Academically Elitist KangarooMaybe you should try your luck at professorial life down undah! According to a study from Melbourne University, by the time you graduate and go to grad school, about a quarter of Australia’s “senior academics” will retire … leaving spots open for you!

So quit yer whining about how you’re going to toil for untold years getting advanced degrees only to enter into an academic job market that is barren for a young upstart like yourself.

You can always travel the path less trodden, to the largest island in the world. Where the toilets all flush backwards, kangaroos stop to say “G’Day!” and where the economy is flourishing! Roight, guys?! Roight! Incidentally, did you know that Aussies and Brits call scientists “boffins?” Well, thanks to the above linked article by Australia’s ABC News (and the Clog), now you do.

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Australia facing academic exodus: study [ABC News], via The Ticker


(Language a little NSFW.)

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

Well, bugger us! Earlier this week, an Australian family was left asking “WTF, mate?” when a kangaroo jumped through their window and into bed with them.  No, we’re still not making this stuff up. read more »



After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse isn’t really funny, so much as just really freaking weird. Last Wednesday at a “popular Outback Zoo,” (that’s the Outback in Australia–not the chain steakhouse) a 7-year-old boy hopped the reptile enclosure’s fence and proceeded to, basically, ritualistically murder three poor, innocent lizards. read more »