Tag: snakes

  • A bold remedy for apparently hopeless cases

    There was one more discovery at Melbourne’s Medical History Museum that delighted me even more than Champagne Jimmy, though I know that’s hard to believe. Allow me to introduce you to the ‘colonial snakebite kit’. Actually that’s a few different kits. There were many treatments for snakebite in 19th-century Australia, the museum signage explains, including […]

  • It’s scary but nobody cares

    I’ve never understood why Australians bother with the drop bear myth. It’s like a morgue trying to freak out visitors with a plastic fly in the complimentary punch bowl. If Aussies want to freak out foreigners, they can simply relate their own everyday encounters with deadly creatures, such as finding a funnel-web spider submerged in […]