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Welcome to "Weird Crap in Australia," a podcast hosted by Holly and Matthew, a husband and wife team with a passion for all things strange and unusual in the land down under. Each episode, Holly, a trained historian, and Matthew, a pop-culture enthusiast, dive into the weird and wacky aspects of Australian history and society. From the colonial era to the present day, they explore topics such as aliens, monsters, ghosts, and true crime, uncovering the stories and legends that have fascinated ...
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What do the Kokoda Trail, the Bombing of Darwin, the Brownout Strangler and Australian Codebreakers have in commmon? The Cowra Breakout. The Cowra Breakout remains a special episode in Australia's wartime history, reflecting the complexities of captivity, resistance, and conflict. Its enduring legacy prompts continued examination of the human exper…
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What do the Kokoda Trail, the Bombing of Darwin, the Brownout Strangler and Australian Codebreakers have in commmon? The Cowra Breakout. The Cowra Breakout remains a special episode in Australia's wartime history, reflecting the complexities of captivity, resistance, and conflict. Its enduring legacy prompts continued examination of the human exper…
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Brace yourselves for a spectral analysis as we team up with the Stiletto Banshees' very own Tab and Micah to dissect the atmospheric 2008 Australian film "Lake Mungo." Our latest episode transcends a mere movie review, venturing into the murky waters of the film's haunting narrative, its understated theatrical debut, and subsequent rise to cult sta…
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The Big Pineapple in Queensland, Australia, isn't just a landmark—it's a hub for agri-tourism. Standing tall at sixteen meters, it represents the region's pineapple industry, offering educational tours and entertainment. Through farmer's markets and festivals, it promotes agrarian experiences, enriching visitors' understanding of rural life. Seamle…
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The "Dumb Ways to Die" campaign launched in November 2012 by Metro Trains in Melbourne, and by the end of next year, it cemented itself as a legendary advertising campaign. Its viral success not only promoted railway safety, but also earned international acclaim for its creative approach, becoming an iconic example of effective public service annou…
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The sinking of HMAS Voyager in 1964, following a collision with HMAS Melbourne during a night-time exercise off New South Wales, resulted in 82 fatalities. Miscommunication and poor visibility were identified as primary causes, highlighting deficiencies in naval procedures and equipment. Subsequent reforms were implemented within the Royal Australi…
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The sinking of HMAS Voyager in 1964, following a collision with HMAS Melbourne during a night-time exercise off New South Wales, resulted in 82 fatalities. Miscommunication and poor visibility were identified as primary causes, highlighting deficiencies in naval procedures and equipment. Subsequent reforms were implemented within the Royal Australi…
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Join Holly & Matthew for our traditional 100-episode celebration! This round, we're publishing an interview previously only seen on Patreon, and answering fan questions! Thanks for all your support, guys, we love you all! Head over to this episode of the Dingo Ate My Movie podcast to hear Matthew reminisce about the Australian cult classic, Stone. …
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Discover the tale of Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle, and Sam Sawnoff as they guard their magical dessert against the devious schemes of Possum and Wombat. Explore the themes of friendship and greed in this beloved Australian classic. Get ready for a delightful journey filled with laughter, adventure, and a pudding that's more than meets the eye! In …
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In 1996, a crime rocked Australia when a mother, brother, and sister were brutally murdered in their New South Wales home. As investigators delved into the case, suspicions mounted, but the perpetrator remained elusive. Despite attempts to mask the crime as a robbery gone wrong, clues began to unravel the mystery. Strained family dynamics and a che…
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Strap in for a journey down memory lane as we're joined by the ever-insightful Matt Fulton to revisit the rollicking world of '70s Australian sex comedies. Together, we traverse the risqué landscape of "Alvin Purple" and its sequel "Alvin Rides Again," dissecting how these flicks navigated the era's sexual liberation while tickling the nation's fun…
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Throughout his criminal career, Donahue and his gang targeted stagecoaches and travelers, using the rugged terrain of the Australian outback to their advantage. Unlike other bushrangers, however, Donahue's group stole more than just valuables - they weren't called the Strippers for nothing. As his exploits grew in infamy, Donahue became a folk hero…
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**Child friendly listening!** First, there was Dora the Explorer. Then there was Pepper Pig. Now, there is Bluey. Join Holly & Matthew as they dive into world of the Blue Heeler, celebrating the pup's universal appeal and Australian attitude. Explore the show's unique storytelling, blending humor, emotion, and valuable life lessons with their disti…
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James Hardie Industries' involvement in the asbestos industry significantly shaped its trajectory from the mid-20th century. By the 1930s, the company had begun producing asbestos-containing products, capitalizing on the material's fire-resistant and insulating properties. This move propelled James Hardie into a dominant position within the asbesto…
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This week on "A Dingo Ate My Movie," we're diving into the sultry and suspenseful world of "Snapshot," a 1979 Australian cult classic. Directed by Simon Wincer, this film, also known as "The Day After Halloween," is a hidden gem of Aussie cinema that blends thriller and drama in a unique narrative. Join us as we explore the story of Angela, a haird…
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James Hardie Industries' involvement in the asbestos industry significantly shaped its trajectory from the mid-20th century. By the 1930s, the company had begun producing asbestos-containing products, capitalizing on the material's fire-resistant and insulating properties. This move propelled James Hardie into a dominant position within the asbesto…
