10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning.

1. Tesla created the world’s best car commercial without spending a cent on advertising. This:


The live stream of Starman circling the Earth in Musk’s 2008 Tesla Roadster was so perfect, media couldn’t help but ask if it were fake. It’s one reason why people are still willing to order a Model 3, knowing full well it will probably arrive years late. Tesla shares were up about 2% in early trading ahead of the company’s earnings report after the bell.

2. And Snap’s surging stock cost sceptics more than $US375 million in a single day. The US President will like that – he reckons traders made a “big mistake” by sending the market tumbling down after so much “good news” about the economy. But it’s still wobbly and may have been triggered in part by rising wages. Rio Tinto thinks higher wages are on the way in Australia too. The greenback found buyers and the Aussie lost another 1%, but cryptos actually proved more resilient overnight.

3. Does it matter that we’re just learning Nationals leader and deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is weeks away from having a baby with his former staffer and girlfriend just two months after admitting his 24-year marriage had broken down? Yes. Yes it does.

4. The US President has small hands, but his arms are massive, and he wants the world to see them. Donald Trump has directed the Pentagon to prepare a grand military parade in Washington, DC, and while the Dems are freaking out, it’s not unusual for US leaders to show off their nukes if it thinks it’s required. Here’s what it looked like the last time Washington hosted one, in June 1991 to celebrate the end of the Gulf War, at a cost of $US12 million. And this is the one important way it would be different from a parade in China, Russia or North Korea.

5. Even more importantly, we found out where Trump’s ridiculous hair comes from – the back of his head:

That footage is so wild, some are assuming it’s fake. But it could confirm what a surgeon told us in 2015, that Trump had a hair transplant back in the 80s or 90s. And here’s some devastating news for everyone who thought Emmanuel Macron was Europe’s anti-Trump version of Justin Trudeau, because he’s handsome.

6. If you’re looking for a high-end, great-sounding smart speaker, should you buy a Google Home Max, or an Apple HomePod? If your budget isn’t an issue, here’s why there’s only one choice. (Hint: Not the Apple.)

7. In 2015, the city of San Francisco put Presidio Terrace – that’s the cul de sac, pavement and shrubbery – up for sale, because its well-to-do residents’ association failed to pay property taxes on it for more than a decade. So Michael Cheng and Tina Lam bought it for $US90,000, and all hell broke loose. Now they’ve had it taken off them, and they say it’s proof the wealthy get their way in San Francisco. But perhaps they shouldn’t have tried to sell Presidio Tce back to its residents.

8. And this couple are also annoyed at their address – because someone keeps sending it random packages from Amazon, and it’s getting creepy.

9. The Queen prefers to eat brown eggs because she thinks – wrongly – that they taste better than white eggs. But she doesn’t care what we think, and here are all the other things she scoffs and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And here’s what 9 Olympic athletes vying for gold in Pyeongchang eat for breakfast. Certainly not biscuits.

10. Quincy Jones, the legendary producer who worked with Michael Jackson and won 27 Grammys, just wrapped a wild interview with Vulture in which he admitted he used to hang out with “crazy motherf…er” Donald Trump, and even dated Ivanka when he was in his 70s. The Beatles, he said, were “the worst musicians in the world”. And Paul Allen can sing and play guitar like the ghost of Hendrix.

BONUS ITEM: Yes, that Paul Allen what founded Microsoft:

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