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A 19-Foot Crocodile Held A Kayaker Hostage On An Australian Island For Two Weeks

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A New Zealand kayaker was trapped on an Australian island for two weeks with no supplies by a 19-foot crocodile.

#ANIMATION

This New Zealand News Animation Is Hilarious

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In a recent clip from New Zealand's 3 News, a story about a dog that attacked several vehicles' tires received a rather humorous animation treatment.

#IAN MCKELLEN

Get Those Hobbit Holes Ready For The First Video Blog From ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’

The first video blog from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' tells us about Hobbit tourist attractions and the awesomeness of New Zealand.

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New Zealand Man On House Arrest Opts For Jail After He Gets Sick Of Xbox

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A 19-year old New Zealand man asked police if he could spend the final month of his house arrest in jail because he was out of Xbox games to play.

STUPID NAMES

Baby Names Banned in New Zealand vs. Baby Names Considered in Utah

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I give New Zealand a lot of grief for being the world's most far-flung Lord of the Rings gift shop, and for choosing their prime minister via sack race, but one thing New Zealand does do right is to ban parents from giving their kids stupid names.

#BEN AFFLECK

New Zealand Is Mad At Ben Affleck About ‘Argo’ Now, Too

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Now that Iran’s leaders have aired their grievances with the way their people were portrayed in the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Argo, it is time for more countries that have been slighted to step forward and shame director Ben Affleck for his typical American ways.

PRINCESS BRIDE

Qantas passenger asked to remove his Princess Bride shirt on airplane

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This is the Princess Bride t-shirt that a Qantas flight attendant asked passenger Wynand Mullins to remove on a flight from Sydney to Auckland.

WINSTON PETERS

New Zealand govt wants their money back on The Hobbit too

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As is pretty much standard practice for movies filming anywhere but LA these days (and hardly anyone shoots movies in LA anymore), the New Zealand government hooked up Warner Bros and the producers of The Hobbit trilogy with some valuable subsidies and tax breaks to keep the production in the country.

NEW ZEALAND

Driving School For Dogs

A charity in New Zealand is teaching rescued dogs how to drive a car.

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Dogs Are Learning How To Drive Cars In New Zealand

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I, for one, welcome our new driving canine overlords.

SHANSHAN ZHOU

This Desk Lamp Is The Next Best Thing To Having Pixar’s Mascot In Your House

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Three students from New Zealand have created a robotic desk lamp surprisingly similar to Pixar's mascot, Luxo Jr.

The Hobbit

Weatherman doing his report in Elvish proves New Zealand is even nerdier than you thought

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Do I still need to list all the ways in which New Zealand has become a giant Lord of the Rings gift shop.

The Hobbit

ATTN: The real New Zealand is now indistinguishable from parody

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If you had any doubt that the real New Zealand is exactly how it was Wellington, where director Peter Jackson and much of the post production is based, has renamed itself "the Middle of Middle Earth", as fans held costume parties and city workers prepared to lay 500 m (550 yards) of red carpet.

Robots

Say Hello To MechBass, The Robot That Plays Bass Guitar

James McVay has designed the MechBass, a bass guitar playing robot, which plays Muse's "Hysteria" surprisingly well.

TWILIGHT KILLS

A homeless man drank himself to death at a Twilight screening

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I don't want to make light of a man's death if he doesn't deserve it, but in the abstract, this story about a homeless man drinking himself to death during Twilight is almost comically dark.

#Animals

Close Encounter With Killer Whales

A group of orcas scare a diver out of the water before chasing a dog back to the beach in New Zealand.

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Wellington Airport’s Gollum sculpture celebrates New Zealand’s first-ever contribution to culture

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This 12-meter (39-foot) gollum sculpture created by WETA (the same company that allows Andy Serkis to infuse gollums and chimps with the soul of a thespian) now greets arriving passengers at the Wellington airport in New Zealand's capital.

SIMON HO

Discovery Of DNA Half-Life Destroys Our Dream Of Cloned Dinosaurs In A Jurassic Park

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Our hopes of a real-life Jurassic Park have been dashed after palaeogeneticists discover the half-life of DNA, but there's a silver lining.


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