Episode 204: Live: The Modern Bushman

Gareth: He’s sharing a tree with a snake!

Dave: It’s Australia.

Now, who was Rodney Ansell, the inspiration for the Crocodile Dundee movie series?

As a young man, he made a living hunting feral water buffalo

Feral“? As opposed to all those tame buffalo that sleep by firesides and fetch?

Of course, as large as buffalo are, that meant that his main–if not only–diet staple was buffalo meat. I only have one thing to say, thanks to Patton: Holy. Meat. Cramps.

My favorite bit in his entire Wikipedia article:

Once back home, he apparently kept his seven-week ordeal to himself, fearing he would upset his mother with his recklessness.

He didn’t want to upset his mom. My heart.

In honor of Humpty Doo: the worldwide list of unusual place names. Yes, there is a Fucking, Austria (God love ’em).

Australian Herald Sun: The Day the Real Crocodile Dundee was Shot Dead: August 3, 1999

In this article, a witness describes his getting upset at Ansell as “waxing wrath”. That is going into my personal toolkit. That is magical wordplay right there.

To Fight the Wild by Rod Ansell and Rachel Perry — the documentary of the same name does not even appear in Documentary Heaven’s database, so I’m uncertain of its fate.

Cherie Hewson, Rod’s girlfriend, and Rod looking through their friends’ home for “signs” to fuel their paranoia, I have to admit, made me think of the beginning of 2001. I feel like a horrible person:

More Dollop-y true crime for our My Favorite Murder, Generation Why, and In Sight friends and neighbors:

Band names from this episode:

  • Buffalo Station
  • River Whale
  • Stalking Crocodile
  • Larry the Bee
  • 17 Flashbacks
  • The Kids’ Table of Freemasonry
  • Gareth Ghive
  • Poisoned Milk

Cultural references from this episode:

It’s hard to eat cucumbers when there’s screaming.

–Dave

Live with Wil Anderson

And, because YouTube isn’t YouTube without reaction videos, I leave you with this: Australians watching Crocodile Dundee for the first time. Enjoy.

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Jose
3 years ago

Love the podcast guys! I work in a government office and find it really difficult trying to stifle huge outbursts of laughter and I’m sure I’ve ruined a couple of keyboards with coffee and spit, listening to your show whilst I drone on in a cubicle. Anyways, now that I’ve gotten my groveling out of the way, I’m pretty new to the pod and was wondering if you have done an episode on the Mountain Meadows massacre in Utah in 1857? It’s a very interesting piece of history and really screwed up. I’m sure Gareth would do a bang up… Read more »