Snappy 60th birthday to our most fun newspaper
Life is far from dull in the Northern Territory. Or if it is, we’ll never know. And that’s all thanks to the awesome team at the NT News, the Darwin newspaper celebrating sixty years of printing the zaniest, craziest and downright weird stories most of us will ever read.
The Northern Territory has just one per cent of Australia’s population. That means celebrity, sports and major political stories are few and far between. So the NT News quite sensibly turns its attention to its huge backyard. And that backyard is filled to the brim with scary, bitey creatures.
These are the kind of stories that everyone wants to read, but most newspapers bury on about page 13. On the NT News, they’re fodder for the front page, and that’s the way their readers like it. The Punch loves it too. On the 60th birthday of Australia’s most fun paper, here’s our tribute to your fine journalistic skills. Keep up the top work.
July 22, 2010: Sometimes it pays to talk to the locals. This idiotic 40 year old male tourist, who was photographed swimming right in front of a crocodile trap at Koolpin Gorge, in Kakadu National Park must have had luck on his side. Just weeks before, a 3.5m “saltie” had been caught in exactly the same trap.
September 29, 2011: There are public displays of affection. And then there are public displays of affection. Who knows just what this couple were thinking as they erm, frolicked stark naked on a Darwin balcony. Plenty of people stopped by to watch them in action.
March 5, 2008: Here’s one fishing trip this man won’t ever forget. This “monster” croc, estimated at 4m long, came within inches of his fishing boat. “One minute I was leaning over the boat teasing it for a picture. The next minute it burst out of the water with incredible speed ... its jaws fully open,” he said.
July 14, 2011: NT News photographer Katrina Bridgeford made international headlines with this amazing picture of “Brutus”. The 5.5m saltwater croc took it upon himself to give this boatload of tourists on the Adelaide River a moment they’ll never forget.
September 30, 2011: They’re spooky and they’re kooky but as Jennifer Mills-Young found out, ghosts can also be horny. The Palmerston resident woke in the middle of the night to feel an invisible being “grabbing her by the wrist” and dragging her out of bed. “I thought, ‘Hmmm, hubby wants a bit of romance’, when I suddenly remembered he wasn’t even at home,” she said.
July 9, 2011: A sheepish Matthew Wall, age 19, admitted his mum gave him an “earbashing” after the photo he posted on Facebook of himself and a mate “planking” on a trapped 600kg croc made the front page of NT News. “I woke up with this sinking feeling”.
June 10, 2008: Enter the super toad! Despite being a hated species in the Territory since the 1950s, cane toads have “evolved” at an extremely fast pace. According to this report the slippery, slimy creatures can hop up to 2km in a single night and up to 50km a year.
April 23, 2006: Brendon Alan Erhardt was speeding at 150km/ph down a Darwin road, while filming himself masturbating. Oh, and he also had 5kg of drugs in his boot. But he was granted bail due to his upcoming wedding. The lucky, lucky bride.
Read all about it
Up to the minute Twitter chatter
@mooks83 sophisticated response. Think the kids parents saw it differently
More class from 9's footy show, lampooning a baby that allegedly looks like Sterlo with a pic swiped from Facebook http://t.co/BGoYP6Pn68
The latest and greatest
Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…
I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…
In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…