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24 Batshit Insane Facts About Australia

Our former prime minister drowned so we named a pool after him.

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3. Another prime minister, Bob Hawke, once held a world record for drinking a yard glass of beer in 11 seconds. Here he is having another crack in 2012.

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15. We invented cask wine. But here it's called goon and it's heaps of fun at parties.

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16. Before Europeans arrived, there were between 350,000 and 1 million Indigenous people here, speaking between 350 and 750 distinct Aboriginal languages. The British pretended they didn't exist.


23. Australia’s cyclones were originally named after politicians a weatherman disliked. As a result, he was able to report that the pollies were “causing great distress” or “wandering aimlessly about the Pacific”.


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