Sunday, 26 January 2014

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Ah, Australia.
A country that is the biggest island, and smallest continent in the world.
A country characterised by mate-ship, sport, and multiculturalism.
A country that is home to almost everything that can kill you.

Today is Australia Day. To celebrate (apart from eating Weet-Bix, Vegemite on toast, a snag on the barbie, a meat pie, lamingtons and pavlova) I thought I'd brush up on some facts about this wonderful sunburnt country that we live in.

 Assuming new births, deaths, and immigrant acceptances, the population of Australia increases by one person every 1 minute and 18 seconds, and is currently estimated to be 23, 364, 312 at the time of this post.

• Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth. The only continent drier than Australia is Antarctica.

• Pubs, bars, and hotels in Australia cover more land mass than mines. There are currently 6033 established pubs, taverns, hotels, bars, and licensed restaurants in Australia. 69% of those are located on corner blocks.

The Snowy Mountains receive more snow than Switzerland.

• The only type of boomerang that will come back when thrown is the "Hunter". Other types are called the "Hook", the "Club", and the "V".

• The Australian Coat of Arms has a kangaroo and emu on it, because they are animals incapable of travelling backwards.

• Kangaroo meat is 98% fat free.

• Ayers Rock, also known as the Red Centre, or heart of Australia, is the largest solitary rock in the world. It rises 348m above ground, and sinks 2.5km underground.

• 91% of Australia is vegetation.

Australia was the second country to give women the right to vote in 1902. New Zealand was the first, in 1893.

• The dingo fence in Australia is the longest fence in the world (5,530km), and twice as long as the Great Wall of China.

• Approximately 30% of Australia's population were born overseas, from over 200 different countries.

• "Koala bears" are marsupials, not bears, and sleep for 18 hours a day.

• Australia's first police force, formed in 1789, was made up of 12 of the best-behaved convicts.

• Former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke, held a guinness record for chugging beer.

Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.

• Australians eat 260 million meat pies each year.

Happy Australia Day!

I hope you had a great day celebrating this wonderful country we live in,

in whichever way you chose to do it :)

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