There's a rare turtle in Australia that was discovered in 1990, when Steve Irwin found it in a crocodile catching trip. It was named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irw…
Today I learned about the deadly Poison Fire Coral fungus (native to Japan, Korea, and Australia) that can cause the brain to shrink if consumed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pod…
Apple's policy of refusing to repair phones that have undergone "unauthorized" repairs is illegal in Australia due to their right to repair law. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
Aboriginal Australians often traveled to Indonesia for trade, and when British explorers first visited inland Australia they met an Aboriginal man who had already learned English from his visit to Singapore. mikedashhistory.com/2016/…
Today I learned of ArvΔ«ds BlΕ«mentāls, a rumored prototype for Crocodile Dundee and Latvian Baron who deserted the Waffen-SS for the Foreign Legion before relocating to Australia. He hunted 10,000 crocodiles with his bare hands and lived in a hillside dugout so bizarre it was used in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. theawl.com/2017/03/the-he…
American citizens were also transported as convicts to Australia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Today I learned of Oskar Speck, who kayaked from Germany to Australia. He set off from Ulm in 1932 to seek work in Cyprus, but soon left to 'see the world'. Upon arriving in Australia in 1939, Speck was detained due to the outbreak of the Second World War. adventure-journal.com/201…
The Thirteen Colonies were used as a penal colony for English criminals between the 1600s to 1776. Historians estimate between 50,000 to 120,000 criminals were transfered. After America's indepedence the Brits tried to substitute America with Ghana and Senegal, ultimately deciding on Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Bob Hawke, Former Prime Minister of Australia, set a world record for downing a yard of ale in 11 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The story of Cows With Guns. A joke song from 96 that was a hit on nearly every radio station in Seattle before spreading across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. cowswithguns.com/old-cows…
Australia has its own version of Yeti/Bigfoot called Yowie. This mythical creature appears in many other name in Aboriginal folklore with earliest report of sighting in 1795. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yow…
Achlorophyllous saprophytic is a rare orchid growing entirely underground in Australia, Rhizanthella slateri, is never exposed to light, and depends on ants and other terrestrial insects to pollinate it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orc…
In the 90s, Nissan teamed up with British shoe maker Reebok to produce the Nissan Pulsar Reebok in Australia. youtu.be/0E_4jTdvHcw
Some roads in Australia are so long that the Australian government counteracts the risk of fatigue by playing little trivia games on the side of the road. boredpanda.com/trivia-roa…
Australia has 10,685 beaches. If you visited one beach per day, it would take you more than 32 years to see them all. australia.com/en-gb/thing…
Today I learned about The Shark Arm Murder of 1935 where an aquarium shark in australia vomited up a human arm, leading to a murder investigation tied to organized crime and the cocaine trade. sydneycrimemuseum.com/cri…
In February 1970, an amateur photographer was taking photos around an airport in Sydney, Australia. It was only after the film was developed that he realized he captured a stowaway's final moments as he fell out of the wheel well of a plane taking off and fell 56 meters to his death. nzherald.co.nz/world/stow…
In the sea between Australia and New Zealand, there's an island taller than it is wide. Ball's Pyramid only measures 300m across, yet peaks at 562m in elevation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The Irukandji, a jellyfish from Australia that is less than an inch big, has a sting which causes feelings of impending doom, incredible lower back pain, relentless nausea and vomiting, full body cramps, and profuse sweating. thecut.com/2016/04/appare…
For 17 years the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia detected mysterious signals which left scientists baffled. The source of the signals turned out to be a microwave in the kitchen staffers used to heat up their lunches. theguardian.com/science/2…
There is over 7.2 million foxes in Australia thanks to British settlers who imported them in for the purpose of fox hunting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
β€œopossum” can refer to any one of more than 100 different species of marsupial animals found in the Americas, while β€œpossum” technically refers only to any of 67 marsupial species found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. summitenvironmentalsoluti…
Little Richard, while performing in Australia in 1957, saw a fireball flying across the sky and took it to be a sign from God to repent from secular music and his wild lifestyle at the time; he wouldn't return to secular music until 1962. The fireball that he saw was the launch of Sputnik 1. theguardian.com/music/202…
Tree-kangaroos exist, and live in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and Queensland in Australia. They are currently threatened by hunting and habitat destruction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
An Indian man in Australia avoided jail by blaming bollywood for his stalking habit theguardian.com/film/2015…
The Digeridoo was named by the British based on what it sounded like, and was not originally called the Digeridoo. It was used by aboriginals in Australia when it was discovered, and there are lots of aboriginal names for the instrument, such as Yidaki. gauthieraube.com/en/the-o…
