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Mark Knight cartoon for tuesday 23rd of November 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper

Should have called in an expert

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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons a teenage fangirl would have been the perfect option to pull off Channel 7’s botched interview with singing megastar Adele

This selfie picture taken on November 10, 2021, shows French balloonist Remi Ouvrard attempting to set a world record by standing on the top of a hot air balloon for the Telethon at an altitude of over 3637 meters, in Chatellerault, western France. (Photo by REMI OUVRARD / AFP)

Record ride on top of hot-air balloon

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A French daredevil has set a world record for standing on top of a hot-air balloon higher above the ground than ever before – and has this breathtaking selfie to prove it

Kids trick or treat in Halloween costume and face mask. Children in dress up with candy bucket in coronavirus pandemic. Little boy and girl trick or treating with pumpkin lantern. Autumn holiday fun.

Tips for a Covid-safe Halloween

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Halloween fun might look a bit different this year. Take a look at our tips for safe trick-or-treating and find out where this spooky tradition came from

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The amazing kids setting world records

Guinness World Records 2022 - Zaila Avant-garde - Most bounce juggles in on minute, most bounces in 30 seconds and most basketballs dribbled at once
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From the youngest magazine editor to a basketball and spelling prodigy, the Guinness World Records 2022 edition showcases some of the globe’s most amazing young people

Stunt pilot’s daring world-first tunnel flight

The plane flew through the road tunnels.
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Flying at an average speed of 245km/h, there was no room for error when Italian stunt pilot Dario Costa became the first person to fly a plane through a road tunnel. Watch the video

Mini-horse breeds happiness

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

The Big Pineapple’s Brisbane Olympics bid

Sunshine Coast local and Olympic Champion Clint Robinson at the Big Pineapple. Picture Lachie Millard
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Some Olympic mascots have completely missed the mark – but the Big Pineapple’s birthday bid to become the Brisbane 2032 mascot is a green and gold Queensland dream

New Barbie doll a hit with tennis star

Naomi Osaka shared photos of her new Barbie on social media.
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A new Naomi Osaka Barbie doll has been released ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and the Japanese tennis star hopes kids will love it as much as she does

Super Mario game goes for $1.56 million US

Super Mario 64 Nintendo computer game character.
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A mint condition copy of Super Mario 64 has sold for a super price, with a mystery bidder breaking the previous record to claim the game at a US auction

New Barbie doll celebrates Aussie role model

Barbie reveals Julie Bishop, as Official 2021 Role Model for Australia - crop 3
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Julie Bishop, Australia’s first female foreign affairs minister, has been honoured with her own Barbie doll to celebrate female role models and show girls they can be anything they want to be

Mystery person buys ticket to space

This undated image provided by Blue Origin shows an illustration of the capsule that will be used to take tourist into space. Space tourism companies are employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons. While developers envision ultimately taking people to orbiting habitats, the moon or beyond, the immediate future involves short flights into or near the lowest reaches of space without going into orbit.(Blue Origin via AP)
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An unnamed buyer has won an online auction for a trip to space next month on the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s 1969 Moon landing

Auskicker Jaguar is game for big Grand Final role

Jaguar Bogert, 6, was named Auskicker of the Week in round eight and will present a premiership medal to a player from the winning team on Grand Final Day. Picture: AFL Photos
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Imagine presenting a premiership medal to an AFL hero on Grand Final Day. That’s the big job pint sized footy fan Jaguar Bogert has after being named an Auskicker of the Week

Perfect pairing of pandemic symptoms

Mark Knight's cartoon, vaccine and toilet paper
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We’ve been well informed about the effects of the coronavirus on people, but Mark Knight observes two other symptoms appearing together during the latest Victorian lockdown

Matt Stanton’s guide to pranking

Mischievous young boy scaring his little sister on Halloween with a rubber spider
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Creating a great prank is just like creating a great story, according to Funny Kid author Matt Stanton. Here are his tips on how to do it

