This is crazy. Serial killer crazy.

Dexter would like to live in Geelong

A Geelong school has been slammed for giving students a bizarre serial killer assignment, where tasks included ‘create a serial killer board game’ and ‘write a rap about serial killers’.

Read the letter here.

What’s crazy in your worlds today?

Comments on this post close at 8pm AEST.

Most commented


Show oldest | newest first

    • acotrel says:

      05:31am | 04/12/12

      Some of them are probably arrogant enough to pursue a career in the art of serial killing.

    • Gregg says:

      06:48am | 04/12/12

      It seems instead of us having sheepish jokes the kiwis carrier has gone all testicular - and nothing about Julia but
      being a bit of an opportunist spotter is this not a great opportunity for the mysogynist hater?
      Like she could really go internationally viral again giving Air NZ a serve for being mysogynistically sexist.

      At least a call to the NZ PM you would think is in order of being consistent.

    • Anubis says:

      08:17am | 04/12/12

      I’m still waiting for Julia’s public rant against that mysoginist Gibbons (the venerable member for Bendigo), you know, one of her own.

    • hammy says:

      09:22am | 04/12/12

      Screeching is the new Labor attack method.

    • Kim says:

      09:43am | 04/12/12

      The PM’s speech still has you guys suspiciously defensive, doesn’t it? Anything you’d like to get off your chests?

    • Draconian says:

      10:42am | 04/12/12

      Yes Kim there is.  I’m a bit confused as to why the dictionary is changing the meaning of the word mysogynist just because our PM had no idea of the true meaning of the word.

    • Kim says:

      11:21am | 04/12/12

      I hope that feels better now, Draconian. Anything else?

    • Ben C says:

      11:55am | 04/12/12

      Yes Kim, I wonder why the PM is so gutless that she couldn’t repeat those same words without Parliamentary privilege. What’s she scared of?

    • Kim says:

      02:57pm | 04/12/12

      Still sounding pretty defensive there, Ben. Anything else?

    • Tim says:

      07:16am | 04/12/12

      So I’m guessing the assignment was for a forensic science class?

      Bit crass but probably would have been very educational if they were learning about serial killers, their motivations and psychology.

      Did you know I learned all about war history at school and we had to reenact battles through board games to try and win the war.

      It turned me into the bloodthirsty warmonger I am today.

    • TimB says:

      09:09am | 04/12/12

      Couldn’t agree more. At first glance Diplomacy may seem like a harmless game of WW1 based tactical action. But the political intruigue that comes with a seven-way battle for European supremacy requires skill levels in deception and manipulation that border on outright psychopathy.

      The disturbing thing is, I seem to win more often than not.  confused

    • Yak says:

      10:03am | 04/12/12

      The way that death, pain and destruction is portrayed to the youth of today as the “norm”, I can only see this as an extension to the teaching they get, via the media, on a daily basis.

      My Aspy boy was quite disappointed when he inquired as to my usual response whence confronted by a “bad guy”. He was incredulous at my lack of contact with heavy weaponry and Russian Mafia types.

    • iansand says:

      07:17am | 04/12/12

      Prince Harry Breathes Sigh of Relief as He Moves One Step Further Away From Being King

    • sunny says:

      06:08pm | 04/12/12

      Nah one step closer to being king (that’s Wills on the wall behind him). Everyone underestimated his ambition (hell, even he underestimated it until he read Hamlet)

    • fml says:

      07:19am | 04/12/12

      They have schools in geelong?

    • Semi Concerned Citizen says:

      08:15am | 04/12/12

      This would make a change from the rampant orgies, footy boys vs the rest melees and small business under takings (drug dealing) that made up my high school days in geelong.

      Born in the wrong era i tells you.

    • I hate pies says:

      08:19am | 04/12/12

      Yeah, but they only go up to year 9…but they have creches, which is handy.

    • fml says:

      08:41am | 04/12/12


      Still sounds like you got your sex ed, phys ed and economics classes.

    • trevora says:

      08:53am | 04/12/12

      Yesterday I noticed the Australian listing its most popular articles on the website, had as number 3 , two anon letters from the community criticizing the ABC.

