Billionaire James Packer, 45, and wife Erica, 36, had split. The couple married in a lavish ceremony on the French Riviera in 2007 and have three children – Indigo, 5, Jackson, 3, and Emmanuelle, 11 months. Erica and kids had reportedly moved to LA. James was married to Jodhi Meares from 1999 – 2002.

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. OSBORNE LOSS: The son of ageing punk rocker Ozzy Osborne and TV diva Sharon Osborne, Jack, and his wife, Lisa, announced the late-term miscarriage of their second child, reported. Jack and Lisa married in 2012 and had a daughter, Pearl, 16 months. Jack was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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 LIVE LONGER: Sustained physical activity could add years to life, a study of more than 12,000 elderly WA men found. Researchers found 150 minutes of vigorous activity a week added two to three years to the lives of those men who stayed active for the duration of the 13-year study, reported. ‘FAT LETTERS’: Schools in 19 US states had started to conduct annual weigh-ins that tested for Body Mass Index, Medical Daily reported. Their measurements were then sent home to parents as reports, which noted whether or not the child was overweight. Kids had started calling the reports “fat letters”, Fox 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.

CODES CRACKED: US and UK intelligence had cracked the encryption codes protecting the emails, banking and medical records of hundreds of millions of people, according to disclosures by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden. They suggested some net companies gave the agencies backdoor access to their security systems, BBC News reported.

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KYUSHIN Ryu jujitsu demo, Sandgate State School Carnivale, Sunday, September 8. ‘RACIST’ APP SCRAPPED: A website and app called Ghetto Tracker, designed to help people avoid the “bad” part of town, was removed after it was attacked as racist. Featuring a smiling white family on the home page, Ghetto Tracker purported to be a travel tool for wary tourists wanting to keep out of trouble, News Corp reported.

Business GROWTH UP: Australia reported betterthan-forecast growth for the April to June quarter, boosted by gains in consumer spending. GDP grew 2.6% in the quarter, from a year earlier. Compared with the previous quarter, growth was 0.6%. Most forecasts were for annual growth closer to 2.5%, reported. GOING CHEAP: Houses were more affordable than at any time in the past decade, Real Estate Institute of Australia research claimed. According to the research, housing affordability had improved in the past two years with the proportion of income to meet repayments now sitting at 28.7%, News Corp reported.

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.

GAMBLING VIOLENCE: Researchers investigating links between gambling and family violence said they were shocked by the evidence. The Melbourne University study had found nearly half the family members of a problem gambler had experienced violence in the previous 12 months, ABC News reported.

BING BOOTED: Yahoo!7 had bucked a global alliance with Microsoft and Bing and struck an agreement with Google for search in Australia. That meant both search results and ads served would be powered by Google. In 2009 Microsoft and Yahoo! signed a 10-year deal whereby Bing would power Yahoo! Search, reported.

PACKER SWOOP: James Packer bought 9.4% of Zillow valued at $US298 million, becoming the second-biggest shareholder in the US real-estate website, after housing starts in the country rose to a five-year high. The company ran the largest US real-estate website with 61 million unique users in July.

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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 DRINKING DIP: Pregnant women were drinking less alcohol overall but the trend to cut back had failed to carry through to high-risk drinkers. A study found 34.8% of pregnant women reported drinking in 2011 compared with 52.8% in 2007. But high-risk drinking did not change much, reported.

Science MORE IS BETTER: Women could lift the quality of their offspring by mating with multiple partners, researchers said. A study of an ancestor of the chicken found mating with different males helped produce offspring more resistant to disease. The findings could be applied to other animals, including humans, News Corp 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

SELL UP: Resources billionaire Gina Rinehart said politicians should sell all taxpayer-funded art and decor, reject clean-energy programs, and let non-violent criminals pay to stay out of jail. She also called for a national day to celebrate mining, in an Australian Resources Investment magazine article. BANK BID: Retailer Coles would tackle the major banks head-on as it sought a formal banking licence, allowing it to add savings accounts to its financial services products such as insurance and credit cards. Coles was believed to be advanced in obtaining an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution licence, Fairfax reported.

CAFFEINE OVERLOAD: One in three teens might be consuming the equivalent of 10 instant coffees a day in energy drinks that could cause insomnia, anxiety and heart problems. A survey of 110 patients at Westmead Children's Hospital found 35% of teenagers consumed at least two energy drinks a day, reported.

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HIDDEN VOLCANO: Earth’s largest volcano, and possibly the second largest in the solar system after Olympus Mons on Mars, had been found deep beneath the waves about 1600km east of Japan. Tamu Massif was the same size as Great Britain and Ireland combined and its peak lay 2000m down, reported.

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.

CHECKS SKIPPED: One in two women were skipping mammograms because they were too busy. BreastScreen NSW surveyed 1000 women aged 50-74 and found half missed their appointment with most citing a “lack of time” as the reason - despite 95% agreeing the screening could save their life, News Corp reported.

WHALES TORPEDOED: The British navy killed three whales after mistaking them for enemy submarines during the Falklands War in 1982, it had been revealed. Two were killed by torpedoes fired from the anti-submarine frigate HMS Brilliant, and the third was attacked by one of the ship’s helicopters, The Plymouth Herald reported online.

BUILDING HIT: Australia’s construction industry continued to struggle despite low interest rates, with activity falling for the 39th straight month. The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index fell 0.4 points to 43.7 in August, reported.

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Did You Know?

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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