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Classy football fan brings his own cheese plate to the game

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Sometimes you’re too fancy for a limp, overpriced hot dog. 

Like this dude who brought his own cheese platter during an Australian rules football match between the Melbourne Demons and St Kilda Football Club on Sunday.

Look, we’re not going to lie, bringing your own cheese platter for instant consumption sounds like quite the idea. The occasion however, is a little questionable.

Demons fans bringing cheese platters #AFLDeesSaints pic.twitter.com/XBqG6GxPk1

— Brendan Maloney (@OnlyBaloney) August 13, 2017 Read more…

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Café charges men more to make a point about the gender wage gap

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Here’s a way to get people talking about the wage gap.

Handsome Her, a café in Melbourne, Australia, that describes itself as a “space for by women, for women,” has created quite the kerfuffle for its “house rules” blackboard it erected recently, highlighting the gender pay gap.

“Men will be charged an 18 per cent premium to reflect the gender pay gap, which is donated to a women’s service,” reads the second rule of the board. 

The other rules include women have priority seating, and that respect goes both ways. Read more…

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Little girl rides her pony through a corner store to pick up treats

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You’ll probably get turned away from your local drive-thru riding on your horse.

But it’s not a problem at this corner store (or dairy, as they like to call it), located in Opotiki, a small town on New Zealand’s North Island. Well, if you can both fit in the store, obviously.

Here a little girl, 3-year-old Paris Smith, rides on her pony through the Tirohanga Beach Store to pick up some candy, in a video posted on the shop’s Facebook page on Friday. 

“Look, only in Opotiki,” a man can be heard saying on camera.

Riding through the store is apparently a long-running tradition, owner Ray Williams told the New Zealand Herald. Read more…

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HAIM's cover of Shania Twain's 'That Don't Impress Me Much' is seriously unreal

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The ’90s song you probably won’t admit you like — but secretly really, really do — got a cover from HAIM, and it’s out of this world.

Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” was covered on Australian radio station triple j, but instead of extending the rambunctiousness of the 1997 hit, the three piece went for a stripped back version that is really, seriously, quite unexpected.

HAIM also covered Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” last month, so look, it’s probably not going to be the last cover of the Canadian country singer we’ll hear from the band.

Can we get “From This Moment On” next? Read more…

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Seal pup found on farm is a long, long way from home

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Seals having a wander inland are an occasional occurrence, but this cub is perhaps a little too young to go walkabout.

Dee Knapp from Invercargill, New Zealand was looking for new lambs on his property when he saw what initially appeared to be an injured bird, reported the New Zealand Herald.

It turned out to be a baby seal, and boy, it was a long way away from home, as per a video uploaded by Knapp to Facebook.

“Well blow me away, it’s a baby seal in the middle of my paddock, in the middle of nowhere,” Knapp told the newspaper.  Read more…

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New Zealand lays claim to the 'British classic' that is mince toast

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The anger from Brits over mince toast was palpable. 

Mince toast! How dare the Americans — specifically food website Eaterclaim the dish was a “quintessential British comfort classic.” 

That was according to a video it posted on Monday, in which it visited London’s Quality Chop House. But many Brits said they’ve never eaten it.

British restaurant critic Jay Rayner, who once described upscale Paris restaurant Le Cinc as being decorated in shades of “fuck you,” weighed in on Twitter.

For god sake @eater what are you on? Apart from mince on toast, something I have never eatenhttps://t.co/1zfJTI18uG

— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) July 10, 2017 Read more…

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The 'Donutella Versace' is a monstrosity of a donut covered in gold flakes

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For many people, one donut is enough. For others, there’s the Donutella Versace. 

It’s a mammoth creation put together by Australian chain Doughnut Time, in celebration of the very important World Chocolate Day.

The Donutella Versace is a 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) monstrosity, topped with 10 different types of chocolate. 

The donut itself is made of Hersheys chocolate & cocoa, then it’s filled with Nutella and layered with a decadent chocolate glaze, chocolate flakes, chopped up Kit-Kat bars, Oreo biscuits, chocolate fudge brownie, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate chips and a miniature jar of Nutella. Read more…

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People are not cool with Katy Perry's Australian ad

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Don’t mess with the koalas, Katy Perry.

