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23 Fucking Crazy Aussie Facts That'll Fry Your Brain

Everything's bigger Down Under.

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14. In 2015, scientists discovered the longest chain of continental volcanoes on Earth, stretching 2000km through eastern Australia. Extinct for millions of years, the volcanoes had long been known to science: the discovery that they were all formed by passing over the same hotspot was new.

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17. Australia has both a Lake Disappointment AND a Mount Disappointment.

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The former, a salt lake in the Pilbara, was named by explorer Frank Hann in 1897, who thought he'd found a lagoon. The latter, a mountain in Victoria, was named by Hamilton Hume and William Hovell in 1824, who were disappointed not to be able to view Port Phillip Bay from the summit.

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22. After the Skylab space station accidentally crashed into Western Australia during re-entry on July 11, 1979 , the Shire of Esperance fined NASA $400 for littering. The fine was finally paid in April 2009, when Californian radio host Scott Barley raised the funds from his Highway Radio listeners.

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