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The remains of a buried vintage car sit in a drought-affected property located in the Goolhi area on the outskirts of the north-western New South Wales town of Gunnedah, Australia, on October 3, 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared the ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin to be the worst on record, with current conditions now exceeding the Federation Drought (1895-1903), the WWII drought (1937-1947) and the Millennium drought (1997-2009). The Federal and NSW Governments announced a new drought emergency funding plan on Sunday 13 October, with $1billion to go to water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW. The plan will include a $650m upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the NSW central west and a $480m new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth. However, critics of the plan are calling for more immediate solutions.

If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about people and animals acting badly and the wild happenstance of life. In that spirit each night during the 9 and 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.) Here are tonight’s stories:

'I can be a bit obsessive': Meet Australia's crochet king

Trevor Smith didn't exactly grow up in the world of fine art. As a boy living on his family's grazing farm in Joanna, South Australia, he was a long way from the flash galleries his work appears in today. "There wasn't a huge art presence," Mr Smith said.

Shirtless Florida man travels to Louisiana to headbang to Slayer during Hurricane Laura

Screengrab via Lane Pittman/Twitter Lane Pittman, a Jacksonville resident who seems to only appear during major hurricanes so he can headbang to Slayer's "Raining Blood" while shirtless, has risen from the swampy depths to slay Hurricane Laura. Pittman apparently travelled to Louisiana to headbang, as he does, and posted a video to Twitter.

Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday nights at 9 and 10pm if you want to play along.