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1 Fart­ing Fine

Last year, a Ber­lin man was or­dered to pay a €900 fine af­ter fart­ing twice in the pres­ence of a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer. The leader of the po­lice unit said the in­ci­dent was an in­sult to his staff. The man, Christoph, ap­pealed against the fine and the case went back to court, and last week the judge agreed with the man’s right to fart in pub­lic.

2 Ro­man­tic race

New Zealand run­ner Jake Robert­son made sure the Great North Run was one to re­mem­ber, af­ter he pro­posed to his fel­low run­ner, Kenyan Mag­da­lyne Ma­sai at the fin­ish line! Jake (left) came sec­ond in the race be­hind Mo Farah.

3 tree of the year

The pub­lic is be­ing asked to vote for their favourite tree, as part of this year’s Tree Of The Year com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion is or­gan­ised by the Wood­land Trust, who have short­listed ten trees across the UK. Visit www.wood­landtrust.org.uk to cast your vote!

4 New choc­cie

A com­pany has made a new type of cho­co­late! Barry Calle­baut has cre­ated a pink cho­co­late, made from the ruby co­coa bean. The cho­co­late is said to have a fruity taste, but it’s not be­ing sold in shops just yet, so we’ll have to wait for a taste test. Boo!

5 Jeans for Genes Day

Has your school signed up for Jeans For Genes Day on Fri­day 22 Septem­ber yet? It’s not too late! The day aims to raise money for the half a mil­lion chil­dren in the UK who are af­fected by a life-al­ter­ing ge­netic dis­or­der. Find out more at www.jeans­for­ge­nes­day.org.

6 sporty bunny

Bini the bunny has set a new Guin­ness World Record for the most slam dunks by a rab­bit! Slam dunks are when bas­ket­balls are pushed (rather than thrown) into a bas­ket­ball net.

7 myth­i­cal crea­tures

Bri­tons know myth­i­cal crea­tures bet­ter than real-life fan­tas­tic beasts, a new sur­vey by ZSL (Zo­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Lon­don) has found. The sur­vey of 1,000 peo­ple found that we have greater aware­ness of myth­i­cal crea­tures like mer­maids, uni­corns and the Yeti than some of the world’s most unique real-life species, like the ax­olotl (be­low) or the num­bat.

8 Man v mon­key

Pho­tog­ra­pher David Slater has won a two-year le­gal bat­tle over the rights to a photo. A cu­ri­ous macaque took a selfie us­ing Slater’s equip­ment, but a row broke out over whether the im­age be­longed to Slater or the macaque!

9 Cat train

The first ever cat train opened for one day only in Ja­pan on Sun­day (10 Septem­ber). Pas­sen­gers were given the chance to cud­dle and play with around 30 cats, as they trav­elled around Ogaki. The un­usual event was held to raise aware­ness of stray cats.

10 back from the dead

Nala the bearded dragon sur­prised her owner by com­ing back from the dead! Nala was de­clared dead by a vet, so the Haspel fam­ily made a grave for their pet and buried her in the gar­den. Five weeks later, how­ever, they got rather a shock when Nala was found alive and well on the lawn! Bearded dragons can en­ter a state that makes it seem like they’re dead, where their tem­per­a­ture drops and they don’t need food or water.

11 top sauce

May­on­naise is sell­ing bet­ter than ketchup for the first time ever in the UK.

12 New notes

The new plas­tic £10 note, fea­tur­ing au­thor Jane Austen, went into cir­cu­la­tion this week. Austen is buried at Winch­ester Cathe­dral, which ap­pears on the new £10 note.

13 Com­mon­wealth games

Birm­ing­ham has beaten Liver­pool to lead Eng­land’s bid to host the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games. The Govern­ment will now have to de­cide whether to make a for­mal bid to the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion.

14 mu­sic break

Pop star Lady Gaga says she is tak­ing a lit­tle rest from mu­sic, but told fans she has “some things up my sleeve.”

15 Mov­ing plan­ets

Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing be­lieves we will be able to live on other plan­ets in 100 years. The fa­mous sci­en­tist says we must do more to ex­plore Prox­ima b, which is be­lieved to be the near­est po­ten­tially hab­it­able planet to Earth – even though it’s 4.2 light years away! Hawk­ing has also warned of the threats that hu­mans on Earth face now, such as cli­mate change and pol­lu­tion.

16 writ­ing comp

Do you love writ­ing? Alma Books is of­fer­ing ten chil­dren the chance to have their story printed in a spe­cial col­lec­tion. All you have to do is write a 500-800-word story about ‘jour­neys’ and get an adult to send it to: com­pe­ti­tions@alma­books.com, with your name and age. The comp is open to 7 to 11-year-olds in the UK. Find out more at alma­books.com/jour­neyswrit­ing-com­pe­ti­tion.

17 Xmas movie

Mariah Carey’s hit song All I Want For Christ­mas Is You is now a movie! The an­i­mated film will be avail­able to buy in time for Christ­mas.

18 Arena re­opens

Man­ches­ter Arena re­opened on Satur­day 9 Septem­ber, with a huge We Are Man­ches­ter char­ity con­cert. Co­me­dian Pe­ter Kay and singers Liam Gal­lagher and Pixie Lott per­formed. The event was held to re­mem­ber the vic­tims of the ter­ror at­tack that hap­pened at the arena in May, as well as to raise money for a memo­rial.

19 first ap­pear­ance

Prince Harry and his girl­friend Meghan Markle are re­port­edly set to make their first of­fi­cial pub­lic ap­pear­ance to­gether. It’s be­lieved the cou­ple will at­tend the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto this month.

20 Ru­bik’s record

Fif­teen-year-old Pa­trick Ponce has set a new world record by com­plet­ing a 3x3 Ru­bik’s Cube in 4.69 sec­onds!

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