The pop star faced criticism for telling her pet dog Nugget “let’s go chase some koalas” in an ad for Australian department store chain Myer. 

But one veterinarian wasn’t cool with the koala, saying it reverses efforts to stop dogs coming into contact with the marsupial.

“Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas,” Queensland vet Claire Madden told the Courier Mail. Read more…

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Little Tasmanian devil experiencing snowfall is hardly what you'd call evil

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There’s something misleading about the name Tasmanian devil, because the marsupial looks hardly evil at all.

Don’t take our word for it though. Just look at this very adorable creature dealing with snow, which fell over the Tasmanian Devil sanctuary in Cradle Mountain, Australia.

Battling the winter cold, this little thing has become mighty popular on the sanctuary’s Facebook page, since a video of it was posted on Thursday.

The sanctuary, Devils at Cradle, is a conservation facility to help observe the lifecycles of the marsupial and the threats which face them. Read more…

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A biohacker named Meow-Meow implanted an Opal card into his hand. That's all.

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Public transit can be a nightmare. Endless amounts of people and fumbling with your transit card are pretty much unavoidable, and that’s before you even get on that crowded train. 

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, an Australian molecular biologist and the founder of citizen scientist lab Biofoundry, literally took matters into his own hands to find a solution to this problem.

Meow-Meow uses the Opal card — the equivalent of London’s Oyster card — to get on public transit in Sydney. Instead of remembering to bring the physical card with him every day, Meow-Meow decided to get a little bit creative. He had the chip from his card professionally implanted beneath the skin in his left hand. Read more…

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Sydney Opera House will light up with Indigenous Australian art every sunset

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The sails of the Sydney Opera House are often a canvas for projections throughout the year, but now the icon is set to be a display for Indigenous Australian art every sunset.

It’s called Badu Gili, meaning “water light” in the language of the traditional owners of the land the building sits on, the Gadigal people. 

The projection will comprise of a seven-minute animation exploring ancient stories, and will begin its appearance on the sails from Wednesday evening at sunset.

Image: DANIEL BOUD Read more…

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Politician breastfed her baby while speaking in parliament, because work never stops

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Talk about multi-tasking.

Larissa Waters, a Greens party MP in Australia, got plenty of plaudits earlier in the year when she was the first politician to breastfeed in parliament.

Now she’s the first to deliver a speech while breastfeeding, because well, sometimes work can’t stop. Here she is breastfeeding her daughter Alia Joy Waters, while submitting a motion on black lung disease.

How far we’ve come@larissawaters gives a speech while breast feeding! Yes! First woman in Australian parliament to ever do so#auspol pic.twitter.com/bBwshTvEHa

— David Sharaz (@DavidSharaz) June 22, 2017 Read more…

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Meet this adorable bilby named after the one-and-only Jane Goodall

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You may call this little Australian female bilby Jane — as in, after the legendary Dr. Jane Goodall.

The cute marsupial was named at a ceremony organised by RSPCA Queensland, and Save The Bilby Fund co-founder, Frank Manthey on Sunday.

Little Jane joins the orchid Dendrobium goodallianum, and the Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy in honouring the famed conservationist.

“Dr. Jane Goodall is a living legend and one of the greatest conservationists of all time,” Manthey said. “She’s been an idol of mine for so many years, and to finally get to meet her is, well, words won’t describe it.” Read more…

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Macadamia the koala joey is here to charm your socks off

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Macadamia is as cute as a button, or a tiny nut, perhaps more accurately.

The koala joey is the first of 12 babies at Australia Zoo this year, weighing only half a gram and being the size of a jelly bean when he was born.

Named by the Australian Macadamia Society, he’s spent seven months growing in his mother’s pouch and has only recently begun to explore the outside world. 

Joeys will spend up to 12 months with their mothers before going independent. In the meantime, go on and enjoy this very cute mother and son duo. Read more…

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Snow is hard to come by in Australia, so this guy created his own

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It’s winter in Australia right now, but snowfall is difficult to come by unless you’re in one of the few mountainous regions in the country. 

So if you want to see snow, you’ll have to travel — or get creative. 

As Roland Zopf from Bathurst, Australia, did when he built his very own snow gun, turning a patch of grass on the side of the road into a winter wonderland. Like many of the best Australian ideas, the concept was formed down at the local watering hole.

