15 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
— Gustave Flaubert
 

G’day, mates!

This week we’ll be learning a few facts about Australia. Below are 15 things you probably didn’t know about the land down under.   

  1. Australians invented the term selfie. Genius!
  2. There are more kangaroos than people. They may be looking at a contraceptive pill to control the population.
  3. Speaking of contraceptives, Australian koalas are in danger of extinction because over half of them have chlamydia. Guess they forgot to strap it up.
  4. Australia has 10 times more camels than koalas; it also exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
  5. 75% of the living species are unknown to man.
  6. Australia’s first police force was compiled of well-mannered convicts. The original Suicide Squad.
  7. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
  8. Wombats produce cubic shaped
  9. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing . YUCK!
  10. Indigenous people inhabited Australia for nearly 50,000 years before the British colonized. Unfortunately, there was a genocide committed against the indigenous people in an effort to create a more “white Australia”.
  11. Dendrocnide Moroides is a plant native to Australia. It will make you vomit just by touching it. The sting has been known to kill humans and other animals. Ouch, Charlie!
  12. Australia was the second country in the world that allowed women to vote.
  13. The city of Melbourne used to be called Batmania.
  14. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per day.
  15. An Australian man attempted to auction New Zealand on eBay. He was probably drunk from the beer.