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James Hardie Industries' involvement in the asbestos industry significantly shaped its trajectory from the mid-20th century. By the 1930s, the company had begun producing asbestos-containing products, capitalizing on the material's fire-resistant and insulating properties. This move propelled James Hardie into a dominant position within the asbesto…
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Wittenoom emerged as a bustling mining hub in the 1930s, extracting lucrative blue asbestos from the surrounding rock. By 1947, it dominated global supply. By the 1960s, alarming health concerns linked to asbestos emerged. Despite mounting evidence, mining persisted until 1966. Today, Wittenoom stands as a haunting testament to unchecked industrial…
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Baryulgil mine, situated in north-east NSW, gained prominence for asbestos extraction during the mid-20th century. While it initially provided economic opportunities for the Baryulgil Indigenous community through employment, the mine's asbestos production later caused severe injury to said workers. Those workers faced asbestos-related diseases like…
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n Christmas Eve 1975, there were 74 guests at the Savoy Hotel, and at 5:30am Christmas morning, most of the occupants were sleeping, as one would expect. The Savoy was located on Darlinghurst Road, in the middle of Kings Cross. The building was small, totalling only 5 storeys tall, with a concrete or washed brick exterior and windows that swung out…
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In the 1954 Australian spy defection, high-stakes espionage unfolded when top-ranking Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov sought asylum. Unveiling a web of Cold War intrigue, Petrov exposed a Soviet spy ring infiltrating Australian government circles. As the defection sent shockwaves through international relations, it strained Australia's ties with th…
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In the 1960s and 1970s, the Church of Scientology faced legal prohibitions in several Australian states, notably Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia. These states instituted inquiries and restrictions on Scientology's activities, at the request of the medical field and in response to its outlaying 'medical' practices. The Victorian gov…
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In 1988, educational programming aimed towards the preschool demographic on the ABC was handled by a mere two shows – Sesame Street, which was produced in America, and Play School, our homegrown production. These were staples on the Australian children’s entertainment landscape and had remained beloved by Australian children for more than twenty ye…
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The koala, Australia's beloved marsupial. Master of Camouflage, Marsupial of a Hundred Names, Disqualified Entrant of the "World's Cutest Animal" contest. Known for its fluffy, gray fur and round face, the koala is an emblem of cuteness. Everyone knows what a Koala is. But what if we told you that we've been saying its name wrong for decades? Join …
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In the early 19th century, Musquito, a First Nations bushranger, defied British colonial rule in Australia. Born around 1780, he was transported to Tasmania as a convict in 1824. Escaping captivity, he joined forces with Black Jack, another warrior, and led a group of dispossessed First Nations people in guerrilla warfare against settlers. Their au…
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In 1942 amidst the rugged terrain of Papua New Guinea, the battle to save the Australian mainland unfolded in treacherous conditions, dense jungles, and steep mountain ranges, shadowed by the constant threat of tropical diseases. The Kokoda Track, a narrow and challenging pathway, became the epicenter of a battle where outnumbered Australian forces…
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In 1942 amidst the rugged terrain of Papua New Guinea, the battle to save the Australian mainland unfolded in treacherous conditions, dense jungles, and steep mountain ranges, shadowed by the constant threat of tropical diseases. The Kokoda Track, a narrow and challenging pathway, became the epicenter of a battle where outnumbered Australian forces…
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On the Easter long weekend in 2003, everything seemed cool and normal. The Singh parents were overseas in Fiji, and their children remained at home in Brisbane, enjoying the school holidays together. On Easter Monday, the calm of the Singh family's neighbourhood was broken by a discovery that would break their family: someone had taken the lives of…
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It's 1900 in Australia. A group of students from a girls' boarding school, brimming with the enthusiasm of youth, embark on what's supposed to be a carefree Valentine's Day outing at the iconic Hanging Rock. The ambience is idyllic, and the laughter is contagious. But as the day unfolds, this innocent trip takes a dark turn. Four girls, drawn inexp…
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On the Easter long weekend in 2003, everything seemed cool and normal. The singh parents were overseas in Fiji, and their children remained at home in Brisbane, enjoying the school holidays together. On Easter Monday, the calm of the Singh family's neighbourhood was broken by a discovery that would break their family: someone had taken the lives of…
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When the 42-Up train landed at Mt Isa in 1938, there was something strange about the mail cart. One of the locks was different, not regulation, and when they opened the door, they found two bags missing. Join Holly & Matthew as they look into Australia's DB Cooper and the legacy he left behind. Main Theme music – Kevin MacLeod "Slow Ticking Clock" …
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In the Murray-Darling river system lives a creature to large as to drag ships down into the depths and so powerful it can curse a man to death. But the Muldjewangk hasn't been seen for more than 30 years - and the river system is suffering because of it. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into Australia's own deadly curse-caster, and the stories t…
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After drinking away the redeployed US soldiers at the North West Cape naval base, Annie hitched a ride home with two members of the AFP. On the way home, they encountered something that stuck in her mind forever. But not as much as the US-MP visit 2 days later. Join Holly & Matthew as they look into this encounter in WA, and the cheek the Aussies g…
