Australia is known as the Lucky Country, but did you ever stop to think about what makes Australians the luckiest people on Earth? Well aside from their accents, stunning beaches, badass kangaroos, adorable koalas, and sexy AF Aussies, there are some awesome and in some cases weird and terrifying things you probably didn’t know about Australia.
VOTE OR ELSE
If you’re a natural born or naturalized Aussie citizen, you better take voting seriously, cause they do, and if you don’t show up to the polls, it’s going to cost you a hefty fine.
HIGH AS A WALLABY
Crop circles in Australia aren’t caused by aliens, but rather by Wallabies who get high on eating poppies, which are grown for pharmaceutical purposes. So you’ll certainly find plenty of crop circles caused by these hippity hoppity wallabies who are high as a kite.
COCKROACHES HALT AUSTRALIA
Every January 26th at the ornate 19th century pub Story Bridge Hotel, located at the Kangaroo Point by Brisbane, the nation comes to a halt for Australia Day Cockroach Races. So creep on over and place your bets.
KILL, MARRY, SCREW
If Australia was reduced to a street of approximately 100 households, Aussies can expect someone to get married every 9 months, 1 person dying every 7 months, and 1 person being born every 14 weeks. There are also 162 cars on the street, driven 2 million kilometers a year, and 260 people living in the homes, which include 45 dogs and 27 cats. That’s a lot of action!
AUSSIES ARE WICKED
Well, at least, their humor is. To scare tourists, they came up with the imaginary drop bear, a vicious creature that falls from trees to attack its victims.
THE UGG-LY LEGAL FIGHT
Aussie boot makers and an American company have been legally fighting over who gets to use the Australian term “ugg” which is used to describe boots made from sheepskin. Ugg boots have been made in Australia for decades, but a U.S. company has been fighting to keep the name since 1999.
DON’T MESS WITH THE QUEEN
As a member of the Commonwealth, Australia still has to adhere to Queen Elizabeth II. So in 1975, when Australia’s government shut down over an argument regarding budget, Lizzy over here stepped in, fired everyone, and held elections to replace the former government officials.
A DIFFERENT SHADE OF PINK
Australia’s Lake Hillier puts Pepto Bismol to shame with its bright pink. But the color actually comes from the only living organism in the lake called Dunaliella Salina, but would we swim in that water? Uh, nope!
Oh, Crikey! In Australia, humans are the minority at 23,856,200 people versus the approximate 25 million kangaroos living there. Looks like the Aussies will have to get cracking if they want to win this race war.
It’s no secret that Australia used to be a penal colony. But did you know that convicts who were on their best behavior weren’t just released, they formed Australia’s first police force?