Why It’s So Hard To Hate Australia

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Quintessential Sydney

This list of the “Top 10 Reasons To Hate Australia” comes from our new friends over at Tumbrella, a blog about backpacking Australia and New Zealand. As soon as I saw this list I couldn’t help but think of that running joke from “Flight of the Conchords” about New Zealanders’ supposed hatred of their Australian cousins.

It’s obviously quite tongue-in-cheek (there’s a link to the “Top 10 Reasons to Love Australia” at the bottom of the article). Other than being too hot and having too cheerful of people, they note the various animals that can cause serious injury as one travels the country:

“If skin cancer doesn’t get you, then it’s only a matter of time before a shark, snake, spider, crocodile, cassowary, dingo, jellyfish, stingray or angry camel does. This is one dangerous place. Stay inside.” I don’t know, this list kind of makes me want to go there.

  • Oh we have camels alright :-) Over a million feral ones live now in central Australia thanks to our early desert explorers leaving them behind.



  • tom

    … you've lived in Asutralia your whole life, and don't know about the camels??! I think that pretty much sums up right there another reason to hate Australia…

  • Cass

    I've lived in Australia my entire life. I've never had cancer, seen a shark, crocodile or stingray. I've never been bothered by a snake, spider, cassowary or dingo. I was stung by a jellyfish once though. I wasn't killed.
    And we have camels here? News to me.

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