“It all started a number of years ago, when at the pub in the beer garden one night, a guy spilt his drink on the table and it froze. I said jokingly that it’s cold enough to run a snow gun here,” Zopf said via Messenger. Read more…

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Miss C, believed to be one of the world's oldest sloths, dies at Australian zoo

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For a sloth, Miss C lived a longer life than most.

The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth was euthanised at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo on Friday, following ongoing age-related health issues that were affecting her quality of life. At 43 years old, Miss C lived more than double her life expectancy.

“The average life expectancy of a sloth in the wild is about 10-12 years old, so Miss C truly was a phenomenal creature and believed to be the oldest of her kind in the world,” Adelaide Zoo’s Curator of Conservation and Native Fauna, Dr. Phil Ainsley, said in a statement via email.  Read more…

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Netflix is testing a price surge on your weekend binge

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That weekend Netflix binge you have been daydreaming about could soon cost you some extra dough. 

That’s if Netflix rolls out its evil plan to surge price your weekend viewing. You heard that right: Netflix is thinking about charging you more to sign up in prime binge-watching hours. 

The streaming giant is currently testing its devastating strategy on the poor ol’ folks in Australia. It isn’t enough that the company provides Australians with much less content than U.S. audiences, now it wants to send them broke too. 

As first pointed out by The Australian, Netflix is running a test that would see customers pay up to 20 percent more when they sign up to the service on the weekend. For users seeing the test, it reportedly increased the basic service from $8.99 to $9.99 a month, the standard service from $11.99 to $13.99 a month and the premium service from $14.99 to $17.99 a month.  Read more…

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Hey property bros, quit telling millennials to stop eating smashed avocado on toast

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Millennials like avocado on toast and soy lattes and expensive rents and ASOS clothes by the bucketload. They pay for it all with their outrageous, disposable incomes. And when they reach adulthood, they only want to buy a three-bedroom house with ocean views on the best street in town. 

In other words, they want to have the smashed avo and eat it too — and they’ll eat all the avocado they please, goddamnit. 

In recent months, it seems every smarmy rich dude and responsible adult in Australia — the place with the highest per capita consumption rate of ridiculous organic food types — has been preachin’ high and low about the pure disrespect for money that Gen Y has shown in their young lives. Read more…

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Marry your love of instant noodles and fried chicken with this incredible burger

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Instant noodles, ramen, whatever you call ’em — it’s always been there for us in our hour of laziness or when we’re short on cash.

But what if you could use it as a coating for fried chicken? Thanks to the brainiacs at Guilty, a restaurant in Sydney, Australia, you can live that flavour-heavy fantasy.

Think fried chicken sandwich, where the chicken has been coated with Mi Goreng noodles and deep-fried, topped with kecap manis (an Indonesian sweet soy sauce) mayo, pickled carrot and wombok, fried shallots and chilli sauce. 

My…my god. It’s beautifil.

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German insurance ad slammed for its 'cheap ripoff' of a Maori haka

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Unfortunate that it has to be said in 2017, but please don’t appropriate other peoples’ culture.

A German insurance company, ARAG, is facing online backlash for a TV spot that features a dance imitating a traditional Maōri haka, a culturally important dance performed on significant occasions and imbued with reverence. 

The ad features actors performing the haka, or at least a dance inspired by it, in the middle of a street, chanting in German.

ARAG said in a Facebook comment that the haka is “ideally suited to bring our messages across,” due to its “rhythm, impressive gestures and facial expressions and determination.”  Read more…

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'Irreplaceable' plant specimens destroyed by customs officials with no chill

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Fun fact: Australia’s custom officials are known for procedures teetering on the absurdly overzealous, thanks to the continent’s unique natural environment.

But those procedures are under investigation, after officials destroyed “irreplaceable” rare flowering plants sent from France. “They were the first type specimens collected of a species,” Michelle Waycott, chair at the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, told ABC News

“That would be the equivalent of material collected in the Flinders expedition, going and then destroying those. So literally irreplaceable collections and of high historic and scientific value.” Read more…

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Guinea pig police mascot is here to melt hearts and teach you about road safety

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You’re already used to the fuzz telling you about road safety, but what about a ball of fuzz?

