Hey there! I'm Mary, and I work in the BuzzFeed NYC office. (Well, right now I work in the BuzzFeed "the desk in my bedroom" office.) I was born in Australia to Australian parents, but I grew up in the US, so naturally I have a lot of questions about what the childhood of Parallel Universe Aussie Mary would be like.
Luckily for me, my fellow BuzzFeeder Jules Willing was kind enough to answer my questions about her Aussie youth, and help me solve that eternal mystery: Are Australian children taught how to fight off a shark?
1.So, you all have to wear school uniforms?
2.How popular is the whole "fairy bread" thing? Is it overrated?
3.Bread with sprinkles aside, what were the most beloved or ~iconic~ childhood snacks?
4.How about ice cream? I've heard rumors about something called a "Golden Gaytime."
5.Are you taught to fear spiders? And jellyfish? And snakes? And the sun?
6.In that same vein, have you ever had to fistfight a magpie?
7.Are Australian elementary schools filled with tiny children calling each other "mate"? Please say yes.
8.How big of a deal are sports in school? And how do you get through gym class without passing out from heatstroke?
9.What games did you play during recess?
10.What's it like celebrating Christmas during the summertime?
11.Is it true that you don't have middle school? If so, jealous.
12.Are schools air conditioned there? (Please tell me they are.)
13.Did you ever get sent home from school cause it was too damn hot to stick around?
14.Do kids eat Vegemite, and if so, why?
15.What TV shows did you and your classmates grow up watching?
16.And what are some childhood-defining books you all grew up reading?
17.Is there an equivalent to a high school prom or a homecoming dance?
18.When do you get to learn to drive, and how hard is it to get a license?
19.Okay, final question: Were you taught how to fight off a shark?
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