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47 Years After Girl's Abduction, a Big Break

Australian police eye new suspect, likely in his 60s

(Newser) - Australian police are chasing a mysterious suspect almost 47 years after a British girl disappeared from a beach during a family trip. Cheryl Grimmer's family had recently moved to Australia when police believe the 3-year-old was abducted from changing rooms at Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong on Jan. 12,... More »

Story Behind Man Punching Kangaroo Is 'Intense'

And perhaps not what it seems

(Newser) - Did a now-viral video of a man punching a kangaroo come out of Australia? Yes, of course. Should we be judging him for it? It depends on how you feel about dogs. The video, which has amassed more than 4.1 million views so far, was first posted on Facebook... More »

Martin Shkreli Now Praising Kids Who Made Cheap Drug

He makes congratulatory video after belittling their work on Twitter

(Newser) - A bunch of Aussie schoolkids produced a $2-a-pill version of a super-expensive anti-parasitic drug ($750 per dose), and the man behind the latter drug's huge price hike is now praising their efforts, Reuters reports. In a YouTube video directed toward students at Sydney Grammar School, ex-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin... More »

Take That, Martin Shkreli: Schoolkids Cook Up $2 Dose

High school students show cheap version of pricey drug is easy to make

(Newser) - Remember Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager who last year founded Turing Pharmaceuticals, acquired an essential anti-parasitic drug, and quickly jacked up its price 55-fold, from $13.50 to $750 a pill? Well, he's just been shown up by a group of high school chemistry students in Australia who'... More »

Great Barrier Reef Lost 22% of Its Coral This Year

It's the biggest one-time die-off on record

(Newser) - This year saw the worst mass die-off of coral ever recorded at the Great Barrier Reef, with the "most-pristine" parts of the reef being hit the hardest, the Guardian reports. One 430-mile section in the northern portion of the 1,400-mile-long reef lost 67% of its shallow-water coral. All... More »

Man Wearing Only 'Me Undies' Helps Catch Perp

Daniel McConnell chased the suspect after hearing 2am car crash

(Newser) - A bystander dressed only in underpants helped police arrest an unlicensed driver who allegedly crashed a car into an Australian takeout restaurant on Thursday then fled, reports the AP . Daniel McConnell says he was lying in bed at home in the Brisbane suburb of Hendra at 2am when a car... More »

Man Gets Bit by Snake. Man Recovers. Man Gets Bit Again

Sigh

(Newser) - Australian kids today probably don't hear much late-'80s glam rock anymore, which may explain why Great White's "once bitten, twice shy" mantra didn't come into play in this story out of Queensland. Per the Brisbane Times and the AP , an 18-year-old contractor was clearing away... More »

A Storm Hit, Then 800 People Couldn't Breathe

4 deaths blamed on 'thunderstorm asthma' in Australia

(Newser) - Four people are dead after an intense thunderstorm in Australia—but flooding or even lightning aren't to blame, reports the Age . In a rare case of "thunderstorm asthma," strong winds near Melbourne on Monday sent massive amounts of rye grass pollen into the air, making it difficult... More »

Australian Tourism Slogan Is Pretty Darn Explicit

Yes, you're reading that right

(Newser) - If Virginia being for lovers makes you blush, a new tourism slogan for Australia's Northern Territory will likely give you heart palpitations. Newshub of New Zealand warns its article "contains language which may offend some people," and there's really no way around that. "CU in... More »

Toad-Hunting Boy Hit by Golf Club, Killed

The 13-year-old immediately went into cardiac arrest

(Newser) - The poisonous cane toad has plagued Australia for the past several years, and while authorities recommend getting rid of the pests as humanely as possibly, i.e. by placing them in refrigerators and then freezers, kids sometimes go hunting for them with golf clubs. Such was the context when tragedy... More »

Danish Tourist Accidentally 'Bodyslammed' Croc, Survives

Results, however, were predictable

(Newser) - A Danish backpacker is recovering in the hospital after running afoul of a freshwater crocodile at Lake Kununurra in northern Australia, the Guardian reports. Johnny Bonde, 27, was leaning over a bank to take a photograph of a snoozing crocodile when he lost his balance and, in his own words,... More »

Cops Find Baby Koala in Woman's Backpack

Alfred will now get a proper home

(Newser) - A woman was arrested "on outstanding matters" during a traffic stop in Brisbane on Sunday with a rather cute companion. Asked if she had anything to declare, the 50-year-old woman handed officers a canvas backpack, claiming a baby koala was inside, reports the BBC . "Not quite believing their... More »

Bathroom Break Leads to Major Prehistoric Discovery

The find changes a lot of what we know about early Australians

(Newser) - "A man getting out of the car to go to the toilet led to the discovery of one of the most important sites in Australian pre-history," archaeologist Giles Hamm tells ABC News . Hamm was surveying a section of Australia's Flinders Ranges when his partner, aboriginal elder Clifford... More »

Hiker Sets Out to Find Himself, Ends Up Lost, Gets Maggots

Andrew Gaskell learned the hard way to heed trail signs

(Newser) - Andrew Gaskell set out to find himself and, well, got lost. The Australian was rescued from the Malaysian jungle on Tuesday after spending two weeks alone in a remote section of Borneo's Mulu National Park. Gaskell had been touring Asia while trying to "come to some sort of... More »

Guy With Epic Mullet Sues Over Memes

He claims they made him look 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Ali Mosslmani, better known as the guy in all those mullet memes , is now the guy suing over all those mullet memes. The Australian teenager is suing three media outlets—the Daily Mail Australia, Daily Telegraph, and KIIS radio—claiming they defamed him by posting altered versions of a photo... More »

2 Kids Had 'Miracle Escape' in Theme Park Tragedy

They're traumatized but physically unharmed

(Newser) - Two Australian children are traumatized but alive after what authorities are calling a miraculous escape in Tuesday's theme park tragedy . The children, a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, both saw their mothers die on Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park and escaped physically unharmed, the Australian ... More »

Women Are Boozing It Up as Much as Men

The ladies have closed the consumption gap over the past 100 years

(Newser) - Women have almost achieved equality with men … when it comes to tying one on. Looking back on the imbibing habits of more than 4 million people globally over the last 100 years or so, Aussie researchers say the ladies have closed the drinking gap with men, partly due to... More »

4 Die in Horrific Theme Park Accident

Victims were thrown from, trapped by ride at Australian park

(Newser) - Police in Queensland, Australia, are investigating a horrific accident that left four people dead on a ride at a popular Gold Coast theme park. Two men and two women in their 30s and 40s died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park on Tuesday, with two people... More »

Scared of Spiders? You Will Be After Seeing This One

It's carrying a mouse

(Newser) - An Australian man has caused squeaks of terror around the world with a video of an enormous spider carrying a mouse up the side of a refrigerator. "Oh, hell, no" and "nope, nope, nope" sum up the more than 80,000 responses to the video , which has been... More »

Bus-Sized Dino Comes With a Surprise

It suggests migration from South America, not Asia

(Newser) - An Australian sheep farmer has discovered a beast far bigger than he's ever handled—along with new clues as to how dinosaurs ended up Down Under. Paleontologists, together with dinosaur enthusiast/sheep farmer David Elliot, say they've uncovered a new monster of a dinosaur belonging to the titanosaur subgroup... More »

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