20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!