51 Top Australia Facts

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1. Dogs in Australia will lick toads to get high.
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2. A 96-year old lady from Australia knitted over 1000 tiny sweaters for penguins to protect them from oil spills.
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3. A new theory suggests that the Australian accent is actually the result of Australians continually getting drunk together.
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4. In 1870, two million rabbits were killed every year in Australia, all descended from just 24 released in 1859.
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5. Although Australia is the driest inhabited continent, Australians use more water than anyone else.
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6. A fire in Australia has been burning for more than 5,000 years!
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7. The floods in Australia in 2010 and 2011 caused the world’s sea levels to drop by seven millimetres.
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8. 'Jedi' is an official religion, with over 70,000 followers, in Australia.
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9. A woman in Australia faced a 14-year jail sentence for carrying pepper spray.
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10. Crop circles in Australia are caused by frenzied wallabies who get high in the poppy fields used to grow legal opium.
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11. The minimum wage in Australia is $16.87 USD per hour.
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12. Vegemite is a popular spread in Australia and New Zealand. Vegemite is made from a brown yeast extract.
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13. 1 in 20 Australians are millionaires.
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14. There is a lake in Australia where the water is naturally pink.
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15. A fire in Australia has been burning for more than 5,000 years.
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16. There is a mountain in Australia named Mt. Disappointment because the explorers were unimpressed with the view from the top.
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17. Tasmania is said to have the cleanest air in the world.
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18. In Australia, "Black Friday" refers to a series of bushfires that wiped out whole towns and killed 71 people.
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19. Cane toads were introduced to Australia to control insects, but w/o a natural predator, their population exploded
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20. In 1979, NASA received a $400 littering ticket from Western Australia when pieces of Skylab fell on the region.
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21. A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.
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22. Australia has more than 10,000 beaches. If you visited one per day, it would take you more than 27 years to visit them all!
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23. In 1954, Bob Hawke was immortalized by the Guinness Book of Records for chugging 2.5 pints of beer in 12 seconds.
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24. The minimum wage in Australia is $16.33 USD per hour.
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25. Australia attempted to control the feral rabbit population with a virus in 1950 - it killed 500 million rabbits in 2 years.
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26. In Australian slang, a "pash rash" is red, irritated skin that is the result of a make-out session with someone with a beard.
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27. The minimum wage is Australia is $16.33 USD per hour.
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28. In 2010, an Australian mother brought her premature son back to life with hugging and cuddling him for 2 hrs after doctors declared him dead
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29. Melbourne, Australia has an 8 p.m. curfew for cats.
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30. Australia’s first police force was composed of the best-behaved convicts.
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31. In Australia, Burger King is called Hungry Jack's.
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32. Australia has drop-off centers for deadly spiders, where they can be milked so the proper antivenom can be developed.
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33. Before 1902, it was illegal for Australians to swim at the beach during the day.
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34. In 2006 an Australian attempted to sell New Zealand on eBay.
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35. Australian koalas are in danger of extinction because over half of them have chlamydia.
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36. In 2013, a feral pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow.
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37. Fibers from the Australian native spinifex grass are being used to make condoms as thin as a human hair without any loss in strength.
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38. The Australian $5,$10,$20,$50 and $100 notes are made out of plastic.
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39. The Church of Scientology runs a child labor camp in Australia.
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40. The oldest known ages for a fish was an Australian lungfish. It was alive and well at 65 years old.
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41. You can order emu and crocodile pizza in Australia.
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42. The minimum wage is Australia is $15.96/hr ($16.33 USD)
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43. In Australia, there are ten times more camels than koalas.
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44. Australian scientists have worked out how to kill malaria inside human cells at any life stage.
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45. There are spiders big enough to eat snakes in Australia.
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46. The largest lizard in Australia can run as fast as Usain Bolt.
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47. Australians have the highest rate of gambling in the world.
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48. The term "selfie" was allegedly coined during 2002 in Australia.
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49. Houdini was the first man to fly a plane solo in Australia.
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50. Australia's blue tongue skinks are lizards that give birth to live young instead of laying eggs.
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51. $16 is the minimum wage in Australia.

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