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  • G'day mate!

  • As you've probably guessed, I'm greeting you from the Land Down Underwhere people pay with plastic money, some fish are over 300 million years old, and cockroach racing is a big deal.

  • You'd better listen up or else my friend the drop bear will find you. If only it were real.

  • Number One.

  • To get an idea of how huge Australia is, just imagine thisthere's a cattle ranch, called Anna Creek Station, that's bigger than Israel!

  • With an area of 5,851,000 acres, it's the largest working cattle ranch in the world, and it's seven times larger than America's biggest, located in Texas.

  • Number Two.

  • You might have seen a lot of weird eBay listings, but one guy from Australia outweirded them all.

  • In 2006, he tried to sell New Zealand at a starting price of less than a cent.

  • It escalated quickly, but when the price reached $2100 with 22 bidders, eBay closed the auction.

  • They explained that a nation of 5 million was definitely not for sale.

  • Number Three.

  • If you're over 18 years old, then you're legally old enough to vote in Australia.

  • But missing a vote without a good reason will cost you anywhere from $20 to $50 (20 is for first-timers and if you do it again it rises to 50).

  • If you refuse to pay the fine, be prepared to say goodbye to your driver's license.

  • Number Four.

  • What does the Sydney Opera House look like to you?

  • A bunch of sails?

  • In fact, the architect who designed it was inspired when eating an orange!

  • If you put together the segments, it would be a perfect sphere.

  • Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, never got to see his masterpiece completed since he moved back to his country when financing was suspended after nine years of working on the project.

  • Number Five.

  • There are 150 random giant sculptures across the country.

  • Giant statues of mushrooms, acorns, ants, boxing crocodile and whatnot, are placed along roads to attract tourists.

  • It's hard to resist the temptation of a giant cheese statue that was made for selfies, you know.

  • Some people even deliberately go on road trips to take pictures of all the big things of Australia, as they're called.

  • Number Six.

  • Normally, road signs give you precautions or inform you about something.

  • In Australia, some roads are so long and boring that they put signs there to entertain drivers.

  • They can contain images of rich local fauna, or trivia questions to keep you alert, and possibly even save your life in the fatigue zone.

  • Number Seven.

  • What could be even better than trivia at saving your life?

  • A seat belt, of course.

  • In 1970, the Australian state of Victoria became the first on the planet to introduce the compulsory seat belt law for drivers and front-seat passengers.

  • Number Eight.

  • Americans were the first to patent the UGG brand, but the legendary boots actually come from Australia!

  • Farmers and peasants have been wearing sheepskin turned inside out as boots since the beginning of the 20th century.

  • The locals call them "very ugly boots" and wear them both outside and inside.

  • Why inside?

  • Because when it's cold outside, the houses are really cold too, so UGGS can help you keep warm.

  • Number Nine.

  • Since 1988, Australian money has been made out of polymer, a special kind of plastic.

  • Australia was the first country in the world to introduce plastic money.

  • It's more practical since it stays in good condition for a longer time than paper banknotes.

  • One cool fact about plastic bills here is that if you tear a ten-dollar bill in two parts, you can use each half as a five-dollar bill.

  • Number Ten.

  • Australia is such a great place to be, that at least 70 tourists overstay their visas every week.

  • According to the Australian Department of Home Affairs, there are at least 62,000 people who came to the country for a vacation and stayed forever.

  • It might be the really good salaries and social support, the striking beauty of the country, or something in the water that makes them choose Australia over their home countries.

  • 11.

  • In Australia, “Rent a Grandmaservices are pretty popular.

  • What's the difference between a regular nanny and a professional grandma?

  • The first will take care of your kids, and the second will take care of everything in your household, just like a real grandma would.

  • They babysit, pet sit, cook like chefs, help arranging events, and can even be your personal assistants.

  • And, they come with a 60 day guarantee period, so if something goes wrong, you can get another grandma.

  • 12.

  • The super famous Australian nameKyliecomes from the name of an Aboriginal Noongar hunting stick; something like a boomerang.

