Huge spider crashes a family dinner and look, he’s BYO’ed a fresh meal

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Another day, another scary AF example of an Australian animal tackling prey bigger than itself. As if the recently-spotted huntsman spider dragging a mouse around wasn’t enough. 

Queensland woman Melanie Jade Ottaway has spotted something even more impressive slash nightmarish: A spider grabbing hold of a whole gecko, holding onto it by the head. 

Ottaway and her partner were sitting down for dinner on Sunday evening when they noticed the “dinner-plate sized” spider (believed to be a huntsman) clinging to the glass door right next to them, with the sizeable gecko in tow.

She told Caters that despite the “gorgeousness” of the lizard, he was obviously doomed. “It was too late to save him, so we let nature take its path. It’s creepy isn’t it? But fascinating in a strange way.” Read more…

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Huge spider crashes a family dinner and look, he’s BYO’ed a fresh meal

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Another day, another scary AF example of an Australian animal tackling prey bigger than itself. As if the recently-spotted huntsman spider dragging a mouse around wasn’t enough. 

Queensland woman Melanie Jade Ottaway has spotted something even more impressive slash nightmarish: A spider grabbing hold of a whole gecko, holding onto it by the head. 

Ottaway and her partner were sitting down for dinner on Sunday evening when they noticed the “dinner-plate sized” spider (believed to be a huntsman) clinging to the glass door right next to them, with the sizeable gecko in tow.

She told Caters that despite the “gorgeousness” of the lizard, he was obviously doomed. “It was too late to save him, so we let nature take its path. It’s creepy isn’t it? But fascinating in a strange way.” Read more…

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Dude narrowly avoids lightning strike, but refuses to lose his cool

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Lightning strikes just metres from protagonists in Hollywood all time (see Freaky Friday or Back To The Future) but rarely do we see real-world footage of the scary cinematic plot device.

Scottish man Kris Owens was walking home during a thunderstorm in Byron Bay, Australia, on Tuesday — recording himself lest nature strike him down.

At it almost did, when I thunderbolt came out of the sky and hit the ground right behind him.

“I was making my way home at around 2 a.m. when I was caught in the middle of an intense lightning storm,” he told Storyful.

“Thinking it would be a good idea to record my possible death for my mum, I got my phone and started to record, and captured the footage.” Read more…

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ lyrics applied literally are a real crime thriller

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Queen’s 1975 classic is quite the operatic odyssey, and as many people know, it’s the perfect song to lose your voice to after a few drinks at karaoke.

But it turns out that “Bohemian Rhapsody” makes for a mean plot for a short film too — an idea that’s now a reality courtesy of YouTube channel Corridor

What has long been thought of as a song which relates to frontman Freddie Mercury’s personal troubles has been twisted into a stylistic, neo-noir police standoff, with dialogue that only uses the song’s lyrics. 

It’s a bit of real life, it’s a bit of fantasy. Whole lot of Galileo Figero.  Read more…

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More than movie magic: How ‘Lion’ integrates Google Earth in its stirring story

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Technology may be the scourge that drives humans apart, but the new film Lion takes a different tack. 

In the Oscar-hopeful film — based on a true story — Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel) is separated from his mother and brother and ends up traveling across India by train. He’s adopted by an Australian couple and, 25 years later, uses Google Earth to try and find his home and his family.

To give the most possible accuracy to Brierley’s search, Google Earth partnered with the filmmakers to make the Internet visuals as accurate as possible.

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Scotsman is just a wee bit excited to finally find some Irn-Bru in Australia

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It can be a real pain to find Scotland’s finest non-alcoholic beverage export, Irn-Bru, in Australia. Or anywhere outside of the U.K. for that matter.

So this video by a YouTuber only known as Shoot2Thrill has summed up many a Scotsman’s reaction upon finding the drink somewhere else across the globe. 

Warning: Excitable course language ahead.

“I don’t think I’ve been this happy my whole entire life. I’m actually getting emotional about it,” he said. 

“I just went to the supermarket and I FOUND F*CKING IRN-BRU. OHHHHH. GET IN MY F*CKING BELLY.”

In case you hadn’t figured out, Irn-Bru is essentially the lifeblood of Scotland, long tussling with Coca-Cola as the most popular soft drink around. Read more…

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Video of guy punching a kangaroo in the face has quite a story behind it

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Seen that viral video of man punching a kangaroo in Australia over the weekend? Turns out there’s quite the saga behind it. It’s all very intense.

The video was first shared on the Facebook page of user Steven Stubenraugh, where it’s since received 3.8 million views at the time of writing. 

The video shows a man running toward a kangaroo, which has a dog in a headlock. 

The man confronts the kangaroo, who then lets go of the dog after a struggle. Then out of nowhere, the dude gives the kangaroo a punch in the face. 

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Bill Nye hosts modernized Telethon in support of National Parks

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The National Park Foundation and Mashable joined forces on #GivingTuesday for a Facebook Live “View-A-Thon”to benefit America’s national parks and educate audiences about the impact of climate change on the National Park System.

Science wiz and Find Your Park Centennial Ambassador Bill Nye hosted the modern take on the telethon, conducting demonstrations and taking questions during the live event. Along with Joshua Laird, Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, Nye brought to life tangible examples of the dangers of climate change and its effect on our national parks – including cultural and historic sites. Throughout each segment of the “View-a-thon,” Nye urged viewers to make a difference by donating and do their part in protecting our parks. Read more…

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Dudes Snapchat baby penguin they found wandering through city drain

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The dirty drains of an Australian city are no place for a baby penguin, but that’s just what Josh Pirini and Scott Martin found on Thursday.

According to SMH, the pair were taking photos of street art in a drain in Haberfield, Sydney, when the little guy came along and was immediately captured on Snapchat by two guys as they tried to rescue it. 

It’s kinda funny and adorable.

They tried catching the penguin in a towel, but no avail. 

Warning: There’s some strong language in this one. If you know Australia, you know the kind. Read more…

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Student films a rare shark breach that may make you stay on land forever

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It’s not everyday a tourist fishing trip produces footage straight out of a David Attenborough documentary. 

And it’s even rarer when a deadly sea creature launches itself out of the air in front of you, but here we are.

American exchange student Haylee Webb always had a dream to go cage diving with great white sharks, she told Storyful. Visiting Australia’s Sunshine Coast over the weekend, she took that dream and turned it into a scary reality, care of Calypso Star Charters.

What she didn’t expect was to capture the moment a shark, in full attack mode, leapt out of the ocean for a meal. Read more…

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