Now We Can Add A Syphilis Spike To The Dumpster Fire That Is 2020

As if a global pandemic wasn’t bad enough.

In 2020, we’ve had horrific bushfires, a global pandemic and most recently, the devastating injustices on the topic of Black Lives Matter, but now, we can add a syphilis spike to the bloody list.

We spoke about the Black Lives Matter protests on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Victoria is having one hell of a bad time right now with no signs of the coronavirus pandemic slowing down, but authorities have issued another medial warning which seems to come out of nowhere. 

State Chief Health Office Professor, Brett Sutton, has just released a public health advisory warning for congenital syphilis, as they’ve found that more than 1000 cases have been reported since 2014. Great, just great. 

“Congenital syphilis caused by mother-to-child transmission of infection is an entirely preventable public health problem which has re-emerged in Victoria,” the advisory says. This type of syphilis usually occurs during pregnancy and can result in neonatal death, stillbirth, prematurity or low birth weight.

“This has occurred on a background of an increase in notified cases of infectious syphilis in both men and women over the past six years, with the majority of notified cases in women being in women of reproductive age with the potential for the condition to occur in pregnancy,” the advisory added.

According to the advisory, women with more than one sexual partner, female partners of men who have sex with other men, drug users and women of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are at risk of the condition.

“All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis during routine antenatal testing in the first trimester,” Brett Sutton added before saying, “These tests should be repeated in any pregnant woman presenting at any stage of pregnancy with signs and symptoms suggestive of a sexually transmitted disease (such as a genital lesion).”

“Syphilis testing should be repeated at 28 to 32 weeks of pregnancy, and at delivery, in pregnant women who may be at high risk of sexually transmitted diseases.”

Additionally, syphilis has killed many famous people in history. Some of these people include American gangster, Al Capone, and influential authors Oscar Wilde and Guy de Maupassant Charles Baudelaire.

Read the full advisory here.

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EA's New 'Skate' Game Will Give You Major Flashbacks To These '00s Trends

BRB, digging out my flip-phone.

EA has just announced a new ‘Skate’ game and the name itself is simply transporting us back to the ’00s and all the wacky trends that came with it. We know what you’re thinking, the answer is no. No, EA didn’t give us a trailer, gameplay footage or even a screenshot, they simply announced that a new ‘Skate’ project was coming our way. Damn.

Speaking of gaming, we spoke about the new PS5 on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

As a result, we were immediately taken back to the days of playing the original X-Box and the PS2 as soon as school finished. And while we’re in this headspace, we thought we’d resurface all the trends that came with this ‘00s era. Let’s dive in.

Puka Necklaces 

What on earth were we thinking with this trend? Historically, wearing puka shells was traditionally thought to help ensure a peaceful and safe voyage across the ocean, especially for sailors on long and dangerous journeys. Were we sailors? No. So, why did we wear them?!

In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Puka shells were all the rage, but honestly, we’re just looking back right now and cringing. It seems to have taken hindsight for us to realise that Puka necklaces weren’t making Justin Timberlake hot, he was hot in spite of the jewellery. 

Baggy Jeans

Baggy jeans may not be the most flattering aesthetic, but we can definitely see how they came into fashion. Thanks to Billie Eilish’s fashion choices, baggy clothes are making a comeback. But, we’re happy to report that we’re leaving the jeans in the ‘00s. Baggy jeans were the most impractical of clothes. They often fell below your waistline exposing your underwear and sometimes what was underneath that. Let’s never ever resurface this trend, please. 

Element, Rusty & Billabong

They say that fashion comes in waves and that fashion is merely a resurgence of the past. Well, we’re desperately hoping this trend doesn’t come back. Don’t get us wrong, Rusty, Billabong and Element were perfect for their niches. If you were at the beach, Billabong and Rusty were perfect. If you were at the skate park, Element was perfect. But, as these brands gained a cool reputation, people started to wear them in settings where they definitely shouldn’t have been. Why are you wearing Billabong board shorts and thongs to the movies? 


While heelies were ugly, we do have to shout out the practical element of this ‘00s trend. If you needed to get somewhere quick, this shoe was perfect. The only thing is, it was not built for socialisation. Have you ever been walking from point A to point B with a group of friends, but realised you couldn’t engage your heelies because your mates didn’t have any, so you just have to awkwardly walk with a wheel sticking out the bottom of your shoe? Yeah, same. Delete this trend, please. 

LiveStrong Bracelets

We’re gonna end this list with a positive one. Those bright yellow LiveStrong bracelets were everywhere, but at least they were for a good reason. The bracelet worn by every kid in school did wonders for cancer awareness and even though Lance Armstrong tarnished the reputation, at least it did more good than bad.

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Feel The Comradery Of Everyone Sharing Their Random Notes App Yarns

Take note.

The Notes App is a weird and wonderful place, as you would know. While it’s most often used by celebrities as a means to offer up their most sincere apology to their fans, it’s known to us commoners for something quite different. 

We spoke about this on today’s episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Whether you write in your Notes App when you’re stressed, when you’re angry or when you’re simply feeling chaotic, we write in our Notes App when we’re at our most vulnerable, and that’s fair. The diary walked so that the Notes App could run. 

While the diaries we had when we were younger were considered “safe” for keeping secrets, they weren’t really. You always ran the risk of having your mother, father or sibling storming into your room when you weren’t there and having a bit of a read. That’s why the Notes App is like the 21st-century diary, if you will. It’s kept on you at all times, you more-often-than-not need a password or Face ID to get in and your secrets are hidden in plain sight. How genius is that? 

The Notes App is the closest we will ever get to understanding our own, unfiltered minds. Seriously, if you’ve ever wanted to track your stream of consciousness, just go look at your Notes App. Really. We guarantee you’ll find some pretty incredible stuff. 

On Friday, the Internet took it upon itself to scramble through old Notes App entries and resurface the odd ones. And far out, we are a weird bunch of people. 

There was the person who so proudly wrote: “I twink, therefore I am.” Unsure of where this was going, but hey, we’re on board. 

There was the person who, we have to assume, was practising their comebacks to a high-school bully. Hey, no judgement, we can relate. 

There was the person who, of course, detailed their grocery list. But, what a mighty-fine list it seems to be!

And finally, there was the person who felt her feelings best be communicated via drawings. 

Honestly, do yourself a favour today, grab your iPhone, have a scroll through your Notes App and try your absolute hardest to remember exactly where you were and how you were feeling when you wrote each weird entry. 

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