17 Common Misconceptions About Australia That Still Get Believed To This Day
Drop bears? Oh, those are definitely real.
Australia is an incredible place — but if you don't live here or have never visited, then your perception of ~Down Under~ may be pretty warped thanks to movies like Crocodile Dundee and that one episode of The Simpsons.
So, Reddit user u/PeevesPoltergist called on Aussies to clear up any misconceptions about Australia that the rest of the world still believes. Here are the responses!
Note: Not all submissions in this post are from the Reddit thread. We've added some of our own in, too! Oh and FYI — in case you didn't know, a lot of these answers are tongue in cheek, because us Aussies love to play a joke or two on the rest of the world.
1. That Vegemite is meant to be spread on toast as generously as Nutella.
2. That Australia is filled with deadly animals — left, right and centre.
3. Including fuck-off-huge-spiders that constantly invade our homes.
4. And that we're all Steve Irwin types, ready to fend them off at any moment.
5. That we're upside down because we're located in the southern hemisphere.
6. That our mode of transportation in the 21st century is one of Australia's most well-known animals.
7. That Australian toilets flush counter-clockwise.
8. That we can't say two words without having to swear.
9. That Australians actually eat bloomin' onions — a signature dish sold at Outback Steakhouse.
10. As well as Foster's beer — apparently we consume this as much as water.
11. That the word "shrimp" exists in the Australian vernacular.
12. And that all of us have the same, stereotypical accent that many associate with being "Australian".
13. That the entire country either looks like the beach or something straight out of the scenes of Mad Max — there's no in-between.
14. That drop bears are a huge hoax told by Australians to scare naive tourists.
15. That every Australian citizen immediately knows how to surf when they're born.
16. Oh, and that we're all fit, tan and blonde — like Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie.
17. And lastly, that it's one, big endless summer in Australia — the seasons don't change.
Note: Reddit Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.