Category: That Wacky Australia

| Posted in It Must Be Science!, That Wacky Australia, War on Animals

U.N. gives Japan something to wail about

Alright, alright. You won. But you don't have to showboat in the your-zone. It's called sportsmanship.
Alright, alright. You won. But you don’t have to showboat in the your-zone. It’s called sportsmanship.

It’s been a fantastic run by Japan, but it looks like one of the last few fronts in the War on Whales is shutting down. The International Court of Justice in The Hague ordered Japan to end its research on the enemy, all based on the flimsy argument that there’s no evidence that killing whales is research.

Did Japan only start killing whales for research after the 1986 moratorium? No. They killed 2, 100 in the 34 years before commercial whaling was banned in 1986. (Thanks, Star Trek IV.) So, it stands to reason that the 14,000 they’ve killed in the 24 years since is because they’re so much better at research now and not because research is the only excuse to do it.

So, thanks a lot, the U.N. And thank you, too, Australia, who took Japan to court over this in the first place. We could have learned so much about dead whales, but now we’ll get their songs stuck in our heads while studying live ones.

| Posted in Booze News, That Wacky Australia

The royal family needs ditch diggers, too

Prince Harry is watching you poop.
Prince Henry of Wales is watching you poop.

It pains The Guys to say that we missed out on the drinking event of the year: the joint Wounded Warriors expedition to the South Pole. Teams of wounded vets from the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S., as well as British Prince Harry and actor Dominic West, marched over 200 miles to the very bottom of the Earth. And once there:

 [Two] Australians stripped naked and ran around it, while Harry and the others went on a ‘two-day bender,’ sipping Champagne from bottles wedged in one of the prosthetic limbs of Duncan Slater, an RAF sergeant injured in Afghanistan in 2009[.]

That was on journey’s end. On the way there, the participants experienced a real treat: handcrafted toilets built by the man who could one day be king of England. And this was no hole in the ground with the Union Jack pissed into the bottom, neither. They included “blocks to keep out the wind and even a holder for the paper.”

And you thought the royal family wasn’t worth s**t.

| Posted in That Wacky Australia

Australia’s 20 minute nightmare now over

Throughout the 70′s and 80′s, in the United States, many a “very special episode” and even campaigns were made about the silent killer known as discarded refrigerators in junkyards (later, this blame would be shifted to carbon monoxide, the ebola-ridden food at Jack in the Box and Tide pods). Australia, in its attempt to one-up the danger quotient of the world, has its new threat: non-discarded and still in use top-loading washing machines.

A Melbourne man decided to prank his partner, and using ingenuity and presumably having never seen surprise videos on Youtube, felt that removing his clothes and hiding in a top-loading washing machine would be the most elaborate prank to ever rock his partner’s world. Unfortunately, the man became stuck inside the washer, possibly because washing machines are not designed for people to be inside them.

This seems to have turned into a national nightmare, as firefighters, paramedics and a search and rescue squad were called into rescue the man. After 20 long, harrowing, stress-inducing minutes, the man was extricated from the deathtrap through the use of olive oil. Looks like someone may have watched “Last Tango in Paris.”

Non discarded and still in use top-loading washing machines: the silent and shaking killer.

| Posted in That Wacky Australia, Zombies

World War O-Z

We at SG don’t trust Australia. Everything about the country has involved to be the worst. Their animals are the worst. Their hooligans are the worst. Their plants are the worst. Mind you, this really shouldn’t be too expected from a country that was founded first as a penal colony, but still!

And now the zombies are upon us. A man was seen Monday evening running down a freeway, cavorting as happily as he could be giving people hugs. With his head. And by people, I mean their cars. Worse so, witnesses likened his actions to the beginning “zombie” rush of World War Z (the lackluster film, not the spectacular book).

Police were investigating whether there were traces of alcohol or drugs in the man’s body, but let’s be honest, there was probably only one poison in his body: solanum.

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Katy Perry: Bioterrorist

Australian crops have still not recovered from the great frog invasion of 1995.
Australian crops have still not recovered from the great frog invasion of 1995.

If you read this blog, you’re probably a huge Katy Perry fan. So we don’t need to tell you that her newest album, “Prism,” debuted last month. However, it caused a biosecurity alarm in Australia.

The country’s Department of Agriculture grew concerned after finding out that Perry’s album contained seed paper, which she encouraged her fans to plant so that flowers could grow. The problem is, that can let in some invasive plant species, or even pests from other countries. After several calls were made, it was determined that the Australian-made albums were fine, but the imports had to be pulled from the market.

The Australian government has a standing order to shoot down her plane on sight when her tour arrives.

| Posted in That Wacky Australia, War on Animals

Now kangaroos think they can fly like people

When I was a young child, I thought Australia was the bee’s knees. So much wild stuff was happening there! And then I saw an episode of Lassie where the titular dog was threatened by a kangaroo on the loose. As in, legitimate “the dog could be killed by the marsupial” danger.

Australia was taken off my list and so were kangaroos.

Now kangaroos are on the move. No longer fit to just have their own land, kangaroos are sending scouts into airports, potentially to hijack planes. No heed is paid to the state of their scouts, bleeding all over clean (enough) airport floors. No worry is paid to the laws of man, attempting to take any and all medicines that might aid their healing, but definitely will aid the healing of a hungover tourist.

We hate to say it but we will: our (airport) borders need to be strengthened.

| Posted in Booze News, That Wacky Australia, War on Animals

Foreign animals have drinking problems

Our worst fears continue to be realized: animals have come to take our booze.

In Australia, a land that is designed to kill everything, around campsites, murder of the most important degree took place. While campers slept, a monster crept into to their camps, guzzled cans of their beer and then ran off, the horrific damage it had created been over. This took place over a series of days.

That’s right: a feral pig went Jason Voorhees on a bunch of Australian beer. Go home nature, you’re drunk.

| Posted in Booze News, That Wacky Australia

Drink like an athlete

australian-gatoradeDo you get easily bored during exercise? If only someone had developed a product that you can drink that makes mundane activities like family reunions and bowling more exciting. If only …

Australian scientists knew the answer to our rhetorical question before we could even ask it. They’ve developed a beer with electrolytes — or, what plants crave — that rehydrates both you and your liver.  (Bonus: it’s a light beer, so you won’t accidentally bulk up on it, ladies.)

Testing showed that, out of four beers, it was the best at hydrating you after a workout. This is pretty much how The Guys choose anything: what’s the best option for rehydration? Uh-huh, Gatorade, right. And what’s the best option on tap?

Special thanks to Patrick H. for the link.