Tag Archives: australia

1920s Mugshots Are Way More Glamorous Than Today’s Mugshots

convicts in australia

The Sydney Living Museum recently made public a series of mugshots taken from the 1920s. Yes, I know, I know, Australia’s always had a rep for being an island of criminals, but these mugshots are actually super cool. The collection comprises both male and female convicts, posing artfully in both close up and full-body shots.

The pictures make me wonder what these men and women did to get arrested int he first place. Taken out of context, they could be inspiration for the latest J. Crew or Madewell collections. The photos are part of a collection of more than 2,500 images the museum has archived. Explains the collection’s curator, Peter Doyle:

“Some subjects were repeat offenders, and we find their names in police records and newspaper reports again and again, sometimes over many decades. A small number achieved notoriety in their time. But, generally, the subjects of the Special Photographs make only one or two fleeting appearances in the records. Some have left little more than a single amazing photograph. At the time these portraits were taken personal identity was a fluid, indeterminate thing. People drifted in and out of the lives and affairs of others, often never to be heard of, or from, again. Names were freely invented and changed. An individual’s origins and history could not be easily checked and, indeed, perhaps were not often sought. The sense of trustworthiness that a man or woman communicated in the flesh counted for much, and if you could fake that, as they say, you had it made.”

Check out a few more after the jump! [The Phoblographer]

Keep reading »

Christina's Mugshot
Christina Aguilera Mug Shot
Oof, that's not dirrty, that's just sad. Read More »
Be My BF: Panty Thief
This man's passion in life is stealing women's underwear. Read More »

Enterprising Weirdo Shoves Fork Into His Peehole, Ends Up In Hospital

Man Rips Off Own Penis
Man Accidentally Rips His Penis Off While High On Mushrooms
Psychedelic mushrooms and penises don't mix. Read More »
Bobbit Penis Update
john wayne bobbit says penis is better than ever
John Wayne Bobbit's penis has never been better! Read More »
man sticks forth in uretha

We’ve all done something stupid in the name of sex, usually involving one too many tequila sunrises and men with neck tattoos. But one Australian man puts us all to shame: he shoved a fork up his peehole. Yes, he shoved a piece of cutlery into his urethra. The 70-year-old Canberra man’s escapade was cataloged in a report called “An Unusual Urethral Foreign Body” from the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. In a ballsy attempt to”achieve sexual gratification,” this elderly fella inserted the four-inch-long fork inside his penis  … only to rush himself (or waddle slowly) to the emergency room when he couldn’t get it out. The fork was not visible from the outside, but could be felt by doctors. They were able to replenish his cutlery drawer using forceps and “copious lubrication.” Who knew the urethra could stretch so large! Just keep Grandpa away from the sporks, OK? [Huffington PostNews AU]

Australian Politician Tony Abbott Calls Female Colleagues “Feisty” With “Sex Appeal”

Small Breasts, Huge Thighs
Julia Gillard breasts thighs
Australian PM Julia Gillard humiliated by sexist menu. Read More »
Sexist Job Listing
job posting 3.20.2013
They'll only hire you if you're attractive, female and under age 25. Read More »
Frisky Sexism
All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »

“They’re young, they’re feisty, I think I can probably say have a bit of sex appeal, and they are just very very connected to the local area.”

– This is MP Tony Abbott, leader of Australia’s Liberal Party, when asked about two female politicians, Fiona Scott and Jackie Kelly. The best he could come up with to describe these professional women were their more … comely … attributes. Just what we all want in our politicians, right? Feisty with a bit of sex appeal! What a ringing endorsement. A reporter for the UK’s Telegraph noticed that even Abbott’s own daughter “appeared to wince.” [Telegraph UK, Guardian UK]

DVD Cover For “The Sapphires” Puts Chris O’Dowd Front And Center, Aboriginal Women In The Background

Girl Group Playlist
The Sapphires
Weekend playlist: our fave girl groups! Read More »
Chris Eats A Fly
chris odowd eats fly on graham norton
Chris O'Dowd eats a fly on TV. Well, sort of. Read More »
O'Dowd's Date Rapey Joke
chris odowd amaretto
The actor jokes about slipping his wife booze. Read More »
Drunk O'Dowd
Chris O'Dowd Drunk
It looks like Chris O'Dowd has consumed a lot of booze. Read More »
america canada sapphires chris odowd

“The Sapphires” is reportedly one of the very best films of the the year. It’s won all kinds of awards! But the DVD cover is … problematic. The flick stars Chris O’Dowd as the manager of a ’60s girl group in Australia comprised of four Aboriginal women, including “Australian Idol” runner-up Jessica Mauboy. Based on real events, “The Sapphires” is a love story that also tackles the racism these women faced in their native Australia. Alas, the U.S./Canada DVD cover for the film (above) plops O’Dowd front and center while the four women — their darker skin tones appearing blue along with the graphic design — smaller, behind him in the background. Keep reading »

Prince George Gets A Baby Crocodile From The Government Of Australia

George Alexander Louis
Royal Baby Watch: William & Kate Introduce The World To Their Little Prince
The royal baby finally gets a name. Read More »
It's A Boy!
kate middleton has baby boy
Kate Middleton and Prince William have welcomed a baby boy. Read More »
Royal Poops And All
Our Mommie Dearest column tackles the royal birth hoopla. Read More »
prince george crocodile
Meet George The Crocodile

Some will send binkies. Some will send booties. Some will send rattles. But the government of Australia gave the newborn prince/their monarchal overlord Prince George Alexander Louis another sort of gift entirely: a baby crocodile. The little snapper was hatched on December 3, the same day Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy to the world, and he’ll be joining the pair of crocodiles already “gifted” to Prince William and Kate the last time they visited Australia. But lil’ Georgie won’t actually get to play with his new pet croc, as he will live in a city called Darwin, presumably at a zoo. What a shite baby gift! George can’t even take it for walks around Kensington Palace or scratch its chin without getting his hand snapped off. Oh well. Queen Elizabeth is probably going to give him, like, the Cayman Islands or something, so it’ll work out. [Telegraph UK]

Australian PM Julia Gillard’s “Small Breasts” And “Huge Thighs” Shouldn’t Be On The Menu

List Of Ugly Politicians
caveman photo
Some jerk is making a list of the ugliest women in politics. Read More »
Female Political Study
Study says Republican woman are more feminine than Democrats. Read More »
Frisky Sexism
All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »
Julia Gillard breasts thighs

Even the prime minister of Australia is not immune of objectification and body-snarking: at a political fundraising dinner Julia Gillard was reduced to the significance of the quail served up for dinner with an absurdly offensive menu item listed “Julia Gillard Quail – small breasts, huge thighs, and a big red box” as the main entrée. Keep reading »

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular