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  1. Look at This Giant Australian Bat and Tell Me Nightmares Aren’t Real

    This is not the Batman we needed. This is not anything we needed.

    Look, we know the whole "nature-you-scary" angle is played out, but you guys: Look. At. This. Australian. Bat. He is the size of Batkid. He could be a bat on which Batkid rides to the scene of crimes. He could be a Batkidmobile. But he will never be, because this freaking enormous bat is now dead.

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  2. Watch This Ten-Foot Snake Devour A Crocodile, Alarm Humans [Video]

    Apparently living in Australia is like living inside an Asylum movie.

    Yesterday visitors to Australia's Lake Moondarra witnessed a 5 hour struggle between a ten-foot snake and its crocodile prey. As a reminder that nature is insane, here's some footage and images of the snake holding the crocodile tighter than its true love before dragging it onto land for lunch.

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  3. New Species Of Marsupials Has Sex For Hours and then Dies

    One night in Boom City

    It's clear where the newly discovered black-tailed antechinus would place in a game of marsupial marry, date, kill: all of the above. The males of the species pleasure multiple female partners in hours-long orgies and then orgasm to death like the champs they are.

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  4. Australian Babies Taking Up Extreme Sports

    As if breastfeeding isn't extreme enough.

    Fun fact, if you call someone "a baby" in Australia, it's actually a compliment. Because apparently Australian babies are BMX riding, pavement-shredding badasses.

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  5. If You Don’t Stay In School In Australia, You Will End Up In A Horror Film And Die

    Which is actually one of the least terrifying ways to die in Australia.

    Educational ads usually say, "stay in school or else you'll be unemployed and sad all the time," though that's also applicable to most university grads I know. In Australia, though, they're not satisfied with vague threats about your career and your future; oh no, they want you to know that if you drop out of school, you will die a horrible death.

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  6. Wanda The Wombat Given A Hip Replacement

    Australian wombats have better healthcare than American humans. What is this world we live in?

    A wombat named Wanda was recently given a new hip to cure her severe arthritis, making her the world's first bionic wombat and restoring her ability to run, waddle and cuddle.

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  7. Australian Scientists Put Teeny Microchips On Honey Bees To Track Their Movements

    Microchips on BEADS?

    In an effort to better understand the chilling phenomenon of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, Australian scientists have fitted 5,000 sensors onto the backs of honey bees. This is a very important scientifoh my god LOOK AT THE LITTLE BEES WITH THEIR LITTLE MICROCHIPS AAAH. Sorry, what was I saying? Right, yes. Important science.

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  8. Canadian Scientists and A Beetle’s Butt Harness The Power Of Fog

    But for good or evil?

    Fog: not just for lighthouses and ruining pictures anymore! New technology in Australia and Canada shows that capturing the moisture in fog may be the answer to ending droughts. (And when I say technology, I mean a beetle's butt.)

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  9. Little Girl Who Took Australia to Task for Not Inventing Dragons Finally Gets Her Wish

    Here Be Dragons

    Two days ago we told you the story of Sophie Lester, a seven-year-old girl from Brisbane, Australia who has all lived her young life feeling the very keen sting of there not being dragons in the world. (Don’t we all?) So she wrote a letter to CSIRO, the national science agency, asking whether they could please make her one. CSIRO, perhaps won over by the way Sophie started off her letter with “Hello Lovely Scientist,” wrote her back apologizing for the grave error they made in not having invented dragons yet and promising to get on that ASAP. And now they've sent her one. It's 3D printed, but that's probably for the best. I'm not sure Australia needs any more killer lizards, especially with Steve Irwin not around.

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  10. In Australia, Sharks Have Twitter Accounts to Warn Beachgoers

    I smell blood. #lunchtime

    You know how everything in Australia is trying to kill you? Apparently the solution is to get them all social media access so they'll never be able to sneak up on you again. At least, that's what a bunch of scientists working with an organization called Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) seem to think.

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