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Are You Scared?

Yes
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I wet my pants
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I wet my pants (for reasons other than fear)
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No (read: yes, but REAL MEN don't admit fear)
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I'm An AUSSIE! We Know No Fear
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Postby hermaj » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:32 am UTC

*raises eyebrow* ...Possums are the new dropbear?

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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:33 am UTC

/me runs away screaming
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Postby Toeofdoom » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:33 am UTC

Not as dangerous, they dont instantly kill you. But they could drop on you if they wanted to and "rearrange your face" (cause i like that phrase)
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Postby hermaj » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:37 am UTC

They probably could, you know. But mostly I think they like eating fruit rather than people.

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Postby German Sausage » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:40 am UTC

what about fruity people?
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Postby hermaj » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:44 am UTC

Are there people made of fruit? Apart from that 2&5 campaign one of the governments is running? I do not even know if you have it in Victoria, I cannot remember if it is a state or federal initiative. But anyway it is a guy made up of fruit and vegetables telling us about how we have to be eating him. Possums would definitely rearrange his face.

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Postby German Sausage » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:46 am UTC

we have those ads. i still dont eat enough fruit though
veggies all the way :)
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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:50 am UTC

pfft fruits and vegetables are over rated, I just had a bag of chips and a 'god damn litre of cola' for dinner. I'm the healthiest person ever.
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Xayma » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:59 am UTC

I tend to eat more vegetables than fruit. Easier to cook.

But while shopping, I remembered the general rule for dangerous australian wildlife:

If it is native, and hasn't been made extinct, then there is a reason it is still around and you shouldn't mess with it if you want to live.

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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:57 am UTC

oh, kangaroo...so delicious.

i made a fantastic kangaroo curry the other day. definitely a good idea.

also, wombats = uberterrifying. killers, all of them.

was at a mate's beachhouse on the weekend, and went to the beach (which is something i seriously never do), and was reminded of why i love this country - there are always, always, a whole bunch of dead bluebottles on the beach. and it's like "oh yeah, that's right, there's a chance of getting painfully and memorably stung by any number of those fuckers if you head out into the water, and you won't notice them until you're surrounded by them. wiser heads would say not to swim here", which is immediately followed by "fuck it, lets go swimming"

and 999 times out of a thousand, you're fine.

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Postby hermaj » Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:59 am UTC

Eek, bluebottles. :( Though I guess if they're all dead on the beach, they aren't floating around any more? The tide would have gone back out and stuff. I don't know. I'm a wuss, I wouldn't risk it.

Also: Kangaroo curry? Really? Could you maybe tell me how to make it so I can get rid of that kangaroo in my freezer that has been there for a while?

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Postby Xayma » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:05 am UTC

I've been stung by a bluebottle, not fun, but it was only across the leg with one tentacle so I guess I was lucky.

I should go to the beach at some point, I haven't been in about 7 years, and I've lived in Sydney for two of those.

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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:23 am UTC

i think everyone has at some point been stung by a bluebottle...you don't really forget it. but at the same time, you still keep swimming, because you can't live here without at least a little bit of a deathwish :)

xayma - saturday morning was the first time i went to the beach and swam since 2002. both occasions that i swam in that year were notable entirely because of them involving separate groups of 4 incredibly attractive women (which can be a very persuasive argument in favour of the beach). and one of those times i was monumentally drunk from the night before (15 hour pub crawl).

so going with neither a whole lot of attractive women nor drunk was a special thing for me :) and it was way fun. i'm clearly turning over a new leaf.

kangaroo curry - pretty much the same as you might make a beef curry.

last time i made a kangaroo curry it was with a premade indian curry sauce thing that my mother gave me, which worked well. normally, though, i would make a pseudo-thai red curry style thing.

