What Americans Get Wrong About Australia

Okay, Australians don’t ride kangaroos toschool.

We assume that is a given, but after a quick Google search we found endless forumsdebating that exact topic.

So, let’s clear the air, what are we getting wrong about ourfriends down under? We’ll start with the cuddly.

And then not so cuddly critters.

Australians don’t keep koalas as pets, it’s actually illegal to do so, anywhere in theworld.

And the koala population has been shrinking for years, mostly because of habitat destruction,domestic dog attacks, bushfires and road accidents.

The scarcity of food for these critters evenled Australian wildlife officials to perform “mercy killings” for a large number ofthese marsupials.

In 2013 around 700 koalas were killed to ease the problem of Koala massstarvation.

Now for the less fluffy animals.

There is a misconception that Australia iscovered with man-eating crocodiles and poisonous snakes — and we actually have Australia toblame for that one.

In the year 2000 a series of propaganda videos were released from theirgovernment to scare away illegal immigrants and asylum seekers claiming that if they enteredtheir country they’d be attacked by their wildlife.

And though dangerous animals doexists, you’re typically not going to find them in Australia’s neighborhoods.

Lessthan 2 deaths happen every year due to snake bites compared to around 300 annual fatalitiescaused by drowning.

And what about Australians themselves? Some may believe that all Aussieslive in the outback.

Yes, this landscape does exist, the outback itself covers the majorityof the country but, it’s also one of the world’s most inhospitable deserts and hasexperienced a steady decrease in population.

You’ll actually find most Australians livingin coastal cities, like Sydney or Melbourne.

Around the world, Australians have a reputationfor being outgoing, hospitable and ready to party – which all seems to be true, but thereis another side to their reputation which is a little more uncomfortable.

The DailyShow recently pointed out that Australians are “comfortably racist.

” Now it’s difficultto either bash or prove this statement objectively.

We won’t ignore that in 2005 Australiansmade international news for the racially motivated ‘Cronulla riots’ that lead to ethnic violence,but stay with me here.

Australians understand there’s a reputation of racial intolerance,and they appear to be addressing the problem.

There’s a growing number of organizationsdedicated to creating more harmonious relationships within their diverse population.

And thisis important because throughout the years Australia has widely been known as one ofthe world’s most successful immigration societies with millions of people migratingto Australia from around the globe.

Now, many people are drawn to live in Australia forone reason, the weather.

However, once people arrive on the sunny shores they actually haveone very big thing to worry about, the sun.

Sun in Australia can be fatal due to the largehole in the ozone layer above the country.

Australians are more prone to skin cancerthan any other nation.

And while this isn’t a misconception some underestimate how seriousthe problem actually is.

It’s predicted that 45,000 Australians will die from thisin 2015 alone.

And skin cancer isn’t the only health concern for Australians.

Whilewe’ve all seen those glossy images of fit, tan Aussies running on the beach, obesityrates are definitely rising.

Nearly 80% of middle-aged men are overweight alone, whichmay be largely due to the fast food industry.

But if you’re not eating a Big Mac, you’remost likely throwing “shrimp on the barbie” right? Wrong, well, kind of.

This is possiblyonly half a misconception because Australians can’t deny their love for barbecuing.

Buthere’s the thing, Australians throw prawns on the barbie, they don’t call them shrimp.

Plus, it’s not the only thing they barbecue, they put steaks and sausages or ‘snags’on the grill as well.

The term “shrimp on the barbie” was made popular through a 1984Australian advertising campaign with Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan, inviting the worldto come join him for a barbecue.

If you want to see what everyday life is like in Australia’slargest and most iconic city, Sydney, check out the other part of this video by clickingthe annotation now.

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