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Man called Pineapple to become Queensland mayor

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The Queensland government is seeking to prevent a climate change activist named Pineapple from becoming the new mayor of Rockhampton. The elected mayor, Margaret Strelow, resigned after a scandal, meaning the role passes to her runner-up in the election: Chris “Pineapple” Hooper. Pineapple is a local climate and peace activist who travels around town barefoot and sleeps in a CBD shopfront.

Couple find pigeon carrier message from 1910

A couple hiking in France have found a cylinder containing a carrier pigeon message dating from 110 years ago. “I dug it up and I cut it to see what was inside,” Jade Halaoui told the Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace newspaper. The message, dated July 16 1910, was written by a Prussian infantry officer to outline military drills in the Ingersheim area when Alsace was under German control.

Aussie researchers find skull from Homo erectus cousin

Researchers in Australia say they have discovered a two-million-year-old skull in South Africa. The skull belonged to a male Paranthropus robustus, which the BBC describes as a “cousin species” to Homo erectus. “Most of the fossil record is just a single tooth here and there so to have something like this is very rare, very lucky,” said one of the team.

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