Top videos: World’s oldest animals, Vegemite’s birthday and very weird Kiwi fun

This week, the world celebrated old legends, living and dead, including Bobi the dog and Peanut the chicken.

Additionally, a youth sub-culture in New Zealand is making some noise and the locals aren’t loving it, but we promise it is a rather wholesome movement.

Here are some of the trending stories you may have missed this week.

World’s oldest dog dies

This week, it was announced the world’s oldest known dog died at the ripe old age 31 years and 165 days.

Bobi was born into the Costa family in Portugal, but at first they didn’t plan on keeping him.

When Bobi and his siblings were born, it was decided the family had too many animals, so they were going put Bobi and his litter down.

However, Bobi was unwittingly left behind and the Costa children hid him from their parents. Eventually Bobi became a much-loved part of the family.

Leonel Costa was just 8-years-old when Bobi was born and he cared for him throughout his life.

Costa believes Bobi’s incredibly long life is all thanks to growing up in a peaceful environment.

Peanut the chicken

While we don’t know who is now the oldest-living dog, we do know the oldest living chicken.

Peanut is 21-years-old and lives in Michigan with owner Marsi Parker Darwin.

The average lifespan of a chicken is five to 10 years and Peanut secured her Guinness World Record when she was 20-years-old.

For her 21st birthday, Peanut was celebrated by a US Senator and given a tribute signed by the state’s governor.

The oldest living chicken on record was Muffy, who lived to be 23 and Darwin hopes Peanut will live past that.

Darwin says the key to Peanut’s long life is love.


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Vegemite celebrates a century

We can’t talk about an old dog and an old chicken without mentioning an old Australian legend that is still going strong.

Vegemite celebrated 100 years this week.

To mark a century, Vegemite has revamped its iconic ‘Happy Little Vegemite’ ad from the 1950s, which itself was inspired by a radio jingle in the 1940s.

And there is no shortage of merchandise to celebrate the milestone.

Graeme Hughes, the director of Griffith University’s Business Lab, said the brand’s consistent communications and marketing strategy had helped to keep the unlikely product as a mainstay of Australian culture.

“It’s a really positive and uplifting brand – you think of the jingle, it’s impressed into their communications and they have built on that legacy,” he said, describing Vegemite as one of the nation’s fundamental brands alongside Tim Tams.

“They’ve done a really good job in being consistent in their product and branding, and they haven’t swayed too far away from where they started.”

Siren battles favour Celine Dion, to residents’ dismay

“Siren battles” might sound super annoying, but they appear to be a misunderstood Pasifika youth-led subculture in New Zealand.

The idea is simple: teams use emergency sirens to blast the loudest and clearest music.

Celine Dion’s music is a favourite among those taking part due to the high treble content.

Many adherents say these battles which take place all over New Zealand keep the youth out of clubs, gangs and trouble, plus it teaches them a new skill and they have a sense of camaraderie.

However, residents are not happy and there is a petition going around in Porirua demanding that the music stop.

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