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/…
A species of Australian Nocturnal Ground Parrots thought to be extinct for 100 years were found by one man after 15 years of searching. His search began when he found one feather of this bird on a truck and traced it back to the farm of an Old Indigenous Gentleman. audubon.org/news/yes-more…
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…
Today I learned about the Australian phatic finger. This is a norm whereby drivers on outback highways (where you can go long periods without seeing another vehicle) will raise their index finger as a friendly gesture of mutual aknowledgement. abc.net.au/news/2013-05-0…
In September 1945 Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett defied US restrictions and snuck into Hiroshima by train. Burchett was the first to tell the world about the effects of radiation on the victims of the bombing, which the US denied both before and after his story was published. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
Today I learned of Nyarri Morgan, an Australian aboriginal man who had no contact with the Western world until he witnessed - with no context - an atomic test and its resulting effects abc.net.au/news/2016-10-0…
Although the Red Baron was their enemy the British respect for him was such that upon his death he was buried with full military honours by No.3 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps who had recovered his body in Northern France. youtu.be/GUk1129fUf4
There is an Australian pine growing out of an old railroad bridge in the Florida Keys named Fred the Tree. Fred survives with salt spray, lots of sunshine, and no apparent soil. Fred even withstood Hurricane Irma! fla-keys.com/keysvoices/f…
William McBride, an Australian obstetrician who helped determine the link between thalidomide and birth defects, was years later de-registered for falsifying scientific data to claim that another drug also caused birth defects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Australian convicted criminal Mark "Chopper" Reid had an inmate cut off both his ears to get transferred to another division and avoid an ambush by other inmates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer had a development plan he wanted to keep secret, so the architect jokingly labelled the block of land as "dinosaur park". After newspapers worldwide reported that they were planning to clone dinosaurs, 500 scientists applied to be involved in the process traveller.com.au/clive-pa…
Serena Williams does not have the most women's tennis Grand Slam titles. That record belongs to Australian Margaret Court, who has 24. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The world record for longest stare (40 minutes, 59 seconds) was set in 2011 at an Australian staring competition. At 17 minutes, the crowd became angry. At 30 minutes, contestants said they were bored. medicaldaily.com/man-who-…
Sarbi, a Special Forces dog from Australia, trained in explosives detection, was MIA for 14 months in Afghanistan after disappearing during an ambush in 2008. She was later rediscovered by an American soldier and flown back to her Australian handlers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
A study was conducted in an Australian University in 2008 found that "male science nerds" are most likely to be virgins and that female art majors were the most sexually active, but have little knowledge of what chlamydia is. The study was prompted by rapidly increasing cases of chlamydia. smh.com.au/national/male-…
The first ever Australian gold medalist at Olympic Winter Games won because his four rivals all collided and he skated alone past the finish line. He named his autobiography β€žLast Man Standingβ€œ. icelegendsaustralia.com/l…
Today I learned of the Colt clan incest case - an Australian family discovered in 2012, engaged in four generations of incest beginning in the 1970s. The family grew to 40 members. The members' true identities remain unknown to the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
There is a forest in France with wild wallabies. The Australian marsupials, which resemble small kangaroos, escaped from an enclosure in the 70s and have been thriving in the wild ever since. abc.net.au/news/2015-08-0…
An Australian sheep named Chris, whose mobility had been impaired as a result of the weight of the fleece he had grown over more than 5 years, was found wandering alone by a hiker. It's estimated that the record breaking long merino wool was enough to make 30 jumpers but had no commercial value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
DNA evidence shows that groups in the Amazon are more closely related to indigenous Australians than Native Americans smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
That, in the Australian state of Queensland, the government places trivia questions periodically to keep drivers awake and aware. brisbanetimes.com.au/nati…
In 2012, an Indian nurse looking after the Duchess of Cambridge was prank called by an Australian radio station pretending to be the Queen. This led to her revealing confidential information which was then broadcast on the radio. 3 days later, she committed suicide by hanging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
On 13 September 2002, the first known use of the word selfie in any paper or electronic medium appeared in an Australian internet forum – Karl Kruszelnicki's 'Dr Karl Self-Serve Science Forum' – in a post by Nathan Hope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
An Australian Royal Commission found that Jehovah's Witnesses harbored 1,006 known pedophiles who they did not report to the authorities. The commission also found their policies to be outdated and that they provided inadequate support to victims. childabuseroyalcommission…
The song commonly held to be the first Chicago house record, On and On (1984), had re-used the bassline from Australian novelty hit Space Invaders en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The Australian Flying Corps was the 1st airforce established in the British Empire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