      Actually it is a game at work looking at the bias from the editorial hacks that send these things out to other papers.

      The usual top 5 often include all anti Gillard government barbs and usually highlight how Abbott is going to change the world.

      Over lunch we often giggle as to the content of the usual Liberal news morning release, that Australian publishes as the top story of the day regardless of the content.

    • aorta says:

      09:21am | 04/12/12

      They couldn’t be more biased if they tried.

      I hear there are bonuses all around if they manage to get Abbott up at the election and the Abbott endorsement piece is already written so the Telegraph dumb it down and use it

    • Evalee says:

      08:53am | 04/12/12

      Family decided on a ‘no presents’ Christmas this year.  We are going to save for an overseas trip.  Still gonna do all the food etc but no gifts.  Feeling the strain already.  Has anyone else ever tried to do this? Did you stick to it?  Was it OK or was Christmas morning a real downer?

    • hammy says:

      09:25am | 04/12/12

      My family voted on this issue and I lost…no Christmas presents sucks big time (not that I want or need anything) it’s just no longer Christmas.

    • Yak says:

      09:44am | 04/12/12

      Merry Xmas Evalee.
      At the Yak household we buy gifts for our kids, and the Missus gets something, but when it comes to In-laws, etc, we have a ballot to determine who buys for whom and set a limit of $20. One pressie each. Leads to some interesting pressies. Got some great “Groucho Marx” glasses, with Mo, last year.

      A big part of the enjoyment of Xmas morning is getting the teenagers out of bed before 7. I couldn’t imagine Xmas morning without at least one paper cut in the household.

    • ramases says:

      09:49am | 04/12/12

      Do it every year. We buy somehting for ourselves that we really want or need, a 55degree lob wedge for me and a treadmill for the wife and thats it. No pressies for the children or grandchildren as we buy them things on a day that really counts like their birthdays and everybody in the family and extended family now does the same. Save being ripped off at the shops on specials that aren’t, saves being trapped in department stores with thousands of sweaty bodies and most importantly in this day and age saves money.
        Its hard for the first year but its a great idea, celebrate those things that really mean something, person al birthdays, and not these manufactured giving times where you are expected and feel obligated to buy buy buy.

    • Draconian says:

      10:47am | 04/12/12

      Do it every time we have the family get together.  All the kiddies under 16 receive waterguns so they can run around madly spraying each other, but we don’t buy pressies for the adults.  With a family of my size, we’d be broke if we bought a present for everyone.  But, if we did the one person buys for one other person bit, I’d still never know what to get my brothers and sisters and outlaws.

    • Baloo says:

      10:51am | 04/12/12

      When I think of Christmas, a hot day with cold beer and piles of awesome food comes to mind, I don’t really care if we give presents or not.

    • Michael S says:

      03:41pm | 04/12/12

      Depends on the make-up of your family.

      My family did the “no presents to adults” pact. My partner & I don’t have children, but the neices and nephews get spoiled with presents. But adults don’t really want presents, and the money for that can be better spent elsewhere.

      You can’t not give presents to children.

    • hammy says:

      09:20am | 04/12/12

      Cooper out. Folau in.  No wonder the contract to Cooper was dodgy.

    • Markus says:

      10:17am | 04/12/12

      Folau isn’t getting an ARU contract though, nor is he signing with the Reds. The two events are mutually exclusive.
      The contract to Cooper was ‘dodgy’ because his worth as an employee, both in playing form and in ability to operate within the work environment, dropped significantly since he turned down a 3 year offer last season.

    • ibast says:

      11:16am | 04/12/12

      I haven’t been following the Cooper affair closely, but it seems to me he is being made a bit of a scape goat for the Wallibies bad world cup performance.  Sure he didn’t perform as well as expected, but expectations of him were high, because they all knew most of the rest of the team wasn’t up to scratch.

    • Markus says:

      12:38pm | 04/12/12

      @ibast, his form at the World Cup definitely did come into consideration, but not so far as to make him a scapegoat I do not think.

