27 Reasons New Zealand Should Be Off Your Bucket List

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.

1. Welcome to New Zealand…or Australia Jr.

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2. What the hell is this wasteland?!

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3. The second you land here, you’re exposed to the horrible views the country has to offer.

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4. That skyline. YUCK!

5. Really OLD theatres.

6. Mediocre sunsets.

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7. Look at this disgusting mess.

8. As if you’d want to visit the set of this dumb movie that no one saw.

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9. What was the name of it again?

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10. Why is the sky that colour?! Eww.

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11. No Instagram filter can make this sight bearable.

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12. Look at these ski fields…MEH!

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13. And ugly hills that remind you of the dark time you had Windows XP.

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14. What the hell is that!?

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15. Urgh.

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16. YUCK!

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17. Definitely photoshopped!

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18. Hopefully this is a road out of New Zealand.

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19. You can only hope this boat would get you out of here.

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20. Wait, nevermind! The country is completely surrounded by water! You’re trapped here!

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21. Urgh. And don’t get us started on this so-called “food”.

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22. There’s whales…but where can’t you see them?!

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23. ~Wow soooooo funnnnn!!~

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24. Would take a concrete jungle over this crap any day.

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25. Just everywhere you look is painful on the eyes!

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26. Long story short, just take this advice…

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27. Don’t go to New Zealand.

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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/nicholaswray/nz-sux

The Green Tree Frog Might Look Small, But It’s Decidedly Badass

The Australian green tree frog is one of the most common frog species in their homeland. For humans, they make great pets and can be an ideal form of pest control if they live near your home. But while they might look harmless, that changes if you’re…say, an innocent snake or giant spider just trying to get on with your life.

Then, these frogs turn into deadly, effective predators…

Green tree frogs are most easily identified by their bright green coloring. For anyone who’s familiar with the frog in their native Australia, they’re equal parts pest and pest controller.

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They can be found in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and wetlands. Out in the suburbs, they have a nasty habit of making a home for themselves near shower blocks and water tanks.

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For example, Redditor ElfBingley had a problem flushing their toilet about a year ago. When they went to check the tank, they found these buggers inside. Talk about an infestation.

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Still though, just because they’re frogs doesn’t mean they don’t occasionally put on a display of unusual badassery. Take this tree frog…he’s going toe to toe with a rather large snake.

Not only do tree frogs hunt snakes, they’ve also been known to occasionally take up residence outside of caves and catch bats to eat. Yikes!

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Aside from snakes and bats, tree frog diets also include mice and giant spiders.

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When it all comes down to it, personally, I’d much rather have a frog infestation than a snake problem on my property.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/badass-tree-frog/

Sydney’s Newest Building Isn’t Just Going Green. It’s Literally Green.

Cities the world over are realizing that, with all the recent development, they might be running out of room. There’s barely room for buildings, people and plants. Green spaces are vital for cleaning the air, cooling the city and keeping the residents sane. It’s extremely difficult to create green space in a packed urban area.

In Sydney, Australia, architect Jean Nouvel wanted to create this elusive green space. However, he wanted to do it in a way that worked with the modern city’s existing profile–a compromise, of sorts. What he came up with was One Central Park, a dual-tower apartment and retail complex that rises 116 meters. The towers are 16 and 33 stories, and feature four floors of retail space and 563 apartments above.

The building with its two units and reflector.

The building’s greenery takes a cue from the nearby parkland.

The vegetation grows freely all over the building, like an urban forest.

The buildings is also wrapped in a series of gardens that house a variety of vegetation. Vertical planters and vines climb the panels along the sides of the buildings. In the residential decks, trees and plants grow in miniature gardens. What might otherwise be a sterile-looking high rise has a lush, verdant look.

Each unit gets its own bit of greenery, so even city-dwellers can enjoy a bit of nature. For the apartments that might not get enough sun to sustain their gardens, the reflector shines light on shaded areas. At night, it lights up, but there’s no word yet about how the residents like that.

The reflector allows sunlight to reach plants in shady places.

Each unit gets access to some greenery

The building as seen from above, looking notably green.

In addition to looking nice and breaking up the monotony of the urban setting, city greenery also provides a way to clean and filter the air. It also cuts down on the phenomenon of heat islands, which collect heat from the sun and trap it, raising the temperature of the city and, on a macro scale, the planet. 

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Read more: http://viralnova.com/vertical-gardening/

Julie Bishop Describes Serious Diplomatic Relationships With Emoji

Exclusive: World’s first political emoji interview.

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, simply loves using emojis to make a point. In a BuzzFeed News exclusive, we sat down with her for the world’s first political emoji interview.

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1. We started off with a simple one to get the ball rolling.

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2. But it turns out that her emoji patronus is a monkey.

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3. When asked to hand out emoji spirit animals to others, she gave prime minister Tony Abbott the running man. Is he running to his right?

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4. And the man tipped to challenge Abbott for the top job got the iPhone. Is that because he loves working the phones?

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5. Meanwhile, she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is embodied in the red-faced angry man.

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6. Bishop is famous for her morning running routine. Does she enjoy a dance also? Maybe.

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7. And when it comes to her downtime…

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8. …she’s just like us tbh.

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9. But what about some serious emoji-plomacy? Let’s put Australia’s relationships into perspective.

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10. Then there’s Australia’s biggest trading partner and Asian neighbour.

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11. Australia’s most intense relationship at the moment is with Indonesia, which is set to execute two Australians for drug smuggling. The presence of “pensive face” is telling here.

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12. Bishop’s position on marriage equality is “open hands”, which in this case could be interpreted as “jazz hands”.

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13. The other elephant in the room is Bishop’s soaring popularity, which comes as Abbott’s sinks. So does she want his job?

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14. And finally, we found out her secret weapon emoji.

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It’s the emoji mind of Australia’s forward-thinking foreign minister.

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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/emoji-plomacy