TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Shuts Down Bid to Make Outkast’s "Hey Ya!" The National Anthem

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” is a popular dance anthem, but recently, a small group of Australian citizens wanted to make it a national anthem, as well. As HuffPost Australia reports, four people submitted a petition in March to replace the country’s official song, “Advance Australia Fair,” with the hip-hop group’s 2003 hit.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull provided a formal response to the House of Representatives, which was tabled yesterday. Predictably, it contained a polite rejection:

In his response, Turnbull explained that the Australian National Anthem’s words and tune were only made official in 1984 (it replaced British anthem “God Save The Queen”), so it's still relatively new. Plus, it was “adopted only after exhaustive surveys of national opinion, starting in the 1970s,” so it’s pretty popular among most Australians, Turnbull added. “The Australian Government has no plans to change the Anthem," he concluded.

Jokes aside, this isn’t the first time that Australian citizens have issued calls to tweak their country’s anthem. As HuffPost Australia points out, Peter Vickery, a Supreme Court judge in the Australian state of Victoria, wants to change the “Advance Australia Fair” lyrics to make them more inclusive of indigenous Australians.

Vickery argues that the song’s second line, “For we are young and free," should be swapped out for the words "In peace and harmony." Historically, European colonizers and Australian lawmakers treated the nation’s indigenous populations poorly, so some native peoples may be offended by these descriptors, the Supreme Court judge argues. He also penned a third verse, which includes cultural references like the Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), a sandstone landmark that’s considered sacred by indigenous Australians.

"This situation needs to be put right and without delay,” Vickery said in a statement, as quoted by The West Australia. “Our national anthem needs to be inclusive of all Australians and restored to what it always should have been: a truly inclusive national hymn."

The Australian government recently rejected Vickery’s proposal. They did say, however, that "there may be occasions when (Vickery's) version of Advance Australia Fair could be performed as a patriotic song," according to The Courier Mail.

[h/t HuffPost Australia]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
arrow
Weird
Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A 28-year-old New Zealand man walked into an anatomy exhibition with 10 toes and walked out with 12. We don't know why or how he did it, but the man stole two human toes from a Body Worlds display in Auckland last month, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The unnamed man appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to improperly interfering with the corpse "of an unknown person" and purloining two toes, which alone are valued at about $3800. The motivation for the human remains heist wasn't stated. (Fulfilling a dare seems a likely explanation, or maybe he's just a fan of The Big Lebowski.)

Whatever the reason may be, the story has a happy ending, at least: The digits have since been returned to their rightful place in the "Vital" exhibit, which explores the human body in motion. "Vital," which will remain open in Auckland until July 13, is one of several traveling exhibitions curated by Body Worlds. Two other Body Worlds exhibits are currently on view in the U.S., including "RX" (showcasing the effects of disease) in Toledo, Ohio, and "Animal Inside Out" (an "anatomical safari") in Richmond, Virginia.

The bodies, all of which are donated for exhibition purposes, are preserved via plastination, a process that "replaces bodily fluids and soluble fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation," according to the Body Worlds website. More than 16,000 people around the world have signed up to donate their bodies after their deaths.

[h/t The New Zealand Herald]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
arrow
entertainment
David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios