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FBI Releases File On Australia's Pinko Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam

“Do you want to see Gough Whitlam’s FBI file?” I said, walking into the other room where my wife was reading.

“Yes!” she said excitedly. My wife’s Australian, and she knows I’ve been obsessed with figuring out what the FBI and CIA knew about former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s bizarre ouster as leader of the country in 1975. Whitlam’s FBI file could hold clues to a mystery that’s still as confounding today as it was 40 years ago.


Scientists Found Even More Of These Delightful Australian Peacock Spiders

Most people wouldn’t describe spiders as “beautiful”. But have you ever seen a peacock spider? Scientists just found seven new species of these exotic, multi-coloured arachnids.


Herpes Outbreak Among Australia's Green Sea Turtles Likely Triggered By Pollution

Australian scientists in the midst of investigating a herpes outbreak among green sea turtles at the Great Barrier Reef say the blight — which causes abnormal growths on the skin, mouth, eyes and internal organs — is likely due to pollution.


A Plan To Save This Australian Mammalian Species From Extinction Came Too Late

The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammal to go extinct because of human-induced climate change. The conservationists who made this sad discovery now admit they were actually trying to capture these rodents for a captive breeding program — but they arrived too late.


Welcome To Australia, Where Even Money Can Kill You

Video: Australia has an earned reputation for being dangerous and inhospitable. It’s home to dickhead lizards that look like Jurassic Park dinosaurs, jellyfish that swallow regular fish whole, gangs of murderous sharks, herpes-infested carp and snakes that are so sick of living there that they try to suffocate themselves in their own skin. Now even Australian money can kill you.


A Snake Got Trapped Inside An Endless Circle Of Its Own Shedding Skin

Video: Poor snake. This slithery Stimson’s Python somehow managed to shed its skin completely within itself. The tail, oddly enough, finished shedding inside the mouth of the snake, forming a perfect circle that unfortunately trapped the snake inside of its old skin. According to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, the non-venomous snake was just going around and around inside its own skin for over three hours before it was able to find a way out.


A Bizarre Avocado Crime Wave Is Sweeping Through New Zealand

The now-dead El Niño wreaked serious havoc upon our food supply, from poisoning shellfish to obliterating stone fruits. Now the avocado is at risk. In Australia and New Zealand, a double whammy of massive fires and heavy rains wiped out avocado crops, causing a shortage of the brunch staple. Growers would have been able to manage, if it weren’t for a sudden and skyrocketing avocado demand.


This Australian Rodent Is The First Mammal To Go Extinct Due To Human-Caused Climate Change

Say goodbye to the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rat-like creature that lived on a tiny island near the north coast of Australia. Significantly, it marks the first time that a mammal has been declared extinct anywhere in the world, and the cause has been attributed to human-induced climate change.


Live Fish Photographed Inside A Jellyfish Knows The Furthest Depths Of Regret

While freediving in their home of Byron Bay, Australia, photographer Tim Samuel and videographer Franny Plumridge stumbled on a rare sight: A fish stuck inside a jellyfish. The fish was apparently somewhat able to steer its new and permanent hat.


This Frilled-Neck Lizard Chasing People Down Is My Jurassic Park Nightmare

Video: Remember that annoying bastard of a dinosaur from Jurassic Park that sprayed his face open and spewed out poison at people? Yeah, that damn Dilophosaur terrified me as a kid. Actually, I’m still scared of it. So if I saw this frilled-neck lizard chasing me down like this, I’d totally lose it. This little lizard prick never gives up! It’s Jurassic Park in real life.


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