We’re certainly a fan of what appears to be New Zealand Police’s newest mascot, a guinea pig named Constable Elliot, who is also dressed as a cop.

Just look at it.

Constable Elliot turns out to be not a well-seasoned member of the force, but rather a family pet of one of the members of New Zealand Police’s media team.

“According to his human ‘mum’ he’s pampered, and loves going on trips to explore new food supplies, which is what he was doing yesterday,” according to a comment by NZ Police on its Facebook page. Read more…

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Jeff Goldblum's handing out free sausages in a 'Chef Goldblum's' truck

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After news spread he’ll be in the Jurassic World sequel (yay!), Jeff Goldblum hit the streets of Sydney, Australia to celebrate…well we assume so, anyway. 

He was found casually handing out free sausages to people from a food truck on Wednesday afternoon, which just so happens to be called “Chef Goldblum’s.”

No, we’re not making this up.

And unsurprisingly, there were plenty of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of Dr Ian Malcolm/Mr. Goldblum, as his truck made its way from Wynyard Station to Circular Quay. Read more…

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Social media mourns world's oldest bare-nosed wombat, Patrick, dead at 32

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It’s not often wombats grow into their thirties, or get internet famous.

Residing at Australia’s Ballarat Wildlife Park since the ’80s, Patrick was both. After a long life and plenty of attention, the adorable bare-nosed wombat died on Tuesday aged 32. He was the oldest known wombat of its kind living in captivity.

Exceeding its expected lifespan by more than a decade, Patrick was a local treasure, gaining thousands of social media followers, won over by its bucked tooth smile.

“For Patrick’s age he has been in amazingly good health for the past few years, and only recently have we initiated geriatric care of a similar nature to dogs and cats,” Adrienne Lavinia, the park’s resident veterinarian, said in a statement. Read more…

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'Tragedy' on the Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching devastates for second year

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Little of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has now been left unscathed by coral bleaching.

A recent aerial survey by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has found the phenomenon leaving vast stretches of corals bone-white for the second year in a row.

A global bleaching event in 2016 saw an average of 67 percent of corals lost in the north of the reef, and scientists hoped 2017 would offer the delicate ecosystem a reprieve. The survey showed the opposite.

In 2017, scientists found the middle reef worst hit, leaving only its southern reaches untouched. This means two thirds of the reef’s corals have now been impacted by coral bleaching in a zone stretching for 1,500 km (900 miles).  Read more…

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Random Aussie quickly learns why you shouldn't heckle a police officer on camera

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Heckling a police officer is never a good idea. But doing it in front of a pack of press? Now you’re really asking for a trouble. 

An unknown Australian man man (beer bottle in hand) learnt that the hard way when he shouted “BULLSHIT!” during an unnamed officer’s address to reporters in Albury earlier this week, as per a video uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday by Prime7 News Border.

Unfazed, the police officer excused himself quickly upon hearing the heckle. He stopped the press conference, confronting the man and telling him to put down his beer bottle.  Read more…

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Lorde impersonator fools partygoers into thinking she's the real thing

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Lorde is from New Zealand, so the prospect of the singer dropping into a local party for an impromptu performance is unlikely, but not impossible.

Some attendees at the weekly “No Lights, No Lycra” party, which takes place at Auckland’s Grey Lynn Library, were convinced she was there performing Monday night. 

After all, the event had promoted a very special guest: “This week we have a bit of a surprise and you will NOT want to miss it,” read the event’s description on Facebook.

“No Lights, No Lycra” is an event where people can dance wildly in pitch black darkness without the anxiety of being looked at, as opposed to a nightclub.  Read more…

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'The Melbourne Jacket' is kinda crazy, but so is Melbourne's weather

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The weather in Melbourne, Australia is notoriously erratic — you basically need to carry around your entire wardrobe just to cope.

The morning might start off sunny, but you’ll get caught in the rain at lunch, be sweating by tea time and then freeze on your way home. 

But never fear: There’s a piece of clothing being designed to help you cope with it all. Aptly-named the Melbourne jacket, the project idea comes from Melburnian Aaron Tyler, an advertising art director by day, who got inspired after a real-life run in with the city’s mood swings. Read more…

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Bird staring at itself in this window is not having an existential crisis

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No, this bird isn’t having an existential crisis, despite appearances.

