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Hey America, FYI This Is What A Pen License Is

It's actually a real thing in Australia.

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By now we all know the land Down Under is a little odd. We have birds that swoop you for fun, batshit insane weather, and our money is colourful and way better than America's tbh.

Also, shoes are kinda just a choice in Australia, not a necessity.

So while we're talking weird Aussie things, let me introduce you to the staple moment of every* child's life: The Pen License.

*Well, nearly every child.
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*Well, nearly every child.

Basically at primary school, you can't use a pen until you're gifted with a license to do so.

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"What kind of dictatorship...??" I hear you ask. Please. Let me explain.

So at the tender age of eight or so, you must practice your cursive writing in pencil, until one day you achieve the goal your little heart has been striving for - throwing away that stupid pencil and graduating to using a pen.

Some school's even implement "handwriting licenses" which means you can't write in cursive until you get that.
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Some school's even implement "handwriting licenses" which means you can't write in cursive until you get that.

Obtaining your pen license is a proud day for any Aussie child. Once you're granted that simple piece of paper that gives you permission to use a pen, you're basically ready to take on the WORLD.

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Having said that though, some children never did receive their pen license. I guess their handwriting sucked. Not really sure what happened when they hit Year 5 and 6, but I assume they just started illegally using pens.

Anyway, hope that clears some things up for y'all.