      He rejected a strong 3 year contract last year to keep his options open for 2013 when the NRL salary cap increased, but has not been able to replicate his fantastic 2011 Super Rugby form since, and the offers he was expecting to be flowing in have not been forthcoming.

    • Tim says:

      01:03pm | 04/12/12

      exactly right.
      Cooper (and his man Nasser) rolled the dice that they could get a bigger contract or put some more pressure on the ARU.

      His form went downhill and his mouth went into overdrive. His value has significantly decreased and it’s come back to bite him.

    • hammy says:

      01:03pm | 04/12/12

      What’s the bet Folau is in the Wallabies by the end of the next year…the ARU tops up Folau’s contract…so money has to come from somewhere.  They aren’t mutually exclusive.

    • AdamC says:

      09:32am | 04/12/12

      My boyfriend was offered a job yesterday. He had been looking for work for about three months, having previously been engaged in setting up a business, which, sadly, did not work out. (That is a long and very unleasant story.)

      Thankfully, he has been able to secure a job in a softening market. Now we can start planning for things like buying a place together and re-establishing our finances.

      I just thought I might share the good news. It is a nice distraction from Julia and Tony, at the very least.

    • gobsmack says:

      10:12am | 04/12/12

      What’s a “softening market”?

    • The Badger says:

      10:19am | 04/12/12

      Excellent news Adam.
      Hope your dreams come true.

    • Draconian says:

      11:13am | 04/12/12

      Wonderful news Adam.  Hope it’s a great paying job.  smile

    • gobsmack says:

      11:42am | 04/12/12

      I feel foolish.

      I read “softening market” to be a reference to some sort of market - eg supermarket or fruit and veg market - and wondered what the hell was sold there.

      I realise now you were referring to a softening employment market.

      Does that mean you’ll have to do half the cooking and cleaning from now on?

    • Economist says:

      11:47am | 04/12/12

      Good news and then if you’re so inclined hopefully you’ll soon have the choice to get married and have kids.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:15pm | 04/12/12


      Given AdamC political preferences I don’t see that happening soon.

      Was the job he got in the area he wanted or he have to compromise?

    • AdamC says:

      12:26pm | 04/12/12

      Gobsmack, yeah, I wondered what you meant with that question. As for cooking and cleaning, sadly, my boyfriend was not unemployed for long enough to settle into house husbandry. Personally, I don’t really like the idea of us establishing gendered roles in the relationship in any event. Though he probably has been doing more cooking and cleaning than usual, as he has been around the house.

      The Badger and Draconian, thank you. (But, no, Draconian, it is not a well-paying job. It is also not quite full-time hours. Still, it is a good employer and something to build on.)

      Economist, we have been watching this show, ‘The New Normal’ recently about a glamorous, neurotic gay couple in LA having a baby via surrogate. It is an endearing, totally unrealistic show. That is a way off for us, though, I think.

    • TheRealDave says:

      01:41pm | 04/12/12

      It does amaze me that someone can ferouciously support a party, and a leader. that doesn’t respect them enough to give them the same rights and entitlements as everyone else.

      Best wishes for the future and all - I’m very happy to help support any change that will grant you and your partner the same rights, privelidges, entitlements title and social standing/worth as everyone else wink

      And congrats on the job hunting news wink

    • fml says:

      01:48pm | 04/12/12

      Congrats AdamC,

      Best of luck to you both smile

    • Mouse says:

      02:04pm | 04/12/12

      That’s great to hear AdamC, congrats to your partner, very happy for both of you! Don’t worry too much about the household duties, you will work it out as you go, what doesn’t get done today will still be there tomorrow and it’s certainly not worth losing any sleep over! lol. 
      Best wishes too with the house hunting. Have you decided on what and where yet?  ‘Tis an exciting time ahead for you both. Enjoy the hunt fellas!! lol :o)

    • hammy says:

      03:15pm | 04/12/12

      ‘a softening market’ is wayne swan speak for we spent the next generation’s money, but won’t be around so we don’t care.

