Buzz·Posted on 25 July 202221 Aussie Quirks That Even We Have To Admit Are Kinda Fucked UpWould really love an etymological explanation for the word "durry".by Jemima SkelleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Having to get a pen licence in primary school. Grace Jarvis @gracejarvisohno truly insane that I had to earn a “pen license” at school but they let me just go in raw on a bunsen burner 03:42 AM - 15 Jan 2022 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @gracejarvisohno I know this is a thing in some British places as well, but come on, it's bizarre as hell. Also, I'm pretty sure that my handwriting was better in year 3 than it is now, but I'm still out here using pens with zero consequences. ohpeacefulday.blogspot.com 2. A distinct lack of shoes in public. Natalya Lobanova / BuzzFeed This is a surprisingly controversial opinion in Australia, but leaving the house without shoes is weird and, frankly, pretty gross. We should have a solid "one block from the beach" rule for shoe wearing. 3. Yelling "Spotto!" when you see a yellow car. Sicnag / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: 42220226@N07 Who invented it? Why does everyone know the rules? 4. Cafés and restaurants banning split bills. kalsop @kalsop 'No split bills' is still a big thing in Australia, despite other countries working out how to do it. To me, it seems a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between the parties. My debt is not to my friends, but to the restaurant... 10:42 PM - 02 Sep 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @kalsop Okay, mayyyybe it's because the restaurant doesn't want to pay the 17-cent credit card fee twice. But if I just paid $34 for a coffee and toast, can't they cover it? 5. Having to abbreviate everything, even if it doesn't make it shorter. BuzzFeed Okay, FINE, we can accept "mozzie" and "arvo"; those make sense. But "bottle-o"? It's the same number of syllables as "bottle shop". And it's so ingrained in our vocab that it's literally recognised by Google Maps. 6. Not to mention, words that make no sense at all. Harry T. Tuttle @TheHarryTuttle Can I bum a durry? Curious if anyone knows what this means. Australians, don’t say anything unless you really don’t know either. 05:59 PM - 03 May 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @TheHarryTuttle Where did "durry" come from? 7. Doing shoeys. Peter Fox / Getty Images I'm not denying that shoeys — drinking booze out of a shoe — aren't an integral part of Aussie culture. I'm just pointing out that doing so is fuckin' weird. 8. Taking your pants off in the pub when "Eagle Rock" is played. nick @Nickw49 realising it’s gonna be one of those parties where they play Eagle Rock and all the straight guys pull their pants down 07:02 AM - 11 Jan 2022 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @Nickw49 It's not quite as widespread as "No way, get fucked, fuck off", but it is a real thing, and sorry, I hate it. 9. Having pokie machines everywhere. Michael Coghlan / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: mikecogh Over 80% of Aussies do some kind of gambling, which is the highest rate of anywhere in the world. And despite our relatively small population, we have ONE-FIFTH of the world's pokie machines. WHY?? 10. Learning "the Nutbush" as part of the curriculum. Jemima Skelley @jemimaskelley did you even go to primary school in australia if you didn't learn the nutbush in PE? 04:51 AM - 04 Jun 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @jemimaskelley It's not even an Australian song? And yet we all know the dance. 11. The concept of fairy bread. Margarita Medvedeva / Getty Images/iStockphoto No shade at all to fairy bread. Even as an adult, I still eat it from time to time. But honestly, WHO had the idea to butter bread and put sprinkles on it? Like, what frame of mind did they have to be in to come up with that?? 12. The majority of our pubs and dive bars having carpet. davidboily / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: davidboily Perhaps this is also a British thing, but there's just no logic in having carpeted floors in a place where drinks are frequently spilled. Unless the idea is that the carpet soaks up the mess and staff don't have to do anything? 13. Swooping bird signs. u/Angel_Madison / Via reddit.com It is kinda weird that magpies are such a problem here that we have council-installed road signs warning people of their presence. 14. Buying real Christmas trees as if it's not the middle of summer. Famous golfball @andy_sidecake i think the weirdest thing (admittedly not many) Australians do is go out to whoop whoop to the artificially planted Christmas tree farms and cut down a tree when its like 35 degrees like come on 12:25 AM - 10 Sep 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @andy_sidecake Not only that, but some people spray theirs with fake snow??? 15. Calling our coffees "long black" and "short black". Reddit: anthony_p_c / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: 30686310@N07 LMAO, guys, can't we be a little inventive? Oh, and let's not forget the Aussie invention "flat white". 16. Musk sticks. Helen Shang @helenshang An Australian person gave me a candy called a musk stick and it tastes like candied perfume/incense -- I kind of love it. 12:53 AM - 15 May 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @helenshang Musk is a smell, not a flavour. So tell me why someone decided to make musk-flavoured chalk and sell it as a lolly? 17. Drinking goon from the bag. Jeremy Higgs / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: jhiggs Cask wine isn't Aussie, but skulling it straight from the bag is one of those VERY Australian habits that we can all admit — no matter how many times we did it as teens — is weird. 18. Calling everything the bush. Janellelugge / Getty Images/iStockphoto If there are no houses there, it's the bush. Simple. 19. Sunday sessions. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @leahfan_art We really want to prolong the weekend, but in reality, all we're doing is ensuring that we head to work on Monday with a hangover. 20. Using the word "dog" as a negative. Dex @dexterwizard666 Kamikamica and Cowfoooosi should be sin binned. Dog act. #NRLStormRaiders 07:54 AM - 17 Jul 2022 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @dexterwizard666 Dogs are cute. We love dogs. So why do we say "That was a dog act" or "What a dog" or "Never dog your mates"? 21. And finally, singing the DJ Otzi classic "Hey Baby" at music festivals and concerts. View this video on YouTube youtube.com I love it, but I can't deny it's strange. What do you think of these habits, Aussies — strange or cause for celebration? Let us know in the comments below!