Aussie invention coins reveal national love of chocolate

KIDS NEWS: Australia Post's Great Aussie Coin Hunt. Lucy and Archie, both 7, pictured with a giant M for MILO. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Some of Australia’s best chocolate creations are being celebrated on new $1 coins – along with other great Aussie inventions

Funny photos have judges howling like hyenas

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Giovanni Querzani Bologna Italy Phone: Email: Title: ROFL Description: A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills. Animal: Panthera Leo Location of shot: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Surfing penguins, a frowning bird, a pouting boxfish and a laughing lion have had the judges of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 laughing a lot

Lego whiz builds mini hometown

Lego whiz kid Connor Brennan , 17, with his new model of the Adelaide skyline, on May 13th, 2021, at his  Redwood Park home.
Picture: Tom Huntley
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Teenager Connor Brennan feels right at home building with Lego, so it makes sense for him to create a mini version of his hometown, Adelaide

Aussie coins encourage conservation in kids

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured at home in Manly today is Iggy 10 and Atticus Jenkins 6, with Australia Posts Great Aussie Coin Hunt collectables. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Zookeeper and bushfire survivor Chad Staples says showcasing native creatures in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt is “so important” for conservation awareness

National Final here we come, say top scorers

Grade 4 student Jacob Matthews, from Derinya Primary School in Frankston South, is one of the state winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, run by Kids News, after scoring 30/30 in the State/Territory Finals. He will be among nine Victorian students vying for the title of National Champion and the chance to win a trip to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister.                      Picture: David Caird
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How do you spell success? Just ask the crop of super spellers who have won their way into the National Final of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee in perfect 30/30 form

Charlotte still queen of the playground

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos May 12, 2021: The stats on the most popular baby names are in ... for girls, Charlotte has come in at the top spot for the 8th time in 10 years and Oliver is the most popular boys' name. Picture of baby Charlotte, 5 months (wearing a bow), and Oliver, 7 months. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Naomi Jellicoe
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The 2021 Baby Names Report is out, which analyses trends over the past decade. For the eighth time in 10 years, Charlotte is the top girls’ name with Oliver also consistently number one for boys

Helping Aussies leave the kitchen table

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of May 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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Despite new childcare subsidies intended to make it cheaper for adults to go back to workplaces, Mark Knight wonders whether anyone actually wants to get out of trackpants and slippers

Why pranks can be good for you

Why pranking could be good for the soul (without going too far). Lifestyle and playful photos of Emily, her husband and their two kids in the yard with pranking props (rubber snakes/spiders). Colourful and casual clothing, eyes to camera shots for SMARTdaily cover photo.    Cassie, 10, and Jake, 8, in their room. Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Playing tricks can relieve stress and raise a smile – and kids who share their funniest prank could end up with a character named after them in the next Funny Kid book!

Kanye West’s sneakers sell for record $1.8 million

This handout photo courtesy of Sotheby’s shows the black high-top Yeezys worn by rapper Kanye West during the 2008 Grammy Awards. - A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1s worn by rapper Kanye West sold for $1.8 million, triple the previous record for sneakers, Sotheby's said April 26, 2021, as the market for rare sports shoes soars. (Photo by Handout / SOTHEBY'S / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy Sotheby’s" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy sneakers have smashed the record sale price previously set by a pair of Air Jordans

Hawk’s in the running for best teammate

Hawk Hodkinson, 13, ran 7km to get to his football game with Highett Football Club after his coach forgot to pick him up. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
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Junior footballer Hawk Hodkinson was so determined not to let his team down he ran 7.5km to his match after his coach forgot to pick him up

What it takes to be a YouTube star

Image of Aussie teen YouTube star ReeKid.  Supplied for Jonathan Moran.
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So, you want to be a famous YouTuber? Aussie teen ‘Reekid’ reveals how he did it, and the down side to his success

Super speller backs PM’s Spelling Bee

SMART: PM'S SPELLING BEE. Akash Vukoti , now 11, made history as the youngest ever competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US and has thrown his support behind the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee in Australia.
A child prodigy inducted into American Mensa aged three, he has since become a household name in the US, with TV appearances  including Dancing with the Stars and Little Big Shots. Akash has over 250,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Akash is pictured at home in Texas. Picture: supplied.
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US spelling whiz and YouTube star Akash Vukoti has some advice for students sitting the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee from today and those still planning to sign up before registrations close on March 24

