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G’day, mates, and thanks for stopping by! In this edition of our Things Seen In A Particular Country, we’re visiting Australia, a.k.a. the land where toilet water swirls in the wrong direction and everything (including the weather) just might kill you*. And although earlier we made a similar list on Australian Things, the last time, it was through the lens of the Down Under dwellers. This time, instead, it’s the visitors of the country who shared the unique Aussie things they saw when they were there on this Reddit thread. And wouldn’t you know it - they pointed out some things about Australia even the locals have forgotten about!

Okay, so here’s a preview of all the Aussie things people point out the most often. Number one - everybody seemed to agree that Aussies are super chilled and uber friendly (but like in a good way, not a nosy way). Well, I guess we’d all be happy if we had as many sunny days as they do! Number two - and this is a surprising one - it seems that Australians are pretty hot for beetroots. Yeah, beetroots! Number three - the incredibly stunning nature, the pristine blue skies, the never-ending horizon, beautiful wild animals and birds (99% of which might kill you, remember that). Just reading these people’s descriptions of the beauty they saw while visiting Australia has had our minds painting the most incredible pictures, and now we’re saving up for a trip to eucalyptus land. 

Anyhoo, once you’ve read the submissions that came from this epic AskReddit thread, you’ll definitely have enough info to paint your own picture of things in Australia and Australia in things. We bet, though, that you’ll want to schedule a trip down there ASAP - just the same as we felt after reading these! So, scroll down below, check out the submissions, and give your vote to the most incredible Aussie things!

*Fun fact - there have been no registered deaths from spider bites in Australia since 1979.

#1

Colorful Pelican flying in the sky

"I used to think the best days of my life might involve marriage, children, maybe career success.
 
Then visiting my brother in Perth I saw a pelican do a massive fly-by s**t on a toddler's head. Game over."

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#2

Man standing near a rock under the sky

"As an Australian, I am really surprised no one has mentioned THE STARS in the night sky.
 
You can't see the stars like in Australia, like anywhere else in the world. The stars in the night sky in Australia are like BOOM BI**H!! YOU ARE TINY, LOOK AT HOW TINY AND INSIGNIFICANT YOU ARE, AND LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL WE ALL ARE UP HERE. Twinkle, f'in Twinkle."

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Ace
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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Different stars, but there are plenty of other places in the world without any light pollution, especially in the mountains like where we live in the Swiss Alps. And I'm sure your cities are just as bad for this as anywhere else.

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#4

Woman and a dog standing in the middle of the road

HoundOfTheBasketball said:
"Everybody I met was happy. Coming from Glasgow, Scotland, this was a massive culture shock."

gtatlien replied:
"American here. I met a Scottish guy at a bar in Melbourne and asked what he was doing so far from home. In a very thick accent, he says "You ever been to Scotland? It fu**ing sucks"."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"She'll be right mate, no worries" is pretty much the national state of mind. However, we do get angry protest but we don't get so worked up as to throw Molotov cocktails around

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#5

Colorful bird standing on a tree branch

"How ridiculously loud the birdsong is in the morning. (Cockatoos and magpies, your angry squawking eventually grew on me.) Also, the fearlessness of all the parrots. The vivid colors and apparent lack of a fight-or-flight instinct made me think: these parrots must have no predators. Rosellas (in Canberra) and rainbow lorikeets (in Sydney) just plopping down beside me and eating out of my hand. It was magical."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My favourite memory of Sydney is cutting through the botanical gardens at dusk and witnessing the cockies and the flying foxes dive bombing each other, noisy as hell.

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#6

One camel standing and other sitting

MorbidlyMacabre said:
"I'm a big-city California girl currently visiting a small country town in rural Queensland. The biggest shock to me so far (haven't ventured much outside of airports and the town) is the camel I saw on a farm. CAMELS. The only time I saw a camel was at a carnival when I was a kid."

Apellosine replied:
"Would you be surprised to learn that Australia has the largest population of wild camels and that we export camels to Saudi Arabia?"

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#7

Spider in a spider web

"I'm gonna have to check in with the most unexpected thing I didn't see. I'm arachnophobic, I visited Australia for 2 weeks and didn't see a single spider. The coolest thing I think though was how well British and Australian attitudes mesh. It's like we were designed to make fun of each other."

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#8

Multiple colorful birds standing on the branch

"The colorful flocks of birds. I fell off my bike the first time a flock of Rosellas flew past me."

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#9

Two beetroots on the table

amireallyreal said: "Beetroot on burgers. Why?"
 
User No 2 said: "I'm pretty sure it's actually in our Constitution. Besides, it's the only way any of us would ever eat the stuff."

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#10

Multiple Penguins walking on the rock

devland said:
"Penguins. Who knew there were little Aussie penguins running around? I was stunned."

Siberian_Poland replied:
"Yep, on some islands we have penguins for some reason."

timm1blr replied:
"Also in Melbourne on some of the beaches. Winter here is fantastic if you know where to look."

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#11

Multiple trails in meadows

"I remember getting off the plane and just noticing that the colors were all different. Felt like the sun was brighter and the sky bluer. (might have been because we left Germany in winter and arrived in summer) but also, the silvery green of the Eucalyptus trees is a color we don't get here.

