Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Gotye (pronounced gohr-ti-yay) is the recording name of Australian multi-instrumental musician Wouter De Backer (born 21 May 1980, in Bruges, Belgium), also known as Walter (or Wally) De Backer. As Gotye, he has released three studio albums independently and one remix album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop band The Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002.

“It wasn’t until she was live on the air that Seven News reporter Amy Parks came to realize why she, of all people, had been asked to cover the sacking of Melbourne Demons coach Dean Bailey.”

Very smart Australia. Clap. Clap. Clap…………….. …. …. clap. But, what does it mean?

In other broadcast news…

Not possible.

Seriously Australia, what’s going on? Now you’ve gone and invented a craze called, ‘Planking.’ People all over the world are now going to have to say there’s a lot of planking going on down under.

Planking rhymes with…

The Australian theme continues. Today I’d like to introduce you to a 16-year-old Australian farmer named Ethan “Chooka” Parker who stuns the judges on Australia’s Got Talent with his self-taught improvisational keyboard skills…

Good disguise, Orlando Bloom. You ain’t fooling anyone. Seriously though, if Mozart had been born in Australia this is probably what would have happened.

It doesn’t take long for talk of a “long, stabby thing” on the set of Australia’s Today Show to spiral into naughty talk.

Meanwhile at the Ultimate Fighter gym, Rampage Jackson is living up to his name…

Okay, so that’s how you break a cardboard door. Good to know.

Australia 10 News presenter Belinda Heggen makes an oddly personal remark about colleague Mark Aiston’s manhood during an otherwise mundane bit of on-air banter.

She delivered that burn with no sense of remorse or levity. Just like it was a fact and she knew it. Well played.

Meanwhile in Finland, a young boy is enjoying his choir practice when…

MORAL: If you absolutely must vomit, at least be a man about it.

Hugh Jackman tries to kill himself on live TV after being included as an “Australian hero” in Oprah Winfrey’s Ultimate Australian Adventure.

“Aah mate, I seem to have busted my eye open ziplining, can I please have a tissue?”
That’s what you get for taking your show to Australia.

Alberta Health Services President and CEO Stephen Duckett ducks questions about his handling of excessive emergency room wait times by telling reporters he’s busy eating a cookie.

I mean c’mon! He’s eating a cookie. Who can talk about important health service questions when you are eating a cookie?

Then, a Canadian television interview with Dave Coulier takes a turn for the slightly less than cordial.

Uncle Jessie! That’s Uncle Joey! This is an outrage!

Librarian Graham Barker has a Guinness World Record after saving 22.1gm of his ‘belly button fluff’ because no one else would try to break a world record by collecting belly button fluff.

The 45-year-old librarian from Perth, Australia, has collected lint every day for 26 years. He ‘harvests’ the lint each night and places it in a clay pot, while he waits for his shower to warm up.

He has now filled three and a quarter sweet jars and had his achievement recognised by Guinness World Records. Graham, who says he is ‘not obsessive’, collected his first piece of fluff on 17 January 1984 while on a backpacking holiday in Australia.

He vows to continue until he is no longer capable – and has even considered stuffing a cushion with his collection. He said: ‘One evening in Brisbane, when a little bored and under-occupied, I noticed the lint in my navel and started wondering about it.

‘I became curious as to how much of it one person can produce and decided the only way to find out was to collect it for a while and see. ‘I had an empty film canister with me, which became a perfect receptacle. That’s all there was to it – no obsession or grand plan, just simple curiosity.’

Mr Barker said the amount of fluff he collects each day depends on what clothes he has been wearing – with thermal underwear being the most ‘productive’. He added: ‘I found that having a shower tends to wash away any lint, so the logical time to collect is just before getting in the shower each evening.’

‘The whole process only takes about ten seconds and has become automatic – I don’t need to devote much time or attention to it.’ At the end of each year the small collection is added to his main collection, which is housed in larger jars. The colour of the fluff varies, depending on what colour towel Graham uses.

It never goes mouldy and does not smell, which means lint from 20 years ago is ‘indistinguishable’ from the new stuff. Mr Barker has now sold three of his large jars to a museum for an undisclosed sum and is a quarter of the way to filling the fourth. He said: ‘The raw material is worthless but as a unique world record collection and a piece of cultural heritage, of debatable merit, it has some curiosity value.’

‘A small minority with no sense of humour just don’t get it and express their opinion with rude words.’ Mr Barker knows a few other navel fluff collectors but says he rarely talks to people about his bizarre antics. He said: ‘Collecting is not a big part of my life so I generally don’t talk about it or ask others about it.

‘When I ran my navel lint survey many years ago a handful of respondents, who were all men, confessed to having saved up some of their lint at some point. ‘But none had continued with it. One guy might have persisted, but he got married and his wife ordered him to stop.’

Mr Barker hopes to fill another five jars before he stops collecting and believes there is little chance of his record being beaten. He said: ‘I will stop collecting when I’m no longer physically capable. ‘Collecting lint costs nothing and takes almost no time or effort so there is no compelling reason to stop. In fact most days my lint collecting gets as much conscious thought as other routine tasks like putting on socks.

‘I wouldn’t call it an addiction because it’s not something I feel any need to do. ‘If my belly stopped producing lint tomorrow I might feel surprised but not disappointed.’

The WTF Belly Button Fluff Award of the Week

Honda Australia sets out to prove that the Jazz really ‘fits anything you can imagine’ by Jazz Packing Hipsters.

urban dictionary: hipster
“Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too “edgy” for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The “effortless cool” urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently …” okay, that is enough.