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Australia Facts

 

Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring.

Australiaís seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. When itís winter in Australia, itís summer in the United States.

The kangaroo and the emus are the two animals found on the Australian coat of arms.

The Australian federation consists of six States and two Territories.

Tasmania and its many companion islands form the smallest Australian State.

American tennis pro John McEnroe became the first player in 27 years to be disqualified from a Grand Slam tournament for misconduct.

"To whinge" is Australian slang for "to complain constantly."
Australian slang for "lavatory" is "Dunny."

The Olympic symbol is made up of five rings, standing for Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America.

In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and Brazil.
Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands.

Apart from Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent.

The largest State, Western Australia, is about the same size as Western Europe.

The burrowing boodie of Australia is the only kangaroo in the world that lives underground.

Australian eucalypts account for more than half of all eucalypts found throughout the world.

Since 1945, over six million people from 200 countries have come to Australia as new settlers.

When the volcano Krakatoa off the Java islands exploded in 1883, it woke some people up in South Australia.

The practice of naming hurricanes began early this century when an Australian weather forecaster named tropical storms after politicians that he didn't like.

Australia's national anthem is called "Advance Australia Fair."

One of the mascots for the 2000 Olympics, in Australia, was the kookaburra. This bird sounds like a laughing human and represents the air over Australia.

 

 

 

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