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Today I Learned Of 'Rack Man', One Of Australia's Most Notorious Unsolved Murders

25 years on and still no closer to solving the mystery.

Australia is a big country with even bigger mysteries, many of which remain unsolved. Of the many strange happenings that have happened Down Under over the years, there are few that boggle the mind more than the creepy unsolved murder of “Rack Man”.

In 1994, Mark Peterson was out fishing on the Hawkesbury River in Sydney and hoping for a good catch. The sun was shining and conditions were ripe for a great day.

After feeling a heavy tug on his fishing net, Mark thought he struck gold. But it turns out his catch wasn’t the school of fish he had hoped. Instead, it was a crude steel crucifix with the remains of a human body, which was wrapped in plastic and arranged accordingly, tied to it.

Needless to say that Mark’s day went from great to horrible in record time.

After calling the police immediately (and presumably retiring from fishing immediately), the body was retrieved for examination.

Once forensic pathologists did their magic on the body, they found that the body belonged to a Caucasian male with dark hair aged between 21 to 41 who had died from a big blow to the head. Beyond establishing a basic description and confirmation that the dude was pretty short (a mere 163cm tall, give or take a bit), the police were immediately stumped.

Since the body was so eroded by the water, identifying features like fingerprints and DNA samples were impossible to use meaning that the identity of the deceased man remains a mystery.

With Rack Man unable to be identified, it also meant that figuring out his killer and the circumstances that led to his watery discovery was next-to-impossible for the police since they literally have nothing to go off.

After attempts at figuring out Rack Man’s identity using the clothes off his body failed, the police reconstructed the man’s face using computers and spread the word out to the public in hopes of getting the lead that’s evaded then.

But despite many tips, false rumours and initial promising leads into Rack Man’s identity, the case remains as one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved murders even today as police have yet to close it.

At the time of writing, the remains of Rack Man lie in a morgue somewhere, waiting for someone to come and hopefully shed some light on who this mysterious person is.

The Conspiracy Behind BoJack Horseman’s Inability To Hold A Phone Has Been Cracked

Seriously, how does he operate a phone like that?

Netflix’s BoJack Horseman has been one of the greatest animated TV shows to hit our screens in recent years due to its ability to juggle moments of brilliant comedy with soul-crushing examinations into depression and life’s tribulations.

It’s also been the source of one of animated TV’s greatest mysteries: why does BoJack Horseman hold his phone like a moron?

If you watch any scene from the show where he speaks to someone on his phone, you’ll notice how he holds it against his cheek rather than his ear.

You’re not going to express anything through that phone if you use it like that.

The enormous distance between the phone and BoJack’s ear will render any call moot since he won’t be able to hear anything clearly. And when you consider the gap between the phone and his mouth, the person on the other end of the line won’t be able to clearly hear him either.

Seriously, how does that work? It’s like the whole “Arthur’s headphones” meme all over again but somehow even more baffling.

This makes no sense.

After literally years of continuously binging the show on Netflix and pondering on the logistics of this, we’ve finally been given an explanation from BoJack Horseman producer and production designer, Lisa Hanawalt.

She explains that the team were well aware of the weird problem and while she got “maybe too annoyed” at the fan complaints, many conversations were had over decision to have BoJack hold his phone the way he does.

But despite putting so much time into coming up with potential solutions – such as having BoJack alternate between holding the phone to his ear and mouth, and having his very own gigantic BoJack Horsephone© – everything still ended up looking “stupid.”

These solutions also caused unexpected headaches for the animators and writers, and the BoJack Horseman team decided to just have him hold his phone to his cheek, suspension of disbelief and logic be damned.

It’s almost a shame we never got to see the BoJack Horsephone© because seeing him deal with a phone that big on a daily basis would’ve been an all-time great sight gag in a show filled with them.

For those wondering why the BoJack Horseman team didn’t just give BoJack a Netflix-branded earpiece or something, Lisa explained it in very simple terms that he “never really seemed like a Bluetooth guy!”

Okay fair enough, earpieces are definitely more of a Princess Carolyn thing anyway.

Looking stupid, and writing and animation difficulties isn’t exactly the greatest explanation as to why BoJack (and most folk in Hollywoo) hold their phones like a weirdo, but hey, at least we got some closure on this dumb mystery.

At the end of the day, we have to give credit to the BoJack Horseman team for doing their best in trying to solve a problem no one really expected.

Sorry Shane Warne, Leo DiCaprio Has Better Things To Do Than Play You In A Film

Doesn't hurt to ask I suppose.

It doesn’t matter what Shane Warne does, he’ll always be known for his cricket achievements. He clearly knows that so he’s leaning right into that by heading to Hollywood to discuss making a movie about his career.

According to The Herald Sun, the cricket legend is in talks about a script based on his 2008 Indian Premier League triumph with the Rajasthan Royals. He says it won’t be a “completely true story” and will be “all sorts of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll stuff”.

As for who will play “Shane Warne” in this hypothetical film, Warne has two names in mind: Leonardo DiCaprio or Chris Hemsworth because they’re “super cool.”

It’s understandable you’d want the best and hottest actor to play a Hollywood-ised version of yourself in a film about your life, but let’s be real here, there is no way in hell Leonardo DiCaprio or Chris Hemsworth will play Shane Warne, either in a movie or in the cricket field.

No shade on the guy but let’s be real, Leo is incredibly selective about his work, not to mention he is super expensive. When he’s not acting in the next Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino film, he’s either saving the world or hanging out with his 25-year-old model girlfriend. A niche film about cricket just doesn’t seem like a thing he’ll want to touch.

As for Chris Hemsworth, well he’s blond, a fellow Aussie and knows all about cricket. Damn, there’s actually a possibility it could happen.

Don’t rule it out.

But say Chris does say yes, it is still pretty unlikely to see this film happen because cricket is a boring enough sport to watch, let alone making a movie about it. When you think cricket, you think “afternoon nap” and “beer”, not “all sorts of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll stuff” as Shane describes his take on it.

Should the film fall through, he’s also hoping to put together a documentary called Shane, which will be about his life and career (unsurprisingly).

All in all, it seems like Shane Warne is trying to break into Hollywood in his own way and if in the off chance Leonardo DiCaprio or Chris Hemsworth ends up playing him in a movie, well crazier things have happened.

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