Australians are all kangaroos. Inwardly. At the head of Australia – the British Queen. She thinks so. In fact, Australians have it from the 19th century. Her birthday is a national holiday. In fact, there is a Prime Minister who does not like Muslims terribly and often threatens to expel them in the cold. However, not all local guesses about it, the Prime Minister, existence.
Every adult Australian is obliged to vote (for failure to appear in the election pay a fine). This is simply because there is no other way to make sure that the Australian has not yet turned into a kangaroo.
The continent Australia is larger than Europe, but the population of the country: 2.5 Australian on 1 sq. km in Winter in the Australian summer and summer – winter. New Year, respectively, 23 February and 8 March-summer. No trees.
For each resident of Australia, according to statistics, there are 16 rabbits, 3 kangaroos, and 2 sheep.
Even in Australia recently decided to shoot 2 million cats. They are said to harm the wild. But people – much harder to the wild, is not it more reasonable to shoot people?
According to the same statistics, for every mature male kangaroo (i.e. sorry, Australian) there are 0, 2 women. It means that the most terrible woman has chances to come to success. All the women in free access no. Accordingly, many are forced to sleep with sheep and kangaroos – females. Females koalas fuck they stink. And rabbits mostly, eat. Sex with a rabbit, on local popular belief, leads to blindness. In general, with kangaroos and lambs, long-term alliances are created, this is a common practice.
There are no pubs as such – all pubs are in hotels. What is the meaning – is not clear. But the beer is good.
Australians are reckless. They spend more on gambling than other Nations. In Australia – a fifth of all poker machines in the world.
Nothing is known for certain about the culture of Australia, except that Nicole Kidman had a very beautiful ass in her youth. But she (Nicole) coiled rods in America and uses her ass there for its intended purpose. There is still a singer, too, a figure good. Forgot the name. It doesn’t matter. Ah, I remember. Kylie Minogue.
Well, there are natives – pretty scary-looking Negroes. – They sell tourists t-shirts made in China with pictures of lizards. And fucking know how to throw a boomerang (also their native the invention). The mother native, according to rumors, from 100 meters easily knocks out an eye to the gaping German tourist. But it is their national culture, as it were, not quite Australian.
Australia is the driest inhabited place on Earth. One-third of the continent and the country is desert.
In Australia, there are the Snowy mountains. They are named so because the year there is much more snow than in the Swiss Alps.
There are no active volcanoes on the entire continent of Australia.
The most poisonous snakes live in Australia (6 species out of 10), including the most dangerous snake in the world — the Australian cruel snake.
The longest living coral structure in the world is The great barrier reef off the coast of Australia. The length of the reef is 2600 km.
Australia is home to the largest species of earthworms on Earth, with individuals reaching 1.2 meters in length.
Population density is often expressed as the number of people per square kilometer. In Australia, the population density is expressed in square kilometers per person and is one of the lowest on Earth.
Australia has been inhabited for over 40,000 years. All aboriginal tribes in Australia spoke more than 300 languages.
Australians are the most gambling people in the world, more than 80% of adults gamble.
In the Australian desert Nullarbor is the world’s longest straight road, the length of which is 146 km away.
Australia is divided into 6 States, and in one of them, in Tasmania, the cleanest air in the world.
Almost everyone knows about the great wall of China, but not everyone knows about the Australian Dingo fence with a length of 8500 km. It was built to protect the fertile part of Australia and sheep grazing from rabbits, wombats, and dingoes.
Australia takes elections very seriously. So, for failure to appear at the popular vote will be charged a fine.
If an Australian banknote is torn into pieces that are not less than 20% and not more than 80% of the original banknote, they can also be used as money. For example, if a $ 10 bill is torn in half, each part can be used as $ 5.
100 facts about Australia
2. From poisonous spiders here no one since 1979 did not die. Although the year found 2 poisonous spiders in the house and 1 outside. In general, people are somehow cool with them.
3. Malaria, too, about the same time completely defeated, in the 70s.
4. Sharks sometimes bite someone. Sharks in Australia have killed 53 people in the last 50 years, an average of 1.06 people per year. Strange, but in the entire history of observations sharks have not devoured any lawyer. Corporate ethics)))
5. By the quality of life (Quality of life rank) Australia is in the top ten.
6. Australian “national” food — Vegemite. Vegemite processed yeast, brown mass with a pungent smell and very salty. Spread on bread very thin layer. Not everyone does, but my family does.
