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Austrian Drag Performer Conchita Wurst Moves into Eurovision Final: VIDEO

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Austrian drag performer has moved into the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Independent reports:

Before the show, Ms Wurst hit back at critics, including Russian politician Vitaly Milonov (the author of the ban on gay 'propaganda'_, who called her a “pervert.”

“I can only say ‘Thank you for your attention!’” she told the Associated Press.

“If this is only about me and my person, I can live with it. I'm just a singer in a fabulous dress, with great hair and a beard," she added.

The nine other countries to qualify on Thursday at the show in Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, were: Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Norway, Greece, Malta, Belarus and Finland.

Check out a very amusing interview with Wurst during the competition, as the host jokes about her last name and says she would like to share a sausage together later, AFTER THE JUMP...

Click HERE to see Conchita's song "Rise Like a Phoenix".

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Austrian Artist Reinvents The Door: VIDEO

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And it looks pretty cool. Klemens Torggler apparently decided that doors were a bit boring and decided to make some changes to basic door design. The result is the torggler door, of which Torggler has created a few variations on the theme of "two large squares that roll out of the way."

The first is the Evolution Door - or "flip panel door" or "Dryehplattentür" - which folds outward, origami-like, as it rotates before flattening out once again. The second presently unnamed version uses careful placement of steel rods to rotate the door open and closed.

You can watch both doors in action AFTER THE JUMP...

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Project Homophobia, a Teaser: VIDEO

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Austrian filmmaker Gregor Schmidinger describes his film Project Homophobia:

An adolescent boy, who serves the Austrian Military Forces, experiences homosexual feelings towards one of his comrades. It's their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons.

Watch the (work-unfriendly) trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Your Morning Ride: VIDEO

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A single-pipe alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria, with no brakes.

Hold on tight, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Austrian TV Host Alfons Haider Dances with Male Partner on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Gay Austrian TV host Alfons Haider, who announced back in January that he'd be dancing with a male partner in that country's version of Dancing with the Stars, has been the topic of much discussion since hitting the dance floor on TV.

This weekend he danced the Cha-Cha-Cha to a rendition of "Respect" with his 23-year-old pro dance partner Vadim Garbuzov.

According to Austria's Oe24.at, there's quite a bit of controversy surrounding his decision. In a poll, 44% of Austrians support Haider's choice to dance with a man, while 42% oppose it. Women are more favorable toward the couplings.

Back when Haider made his decision, he told press: "I am going to dance with a heterosexual. This is not about being gay. I do not want my appearance on the show to be reduced to homosexuality. This is about the show, about entertainment. I am not the gay Joan of Arc."

Haider, you may recall, was said to provide the inspiration for Sacha Baron Cohen's tv reporter character Bruno.

Watch Haider , AFTER THE JUMP...

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Schwarzenegger's Mom Took Him to the Doctor Because She Thought He Was Gay

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Arnold Schwarzenegger tells the Austrian newspaper Krone that he had so many posters of oiled bodybuilders on his walls as a kid that his mom took him to the family doctor because she thought he was gay. The doctor tried to calm her down by reassuring her that at least he didn't drink and smoke.

Here's  the Google translation.

And a better translation by our commenter Chris (thanks!):

"(One) of of my favorite stories from when I was young. As a young boy my room was plastered with photos of bodybuilders. Naked, oiled male bodies. That got my mother so concerned, she asked our family doctor one day to take a look at that. 'Other boys put images of women on their walls, and mine does this!' She actually believed I was gay. Well, that's nothing wrong, but for her it was unimagineable back then. However, the doctor, a wise man, calmed her down. Everyone had idols, he said, others would hang up pictures of the Beatles, even though they were men as well. "Look at it like this, Mrs. Schwarzenegger: as an athlete he surely won't start to smoke or drink!" That assured her. Her worry lines stayed though."


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