  • It became popular in the 1970s, thanks to local writer Kylie Tennant, who was actually called Kathleen but used her childhood nickname, Kylie, as her pen-name.

  • By the way, the most popular girl's name in Australia for the last three years is Charlotte, inspired by the daughter of Prince William.

  • 13.

  • Australia is home to the longest golf course on the planet.

  • Nullarbor Links is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course that's 850 miles long!

  • It stretches along the two southern coast states and was opened in 2009.

  • 14.

  • The first police force Down Under was made up entirely of convicts!

  • In 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip decided the country needed someone to help fight the growing crime, so he created the Night Watch.

  • 12 of the best behaved convicts were selected to patrol the settlement.

  • A few other convicts became members of the Sydney Foot Police, and in 30 years, there were over 60 constables in Sydney, most of them previous convicts.

  • 15.

  • There was a fun incident at the official opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.

  • Francis De Groot, who was a retired cavalry officer, decided to steal the show and sliced through the ceremonial ribbon with his sword before the New South Wales Premier, Jack Lang.

  • As a result, De Groot was charged for the damaged ribbon, which had to be retied, and the poor guy was taken to a mental hospital.

  • 16.

  • The Australian national soccer team set a world record in 2001 when it beat American Samoa 31 – 0.

  • It was the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying game, and brought the Aussies the largest-ever victory in an international football match.

  • 17.

  • Even though it's really easy to find kangaroo meat in supermarkets and restaurants across the country, it's not what Australians eat all the time, despite the common stereotype.

  • In fact, around 3,300 tons of it, or 70% of the product, is exported to 60 countries around the world.

  • And, you can stick that fact in your pouch.

  • 18.

  • The wombat is the only animal in the world that has cube-shaped poo.

  • Some experts believe it's used to mark territory, since it doesn't roll away.

  • Others believe it's because of the dry environment they live in.

  • I think it's because it might have a square shaped colon, but what do I know

  • 19.

  • In Australia, you can find the only living specimen from the Triassic period, over 350 million years ago.

  • It's the lung fish; the only fish that can breathe air with a single lung in dry periods, when there isn't enough water in the streams.

  • It hasn't changed much in the last 110 million years.

  • Kinda like root beer.

  • 20.

  • The famous Australian drop bear is actually just a tale for tourists!

  • The predatory, huge version of the koala won't attack you during your journey, so you don't have to put a fork in your hair, spread Vegemite behind your ears, or speak with an Australian accent (all of these tips are believed to help scare the monster away).

  • 21.

  • In 1979, the town of Esperance, in Western Australia, fined NASA $400 for littering in a public park.

  • Debris from the orbital space station, Skylab, happened to land there.

  • NASA refused to pay the fine for over 30 years.

  • 22.

  • There's a fire in New South Wales that's been burning for over 5,500 years.

  • It's a coal fire hidden 100 feet beneath Mount Wingen.

  • Wingenis what the aborigines calledfire”, and they used it for cooking, warmth, and so on.

  • 23.

  • Every year, the cockroach racing world championship takes place in Brisbane.

  • The first one took place in 1982, and ever since, it's become a big hit.

  • If you ever decide to take part in it, you can either bring your own roach, or buy one directly at the event venue.

  • 24.

  • Australians tend to invent nicknames for everything!

  • Aussiewhich is short for Australian, is what they call themselves.

  • And here are some more interesting words: brissie is Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, footie is football, g'day is good day, arvo is afternoon, and Barbie is barbecue!

  • Keep it in mind when you visitStraya” (yeah, that's what they call their own country).

  • 25.

  • Australia could've been Dutch!

  • Dutchman Abel Tasman discovered Australia in 1642, over a hundred years before James Cook in 1770.

  • However, the British took over the land, and decades later, New Holland became Terra Australis, and then Australia.

  • Abel Tasman got the island nation Tasmania named after him.

  • Which of the facts sounds like the craziest to you?

  • Let me know down in the comments!

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  • Buthey mate! – don't go down under, or anywhere else just yet!

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  • Stay on the Bright Side of life!

G'day mate!

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    jeremy.wang 發佈於 2020 年 05 月 06 日
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