7. Another national Australian food is Meat Pie, meat pies in the form of a basket of dough, on top of the basket, is also closed with dough. In St. Petersburg Russia, I remember, sold “fruit Baskets” with jam, so that’s Meat Pie — it’s the same, but only with minced meat. Inside minced with all sorts of additives and spices, very liquid usually. Meat Pies are sold in supermarkets as ice cream products.
8. The Australian cultural icon is Steve Irwin, you know him of course, well which crocodiles dragged for tails all the time, and then the stung ray was lost. His here often recall them. Steve Irwin’s daughter is now a children’s program about animals Bindi the Jungle Girl. It’s small, 8-10 years somewhere, but this nimble, in front of the camera is very confident, speaks loudly, grins like a Zebra.
9. Australia is located at very low latitudes. Melbourne, for example, at latitude 37.5° – and it is much closer to the equator than the southernmost part of Russia and the Black Sea. And the rest of Australia (except Tasmania) is even closer to the equator.
10. However, not to say that Melbourne is a very hot city. In the summer there are 20-30°C (40° rarely actually) and in the winter night +4 day +15°C. the Weather is very changeable, often windy.
11. The sun is very angry, a lot of ultraviolet, easy to get burned. I wear long sleeves even in the heat, and I wear sunscreen. Although Australians are often careless-in a t-shirt can walk. Or drive a car with the window open and your elbow exposed to the sun. I saw a hard worker once, sitting on the roof naked to the waist and in shorts, laying tiles, and the sun bakes vengeance — he has already become incomprehensible color, red-brown.
12. Here a few years in a row there was little rain and the desert expanded. Australians were worried – if this continues, the whole of Australia will dry up soon. But this summer there was a lot of rain, and all nature is restored quickly. In late summer-autumn usually here all brown and faded. And this year it’s green, and the grass is growing fast.
14. If you have children, say, 4, or better 5, the benefits are given so much that, in principle, you can already live without working.
15. Australia grows about 20 million tons of wheat, about a ton for each inhabitant of the country; a significant part goes, of course, for export. A very small percentage of the population is involved in agriculture: 3.6% of the working-age population. Labour productivity in agriculture is incredibly high.
16. Health care in Australia is quite strange compared to Russia. For example, doctors do not come on calls, even to a child (although there is an ambulance, of course, for serious cases). You need to take a sick child and go to the doctor. Wait in line, and. However, people are rarely sick and live long.
17. In Australia, right on the street, you can take free household items: microwave, vacuum cleaner, stereo, computer, printer, chairs, and other furniture. There are a lot of TVs, for different taste and size. People put these things next to their house — it means you can pick up. Things are often almost new. Sometimes covered with polyethylene. Here I have, for example, a computer Desk, on wheels, with a sliding panel for the keyboard. When I picked it up, it was covered with dust; after wiping it was completely new, without a scratch. Why it was exposed-I in bewilderment. Probably just bought another, more luxurious.
18. In Australia, sometimes you can bargain in the store. My friend says: sold in the store MacBook, and for students a 10% discount. He says, “sell it to me at a student price. “Those:” and you are a student?” He: “No, but I have never worked on MacBook, I will study all this, so we will consider that I am a student”. Agreed.
19. To vote in the election, then sure, otherwise fine. I, however, while this is not true: the citizenship is granted only after 4 years of residence and we just about lived.
20. The head of state is the British Queen. On the coins, she is depicted. She’s young on old coins.
21. The country’s chief — Prime Minister. Now it’s Julia Gillard. Here she once said that, well, apparently, the current Queen is the last Queen, and after we will no longer be part of the British Commonwealth or something like that. Caused even holy war small this statement.
22. Also in Australia, there is a debate about the new flag — which may not be more British Union Jack.
24. Aborigines are trying to help here, all sorts of educational institutions for them are special, social any. On the building where the pool is, I noticed a sign that said something like “the Victoria State government recognizes that these lands are the historic lands of the Wurundjeri people” (or maybe Boonerwrung, I don’t remember).
