Wednesday, 2 September, 2020

Brissie set to host the AFL grand final; the world’s oldest hamburger; baked bean pies; and snakes drop in for breakfast.



24 year-old hamburger:

Snakes on a plate

Fred Hollows Humanity Award:

Indigenous Literacy Day:

Squiz Kids Instagram:






AFL Grand Final speculation has reached fever pitch, with an announcement expected this morning that Brisbane’s Gabba will play host to this year’s footy fest, and that it will be played at night, under lights. 

The AFL Commission – which is the game’s governing body – is meeting on the Gold Coast and is expected to make an official announcement today that Brisbane will host the biggest sporting event in the country – on October 24.

The Premiership Cup – which is the trophy awarded to the winning team – was loaded onto a plane from Melbourne to the Gold Coast yesterday afternoon. 

Expect wild celebrations in the Brissie streets …



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops. And today we’ve landed in the United States … where a science teacher has revealed an almost perfectly preserved McDonald’s hamburger that she’s kept in a shoebox for 24 years.

Posting the reveal to TikTok, the teacher opens the packaging to reveal that the bread, meat pattie and small fries have barely broken down at all over the years. Normally, organic matter like food, would become mouldy and disintegrate. But not this super-burger – which seems to have mastered the art of not ageing. There’s doubtless a lesson in there about the preservatives that go into some foods … but let’s just put a link to the TikTok video in the episode notes and remind you all that there are some foods that are every day foods – and then there are others … ahem … that are occasional foods. 




Snakes for breakfast, anyone? That’s what a Queensland man was treated to on Monday when his morning cup of tea was interrupted by two massive pythons falling through his ceiling and on to his kitchen table.

The pythons – which are thankfully neither venomous nor harmful – were two of the biggest and fattest the local snake catcher had seen – both measuring over two metres long and weighing a combined 22 kilograms. Yikes. 

There’s a link in today’s episode notes to a photo of the snakes. Make sure you’ve eaten breakfast though before you look at it.




Today, we’re giving a big Squiz Kids salute to 12 year-old Zara Matthews from Kariong in NSW – who is about to hand over her crown as a Fred Hollows Foundation Junior Ambassador for her work raising money for school kids in Kenya.

For the past five years, Zara has organised a Kenya Help Day at her school – including lolly and second-hand toy stalls – to raise money for a couple of schools in Kenya, a country in Africa. In that time, she’s raised over $20,000 – and with that money, those schools in Kenya have been able to pay teachers, buy dairy cows so the kids can have milk each day, and even set up a bakery. Amazing what one person with a bit of dedication can do.

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award recognises Year 6 students making a positive difference in their community. And entries are open for this year’s awards.

If you know someone – or think you might be someone – worthy of a Fred Hollows Humanity Award – you’ve got a week to get your nomination in. There’s a link in today’s episode notes with all of the details.




Every Wednesday, we stick our head into the Squiz Kids kitchen to see what Rosie’s been cooking this week.

And this week, she’s whipped up a listener recipe, Alice’s Famous Baked Bean Pie – sent in by Squiz Kid, Alice Jones. 

Alice wrote to tell Rosie her mum bought too many tins of baked beans at the start of the coronavirus lockdowns – but she’s put those beans to excellent use.  

The recipe plus photos of the process and finished product are all on the Squiz Kids website.

Don’t forget: if you have a favourite recipe that YOU like to cook that you’d like Rosie to try… AND to feature in this segment – be sure to send it to: [email protected].




This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

  1. Which Aussie capital city is expected to be announced today as host city for the AFL Grand Final?
  2. What did a science teacher in the United States keep in a shoebox in her cupboard for 24 years?
  3. What fell out of the ceiling of an unsuspecting Queensland man’s kitchen this week?




Teachers in Victoria … do you read me? We know Squiz Kids in Victoria are doing it tough as you all enter the fifth week of Stage 4 lockdown there. So – in the hope it adds a little bit of brightness to their day: we want to do as many Classroom Shoutouts as possible in the next two weeks specifically from Victorian teachers to their classes … so send in your shout-out – and the message you want us to pass on to your class – to [email protected].

Meanwhile … it’s September 2 ….. National Indigenous Literacy day … where we all pull together to help indigenous kids right around the country learn to read and write. It’s an excellent cause – and I’d encourage any whose able to watch the special YouTube Live Event – starring the awesome Jess Mauboy – and streaming today at 12.30pm Eastern Standard Time. There’s a link in today’s episode notes. 

Happy birthday to these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today…    

Patrick from Crookwell, Bert from Willoughby, Connie from Camp Hill, Vraj from NSW, Evelyn from Doncaster, Pippa and Charlie from Richmond, Harriet from Bateau Bay, Sienna and Mehar from Melbourne, Issy from Bonbeach, Hisham from Calamvale, Sophie from North Sydney and Jake from Sutherland.

And a belated birthday shoutout… Anneliese from North Sydney

Happy birthday one and all!

Today’s classroom shoutouts…  5A at Montmorency South Primary School, Barmedman Public School, Ms Bell and 3B at John Colet School, all the kids at Double Bay Public School as well as Mrs Connon, whose birthday it is today, and 5/6T at Mount Pritchard Public School, where Miss Tran is also celebrating a birthday today.


  The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Brisbane
  2. Hamburger
  3. Snakes