A bird in Queensland, Australia was photographed staring at itself in the window by journalist Nick Wiggins, with a sign above it.

“I’m a bush stone curlew. I’m fine. I just like to stare at myself in the window,” the sign reads, penned by “Caitlin from Wildcare Australia.” 

Of course, Twitter was happy to jump in with a collective “same.”

We’ve all been there pic.twitter.com/AKgnF9EoXb

— Nick Wiggins (@nick__w) March 13, 2017

Even with that logical explanation, it’s hard not to ignore the bird’s hilarious introspection, as it stares blankly at its own reflection — perhaps pondering at what’s become of its life. Read more…

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Dear Twitter: Please verify me. Love, Julian Assange.

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Fine, whatever. Julian Assange didn’t want to be verified anyway.

He does, however, seem a little p*ssed at Twitter. Calling himself a “deplorable,” the WikiLeaks founder tweeted Thursday that the social media platform has a “binary class system with proximity to power represented by ‘blue tick’ insignia.”

Twitter typically verifies celebrities and accounts “determined to be of public interest” with a tick. The process used to be invite-only, but anyone, including controversial Australians apparently, has been able to apply online since mid-2016. Read more…

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Justin Bieber does a mean impression of Jonah from 'Summer Heights High'

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Like many celebrities who’ve passed through Australia, Justin Bieber has been hounded by paparazzi.

Bieber tried to get away from it all by staying on the private Makepeace Island, located in Queensland. But it wasn’t far enough. 

Luckily, the ennui-filled pop star knows how to make light of a crappy situation — just do impressions of well-loved Australian TV characters.

One cameraman captured the Canadian singer angrily reacting to him being filmed, yelling “F*ck off” and flipping the finger at cameras. “Welcome to the Sunshine Coast, hey?” the cameraman responded. “F*ck you,” Bieber shot back.  Read more…

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Love Jay-Z and Beyoncé? Then a bar called 'The Carter' might be for you

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Matching a bunch of hip-hop and R&B icons with a bar seems like a idea we should’ve all come up with.

The Carter is a new establishment in Sydney, Australia, that’s dedicated to Jay-Z, a.k.a Shawn Corey Carter, and everyone’s queen, Beyoncé. ‘Cause who doesn’t love the Carter family?

There’s plenty of artwork dedicated to two of the most enduring and prominent names in music, oh and Kanye West is featured too. We’re just ribbing you Kanye fans, please don’t send angry emails.

Image: THE CARTER

“The Carter was inspired by New York’s great architecture, food and controversial entertainment,” the bar’s manager Chady Khouzame told The Music. Read more…

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Twitter is now marking entire profiles as 'sensitive'

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Twitter is trying to take on its troll problem in 2017, but the campaign is not without problems.

In addition to a range of tools aimed at filtering abusive tweets, the platform now appears to be quietly marking entire accounts as sensitive. 

On Thursday, a Mashable reporter clicked on the profile of technology analyst Justin Warren. Instead of showing his image or his tweets, the account blocked his profile image and included a caution: “This profile may include potentially sensitive content.” 

The reporter could still ultimately view the account, but only by clicking that he agreed to continue despite the possibility of seeing “sensitive images or language.” Read more…

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Kid who created his own campaign posters sure knows how to troll an election

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Election time means an overload of politicians chattering away, taking up plenty of screen and radio space. Then of course, there’s the glut of campaign signs littered in front of homes and hastily taped to electricity poles.

No one really pays attention to them, so 15-year-old Connor Barney decided to crash the party. 

Creating and printing his own campaign posters, he plonked signs alongside actual candidates for Saturday’s state election in Western Australia.

“I thought it would be a funny bit of comedy for the locals,” Barney said via email.  Read more…

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Shots of a passenger ferry going through intense waves are totally real

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Australia’s Sydney Harbour is far from what you’d call the high seas.

But recent windy weather has led to some rocky trips on the Manly passenger ferry, which have also led to some amazing photographs of the challenging waves faced by these commuter boats on Saturday.

Captured by photographer Haig Gilchrist, one particular picture of waves rising higher than the ferry’s short railings looks utterly terrifying. It’s not Photoshop, we swear.