25. In general, the natives – a disreputable people, dying out, a lot of alcoholics, criminals, hooligans, from time to time I read some wild stories about domestic violence, beatings, horror.
26. The traffic here is left-hand, and the cars, respectively, right-hand drive, as in the UK, Ireland, and Japan.
27. The roads are good, and it is good that everywhere the curbs have smooth transitions — I often ride a bike and it is very convenient.
29. It is perfectly normal to be an immigrant here, as more than half of Australians are immigrants, or children of immigrants, or grandchildren of immigrants. We feel absolutely calm, there is no feeling of a “foreign country”.
30. People around, of course, a lot of different lives. In our area most of the people are European, many are also Hindus, Arabs, Turks, and a little Chinese. But there are almost no Africans in my area and Australian aborigines did not come across something.
31. All very friendly, all smiles (even when I’m without my daughters, sweethearts, and even if they are on the street, all right mur-mur-mur). There are no interethnic conflicts (and there are no conflicts at all). “I told the Arab in the meat Halal shop “Assalam Alaikum”, he was wildly happy, since then greets and waves a hand even when we pass by on the street. In general, I love multiculturalism and friendly people.
32. Young people aren’t bullies. Sitting, for example, in a group on a bench, Smoking and boldly looking around the people passing by — such a behavioral pattern cannot be found here.
33. Smoke at all little, and smokes expensive.
34. The vast majority of Australians live in detached houses with a small green area.
35. Cars are cheap, insurance is cheap.
36. The Australian car company is called Holden, a division of General Motors.
37. Gasoline now costs $1.35 – $1.50 per liter, the price often changes, in addition, different prices on weekends and on weekdays.
40. There are also coins. The smallest coin is 5 cents.
41. Coin 50 cents — large and 12-coal, they are the anniversary, with different pictures, often used as a souvenir from Australia (besides when you buy an Australian souvenir – kangaroo there, Koala or flag – it is usually made in China, alas)
42. Light bulbs in houses of two types: either screwed in as we have or with bayonet cap (with two pimples, as in the car). In my house, for example, those and other bulbs equally roughly.
43. The AC mains voltage of 240 V.
46. Houses in Australia are expensive, judging by the report of the organization Housing Affordability Survey — the most inaccessible homes in the world. We are in Melbourne housing is roughly something on the order of 300-600 thousand AU$. But if both spouses work, it is possible to take a mortgage. That is housing, of course, much more affordable than in Moscow – St. Petersburg (Moscow and St. Petersburg in the Housing Affordability Survey did not even consider, for sheer madness)
47. The salary of an engineer or a doctor is approximately from 70 to 130 thousand AU$ per year.
48. If you rent a house, the average price for housing for a family-about $ 300 a week, it is not very far from a decent suburb. Of course, it depends on many factors. For example, we pay $ 300 per week (1,300 per month) For this price we have a 3 bedroom house with a total area of 81.5 sqm + veranda + place + plot of approximately 2 acres. To the city center 40 minutes (walk to the station 12 minutes, but better on a bike, so fast + 25 minutes to the center by train).
49. The price of housing does not depend much on the proximity to the sea. Although many newcomers certainly dream to live by the sea, but there to live more cold, windy and wet. The price depends more on the proximity to the city and the prestige-the lack of prestige of the area. We live about 12 kilometers from the center (and from the sea), in the Glenroy area, but not because it is our conscious choice, but because we were offered the first housing in the area. However the area we fell in love, quite good.
50. In Australia, cold poorly insulated houses, and when the street is lower than + 15, the house is cool.
51. So many Australians in the winter inside in the clothes and shoes (ugg, for example)
52. All the houses I see around are covered with ceramic tiles. Other options are rare.
53. Hot water in the house comes from a gas boiler. Some have electric boilers, it is much more expensive to get, unprofitable.
54. With cats and dogs here strictly, no stray animals in the city of there.
55. However, occasionally shit on the streets comes, here, dog lover, apparently, not strictly fined, as in England, for example.
56. In fact, Melbourne is rather not a city, but a village that has grown for tens of kilometers in diameter. Since all live in separate houses with a small green area. In the center of the city, the skyscrapers are.
