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Australian Couple Charged under Environmental Protection Act for … Noisy Sex

With the complaint that listed "screaming, loud moaning, swearing and raised voices," Colin MacKenzie and Jessica Angel became the first couple charged with offenses under Australia’s Environmental Protection Act for … noisy sex: Police patrols [...]

Does the Key to the City Actually Open Anything?

LOUIS LANZANO/Landov The short answer: no. The long answer: Once upon a time, being presented with the key to the city served a real function. In ancient times, when it was common for European towns to be ringed by walls, visiting dignitaries were presented with a key to the city gate as a gesture of trust [...]

Cher’s Key to the City Sold on eBay

Officials in Adelaide, Australia, were not happy to see the honor they bestowed upon singer Cher for sale at eBay. The Key to the City was sold early today on the auction site. Mayor Stephen Yarwood said he was “exceptionally disappointed.” “It must be very embarrassing for her if she is selling it because she needs [...]

7 Stories of 7 Incredible Siamese Twins

Just about everyone is familiar with Chang and Eng as they are by far the most famous of all Siamese twins, but there’s still probably plenty of information you didn’t know about these two brothers. For example, the term “Siamese twins” was actually based on them. There’s also a chance you know someone related to [...]

Geek Busts Teen’s Party with Technology

The folks are away, so it’s time to party! Or so David Rowe’s teenage daughter thought. How could her dad find out if he’s hundreds of miles away? The geek way, of course, by measuring his house’s power consumption using [...]

Car parks itself in neighbour’s garage

A car reported solen turned out to have rolled back and parked itself inside a neighbour’s garage. The car was reported stolen in Adelaide, Australia …

What’s With All the Mustaches? The Origins of Movember

Forster Forest / Shutterstock.com Movember, like many other brilliant ideas, was born of a drunken, meandering conversation in a bar. It was 2003, in a pub in Adelaide, Australia. A couple of friends were talking about the cyclical nature of style and wondered why the mustache hadn’t made its glorious return, Quetzalcoatl-like, to the mainstream. They decided that the [...]

The 2011 Zombie Invasion Schedule

Zombies make their appearances here and there all through the year, but you will see more of them this month. Between World Zombie Day on October 8 and Halloween on October 31, the nation and even the world will be crawling with zombies. If you are a zombie (or want to be one), find out [...]

Chernoff and the Face Value of Numbers

Herman Chernoff A smiley-face is very expressive, statistically. By tweaking the eyes, mouth and other bits, you can literally put a meaningful face on any jumble of numbers. Herman Chernoff pointed this out in 1973 in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, in a monograph called “The Use of Faces to Represent Points in K-Dimensional [...]

The Amazing Imitating Lyrebird

The lyre bird attracts its mates by doing accurate impressions of the other birds in the forest. When they are put an urban setting though, they quickly start copying the other noises they hear instead though, whether that means cars, construction equipment or camera noises. Here’s one doing its thing at the Adelaide Zoo. On an [...]