Ouch: study supports 'male idiot theory'

Dutch courage? Men are more prone to risk-taking behaviour.

CATHERINE RODIE A new study has used data to claim that men are idiots.


Pineapple puts dog on high alert

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Pineapples are certainly unusual looking – but to this dog, they're particularly alarming.

The 'Secret Santas' paying toy bills for strangers


Rob Crilly Wealthy 'secret Santas' are popping up across the country and paying off toyshop bills to spread festive cheer and help struggling families.

The danger of portable pools

Children under three years of age are the most at risk of drowning in portable pools.

LETITIA ROWLANDS They may seem like a great way to keep your family cool while having fun in the backyard over summer, but the Royal Life Saving Society Australia is warning parents about the dangers posed by portable swimming pools.

Marriage proposal goes horribly wrong

A crane crashed into the roof of a house when a man's wedding proposal went wrong.

A Dutchman's attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was a smashing success, but not in the way he had hoped.

I accidentally became a stay-at-home mum - and I love it


Hannah Shuckburgh Much to her surprise, Hannah Shuckburgh finds that being a stay-at-home mum is just her cup of tea.


10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas


Babyology It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

Not-so-bright spark disconnects street light for Christmas display

Christmas lights may be fun, but not worth possibly electrocuting yourself over ...

One bright spark has risked electrocution by disconnecting a street light outside his house to add that extra twinkle to his Christmas light display.


Facebook 'copyright notices' won't protect your photos

You already own what you post, Facebook says.

LARISSA NICHOLSON A viral post doing the rounds says it will shore up your copyright if you post it. But does it work?


Dead mouse found in rice paper roll

The mouse with the roll in which it was allegedly found.

A woman claims she ate part of a dead mouse after biting into a rice paper roll she bought at a Woolworths store in Queensland.


How to photograph food like a pro

Robert Charles Fairfax NZ

Every good cook knows the mark of a great meal is how it looks cropped and filtered on your Instagram feed. OK, maybe not. But let's be real, you're going to take photos of this year's holiday spread, so it might as well look stellar.

Top tips for DIY nursery decoration

Decorating your baby's nursery doesn't have to be expensive, but it certainly is fun.

AMITY DRY While finding out the sex of your baby does make nursery decorating a bit easier, there are still plenty of options for those who want a gender-neutral look.

City to sparkle beneath a million Christmas lights for SIDS and Kids

David Richards among the Guinness World record attempt for the largest LED light image display.

EMMA KELLY Well known in his neighbourhood for his amazing Christmas displays, David Richards is lighting up Canberra for a good cause.

Nine household items dirtier than a toilet seat

Only 50 bacteria live on the typical toilet seat.

LIVIA GAMBLE Cleaning up its bad reputation, here are nine household items that are dirtier than your toilet - and how to clean them.

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How do we get our kids to eat their vegetables and grow up healthily?

JODIE BENVENISTE How are children’s eating habits developed? How much control do we really have other them?


Woman swallowed by sinkhole while hanging out washing

The Spingvale sinkhole which is on the site of an old well.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS A mum of six who fell into a sinkhole in a Melbourne backyard remains in hospital.


Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Siobhan and her two boys.

Siobhan Kent Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.


Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

Dry conditions and a fungal disease have contributed to a chocolate drought.

Roberto A. Ferdman The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Model's family photo deemed 'inappropriate' by Facebook

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Australian model Rhys Uhlich has hit out at Facebook after a photo of his young family in the bath was deemed inappropriate.

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Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

Spike: Shoppers spent $8.5 billion on cigarettes and rolling tobacco with major supermarkets in the 12 months to June.

Mark Hawthorne One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Tips for a stress-free Christmas


Richard Meadows Here are some tips for a stress-free holiday that embraces the true spirit of Christmas, with none of the greed, one-upmanship or outdated traditions.


More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

More than 100,000 Australian cars have been affected by a recall over deadly airbags.

DAVID MCCOWEN The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.


10 great meals to make for new parents

Pork and fennel pasta bake.

DANIELLE COLLEY Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Laundry detergent pods 'a serious risk to young children'

Laundry detergent pods are being mistaken for toys or lollies.

Fred Barbash A study has shown that 17,000 US children swallowed brightly coloured pods, with many hospitalisations and one death.

15 gadgets to make cooking more fun


Jillian Kumagai Here are 15 gadgets that will help make cooking more fun and not just some mindless chore.

Kids don't fly: window and balcony warnings for summer

Window and balcony safety can help save a child's life.