57. Australians have long been suffering from all sorts of animals brought here, always some problems. The sheep, the rabbits, now that’s a huge toad from South America are propagated from North-East more and more, devouring all of the local small animals, and these toads none of the predators do not eat poisonously.
58. In Australia, there are wild camels, about 1 million heads. They were once brought here, and they live in the steppe and desert, wild. There are still wild horses.
59. With plants, Australians also suffer. Here delivered, for example, a cactus prickly pear, and prickly pear began to fill all Australia. But then, fortunately, managed the prickly pear lime to a considerable extent, brought some caterpillars that devoured her.
60. Now one of the most harmful invasive plants is considered Lanthanum — such bushes with small yellow-red and sometimes blue flowers, pretty, decorative.
61. About the import of any seeds, insects, etc. Australians are very wary. At customs strictly control that nobody brought any insects, seeds, fruits, even just wooden products can’t be imported.
62. To go to Australia for shopping is meaningless – everything is quite expensive and the choice is less than in Europe – the United States. For example, electronics, iPods there are all sorts, laptops, smartphones, branded sneakers — more expensive than in the US (but cheaper than in Russia). Although the usual daily consumer goods are inexpensive.
63. Many Australians order all sorts of things through American www.amazon.com or similar websites-profitable even taking into account the cost of shipping. From this Australian Resellers suffer, of course, all this is discussed in the Newspapers and on TV.
64. The food is good. Meat – from 8 dollars per kg. Cheese – from 7 dollars per kg, very good. Honey wildly delicious even the one that is the cheapest, $ 6-7 per kg.
Potatoes from 80 cents per kg. Fruit cheap. We spend as much on food as in Russia, but the quality of food is much higher.
65. Bananas, however, are expensive. After storms and floods in the state of Queensland, the price of bananas rose to $ 12-14 per kg.
66. Our area is full of shops with different products from different countries. So many products are completely unknown and unfamiliar. Sometimes I buy something at random if it looks good. Or write the names on a piece of paper, and then read in Wikipedia.
68. Public transport is somewhat more expensive than in St. Petersburg, for example. Although the payment scheme is somewhat different. Here you buy a ticket not for the “bus” or “metro”, but for the time: for 2 hours or for the whole day. If the ticket is activated at the beginning of the hour, it will be valid for the rest of the hour-plus another 2 hours – that is, almost three hours. During this time, you can make a lot of trips, and on different vehicles: trains, buses, trams. Another area to consider where you drive. The 1st zone is, roughly speaking, within a radius of 10-12 km from the center, everything further is the second zone.
69. The bus pulls up to the stop, and if there is an old man on a chair with wheels, the bus goes down, “falls” so that the floor is at the level of the curb.
70. Trains that travel in the city and suburbs are called “Metro”, as in Russia, but they do not travel underground, only on the surface. They go rarely, about once every 20 minutes, according to the schedule, that is, as in Russia trains. But they are free, it does not happen that Packed full, as in Moscow.
71. If an old man in a wheelbarrow wants to get on a train, he drives up to the first door of the first car. Then the driver will get out of the train and put a special metal ladder between the platform and the car, so the old man drove straight into the car.
72. Australians are very friendly, both adults and children. I was worried about my girls-how will they adapt in school? English almost does not know, completely new in this environment. But the children are very friendly. On the first day, they say, almost everyone came up and asked: “what is your name?” For some reason, a very popular question was “what is your favorite color?”. In Russia, for 40 years no one has ever asked me what my favorite color is, and I do not know myself.
73. In general, the Australian government takes care of children very much. My girls were sent to school to learn English (in addition to the main). All for free (however, the form and textbooks should be bought). Schools are very good, clean, beautiful, with good playgrounds, computers.
74. Children spend 5 days a week in schools, every day at the same time, from 9 am to 3.30 PM.
75. In Australia, some slightly different customs. For example, children at school sit on the floor. At the table on a chair only when it is necessary in order to have something to do gluing for example.
76. In schools change different the length, there is one big, about hours. Children play on the street, there are great playgrounds with all sorts of climbing and swings.
77. Children in school are not released without a hat, because the sun is evil. They say “No hat — no play”. My this has learned and hats not forget.