    • AdamC says:

      03:25pm | 04/12/12

      Simon, if Julia has some sort of epiphany and implements gay marriage, we would get married. It would become the done thing. (We would have to wait a couple of years, as the ‘bulge’ of gay couples rushing to tie the knot would no doubt jack up venue costs and waiting times. Ah, I am so romantic!)

      BTW, can we make that the official collective noun - a ‘bulge’ of gay couples? I like it.

      My boyfriend was looking for a bit of a career change, so he applied in a few different areas. The job he has been offered is a sales/customer service role at one of the big banks. (I think, for all intents and pursposes, it is a bank teller role.) However, it is not quite full-time hours and the pay is less than, I imagine, most Punchers would be used to. So it is maybe a bit of a compromise.

      ReadDave, I am less ferocious than you, surely? Anyway, if I voted my gayness, Labor would hardly be the natural port of call. In fact, I can see little difference in the positions of the Red Empress and Mad Monk on the key gay issues. Maybe I will have to become the Punch’s lone, regular Green-supporting voice?

      Fml and Mouse, thanks. BTW, once he starts pulling in a paycheque, my first cash splash will be re-hiring a cleaning lady! (I hate cleaning.)

    • Mouse says:

      05:08pm | 04/12/12

      “my first cash splash will be re-hiring a cleaning lady! (I hate cleaning.) ”  See, I told you that you would work it out!! lol ;o)

    • subotic W. Sobchak says:

      09:39am | 04/12/12

      Jeff “The Dude” Bridges was born on this day back in 1949.

      The Dude abides….

      The Dude: Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man.

      Malibu Police Chief: Mr. Treehorn draws a lot of water in this town. You don’t draw shit, Lebowski. Now we got a nice, quiet little beach community here, and I aim to keep it nice and quiet. So let me make something plain. I don’t like you sucking around, bothering our citizens, Lebowski. I don’t like your jerk-off name. I don’t like your jerk-off face. I don’t like your jerk-off behavior, and I don’t like you, jerk-off. Do I make myself clear?

      The Dude: [after a pause] I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening.

    • Aghast says:

      10:46am | 04/12/12

      subutoic W Sob…....
      Indulge yourself this Christmas…Vodka/kahlua/cream/shaved ice…white russian to get you into the mood and a copy of “The Years Work In Lebowskis Studies”...when I die i am demanding a Lebowski style ashes scattering on a windy day at Bondi..

    • AdamC says:

      10:14am | 04/12/12

      One for the battle of the sexes:

      I seriously cannot see how the issued described in the article are being caused by ‘feminism’. They are clearly the result of a combination of social changes coupled with the persistence of some traditional gender role attitudes in society.

      For example, as a group, women seem to prefer men who are as well educated as they are, or better educated. As women are now, on average, more educated than men, that means there is a relative shortage of dateable men for those women. It is not rocket science. It is not ‘feminism’. It is not because men are ‘threatened’ by well-educated women. (They are simply more ambivalent about their partner’s educational attainment.) It is solely because gender role attitudes have not yet caught up with modern realities.

      Or am I missing something here?

    • Draconian says:

      10:50am | 04/12/12

      Not missing anything Adam.  That sounds like pure logic to me.

    • Tim says:

      01:14pm | 04/12/12

      Completely agree,
      of all the couples I know, the ones where the woman is more educated and paid more than the man are in the minority (and a small minority at that).
      As you say, this leaves a percentage of educated and well off women who are less likely to find a partner. It’s got nothing to do with feminism or scared men and everything to do with what people are willing to settle for.

      You never seem to see news articles about the existence of a woman drought for poor, unemployed men.

    • vox says:

      04:24pm | 04/12/12

      Good luck Adam, but do you really equate Gillard’s offer for the matter to be put to a conscience vote with Abbott’s refusal, via George Pell of course, for a bloc vote.
      Perhaps some things just aren’t that important, but I would have expected more from someone in your position.
      I nevertheless wish you that to which you are entitled —a happy life.
      Despite Anthony Abbott, who is never going to allow gay marriages,
      (just imagine how many priests would resign immediately were that possible!), and despite the Liberal Party’s mantra re a public acceptance of gayness, (it has always been okay with them in private), I think that if two people want to share a life it should be allowed.
      Have a nice Xmas.