Melanie Mahoney Families are being urged to do regular window and balcony safety checks following two events which saw children admitted to NSW hospitals after falling from windows.

Why Whirlpool's smart washing machine was a dumb idea

Whirlpoo's smart washing machine connects via Wi-Fi, can be stopped or started remotely, and pings your phone when its detergent is low.

Drew Harwell If you're wondering who would want to buy an internet-enabled washing machine, you're not alone.

What I took when my house caught on fire


Claire John If you had to leave your home in a hurry, what would you take? This mum thought she knew – until faced with the reality of a house fire.

Who would look after your children in an emergency?


Catherine Rodie The thing about emergency situations is that you can’t predict the circumstances. But it helps to have a plan in place.


Baby's life put at risk by ambulance safety seat debacle

Worrisome wait: Kate Anderson and her daughter Isabelle.

JAMES ROBERTSON Kate Anderson had been waiting for nearly five hours. Two-month-old Isabelle was sick and getting worse.

Partner doesn't want sex? Try doing the vacuuming

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Kathy Lette Men still do far less housework than women, with the old multi-tasking myth offered as an excuse.


Doctors who accept drug payments to be named on public register

The ACCC wants the names of doctors who accept payment from drug companies to speak or attend conferences to be disclosed.

LISA VISENTIN The Australian competition watchdog had demanded that pharmaceutical companies publicly declare the names of doctors who accept conference fees or speaker fees.

Should I speak out about our affair and derail his career?

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Emily Yoffe Many years ago I had a brief, passion-filled affair with a co-worker. I could now derail his political career. Should I?


Woolworths pulls offensive singlets from shelves


BEAU DONELLY Supermarket giant Woolworths has pulled its range of "racist" and "offensive" singlets after a social media backlash.

The child protection checks keeping kids from grandfathers, foster dads


Kirsty Needham Foster fathers and grandfathers are being barred from living with children for whom they are the primary carers after undergoing tough new child protection checks.

Missoni for Target hits Australian stores

Target for Missoni home range.

Melissa Jenkins Collection includes a large lifestyle range, featuring items like an umbrella ($99), outdoor serving tray ($30), and deck chair ($99).

8 laundry mistakes most people make

Overload: Don't wash it all at once.

Some of us have dirty laundry to air. Well, in the washing machine at least.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy


Babyology Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

How your surname can influence your personality


Brett Graff New research proves that the ordering of children in school by surname will have very real effects in adulthood.

Annabel Crabb's recipe for a family that works

Annabel Crabb.

SUSAN WYNDHAM It's probably not what Annabel Crabb intended, but the lingering image from her new book is of her spoonfeeding her new baby with jellied breast-milk because she would not drink from a bottle.

The truth behind the bread wars

Breads from Sonoma

Sue Mitchell The Australian bread market is worth around $4 billion a year - and a new price cut means it's war between the major labels and independent bakers.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

There are lots of hidden storage spaces to be found in the nursery.

LIVIA GAMBLE Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

Are we 'oversharenting' our children?


Jennifer Morton Many modern parents are creating a digital footprint for their children before their little ones can even speak, but are they going too far, too soon?


13 ways to reuse your baby's old crib, high chair, toys and more

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Brian Koerber Not only can you create new and interesting pieces that tell a story and hold countless memories, but you can help save the planet in the process.

Search for William Tyrell expanded

William Tyrell was last seen wearing his Spider-Man outfit.

RACHEL OLDING The search for three year-old William Tyrell has moved to a more "evidence-based search" in a further sign that the toddler may have been abducted.

'Can I take the normal one?': new allegations in baby Gammy saga

Explosive allegations surface of a frenzied scramble to offload baby Gammy when he was born, including abandoning him.

TAMMY MILLS Further details have emerged over the scramble to find a family for baby Gammy after his birth, including a suggestion to abandon him at a temple.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever


PETER HANNAM They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Pokies venues can fill childcare gap: lobby group

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Melbourne Age

Tom Cowie and Kirsty Needham More than 1000 licensed clubs can fill the childcare shortfall by opening childcare centres on their premises, the poker machine lobby says.


Modern etiquette: Is it okay to ask for money instead of gifts for a christening?


Nicole Thomson-Pride First it was weddings. Then it was engagement parties. Now it seems christenings are following the trend of asking guests for money in lieu of gifts.

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8 things my dad taught me about parenting

Girl and father

KYLIE ORR He taught me to question, to see the world beyond my own bubble and to stand up for those who are unable to defend themselves.


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