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7-year-old goes on zoo rampage

A seven-year-old breaks into the local zoo. Sure, it's an unusual story, but you'd expect to hear that he just wanted to get a closer look at the animals and that his parents were relieved to find him safe and sound. What happened in Australia this...

Ping-pong ball saves girl's life

I'm a big fan of finding new uses for things, and this is a great example. A two-year-old Australian girl, born with biliary artresia, was undergoing surgery to receive a liver transplant when Dr. Albert Shun found a problem. It seems that the...

Nicole Kidman credits miracle pregnancy to waterfall swim

Whenever there's a rash of pregnancies among a group of friends or co-workers, you'll often hear the joke: "There's something in the water!" In new mom Nicole Kidman's eyes, however, that might really be true. According to Nicole, she thought she'd...

The Wiggles top list of richest Aussie performers

Moms and dads of the under-5 set know them well. They're The Wiggles, the colorful, noisy, silly children's musical group from Australia. I remember the first time I saw them -- pre-motherhood -- and I thought, "What the heck? Are they for real?" But...

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban want paparazzi to leave their baby alone

Unlike other celebrity parents with new babies, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have chosen not to sell pictures of their new daughter, Sunday Rose. In fact, they would prefer that the paparazzi not photograph her at all, and are asking for a little...

Australian couple loses court case over twins' birth

Nearly a year ago, an Australian couple made headlines when they sued their doctors for transferring two embryos during an IVF procedure when they explicitly said that they only wanted one. There was a mix-up in communication, and the doctor...

Children See -- Parents as role models

We've all seen it -- a child says something wildly inappropriate and shocks the adults around her. Her parents shake their heads, "We don't know where she gets this stuff." It's happened to me, and because my kids spend nearly all day, every day with...

World Youth Day begins

In a short while -- it's Tuesday there already -- the World Youth Day festivities will get under way in Sydney, Australia. With more than 200,000 attendees from all over the world registered already, the week-long Catholic festival promises to be...

Nicole Kidman has a baby girl!

It seems like she was only just starting to show off her baby bump, but earlier this morning Nicole Kidman gave birth to a baby girl. Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, who received both of her parent's last names, weighed in a 6 lbs, 7.5 ounces. Daddy...

Firehack flaming footbag foiled

When I was a teenager, I would have done just about anything to get one of these -- a footbag for playing hackysack that you soak in paraffin oil and light on fire. I suck at hackysack, but that wouldn't have made a difference -- this thing is...

Australian artist questioned over nude photos of teens

Authorities in Sydney, Australia have been talking to an artist whose exhibition was scheduled to open last week. The thing is, the show included photographs of teenagers in the nude. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called the photos "revolting" and...

Teen jailed for courthouse call

Kids these days! I tell ya! I can understand bringing your cell phone to court -- you might break down on the way there or back and need to call for a tow truck or you might just want to call someone afterwards and let them know you'll be home for...

School clique banned "ugly" people from joining

High school girls in Brisbane, Australia recently created an elite group they called "Club 21." The girls ranked themselves and each other based on weight, appearance, and popularity with boys -- the higher the number, the higher the ranking -- and...

Father wants school refund

Many people think that shelling out the money for a private school instead of sending their kids to public school means they'll get a better education and end up better off. Of course, that's not always the case. For one father in Australia, whose...

Are you my daddy?

Not long before he passed away, my dad and I were on our way to the Vintage Computer Festival and drove past the cemetery where my mother was buried. My dad, looking at the rows of gravestones, asked me "where is your father buried?" Now, I'm pretty...

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