Welcome to the Year of the Ox

ItÕs the year of the Ox and with the Chinese New Year approaching, Lion Dancers are doing their thing in Chinatown. 5 February 2021. Picture Dean Martin

Dancers - Raymond Nguyen (guy on right with Lion head), Long Taing (guy with glasses with lion head), Dung Huynh (ail on left ) and Dean Coleman (tail on right )
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Millions — perhaps billions — of people around the world are preparing for a very important annual celebration — Chinese or Lunar New Year. Here’s what you need to know to join the fun

When a wombat on the tennis court is normal

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 8th February 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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In a world turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, we have to expect the unexpected, even when the unexpected comes in the form of Ash Barty’s wooden wombat tennis trophy

Saving the day with a gorilla named Gertrude

Cover image for Code Name Bananas by David Walliams. Picture: Harper Collins
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David Walliams introduces Code Name Bananas, in which an orphaned boy named Eric makes friends with a gorilla named Gertrude and they save the day! With activity sheets to download

Student solves poem clues, finds treasure chest

CORRECTS CREDIT TO ADDISON DOTY - This undated photo provided by Forrest Fenn shows a chest purported to contain gold dust, hundreds of rare gold coins, gold nuggets and other artifacts.  For more than a decade, the 82-year-old claims he has packed and repacked the treasure chest, before burying it in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Addison Doty)
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The identity has been revealed of the person who solved clues written into a poem, then found a famous gold-filled treasure chest hidden more than a decade ago in the wilds of Wyoming

Peace and goodwill enduring themes of Christmas

Mark Knight's Christmas cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight
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Mark Knight wonders how Santa’s operations might look in the 21st century with social media, job cuts, mass manufacturing and low-cost couriers. At least we can still aim for peace and goodwill

Shiny metal thing disappears, another appears

An handout picture taken in November 2020 and released by www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro on December 1, 2020 shows a metal pillar on Batca Doamnei hill in Piatra Neamt, Romania. - A metal monolith which mysteriously appeared on a hilltop in northern Romania has sparked curiosity -- and mockery -- online, coming just days after a similar object was found in the Utah desert. (Photo by Handout / www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Another mysterious triangular metal pillar has been found next to an ancient fortress in the city of Piatra Neamt, Romania, days after one vanished without a trace in the desert in Utah, US

Santa gets special permission to travel at Christmas

Pictured in Cronulla is a socially distanced Santa with local girl Edie Docherty (7).
Children have had their minds eased knowing that Santa will go about his Christmas 2020 duties in a socially distanced fashion.
Picture: Richard Dobson
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt travel around the world but the Prime Minister has confirmed that no matter what happens to Australia’s borders Santa will be able to do his job

Mystery shiny metal thing appears in desert

TOPSHOT - This video grab image obtained November 24, 2020 courtesy of the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau shows a mysterious metal monolith that was discovered in Utah after public safety officers spotted the object while conducting a routine wildlife mission. - On November 18, 2020, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah. While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further.The crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock.The crew said there was no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there. (Photo by Handout / Utah Department of Public Safety / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Utah Department of Public Safety /HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Deep in the remote, Mars-like landscape of Utah’s red-rock desert in the US, a helicopter crew counting sheep stumbled on a mystery: A giant, gleaming metal thing embedded in rock

Unmasked! Aussies’ great effort in the pandemic

mark Knight cartoon on Victorians being able to stop wearing masks
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With his relaxation on wearing masks outdoors it seems Premier Dan has saved Victorians yet again, this time not from coronavirus but from weird facial tanning outcomes

Australian towns star in Monopoly special edition

Bundaberg features on a new Monopoly board game which also comes in puzzle form.
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Instead of famous streets in far-off London, a new Monopoly board features 22 Australian towns and regions to raise funds for communities impacted by bushfires, floods and COVID-19

