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Bird Steals Camera, Takes Some Selfies [VIDEO]

A camera that was set up to capture crocodile movement in Australia wound up with something a little different.

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Enter This Crazy Australian Contest To Win One of 6 Ridiculously Awesome Jobs

Unless your business card says "Professional Hot Fudge Sundae Tester" or "Member of LeBron James’ Entourage," odds are you don't have one of the best jobs in the world. The good people of Australia want to change that, though.

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Van Halen Tour Misses Australia, But Ready to ‘Jump’ to Japan

Van Halen are definitely in demand, which can lead to a few bumps in the road when trying to schedule a world tour. Though the group did reveal plans to visit Japan this year a little while back, it looks as though they’ve not been able to nail down anything where Australia is concerned.

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Watch this 82-Year-Old Former Australian Prime Minister Chug a Beer [VIDEO]

During a cricket match in Sydney earlier this week, Bob Hawke, Australia’s 82-year old former Prime Minister, casually and quickly obliged a fan’s request that he slam a plastic cup full of beer, effectively claiming the title of World’s Coolest Retired Leader.

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‘Today’ Show Finds Monster 2,000-Pound Crocodile [VIDEO]

Fans of Brutus, the monstrous saltwater crocodile, take heart: He’s real! Ever since a photograph of the 18-foot-long, 2000-lb. crocodile surfaced earlier this week, some have alleged that it may have been a hoax.

So, an intrepid crew from ‘Today’ embarked on a tour of the Adelaide River in Australia in search of the massive reptile. Lo and behold, the crew managed to film footage of the approximately 80-year-old animal as it happily munched on buffalo provided by their tour guide. And, disturbingly, Brutus appeared to be every bit as large as the stories said.

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This Day in History for July 9 – Zachary Taylor Dies and More
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This Day in History for July 9 – Zachary Taylor Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1850 – President Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the US, dies after only 16 months in office (More info)

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law (More info)

1900 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom gives royal assent to an act uniting the six Australian colonies as the Commonwealth of Australia (More info)

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ndo Magic’s Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas Go on Planking Spree [PHOTOS]
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Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas Go on Planking Spree [PHOTOS]

Orlando Magic teammates Dwight Howard  and Gilbert Arenas tried their hands at planking -- a bizarre, imported Australian fad wherein people lie face-down and absolutely rigid on strange surfaces. Howard and Arenas documented their best planks, with surfaces including a vending machine and luxury cars, on Twitter. And, yes, planking is better when done by super-tall basketball players. Check out some of their best shots below:

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Did Michael Jackson Give Cocaine to Aaron Carter?
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Did Michael Jackson Give Cocaine to Aaron Carter?

You have to take quotes printed in Australian tabloids with a grain of salt, but nevertheless, OK! magazine is reporting that Aaron Carter has spilled some rather disturbing details about his friendship with Michael Jackson.

In the article, Carter says Jackson offered him wine when he was only 15 -- and that's the tame part. It goes on to quote Carter as saying, "He gave me cocaine. I felt weird about that and other stuff … I admired Michael, but his behavior bothered me a lot. Then my mother called the police."

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Waterspouts Form Off Australian Coast [VIDEO]

Mother Nature threw Australian residents a curve ball Monday when four waterspouts, well, sprouted off the New South Wales coast.

Cameras caught the stunning - and admittedly scary-looking - event, which occurred just north of Sydney. (A local news station claimed the spouts reached upwards of 600 meters, or nearly 2,000 feet.)

Check out video footage of the waterspouts after the jump.

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Australia’s Metropolitan Cities Suffering From ‘Man Drought’
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Australia’s Metropolitan Cities Suffering From ‘Man Drought’

Finding your true love has always been a difficult feat, but female singles in Australia's busy metropolitan areas are facing an extreme case of the lonelies. The reason: a lack of eligible men.

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Online ‘Planking’ Craze Leads to Man’s Death
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Online ‘Planking’ Craze Leads to Man’s Death

The Internet photo sensation called "planking," which can be best described as extreme lying down, led to a 20-year-old Australian man plunging to his death while partaking in the fad this weekend, police said.

Queensland police said the man fell several stories from a Brisbane high-rise early Sunday morning while engaging in the activity, in which the planker lies flat on their stomach in various environments while onlookers capture photos. Those photos are then uploaded to various social media sites.

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Van Halen Down Under?

After a 3 year break from playing live, Van Halen may be about to get their stage legs back this fall, at a festival in Australia. That's the word from Soundwave Revolution, where the band is listed as the headliners of the traveling festival.

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