People near a Perth, Australia, home heard a man yelling “why don’t you die!” and a toddler screaming. Police were called, and found the yelling man trying to kill a spider. www.bbc.com
The Ungeniused podcast looks at that time in 1932 when farmers in western Australia used soldiers armed with machine guns to fight bands of marauding emus.
Tectonic shift moves Australia at the brisk rate of 2.7 inches northward a year, with a slight clockwise rotation as well. That means every couple of decades the nation needs to adjust coordinates of everything in the country to make then more accurate, which becomes more of a big deal as next-generation GPS systems reach accuracy of one inch. The last adjustment, in 1994 was about 656 feet, “enough to give the delivery driver an alibi for ringing your neighbor’s doorbell instead of yours,” says Michelle Innis at The New York Times. The next adjustment, at the end of the year, will be about 1.5 meters or 5 feet.