Solving the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is said to have claimed more than 1000 lives over the past 100 years.
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Ships and planes have disappeared without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. But is there really anything strange going on? Kids News looks at the history of this fascinating phenomenon

Broomsticks for Muggles glide through the streets

Child actors (L-R) Rupert Grint, David Radcliffe & actress Emma Watson in 2001 film "Harry Potter & The Philosophers' Stone",   Watson/Actor movies scene broomstick
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Two men have been seen whizzing on broomsticks along the famously traffic-choked streets of Brazilian megacity Sao Paulo. The inventors’ goal is to create a new version of Quidditch

New technology beams sound into your head

Hearing test showing ear of young woman with sound waves simulation technology - isolated on white banner
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Audio technology to be unveiled this week beams music, games or movie soundtracks directly into your head without headphones or wires, which the developers are calling “sound beaming”

At work with a Sydney Harbour Bridge climber

Nick on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Picture: BridgeClimb
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Could Nick Hayes have the best job in the world? Or perhaps you think it would be the worst job. Find out what happens on a typical day for a climb leader on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Time to wave goodbye to the peregrine chicks

The peregrine falcon chicks on November 12
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As Melburnians stretch their wings after the lockdown, the city’s famous peregrine falcon chicks are also stretching theirs, hopping and flying backwards and forwards along their home ledge

Tell us about your favourite family holiday

ESCAPE: Northern Territory, Sarah Nicholson -  Cycling - Uluru (Ayers Rock). Picture: Sarena Hyland/Tourism NT
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Thanks to the kids who shared their family holiday memories with us as part of the Australia Go Get It campaign. Read our top picks

Robots get private viewing of art show

A visitor poses a robot that can be digitally controlled to explore the exhibition remotely during next to an art work during the press preview of 'Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis' at the Saatchi Gallery in London on October 29, 2020. - Lobsteropolis gives audiences the opportunity to view artwork in person or digitally via robots from the comfort of their own home in an innovation designed to make the exhibition   'lockdown-proof' during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION
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A gallery is holding a private viewing for robots and humans, allowing people and machines to wander through together. Meanwhile, a stolen robotic lawnmower texts its owner for help

Special ‘covid stamp’ printed on toilet paper

A customer puts a so-called "corona stamp" on a letter in a post office, as the 2.75 euro "corona stamp" is printed on three-ply toilet paper and sold individually as part of a 10 cm wide sheet, in Vienna, Austria October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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A European postal service has printed a stamp on toilet paper to reinforce an important coronavirus message — as Australia releases its own pandemic-related stamp

First for top dog handler

For the first time ever (since 1949), a woman has won the Tasmanian Working Sheep Dog State Championships. Carmen Blyth took out first place with her dog Somerville Spec. Camen with her sheep dogs Somerville Spec and Somerville Poppy. Picture: RICHARD JUPE
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Carmen Blyth — along with trusty dog Spec — has become the first female to win Tasmania’s Working Sheep Dog State Championships since the competition began in the 1940s

Artist’s illusions transforming the streets

Odeith's mural creates illusions. Picture: Odeith/Instagram
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A self-taught graffiti artist is becoming famous around the world for his ultra-realistic murals that transform the mundane into the magnificent, earning him the nickname “The Illusionist”

Fox without socks takes a liking to shoes

Looking to hunt down a feral pest before it takes a greater toll on our local wildlife.
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In a twist on the Dr Seuss story, a cunning fox is collecting shoes — but not socks — from front verandas in Adelaide, spreading them around the streets and hoarding them in its den

Starman in a Tesla Roadster car flies past Mars

TOPSHOT - This still image taken from a SpaceX livestream video shows "Starman" sitting in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit around the Earth on February 6, 2018. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago. / AFP PHOTO / SPACEX / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SPACEX" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Elon Musk’s car has just passed Mars after he blasted it into space in 2018. Elsewhere in the solar system, an object thought to be an asteroid is likely a junk NASA rocket wandering since 1966

