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    Tuesday, May 27, 2008
    Joshua Crouthamel

    We come from a land Down Under, and as such, we know the Outback as our own backyard. But what do people from other countries think of us antipodeans?


    You've probably been cornered by a Yank overseas and been asked about your pet kangaroo, or taken a Pommie to task when, upon hearing you hail from Sydney, he's asked if you know his cousin Frank from Broken Hill.

    An Australian tourism site has recently posted some of the most beguiling questions received by potential travellers to our fair shores, as well as potential answers. Any of these sound familiar?


    Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I've never seen it rain on TV. How do your plants grow? (UK)
    A: We import all of our plants fully grown and then sit around watching them die.



    Q: My wife and I enjoy walking tours. How long will it take us to get from Perth to Sydney on foot? (Canada)
    A: How long did it take you to do your last 4,000 kilometre walk? Bring a bottle of water.



    Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? If so, can you send me a list of all of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
    A: What did your last slave die of?


    Q: What is the weather like in Vienna in May? (USA)
    A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y.



    Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney, and is milk available year-round? (Germany)
    A: No, we are a peaceful nation of vegan hunters and gatherers. Milk is illegal.



    Q: Are the rattlesnakes in Melbourne deadly? Do you sell anti-venom at the grocery store? (USA)
    A: Rattlesnakes live in A-mer-i-ca, which is where you come from. Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make great pets.



    Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? If so, when? (France)
    A: Occasionally, and if so than during our Christmas annual leave.</B>



    Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go in Australia? (USA)
    A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.



    So keep a smile on your face and a map in your rucksack the next time you exercise your passport.

    Do you ride a ‘roo? Quirky questions from would-be tourists ...
    Alicia Silverstone: "I think that the film Clueless was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it's true lightness."

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    I once met a Swiss couple who were seriously considering cycling from Melbourne to Alice Springs without any camping gear because they planned to stay in quaint little B&Bs along the way.
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    I always laugh when I think about this: My friend, years and years ago, said that when she went to America for exchange or something, they asked her what year it was in Australia. lol. And she replied: "Why, tis the year 1900! What year is it here? And what be those shiny metal monsters living outside your house? They seem to have wheels for legs!"

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    lol awesome i think i love your friend... best ive overheard was an American at Australia Zoo looking at the emus and enquiring how fast they fly... the response was from a smartarse aussie 'not very fast but they go into a freefall dive when swooping humans'
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    Vienna one is funny

    So, like do you have supermarkets over there?

    I have a real Question though, in Home and Away and Neighbours they say "Rack off" Do people really say that? Or was it just made up as they can't swear on those shows

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    Rack off probably started as an alternative, but people use it now anyway. And yes, we have supermarkets LOL
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    I was only kidding about the supermarkets, I'm not that 'tarded

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    It's not only Australians who say rack off! I'm sure of it! I'm sure I've heard it said in America, but it must be one of those things I rarely hear the yanks say, like 'bugger'. But do eventually hear.
    And Home & Away is always PG now so if they wanted they could say "shit"... but it's a family show so they don't. It's not McLeod's Daughters! lol

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    Does anyone swear more than the Aussies? No, if comedians are anything to go by.

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    But we swear with panache and in a totally fucking caring way.
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    Yeah, and 'fucking wanker' is still hilarious.

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    oh dear god. The questions!! However, it is good to see stupid is worldwide, not just us ugly Americans!!

    I live in California, worked with a girl years ago who was from Austria (the one by Ger-man-y). More than once people asked her, upon her telling them she was from Austria, about kangaroos and crocodiles.
    Don't worry about what other people think. They don't do it very often.

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    Its like from some Jim Carrey movie, I think, where someone goes "I'm Austrian" and he goes "Oh! G'day, Mate!" with this big smile on his face
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    Once had an American convinced that we hold Kangaroo Rodeo's (she seriously thought we sat on the roo's shoulders). Also had the same person convinced that our clocks work backwards, so the 3 would be where the 9 is etc (anti clock wise).

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