This Is Why You Should Never Creep Up On A Spider

One thing spiders are known for, aside from their creepiness, is their sneakiness. Their ability to silently move around and scare the crap out of you by appearing out of nowhere is sort of their trademark. However, when you turn the tables and start creeping up on spiders…well, let’s just say they don’t like that very much.

It’s a terrifying fact that one young Australian learned in literally the worst way possible…

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That’s just too much nope to handle. Sadly, we don’t know exactly what happened after the spider charged him, but I think we can make an educated guess…

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/creeping-spider/

Julie Bishop Describes Serious Diplomatic Relationships With Emoji

Exclusive: World’s first political emoji interview.

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, simply loves using emojis to make a point. In a BuzzFeed News exclusive, we sat down with her for the world’s first political emoji interview.

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1. We started off with a simple one to get the ball rolling.

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2. But it turns out that her emoji patronus is a monkey.

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3. When asked to hand out emoji spirit animals to others, she gave prime minister Tony Abbott the running man. Is he running to his right?

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4. And the man tipped to challenge Abbott for the top job got the iPhone. Is that because he loves working the phones?

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5. Meanwhile, she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is embodied in the red-faced angry man.

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6. Bishop is famous for her morning running routine. Does she enjoy a dance also? Maybe.

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7. And when it comes to her downtime…

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8. …she’s just like us tbh.

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9. But what about some serious emoji-plomacy? Let’s put Australia’s relationships into perspective.

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10. Then there’s Australia’s biggest trading partner and Asian neighbour.

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11. Australia’s most intense relationship at the moment is with Indonesia, which is set to execute two Australians for drug smuggling. The presence of “pensive face” is telling here.

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12. Bishop’s position on marriage equality is “open hands”, which in this case could be interpreted as “jazz hands”.

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13. The other elephant in the room is Bishop’s soaring popularity, which comes as Abbott’s sinks. So does she want his job?

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14. And finally, we found out her secret weapon emoji.

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It’s the emoji mind of Australia’s forward-thinking foreign minister.

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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/emoji-plomacy

Hillary Clinton says she respects role of guns in our culture

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have traded paint a few times as they race toward the Democratic nomination, with democratic socialist Sanders consistently pushing Hillary Clinton to the right. The reliablyliberal Sanders seems to be all over the road when it comes to guns and gun control, though, giving Clinton some breathing room to talk guns during her visit to New Hampshire today.

Raise your hand if you can picture Hillary Clinton firing a gun.

For someone who reportedly respects the role of guns in American culture, Clinton hassaid in debates that Australian-style gun control(handgun confiscation) is “worth considering.”

That sounds like common sense gun control to us; keeping firearmslocked in a gun locker’s a good idea too.

These days, though, Hillary’s hunting for votes and most often seen shooting selfies.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/10/29/hillary-clinton-says-she-respects-role-of-guns-in-american-culture-can-shoot-more-than-just-selfies/

27 Reasons New Zealand Should Be Off Your Bucket List

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.

1. Welcome to New Zealand…or Australia Jr.

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2. What the hell is this wasteland?!

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3. The second you land here, you’re exposed to the horrible views the country has to offer.

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4. That skyline. YUCK!

5. Really OLD theatres.

6. Mediocre sunsets.

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7. Look at this disgusting mess.

8. As if you’d want to visit the set of this dumb movie that no one saw.

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9. What was the name of it again?

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10. Why is the sky that colour?! Eww.

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11. No Instagram filter can make this sight bearable.

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12. Look at these ski fields…MEH!

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13. And ugly hills that remind you of the dark time you had Windows XP.

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14. What the hell is that!?

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15. Urgh.

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16. YUCK!

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17. Definitely photoshopped!

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18. Hopefully this is a road out of New Zealand.

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19. You can only hope this boat would get you out of here.

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20. Wait, nevermind! The country is completely surrounded by water! You’re trapped here!

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21. Urgh. And don’t get us started on this so-called “food”.