Young TV cook’s advice for kids in the kitchen

Junior MasterChef contestant Etka,  13, from Melbourne. For Kids News
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A Junior MasterChef contestant is encouraging other kids to get cooking. Here are his tips for the best way to learn

All the action of the famous peregrine falcon family

Screenshot of a peregrine falcon sitting with its chicks. Picture: 367collinsfalcons.com.au
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Three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in a nest on the side of a Melbourne skyscraper. The birds are the stars of a live webcam watched by thousands of people around the world

All aboard Emily, the big jet to nowhere

ESCAPE:  ALICE SPRINGS, 2 MARCH 2018 – Qantas’ newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which features a unique Indigenous livery, touched down in Alice Springs today. Picture: Qantas 
Yam Deaming by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
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The Great Southern Land scenic flight is thought to be the fastest-selling flight in Qantas history, giving passengers a birds-eye view of Australia then delivering them back to where the flight began

Flush out some fun with Tina and Tom’s Time-Travelling Toilet

Tina and Tom's Time Travelling Toilet by Chris Taylor and James Crabtree. For Kids News
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Discover some fun facts about important moments in history with book characters Tina, Tom and Dog — and download their A-maze-ing activity sheets

Reality TV star to win 10-day space trip

In this image released by NASA/Roscosmos, the International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, on October 4, 2018. - In August 2017, a SpaceX capsule delivered a supercomputer to the International Space Station (ISS). After more than a year of testing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced on November 1, 2018, that it is opening the system to "over cloud" scientific experiments. (Photo by HO / NASA/Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/Roscosmos" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has confirmed it is involved in planning for the world’s first reality TV show set in space, with a seat for the winner already booked on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship to the ISS

Alligator-squeak research wins big science prize

3 year old Mississippi alligator.  She can live to over 100 years and grow to 4 metres.
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Scientists have won an international prize for research intended to make you laugh — and then think — for testing whether an alligator that breathes in helium squeaks like Minnie Mouse

Author Matt Stanton answers reader questions

Funny Kid series author and illustrator Matt Stanton. For Kids News book club
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Well done to all the kids who sent in great questions for Funny Kids author Matt. Check out his answers to 10 of the best

Meet the comedians in the animal kingdom

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Image Finalists 2020 - Photo by Tim Hearn. Caption: Hide and Seek. Animal: Azure Damselfly. Location: Devon, UK.
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We won’t ever know if these animals are trying to be funny but we do know they’re giving us lots of laughs. Meet the stars of the finalist entries in the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Fight over what’s right with fairy bread

Cafe Mama at Windsor : Fairy bread.
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Fairy bread is an Aussie party icon — a simple, old-fashioned treat that helps make a table of party food look good and feel fun, except there’s a lot of disagreement about how to make it

Dad and daughter make a winning ballet combination

Melbourne stonemason John Sione and daughter Zi, 12, won Queensland Ballet's online dance competition, Ballet Beat Drop Challenge. For Kids News
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A rugby-loving dad has teamed with his ballet-loving daughter to take out top prize in a global dance challenge. Check out their moves

Brain holds key to Antarctic ice ship mystery

A strange 'ice ship' has been spotted on Google Earth by eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists Credit: YOUTUBE/MRMBBB333
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Conspiracy theorists claim they’ve found a huge capsized ship about 160km off the coast of Antarctica but the mystery is most likely solved by looking at how human brains work

Another crazy year of Guinness World Records

Ayanna Williams - Longest Fingernails
Guinness World Records 2017
Photo Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records
For Kids News and Hibernation
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If you thought a pandemic would hold back world-record wannabes, think again. The latest Guinness World Records Book includes as many weird and wonderful achievements as ever

Vegemite needs you to sing its jingle

EXCLUSIVE - EMBARGOED FOR AUGUST 25TH, 2020, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, NO AUS

Happy Little Vegemites Lotus O'Brien (4) and Sophia Trengove (3)
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We know Vegemite tastes like Australia, but the company that makes it wants to find out what Australia sounds like, calling on the nation to give the spread’s classic theme song a new life

See the sights on a holiday to nowhere

ESCAPE: How I travel, Celeste Mitchell -  Italian ice - cream cone held in hand on the background of Piazza Navona in Rome , Italy  Picture: Istock
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Business is booming during coronavirus-related restrictions for a virtual travel company that helps you have a holiday without going anywhere

Whose big AFL grab will we sing about?

