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28 February 2018
Australia just hosted a festival for people to sit around and say ‘wow’ like Owen Wilson and to be honest, I’m not surprised that not only was this a real event, but that people turned up for it. Australians have a knack for taking the weirdest shit and making them a part of our normal lives…
Just like sitting around saying ‘wow’ – here’s 15 weird AF things you’ll come across if you make the journey down under. OR, things you can probably relate to if you’ve had the red-hot joy of growing up with them.
The Big Banana, The Big Potato, The Big Prawn and, as a girl from Tamworth, my personal fave, The Golden Guitar. We don’t really know why this is our way of paying homage to things but we’ll stop off for a photo anyway.
Even if it’s not any shorter to pronounce. Footy = football. Footy = rugby (….still football).
Such as turning mundane nouns into verbs and knowing exactly what it means – eg; ‘Get trolleyed (drunk)!, Did you root (bang)? Are you going to dog it (ditch it)?’. We’re a classy bunch.
In honour of baby George’s birth we, as a country, gifted the royal family a baby crocodile. Prince William and Kate Middleton also got gifted a pair of crocodiles for their engagement. Because what’s better than one giant snapping-swimming-dinosaur-monster? Two of course. Lucky gits.
I kid you not I went to a Surry Hills pub last week that was offering a chicken parmigiana with eggs benedict on top.. Complete with hollandaise sauce. Am I wrong in saying this is too far?
I don’t know if this is classified as weird or scary but we have actual sirens on our beaches to let us know when there’s a shark about…let that sink in. #straya
You probably wouldn’t pay attention to this if it’s something you’ve grown up with, but take my word when I tell you – our 12 sided masterpiece is fucking weird.
I don’t think I really need to say why these are both weird ‘delicacies’ to be proud of.
‘Do the Harold Holt’ (to go missing/leave). Our Prime Minister went missing for christ sakes and we use it to describe our disdain for our mate smoke-bombing at the pub.
Controversial I know but seriously, look the dude up… He was no Robin Hood.
We’re a country that gave fairy bread, literally grains of artificially dyed sugar on white bread, to our kids as an afternoon snack and now we harp on about sugarfree/dairy-free/life-free like our parents didn’t live like this.
We actually used to strive in primary school to be able to be trusted to move from a led pencil to a pen and get a little licence card for it.
As adults, we can’t be trusted to drink responsibly and enter a bar after a certain time because we were getting too wild.
Ahh dear… I could go on for days. Australia; from towns built underground to swearing at each other to show endearment, you’re weird AF but we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Words by April Murphy.
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