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Bob Weighton, the world’s oldest man, has celebrated his 112th birthday this week.

Mr Weighton was born on March 29th in 1908 and lives in Hampshire, United Kingdom. He has three children of his own, has 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Weighton was presented with his certificate by staff at the assisted living home where he lives.

A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records said that because of the COVID-19 outbreak, its officials were not able to reach Weighton.

When he received his award, Weighton said: “I can’t say I was pleased to hear the previous holder had died but I am very pleased that I’ve been able to live so long and make so many friends.”

Kane Tanaka is currently the oldest living person, celebrating her 117th birthday in January.

A group of wild goats have flooded the Welsh town of Llandudno.

With humans in isolation, the goats like peace and quiet and have the town to themselves.

Mountain goats usually keep to themselves but with no cars around or people, the animals are exploring into the towns.

Some locals have said “there’s no one around at the moment, so they take their chances and go as far as they can. And they are going further and further into the town’’.

There have also been sightings of the goats munching on peoples hedges and trees.

On March the 30th a martial arts expert named Muhammad Rashid broke a Guinness World Record in India.

He used his elbow to crush 256 walnuts in only one minute.

This former World Record was set by Indian martial artist Prabhakar Reddy who had smashed 229 walnuts.

Guinness World Record said Muhammad Rashid smashed 256 walnuts during his December 2019 attempt.

Rashid has set multiple Guinness records before such as breaking walnuts with his head, smashing beverage cans with his elbow and coconuts with his head.

by Milli Banbury 

Argentine has announced an exception to their lockdown rules – the tooth fairy.

Recently, President Alberto Fernandez ordered all but essential workers to stay home and off the streets.

But he had to change the rules after receiving a message from the mother of a seven-year-old boy who had recently lost his first tooth.

Using his mother’s Twitter account a small boy named Joaquin sent a message to the president.

Joaquin ‘s mum Cecilia, wrote: “Dear @alferdez, I need to ask if the tooth fairy is among those exempted from quarantine? Joaquin has lost his first tooth and we don´t know if we should leave him a letter (we can´t find the tooth)..”

President Alberto Fernandez reassured the boy an hour later that the tooth fairy was indeed on the official list of exceptions to the lockdown rules.

Kiwi Kids News will be asking New Zealand Prime Minister if the same rules apply to the New Zealand’s tooth fairy.

Sony has unveiled information about the new Play Station 5.

The new gaming system has been in development for nearly five years.

Sony’s current console – The PlayStation 4 – has been on sale for nearly six years, which is quite a long time for consoles.

PS5 lead designer Mark Cerny released some information about what we can expect.

However, they’ve STILL not revealed what the console or controllers will look like. The image we supplied is one person’s thoughts at this stage. What do you think?

PS5 will be able to play PS4 games. Bad news if you’re a retro gamer with a large collection of old games.
The new console will have 8K resolution, which means games and films in that format are going to be amazing.
The console will include 3D sound technology.

The famous song YMCA by The Village People will be preserved forever.

The US Library of Congress has decided it is historically important enough to add the disco anthem to its National Recording Registry.

This means the audio is considered culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.

The famous song has inspired partygoers to wave their arms around on countless dancefloors since 1978.

The National Recording Registry was established in 2000 and is tasked with identifying 25 titles per year that reflect the cultural heritage of the US.

The Village People’s disco anthem reached number one in more than a dozen countries, including the UK, although it stalled at number two in the US.

Check out the original video below.

A recent study has found that eating avocados improves concentration.

Avocados are high in lutein, which has proven to have positive effects on the brain.

Researches from the University of Illinois completed a 12-week randomised control trial.

They discovered that adults who are overweight or obese had an increase in cognitive benefits after consuming the fruit.

For the study, 80 adults were split into two groups and given the same meals. However, one set of participants included an avocado daily.

At the end of the study, those who had avocados had improved performances on a cognitive test which required them to focus on the task while being distracted.

Elisha Nochomovitz has probably become the first person in the world to run a marathon on a balcony.

Nochomovitz ran 42.2km (26.2 miles) back and forth, never leaving his 7 metre-long balcony.

He shared images of the feat online as a way to extend his support to medical personnel who were doing an “exceptional job” with COVID-19.

He also wanted to lighten the mood. “It was about launching a bit of a crazy challenge and bringing a bit of humour” he said.

He didn’t exactly make record time.

It took him six hours and 48 minutes. He got nauseous and worried the neighbours would complain about the pounding of his footsteps. But he did it.

How much toilet paper is a question lots of people seem to be asking.

Firstly, you don’t need to worry about this. We have heaps of toilet paper in our country. You will not go without.

However, that hasn’t stopped some people worrying and reports of people paying lots of money for a roll is all around the internet.

However, one website is certainly making the most of this situation.

The How much toilet paper” website has gone viral around the world as people see how much they need.

If you go onto the site you will see there are plenty of variables in play. I tried it with my family and the dicussion we had was hilarious. If you have a spare few minutes, get the family around the table and try and fill it out. It is a little fun.

If you are really serious make sure you click the ‘advance option’ tab. This opens up a new line of thinking and conversation.

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The coronavirus quarantine in Japan has not stopped one school from celebrating their graduation.

The students were so determined not to miss out, they built their virtual graduation ceremony – on Minecraft!

The father of one of the boys involved shared pictures on social media saying it looks as good as the real thing.

The students built a huge assembly hall with a stage and seating. They also had a red carpet for all the virtual classmates to walk down.

Minecraft has become a place for students in Japan to hang out, following the government’s decision to close schools two weeks ago.