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Forbidden Island, U.S.A.

The following is an article from the newest volume of the Bathroom Reader series, Uncle John’s 24-Karat Bathroom Reader. If you’ve ever visited the Hawaiian islands, you may already know that one of them, Niihau, west of Kauai, is off-limits to outsiders. Here’s the story of how that came to be, and what life on the [...]

Strange Geographies: Cape Tribulation

When most people picture Australia, the endless brown wastelands of the Outback come to mind; after all, it is the world’s driest country. But there’s a lesser-known landscape nestled far in the country’s remote northeast that’s anything but dry and barren; through the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland run mighty rivers and dramatic waterfalls, [...]

7 Great Misconceptions About Australia

As an Australian, I’m greeted with open arms whenever I go overseas. It’s great to be liked… but though I hate to admit it, there are a few things people get wrong about us. I’m afraid I don’t have a pet kangaroo, I don’t live on a wide-open Outback farm, I don’t eat copious amounts [...]