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Readers Digest Australia Oct-18

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TRENDS The sensory video craze sweeping YouTube: A guide to ASMR Does watching a video of someone eating a pickle or gently brushing their hair leave you feeling almost euphoric? ENVIRONMENT 7 Simple earth-friendly habits you can adopt today The key is to make small and sustainable changes in your daily life so these habits will become second nature. ENTERTAINMENT SAY NO TO THE KEKE CHALLENGE! Don’t get caught up in the latest viral dance craze. It could get you in trouble with the law! Join the conversation! PLUS Sign up to our FREE newsletter for more hot offers, top stories and prizes!…

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untapped potential

WHO HASN’T WOKEN UP IN THE MORNING of an important examination, performance or presentation and wished something dramatic had taken place overnight – that you’d become smarter than you were when you went to sleep? I certainly have. ‘The Amazing Science of Instant Savants’ (page 24) looks at the mystery of the sudden turnaround of the lives of four people with astonishing abilities, each one born with an average level of intelligence. Coincidence plays an important role in so many rescues, but the unexpected yet unbreakable common thread that ran through the events of this month’s Drama In Real Life, ‘Find My Son’ (page 42) is what makes this a particularly compelling rescue. With the clock ticking, three dads set out to search for a young driver feared lost in the…

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Stories About Real People Growing up in the 1980s, some of my earliest and fondest memories are of stretching out on a lawn chair perusing Reader’s Digest with my grandmother. For hours we’d share jokes and articles and enjoy the magazine together. I taught myself to read by sitting through decades of issues lying around my grandmother’s house. I was always amazed the stories were about real people. I felt I knew them. As an only child in a pre-internet era, the connection meant a lot to me. LAURA MOORE Jokes from Dad Thanks for your corny collection of Dad Jokes (Life’s Like That, September). My name is Amy, and every morning when my dad got me up for school, he would say “Ready, Aim? Fire!” Yes, apparently for him, this never got…

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flower man

I WAS ALMOST UNDONE by the kindness of an elderly flower seller at Sydney’s Central Station one evening. I was feeling as raw as the chill winds quickening the steps of the commuters who burrowed chins in scarves and hands deep into coat pockets. In many ways, 2018 had proven a tough year – a year of shedding. My teenage daughter had left home for university, my job of 23 years was no more, and a creative project I’d given my all to for years had also been abruptly called off. I also found out a person I’d thought was a friend was far from it. A year earlier, I’d dreamt about an earthquake. In the dream, a red light flashed inside a building and then the earth began to rock. Walls…

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an arabian night

Arthur Hagopan is a semiretired journalist and educator. He lives in Sydney, enjoys creating 3D animation and digital music and is working on a book. IT WAS JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT and I was slogging through the graveyard shift, putting the finishing touches on the morning’s lead story at the Kuwait Times – whose CBD office was located just a hundred metres from Kuwait’s Old City gate – when the phone rang. It was Yousuf Alyan, the owner and editor of the daily tabloid. A former diplomat, he spoke English and French equally fluently – the latter having picked up from his Parisienne wife, Christine. An Armenian born in Jerusalem, I worked in Kuwait from 1963-68. At the time, Kuwait, like much of the Middle East, was experiencing rapid economic growth because of…

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smart animals

EWE GOT A FRIEND IN ME ROSEMARY FRANCIS Woolly was already an elderly ewe when we inherited her in 2000. Her daughter, Cloudy, was also one of the small mob we adopted. They both quickly settled in their new paddocks on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula and were content to share the hillsides with a pig, a donkey, several goats and a few llamas. After several years we noticed Woolly wasn’t able to keep up with the flock. She stumbled occasionally and banged into fence posts. We also saw that Cloudy was staying close to her mother’s side. So, we put a dog collar on Cloudy and added some bells. As Woolly’s eyesight started deteriorating, she listened for the tinkling bells moving towards them. By the time Woolly was completely blind, she had learned…