Knight cartoon for 10/8/20 on QLD looking to hold the AFL Grand Final
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The AFL Grand Final is one of the major sporting events of the year but everything about the 2020 season is different. Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could take the mark of the year

Virgin Galactic reveals space cabin design

Image courtesy of Virgin Galactic obtained July 28, 2020 shows the Virgin Galactic spaceship cabin design and seats. - Virgin Galactic revealed the cabin interior of its first SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity in a virtual livestreamed event on Tuesday. Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight. A pilot-controlled recline mechanism, optimally positions astronauts to manage G- forces on boost and re-entry and frees up cabin space to maximize an unrestricted astronaut float zone when in zero gravity. (Photo by Handout / Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVES
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For $350,000, passengers flying to space on a 90-minute Virgin Galactic joy ride will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below

Dog becomes essential worker during pandemic

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)
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A chocolate Labrador has been doing an important job to help people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering food in a straw basket around his neighbourhood

Old video game sells for $164,000

Super Mario
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A 35-year-old Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for more than $164,000, but the very high price still doesn’t beat the recent sale of an expensive Star Wars Boba Fett action figure

Yay! It’s time for school holiday fun

Kids News is on holidays!
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Kids News is taking a little break to enjoy the school holidays. In the meantime, try these Dr Seuss-themed activities. Enjoy! Have a great break and stay safe

There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

Generic dinosaur illustrations, tyrannosaurus rex.
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Google has a new feature that lets you view lifelike dinosaurs wherever you are through a smartphone camera with 3D augmented reality technology that works like Pokemon Go

Making ISO bears for friends to cuddle

Grace Holiday, 11 and Chloe Moore, 12 have made ISO cuddle bears to give to people with disability and illness who are still in isolating because they are at increased risk of COVID-19.Picture: RICHARD JUPE
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Grace and Chloe knew how much comfort a cuddly toy could be during the stressful times of social isolation, so they decided to spread the joy and make ISO bears for people to adopt

Kids’ author Matt Stanton’s tips for writing a great story

Author Matt Stanton. For Kids News Hibernation
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Are you struggling to come up with an idea for the Kids News Short Story competition? Don’t worry, these tips from Matt Stanton will get your imagination flowing. But hurry, time is running out to enter.

Could this be the Loch Ness monster?

Steve Challice's photo at Loch Ness sparked speculation of the famous Loch Ness monster. Picture: Steve ChalliceSource:Facebook
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A tourist’s accidental photo of a strange aquatic creature about 2.5m long has sparked new excitement about Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, the mysterious creature people love wondering about

Writing yourself into someone else’s shoes

St Monicas student 12-year-old Amaeh Reed, who won the Kids News Short Story competition in the age 11+ category last year. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
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Keeping up with world news gave author Amaeh Reed an idea for her winning 2019 Kids News short story competition entry. Amaeh explains how she got from the idea to the finished story

Dream job of Lego master builder

KIDS NEWS LEGO Master Builder Kieran Jiwa with 'Joey'. Picture: supplied.
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Lego master builder Kieran Jiwa — whose job it is to play and create with Lego for most of every day — has known he wanted this career since he was six years old

Characters’ stinky start to a winning story

Winner of last  years Kids News Short Story Competition, Rose Pullinger, 10 of Hobart. Picture: Zak Simmonds
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Rose Pullinger’s Emily to the Rescue was a winning entry in the Kids News 2019 Short Story Competition. She’s keen to enter the 2020 competition and shares some tips about story writing

These kids rock their kitchen

Elliot, 9, Lucinda, 11, and Lincoln Gabb, 9, posing at their home in Alexandra Hill, Brisbane 10th of June 2020.  They run Kids Rock the Kitchen, a cooking business.  (AAP Image/Josh Woning)
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Three young Brisbane siblings are turning a passion for baking into a sellout success, barely keeping up with demand for their scrumptious creations.