Also: Free BBQ stations everywhere. That was cool!"

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#12

Multiple people sitting and standing in a cafe

Reddit user said:
"THE COFFEE SHOPS. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. Lived in Sydney for a semester and wow do your coffee shops kick a**. Everyone had great drinks and amazing food. What yall had on every block, Im lucky to find in a small city."
 
Aardvark_Man replied:
"Our coffee game is top shelf, and it feeds back into itself. The better the majority is, the better the rest needs to be to compete."

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#13

Snowy mountain tops sticking from the clouds

ALazy_Cat said:
"How there's actually snow there."

figglegorn replied:
"This fact blew my mind but The Australian Alps get more snow than the entirety of Switzerland."

JimmySilverman replied:
"We’re actually called New Zealand not just ‘the Australian alps’ - thanks."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Australian Alps are a mountain range in southeast Australia. It comprises an interim Australian bioregion, and is the highest mountain range in Australia. The range straddles the borders of eastern Victoria, southeastern New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory. Wikipedia

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#14

Mountain range

i__love__myself said:
"Not anymore but when I found out that the Tasmanian devil is a real thing and Tasmania is a real place."

Stardust-Fury replied:
"As a Tasmanian, I would like to say you are welcome to come and have a look at our small, usually forgotten, slice of paradise."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm a Tassie n it's the best, except how it's become popular and too many people to my liking.

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#15

Pins in Australia

Spectronautic1 said:
"The fact that almost the entire population lives near the coast. The center is enormous and deadly. Idk why but it blows my mind seeing those pics of signs saying stuff along the lines of next gas station is far af if you’re not prepared you’re gonna die."

elegant_pun replied:
"Gotta live near the edge, there's no water anywhere else. No rain, no nothing."

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#16

Man with flip flops in the beach

Jpnoth4 said:
"As an exchange student from Hong Kong, the first cultural shock I experienced was how y’all don’t really wear shoes, I never expect to see so many toes on the streets lmao."

shadow125 replied:
"Give us a break - it is still only 10 toes per person…"

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Note also that the person in the picture above is wearing thongs (not flip flops or jandals etc)

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#17

Multiple different flavors of ice cream on a counter top

llennacs said:
"Ice Cream called Golden Gay Time.
Me being 13, had to send pictures of them to all my friends."

howmanychickens replied:
"Silly name. Best icecream. It comes in a tub now!"

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was only fifty-odd years ago that the Flintstones were having a gay old time on American TV. Language changes at different rates in different places.

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#18

Multiple colorful pastries on the counter top

"Pies. Everywhere. This isn't a complaint."

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#19

Multiple Tim Tams in a white plate

emunny_99 said:
"Something is wrong with the way you market Tim Tams. Arnotts should be bigger than Amazon."

Ari2079 said:
"It got bought out by Americans."

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#20

Two woman sitting laughing and drinking beer

Depression_God said:
"The banter. Aussies are surprisingly quick and have a great sense of humor. Also, they tend to have a darker, irreverent taste in jokes. Makes for good entertainment."

TheEarlySeller replied:
"A lot of the best British comics (Gervais, Carr) just use the same humor as Australians but make it more polite and accessible somehow.

Ironically Australian comedians are substantially less funny than people you’d meet on the street."

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#21

Man walking with a surfboard in the beach

Taedalus said: "How casual Australians act around local wildlife was the most surprising thing for me (German) when I went there. Lots of little Jellyfish in the water close to Sydney harbor? A guy walks into the water, picks one up with both hands, and walks up to us "Guys I haven't seen those before, Does anyone know what kind that is?""
 
User No 2 replied: "Fun fact: There have been no spider-related deaths in Australia since 1979."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Fun fact: There have been no spider-related deaths in Australia since 1979." Is that because the snakes got the person first?

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#22

Road in a dessert

"Moved to country Australia from NZ at age 14, and of all things I remember being astonished at how huge the sky seemed because the land was so flat and vast compared to where I'd come from. The horizon just stretched on forever!"

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is huge and empty. I remember seeing an image posted on a website of a (real) sign saying "No fuel for 500km" that is somewhere in the Outback, giving you an idea of how prepared you need to be if you venture away from the coastal areas

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#23

Moon in the evening's sky

Andromeda321 said:
"Astronomer here- the moon is backward!

To explain, in the northern hemisphere when the moon is waxing, it fills up from the right side to the left, then when it wanes it goes from the same direction. In Australia, on the other hand, the waxing crescent starts on the left.

It took me a moment to realize what exactly I was seeing, and I was absolutely tickled pink once I figured out why it was the way it was."

foul_ol_ron replied:
"I remember reading Terry Pratchett's comments on when he was camping near Uluru. He saw Orion, and it was upside down. I hadn't realized, as I've never visited the northern hemisphere."

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#24

Multiple people celebrating and raising a champagne glass

rrfe said:
"Tall poppy syndrome: you’ve got to watch yourself… it’s an egalitarian society so if you come from a society that celebrates and flaunts success, you’ll tend to be disliked."

elegant_pun replied:
"Yup.

