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1. BOAT RACE

The Ox­ford vs Cam­bridge boat race takes place on Sun­day 7 April. The two univer­si­ties will go head-to-head on the River Thames for the an­nual row­ing chal­lenge. The course is four miles long, from Put­ney to Mort­lake, and the team that com­pletes it the quick­est is the win­ner!

2. BABY BOGGLER

A lady in Bangladesh gave birth to a baby in Fe­bru­ary… and then had twins only a month later! Doc­tors say the un­usual birth hap­pened be­cause the woman has two wombs.

3. SCOUT BADGE

Bri­tish as­tro­naut Tim Peake has helped to launch a new Scout badge, ded­i­cated to sci­ence. It’s hoped the badge will in­spire young peo­ple to be­come sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers.

4. FREE TO WEE

Net­work Rail has scrapped toilet charges at the UK’s busiest train sta­tions. The toi­lets at Lon­don Liver­pool Street, Lon­don King’s Cross and Ed­in­burgh Waver­ley are all now free to use. Peo­ple used to have to pay up to 50p.

5. STOW­AWAY SCORPION

A woman from Kent brought back a rather un­wanted sou­venir from her trav­els – a live scorpion! Stu­dent Me­gan Royle was un­pack­ing her suit­case after a trip to South Africa and was ter­ri­fied when the scorpion leapt out and scut­tled across her room. She called the RSPCA to help, who took it to their spe­cial­ist ex­otics cen­tre in Brighton. Ex­perts there be­lieve the stow­away is an olive fat-tail, na­tive to South Africa.

6. CEL­E­BRAT­ING PARKS

Did you know it’s Na­tional Parks Fort­night from 6 to 21 April? The event en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to get out­side and dis­cover the UK’s 15 beau­ti­ful Na­tional Parks.

7. SPACE STUDY

NASA is of­fer­ing £14,177 for peo­ple to spend two months in bed! The space agency wants to see how par­tic­i­pants re­act to do­ing ev­ery­thing ly­ing down – in­clud­ing go­ing to the toilet! It’s hoped the study will help NASA to find ways to re­duce the ef­fects of space travel on astro­nauts. The study will take place at the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­tre and any­one tak­ing part must be over 18 years old.

8. PLAYER SUP­PORT

Chelsea player Cal­lum Hud­sonO­doi has been of­fered coun­selling by his club, after suf­fer­ing racist abuse. The 18year-old has been tar­geted dur­ing a num­ber of matches. Eng­land boss Gareth South­gate has also con­tacted the player to of­fer his sup­port.

9. POLL RE­SULTS

A top univer­sity of­fi­cial says that pupils’ men­tal health would im­prove if ev­ery school had a dog. We asked you: Should schools have ther­apy dogs? 77% of you said YES, while 23% of you said NO.

10. STRANGE CALLS

The Lon­don Fire Bri­gade has re­vealed some of the strangest 999 calls it’s re­ceived in the last three years. They in­clude a pet snake trapped in a ring in Houn­slow and a child with its head stuck in a potty in West­min­ster. The ser­vice has urged peo­ple to think be­fore mak­ing un­nec­es­sary calls.

11. SPACE BURGER

A burger landed at Colch­ester United Foot­ball Club – from space! The burger wasn’t sent by aliens, though. A YouTube star sent the Big Mac into space strapped to a bal­loon. It trav­elled around 24 miles up be­fore pop­ping and land­ing back on Earth, giv­ing the footie club’s groundskee­per rather a sur­prise!

12. LUCKY LOT­TERY

A man in Aus­tralia got su­per-lucky when he won the lot­tery twice in one night by ac­ci­dent! The man bought two tick­ets with the same num­bers by mis­take and became £25m richer!

13. SU­PER DOGS

A new IMAX film called Su­per­power

Dogs is cel­e­brat­ing heroic dogs and their in­cred­i­ble skills. One of its ca­nine stars is Ric­o­chet, who works with young peo­ple with spe­cial needs, as well as veter­ans suf­fer­ing from men­tal health con­di­tions.

14. KIND DO­NA­TION

James Arthur has do­nated £1,000 to a ter­mi­nally ill fan, after he had to pull out of a Teenage Can­cer Trust gig where he was due to meet her. The star ex­plained that he’d been suf­fer­ing from crip­pling anx­i­ety.

15. YOUTH VI­O­LENCE

A sum­mit on youth vi­o­lence took place at Down­ing Street this week. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said that tack­ling knife crime in Eng­land and Wales is a par­tic­u­lar pri­or­ity. The Gov­ern­ment has out­lined plans to hold teach­ers, NHS work­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers to ac­count for fail­ing to spot vi­o­lent crime among young peo­ple, but teach­ers’ unions are wor­ried. Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid has also granted po­lice new pow­ers to use stop and search more.

16. HAPPY BIRTH­DAY!

Bri­tain’s old­est men cel­e­brated turn­ing 111 last week! Alf Smith and Robert Weighton were both born on 29 March 1908. They’ve never met, but do send each other birth­day cards to mark their big day.

17. THANK YOU, VET

The Bri­tish Vet­eri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion (BVA) is launch­ing a #ThankYouTh­urs­days cam­paign, ask­ing pet own­ers to share thank yous for their vets and vet nurses. You can get in­volved by ask­ing your par­ents to post on so­cial me­dia us­ing #LoveMyVet/#LoveMyVetN­urse or by email­ing/post­ing your thank you to the BVA.

18. DAY FOR CHIL­DREN

The In­ter­na­tional Day for Street Chil­dren is cel­e­brated on 12 April. The day aims to recog­nise the strength of the mil­lions of street chil­dren around the world. It also en­cour­ages gov­ern­ments to do more to help.

19. SHINE A LIGHT

Six­teen-year-old anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paigner Siena Castel­lon from Lon­don has won the Child/Young Per­son of the Year award at the Shine a Light 2019 Awards. Siena was com­mended for launch­ing her own neu­ro­di­ver­sity cel­e­bra­tion school cam­paign.

20. FAT­BERG RE­MOVED

The gi­ant fat­berg in Sid­mouth, Devon, has been re­moved. The 64-me­tre fat­berg was made up of fat, oil and wet wipes. It’s taken more than eight weeks to get rid of it.

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