Collingwood fans react to big AFL news

Mark Knight's collingwood fan cartoon
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In this weekly series for Kids News, Mark Knight explains the news and the creative process behind one of his latest cartoons. Mark imagines Pies fans would have been outraged!

How your brain plays tricks on you

Light bulb with brain inside the hands of the businessman. The concept of the business idea.
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Optical illusions show us that a picture or an object in front of our eyes is only part of what we “see”. Our brain makes up the rest. Test yourself on these cool illusions to find out for yourself

Who’s most excited about going back to school?

Mark Knight's cartoon back to school
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Kids are returning to school as COVID-19 restrictions ease. After working from home with his kids, Mark Knight wonders who in each household is most looking forward to getting back to normal

Australian man’s new toilet paper world record

In this photo provided by Lucas Carberry, Jed Hockin poses in front of recycling cans and a basketball hoop in  Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Records are still being set even with many sports on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. There's a chance to be crowned world’s best in categories such as most soccer touches with a roll of toilet paper in a 30-second span (winner: Jed Hockin with 84) or by simply putting on socks in a timely manner. (Lucas Carberry via AP)
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A young Queensland soccer star has claimed his fourth Guinness World Record, despite most sport being cancelled during coronavirus-related restrictions

How to draw and animate your own minion

The team from Illumination, the animation studio behind movies including Despicable Me, The Minions and The Secret Life of Pets, show kids how to draw and animate a minion. For Kids News Hibernation ONLY
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They’re cute and very cheeky. And now you can create your own, with this step-by-step guide to drawing and animating a minion – just like in the movies

Lego Masters star’s huge toy collection

SA Home and LIfe mag . My Place with Trent Cucchiarelli from Lego Masters show at his home in Burnside. Photo : Nick Clayton.
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Lego Masters is over for 2020, but one of the competitors still gets to play with lots of toys. We take a look at Trent Cucchiarelli’s incredible collection of action figures, vehicles and play sets

Unleash the little scribes to make mischief!

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Beloved Australian children’s author Andrew Daddo says storytelling platform Littlescribe invites kids to imagine breaking all the rules

Record price for Michael Jordan’s rookie shoes

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 4, 1997 former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan sticks out his tongue as he goes past Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz during game two of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. - Michael Jordan believes the Chicago Bulls 1990s NBA dynasty would have stayed together for at least one more season if team chiefs had backed coach Phil Jackson.  The retired legend made his comments in the last chapter of hit documentary "The Last Dance", saying he would have re-signed a one-year deal had management kept the team together, including Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Jackson. (Photo by VINCENT LAFORET / AFP)
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Basketball star Michael Jordan’s 35-year-old second-hand shoes that aren’t even a matching pair just sold for $873,000 at auction, but that doesn’t quite make them the most expensive shoes ever

Gnarly home has its own skate bowl

Justyn Wood and Susan Chenoweth with Riley Wood 11. Justin and Susan are the owners of a luxury home in Hamilton that has a skate bowl in it goes on sale tonight. Pics Adam Head
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Imagine the fun you’d have living in this cool house. Pool parties with friends are just the start. How about your own indoor skate bowl?

Ball of cuteness and other winning nature photos

Mountain Hare Lepus timidus A confiding adult, high in the Cairngorms mountains, forms the shape of a ball as it grooms Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
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A photo of a mountain hare in a snowstorm that took the photographer several freezing weeks to capture has won this year’s BigPicture international nature photography competition

Aussie AI song takes global music prize

A scene from the AI song video Beautiful the World
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A three-minute song written by artificial intelligence that turned koala grunts, kookaburra laughs and Tassie devil barks into a kind of instrument has won an international music competition

All the action of the great Aussie penguin race

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Photo courtesy Visit Victoria
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A famous UK sports commentator in lockdown at home has narrated Phillip ­Island’s penguin parade 17,000km away to make up for the lack of live sports events

