Two wheels good, four wheels bad

Because the Vietnamese pretty much drive out of the birth canal on two wheels, they miss out on a formative experience we take for granted: adapting to four-wheeled transport.

As a result, no long-haul bus ride in Vietnam is complete without at least half the passengers vomiting into plastic bags, tying those bags up, then flinging them out the window throughout the entirety of the journey. It’s a case of projectile vomit turned vomit projectiles.

Home

Many miles away, "home" no longer conjures up your bedroom, your letterbox; it's your continent, your hemisphere. Traveling back from the other side of the world, I have become dewy-eyed over crossings of the equator, expanding my sense of home turf to half of the whole globe. For this one moment, my far-flung fellow antipodeans - Chileans, Tanzanians - become my next-door neighbours.

The best fat joke the world will ever hear

I gasped so forcefully that I was literally propelled backwards. Only my massive fatness stopped me from keeling right over. I clutched my hands to my chest in shock. It was perfection. It had everything. An insult masquerading as flattery, ingenious wordplay, and a diabolical one-two finish about how fat girls can’t get a guy.  
 

A tale of two cuties

This is the story of a little green parrot and a fluffy sugar glider with beautiful big brown eyes. 

Or, as researchers from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society tell it, this is the story of forests scattered with dead parrots and the “deceptively cute” sugar gliders eating them into extinction. 

With a plot like that, it’s no wonder this gruesome tale has attracted a huge amount of public attention. 

Citizen scientists take on a nuclear crisis

These citizen scientists – including mothers with school-age children, retirees and farmers – work in small lead-lined rooms tucked away behind village shops, testing the levels of radioactive caesium in produce brought in by other concerned locals, and sometimes also providing checks with full body counters.

At Chau Long Market

Back when I lived in Newtown, the most upsetting sight in my day-to-day life was the wind-up frog that was on display in a bucket outside the two-dollar shop, forever swimming but going nowhere.

Nathan and I used to talk about stealing him, and setting him free in the canal. 

There are frogs here too, in the market where I go almost every day. But they don't wind up, and they're not so lucky as to have a bucket.

Just cause

At 31, Jennifer Robinson has already notched up several lifetimes’ worth of achievements.

Robinson is best-known as a legal adviser to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, but she’s also Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University of Sydney, Director of Legal Advocacy for the Bertha Foundation, and a passionate advocate for self-determination and human rights in West Papua.