Pfhorrest wrote:Beer, crocodiles, barbecued shrimp, barbecued everything, gigantic spiders, deadly snakes, pretty much everything is trying to kill you... oh I guess that's more stereotypes of Australia than Australians, but the corresponding stereotype is that Aussies have to be badass to survive everything trying to kill them. Oh and they love cricket, I think? And beer. I know I already said beer but goddamn, beer.
A person needs Beer and a lot of it when the Reality sets in.
You are on an Island.
A Really Big Island.
You can walk as far as you like.
Water with Shark and pretty little Jellies with the most painful sting of any creature on Earth will be waiting for you.
The first White Aussies were BadAss. They had to be.
From what I understand, today they are about as BadAss as New York City Rap Stars.
They live protected from their Environmental concerns by Technology like Everyone else does.
We have Scary Shit, too. Our Technology allows us to Blow by a Bear at 50 miles an hour and Laugh.
Oh! Our bears can do Tricks.
Many know how to push the windows out of a stopped car.
That little Platypus is a Bastard.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus_venom
Although powerful enough to paralyze smaller animals, the venom is not lethal to humans. However, it produces excruciating pain that may be intense enough to incapacitate the victim. Swelling rapidly develops around the entry wound and gradually spreads outward. Information obtained from case studies shows that the pain develops into a long-lasting hyperalgesia that can persist for months but usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. A clinical report from 1992 showed that the severe pain was persistent and did not respond to morphine.
The Aussies win any competition for Scary Outside stuff.
They don't have Crocodiles. Do they?
Damn it! They have Crocs.http://www.divethereef.com/guides/AboutCrocs.asp
The people back in Jolly Old England KNEW Australia was a Bitch of a Place.
They sent Human Beings there, anyway. People suck!
Is Australia where the Old Saying, "Never a Dull Moment." came from?
They don't have Bear. Do they?
Drop Bears have a Reputation that is worse then the Reality.
We don't have Drop Bears. We have Tear the Kitchen Door off Bears. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_bear
Drop Bears. That is Cute.
With all the other scary Real Shit they have,
they go to the trouble to make stuff up for Tourists.
Aussies are Famous for being funny.
They have a strange Sense of Humor.
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Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.