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Savvymon

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Im from Australia and I work in the tourist industry and I have heard through the years some absolutely funny misconceptions about "The Land Down Under". I thought it would be fun to share some myths and truths about our own countries.

* Kangaroo's don't hop down the street and we don't ride to work or anywhere for that matter in their pouches.

* Australia is a massive country driving from one capital city to another and back again is not a day trip. (The continent is about the same size as the US)

* Driving to the US is not possible... Yes I have heard of Aussies in America being asked this! (Its about a 14hr flight from the east coast of Oz to LA)

* If an Aussie tourist starts talking about Drop Bears laugh at them its utter rubbish!! We dont have giant Koala like animals that drop down from trees and try to eat/attack tourists.


* Vegemite doesn't taste like chocolate! If you are offered a blob on the end of a spoon RUN! RUN away!!!
Its a very strong and salty and only good in tiny amounts with cheese on toast!

* I don't wrestle crocodiles! Crikey Mate!!! Hahahaha

Thats all I can think of right now.

Its time to share yours!


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Deelight

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Can I add to the Aussie myths
.

[*] No there are not spiders and snakes everywhere yes we have heaps but chances you won't see one
[*] I or no one I know talk anything like out of crocodile dundee period.


I know more can't think of them atm though.
 

simplysplendid

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Date: 2/28/2009 4:00:28 AM
Author: simplysplendid
Yes, Singapore is not anyway in China and is not part of China.
I meant to say Singapore is not anywhere in China.
 

Harriet

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Date: 2/28/2009 4:00:28 AM
Author: simplysplendid
Yes, Singapore is not anyway in China and is not part of China.
YES! And some of us have never even been to China.
 

chrono

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We don''t live on the tree tops in the jungle.
 

oobiecoo

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This is really just about my state...

In Texas, we don''t ride horses everywhere we go. I''ve never owned a horse and only ridden one a couple of times.
 

CDNinNYC

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Canada

We don''t have snow 12 months of the year.

We don''t live in igloos.

We don''t all know how to ski or ice-skate.

You can''t ''drive'' to Vancouver in a day or two from across the country. (We had relatives from Europe visiting us in Toronto who wanted to take a ''quick roadtrip'' through the Rockies...
)


Portugal

No, we don''t always eat fish.

No, we are not part of Spain.

No, Spanish is not the official language.
 

tlh

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Not all Americans are Fat and Lazy.
Not all American Beaches look like something from Baywatch.
 

Fleur_de_Lis

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French women do not have bad hygiene.

Not all French people are snotty and stuck-up.

We don't dislike Americans.
 

Fleur_de_Lis

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Date: 2/28/2009 1:42:24 PM
Author: CDNinNYC
Canada


We don''t have snow 12 months of the year.


We don''t live in igloos.


We don''t all know how to ski or ice-skate.


You can''t ''drive'' to Vancouver in a day or two from across the country. (We had relatives from Europe visiting us in Toronto who wanted to take a ''quick roadtrip'' through the Rockies...
)

My FI, being Canadian, has to dispel these stereotypes quite a bit.
 

SparklyLibra

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Date: 2/28/2009 1:42:24 PM
Author: CDNinNYC
Canada


We don''t have snow 12 months of the year.


We don''t live in igloos.


We don''t all know how to ski or ice-skate.


You can''t ''drive'' to Vancouver in a day or two from across the country. (We had relatives from Europe visiting us in Toronto who wanted to take a ''quick roadtrip'' through the Rockies...
)



Portugal


No, we don''t always eat fish.


No, we are not part of Spain.


No, Spanish is not the official language.

Dang CDNinNYC, there''s nothing left for me to say, lol. I''m a fellow Canadian here


Myths about Jamaicans:

No we don''t all smoke Ganja (weed) all day, every day
No we don''t all have dreadlocks...
Hmmm what else? Just because a Jamaican lives in an upscale community, drives a nice car and has nice things, it doesn''t mean they''re a drug dealer

Not all Jamaican''s love beef patties
 

Elmorton

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About the state:

Iowa DOES have cities and most people do NOT live/work on farms.
As a state, people are pretty progressive/liberal, especially when it comes to education.
There are things to do here other than go cow-tipping.*

*No one actually does go cow-tipping...it''s a myth that only a few very, very, very drunk city-born frat boys have tested.
 

Savvymon

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Date: 2/28/2009 7:15:45 PM
Author: Elmorton

There are things to do here other than go cow-tipping.*

*No one actually does go cow-tipping...it''s a myth that only a few very, very, very drunk city-born frat boys have tested.
Really OH damn!


hahahahahahahhaha
 

AprilBaby

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Date: 2/28/2009 3:25:58 AM
Author:Savvymon


Im from Australia and I work in the tourist industry and I have heard through the years some absolutely funny misconceptions about ''The Land Down Under''. I thought it would be fun to share some myths and truths about our own countries.


* Kangaroo''s don''t hop down the street and we don''t ride to work or anywhere for that matter in their pouches.


* Australia is a massive country driving from one capital city to another and back again is not a day trip. (The continent is about the same size as the US)


* Driving to the US is not possible... Yes I have heard of Aussies in America being asked this! (Its about a 14hr flight from the east coast of Oz to LA)


* If an Aussie tourist starts talking about Drop Bears laugh at them its utter rubbish!! We dont have giant Koala like animals that drop down from trees and try to eat/attack tourists.



* Vegemite doesn''t taste like chocolate! If you are offered a blob on the end of a spoon RUN! RUN away!!!
Its a very strong and salty and only good in tiny amounts with cheese on toast!