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Woman filmed on CCTV putting hair in her meal before writing angry TripAdvisor review

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Among the worst dining experiences is to find a hair in the meal — but nothing is what it seems in this case of an Italian restaurant in Brisbane, Australia. 

A disgruntled customer left an angry review of Casa Nostra Ristorante on TripAdvisor, claiming she found hair in her food and the owners refused to take the meal off the bill. 

Image: screengrab/tripadvisor

But Casa Nostra owners, Sarah Biuso and her husband, hit back by posting a CCTV camera video on Instagram showing a woman who appears to grab a piece of hair from her head and put it on the half-eaten plate.  Read more…

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Social media influencers, it's time to be truthful about your #ads

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If you’ve been turning a profit on Instagram, it’s time to get your #ad house in order.

A new provision in the code of ethics, issued by the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), seems aimed at brands and influencers who hawk their wares on social media. Coming into effect Wednesday, the code states that sponsored content “must be clearly distinguishable as such to the relevant audience.” 

Some bloggers are using hashtags like #sp or #sponsored on Twitter and other platforms.

The world of influencer marketing, where celebrities, public personalities and bloggers get paid to promote brands across their social media accounts, is a nebulous one and notoriously difficult to regulate.  Read more…

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Get free flights to New Zealand, y'all. But only if you accept a job interview

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If you’re working in the tech world, New Zealand wants YOU. Specifically, the city of Wellington — self-titled tech and innovation capital of the South Pacific. 

A program called Looksee Wellington is giving 100 people free flights and accommodation to check out the city for a week. But there’s a catch. 

The city is yours to visit and explore, but you’ll also need to commit to pre-arranged job interviews with tech companies in the area.

The city is home to companies like accounting software group Xero and Weta Digital, who did the visual effects in Avatar and Lord of the Rings. Read more…

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Adele invites drag impersonator on stage to belt tunes and take selfies

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Adele fans love Adele the way she loves Beyoncé or raps Nicki Minaj’s verse in “Monster”: fiercely and loudly. And what better way to show it than via some gender performativity? 

One die-hard Adele fan, drag performer DJ Feminem was able to show off her devotion for the Grammy-winning singer IRL, when she was pulled up on stage during her first ever show in Australia.

There was singing, there was selfies. It was awesome.

Feminem was among the 65,000 people packed into Domain Stadium in Perth on Tuesday night, when “Some guy from the crew grabbed my hand and lead me onto the stage,” as she put it according to WA Today. Read more…

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America doesn't care anymore, detains beloved children's book author

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Imagine how America would react if Australia was mean to the late Maurice Sendak or even Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

That’s how the latter feels now, after hearing that beloved children’s book author Mem Fox was apparently left in tears after being detained for hours at Los Angeles Airport and accused of having the wrong visa in early February. 

Author of such subversive texts as Possum Magic and Ten Little Fingers, Fox told the Advertiser the experience was traumatic and humiliating.  Read more…

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Gorgeous shots from circumnavigating Australia, aka “The Big Lap”

Tom Rex Jessett and his fiancee Vanessa tricked out a panel van and drove all the way around Australia, a journey known as The Big Lap.

We spent hours upon hours driving, walked on hundreds of beaches, Watched nearly every sunrise and sunset as well as ate a whole lot of tinned food! 35,000km later we were back where we started, the big lap complete! Here is just a small selection of the photographs I took along the way as memories.

Bonus video: Catherine Lawson and David Bristow take newborn Maya all the way around Highway 1.

I Spent 9 Months Road Tripping The Big Lap Of Australia And Took These Amazing Photos To Remember It! (Tom Rex Jessett)

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Vandals removed all the train seats in this carriage and stacked 'em gently

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You need a “DGAF” attitude to start vandalising public property, but whoever did this is on a whole new level of ennui.

A train carriage near Sydney, Australia had its seats pulled off, then stacked so they perfectly blocked one end of a train’s exit. Now that’s boredom.

The sight was discovered by commuter Steve Mateer on Tuesday night, who also scratched his head at who possibly had the time to create such a scene.