The world's first seat belt law was put into place in 1970 in Victoria, Australia and that Volvo shared the patent for the three-point seat belt for free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Today I learned about the Pelican Spider (AKA Assassin Spider). They exclusively feed on other spiders, and are extremely distinct in that they have "necks". Of course they live in Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Canberra was chosen to be the capital of Australia because neither Melbourne or Sydney would accept its rival as the permanent national capital. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Mad Max: Fury Road had filming moved from the Broken Hill region in Australia to Namibia after unusual rainfall caused the desert landscape to bloom with wildflowers. traveller.com.au/mad-max-…
Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless "boats" trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became "the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In Australia, a study of hitmen found that offers ranged from $500 to $100k, with an average of $16.5k. One undercover investigator lists his largest proposed payoff as $200k in jewels and his stingiest as β€œseven Atari computer games, three dollar bills, and $2.30 in nickels and dimes.” washingtoncitypaper.com/a…
Feral rabbits are a big problem in Australia. It started by Thomas Austin. He had 24 rabbits sent to him from Europe for his game of hunting parties in 1859. In 7 years, those 24 rabbits became 14,000. Now there are about 200 million wild rabbits down under. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
Today I learned about Songline: used by the Aborigines of Australia to navigate the land by songs, with lyrics highlighting landmarks when sung in proper sequence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
900 year old African coins were found of the coast of Australia, making them the oldest foreign artefacts found on the continent, predating the Europeans by centuries. australiangeographic.com.…
The continent of Antarctica was originally going to be called Australia, until the colonial authorities in Sydney took the name for their continent. After that Antarctica had no official name for over 80 years until the 1890s. It was just referred to as the Antarctic Continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
There's a pink manta ray near Australia. It likely has a genetic mutation causing the unusual coloration. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about CANZUK, a theoretical union between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, highly popular within each country, polling between 68% (UK) and 76% (Canada) for such a union to happen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN…
The future King George V of the UK, reportedly saw the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman,a ship known to be an omen of doom, seemingly disappear into thin air,off the coast of Australia.Hours after her sighting, the crew-mate responsible for first reporting the ship fell from the crosstrees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Les Stewart from Australia typed all the numbers from one to one million, in words, not numbers, on a manual typewriter. It took him 16 years 7 months and he used 1,000 ink ribbons and wrote 19,890 pages. recordholders.org/en/reco…
Today I learned about a tiger shark vomiting an arm which belonged to a man who disappeared a few weeks earlier, and sparked one of the most infamous crime stories in Australia. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Australian politician AdairBlain was captured by the Japanese in Singapore, while serving during WWII. While in a POW camp in Borneo, he missed two years parliament, and was re-elected. On return to Australia, he was given a standing ovation in parliament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Mel Gibson was not born in Australia. He was born in Peekskill, New York, an hour north of Manhattan. His family moved to Australia when he was 12. britannica.com/biography/…
The Dingo Fence is a 5,614 kilometer fence built in Australia during the 1880s to keep dingoes out of the relatively fertile south-east part of the continent to protect the sheep flocks of southern Queensland. It is one of the longest structures in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Today I learned about BarleyMax+, a grain developed through selective breeding by Australia's CSIRO research group to create new, hardier and healthier foods to combat things like cardiovascular disease. csiro.au/en/research/prod…
Polymer banknotes were developed in Australia. In 1988, they were the first country to issue such notes. Today, many countries have switched completely to polymer banknotes. These notes incorporate many security features not available in paper banknotes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Gold can grow on Eucalyptus trees. In its search for water, the Eucalyptus tree absorbs gold particles dissolved in the water deep underground, then storing the gold in the leaves of the tree. This is a cheap and effective way to discover new gold deposits in Australia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
:The Little Red School Book published in 1969 caused moral outrage around the world with statements such as ""Some girls, and a very few boys, don't masturbate. This is quite normal. It is also normal to do it." It was banned in France, Italy & Queensland Australia, and censored in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A massive snapping turtle dubbed "Leonardo" was found in the sewers in Sydney, Australia. newcastleherald.com.au/st…
Magpies in Australia are not related in anyway to Magpies in the rest of the world. theguardian.com/environme…

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