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PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am


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Don't worry, no kids were harmed during the making of this photo.

The creative snapshot is part of a project Jason Lee started for his mother in 2006. The wedding photographer began taking outrageous photos of his daughters in various acts of mischief after his mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He couldn't bring them to visit her for fear of contamination, so he needed a way to show her what her granddaughters were doing.

Most of the ideas for the photos come from the girls themselves and involve artificial lighting and a bit of Photoshop.

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Obama slow jams the news

Despite the presidential primaries and a scandal involving his security detail, US President Barack Obama has proved again you can be a politician and still be cool.

On a visit this week to a late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, Obama joined the host in a comedy segment called 'Slow Jam the News'. In it, the president informed the audience of his efforts to stop the US Congress from raising interest rates on student loans as the house band, The Roots, played a soulful groove.

The bit was a hit with the student-heavy live audience at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as all across the internet.

In other news ...

We all know how easy Google has made our lives, whether it's e-mail, chatting with friends or finding directions. Now, an Indian man has used satellite photos from Google Earth to reunite with his long-lost mother after 25 years apart.

In 1986, Saroo was five years old and working as a sweeper on a train in India. One night, he lost his brother after they both fell asleep in a train station. Assuming that his brother was on the train, he boarded the next one. Saroo then fell asleep on the train and woke up in Calcutta. Since he didn't know the name of his hometown, an orphanage took him in. He was later adopted by a couple from Tasmania and moved with them to Australia.

Eventually, Saroo began to use Google Earth to look for potential matches to his birthplace. He narrowed down the search area by calculating the distance the train would have travelled. This eventually led him to the town of Khandwa.

Then Saroo travelled to the town with one childhood photograph and hopes of finding his mother. Neighbours directed him to his mother's new home and Saroo's mum couldn't believe her eyes.