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    This Is The Weirdest Thing About Australia

    There are many weird things about the land down under, but this is the weirdest.

    Australia is a pretty weird place.

    It's far away from everything, 90% of the wildlife wants to kill you, and Tony Abbott is there eating raw onions, skin and all.

    For example, Australians eat Vegemite, even though Marmite exists???

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    And koalas have these things called cloacas which are essentially an all-in-one orifice.

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    Plus you have this really bright thing in the sky a lot and it's called "the sun".

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    Guys!!! That's where clouds and rain are supposed to go, silly!!

    But the weirdest thing of all. The weirdest thing of all, guys, is that you sometimes just don't wear shoes.

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    You just walk around in cafés ordering your high-quality coffee and vegan banana bread without any shoes on, like it's no big deal.

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    You leave your house, lock the door, completely barefoot, and not for a second do you think, Something is terribly wrong here.

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    How can it be??? How can it be that the home of Ugg boots is a place where people just don't wear shoes sometimes???

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    They're opposite ends of the same spectrum. Barefoot = too little shoe. Uggs = too much shoe.

    And it isn't just in the little beach towns. In the middle of Sydney I saw a woman walking her dog in a park without any shoes on. I was so shocked I didn't think to take a picture so here is an artistic rendition.

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    It had just rained and her dog decided to take a shit in the mud. So she then hesitantly decided to tiptoe into the mud to pick it up. These are the exact sort of situations shoes were invented for!!!

    And then there's this guy, who is just barefoot in an airport.

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    Just totally barefoot. Just there, barefoot, in the airport.

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    Which means that he drove however long it took for him to get to the airport, then stood there, in that place through which hundreds of people pass through each day, and he did not have the foresight to wear shoes.

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    In fact, he made the conscious decision to not wear shoes. He thought to himself, Should I wear shoes to the airport today, that place in which many people and many germs pass through each and every day, that place that definitely has cold concrete floors and heavy machinery and luggage rolling around? Nah.

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    Please don't take this the wrong way, Australia. I admire your laidback attitude towards footwear.

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    Truly, I wish I could throw all caution to the wind and just feel the sand between my toes, but I live in London, so the sand would be replaced with chewing gum, syringes, used condoms, and post-Brexit tears.

    It's a beautiful thing and exactly what I expect of Australia.

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    Like, don't mind me, guys. You're not hung up on whether or not footwear is necessary, you're just out there living life.

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