if you really want to know, it's dead simple: start with an onion and some garlic (like everything on earth), crush/dice and brown in wok. a bit of coriander can be ok. add kangaroo (cut into strips). brown meat. chuck in some capsicum, and then curry paste (i never make my own cos i'm lazy). stir about, getting everything very currified. add buk choy or likewise spinachesque vegetable, letting it soften somewhat - you want to be reasonably quick about all of it, though, so the meat doesn't get too tough. you may have noticed that kangaroo is, while delicious, kind of naturally tough. so you don't want to encourage this :) anyway, so once everything is in and part of the same sludgy mixture and all the ingredients have had a little time to get to know each other, add coconut milk. stir like a maniac. keep the heat high and keep stirring...the coconut milk and the curry paste combine to make the glorious curriness of it all, and once it gets hot enough, the milk denatures in a very nice way. once that's done, it's basically ready to serve. the leaves from the buk choy should be basically invisible - they collapse just like spinach does, it's great. you can earlier to this add both kaffir lime leaves (which rule - as an aside, they go well when left in glasses of bombay sapphire) and curry leaves (oh gods yes). serve on rice.

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Postby hermaj » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:24 am UTC

Man, I think you just made my dinner. Thanks. :D

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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:25 am UTC

too easy, lady :)

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Postby thefiddler » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:26 am UTC

Wait, you're serious about eating kangaroos? OMGOJFKLDSJKFLDSJHFKLDJKLFFJDKLFJD.

I don't know what to say to that. :(

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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:28 am UTC

thefiddler wrote:Wait, you're serious about eating kangaroos? OMGOJFKLDSJKFLDSJHFKLDJKLFFJDKLFJD.

I don't know what to say to that. :(


don't knock it til you've tried it :)

it's genuinely awesome. first time i had it was actually on a pizza with mango chutney (some random gourmet restaurant in darlinghurst, before anyone asks). once you go there, there's not a lot of going back.

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Postby Likpok » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:29 am UTC

I don't know what to say to that.


Are they delicious? I could go for a rooburger right now. roosteak. stuffed roochops. Crap. Now I'm hungry(er).
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Postby hermaj » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:29 am UTC

Yeah, we're serious, it is actually pretty okay! (But we won't do it any more if it creeps people out...?) And I am also serious about it being commercially available. Next time I go to the shops I'll bring my camera. It didn't work for the tank loaf, but it'll work for this.

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Postby thefiddler » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:31 am UTC

...This is like when I was in Canada and my friends were trying to get me to eat buffalo.

Sorry, no can do. :( Mostly, it makes me sad. I mean, I'm not a vegetarian or anything, but I mostly avoid red meats and stick to poultry.

Eating kangaroo just sounds... odd.

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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:49 am UTC

Where the hell did you get buffalo? I've never had buffalo.. who sells buffalo? BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Postby thefiddler » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:51 am UTC

I don't recall. We were on our way to Saskatchewan. *shrugs*

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Postby Xayma » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:56 am UTC

Eating Kangaroo is better for the Australian environment then beef. Plus we have to kill them anyway. They invade army bases!

Also it is quite low fat, which means that kangaroo sausages are just undoable.

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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:57 am UTC

Well that's a weird part of the country.

Basically it goes like this

|Yukon|NTW|Nunavut|
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|Way to fucking cold|
|Cool/high|Cool/drunk|weird|weird|Cool|fucking useless|drunk|REAL drunk|
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:59 am UTC

Xayma wrote:Eating Kangaroo is better for the Australian environment then beef. Plus we have to kill them anyway. They invade army bases!

Also it is quite low fat, which means that kangaroo sausages are just undoable.


it's delicious, lean and sustainable. basically, we have too many of the fucking things.

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Postby Belial » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:04 am UTC

Where the hell did you get buffalo? I've never had buffalo.. who sells buffalo?


Dude...they sell it everywhere. The Buffalo population is doing pretty well right now, and it's a lot healthier than beef, especially for burgers and such. Tastes a bit better, too, but that's because the quality of most beef you find in stores is so shitty anyway.

