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A Bloodletting in Australia

Australia’s first female prime minister Julia Gillard gets knifed by members of her own Labour Party ahead of the fall elections. Just where does this leave the party so close to an election? Do the Liberals even need to campaign with this kind of Labour self-destruction?H/T Next Media Animation


Supermoon Time-Lapse

Time-lapse cameras show a supermoon rising into the sky in Melbourne, Australia. Rob Gillett reports for ITN.

Australia’s Flaming Pink Slugs

Rangers at Australia’s Mount Kaputar have identified some rare species living in the park, including giant hot pink slugs and cannibalistic snails dating back as long as 180 million years ago.

Robber Gets Chili Reception

A would-be robber experienced chili burn when a fast food restaurant employee in Sydney, Australia, threw hot chili sauce in his face. A drunken Tyrone Holmwood, 24, reportedly became enraged when presented with the bill for his three medium salads. Rather than paying, he chose instead to help himself to the cash register, strike the server, overturn salads and generally go beserk.

One Moustache at a Time

Australia’s Adam Garone has an impressive moustache, and it’s for a good cause. A co-founder of Movember, Garone’s initiative to raise awareness for men’s health — by having men grow out their moustaches every November — began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it’s a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year.

The Goat Song

Australian radio personalities Fitzy and Wippa are on a roll. Earlier this week, we showcased their comic song explaining nuances of the Aussie language for the benefit of visiting US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Now, they’re back with a romantic ballad that will either leave you in stitches or else get your goat.

Aussie in One Easy Lesson

With talk show host Ellen DeGeneres visiting Australia, local Sydney radio personalities Fitzy and Wippa have whipped up an Aussie language lesson for her, with a little help from their friends Dailius and Julian Wilson.

Babes of Burlesque: 58


Circus performer, showgirl and burlesque artist, Strawberry Siren won the coveted Miss Burlesque Australia award in 2011.  Hailing from Melbourne, she calls her style of performance “Cirlesque.”  She’s acrobatic and also a shade dangerous. Wrote the Australian Stage, “Strawberry Siren stands out with her good looks and peculiar but hypnotic brand of Burlesque tease.”

Here’s a small, but quite delectable taste of what she serves.

In “Jail Bait,” she stages a prison “bustout” that puts her in Houdini’s class, although she certainly looks a lot hotter than the famed escape artist.

To visit her website, go to

Early Warnings for Meteors

Australian astronomer and popular scientist Fred Watson explains the significance behind Russia’s rare meteor strike and the Earth’s close encounter with an asteroid happening so close together. He says the incidents highlight the need for early warning systems so such celestial bodies can be detected and, if possible, deflected before they strike the Earth. H/T WorldNewsAustralia

Interesting enough, some of the best images of Asteroid 2012 DA14 came from Australia’s Gingin Observatory. Here’s a NASA video from the observatory showing the asteroid darting past the Earth.

Hijabs: Mandatory Headgear

An Islamic College has threatened to dismiss its non-Muslim female staff if they don’t wear headscarves. The new dress policy imposed by the Adelaide school has exposed a gray area in Australia’s discrimination laws.

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