3.11.10

She's in a Land Down Undaah

My dear Rapunzel-Haired Friend has officially left the country and became part of the future when she arrived in Australia yesterday. Although we've lived in different cities for the last year or so, she's a lot farther away now and Skyping with the time differences is a bit of a logisitcal nightmare. I miss her a lot and am very excited to hear all about her adventures down undaah. 

Curious to what she could get up to, I started trolling online sites about fun facts and things to do. I must admit, I didn't know much about the country except that a lady claimed a dingo ate her baby once and that it used to be Britain's dumping ground for convicted offenders. Turns out, the place is pretty rockin.'

  • The first European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per person than any other community in the history of mankind. (link)
  • In 1954 Bob Hawke made it into the Guinness Record Book: he sculled 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds and then became the Prime Minister. (link)
  • The naked eye can detect over 5,500 stars in the Outback under ideal viewing conditions. (link)
  • Tea made over a camp fire in a tin can is called, 'Billy Tea.' (link)
  • There are 1,500 species of Australian spiders - yikes. (link)

There are a lot more 'Aussie' words that I've found and the majority are amazing. I just love fun words and phrases. Here are some more and what they mean.
  • 'See you in soup' - See you around (seriously old school)* (link)
  • 'Fairy Floss' - Cotton candy* (link)
  • 'Lolly Water' - carbonated girly drinks* (link)
  • 'Give it a Burl' - Try it (seriously old-school)* (link)

Aside from the scary spider population (terrifying, really...*shudder) I think that RHF will settle in just fine...and has a 50% - 70% chance of getting elected as the new Prime Minister. Oh what a world that would be!

Have a pint for me, lady-face! Miss ya!!

*Shout out to Katie for correcting my clearly awful researching job ;).

2 comments:

Katie said...

Haha I love this post - mainly cos I am Australian! And I can verify all of the fun facts you mentioned. Not sure if Bob Hawke became the Prime Minister as a direct result of his beer sculling abilities, but it probably was taken into consideration.

Also it's so funny to read some of the things that get put out there about Aussies, especially things we say. I'm the first to admit there are some pretty interesting terms we have for things, but we probably need to clear up some of the ones you mentioned above.. not trying to discredit your research, but I would hate you to have false information about our fair land! ;-)

I have never heard anyone in my life say 'See you in soup.' It might be a phrase they used back in the old days, but it's new to me!

Fairy Floss = Cotton Candy, not cotton.

Lolly water can be used to describe soda, but is more often used to describe sweet, fizzy alcoholic pre-mixed beverages that are designed to appeal to young women - i.e. "it's so easy to drink, it's like lolly water"

Give it a burl is a real saying, but not too many people use it.

Oh and the spider thing - totally true, but I can't say it affects me too much living in the city. Country areas would see many more I'd say.

Anyway, hope that sheds some more light on the land down under :-) Great blog!

jennie said...

Haha! Thanks for the corrections Katie! I've made the appropriate adjustments and am happy that we've avoided any potential Canada-Australia conflicts ;).

Now that I know the true meaning to "Lolly Water," I'll be using it here. We'll see if it catches on.