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    Posted on 19 Jan 2015

    16 Things That Will Surprise All Americans About Australia

    A concise tourist pamphlet to avoid those questions.

    1. There's only 23 million people in the WHOLE of Australia.

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    And that's in a country the same size as the whole of the United States.

    2. And there's really not that many deaths from poisonous animals...

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    Seriously. Per year, there's about 3,000 snake bites - with around one or two proving to be fatal. Most receive antivenom well before it gets *real* bad.

    3. Or sharks...

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    There's only one fatal shark attack on average per year.

    4. The majority of the population lives around the coast.

    5. Australia is ***expensive***

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    Lemons, petrol, alcohol. It's all a sham.

    6. Australians are massive gamblers.

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    Honestly, the world's biggest gamblers. It all sums up to around $1144 per resident!

    7. *Technically* we're still ruled by the Queen of England, but not really. We just... like having them there to comfort us.

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    For now...

    8. We have our own version of Canada. We call it "New Zealand."

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    9. Mosquitos are bad. Like, worse now than they ever have been.

    10. We air dry clothes.

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    11. And use the half flush.

    12. We drive on the other side of the road, which means we also walk / pass / stand on escalators on the other side, too.

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    13. Our tipping culture is different to yours in that we don't really have a tipping culture.

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    We do still tip, but not out of necessity. You get a tip if you do a good job – a luxury we are allowed because of our high minimum wage.

    14. We really don't have any guns.

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    We used to, but then we pretty much got rid of all of them. And we haven't had a mass shooting since.

    15. Our bacon is different.

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    It's kinda like what you call Canadian bacon.

    16. And you can buy kangaroo and emu meat at the grocery store.

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