Australia invented the secret ballot 1856. Before that votes were cast in full view of the assembled crowds and would often ended in riots. When the practice started to be adopted in the US in the 1880's it was known as the Australian Ballot. nma.gov.au/defining-momen…
Today I learned about 46 million dollars’ worth of Australian $50 bill went into circulation in 10/2018 had a typo error. It went unnoticed for mos. until it was spotted by radio listener.The central bank misspelled the word β€œresponsibility” as β€œRESPONSIBILTY" & said the error will be fixed in future print runs reuters.com/article/us-au…
For the Sci-Fi Horror film 'Event Horizon' Sam Neill requested that the Australian flag on his character's uniform remove the Union Flag from the corner & for it to be replacedwith the Aboriginal flag, the way he thought it should look in 2047 sbs.com.au/movies/blog/20…
In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 2017, Apple announced plans to demolish a historic Aboriginal art gallery to make way for one of their stores in Melbourne. After intense backlash from Australians, authorities rejected the plan. macdailynews.com/2019/04/…
One of the few (and perhaps the only) citizen-led protest against Kristallnacht in 1938 was organised by an Indigenous Australian named William Cooper. Almost 30 years before Indigenous Australians were allowed to be citizens of Australia. sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
When the Australian film The Story of the Kelly Gang (the first-ever full length narrative feature film) was released in 1906, the screenings of the silent film were accompanied by live sound effects, including blank cartridges as gunshots and coconut shells beaten together to simulate hoofbeats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Continental Europe did not have a daily television soap opera until 'Goede tijden, slechte tijden' began in 1990 in The Netherlands. GTST was a remake of Australian soap 'The Restless Years' but the storyline started diverging in season three en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goe…
Today I learned of Alexander Montagu, the current Duke of Manchester, who was sentenced to three years' in an Australian prison after being convicted of 22 charges of fraud and later was charged with passing a bad check in Las Vegas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
In 1995 Australian costume designer Lizzy Gardiner wore a dress made entirely of genuine, but expired, American Express Gold cards to the 67th Academy Awards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
There is a famous Australian pub rock song about grieving over the loss of a romantic partner. The chorus sings "Am I ever gonna see your face again?" It is Australian tradition for the crowd to shout "No way, get fucked, fuck off." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am_…
In the 1960s the US military planned on testing Sarin and VX nerve gas on 200 Australian troops by aerial bombing areas around Lockhart river. Harold Holt, the prime minister at that time vetoed the plan. abc.net.au/news/2008-07-0…
Due to hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe, 8 foreign currencies were used as legal tender: US $, British Β£, Japanese Β₯, Chinese Β₯, Indian β‚Ή, Australian $, South African rand, and Botswana pula. Due to the scarcity of small change, shops often gave change in sweets, cellphone airtime, and even condoms bbc.com/news/world-africa…
When legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman broke the world record for first-class runs (452 not out in a single innings), his opponents chaired him off the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The last uncontacted Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were encountered in 1984 in the heart of the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. abc.net.au/news/2014-10-2…
Today I learned of Gunner, a stray Australian dog who, after being wounded in a WW2 air raid, could distinguish so accurately between the sounds of Allied and Japanese planes that he could give 20 mins warning before an air attack. He was taken in by the RAAF and given a role detecting air attacks on Darwin. aviationhumor.net/gunner-…
Today I learned of Henri Tovell, a french orphan who sneaked into the 1918 Christmas celebrations of the Australian Flying Corp. He was "smuggled" back to Australia by Timothy Tovell who later adopted him. He died in a motorcycle accident 8 years later. onehundredstories.anu.edu…
Today I learned about the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, in which the Governor-General dismissed the incumbent Prime Minster and appointed the Leader of the Opposition as PM without an election occurring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Napoleon had a healthy obsession with Australia his whole life. Had he won at Waterloo he intended to name part of Australia β€œTerre NapolΓ©on” (Napoleon Land) and brought back 200+ species of Australian flora and fauna to France, making JosephinΓ© the first person in history to breed black swans. ngv.vic.gov.au/media_rele…
The 1st Marine Division (United States Marine Corp) has the Australian icons β€œWaltzing Matilda” as its battle hymn and the Southern Cross as its unit insignia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st…
Sausage sizzles are public sausage barbecues generally held either as free community events or as fundraisers that have become a recognised and expected addition to polling booths at Australian elections. The sausages at these events have been nicknamed "Democracy Sausages". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
, in 1990 Australian radio station Triple J, played N.W.A's 'Express Yourself' 82 times in a row in protest over its acting news editor Nick Franklin, getting suspended for playing N.W.A's 'Fuck The Police' on air. The protest was a success and Franklin had his suspension revoked. smh.com.au/entertainment/…

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