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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Wombats to Celebrate Wombat Day



SYDNEY — Oct. 22 is an important day for Australians. It is Wombat Day

Much like Christmas Day is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, on Wombat Day we celebrate the birth of wombats. There are no gifts or tree, actually not much happens at all.

The tenth annual Wombat Day passed with little fanfare, a small amount of wombat cakes were baked and a bunch of wombats dug some holes

In celebration of this under-appreciated Aussie legend, here’s all the wombat trivia you will ever need.

Wombats live in south-east Australia, including Tasmania, with a few hanging out in Queensland. They are a protected species Down Under.


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Although it may have similarities with a badger, it’s closest known ancestor is the koala. Except they have upside down pouches and do not climb trees.


They have never been put on a pedestal in Australia, with the koala getting all the street cred. No one knows why, as wombats are obviously the interesting ones.

We don’t even eat them. And Australians eat everything.


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Wombats are obsessed with digging using their teeth and claws and live in burrows 30 metres long.

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Ferguson Protesters Face Off With Police After Michael Brown’s Autopsy Leaked



Demonstrators returned to the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday evening, a day after the autopsy of Michael Brown was leaked to the public

Wednesday also marked the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

The protesters—who have been marching since Aug. 9 when a white police officer killed Brown, an unarmed black teen— continued to call for the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson. The demonstration came as Wilson’s supporters and opponents eagerly wait for a Grand Jury announcement

Meanwhile, the animosity between the two sides has been stoked by multiple leaks of information regarding the shooting of 18-year-old Brown. The latest leak came Tuesday, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released Brown’s autopsy report done by the St. Louis County medical examiner, which had not been made public before. Read more…

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Uber Drivers Protest Outside Company Headquarters in San Francisco



Uber drivers gathered in front of the company’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday afternoon as part of a “global day of protest” organized in major cities across the world.

The drivers are protesting various company policies including slashed fares that have resulted in less pay, a tipping policy they say is misleading and a five-star driver rating system, according to a list of ten demands handed out at the protest. About 50 to 60 demonstrators waved signs and led chants such as “greed is a disease and Uber is infected” while many other Uber vehicles drove by and honked their horns

According to a post on the UberX Drivers Facebook page, police began handing out tickets to honking cars at one point. Read more…

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‘American Horror Story’ Episode 3: Two Faces Are More Evil Than One



The freaks come out at night, just not on Halloween

In the third episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, conjoined twins Bette and Dot learn that freak show acts are terrified of performing on Halloween because of the legendary Edward Mordrake, an aristocrat with a demonic face on the back of his head

“Edward Mordrake, Pt. 1″ introduces Wes Bentley as the two-faced Edward, who in the 1800s was driven mad because his second face whispered evil things to him “only spoken of in hell.” After escaping an asylum, Edward’s demented side and continued insanity lead him to kill everyone in an entire freak show and then hang himself on one deadly Halloween Read more…

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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

An anonymous reader writes Microsoft today launched a new section on its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it’s time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company’s employees dream up.

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Air New Zealand Takes Passengers to Middle-earth With Hobbit Safety Video



SYDNEY — Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, is at it again.

The creative airline is celebrating the launch of the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy with a new safety video.

In what they dub “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” Air New Zealand makes the most boring, yet important, part of the flight a little more bearable.

The glorious clip features cameos from stars of the trilogy, Elijah Wood, Dean O’Gorman and Sylvester McCoy, as the viewer takes a safety journey through Middle-earth

It isn’t the first time Air New Zealand has created an interesting safety video using The Hobbit. In 2012 the airline released An Unexpected Briefing, to promote the first movie in the trilogy. Read more…

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Camera-Covered Jacket Is the Ultimate in Sartorial Surveillance



City streets in London and New York are increasingly tracking crime through the use of public surveillance cameras. But what happens if you’re attacked or robbed in an area that doesn’t have any cameras?

That’s the question a pair of South Korea-based artists attempted to answer when they created the Aposematic Jacket, a blazer festooned with cameras connected to the web

Conceived by Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun, and stitched together by former Giorgio Armani designer Jehee Sheen, the jacket houses nearly 50 cameras pointing in all directions, and conceals a battery pack that powers the system Read more…

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The Cloud, Schnitzels Boost Some of Australia’s Fastest Growing Companies



SYDNEY — An annual list of fast-growing companies in Australia has been released, with a cloud-based company scoring the coveted first place.

The highly respected Business Review Weekly‘s Fast 100 list, is made up of companies with the fastest growth rate for revenue across a four-year period

Kloud Solutions, which specialises in moving businesses to cloud-based storage, topped the list with a 273% average annual growth over the past four years

Former Microsoft employee Nicki Bowers had the idea for the company after she spotted a gap in the market when the cloud was still a fluffy white thing in the sky. It was founded in 2010 and the company turned over more than $19 million in the last financial year, with goals set for $50 million this year. Read more…

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Google Inbox Hands On: An App With an Identity Crisis



Google announced a brand new app for Gmail Wednesday morning, called Inbox. No, you’re not imagining things; there is a Gmail app already. No, Inbox doesn’t replace it; it’s just another option for how to view your Gmail on your smartphone.

So what problem — and there are, of course, many problems with email — does Inbox solve? Google answered that, albeit not very successfully, with one of those product launch videos that is practically a parody of itself. We see people skateboarding, running along beaches, getting into taxis, taking selfies. Inbox was introduced as “an inbox that works for you.” (So is Google saying regular Gmail doesn’t work for you?) Features mentioned, include the ability to add reminders, bundle similar messages, and highlight important messages, apparently so you can get back to your skateboards, beaches, taxis and selfies Read more…

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Political Party Accused of ‘Grave Robbing’ For Using Dead Prime Minister’s Photo



MELBOURNE — The death of former prime minister Gough Whitlam was felt far and wide by Australia yesterday.

Leading the Labor Party to victory in the 1972 after 23 years of conservative rule, Whitlam’s legacy lives on in the mind of progressives, who paid tribute to his landmark achievements, including universal health care and the recognition of Aboriginal land rights

Rest in Peace Gough Whitlam.
The Prime Minister we had to have.

— George Megalogenis (@GMegalogenis) October 20, 2014

But not all tributes were so well-received, such as the following post shared via social media by Greens senator Lee Rhiannon. It featured a portrait of Whitlam, complete with the Greens’ logo and branding Read more…

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