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The Bunyip Mystery Explained?
Females are generally larger than the males. The bulls are generally 2.5 m (8.2 ft) to 3.2 m (10.5 ft) and weigh between 200 kg (441 lb) and 453.5 kg (1,000 lb), while cows are between 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) and 3.4 meters (11.2 feet) in length and weigh between 225 kg (496 lb) and 591 kg (1,303 lb).
In 1846 an unusual skull was retrieved from the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in New South Wales. In the first flush of excitement several experts declared that it was the skull of something unknown to science. In July 1847 the so-called ‘bunyip skull’ was put on exhibition in the Australian Museum (then located at the Supreme Court House, Sydney) for two days.
Visitors flocked to see it and the Sydney Morning Herald, 1847 reported that it prompted a spate of bunyip stories:
… almost everyone became immediately aware that he had heard ‘strange sounds’ from the lagoons at night, or had seen ‘something black’ in the water.
Sydney’s leading naturalist, William Macleay, examined the skull and compared it with an even stranger one: a skull with only one eye-socket—a veritable cyclops!
Scientific knowledge and common sense prevailed, however, when Macleay concluded that both skulls were freaks of nature and did not represent a new species. The Australian Medical Journal warned that claims of ‘bunyip skulls’ could only be seen as an ‘ostentatious display of our ignorance and credulity’.
Gradually the debate calmed down although one final mystery remains—what became of the so-called bunyip skull. It disappeared and has never been sighted since!
Originally posted by KRISKALI777
Late one night, a truckdriver, on his usual run from Sydney to Tamworth, had woken from his sheduled rest. He slept in his truck, and after a cup of coffee, sat with his logbook in-hand up-dating his particulars. His truck was idling, the wind slowly moved the trees as black shapes on the dimmley lightened, moon-less skyline. It was warm, the windows in the truck were down- to let in the slight breeze.
Just then, the driver felt a shift in his load. He had been hauling cattle to the abbatoir; they had suddenly all at once shifted to one side of the trailer, which they would do as if spooked by something.
Enquiring, the driver looked in his driver side rear mirror; he was amazed and shocked to see a black shape hanging-off the side of the trailer.
Seeing this and in panic the driver sped-off hoping to shake whatever it was, from the vehicle.
He drove no-stop for 4 hours, and pulled up at a huge well-lit Round-a-bout on entry into the city of Tamworth. He jumped out of the cab, ran 100 or so metres (pinch-bar in hand), turned to look at the truck to see if this "black-shape", was still on the trailer. He could not see it- but was deeply shaken.
Umm, I don't want to sound rude but Australian truck drivers are notorious for substance abuse on long trips to stay away. Was this particular driver clean, do you know?