Australia, the land of kangaroos, giant spiders, heat, and (as we learned in the last article) unique flowers and plants. Here are some more facts you didn’t know about the land down under.
Number Eight: Australia Has the Fattest People
I was surprised to learn this because I’ve always heard that America is the most obese country in the world. Turns out this is wrong, though. As of 2012, Australia takes the lead with a staggering 26% obesity rate. Sorry America, better luck next time.
Number Seven: The Story of the Capital
Originally, Australia was torn between Sydney and Melbourne to be the capital of the country. These two cities made it easier, however, when they couldn’t stop arguing over which would be selected. The title went to Canberra instead.
Number Six: Pome
People from Australia refer to English folk as Pome. It’s an acronym for Prisoners of Mother England. I wonder if Brits have a similar nickname for Australians.
Number Five: They Started the Ugg Boot Phenomenon
These boots are an Australian design and started as a sheepskin turned inside out and made into a boot. The locals refer to them as “very ugly boots”.
Number Four: Ancient Fossils
This country is the only place on the planet where you can still find something called the lungfish. It’s a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.
Number Three: It Snows in Australia
Most of the country does not get any snow, but contrary to the stereotype, they do get some. The area covered by snow in the winter is about the size of Switzerland, or slightly bigger.
Number Two: ‘The Drop Bear’
In order to deter tourists, Australians invented a fake animal called the drop bear. They claimed it dropped out of trees to attack tourists, and even mainstream businesses (such as museums) were in on spreading the rumor.
Number One: Home of the Oldest Culture on Earth
Aboriginal culture is the most ancient on the planet. It’s estimated that the continent’s original inhabitants have been living there for 40,000-60,000 years. We hope you enjoyed part two of our fascinating list of facts about Australia.