“It must’ve taken them 10-15 minutes to do the whole thing,” he told 7 News. “With stations about five minutes apart, I don’t know how they did that.” Read more…

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Heroic dog 'Oddball' dies after a long life, protecting tiny penguins

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Last week, a dog died. Not just any dog. It was Oddball, the famous maremma.

Oddball was a lot of things: A penguin protector (seriously), loyal companion and the inspiration for a hit film, based on her life.

Oddball was part of a pioneering project developed by Allan ‘Swampy’ Marsh in order to protect the fairy penguin population of Middle Island in Australia’s south-west Victoria from local foxes and other assorted predators.

She was the very first dog sent to the island as part of the Middle Island Maremma Project, and definitively proved that maremmas were capable of protecting the at-risk penguin population. Read more…

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Wow, this gang of squirrel monkey babies is very adorable

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Babies are usually adorable, but these infant squirrel monkeys are absolutely going to steal your heart.

Four of these cute little guys have recently been born at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, with the youngest born only as recently as Jan. 10 and the eldest was born on Dec. 20.

“It’s a very exciting time for the family group of 17 Squirrel Monkeys. We are starting to see the older babies venturing off mum’s back and exploring the trees and ropes, and being very playful together,” primate keeper Janet Lackey said in a statement. Read more…

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Stop everything and look at this Instagrammer's incredibly surreal ocean snaps

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God bless Instagram. 

Case in point — the work of photographer Warren Keelan, a master of the still image whose snaps will have you looking at the ocean in a whole new light.

Keelan is based in Wollongong, Australia, and has been a photographer for years, chalking up a number of awards. To take the snaps, Keelan paddles out into the ocean on a surfboard, often at unfriendly times of the day and in inhospitable temperatures.

“The hardest bit is getting out of bed knowing I have got a wet wetsuit to put on in freezing cold winter and then swimming out in the dark by myself off the beach waiting for the sun to come up,” he said in an interview with the Illawarra Mercury. Read more…

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How GPS keeps up with the continent that's in constant motion

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Nothing on the Earth’s solid surface is static because all land is moving very slowly due to continental drift. This very slow movement affects everything around you in the same way so you can’t tell it is happening, unless you are able to very accurately measure where on the Earth’s surface you are.

The Australian continent, perched on the planet’s fastest moving tectonic plate, is drifting at about seven centimetres a year to the northeast. This is taking features marked on our maps out of line with the global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as GPS.

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Legal action over boxing livestream highlights Facebook's piracy problem

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The presence of questionable content on Facebook Live is nothing new, but getting sued for it? That’s a little more unusual.

Two Australian men may be facing legal action after they streamed a highly anticipated boxing match on Facebook Live. To the chagrin of the cable television company Foxtel, Darren Sharpe and Brett Hevers livestreamed the Danny Green versus Anthony Mundine fight Friday, ABC reported, with both streams attracting tens of thousands of viewers. 

A Foxtel spokesperson said Sunday it was “considering options” and taking advice from lawyers on the “very serious” matter. To watch the bout legally, the company required viewers to pay A$59.95. Read more…

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The White House just brutally burned Australia's Prime Minister

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If Australia thought it mattered to the new U.S. administration, the message is now loud and clear: Nah, not really.

In one week alone, details of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s call with Donald Trump were leaked to the press. He was apparently told by the U.S. president that he “was the worst call by far” on a day that included a chat with Vladimir Putin. Trump’s press secretary called him either “Trumbull” or “Trumble” multiple times. And now, they’ve gotten rid of him altogether.

A call sheet issued Saturday by the Office of the Press Secretary not only declined to mention Turnbull by name, it mistakenly (or purposefully) called him the “President of Australia.” If Turnbull was a “cup half full” kind of guy, he could look on this as a promotion. Read more…

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'Bachelor' contestant couple slam claims they're in a fake relationship

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It’s hard enough being in femmes same-sex relationship in an often homophobic world, but when you’re in the public eye, there’s even more chance people will doubt you.

The internet collectively rejoiced when contestants on The Bachelor in Australia, Tiffany Scanlon and Megan Marx, announced they’d found love with each other, rather than the “Bachelor,” while competing on the show.

But after fellow contestant and so-called “villain” Keira Maguire said their relationship was just for publicity and “definitely fake,” the pair have hit back at criticism.

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