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This Pub Built With Concrete Pipes is Surprisingly Elegant and Cozy

Concrete pipes never looked so inviting. At the Prahran Hotel, a pub in Australia, stacks of pre-cast concrete tubes have been turned into cozy, wood-panelled booths for sharing a pint or two. From the outside, they look like kegs (get it?) or portholes—in any case, nothing remotely as dystopian as the phrase "concrete pipes" might evoke. Read More >>

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A Coastal House That Seems to Float Over the Ocean

How's this for a view? The Pole House in Fairhaven, Australia towers 40 metres over a wooded hill. From this vantage point on solid ground it looks like some kind of crazy domestic hovercraft, but once you're inside it's all horizon all the time through the unobstructed floor-to-ceiling windows. Read More >>

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Giant Cask Wine Sculpture Considered "Art" Down Under

Cottesloe Beach, where I spent many of my summers back in Perth, has been festooned with a, um, sculpture depicting one of Australia's most-loved -- and mocked -- inventions, the cask wine bag. Or "goon juice," if you're from down under. Read More >>

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This New School of Architecture is a Crazy Canyon of Concrete and Wood

What an amazing building this turned out to be, the new Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. Designed by London's CRAB studio—led by Gavin Robotham and Sir Peter Cook, whose work you might know from Archigram—the 27,000 square foot structure has just been completed and now faces the hard test of everyday use. Read More >>

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Australian Sharks Will Now Be Tweeting Their Locations

There's a great, bloody shark war going on in Western Australia right now. After six deaths in two years—making Western Australia the deadliest place on earth for shark attacks—the state has ratcheted up its side of the war by deciding to kill sharks. Lots of 'em. Any shark within one kilometre of the beach will be trapped and shot according to their controversial cull strategy. Remember, humans can be a vengeful species. Read More >>

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Australian Drivers Film Their Own Windscreen Wiper Snake Abuse

A couple of Australian drivers somehow ended up with a venomous Red-Bellied Black snake on their car, which the genius behind the wheel then tried to dislodge with a flick of the windscreen wipers. Not the best idea. Read More >>

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Living in a Land Down Under (is Tough Work For an Englishman)

I moved from London to Australia seven months ago. My wife and I packed our life up into suitcases, and seeing as I'm a games writer and she just really loves games, we made sure to bring all of our heavy and fragile computer parts with us in our luggage. Read More >>

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Australian Customs Rip Asylum Seekers' Boat in Half, Probably by Accident

Customs officers protecting the borders of Australia from boat-loads of asylum seekers nearly ended up drowning 40 of them in the sea, after a customs patrol ship managed to tear the bow off a packed fishing boat and had to rescue the unwelcomes. Read More >>

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Australian Authorities Seize Katy Perry's New Album, Deeming it a Biohazard

Katy Perry's new album Prism is very bad. We're not just talking about the music, though. (Roar is rather catchy!) It's bad for the environment. At least, that's what officials say in Australia where the record's been deemed a "biosecurity concern." Read More >>

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Incredible Remote Lost World Discovered With Never-Before-Seen Species

For the past few millennia, the dewy rainforests of Australia's Cape Melville have remained totally isolated from human interference. That is, until a team of scientists from James Cook University took humanity's first steps into a land untouched by time. What they found there was almost beyond belief. Read More >>

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Scientists Discover Gold Literally Growing on Trees in the Outback

Every parent's favorite line about how money doesn't grow on trees just became a little more irrelevant, thanks to a fascinating find down under. Researchers in Australia recently found gold—yes, real gold—in eucalyptus trees growing in the outback. Read More >>

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Here's How Google Installed a Monorail In Its Australian Offices

Do you ever joke around with your coworkers about how cool it would be to build desks out of old cars or have meetings on a houseboat? Maybe not, but if you work at Google, you might want to start—because they might actually make your weird office dreams a reality. Read More >>

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Unbelievable Video Shows a Pedestrian Narrowly Avoiding Death

It's not just a gory rubberneck-of-a-view, oh no. Queensland Rail wants you to watch this CCTV footage of a pedestrian avoiding what you assume is a surefire meeting with the Grim Reaper, in the hopes it helps open our eyes and save lives. Watch it -- it'll scare you shitless. [YouTube via @sophieraworth via @ruskin147] Read More >>

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Adelaide's Solar Buses Could Be the World's Greenest Public Transports

Australia has wholeheartedly embraced solar power over the last few years, with usage exploding 10 fold between 2009 and 2011 and the price per watt falling to less than half that of grid power. Now, the southern Australian city of Adelaide is taking the unprecedented step of powering its public transit system solely through solar as well.
As of 2010, some 36 percent of the city's carbon emissions were generated by transportation, both public and private. In response, the Adelaide city council has implemented a sustainability plan including extensive pedestrian walkways and bike paths as well as the new fleet of Tindo (Aboriginal for 'sun') buses. Read More >>

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Avocados, the Most Dangerous Fruit in the Kitchen

As I type this one-handed, with my left hand wrapped in literal metres of bandage, on an interesting cocktail of pain medication that makes me care about, well, nothing, I have to ask myself -- how did this happen? Read More >>

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Man Inserts Fork Up Penis and Immediately Regrets It

Apparently an elderly man from Australia inserted a 10-centimetre fork up his male member in an attempt to reach sexual gratification. As you'd expect, because you're reading this on the internet, the fork got stuck. Read More >>

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