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22. There’s whales…but where can’t you see them?!

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23. ~Wow soooooo funnnnn!!~

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24. Would take a concrete jungle over this crap any day.

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25. Just everywhere you look is painful on the eyes!

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26. Long story short, just take this advice…

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27. Don’t go to New Zealand.

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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/nicholaswray/nz-sux

What’s Happening On This Australian Beach Looks Absolutely Alien. It’s Not, Right?

One of the worst feelings in the world is walking down a beautiful, sandy beach and then suddenly stepping on something sharp or squishy (gross). Lots of creatures live near or in the ocean, and sometimes you get a nasty surprise. But what would you do if you saw an army of green globs wash ashore on your local beach? You’d probably freak out, wouldn’t you?

When these strange spheres appeared one day, t people of Dee Why, Australia, did a little research before sending the entire world into a panic. These creepy-looking creatures spotted on the sand are not aliens, but marimo, a type of algae. Yes, they’re living beings, and they’re nothing to worry about. Just ask the people of Japan and Scotland, where marimo washed up on their shores in the past. Some, in fact, keep the marimo as pets. Take a look!  

Marimo typically grow on rocks, but sometimes waves knock them off of the hard surface.

As the waves continue to push them about, they usually become rounded like a ball.

“Marimo” is actually Japanese for “bouncy plant.”

They might not make very exciting plants, but since all they need is sunlight and water for survival, you can’t beat how easy it is to care for them.

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Wow. What an interesting thing. That ocean is just full of mysteries, isn’t it? While I’ll admit they don’t seem like aliens, I don’t know if I’ll be taking one in as a pet anytime soon. (Actually, I guess they are pretty cute. We’ll see!)

Read more: http://viralnova.com/australian-beach-alien-lookalikes/

Josh Thomas Is Famous In Australia And He Makes Delicious Chicken

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1. This is Josh Thomas, the 27-year-old star of the Australian comedy series Please Like Me.

This is Josh Thomas, the 27-year-old star of the Australian comedy series Please Like Me .

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The series, which debuted its second season earlier this month on Pivot in the U.S. and ABC in Australia, centers on Thomas’ character, also named Josh. The first season began with Josh’s understated coming out and his mother’s suicide attempt; the second season begins with twentysomething Josh’s surprising new baby half-sister and his mother’s manic episode.

When the actual plot is explained, it’s clear that everything happening is fairly dramatic, but when you’re watching the show, somehow the Big Things that are so often Dramatic are treated with a comedic touch that manages to be light without making light of anything. They’re going for realism, Thomas told BuzzFeed, but it’s also narrative, and “stuff has to happen.” When you reflect on the show, he said, you realize, though, “Wow, he’s had a really rough fortnight.”

2. The episodes of Please Like Me nearly always include Josh cooking something, and so on a hot Monday in Los Angeles, he came to my apartment with no air conditioning to make chicken parma.

The episodes of Please Like Me nearly always include Josh cooking something, and so on a hot Monday in Los Angeles, he came to my apartment with no air conditioning to make chicken parma.

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Just after 2:30 p.m. on a sweltering afternoon, the Australian comedian-writer-actor showed up in Little Armenia with a cool patterned bag and a publicist.

3. I apologized for the lack of air conditioning and showed him the ingredients.

I apologized for the lack of air conditioning and showed him the ingredients.

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The chicken breasts, as you can see in the photograph, were enormous, grotesquely enormous. Clearly, the bird that bore those breasts had not lived a very happy life.

“This poor chicken. The things we put it through,” Thomas said ruefully, and then launched into a story about his own possibly dead chickens — Melinda, Genevieve, and Adele — hens he and his boyfriend, also named Josh, had to give up. Putting out food for your chickens, Thomas said, is just like putting out food for rats, and “you don’t want rats in your house.” He and his boyfriend put up an ad on what he described as the Craigslist of Australia that said: “Free to a good home.” One day, while Thomas was out, but his boyfriend was home, a man who seemed to want to eat Melinda, Genevieve, and Adele picked them up.

