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The studying I’ve done in the last two-and-a-half days has shown me that I can learn a lot in a hurry if I can be bothered; I’ve more or less memorised general human and plant anatomy and physiology, at least according to my course notes.

And then I remind myself that barely 1% of this is gonna be in my test on Friday, and my usual pessimistic approach to tests is forcing me to learn everything that could possibly be in it.

This is what I get for considering sub-95% to be a personal failure.



Firstly, the BASICS when it comes to Australia:

  • The capital of Australia is not Melbourne or Sydney. But Canberra. (Where i live and it’s awful)
  • The temperature is not always hot, and the beach isn’t around every corner. Especially where i’ve been- the temperatures can be humid, moody and irregular. The weather reports are never taken seriously. 
  • Whilst being a highly multicultural continent- Australia is still racist. It is not as laid back as most people perceive it.
  • It is not like USA. This needs to be emphasised. I thought Australia was just like USA and then when i went to USA it was… intimidating. USA is huge, it is like one big city, even the ‘country side’ is bigger then most would think. In Australia there are many nooks and crannies where there is literally just dirt for miles. Or roads. Nothing else. 
  • Most words you spell with ‘ize’, we spell with ‘ise’. E.g emphasise, categorise.
  • It has two World Wonders currently: The Sydney Opera House and The Sydney Bridge
  • We’re not really good at any sport except Cricket? We love Cricket for some reason
  • We have a sport called AFL. Australian Football League. It’s just like NFL except there’s no tackling. Lame.
  • New Zealand is the equivalent to Australia as Canada is to the US.
  • It is one of the smallest continents in the world- which includes Main land AustraliaTasmania, New Guinea as well as many other neighbouring islands!
  • Australia has six states (five in the mainland, Tasmania counting as the sixth)
  • 88 Random fun Facts about Australia
  • Australian currency is called dollars as well, and it’s made out of plastic. Therefore it is almost entirely impossible to counterfeit. 
  • The Australian Dollar is surprisingly strong
  • Everything in Australia is expensive. People say England is expensive but after visiting London, i can honestly say that Australia and England both have the same price for clothing and such. Everything is super expensive. Therefore, if you live in Australia you’re probably at least a tiny bit well off
  • Australia does not have a lot of homeless people or poverty, not compared to America at least
  • Some people you probably didn’t know were Australian


  • Australia actually took the land from the Aboriginals and Indigenous People, led by Arthur Phillip (who was from Britain)
  • The ‘Stolen Generation’ was a movement that was then led in 1909 till 1969. In which the English came and stole indigenous children from their homes to put them into schools were they would learn how to be white. These children were abused physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually and a lot of families were damaged due to this. Even today.
  • In 2012, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued an apology to all those that were part of The Stolen Generation. 
  • In 1915, Australia fought in Gallipoli. And lost. Many soldiers were killed in battle- it was one of Australia’s greatest defeats. This War is still remembered, even today in Australia, it’s a great day of respect.
  • The Gold Rush was where pretty much everyone went gold mining and it was extremely dangerous being around that much coal and a lot of people died but a lot of gold was also found. Which apparently made the death toll okay?
  • This is pretty much all that you learn in Australian Schools about Australian History in 12 years of schooling.


  • Everyone, or at least most people in Australia, are politically aware, especially nowadays
  • We do not have a President. We have a Prime Minister. What’s the difference?
  • Our current Prime Minister is Tony Abbott. Who 98% of people hate because of his opinions on sexuality, women and people of colour as well as the carbon tax.
  • We had our first Female Prime Minister ever just a few years ago who was named Julia Gillard. Who you might remember tripped over when she visited India
  • We have two major political parties- The House of Representatives (green) and the Senate (red)




LOL both points about sport are flat wrong.

"Only good at cricket"

Lately, we’re the only country that can really match it with the US in the swimming pool. The 2012 Olympics were actually a bit of an anomaly.

We’re the rugby league world champs.

We’re the field hockey world champs.

We’re the netball world champs.

An Australian team just won the Super Rugby, the world’s largest rugby union competition not counting the World Cup.

The Western Sydney Wanderers are carving up the Asian Champion’s League, Asia’s biggest soccer/football tournament.

Only good at cricket my arse.

"AFL is like NFL minus the tackling and it’s lame."

If you’re comparing AFL to NFL you’ve obviously NEVER watched a game, or probably anything other than a two-minute highlights reel.

Seriously, to anyone who wants to watch a real game of AFL, Geelong v Hawthorn is on 7:40pm AEST. Find a stream, watch the fuck out of it, and I dare you to compare AFL to NFL afterwards.

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