Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

The great Australian vaccine race; Kenya’s camel-ccinos; meet the new Yellow Wiggle; and why Pepsi’s no good with pork.



Newshounds: Pepsi and Pork fake video: 


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Aaand… they’re off and racing, ladies and gentlemen, in the final stretch of the great Australian vaccine race — with the only question now being: who’s going to cross the finish line first – and who’s likely to come in last. 

As NSW, Victoria and Canberra emerge from lockdowns and Squiz Kids there gradually return to school, the leaders of the two states who are coming equal last in the vaccination race – WA and Qld – yesterday pleaded with their populations to roll up their sleeves and get vaxed. 

In the race among Australian states to get their people vaccinated, the ACT is currently leading the pack with 81.7 percent of its population double-dosed – closely followed by NSW, in second place with 81.6%,  Tasmania in third place with 69.4% and Victoria at a respectable 4th place – with 68%.

Dragging their heels and needing to get their vaccination skates on, according to their own leaders, are South Australia and the Northern Territory – with just over 59% each of their populations having received a second dose of the COVID vaccine – and, down at the bottom of the ladder – Queensland with 57.5% and Western Australia, on just over 56%.



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops … and today we’ve landed  Kenya … where camel-ccinos are all the rage.

What’s a camel-ccino, I hear you ask? It’s only a cappuccino made with camel milk, instead of cow’s milk.

The African continent is home to 80 percent of the world’s camels … and 60% of those camels live in East Africa – of which Kenya is a part. And while we’re used to drinking milk that comes from cows, lots of Kenyans in rural parts of the country drink camel milk instead. And now, in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, cafes are serving up camel-ccinos and camel lattes as more and more city-dwelling Kenyans discover the creamy goodness of camel milk.

There’s even a small camel milk industry here in Australia – in case you were keen to try it out yourself. 

Kenyan cafes also sell camel burgers .. with patties made from camel meat. I might give that one a miss … though, you know what your parents say every night at dinner: how do you know you don’t like something if you’ve never tried it?   




Any cricket players out there? Then you’d know that if you are a bowler and your stats were four-in-four – then you’re having a pretty good day. It means you’ve claimed four wickets off four balls … which means, you’ve hurled the ball down the wicket four times and each time you’ve gotten someone out. Which is exactly what Irish cricketer Curtis Camphour achieved against The Netherlands yesterday at the T20 Interational in the Arab city of Abu Dhabi.

The Irish are world renowned champs at many sports. Cricket’s not really one of them. Which is why Curtis is being hailed as a hero in his homeland of Ireland. 

Meanwhile: Australia just held om to win against New Zealand in their T20 warm up match – with star batsman David Warner getting out first ball. Ooops. 




And it’s a big Wiggly welcome to new yellow Wiggle, 15 year old Tsehay Hawkins, who was yesterday named to replace Emma Wiggle and will inherit her trademark yellow skivvy.

Emma announced she was leaving the super popular kids group early yesterday morning – after having spent eleven years in a skivvy. 

Tsehay – who is only in Year 10 at high school – was yesterday doing cartwheels of excitement about her new gig – one which you might say she’s spent years training for. 

A multi-award winning dancer, she has represented Australia at the World Latin Dance Championships, winning more titles than you can poke a big red car at. 

Tsehay – who was born in Ethiopia in Eastern Africa and adopted by an Australian family – has been dancing since she was little and auditioned for the Wiggles from her dance school in western Sydney earlier this year. She has a 10 year old brother, who was himself adopted from the South American country of Colombia … and who has suddenly become very cool in his school playground thanks to having a sister who’s a Wiggle. 



In this weekly segment, we get busy with Squiz-E the newshound, sniffing out fake news and misinformation – which is everywhere on the internet … and this week, Squiz-E has been sniffing around a very fishy story… actually, truth be told, it’s more of a porky story. There’s a video doing the rounds on social media claiming to show worms squirming out of a piece of pork when Pepsi is poured over it. But, as good newshounds, we know that whenever we see something on the internet that looks or sounds suspicious, we need to Stop. Think. And Check.  A quick internet search will tell you that yes, pork can have tiny parasites, which is why it’s important to cook it thoroughly. BUT… those parasites are microscopic! We’d never be able to see them with the naked eye. This pork-and-pepsi video is what’s known as a Zombie Claim. Even though scientists have said repeatedly that it’s a fake – like a Zombie, it keeps coming back from the dead. Yes, there’s a link in your episode notes, so you can spot for yourself how the fake happened.




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

  1. What sort of milk is being mixed with coffee in Kenya?
  2. In which country was new yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins born?
  3. Squiz-E the newshound found a story today that didn’t smell right: involving the pouring of what soft drink over pork? 




It’s October 20 … today is International Chef’s Day … if you know a chef today, give them a hug. If that chef happens to be a parent of guardian making your dinner tonight, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate them. A hug ought to do it. 

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today …

Mila from Invermay, Cesc from Fadden, Alexa from Chapel Hill, Mayah from Mornington, Lulu from Gatton, Hanna from Mitchelton, Ollie from Abbotsford, Delilah from Springwood and Arabella from Ashgrove. 

And because many of our friends in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney still aren’t at school we are sending out home learning herograms … Sierra from Erskineville Public School would like to send one to her student teacher, Ms Declase and thank her for all her hard work with the class last term.  Rachel sends a herogram to Mr. Cross at Majura Primary School and says thanks for being such an awesome maths teacher. Another herogram goes to the whole school community of St Macartan’s Parish Primary School in Mornington who have all been super supportive of each other during remote learning.  A home learning shout out to Finn, Noah and Phoenix who love listening to the podcast but especially love the S’Quiz. And one last herogram to Class 3/4c at Shoal Bay Public School & their teacher Ms Critcher.

And finally classroom shout outs go to classes 4T and 4D at St Joseph’s Primary School in Kempsey who are lucky enough NOT to be in lockdown.


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Camel milk
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Pepsi