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    Posted: 06 Jan 2018 at 10:42
I found these two examples on a website called http://better-find.com/15-things-about-australia-the-rest-of-the-world-finds-weird

Quote Okay, so while this one is a bit strange, American’s are well aware of the amazing hot dog and soda combination that can be found at Costco.

But still, Australia has a hardware store called Bunnings, where hot food can be found, bought and eaten. So while you’re by your two-by-fours and your drill bits, you can also get some sausage for breakfast right in the same store.

AND your dog is welcome in the store.

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Quote Well, apparently in Australia, the crosswalks make a little noise that sounds a bit like “bok bok”. And people in Australia absolutely rely on that sound to make them pay attention enough to cross the street.

As if the light flashing from red to green wasn’t enough! In other places in the world, pedestrian crosswalks don’t make any sound at all. Plop an Australian down in a city where the crosswalks are silent and see how they do.

No, the noise at crossings is to assist the blind.

Quote  Australians are never ending when it comes to strange food. Other than actually eating Kangaroo, Australian’s also have a burger that comes with “the lot”.

What is “the lot”, you ask? Why, it’s a burger with a fried egg, cold beetroot, and some other questionable things that should probably not be stuck on a burger.

 

The article doesn't explain what the questionable things are, but they're usually tomato, lettuce and/or other salad items. What's weird about that?

Quote Now, not to be confused with “a bush” like one might find in their front lawn. No, no. “The Bush” is actually just a term for any big piece of land.

Usually undeveloped land that’s not quite desert, not quite savanah, not quite forest.. It’s just all universally referred to as “the bush”. The bush could be any piece of land that’s in Australia, from one end to the other.

No, they got that wrong. "The Bush" is anywhere away from a major city. It can be temperate rain forest, savanah, desert or tropical jungle. If it's not town, it's bush.

Quote Strangely enough, Australia is the place that can claim having the world’s longest fence. But why? What could anyone possibly need a fence so long for? Australia has 75 million sheep. The sheep are kept for both their meat as well as the use of their wool.

Wool is one of Australia’s most important exports. So, with all those sheep, you have to keep them somewhere, don’t you? Almost all of the sheep are kept on the southeastern part of the Australia.

With all those sheep and all those predators, you have to do something to keep them safe! And thus, the world’s longest fence.

Once again, they didn't do their homework. In Australia their are rabbit proof fences, because the rabbit epidemic is so bad that their is little foor for grazing animals, and also Dingo proof fences to protect sheep from dingoes. And some of our stations (ranches) consist of some thousands of square miles. Sheep and cattle stations can be thousands of square kilometres in area, with the nearest neighbour being hundreds of kilometres away. Anna Creek Station in South Australia is the world's largest working cattle station.It is roughly 24,000 square kilometres (9,300 sq mi larger than Israel); much larger than the runner-up, Clifton Hills, another South Australian cattle station spanning 17,000 square kilometres (6,600 sq mi); and four times the size of America's biggest ranch, which is only 6,000 square kilometres (2,300 sq mi).)

Well, the topic is entitled /15-things-about-australia-the-rest-of-the-world-finds-weird/19/, but as you can see, I'm up to page 19, and not finished yet.

Most, if not all of the other references in this article are misunderstood, and, IMHO, just lazy journalism. Reasonable explanations exist for most of them such as some unusual place names. Like the USA hasn't got some weird place names?

If members have any other examples of weird things about Australia, I'd love to read them. But read the link first.Smile



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Hello toyomotor Smile

The article is an example of "filler" -just used to keep web pages looking full. Bad writers are paid a pittance to come up with articles on subjects that they have proved to be "experts" on and probably paid about $1.20 US.

My kid came to me asking "why does this article say that sit ups will give you a pot belly?" 
Then I directed her to the comments at bottom of the page, where many respondents complained about the nonsense, pretend news.  
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Oh no!!! I'm aghast!!!Sick

Not MORE false news??Wink
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AND I'M STILL GETTING THIS BLOODY JUNK TEXT-ON THIS SITE ONLY. Driving me more batty that I was to start with.


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What do you tell a child when they ask, "How much do you know?"
You,"About what precisely?"
Child,"Anything?"


Game, set & match to child!!!LOL




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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:




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What do you tell a child when they ask, "How much do you know?"
You,"About what precisely?"
Child,"Anything?"


Game, set & match to child!!!LOL



The children really know everything.
After age 40 it's a Twilight Zone Episode 


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Quote After age 40 it's a Twilight Zone Episode


Ah!! That explains it.

I'd like to live long enough to know as much as my kids.

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Whenever I see the phrase "weird Australia," I will always think of you toyomotorWink
That and marsupials.
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

Whenever I see the phrase "weird Australia," I will always think of you toyomotorWink
That and marsupials.


What do you get when you cross a Kangaroo and a sheep?
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either a shoo! or a keep?  I don't know other than that.  a wool jumper?  what?
I ask with some intrepidation....
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

either a shoo! or a keep?  I don't know other than that.  a wool jumper?  what?
I ask with some intrepidation....


Yes, you're right, a wooly jumper.

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Hey Franky

If you want to read about someting really wierd in Australia, Google Coober Pedy, the town in Central Australia.

Temperatures reach up to 51C in this area, no grass grows, and locals have built their community......

Check it out.    

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I suppose it could be considered weird, in Australia, particularly in my home state which is the smallest in Australia, it's not uncommon for tourists driving through the country getting a friendly wave from locals as they pass.

Even in the city, people will often encounter strangers to whom they say, "G'Day mate", we're just a laid back nation.   
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