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Some people thought this meteor in Australia was a UFO

A meteor seared over Australia on Tuesday night, lighting up the sky over Perth.  According to the ABC, the local Department of Fire and Emergency Services received calls from “more than one concerned caller” who thought the meteor could be a UFO. SEE ALSO: NASA cameras spot extremely bright meteor streak through the sky over...CONTINUE READING

Grandmother pulls out two pythons hiding in barbecue like it’s no big deal

Snakes. Scary, right? Not so frightened of these creatures was 81-year-old Australian grandmother Faye Morgan, who casually pulled out not one, but two pythons hiding in the barbecue of a Queensland home on Sunday morning. SEE ALSO: At 99 million years old, this baby snake fossil is the first of its kind to be discovered...CONTINUE READING

Towering, twisted skyscraper proposed to be Australia’s tallest building

A towering, twisting skyscraper with vertical green space and a public rooftop garden is set to become Australia’s tallest building. Dubbed the “Green Spine,” and set to stand 356.20 metres (1,168 feet) high, the design for the striking cantilevered structure was unveiled for the city of Melbourne on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Luxe Switzerland hotel lets...CONTINUE READING

Apple and Facebook could be asked by Australia to build tools to get around encryption

Like the FBI, Australia has been finding ways to get past encryption, with big tech companies famously not making it easy for authorities. In response, Australia’s government unveiled draft plans on Tuesday to make companies help intelligence and law enforcement agencies with access to encrypted messages and devices — but without building a backdoor. SEE...CONTINUE READING

Here’s what more than 400 electric guitars trying to break a world record sounds like

Strumming out a AC/DC tune is an experience many guitarists would’ve done at some point in their life, but how often do you get to join hundreds of others on the same riff? On Sunday, 457 guitarists gathered at the Sydney Guitar Festival in Australia in an attempt to break the world record for the...CONTINUE READING

Australians are exploiting a little-known perk: A free picture of the Queen

So in Australia, not only do citizens get free healthcare, but they are also legally entitled to a free picture of the Queen. Citizens can send a request to their federal member of parliament for certain “nationhood material,” which includes an official portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s head of state, or his...CONTINUE READING

Google street view captures man swearing at camera for the entire length of a street

Swearing at a passing Google street view camera is nothing new — plenty of people have done it before, and chances are plenty of people will be doing it for as long as street view is still a thing. But one man who was captured in Brisbane, Australia deserves credit simply for his level of...CONTINUE READING

Good dog named Stormy gets medal for finishing half-marathon like humans

Marathons require determination. Fitness. Focus. Not everyone will readily associate with these attributes, but then there’s this stray dog named Stormy who conquered the 21-kilometre (13 mile) Goldfields Pipeline half-marathon in Western Australia recently. SEE ALSO: 12 celebrities who love dogs just as much as you do As reported by ABC News, not only did...CONTINUE READING

HQ Trivia has an Australian version now, so no more random baseball questions

Aussies will know all too well the pain of being eliminated from HQ Trivia thanks to an extremely U.S.-centric question about baseball or something. Fear no more: The popular quiz app is testing an Australian version of its show, set to launch on Wednesday from 9 p.m. AEST.  SEE ALSO: How good is Apple’s Measure...CONTINUE READING
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