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Pulp Friction

by on Jun.09, 2015, under Consumer, Health, Recreation

A 19-year-old is missing from his camp site at the lookout in Heaton State Forest, which borders the Watagans National Park in Australia. The man, whose name has not been released, is from from Tenambit near Maitland. camper_missing He was last seen carrying a roll of toilet paper. kid_wrap While some searchers think he may have slipped and fallen, we wonder if there's not a more sinister explanation. tp_scott Toilet paper can humiliate and cause extreme pain. It's been alleged to be responsible for bullying and emotional distress. crybaby - 2 crybaby -3 crybaby - 4 crybaby - 5 crybaby - 6 crybaby - 7 crybaby - 8 crybaby - 9 If you go camping, protect yourself by using safe toilet paper.
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How to Use a Fork

by on Sep.07, 2014, under Health, Recreation

Life in Canberra, Australia sounds like it can be pretty interesting. can_bird If you live long enough, you might not have the same sense of excitement that you did when you were younger. can_wombat You might be inclined to try things that hadn't crossed your mind before. kanga_rut4 Coming to that place where the road runs off in two different directions, a 70 year old resident decided to try something out of the ordinary to achieve sexual gratification. After regretting it for 12 hours, the man finally went to the emergency department. can_fork He told doctors he had inserted the 10cm dinner fork into his urethra almost 12 hours earlier in an attempt to achieve sexual gratification. But the utensil became stuck. The fork was not visible but doctors were able to feel it from the outside and X-rays showed its position. Doctors considered several retrieval options before deciding to pull the fork free using forceps and copious lubrication while the patient was under a general anesthetic. The elderly patient was then sent home. It is not known whether he still has a complete set of dinnerware.  
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Best Laid Plans

by on Aug.18, 2014, under Miscellaneous

Sometimes the best way to cover up your illegal activities is to go underground. kremnos4 That was the idea of a resident of a property on McGills Road at Kremnos, in NSW Australia. kremnos3 A shipping container was buried underground like a survival bunker. Located in a remote area surrounded by bush, it looked like it would offer complete privacy. kremnos_fire1 But the McGills Road fire in Kremnos, part of a 700 hectare fire that threatened more than a dozen homes near Blackbutt Road and Curlew Drive, turned the area into a blackened wasteland. kremnos_after Once under fire, the secret was revealed. When police and RFS personnel inspected the properties around the area, they stumbled over some electrical wires in the dirt. kremnos5 The wires led to a hatch, which opened into the mysterious bunker. kremnos6 Equipped with high power lights and ventilation, the bunker was an ideal location for growing marijuana in secrecy. kremnos2 118 cannabis plants were discovered. The hydroponically grown marijuana emerged unscathed from the fire that destroyed the surrounding area and homes. kremnos1 A 68 year old local resident was arrested and charged with enhanced indoor commercial cannabis cultivation, drug supply, and drug possession.
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Shaping Minds and Bodies

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Education, Health, Kids

You expect the school where you send your kid to shape young minds. Ballina High School in northeast New South Wales, Australia boasts in their description: "The school's culture reflects a commitment to strong discipline and a pride in belonging, as reflected in the wearing of school uniform and respect for the rights of others." ballina_high With annual events like Remembrance Day, Senior Formal, Swimming Carnival, ballina_remember Recognition of major art works and wood projects cameron_corkhill Volunteers, the Toke Visit ballina_toke And Slave Day ballina_slaveday You would expect an environment of safety and respect for every student. ballina_swim 12 year-old James Webb, a Year 7 student at Ballina High, had his arm broken while at school. A spokesman for the Department of Education, on behalf of Ballina High School, said the boy was “pushed over and fallen on by another boy” during a game of grab football, a game that had been repeatedly banned. ballina_webb01 James’ mother Vikki Webb has been told by fellow students her son was swung around by his arm, and then jumped on by a fellow Year 7 student. Ms Webb said one student told her the attacker laughed afterwards. ballina_webb02 “The principal told me the kid didn’t deliberately do it but I think the school is trying to sweep it under the carpet,” she said. Year 12 student Shoni Reilly posted on the Northern Star’s Facebook page that the behaviour of James’ attacker was not the fault of the school or its teachers. “The acting principals and teachers at Ballina High have the best interests of all children at heart,” she wrote. “They can’t physically control the actions of each student and their actions in response to this incident would follow the precedent set for all students.” ballina_webb03 School captain John Parker posted that teachers had warned students against playing football. “If you believe the school has not given this ‘attacker’ long enough, don’t blame the school when they can only interpret the rulings regarding these actions that are given to them from higher up,” he wrote. “Ballina High School is a fantastic school, with great facilities, great teachers and great systems of working things.”
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Take A Spin

by on Jun.17, 2013, under Animals, Crime, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