Spooky goings-on at night in the museum

A worker displays the 'Unlucky Mummy', from 945 BC, displayed by the British Museum during a press conference at Taiwan's National Palace Museum in Taipei 24 January 2007. According to the British museum, the 'Unlucky Mummy' is not a mummy at all, but rather a gessoed and painted wooden 'mummy-board' or inner coffin lid, found at Thebes. It is referred to as the 'Unlucky Mummy' as it has acquired a reputation for bringing misfortune. Some 271 pieces of antiques from the British Museum will be exhibited at Taiwan's National Palace Museum betwen 04 Febuary to 27 May 2007. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH
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British Museum guards have reported spooky goings-on including ghostly footsteps, strange lights and mysterious crying among the exhibits, like a real-life version of Night at the Museum

Put your thinking caps on to write a winning story

2020 Kids News Short Story competition logo
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Entries for the 2020 Kids News Short Story competition have now closed. We look forward to announcing the winning stories soon

Record history in your COVID-19 time capsule

Oscar has put a lot of effort in gathering informaiton, photos and items for his coronavirus time capsule.
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Kids News has produced a ‘time capsule’ activity book so children can document their time in isolation and how it’s made them feel so they can always remember this unique period in their life

Tassie mayor orders residents to take silly walks

John Cleese in Monty Python skit, 'Ministry of Silly Walks'
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Silly walking is encouraged along the Tasmanian town of Latrobe’s main street after the mayor declared it a jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks during the COVID-19 disruption

World’s strongest man lifts new record

Hafthor Bjornsson, who played “The Mountain” in The Game of Thrones medieval fantasy series has set a world record by deadlifting 501 kilograms
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A man known as Thor and The Mountain has broken the world deadlift record after successfully lifting an incredible 501kg, making the polar-bear-sized lift look easy

Aussies spreading joy with sidewalk chalk talk

EXCLUSIVE NEWS360 PREMIUM LOCKED CONTENT, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, NO AUS - Chalk Art: "T H A N K Y O U to our healthcare heroes and all essential workers helping us through this pandemic! Sending so much love and light your way." Picture: @karabellaa/Instagram

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People everywhere are covering footpaths with beautiful chalk art to spread joy during COVID-19, providing meaning to their lives, connecting communities and keeping children entertained

US military releases UFO videos to prove they’re real

The US navy has officially released three videos showing unidentified flying objects that sparked a resurgence in UFO research and speculation. (U.S. NAVY)
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Three videos of UFOs have been officially released by the US navy, sparking new interest in the hobby of researching sightings of flying objects that can’t be explained by science

Kids get creative at school to keep COVID-19 away

Students in China go back to school wearing 1m wide hats. (Photos courtesy of Zhejiang Daily). Twitter: @SixthTone
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Children in China are finally returning to classrooms after months of online learning, using creative thinking to find fun ways to keep their distance to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

Virtual safaris into the wild, from home

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Adorable Phoenix the lion cub at Mogo Wildlife Park. Picture: Supplied/ Chad Staples
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Zoos and wildlife parks across the country have risen to the COVID-19 challenge with livestreams from inside animal enclosures and broadcasting feedings, tours, talks and shows

Easter eggs, bunnies and traditions around the world

Isla Smith 5 of Hobart is ready for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Easter egg hunt at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
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For many, Easter means chocolate eggs, bunnies, hot cross buns and church services. Kids News researched why we celebrate Easter, when it will be and how common traditions began

Muggles invited free into Harry Potter world

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JK Rowling and Harry Potter are casting a spell to banish coronavirus boredom for children around the world after launching a free website for fans of the boy wizard

Take a virtual tour around the world

Walk the Great Wall of China without moving a muscle. PHOTO: Istock
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Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

Sneak peek behind the scenes at Disneyland

ESCAPE:  Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, the Disneyland Resort is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
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Disney is giving fans take a sneak peek behind its famous walls and letting children discover how rollercoasters and rides are made and how its special “lands” are created