What the internet taught us this week… #1

Why look for information when the internet can tell us what’s important? Whether we’re Facebooking, streaming, or telling Google that we feel lucky, here’s what the internet taught we this week…

Politics →


Ken Bone asked a question and became an immediate internet sensation… before suffering an immediate fall from online grace. (Image: Getty / Tasos Katopodis)

#1: The third and final U.S. Presidential Debate is on today at 12pm (AEDT)! I’m excited for the promised spectacle, especially if the previous one is anything to go by. The second debate gave us:

  1. KEN BONE!
  2. Donald Trump’s non-stop sniffing.
  3. Hillary Clinton repeatedly plugging her website.
  4. Donald Trump reminding Bill Clinton of his past.
  5. Hillary Clinton being shadowed by Donald Trump.
  6. Donald Trump promising to put Hillary Clinton in gaol if elected.
  7. The audience ignoring the mediators throughout the whole debate.

Is there a drinking game based on the debate no one’s telling us about?

Watch: The third U.S. Presidential Debate live on ABC News 24 today at 12pm (AEDT).


#2: Michael Moore made a secret Donald Trump movie called TrumpLand! But it’s not about Donald Trump… it’s about Trump supporters.

Follow: Michael Moore on Twitter… or follow Donald Trump on Twitter, if you dare!


Television →


Bart and Homer Down Under. What could possibly go wrong? (Image: Gracie Films / 20th Television / Fox)

#3: Matt Groening was ‘appalled and embarrassed’ by the depiction of Australia in The Simpsons. The Season 6, Episode 16 caper received a mixed response in Australia upon its initial screening on Network Ten in 1995, but is now considered a classic. Despite participating in the DVD commentary for the episode, Groening’s feelings about ‘Bart vs. Australia’ has been expressed for the first time two decades later. Surely, it was not intended to serve as a good will gesture linked to his Down Under appearance…

Read: The full story here.


#4: Chuckie Finster is scared of spandex!

Watch: Rugrats, Season 3 on Stan. (Recommended: Season 3, Episode 2: ‘Chuckie’s First Haircut’.)


#5: Daniel Davis didn’t like his iconic character’s storyline resolution on The Nanny. In Melbourne for the Australian Movie & Comic Expo, Davis revealed that the nuptials between his sharp-tongued Niles and sparring partner C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane) was pointless. ‘C.C. and I had been so oil and water – I didn’t buy that we would end up married.’

Read: The full story here.  Watch: The complete series of The Nanny on Stan.



Maggie Kirkpatrick as Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson in Prisoner. (Image: Grundy / Network Ten)

#6: Ian Smith, immortalised as Harold Bishop on Neighbours, used to work behind the scenes on the classic drama Prisoner as a writer, script editor, and associate producer. (He also has the recurring role of Ted Douglas.) Okay, this is well known to fans. But what perhaps isn’t known is that Smith gave the iconic Joan Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick) her nickname⎯Freak.

Smith revealed this on All Star Family Feud: Wentworth vs. Prisoner among a number of other insights into his lengthy career.

Watch: All Star Family Feud: Wentworth vs. Prisoner on TenPlay. (This video expires in November 2016.)


Movies →


Gary Dubin on the set of Jaws 2 (1978). (Image: Lori Dubin)

#7: Actor Gary Dubin died of bone cancer, aged 57. Best known for roles in his youth, Dubin played a boy whose plush toy (concealing smuggled jewels) is snatched from him by Jill St. John at a carnival in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He also memorably played Eddie in Jaws 2 (1978), whose untimely demise is one of the most heartfelt moments in the film.

Read: The full story here. Watch: Jaws 2 on Netflix.


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