“Somebody’s colon? That’s not a good home. That’s a bad home,” Thomas said.

4. We wrapped two grotesque chicken breasts in cling wrap and pounded them with a rolling pin.

We wrapped two grotesque chicken breasts in cling wrap and pounded them with a rolling pin.

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“You’re very firm,” he said to me a few times.

5. “I don’t know about this side; I don’t think it’s supposed to look like that,” said Thomas.

“I don’t know about this side; I don’t think it’s supposed to look like that,” said Thomas.

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Admittedly, it looked awful, but when does a chicken breast look nice?

6. In the U.S., egg yolks are “the wrong color”!

In the U.S., egg yolks are "the wrong color"!

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Egg yolks in the U.S. are what Thomas described as “neon yellow” and “wrong” because in the U.S. the chickens eat so much corn! He also said that brown and white eggs are the same on the inside: Why do Americans separate them in packaging? I was learning so many things, and he hadn’t even taught me how to bread chicken yet.

7. He said he was excited that this was my first time breading chicken and insisted that I use one hand to touch the breast.

He said he was excited that this was my first time breading chicken and insisted that I use one hand to touch the breast.

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Coat it in flour, dip it in egg scramble, press into a pile of bread crumbs.

8. Bread crumbs got all over the floor, but in a fun way, like walking through bubble wrap.

Bread crumbs got all over the floor, but in a fun way, like walking through bubble wrap.

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9. While we were breading the chicken breasts, no one had turned on the oven. “I stuffed up,” Thomas said.

While we were breading the chicken breasts, no one had turned on the oven. "I stuffed up," Thomas said.

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10. Also, I couldn’t find my cheese grater and so he was forced to slice up the parmesan.

Also, I couldn't find my cheese grater and so he was forced to slice up the parmesan.

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11. Once the breasts were breaded, we fried them up.

Once the breasts were breaded, we fried them up.

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For one horrifying moment, it seemed like I didn’t have any pans that were both stove and oven-safe that would fit a piece of chicken of such girth, but then I found two and Thomas wedged them in and it was fine. He was sweating slightly because of the poor ventilation and the oven.

12. Thomas put sauce and ham and cheese on the chicken and then slid them into the oven.

Thomas put sauce and ham and cheese on the chicken and then slid them into the oven.

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Thomas had to check on the chicken every few minutes because, even though there were four people in the room including the publicist and the photographer, no one had noted the time of oven entry. While the chicken was baking, Thomas talked about his personal trainer, who is very harsh but lovable because of his beauty.

13. The chicken was done and it was perfect.

The chicken was done and it was perfect.

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Apparently chicken parma is “a big deal” in Melbourne, where Thomas lives, and every pub has “parma night,” so making this chicken dish is practically a cultural rite of passage.

“This has been really successful, what we just did here,” he said, looking lovingly at the perfectly browned mozzarella and parmesan.

14. Look how happy he is.

Look how happy he is.

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15. I mean, really.

I mean, really.

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16. We both cut the enormous, one-pound chicken breasts in half.

We both cut the enormous, one-pound chicken breasts in half.

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17. Thomas insisted we take a photograph of the inside of the chicken, “so people can see how wet it is.”

Thomas insisted we take a photograph of the inside of the chicken, "so people can see how wet it is."

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It was perfectly cooked. Very moist. Exactly what you want chicken to be.

18. He ate half of his chicken breast and then kept eating the second half and told his publicist they had to leave because he would finish it if he stayed.

He ate half of his chicken breast and then kept eating the second half and told his publicist they had to leave because he would finish it if he stayed.

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Before he left, I asked if he had anything to add, and Thomas said he did not “as long as you tell people how wet the chicken was.” It was very wet, people.

19. Please Like Me airs Fridays at 10:30 p.m. on Pivot. The title may make it sound desperate but it is likable.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/arianelange/josh-thomas-please-like-me-chicken