The Weekly Wrap-Up

| June 12, 2016

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Words by Ryan Grice

3DD is not what you think, Ed Sheeran sued for more than his absurd net worth, Why Australia is the most bad-ass country on Earth (Pt. 1), and Why Australia is the most bad-ass country on Earth (Pt.2)…

Chef Peter Callahan, whom Martha Stewart claims invented the slider, has something new on his plate: dinner fresh from a 3D printer. How would you feel about a drumstick with an edible bone? Callahan has expressed his dream of a restaurant with an entire line of cutlery, plates, and menus that can be eaten by the patron. “People like new,” he says. Hod Lipson, an engineering professor at Columbia University, a pioneer in 3D printing, is now working with the International Culinary Centre and believes that one day soon you will be able to download and print dinner. Though apparently not everyone is a fan: “Jobless workers in clueless futurist fantasies taking their driverless vehicles to cheerless diners,” said an optimistic commenter.”

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Ed Sheeran is being sued in a court of law for more than $20m, allegedly having plagiarised elements of his song Photograph from writers Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard of HoloSongs and their track Amazing, performed by Matt Cardle on The X Factor. According to Rolling Stone, the plaintiffs are claiming that “some 70 percent of the chorus to Photograph is identical to that of Amazing, right down to the phrasing.” If you’ve had the misfortune of hearing both of these songs you would know that this shit wouldn’t even fly with your 8th grade english teacher, let alone a judge, but that hasn’t stopped lawyer Richard Busch, who won a case against Robin Thicke last year for Marvin Gaye’s family over Blurred Lines, from taking it on. Cardle, who co-wrote Amazing, wants nothing to do with the situation, posting on his Twitter: “This is not my lawsuit. I think Ed Sheeran is a genius and 100 percent deserves all his success.”

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Record-breaking rainfall has hit Tasmania causing flooding in some areas, as if that isn’t scary enough, several million clever spiders have decided to weave enormous silk blankets on the top of trees to protect themselves. Acting like a hot air balloon, the air currents keep the extensive webs high off the ground and sometimes actually become airborne, helping spider populations spread. Locals are referring to it as “the plague” with some areas said to be over 800 square meters of pure spider. “This is one more example of why spiders have been a successful group,” said professor Robert Matthews of the University of Georgia. Thanks, mate.

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People in many countries often refer to Australia as an example of an incredibly dangerous place because of its fauna; flying spiders the size of dinner plates, boxing kangaroos that destroy breast implants, to name a few. But what you probably haven’t heard about is the bats, and their guano. The coastal inlet town of Bateman’s Bay is so heavily populated by bats (and their guano) at the moment that the New South Wales Government has issued a “state of emergency” and is spending $2.5m to relocate the flying mammals. According to estimates there are roughly 12 bats to every member of the town. “I can’t open my window at all because the smell is so bad. We can actually taste it—that’s how strong it is,” said a local resident.

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