australia

Kangaroo Meat

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Australia wants to sell off its kangaroo meat; and it’s hoping china will hop on board.

Over the next eight years China’s appetite for meat is expected to rise nearly 17%. And to help curb the hunger pains Australia is offering up steaks of kangaroo meat.

Australian officials say after the wet weather last year the kangaroo population exploded. But not many people in the land down under are interested in indulging. Nearly a fifth of Aussies say they wouldn’t eat kangaroos for ethical reasons. Others are reluctant to eat something that appears in the country’s national coat of arms.  read more »

Snap Happy

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If you're a freelance member of the paparazzi; your snap happy days could pay off.

The 1888 hotel in Sydney is offering a free stay to Instagram users with more than 10,000 followers. All you have to do is follow the hotel on Instagram, tell them when you're coming and the free night is yours.  read more »

Lost in Australia

Apple is still sending people in the wrong direction and they’re being left high and dry in some bad locations.

Police in southeastern Australia have contacted the Silicon Valley powerhouse after a handful of tourists became stranded in a national park. They say the travelers were trying to get to the town of Mildura. Instead Apple maps directed them to an untouched area of Murray Sunset park.

Police say people were stuck in the snake infested desert in the blazing heat for hours. In some cases travelers had to make do without food or water until rescued. Police say people were too afraid to get out of their cars and start walking after spotting snakes, foxes and other breeds of wildlife.  read more »

The Vanishing Files

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Losing important documents is bad for business; especially when they’re top secret.

In a response to a freedom of information request for the country’s “X-files” the Australian government has been forced to admit they can’t find them. After a two month search the Department of Defense released a statement that the files depicting any reports of unidentified flying objects could not be located.

The only related file the government could find is called “Report on UFO’s: Strange Occurrences and Phenomena in Woomera.” It describes a series of reported sightings in the area known as the Outback.  read more »

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Free Rent...Almost

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Looking to rent a new vacation home? How does one dollar a week sound?

The Australian community of Trundle, located about 200 northwest of Sydney is looking to up their population of 380. And to encourage families to make the move, the town is renting farm houses for one Australian dollar, or $.95 a week.

Dannielle Ward works at the Trundle Hotel and says they are hoping the cheap rent will bring in new life and help fill up schoolrooms. Ward says after a decade of drought, times have been tough and this might turn that around. But interested families better have an adventurous streak. The area, known as “the bush” is relatively undeveloped. And the website set up to promote the special offer wants families to be handy with tools and keen on rural living.  read more »

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Silver Screen Love

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Going to the movies provides you with two hours of mindless entertainment. But once everyone lives happily ever after and the credits roll it’s back to the real world, or is it?

According to a poll of 1,000 Australians, romantic comedy movies are starting to impact people’s lives. The survey was released by Warner Home Video to mark the DVD release of the feel good movie “Valentine’s Day.” According to the survey almost half of the people who responded said the endless happy endings at these types of movies have swayed their views of relationships.  read more »