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What would you do if faced with the daunting challenge of compiling a list of 31 Australian horror films from the 70s, 80s and beyond? How would you dissect each one, unearthing the thematic commonalities while keeping your nerves intact? That's precisely the task we've taken on in this hair-raising episode. Join your host, Pete and special guest, …
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While Kylie is primarily known for her chart-topping music and acting career, there's a peculiar twist to her story, which could have seen her sister Dannii take her crown. We explore her early years growing up in Melbourne, her unexpected transition from a soap opera star to a global music sensation, and a career in film, tv and music that has now…
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While Kylie is primarily known for her chart-topping music and acting career, there's a peculiar twist to her story, which could have seen her sister Dannii take her crown. We explore her early years growing up in Melbourne, her unexpected transition from a soap opera star to a global music sensation, and a career in film, tv and music that has now…
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Against the backdrop of World War II's brownout conditions, Melbourne became a breeding ground for rapists, robbers and murderers. One of them, The Brownout Strangler, became the most notorious serial killer in Australia at the time, because he left no trace. Until the day he did. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the murders, the perpetrato…
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Ever been intrigued by the mysteries of horror films and the eerie entities they portray? Brace yourself for a gripping discussion as Anna Schmidt of the Perfectly Paranormal podcast and I unravel the chilling narrative and thematic depth of the 2014 Australian horror film, The Babadook. We dive into the plot's fascinating dynamics, the cast's extr…
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Against the backdrop of World War II's brownout conditions, Melbourne became a breeding ground for rapists, robbers and murderers. One of them, The Brownout Strangler, became the most notorious serial killer in Australia at the time, because he left no trace. Until the day he did. join Holly and Matthew as they look into the murders, the perpetrato…
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Against the backdrop of World War II's brownout conditions, Melbourne became a breeding ground for rapists, robbers and murderers. One of them, The Brownout Strangler, became the most notorious serial killer in Australia at the time, because he left no trace. Until the day he did. join Holly and Matthew as they look into the murders, the perpetrato…
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To say that the Australian film landscape was limited in the early 2000s would be a gross understatement. Much of the 90s Australian film industry was populated seminal drama films dripping with awards prestige. Occasionally Baz Luhrmann got one out the door or an American film production would come knocking, but long gone were the days of the rebe…
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There's a part of modern warfare that is often overlooked by the people on the ground, and that's the communications systems feeding them information. A war can't be fought without orders, and where there's a messenger, there's an enemy looking to find out what he's up to. When Australia joined the WWII efforts on Sept 1, 1939, we didn't have a cry…
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There's a part of modern warfare that is often overlooked by the people on the ground, and that's the communications systems feeding them information. A war can't be fought without orders, and where there's a messenger, there's an enemy looking to find out what he's up to. When Australia joined the WWII efforts on Sept 1, 1939, we didn't have a cry…
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Yahoo Serious, an Australian actor, director, and producer, gained fame in the late 1980s with "Young Einstein," a comedic take on Albert Einstein. With red hair and slapstick humor, he carved a niche for himself. Though later films fell short, he remains an intriguing figure in Australian cinema's history. But that's not all he's known for. Join H…
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This mythical creature, said to prowl the untamed wilderness of northern Queensland, has captured Cryptologists imaginations for decades - They say if any cryptid of Australia exists, it's the Yarri. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine this cryptid, known elsewhere as the Queensland Tiger, and the scientific evidence of its existance. Main Theme…
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Perth went from a community able to sleep with a cool breeze flowing through their homes, to locking the doors and windows in the height of summer. Fear was everywhere as a gunman, a strangler and a stabber swept through the community, setting fires and stealing cars as they went. It was gangland pandemonium in 1960s Perth, and everyone was afraid.…
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Welcome to a journey into the world of the delightfully dreadful, the charmingly cringe-worthy and the beautifully bad. My guest, Matt Fulton, and I have both been captivated by the unique niche of Australian films, and there is no better example than the cult classic Houseboat Horror. Houseboat Horror – it's a name that elicits a myriad of reactio…
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Perth went from a community able to sleep with a cool breeze flowing through their homes, to locking the doors and windows in the height of summer. Fear was everywhere as a gunman, a strangler and a stabber swept through the community, setting fires and stealing cars as they went. It was gangland pandemonium in 1960s Perth, and everyone was afraid.…
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In this episode, we explore the enchanting world of quokkas, the adorable marsupials from Western Australia. Discover the unique features that make quokkas so special, from their contagious smiles to their friendly nature. We discuss the quokkas' habitat on Rottnest Island, their herbivorous diet, and the social dynamics within their communities. W…
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Eight-year-old Graeme Thorne, a young boy from Sydney, was targeted by a ruthless criminal seeking a hefty ransom. As the Thorne family endured unimaginable anguish, the nation held its breath, waiting for a resolution. Join Holly and Matthew as they recount the events leading up to this infamous case and explore the devastating impact it had on th…
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