10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning. Soon to be good afternoon, Friday drinks.

1. The Trump tax plan is out, and it includes a huge cut in the corporate tax rate to 20% from 35%. But there’s not much good news if you’re into Tesla, or a US millennial buying a home. Also out is Janet Yellen, with safe bet Jerome Powell set to take on the US fed chair job. The S&P struggled on the tax news and US dollar is down, a little. But the big mover was the UK pound, which took a big fall after the Bank of England raised rates to 0.5%. Bitcoin went ballistic, and has added $US1000 in the past week. Today is another big day in Australian data, with retail sales due to drop at 11.30am AEST. Here’s your 10-second guide to that.

2. How much time off are your coworkers blagging by stepping out for a smoke? Pilia, a marketing firm based in Tokyo, reckons it’s six days a year. So as of September, non-smoking Pilia workers have been getting an extra six days a year paid leave.

3.BI’s Richard Feloni is back home after his four-day stint hanging out with the world’s most famous life coach, Tony Robbins, at his Fiji resort, Namale. They swam, ate and did sets of gruelling exercises together. And ever since Feloni’s been back, the only thing people want to know about Robbins is this:

“What’s he like?”

So this is what he’s like. Really.

4. In today’s illegal MP news, it’s Josh Frydenberg’s turn to hit the books and see if he can make the Turnbull government well and truly becoming a minority governmemnt. It turns out Frydenberg’s mother was born in Budapest in 1943, and didn’t become an Australian citizen until 1957. The Hungarian citizenship act states: “The child of a Hungarian citizen shall become a Hungarian citizen by birth.” The question is, was Mrs Frydenberg ever technically a Hungarian citizen?

5. It’s hard to believe someone can make a living simply by trying to fly first class all the time and writing about it on the computer. But millennials do, and yet old people still say they know nothing about work. Today’s best travel blogger is Gilbert Ott, telling you how to get an entire row to yourself on an economy flight – for no extra cost.

6. The most alarming thing about Kim Jong Un is not his fondness for casually lobbing missiles over Japan, or his hair. It’s the fact he still thinks in-real-life is just like an 80s Hollywood action movie, and it’s perfectly normal to send assassins to kill all the males in his family. This time, his nephew was in the crosshairs. China reportedly blocked a plot from seven North Korean assassins to enter the country and kill the 22-year-old.

7. Khufu’s Pyramid – the Great one – still has some secrets to give up. A team of more than three dozen researchers has been scanning the structure using muons — high-speed particles created after cosmic rays strike Earth’s atmosphere. And this is what they found:

ScanPyramids Big Void 3D Artistic view inclined optionScanPyramids/HIP InstituteAn illustration showing where researchers used cosmic rays to locate a void in the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The space is about 30 metres long and sits above the passage that leads to the the tomb of Pharoah Khufu. But at least one archaeologist is unimpressed.

8. You might think you’re charismatic, but just about everyone else thinks they are too, and we know that isn’t true. So this team of researchers at the University of Toronto has come up with six questions that can ask yourself, and a scorecard, to learn the truth. But you’re really better off asking someone else to answer the questions for you.

9. A pizza war has erupted in the US, sparked by Papa John’s after its CEO blamed poor sales on NFL players’ national anthem protests. His net worth subsequently fell $US70 million in 24 hours. DiGiorno Pizza jumped in for a free kick at Papa John’s “dog s…” pizzas. Pizza Hut, suddenly became the pie of choice for liberals. As did Little Caesars when people started to learn that its founder had been quietly paying for Rosa Parks’ rent.

10. Meanwhile, Malcolm Gladwell took some time out to explore why McDonald’s fries don’t taste the same as when he was a kid. And found out that they really don’t, and there are excellent reasons why they should taste that good again some day soon.

BONUS ITEM: You’d ride speeder bikes around New York too, if you could. Skip to 1:02 for the Storm Trooper you’ve been looking for:

Have a great weekend.

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