So the cows DO get confused by Daylight Savings Time!

Well, a few days ago I had a little rant about Daylight Savings Time in SE Queensland and how I couldn’t believe that some people in the Outback thought that the cows would get confused if we changed the clocks for some parts of the year.

Well, I was wrong. The Gold Coast Bulletin’s online editor pointed me in the direction of the report, so I could check it out. You can download the 273-page (erm … I should mention its actually 273-slides) report that the jurno referred to. Search for the word confuse and we actually do get 3 hits:

  • p80: Not suited to farming sector (e.g. milking cows; confuses livestock)
  • p199: Does not suit farmers/rural sector (confuses animals/ milking times)
  • p201: Does not suit farmers/rural sector (confuses animals/ milking times) (5% compared to nil).

And in each of those tables, if you do the maths, you can see that its more than just one or two respondents who actually believe the cows would get confused if the clocks went back or forward an hour.

Not really sure what to say … so I’ll just say that I am currently ROTFLMAO*!!!

*  and I do wish that someone would tell these Americans
   how to spell the word arse properly.

The Truth – Dropbears are NOT Koalas, and DO exist!

Koalas are part and parcel of the Aussie bush. They’re not that bad,stoned probably,but it really is the dropbears (affectionally known as droppies to the natives) you’ve got to worry about …

More about droppies for those who don’t know about them:

There are many other sites about dropbears, most of which disclaim the fact that they exist at all. Let’s be honest about this. Dropbears do exist, but given the Australian Government is concerned for the welfare of our strong tourism industry, they try many forms of discrediting the fact that exist, such as the rubbish on here (the disclaimer), editing Wikipedia, and so on. Indeed, the most accurate description I have found is here.

I have a dropbear near where I live in southern QLD, she’s a juvenile (would say about 3 or 4 years old) and she’s started to attack dingos and small animals. It won’t be long before she starts to attack foreigners, in particular Mexicans (by which I mean those Australians from South of the Border – Victorians, Canberrains and New South Welshman), Kiwis, Poms and, for some strange reason, people from Tierra del Fuego.

Contrary to popular belief, they’re not so keen on Americans, maybe there’s too much fat in there and not enough meat. Also, the Irish are safe due to their high Iron and Alcohol content. To remain safe, all you need to do is smear Vegemite onto your nose, as they can’t stand the taste of that stuff either.

BTW – the “dropbear” in the Bundaberg Rum advert is not a real dropbear, but is different Aussie Icon, the Bundy Bear. I guess they were too scared to get a real one

Generating Electricity, Water from Brewery Waste

Finally, for those of you working in the Sunshine State, can also spend Monday’s Labor Day holiday marvelling at the potential life-changing discovery at the University of Queensland.

The propellerheads there have found a way of charging a battery cell using the waste water from the beer brewing process, with the waste being renewable CO2 and pure water.

This is, IMHO, pure genius; as here in Queensland we are suffering from a severe water shortage as well as Read more