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I’m going back to Australia and I’m a liiiiittle too excited. I don’t have a ton of free time but I want to visit some of the places you suggest in Melbourne. Love raw, vegan food. Love coffee. Love sweet treats. Love gorgeous views. Let me know! 

You know that feeling of anxiety when you leave you fish in someone else’s care for a few days ( long enough for a water change). Now image that person is a 16 yr old that can’t even remember that she put food in the microwave thirty seconds ago and you are going to Australia for 4 months.

lol the concept of dan and phil referring to the place they share together as ‘home’ and where their parents’ live as ‘my parents’ place’ or ‘my parents’ house’ is something that fucks me up every day because they say it so off-handedly and so naturally like…they made a home out of shitty furnitures that they haven’t bothered to change since 2012 and candles and houseplants and plushies and dvds and videogames and photos and paintings and little cracks on the floor and countless of mugs and colorful bright decoration and things that remind the other of each other like what the fuck dan and phil have a home together in london dan and phil have each other as a home what kind of government bullshit is this 

The Extinct Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger

The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times.  It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped lower back) or the Tasmanian wolf.  Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is believed to have become extinct in the 20th century.  It was the last extant member of its family, Thylacinidae;  specimens of other members of the family have been found in the fossil record dating back to the late Oligocene.

The Thylacine had become extremely rare or extinct on the Australian mainland before British settlement of the continent, but it survived on the island of Tasmania along with several other endemic species, including the Tasmanian Devil.  Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally blamed for its extinction, but other contributing factors may have been disease, the introduction of dogs, and human encroachment into its habitat.  Despite its official classification as extinct, sightings are still reported, though none has been conclusively proven.

About the video:  Compilation of all five known Australian silent films featuring the recently extinct thylacines, shot in Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, Australia. Benjamin, the last specimen, is shown in the footage starting from 2:05.  The clips are separated by fades.

Video Source (public domain);  reference

Do non-Australians know the story of how Canberra, our nation’s glorious capital, was founded? If not, gather round.

Most folks think Sydney or Melbourne is the capital of Australia, but no, that would actually make sense, and Canberra is not here to make sense. Canberra is here because Mum and Dad didn’t want to play favourites with the bickering children.

Basically, after Federation in 1901 when Australia became a country in its own right instead of just a bunch of Britain’s convict colonies, people couldn’t decide whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the capital. There was a huge rivalry between the cities (one that still exists today. Melbourne is better btw) and they squabbled and fought for YEARS over who would get it, until finally in 1908 they decided, “right. NEITHER of you get to be the capital.” They compromised by building a city entirely from scratch halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, smack-dab in the middle of the bush. Observe:

(Look at that tiny void of despair.)

For some reason the city planners also decided that grids and sensible symmetrical roads weren’t desirable for the capital, so the city layout is a mess of circles and hexagons and triangles and weird geometrical shapes. Roundabouts. Roundabouts everywhere. And since it’s literally just Parliament House dumped in the middle of nowhere, the city is entirely surrounded by dense bush and there are real problems with kangaroos invading the suburbs, and every summer there’s a good chance it could burn down because of bushfires. It’s so far away from anything that no-one lives there unless they have to, and the people who have to live there are the ones who need to work there, and the ones who need to work there are all politicians. It’s a city full of Tony Abbotts, tbh. Truly a dismal, dismal place. 

tl;dr Canberra is a tiny custom-built nightmare of roundabouts, kangaroos, fires and politicians that exists solely to punish us because Sydney and Melbourne were like bickering siblings who couldn’t get their shit together.

I am a Huge Nerd for alien and human interactions that go across tumblr (space Australia and Stabby come to mind) but like for real what about the human concept of luck? Each culture has its own, too, and also superstition so like this human will go nowhere near black cats but others are just like ‘oh kitty kitty kitty’.

Try to explain to someone that doesn’t understand that breaking a mirror is more than just a glass hazard. No it’s not a mystical mirror or a religious thing. It’s just a mirror, you broke it, now you get 7 earth years of bad luck. Is to the day? Who knows. But 7 years dude.

Or like that one person who always has stuff break around them. 'Why are they banned from the engine room?’ 'Just trust us Nyrak.’

Or what about people who things always go outrageously right for. That person where any number of the things that happen should not even be able to happen, and yet here we are.

That person that has the luck/innate skill to balance anything on their nose.

Lucky numbers. The importance of the zodiac too, while we’re at it. “The stars are not in alignment” 'have you been reading that human newspaper again Marshal?’ “No, Lydia, shut up” ,Are your species sensitive to the stars, humans?, “Nyark you know if I could explain it I would but I honestly cannot”

Good luck explaining Murphy’s Law to aliens who do not have the concept of luck or cosmic mythical interference.