78. Children in schools little strain, homework almost does not give. Parents are therefore worried that children have little knowledge. If parents want, to the child “came to success”, then need to find a school and program more seriously. We still have time, now let them learn English, and when they will be transferred to high school, it will be necessary to find a good school. They say the best school is where a lot of Chinese. The Chinese are serious and hardworking in their studies.
79. You do not have to pay for watching TV (unlike the UK, for example). There are conventional analog channels, and there are digital — more of them. Digital channels need a Set Top Box that costs about 40-50 bucks, it connects between the antenna and TV.
81. There are a couple of channels that broadcast news from different countries in different languages. At a certain time, broadcast news from Russia, NTV channel (when the snow or Blizzard show, I already stiffen all).
83. Streams, rivers, and ponds in the city littered. It’s rubbish. Often seen in the water overgrown with mud carts from supermarkets. However, in the stream, there are crayfish-so the water is clean, there is trash, but no toxic waste.
84. The streets are full of eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus is not one species, but hundreds of species, very different. They have, as a rule, rigid leaves of a bluish hue, with strong ethereal-resinous scent, particularly if stretch. The leaves are usually narrow, but there are also round, like an aspen. Eucalyptus fruits are various, sometimes interesting: fancy boxes, pipes or jugs.
85. Parrots fly right outside, beautiful, but screaming very loudly and it’s disgusting. They eat eucalyptus fruit. Here in Melbourne, I saw 5 species of parrots. And in pet stores sometimes sold the same parrots – quite absurd, in my opinion.
86. In the evenings, at dusk, I see huge bats-it’s fruit bats, large, wingspan they have 70 centimeters, and even a meter.
87. Still living in Melbourne possums — the marsupials the size of a cat. I have one in hands took, when the car was getting, he didn’t bite, not scratched. They eat fruit. Active at night mostly. They carry their babies first in the bag and then on the back, very cute.
88. The city has many parks with braziers, fry sausages. The braziers are free, you put the sausages in, you press the button, the gas turns on inside, then it automatically turns off after a while.
89. The subscription to the outdoor pool for 5 months (from November to March) for the whole family cost 258 dollars — at any time, without time limit. Sometimes we went swimming in the sea, but more often went to the pool. There are three pools – for toddlers (knee-deep), for kids (1 m deep) and for adults. All our friends Australians went to the pool rarely and did not buy a subscription. But we have a subscription paid off in full, very happy.
90. A lot of private and small businesses. Almost all of our neighbors and acquaintances are involved in small and private businesses or individual entrepreneurs (here it is called sole trader). I don’t know the exact statistics, but I think it’s pretty typical.
91. Because business here is strongly encouraged. According to the data, doingbusiness.com Australia is one of the most convenient countries to do business.
93. Internet’s expensive. ADSL unlimited will cost about 60 bucks a month, like that. It is more profitable to buy the whole “package” from the provider, that is, Internet+phone+cell+TV+VoIP, it will be about 100 bucks a month.
95. Australians tend to have a very relaxed lifestyle. To be killed for money here is not accepted. Although on ways, of course. There’s my neighbor, a middle-aged, and the Bobcat in the construction of the works from 7 in the morning, and sometimes on weekends. The house he has, however, luxurious, huge plot, all sorts of good things a lot, big boat, good cars, a second smaller house we rent. But sticks and complains that everyone got the first one, and he is one in a family that brings money. However, he is Australian only 15 years as, and before that Bosnian was as a refugee came. His children, of course, will live more relaxed.
96. Australians walk around in anything. Trousers frayed, flip-flops. I like it because I like to walk too. Well, anyway, as people are many different, and clothes are all very diverse. I’m not at all worried about “maybe I’m dressing strangely from an Australian’s point of view.”
97. However, the interview with the employer decided to come in a suit, with a tie.
98. Showing off in front of each other here is much less than in Russia. There’s a neighbor across the street – he has a lot of money, he rents 3 houses and still has his business, and his cell phone is the cheapest, 29 bucks. I have such same, Nokia any.
99. Cellular communication is expensive in comparison with Russia. Especially if you call from a cell to a landline, the money very quickly flies out. But if the cell to cell of the same provider, cheap.
100. Cell phones are usually sold “locked”, attached to a specific operator, as in the United States, for example, and in other countries. In general, piggery is, I think, a nasty kind of “business model”. However, they can be unlocked, this task is not very difficult.