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There Is No Hope For Love: 115-Year Tortoise Marriage Ends In Divorce

The end of a romance usually begins with the first sly traces of resentment, jealousy or rage. For tortoise couple Bibi and Poldi, the end of their 115-year relationship began with a bite. According to their keepers at Austria’s Klagenfurt Zoo, the pair can no longer stand to be around one another, and have taken to biting and snapping at one another. Male tortoise Bibi attacked female Poldi several times — biting off a piece of her shell — before he was eventually moved to a separate enclosure. Animal experts attempted to reunite the pair by feeding them animal aphrodisiacs, but it didn’t work. “We have staff talking to and trying to engage the two in interacting, and we hope that they might find their harmony again,” says Zoo Chief Helga Happ. No luck yet, so maybe we’ve discovered that love is not forever — it’s actually for around 115 years. [The FW]

An Astroturf House For The Mini-Golf Fanatic

Isn’t it sad when the grass on your house is greener than the grass in your yard? This “Beetlejuice”-esque house in Austria features Escher-style staircases to nowhere and an exterior covered entirely in astroturf. Whatever makes you happy. [If It's Hip It's Here] Keep reading »

Volunteers Pose Naked In Austria

Austria is getting ready to host the Euro 2008 soccer competition, and over the weekend, U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick gathered 1,840 people for a photo in an Austrian soccer stadium. They volunteered to pose naked and weren’t even allowed to wear underwear, sunglasses, or a smile. If you’re never fully dressed without a smile, the opposite must be true, too. [FemaleFirst]

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Pick Up An Austrian

Out-of-towners visiting Austria for the Euro 2008 soccer competition will receive a free guide, which includes a few essential phrases (i.e., Do you have a sliced sugared pancake with plum compote?). I guess flirting with locals was deemed essential, because the books a phrase for picking up members of the opposite sex: “Servas, fesche Katz.” It translates literally as “Greetings, hot kitten.” I’m so adding that to my repertoire of pickup lines. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Sexual Assault, Crying Rape, And That Austrian Psycho

  • A University of Connecticut student recounts being sexually assaulted on campus, fighting back against her attacker, and then being assaulted AGAIN by onlookers. [DailyCampus.com]
  • A woman who was having an affair, cried “rape” when she was caught by her husband because she says she feared for her life — her husband shot her lover and killed him. This past week, the wife was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, while her husband, who shot the guy in the first place, walks free. Was she convicted because of her lie (that she was raped) or because of her infidelity? [Broadsheet]
  • Remember that disgusting cretin from Austria who kept his daughter locked up for 24 years, raped her, and fathered six of her children? He says, “I could have killed all of them, and nothing would have come out of that. No-one would have ever known about it….I have not been treated fairly, it has all been one-sided.” [Daily Mail U.K.]
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    Today In Terribleness: Polygamists, Evil Dads, And Girl Hating Gamers

  • More than half of the teen girls taken from the polygamist compound in Texas earlier this month have children or are pregnant. A total of 463 children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services. [CNN]
  • An Austrian man kept his daughter prisoner for 24 years, raped her, and fathered all six of her children. What’s almost crazier is that the dude faces only 15 years in prison MAXIMUM for this horrific crime. Sorry, but shouldn’t he at least get 24? [CNN]
  • Grand Theft Auto IV comes out today. Yeah, we know it’s a video game and it’s supposed to be fun, but is having virtual sex with a prostitute and then killing her afterwards necessary? Can’t women be left out of these gangbanger boy fantasy games? [Feministing]
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