Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Weird “Facts” About Australia

From Twitter @weareAustralia

I was perusing my stats for the year and I discovered that despite ranking 119th in population by country, Norway was visiting my blog more often than #Australia, which ranks 53rd. I do love my friends from the wonderful snowy country of Norway as I’ve written about them before but the grass is always greener on the other side, right? On the other side of the world from Norway is Australia, a completely odd country in it’s own right and I want more of those weirdos visiting my blog so I decided I’d try to provoke a reaction by writing about them. Here are ten possibly true “facts” about Australia.

10. Some people in Australia raise their children in kangaroo-like pouches: A new strap on prosthetic pouch is often worn by mother’s, and sometimes fathers, to simulate the physical closeness, warmth and bonding seen among kangaroos and their offspring.

9. Australia is full of a lot of weird wildlife, including camels: Camels? In Australia? Aren’t they from the Middle East? Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.

8. The water swirling in a toilet in Australia goes counter-clockwise: That’s the opposite of all the toilets in the northern hemisphere.

7. Despite inventing the boomerang, Australians only finished 3rd in it at the most recent Olympics.

6. The band Men at Work was so popular that two of the members have been knighted and one is currently the acting Prime Minister.

5. The city of Melbourne was originally called Batmania.

4. Australia is the largest peninsula in the world.

3. Kangaroos can’t jump or walk backwards: Because of this they are easy to sneak up on and Australians frequently startle kangaroos and run away.

2. Although English is spoken predominantly, there is a native Australian language, kukuku, that most Australians speak at home.

1. Australia once declared war on England: Australia was originally an English colony and in 1871 they declared war on England to gain their independence as a sovereign nation. England calculated the time an effort to actually go to Australia to fight the war and they just said, “Feck it, you can go.” That was the actual newspaper headline.

Some of these facts are true, some are partially true and some are completely made up. Can you tell the difference? If any of you reading this are from the land down under, I’d love to hear from you. Have a great Tuesday, or Wednesday if you’re in Australia. ~Phil

27 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Weird “Facts” About Australia

  1. Lol! Loved it.

  2. Love it! Do you remember Midnight Oil? “Beds Are Burning” was their song? The lead singer ran for a seat in Australia’s parliament and won. I think this was in the early ’90’s. I wonder if he’s still in government now?

  3. Oo baby wearing has started to become popular here too! A friend of mine even started a business selling those fabric pouch thingys. Now every time I see someone doing it I’m going to think that they are trying to be a kangaroo haha

  4. It’s nice to find a post that has actually taught me something, I just hope you’re not planning a test at the end of the month though, I might not remember these interesting titbits very long.

    • They’re not all true facts. Some are and some are not. It’s up to you to decide which. I’m still waiting for an irate Australian to correct me.

  5. The Batmania thing is 100% true. And the kangaroo people are real, but they don’t only carry babies in there – if they don’t have a baby or their child is too heavy to carry, they carry a government-issued bilby.

    • What is a government issued bilby?

      • Giant hopping rodents, with pouches like kangaroos and long ears like bunnies. They burrow underground and don’t drink water because they live in Australia (I am not making this up). Australians get this instead of the Easter bunny, because of course they do. The bilby is also endangered, which is sad because look how cute!

  6. Not up on Australian politics
    Never even been a visitor
    But I’m gonna guess the guy from Men at Work
    Is not acting Prime Minister.

  7. LOL Phil. The language thing, and the Men at work thing is my guess.

  8. BAHAHA yup click bait for this Aussie! You forgot to mention that we also declared war against the emus;

  9. Hello from the land down under Phil, your facts seem a bit weird even by Australian standards. I did enjoy your post though. I might write one about America and see the reaction I get!!

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