Biscuit Throwing Contest In Dorset


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More than 700 people are taking part in a contest in Dorset, where the aim is to throw a biscuit as far as possible.

The savoury biscuits, which are made locally, are spherical and about the size of a golf ball.

How far do you think you could throw a biscuit? The record, set last year by Dave Phillips, is 29.4 metres (or 96ft).

Photo from BBC.

Helmet Air Cushion Invented


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Do you ride a bike a lot? Is your helmet as comfortable as you would like it to be? If not, why not try a neck cushion, which inflates when you are close to danger.

They have recently been invented in Sweden as a cycling helmet substitute. They have been in development for over 6 years.

They are much safer than average helmets and, because they are worn on your neck, stop you getting helmet hair!

Although it is thought the cost will go down, the current price is £370 per helmet, but still a good investment for cyclists.

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The Rubik’s Cube European Championships


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The Rubik’s Cube European Championships are being held in Poland this week, and to celebrate, we’re going to tell you the current world records!

Since the cubes were invented in 1974, many different kinds have been invented. Some are made out of keyboards, like the one above, and there are even battenburg cakes made to look like them!

The world record for the fastest 3x3x3 (standard) cube solved is 5.66 seconds. It was recorded at the Melbourne Winter Open in 2011.

The fastest average time for one person is 7.53 seconds, won at the Australian Nationals this year.

The fastest time for solving a cube with one hand is 9.53 seconds.

The fastest time for solving a cube blindfolded is 27.65 seconds, and was recorded in Belgium this year.

The record for the least moves to solve a cube is 20, and was recorded at the Czech Open this year.

And finally, the fastest time for a robot to solve a cube is just 5.270 seconds by CubeStormer II. More amazingly, the CubeStormer II was entirely made out of Lego and a Samsung Galaxy S2!

How close are you to any of these records?

International Day of the Girls Celebrations


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Yesterday, all over the world, landmarks were turned pink to celebrate International Day of the Girl.

Landmarks included were the London Eye, The Empire State Building in New York, The Pyramids of Egypt and even Niagara Falls in Canada.

In Colombia, families gathered in a busy shopping centre and released pink balloons into the air.

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Puppy and Kitten Become Best Friends at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home


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Buttons, the Jack Russel terrier puppy, and Kitty, the black and white kitten, have become unlikely friends at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Buttons arrived after she was born in a litter of eight puppies, but since she was the weakest and needed feeding by hand, she was taken to the home.

Not long after, Kitty arrived. She was abandoned at just a week old and was taken to Battersea Dogs & Cats home by someone who saw her walking past in the street.

Since they were both young and brought in at similar times, the staff decided  to put these two together.

They are hoping to re-home the pair together, as they are so inseparable.

Pictures from BBC.

Keira Knightley Attends V&A Hollywood Costume Exhibit 10 Days Before Opening


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10 days before the opening, Keira Knightley has had a photoshoot with her dress at the V&A Hollywood Costumes Exhibit. The dress was worn in Anna Karenina (2012), where she played the title character.


Also in the collection, amongst Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford’s costumes are Dorothy’s ruby slippers worn in the Wizard of Oz and Marilyn Monroe’s famous Some Like It Hot dress.

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Huge Burmese Python Found In Florida


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Today, a huge Burmese Python was caught in the Everglades National Park, in the state of Florida.

It is 5 metres long and weighs 74 kilograms, making it the biggest python ever caught in Florida. The average size for this species is 3.7 metres.

The researchers were shocked when they found out that the snake was actually pregnant, with a record 87 eggs.

These snakes are some of the deadliest in the world, and have been blamed for the decline of mammals in Florida. They eat animals as big as deer and alligators.

After further research, scientists plan to put it on show in an exhibition in the University of Florida.

First picture from BBC, second from Guardian.

Music Video Of The Week: All I Want Is Everything


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Okay, it’s not really a music video, but this is a dance rehearsal from the Nickelodeon show Victorious.

We recently found out that the show will not be returning for a fourth series, but it has not been cancelled – it has had around 60 episodes, similar to most popular Nick shows such as Zoey 101.

But here at the Gleeful Gazette we prefer to focus on the good news, such as the video above which Daniella Monet (Trina) posted today. The song is from the two part special Locked Up.

“Mini Minis” Helping at the Athletics


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If you’ve been watching the athletics at this year’s Olympic Games, you might have noticed a remote control Mini.

It is being used to carry javelins, hammers and discuses for people to throw, which are loaded into the sunroof.

The three vehicles take 80 minutes to fully charge, and can run for 35 minutes without power. It goes about 6,000 metres per day.

It is operated entirely by volunteers.

New Colour Images From Mars


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The robot rover Curiosity has sent back a colour 360 degree image of Mars. It used a large mast with a camera on top to get the best image possible.

NASA say that the pictures are very low resolution, but more detailed ones will hopefully be coming soon.

The rover took nine months to get to Mars, and is the fourth to be sent to Mars by NASA. This is by far the most high tech.