Australia is a strange place to us Americans and we have to admit that we don't fully understand your accents, your slang or your food obsessions (Vegemite, anyone?). And so it goes, only the true Aussies will fully understand all of these memes.
In case you have no idea what the hell all of these slang words and references mean, click here.
While the Nigerian "Advance Fee" scam seems to be fairly common knowledge among younger internet users, there are many old people that are not aware of such scams. The US Government considered it a 419 scam and recommends anyone who receives such communication to contact the FBI or Secret Service. The Australian Government goes even further and warns their citizens about how the Nigerian scam works and which signs to look out for. Whatever you do, DO NOT SEND THEM MONEY, IT IS A SCAM. NIGERIA HAS NO PRINCE.
But one thing is for sure: If there ever was a real prince of Nigeria, he would have a hard time emailing anyone.
What do you, me and every other person on Earth have in common? I won't make you guess, because we all have a lot more in common than we think we do. No matter how different we might seem from each other, we're all part of the same species: homo sapiens. And that means that we all have ancestors in common. We know what Neanderthals look like, but it's a different story for their recently discovered cousin, the Denisovans. Some scientists have just made a pretty good guess about what the Denisovans looked like.
In the 2007 edition of the Guinness World Records lists the cassowary as the world's most dangerous bird. It is said that during World War II, American and Australian troops stationed in New Guinea were warned to steer clear of them. Not only are they frightening, but they're also out to get you. Enjoy the hilarious commentary by Imgur user, Rastixxx!
“You better go before we leave because we’re not stopping.”
Sounds like a fair warning before a road trip, but it’s that kind of authoritarian driving that keeps people from discovering the oldest settlement in Australia. Sound crazy? It’s not.
ABC reports that an Australian man, Clifford Coulthard, looking for a bathroom stumbled across 49,000-year-old evidence of Australia's oldest human settlement. So next time someone tells you that they can’t stop because they’re “making great time,” remind them that there are ancient civilizations to be uncovered.
"A man getting out of the car to go to the toilet led to the discovery of one of the most important sites in Australian prehistory,” said Giles Hamm, an archaeologist and PhD student at La Trobe University.
“The site, known as Warratyi, shows Aboriginal Australians settled the arid interior of the country around 49,000 years ago,” says ABC. “Some 10,000 years earlier than previously thought.”
Coulthard and Hamm were surveying gorges in the area when they made the discovery, so it helps to kind of know what you’re looking for. Regardless, the excavations at the site have been successful, thus far. The crew has found 4,300 artifacts and 200 bone fragments dating back 46,000 to 49,000 years ago.
Road trip passengers, when nature calls, answer.
Leave it to another Australian to get himself snacked on.
Somehow a teenage boy got bitten by a crocodile and the whole attack was inadvertently caught on camera:
No word on whether his friends with the camera had soaked his swimsuit in cold cuts prior to their dip, but who the heck films underwater and swims with crocodiles?
In a move as bold as one Banksy would make himself, his former agent (and current enemy), Steve Lazarides, is holding a Banksy exhibition in a car park in Melbourne, Australia from Oct. 7 through Jan. 22, showcasing over 80 works from different private collections.
Melbourne's Federation Square has been taken over by an 11-and-a-half metre (37.5-foot) baby named 'Ping Pong' made by Australian artist Felipe Reynolds:
The artist wanted the baby to "incorporate everybody in it," he said, "I wanted it to not be white, not be black, not be female, not be male - just be as inclusive as possible, so everybody can relate to it."
According to the Fed website:
"Interaction is key to experiencing this unique inflatable. Through a camera rigged to The Atrium screen (operating between 7am – 10pm) members of the public will find themselves part of the installation. Upon interaction the frame will be flipped horizontally, so it looks like the baby is sitting on the ground and the visitors become the human mobile. On weekdays from 10am – 4pm, during the school holidays, play with the baby via 4 giant rattles (1.5 meters) based beneath the inflatable."
Well, I think we can all relate to it being creepy, if nothing else.
Walking with dinosaurs on Cable Beach in Broome. There are hundreds and hundreds of ancient trackways along the coast, but it is rare to find them so close to the tourist precinct because of the deep white sands. A shift has revealed four tracks, which were found by Bindi Lee Porth as she beachcombing this week. ABC's Matt Bamford filmed the tracks at sunsetPosted by ABC Kimberley on Monday, September 5, 2016
While walking on Broome, Australia's, Cable Beach, a woman stepped into a giant bird-like footprint of a Tyrannosaurus-like dinosaur that had been revealed by receding sands on the highly-popular tourist beach area.
The area has had dinosaurs discovered there before, but never in such a high-trafficked area, around so many tourists. Current theories are that the dinosaurs are actually still living amongst us, dressed in mumus, and getting their hair braided while on beach vacations, or training for Australian Navy exercises.
Read more about the discovery here.
Actual photo of Labor Day on Cable Beach:
Watch out, Olivia.
It started with four members of the Australian women's water polo being struck down with a virus just days out from the opening ceremony.
Then a fire broke out in the underground carpark of the building where the Australian olympians are staying.
The team is also plagued with thefts of uniforms and laptops.
What a way to start the games!
(IMAGE: GETTY/MASHABLE CREATIVE)