A few kids die every year from incidents involving washing machines. They're usually caused by accidents, like kids falling into the washer and drowning. sean-washer1 Sometimes the cause is more sinister. A French man is facing murder charges for stuffing his 3-year-old son into a washing machine and turning it on. Locals in the city of Meaux, about 25 miles east of Paris, said Christophe Champenois, 33, wanted to punish the child, Bastien, for acting out in nursery school, French newspaper Le Parisien reported. sean-murphy4 In Australia, three-year-old Sean Murphy was found dead in a washing machine along with his pet cat, Snowy. sean-cat2   Although mother and stepfather Kerry Murphy and Craig Sheppard deny any involvement in the death, police still consider them suspects. sean-murphy3 Ms. Murphy told St. John Ambulance officers that she found Sean inside a front-loader washing machine shortly after 2 pm. The door was closed and the dead cat was also inside the machine. Ms Murphy removed Sean from the machine and tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at Fremantle Hospital. sean-murphy2 Paramedic Natalie Jane  Collis said during the examination of Sean's body, Ms. Murphy repeatedly said she was "sorry" and screamed: "I've killed my child. I killed my baby. I know I did." The paramedic quoted Ms. Murphy as saying: "I didn't mean for this to happen." sean-murphy1 The court heard tests conducted on the washing machine indicated it would have been difficult to close the door from the inside, but Ms. Murphy thought the family's dog may have jumped and closed the door. It was well-known that he hated Snowy the cat.
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Foul Ball

by on Apr.17, 2013, under Education, Family, Games, Health, Kids, Recreation

As the generations before, kids are inventing their own traditions to replace those of their forbearers. The wedgie of the past has been replaced by a new sport, "ball tapping", which has a similar focus. Here's a more comprehensive story on the problem from wthr.com. ruptest1 The wedgie rarely did crippling damage to anything but the waistband of the victim's underwear. But a ruptured testicle is no joke. When rugby player Paul Wood, who plays for the Warrington Wolves, took a knee to the groin early in the second half of the rugby league Grand Final as he was tackled by Kallum Watkins of the Leeds Rhinos. The force of the blow ruptured his right testicle, but the Warrington prop continued to play on for more than 20 minutes, the Daily Mail reported. "I've been hit a few times in the groin area and normally you can run it off," the married father of two told the newspaper on Monday, "but this just got worse. The physios kept asking me if I wanted to go off but I said, 'No I'm fine, I'll get through it.' I came off after 25 minutes and that's when it started getting really bad. It swelled up to the size of a tennis ball."


Ball-tapping is one of the ten common causes of childhood trauma due to violence. And we know that the propensity for violence begins early. So we were happy to see that some kids are considering their actions.


Nine year old Zac, from Adelaide, Australia, was so remorseful after applying the Squirrel Grip to his little brother's knackers that he wrote this.


"To the best brother ever,

I'm very sorry that I pinched you in the nuts. I'm so sad that I feel the pain. I know that this note won't completley make it up for you so heres $1.00 all for you! I know it doesn't make the pain go away, and I can't put a band-aid on it! You woldent be able to pee! I hope you're better in the morning buddey!

Love from Zac."

Us too, buddey. We hope you heal fast.


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Wake Of The Flood

by on Mar.08, 2012, under Animals, Environment, Nature

If you're in the midwestern United States, you're accustomed to waking up to a snowy scene in the winter. But it's summer in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, and it's hot. It looks peaceful but underneath the white blanket is a web of activity. Recent floods drove the tiny Linyphiidae spiders out of their homes and they fled to higher ground, spinning webs in bushes and weeds. The spiders are busily re-spinning their webs en masse in grass and bushland along Horse Shoe Road. The tiny spiders aren't harmful, and the superstitious believe they're good luck if they land on you. The phenomenon is similar to the one that occurred after floods in Pakistan last year, when spider retreated to trees.
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Dog Training Wheels

by on Dec.02, 2011, under Animals, Miscellaneous, Recreation

Once upon a time there was an engineer Drove a locomotive both far and near Accompanied by a monkey that would sit on a stool Watching everything the engineer would do. One day the engineer wanted a bite to eat He left the monkey sitting on the drivers seat The monkey pulled the throttle, locomotive jumped the gun Doing 90 miles an hour down the mainline run.

Richard McCormack likes to take his dog along when he drives a double-decker bus around Darwin, Australia. Woodley, a two year old German Koolie dog sits right next to him when he's driving, and the driver's seat when he's not.

McCormack parked his bus, outfitted as a gigantic mobile home, and went into a local shop for a few minutes. Then he noticed the vehicle running down the road. "The handbrake is on the dashboard and he's seen me release it many times. He was just copying me. He's tried it on before." he said. "I came out and saw the bus going down the road. I couldn't believe it."

A passerby, Phil Newton, noticed that something was strange.

Newton, 30, said the dog was sitting in the driver's seat with its paws on the steering wheel. He chased after the runaway bus, leapt through an open window and rammed on the handbrake. "It ran for a couple of hundred meters, swerved across the road, went up on the footpath and was just about to run into a parked car when I stopped it," he said. Next time he should go greyhound.

The engineer called up the dispatcher on the phone To tell him all about his locomotive was gone Dispatcher got on the wire, switch operator to right 'Cause the monkey's got the main line sewed up tight. The switch operator got the message on time Said theres a northbound rollin' on the same main line Open up the switch I'm gonna let him through the hole 'Cause the monkeys got the locomotive under control.

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Riding the White Horse

by on May.16, 2011, under Environment, Nature, Recreation

Surfer rides the White Horse in Australia

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