Ikea Showrooms Are Being Listed on Australian Airbnb

Most kids want to stay overnight at the museum of planetarium. But certain weirdos, like me, always wanted to sleep over at Ikea, amongst the endless rows of futons and 99 cent Swedish doo-dads. Now, we're getting our chance, thanks to an Airbnb promo with Ikea that will rent out beds overnight. » 8/21/14 10:10am 8/21/14 10:10am

The Anti-Skyscraper Law That Shaped Sydney, Australia

When we look at visions of the future from the 20th century we often imagine the lone inventor or solitary artist concocting the fantastical world of tomorrow in isolation. But it's amazing how frequently both government regulation and the lack of regulation can influence the future of a given city in ways we don't… » 8/13/14 5:44pm 8/13/14 5:44pm

Here's a satirical glimpse of Earth's dystopian future

Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet, cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they're during a nuclear winter. » 7/23/14 11:17pm 7/23/14 11:17pm

The Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passed Its First Big Test

Tiresome TSA security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the Socceroos. » 7/14/14 10:33am 7/14/14 10:33am

Super-Specific Artisanal Goods Might Be Bad for the Economy

You'd think a renewed focus on handmade products would be good for a country's economy. That's not the sentiment in Australia, where a new report is claiming that handcrafted industries which require more employee hours, like bread baking and winemaking, are to blame for the country's sagging productivity. » 5/04/14 3:00pm 5/04/14 3:00pm

This guy's job pays him $94,000 to have as much fun as possible

Stuck in your cubicle? Dreading work tomorrow? Wish you could go out, have fun, spend money, not work and still get paid? Then you (and every other person in this world) want to trade places with Andrew Smith. His job is Chief Funster for New South Wales in Australia. As in his job is to have fun. Seriously. » 4/10/14 10:16pm 4/10/14 10:16pm

This Pub Built With Concrete Pipes is Surprisingly Elegant and Cozy

Concrete pipes never looked so inviting. At the Prahran Hotel, a pub in Australia, stacks of pre-cast concrete tubes have been turned into cozy, wood-paneled booths for sharing a pint or two. From the outside, they look like kegs (get it?) or portholes—in any case, nothing remotely as dystopian as the phrase "concrete… » 4/08/14 6:40pm 4/08/14 6:40pm

This Cool Coastal House Looks Like It's Floating Over The Ocean

How's this for a freaking view? The Pole House in Fairhaven, Australia towers 131 feet over a wooded hill. From this vantage point on solid ground it looks like some kind of crazy domestic hovercraft, but once you're inside it's all horizon all the time through the unobstructed floor-to-ceiling windows. » 4/01/14 5:20pm 4/01/14 5:20pm

This New School of Architecture is a Crazy Canyon of Concrete and Wood

What an amazing building this turned out to be, the new Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. Designed by London's CRAB studio—led by Gavin Robotham and Sir Peter Cook, whose work you might know from Archigram—the 27,000 square-foot structure has just been completed and now faces… » 2/16/14 11:00am 2/16/14 11:00am

Australian Sharks Will Now Be Tweeting Their Locations

There's a great, bloody shark war going on in Western Australia right now. After six deaths in two years—making Western Australia the deadliest place on earth for shark attacks—the state has ratcheted up its side of the war by deciding to kill sharks. Lots of 'em. Any shark within one kilometer of the beach will be… » 12/28/13 7:00pm 12/28/13 7:00pm

Real life Jurassic Park exists in Australia and everyone needs to go

We're going to Australia, everybody. You, me, your mother, my neighbor, your dog, the guy on the subway, the girl in the book store, everybody. Why? Because they've built the closest thing to a real life Jurassic Park there. Called Palmersaurus Dinosaur Park, it's home to 160 animatronic dinosaurs that move, blink,… » 12/16/13 7:21pm 12/16/13 7:21pm

Miners Spill a Million Liters of Radioactive Acid in a National Park

Oopsie. About a million liters of radioactive acid sludge accidentally poured out of a tank at the Ranger uranium mine in northern Australia. As if the spill itself weren't bad enough, the mine is also located in the Kakadu National Park, where most of Crocodile Dundee was filmed. That place is a national treasure. » 12/09/13 2:40pm 12/09/13 2:40pm

Real life Mario Kart is ridiculously fast and even more fun

Mario Kart just might be the funnest video game in the entire world. Only the soulless can't find enjoyment in go kart racing with super fast Mushroom speed, red shells and Nintendo characters. So you can imagine the even more ridiculous levels of fun you can have if you turned Mario Kart into a real life race against… » 12/05/13 10:54pm 12/05/13 10:54pm

Video shows eagle stealing a camera and taking it for a 68-mile spin

The Australian ABC News service has posted this video captured by a sea eagle. The bird stole a wildlife camera in a crocodile meat trap in the Margaret River, Western Australia, taking it on a 68-mile trip. The camera was found by aboriginal rangers weeks later, at a different river. » 12/02/13 7:37pm 12/02/13 7:37pm