    • Knemon says:

      10:54am | 04/12/12

      The guard of honour shown by the South African cricketers to Ricky Ponting yesterday was one of the greatest sporting gestures I have ever witnessed, my hearty congratulations to Graeme Smith and all of the SA players, a job well done.

    • Ben C says:

      11:45am | 04/12/12

      Wholeheartedly agree, Knemon. Also, the fact that they all rushed to shake his hand when he got out shows the respect that they have for Punter. Cricket, the gentlemen’s game indeed.

      On the match itself, did South Africa win the game, or did Australia lose the game? I think Clarke rotated his bowlers too much during SA’s second innings, no time to build any rhythm or consistency. Mind you, Amla was belting them to all corners. Australia’s batting was madness at times, other times SA’s bowlers were just putting them in the right places.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:17pm | 04/12/12

      SA won it, can’t help it if Australia decided to play silly buggers.

      Clarke dismissal was about as dumb as you get for a test match.

    • ibast says:

      12:45pm | 04/12/12

      Mind you, the entire teams performance shouldn’t be counting on Clarke and Hussey firing every-time.

      The Australian team has bigger problems then Clarke getting out in the odd silly way.  Replacing Ponting alone will not fix Australia’s problems.

    • Knemon says:

      01:02pm | 04/12/12

      SA were just too good. We had them 6/75 on day one and we couldn’t finish them off, to win a game by 309 runs when you’re 6/75 in your first innings is an unbelievable result. I blame the selectors and their policy of rotating bowlers, Hilfenhaus should have been rested (if at all) for the Adelaide game and played in Perth, and we badly missed Siddle. The SA bowlers were able to do the job, perhaps they’re fitter than our bowlers?

      It will be interesting to see who they replace Ponting with, not easy, I believe they should bring in a new number three, move Watson down to five and move Clarke up to four.

    • Draconian says:

      01:32pm | 04/12/12

      Crikey!  I live about 12kms north west of brisbane and believe me, it’s so hot outside that you could probably fry an egg on the pavement if you felt so inclined. Probably the bacon too!

    • TheRealDave says:

      05:15pm | 04/12/12

      I’m IN Brisbane and its a pleasant 23 degrees in my office….has been all day…and will be at home all night wink

    • dancan says:

      03:13pm | 04/12/12

      News story about NASA finding good evidence of basic life on mars, they’ll be confirming this over the next few days/weeks.  Life appearing on another planet completely independent of earth, that’s a pretty fricken big deal.

      Most read story on ‘Kate Middleton pregnant’


    • Draconian says:

      04:22pm | 04/12/12

      It’d be pretty arrogant of the human population to believe that earth is the only planet that harbours life of any kind.  There’s at least a million planets out there for every one person on this earth.

    • hammy says:

      05:11pm | 04/12/12

      So Bligh is now on the Medibank Board.  Given her ‘expertise’ with Health, can anyone recommend a good Health Insurance provider, mine’s doomed.

    • stephen says:

      06:59pm | 04/12/12

      In New Zealand, they’ve taught a dog to drive a car.
      May that hound like to impart a lesson the lawn-bowlers, here ?

      (I don’t mind the elderley, but only when their laneway is lawned. Not ... good ... drivers, and when I see such a white hat in a car, I stop and get a coke.)


Facebook Recommendations

Read all about it

Punch live

Up to the minute Twitter chatter

Recent posts

The latest and greatest

The Punch is moving house

The Punch is moving house

Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…

Will Pope Francis have the vision to tackle this?

Will Pope Francis have the vision to tackle this?

I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…

Advocating risk management is not “victim blaming”

Advocating risk management is not “victim blaming”

In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…

Nosebleed Section

choice ringside rantings

From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

Gentle jabs to the ribs

Superman needs saving

Superman needs saving

Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more



Read all about it

Sign up to the free newsletter