Engineer and author Turia Pitt is an awesome choice of cover model for Australian Women’s Weekly. More
Seriously, were any of us this confident at age 17 when we were all up on MySpace? More
Kate Middleton skipped a glass of wine, and now we’re all on Bumpwatch 2014. More
BONUS: You get to see how I feel about this particular ban in a Homer Simpson GIF. More
It’s possible, but unlikely, that you’ve gone a whole 10 minutes without someone screaming at you that you’re wearing the wrong bra size. More
Happy Australia Day! (The “anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788,” in case you didn’t know.) Who is 2013′s Australian of the year? It’s Ida Buttrose, founder of Cleo Magazine and president of Alzheimer’s Australia. More
Wagga Wagga, southeastern Australia: thousands of spiders have moved inland to escape rising flood waters, which resulted in a bunch of photos you will see in your nightmares forever. More
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When you go shopping, you generally expect a certain level of politeness from the people who work at whatever store you’re shopping at. If you shop where I shop (i.e. Rainbow), that’s usually accomplished by not saying anything at all (which is, after all, better than being rude and horrible). But Australian chain store GASP likes to yell at customers and pressure them into buying things they don’t want, and if you dare to complain about it, they’ll send you a weird, ungrammatical letter that is basically “YOU SOUND POOR” over and over again. More
I watched the video so you don’t have to. More
This week’s Style Icon is an unlikely one: Miss Bianca of the famed Rescue Aid Society (the only cabal of mice in the basement of the United Nations building that won’t give you hantaviris, presumably). Anyway, Bianca was pretty chic for a mouse. She didn’t wear much (weather permitting) but many fashion types would say that means her wardrobe was well-edited: pillbox hats, gloves, fur stoles and everything perfectly accessorized. Here’s some Bianca looks over both Rescuers films. More
Sometimes, things that are supposed to be art wind up being more like childish images that you feel certain were created by your neighbor’s 12-year-old son. Some people make this argument about Jackson Pollock — there’s no accounting for taste.
But when I stumbled on this — vinyl wall decals of penises in the colors and designs of national flags, entitled “Dicks of the World” — I knew that somewhere, deep in the bowels of Australia (where this is being sold), some artist had temporarily (I hope) regressed to middle school. More
Move over, Mother Teresa – there’s a new saint in town. The Catholic church is in the process of canonizing Sister Mary MacKillop, an Australian nun who was excommunicated by a priest whom she outed as a child molester. MacKillop, who went by the name Sister Mary of the Cross, died in 1909 and is the first Australian to be beatified. After being formally canonized on October 17th, she will become the patron saint of sexual abuse victims. To be honest, there are so many jokes to make here that I almost don’t know where to begin. I’ll just commend the Catholic Church for their excellent PR attempt. More