* I don''t wrestle crocodiles! Crikey Mate!!! Hahahaha


Thats all I can think of right now.


Its time to share yours!




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I in fact DID see a kangaroo hopping down the street in Watsonia. We were taking my friends trash out. Vegemite is INDEED horrible. Don''t be tempted to try it. Cute little commercials about how it gives you rosy cheeks though.

I live near Chicago.
1. I don''t know anyone from the Jerry Springer show. They are NOT from here.
2. I don''t know Oprah.
3. Not everyone in America lives in a house like you see on sitcoms. Some of us have very normal size houses.


What is a Drop Bear?
 

Savvymon

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AprilBaby:
A drop bear is like a koala only bigger and they're meat eaters. They live in the bush and are known to drop from trees and attack tourists and locals alike. Their main habitat is on the eastern side of Australia (it's actually the mascot animal from Bundaburg Rum).

And it's absolute rubbish!!! Its a story Aussie's have made up to tell tourists to scare them, my friend was telling the story to someone in America and another Aussie overheard her and actually walked up and backed up her story!

As for the Kangaroo... thats very unusual and not common place, Ive had touirst dissapointed that they dont hop down the main streets in our capital cities. Although one did escape from the zoo and that was a funny site!


AprilBaby: I live near Chicago.
1. I don't know anyone from the Jerry Springer show. They are NOT from here.

And you wouldnt want them to be!!!!!
 

CDNinNYC

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Date: 2/28/2009 7:09:35 PM
Author: SparklyLibra
Date: 2/28/2009 1:42:24 PM

Dang CDNinNYC, there's nothing left for me to say, lol. I'm a fellow Canadian here




Myths about Jamaicans:


No we don't all smoke Ganja (weed) all day, every day

No we don't all have dreadlocks...

Hmmm what else? Just because a Jamaican lives in an upscale community, drives a nice car and has nice things, it doesn't mean they're a drug dealer


Not all Jamaican's love beef patties



SparklyLibra, I think we forgot some!

How about these myths:

Canadians always say 'eh'.
Canadians always say 'aboot'.
All Canadians love beer and like to hunt.

This is reminding me of the Molson "I AM CANADIAN" rant/commercial. Anyone remember that?
 

SparklyLibra

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Date: 2/28/2009 9:29:22 PM
Author: CDNinNYC
Date: 2/28/2009 7:09:35 PM

Author: SparklyLibra

Date: 2/28/2009 1:42:24 PM


Dang CDNinNYC, there''s nothing left for me to say, lol. I''m a fellow Canadian here






Myths about Jamaicans:



No we don''t all smoke Ganja (weed) all day, every day


No we don''t all have dreadlocks...


Hmmm what else? Just because a Jamaican lives in an upscale community, drives a nice car and has nice things, it doesn''t mean they''re a drug dealer



Not all Jamaican''s love beef patties




SparklyLibra, I think we forgot some!


How about these myths:


Canadians always say ''eh''.

Canadians always say ''aboot''.

All Canadians love beer and like to hunt.


This is reminding me of the Molson ''I AM CANADIAN'' rant/commercial. Anyone remember that?
Bwahahaha, I remember those commercials! Funny as they were, they didn''t do anything to dispell the myth that Canadians only care about beer & hockey,lol
 

packrat

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Date: 2/28/2009 7:15:45 PM
Author: Elmorton
About the state:


Iowa DOES have cities and most people do NOT live/work on farms.

As a state, people are pretty progressive/liberal, especially when it comes to education.

There are things to do here other than go cow-tipping.*


*No one actually does go cow-tipping...it''s a myth that only a few very, very, very drunk city-born frat boys have tested.
Nothing to add, just wanted to say Yay Iowa!
 

strmrdr

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Illinois Truths
Not everyone from IL is from Chicago, it can be an insult to say someone is from there.

A lot of people wish that Chicago was not part of Illinois

Al Capone was a 2 bit thug and no I don''t know anyone that is related to anyone he killed.

Not everyone in Chicago has a machine gun but everyone in Chicago needs one if you ask someone from the rest of Illinois

Only about 1/1000th of what you think you know about Abe Lincoln is true.

oh yes the S on the end is silent.
 

packrat

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Oh, speaking of silent S''s..the s''s on Des Moines are silent. It''s not Dez Moinez.
 

BlueSki231

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Date: 2/28/2009 11:50:28 PM
Author: strmrdr
Illinois Truths

Not everyone from IL is from Chicago, it can be an insult to say someone is from there.


A lot of people wish that Chicago was not part of Illinois


Al Capone was a 2 bit thug and no I don''t know anyone that is related to anyone he killed.


Not everyone in Chicago has a machine gun but everyone in Chicago needs one if you ask someone from the rest of Illinois


Only about 1/1000th of what you think you know about Abe Lincoln is true.


oh yes the S on the end is silent.
hey why you hatin on chicago!
 

Steel

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Ireland (Rural):

I know you are not after my Lucky Charms (In fact we do not even have that brand over here)
There is not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (I looked
)
Yes, we have electricity here (I have been asked
)
St. Patrick''s day is shortened to St. Paddys day not St. Patty''s day
We are not all Catholic
We are not potato obsessed
Nobody here is a leprechaun
It is not a free and easy county; we have huge taxes, for everything, in fact I am paying tax on this post right now (kidding) [e.g. 21.5% V.A.T
]
Very few of us have ever seen a bog, much less live in one
My closest Starbucks is about 6 hours drive
No it doesn''t rain all the time, we just make it seem that way because we complain about the weather sooooo much
These kinds of traffic jams actually happen (sometimes twice daily
)

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