Posted: 7 November, 2014 by Web Guy Brett

17 Mindblowing Aussie Facts That You Probably Didn't Know... Plus Some Others

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These are the facts so mindboggling, you'll be the life of your next party.

We've found 17 crazy facts about Australia, and thrown in some others along the way - just to shake things up a bit.

Enjoy!


1.

Every human being starts out as an asshole.  It's the first part of the body to form in the womb.

2.

Australia has the largest Sri Lankan population outside of Sri Lanka.  Melbourne has the largest Greek population of any city in the world outside of Greece, making it the third largest 'Greek city' in the world (Athens is first, and Thessaloniki is second - both are in Greece).

3.

Australia is home to the longest fence in the world.  It's actually twice as long as the Great Wall of China, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.

4.

In Minnesota, a three-year-old boy was elected as mayor, bringing new meaning to the phrase 'only in America'.  Meanwhile, a cat has been the mayor of Alaskan town Talkeetna for the past 15 years.

5.

The average Australian drinks 96 litres of beer per year.  That's almost two litres each week.

6.

Here's one for the redheads... In Greek mythology, it was believed that if you had red hair you'd turn into a vampire when you died.

7.

One in four Americans believe that the sun goes around the Earth.

8.

Canberra was created in 1908 as our capital city as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne wanted to be our nation's capital.  It also acts as a separate territory and government so that no state has unfair control over the country. 

9.

Adelaide's Botanic Gardens have the oldest glasshouses in the Southern Hemisphere.

10.

In 2007, A couple from Bosnia divorced after they discovered they'd had an online affair with each other under fake names.

11.

91% of Australia is uninhabited and covered in native flora and other vegetation.

12.

The word 'censorship' is censored in China.

13.

Australia is home to 20% of the world's pokies.  But we only have 0.33% of the world's population.  Half of those poker machines can be found in New South Wales.

14.

In Oklahoma in the US, it's illegal to take a bite out of someone else's hamburger.

15.

The Aussie alps receive more snow than those in Switzerland (compared to the size of that country).

16.

The word 'mortgage' comes from a French word that means "Death Contract".  Quite accurate really.

17.

Perth is the only city in the world where aircraft can land in the CBD (within a 2km radius).  Usually these are "sea planes" on the Swan River (for those playing at home).

Perth is also the most isolated capital city in the world.  Fly that flag proudly Perth!

18.

Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.  For the most pure air in the world, head along to Cape Grim in Tassie.  It's not as ominous as it sounds.

19.

Every day, you swallow a litre of snot.  It's a lot more when you have a cold.

20.

In Victoria, only a licensed electrician is officially allowed to change a lightbulb.

21.

There are 97 people in the US that are named "LOL".

22.

In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right hand side of the footpath.  But everyone does it anyway.

23.

The lighter was invented before the match.

24.

No one knows who invented the fire hydrant because the patent was burnt in a fire. Now isn't that ironic!

25.

Studies have found that the more features your phone has, the longer men spend in the toilet.  Studies also found that those phones are filthy.

26.

Melbourne has been ranked at the world's most liveable city four times in a row.  They must be doing something right.

27.

Cows have different sounding "moos" which are specific to their region.  Just like humans.

28.

Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone or losing phone reception.

29.

The wine cask was first invented by Angoves, a South Australian wine making company.  The "Black Box" that records flight data on airplanes was also invented in South Australia.  You smart peeps!

30.

WiFi technology was also invented in Australia by the CSIRO, and engineer John O'Sullivan.  He wasn't from South Australia though.

31.

In Ancient Greece, when someone threw an apple at someone else, it was viewed as a declaration of love.

32.

It is shorter to drive around Australia anti-clockwise than clockwise.

33.

If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take you 27 years to see them all.

34.

And finally, If you search for "Askew" on Google, the page will tilt slightly to right.  If you type "Do a barrel roll" the entire screen will go CRAZY!

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