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The sand hostel is here for all your sand-related accommodation needs

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At this place, the last thing you can do is complain about the sand in your shoes.

The world’s first sand hostel has opened up on the beaches of the Gold Coast, Australia, allowing guests to stay over and admire the sand beneath their toes. 

Uh, did we mention there’s a lot of sand?

Image: HOSTELWORLD

Production designer, Jon Dowding, who has been involved in Mad Max and The Blue Lagoon, is behind the design of the hostel, which uses approximately 24 tonnes of sand.

It’s part of a promotion for booking site Hostelworld, and so you’d need to win a spot or book through its website to stay in its eight-bed dorm or one private double room. Although, the sand hostel only open between Sept. 20 to 22, so you’ve probably missed that boat. Read more…

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Goldfish, released into the wild, are somehow surviving in saltwater

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In case you didn’t know, goldfish aren’t meant to survive in saltwater.

Yet that’s what James Tweedley and researchers from the Centre of Fish and Fisheries at Murdoch University discovered in the Vasse and Wonnerup estuaries, located in south-western Australia. 

They’ve been surveying the invasion of goldfish in these waterways, the results of which have been published in an article in the journal, International Aquatic Research. And well, it’s not looking good.

“If you have a goldfish at home, you’d just put it in a tank with tap water which has a salinity of zero,” Tweedley explained. “By comparison the ocean has a salinity of about 35, and we found [the goldfish] in about 17 — which is halfway between the two, but a lot more than we’d expect.” Read more…

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So, Australia just had its warmest winter on record

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Australians have just wrapped up the warmest winter on record, according to a new report.

The Climate Council’s report, titled Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter, found that Australia’s winter had the highest maximum temperatures on record — reaching nearly 2ºC above average.

But while Australians were able to leave a few layers at home, ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes reminds y’all that it’s not a positive thing — how about that climate change?

“Without any meaningful action to tackle climate change, we will continue to see many more hot winters, just like this, as global temperatures rise,” she said on the Climate Council website. “We must take meaningful action to strongly reduce Australia’s emissions from fossil fuels.” Read more…

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‘Moana’ is helping young New Zealanders keep in touch with the Maori language

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Moana broke the mold with its portrayal of Polynesian culture on the big screen. 

In New Zealand, this celebration of heritage is having a real impact, where a translated version of the movie is helping make the Māori language appealing to young people, according to a report in The New York Times.

Once the predominant language in New Zealand, the Māori language (te reo) was gradually pushed out as English speakers settled in the country, according to Te Ara

Speaking te reo was officially discouraged by the late 19th century, eventually leading to the language’s decline, and the fear te reo would die out in the mid-20th century. By the 1970s, Māori reasserted their identity and pushed for the language to be taught in schools. Read more…

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Wedding guest shares photo of five other people wearing same dress

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Finding other people with the same outfit can be annoying, but at least these guys found the humour in it.

Debbie Speranza from Sydney, Australia found herself in quite an extraordinary situation with five other women wearing the same dress at a wedding, purchased at the same clothing chain — Forever New.

“You really should start a bridal registry so that your customers can enquire whether anyone else has purchased one of your dresses for the same event,” she wrote on the chain’s Facebook page on Sunday. Too good. Read more…

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Hero driver rescues possum being harassed by two birds

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No one likes a bully.

Especially Laurence Kirk in Sydney, Australia, who decided to take matters into his own hands when he spotted two magpies giving a possum on the road a hard time.

Beeping the confrontation didn’t seem to work, so Kirk decides to hop out and deal with the matter — taking the possum off the road and escorting it back into nature. What a guy. Read more…

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Ellen DeGeneres declares support for marriage equality in Australia in the sweetest way

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Australia’s marriage equality debate has sparked the attention of celebrities and major companies worldwide, including Ellen DeGeneres.

Australians are currently in the midst of a non-binding, non-compulsory nationwide survey asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Parliament can make the change now, but before it does, it’s taking the country’s temperature on the matter. 

Declaring her support for the ‘Yes’ vote to her casual 73.5 million Twitter followers, the dance-happy comedian posted a very sweet message on Monday, featuring her wife of nine years, Australian-American actor Portia de Rossi.  Read more…

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Nicole Kidman’s powerful Emmy speech sheds light on domestic violence

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It’s a long time coming, but Nicole Kidman took home her first ever Emmy on Sunday night.

The actress won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a limited series or movie for her role as Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies, and Kidman made sure to use the spotlight for an important issue.

In Big Little Lies, Kidman’s character is involved in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. It’s a role the actress acknowledged how difficult it was to play

During her acceptance speech, Kidman thanked her family for their sacrifices in letting her work on the show, but also how it brought to light the issue of domestic violence. Read more…

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ABBA, of all people, are planning to tour as holograms

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You’re probably guilty of knowing all the words to “Dancing Queen.”

It’s why the Swedish pop group is planning a global tour, more than three decades after their last official tour before disbanding in 1982. But they won’t be there in person, despite reuniting for a performance in 2016 that no one managed to record.

Instead, they’ll be recreated into “digital avatars” for a virtual reality tour in 2019, something which was hinted on their Facebook page last October. This, despite all members of ABBA being very much alive. Read more…

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Intrepid koala hangs on for dear life to a car axle for 10 miles

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If you ever get trapped in a sticky situation, just think of this koala. 

Kelli the Koala found a new home up against the axle of a parked car in Adelaide, Australia last weekend. Then, the car started moving and Kelli was stuck. 

The koala held on for 10 miles until the driver noticed her “traumatized cries,” BBC reported. One rescuer even said she smelled the animal’s burnt fur. 

.@SA_MFS Firefighters had the #koalifications to extricate & rescue #KelliTheKoala from a tight spot. Couldn’t #bear to leave her there 🐨 pic.twitter.com/cORrc1Uc7u

— SA Metropolitan Fire (@SA_MFS) September 15, 2017 Read more…

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