An Australian Town Was Clogged Up By A "Hairy Panic"

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In February of 2016, a small rural town in Australia was overtaken by a fast-growing tumbleweed. This mess was appropriately nicknamed the "hairy panic." The residents of Wangaratta, a town in the northeast region of Victoria, were forced to clear out the weeds sometimes several times per day. The hairy panic goes by the Latin name Panicum effusum; this grass is found in every Australian state. The weeds are not particularly dangerous and do not pose a fire threat, and thus authorities are not obligated to help clear out the mess.

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