I can think, off the top of my head, of at least two restaurant chains that carry buffalo burgers (Ruby Tuesdays and Fuddruckers [Fuddruckers also carries Ostrich. Mmm, Ostrich]), as well as several other non chain restaurants in my area.

In conclusion, it's really not that wierd.
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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:13 am UTC

Well I've never seen it. I do buy the chicken fingers which come in the 'buffalo' style. Damn now I'm hungry, stupid work.
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Likpok » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:09 am UTC

Also Hackneys, and I know I've seen them other places. I've never had one, though.

They invade army bases!


Maybe you should invade back.

Or use land mines. That'll teach 'em! :wink:
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Postby Belial » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:14 am UTC

You should, they're very tasty. I almost always get them if they're available, just because they're healthier, leaner, better-tasting, and not as mass-produced (which leads me to think the animals are probably better treated, though I need to actually look into that before I get to feeling good about it)
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Postby Likpok » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:16 am UTC

I will. Thanks for the tip.

Also, the obligatory:
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:46 am UTC

I'll take a look next time I'm at the store, I'm sure they probably have them at the BIG super grocery store .. but that's so far from my house. If they don't have it at the place I usually go to I'll venture down to the big one and take a look I guess.
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby hyperion » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:25 am UTC

THIS JUST IN: lesbian koala orgies

Female koalas indulge in lesbian "sex sessions", rejecting male suitors and attempting to mate with each other, sometimes up to five at a time, according to researchers.


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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:45 am UTC

That is so hot.
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Teaspoon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:40 am UTC

Kangaroo is a really dark meat and it's got a strong flavour that some people reckon is a bit like lamb. If you cook it badly and it dries out it does the same thing as lamb does in that situation: it sort of swells up in your mouth and goes really tough and chewy. If you cook it right it goes well with most things that go well with lamb.

Also...

Wait, you're serious about eating chickens? OMGOJFKLDSJKFLDSJHFKLDJKLFFJDKLFJD.

I don't know what to say to that. :(

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Animals are animals are animals are tasty. Well, herbivores are tasty. Carnivores are a little TOO tasty. And tough. And there's not enough meat on them to be worth hunting. I had some crocodile once, it was a bit rubbery and tangy, but otherwise quite chickenish.

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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:52 am UTC

meh, i tried crocodile the other day, and wasn't too fussed. kind of white meat with a saltiness to it. not bad, but not especially great, either.

i had emu in a restaurant, and wasn't a fan...way too tough and stringy. probably overcooked.

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Postby hermaj » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:55 am UTC

damienthebloody wrote:meh, i tried crocodile the other day, and wasn't too fussed. kind of white meat with a saltiness to it. not bad, but not especially great, either.

i had emu in a restaurant, and wasn't a fan...way too tough and stringy. probably overcooked.


Yes and yes. I know they used to serve those meats at Centrepoint Tower (or the ANZ tower or whatever they call it now), at the restaurant there. They were quite odd, I can't say I was the biggest fan. I like the traditional type meats, I guess. Not much beats a good slab of beef cooked in butter.

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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:05 pm UTC

mmmmm....cow....

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Postby fjafjan » Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:23 pm UTC

I have to say I'm more of a pig man, First of all the delicious Hams, Preccutio, Salami, etc. Then there's ribs, not to mention Bacon and a kind of bacon i don't know what you call outside, basically more meaty bacon, which is possibly the greatest meat ever.
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Postby German Sausage » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:25 pm UTC

lamb>all flavourwise,
lamb>pork>beef>kangaroo>chicken>tofu>nothing
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Postby Belial » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:48 pm UTC

I don't like lamb at all. It's one of the few meats that I generally won't touch, because the flavour is just that off-putting.

If Crocodile is anything like Alligator, then it's probably pretty damn tasty when fried on a stick. I miss New Orleans.

Also, Tofu really belongs in its own category. It tastes really good, when you're not trying to pretend it's meat.
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