These 33 Bizarre Facts Prove How Australia Is Batsh!t Insane
1. A box jellyfish sting can lead to cardiovascular collapse and death within minutes, making it the most venomous creature on Earth.
2. Far North Queensland’s rainforests host a neurotoxic stinging tree that feels “like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time”, causing months of excruciating pain.
3. Despite being the size of a $2 coin, Irukandji venom is 100 times more potent than cobra venom.
10. Australia has 10,685 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for more than 29 years.
11. There are officially 65,486 Jedi in Australia (including Jedi Knights, Padawan, and Sith Lords) making Jedi the 18th biggest religion.
12. In 2013, a feral pig stole 18 beers from campers, got drunk, and started a fight with a cow.
13. Rum was the main currency in colonial Australia. When Gov. William Bligh tried to end the army officers’ monopoly in 1808, his government was overthrown in the only coup in Australian history.
14. Bushranger Moondyne Joe escaped jail so many times the government built a special cell to hold him. The governor said: “If you get out again, I’ll forgive you.” He escaped, and was released when captured.
16. Built to keep Australia’s native dog away from sheep, the 5,500-kilometre Dingo Fence is the longest fence on Earth.
17. In World War II, a kelpie dog named Gunner had hearing so acute he could warn air force personnel of incoming Japanese planes 20 minutes before they arrived.
20. When Burger King arrived in Australia in 1971 it was forced to change its name to Hungry Jack’s because a takeaway joint in Adelaide had already trademarked the name.
Source: Where’s the Beef? Why Burger King Is Hungry Jack’s in Australia and Other Complications in Building a Global Franchise Brand”, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, 2008
21. When the Skylab space station crashed near Esperance, Western Australia, in 1979, the town’s council issued NASA a $400 fine for littering, which was never paid.
22. In 1979 police battled 4,000 rioters in Newcastle angry at the closure of the city’s Star Hotel pub.
23. Weird Al Yankovic’s “Eat It” hit the top of Australia’s charts in 1984, while Michael Jackson’s original “Beat It” only reached No. 3.
24. In 1992 media tycoon Kerry Packer cancelled new show Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos half an hour into its first episode, demanding, “Get this shit off my station!”
28. In 2012 an episode of Peppa Pig was deemed unsuitable for broadcast in Australia because it said that spiders were not to be feared.