Arts & Culture

Are Australian snakes the deadliest in the world? Not even close

David Williams, University of Melbourne Many Australians pride themselves on the belief that, of all the countries in the world, their snakes, spiders, jellyfish, centipedes, fish, ticks, bees and ants are the worst. And it’s easy to believe they’re right. After all, there’s a 37-year-old list that says that 21 of the 25 most toxic snakes in the world are ...

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New Yorkers strip for No Pants subway ride

New Yorkers thought it was a hot thing to strip to their underwear in winter – in public – along with pantless crowds in about 60 countries. Miguel Ramos, 24, called himself a “no-pant virgin” in Sunday’s No Pants Subway Ride. It was his first foray into the “international celebration of silliness,” as organisers billed it. The laughter-filled ritual started in New ...

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Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen’s $1 million Christmas gift to Syrian refugees

Showbiz power couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen are set to donate $1 million to charities supporting Syrian refugees, according to The Sunday Times. According to the publication, the couple are donating $500,000 to their Save the Children Christmas appeal which will help protect approximately 250,000 children against a threatened measles outbreak in northern Syria. Another $500,000 will be donated to ...

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Sam Burgess swims with sharks on honeymoon

NRL star Sam Burgess has been swimming with sharks while honeymooning in the Maldives with writer Phoebe Burgess. The pair married just days after Christmas in a ceremony held in the NSW Southern Highlands surrounded by family and friends. The newlyweds have been busy posting images of their holiday to social media showing Phoebe relaxing in the crystal blue water ...

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Q&A with Special FX Makeup artist, Bonnie Corban

At just 21 years old, Bonnie Corban has made a name for herself on the internet as she boasts over 300,000 subscribers for her Special FX Makeup Channel. Sahar Mourad caught up with Bonnie to see how she got to where she is today. How old were you when you decided that making YouTube videos was what you wanted to ...

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Kim Kardashian West welcomes son

The newest member of the Kardashian clan has arrived. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed a baby boy early Saturday in Los Angeles. “He’s here!” the reality star teased on Twitter. An announcement on Kardashian’s website reads, “KANYE AND I WELCOME OUR BABY BOY!” A representative for the couple has confirmed to The Associated Press that the mother and baby were ...

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Police target Melbourne Stereosonic

A week after a woman died from a drug she took at a music festival in Sydney, police in Victoria are urging people not to gamble with their lives at Melbourne’s Stereosonic this weekend. Sniffer dogs and police will be outside and inside the Melbourne Showgrounds to crack down on illicit drugs among the 25,000 people expected to attend the ...

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‘No chance’ of another Gangnam Style: Psy

Gangnam Style star Psy acknowledges he will never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but says he’s perfectly happy being “just another” K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the Gangnam Style music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song – a satire of the luxury lifestyle ...

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New national art prize for refugees and asylum seekers calls for submissions

The City of Greater Dandenong in Victoria has launched a new national art prize for artists with an asylum seeker or refugee background. Home and Art provides an opportunity to celebrate their important contribution to Australia’s cultural and social fabric. Home and Art has been created to recognise artists from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds who may have had to put their artist ...

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Who’s Most Intriguing People is back

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins A-list Aussie celebrities including Rebel Wilson and Chris Hemsworth as Who magazine’s Most Intriguing People. “Everyone in there is intriguing for their own reasons,” editor Shane Sutton told AAP. “It’s an incredibly diverse portfolio.” Sutton said Turnbull’s push to power was an intriguing political move. “We tried to get a sense of the person behind ...

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