You can be proud of yourself and your mates will congratulate you. But leave it at that."

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#25

Woman applying sun cream on her leg

Astrosimian said:
"Getting massively sunburned in winter.

Canadian living in Aus."

dirtdoctor90 replied:
"Getting sunburnt in the rain Ranga living in Aus."

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#26

Security man standing in the night club

BigDaddyRed said:
"I did a study-abroad in Sydney and found it really odd that they have bouncers that will refuse entry if you are drunk.

Made pregaming really hard and you didn't want to cross the line."

Kidror replied:
"They refuse entry to try and stop the violence or health issues caused by people having drunk waaayyyy too much."

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#27

Multiple bottles of wine

Ilovestraightpepper said:
"How AMAZING your wine is."

ID_LOVE_TOO replied:
"Yeahhh man, you can pick a Barossa shiraz anywhere. We are also doing a lot of really cool Mediterranean grapes as well.

Fun fact, Australia has older German resiling vines than Germany."

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#28

Container ship in the pier

PlutoGB08 said:
"My brother is living in Queensland and finds it impossible to leave. He keeps getting odd jobs, even though he finished his master's in marine biology at James Cook University and he finds the marine wildlife just absolutely wonderful. He was told he can apply for Australian citizenship, but it might take time. He just doesn't want to come home to the USA and I don't blame him seeing how bad things are here."

Potential_Anxiety_76 replied:
"Being girt by the sea really helps with the marine biology job opps."

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9 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love using the word girt, except when having to sing the national anthem in public (so glad that after you leave school you never really have to sing it again).

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#29

Kangaroo jumping on the road

trexrocks said: "No kangaroos. I was led to believe that kangaroos were roaming the streets. Also, no Foster's beer. Apparently, Fosters is not Australian for beer."
 
not_just_amwac replied: "You obviously didn't come to Canberra..."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The kangaroos in Canberra live in nature parks that are intermingled with the suburbs. I remember the shock when I first came to Canberra of standing at a normal commuter bus stop and looking across the road at a mob of kangaroos just staring back at me.

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#30

Multiple people sitting in the restaurant

George_E_Hale said:
"At restaurants, or what I thought seemed like restaurants, I had to go up to the counter or wherever to place my order. I didn't always feel like I knew the proper system for getting served."

UnknownCode94 replied:
"Yeah, you were in more of a pub-like establishment. In more proper (fancy?) restaurants its waiters and all."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pub-like establishments are called Bistros and most mid-range restaurants it's likely you pay at the counter.

#31

Woman giving a cup of coffee to the other woman

"Went in to buy more appropriate footwear in my first few days, and I was convinced the shopgirl was flirting with me. Bought something else in another shop, and more flirting. Another shop and the same thing. Turns out they weren't flirting. They were just naturally being really friendly. Smiling and being interested in me for no other reason than because that's just how you do things. I ended up taking a job going door to door selling things (backpacking yay!) and I was amazed how few times I was told to f**k off."

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#32

Butterfly on top of a frog's head

"Before I arrived in WA I knew it would be big and hot. However, I wasn't prepared for it to be this BIG and this HOT. Frogs in the toilet were another surprise, the increased number of frogs when flushing was a bigger surprise. You couldn't see the water for the frogs."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All true. The Outbank is not for the weak. Stayed in sheep shearer's quarters in college on a biology field experience class from the US. Frogs in the toilet, giant hand-sized spider in the outdoor shower (go figure), giant mouse-sized spider on the floor, sharp, pokey grass, hot as hell (summer), and flies everywhere. It was hot enough that you could pour peanut butter if it was not kept in the refrigerator. Not my favorite 3 days. Beautiful, yes. Great experience for stories to tell, yes. Would I go back? No. 🪰🕷🐍🐸🦘

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#33

Warning sign on Rattle snakes

milkflakes said:
"A sign on the beach saying "beware of snakes"."

ezekiellake replied:
"Someone got bitten by a snake at the beach and died in August, so the signs aren't just for pretend."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pity the accompanying image is of a type of snake you *won't* find in Australia

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#34

A fly on top of the other fly

jdbatche said:
"Flies! Flies, everywhere!"

phraeda1606 replied:
"Agreed with that! And everyone was so casual with it like it was a big deal to have a ton of flies flying around you when you are trying to have a relaxing day at the beach."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's The Great Australian Wave, swatting at flies with your hand before they can land on your face.

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#35

A man giving a speech to multiple other people

Nomsfud said:
"All the sober people!"

BigfootTouchedMe replied:
"Highly functioning alcoholics most likely. You only notice the drunks."

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#36

Bat on a rock in the daylight

"I went to Aus for the first time last year (I'm from NZ) for Soundwave (a music festival for those of you who don't know.

And when it started to get dark there were bats just casually flying around. It just seemed so strange to me cause all you really see in NZ are seagulls and pigeons.

Bats are for zoos/caves/jungles/forests but not cities.

Damn Aus, you scary."

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#37

Woman getting in her car on the road

idleflightsoffancy said:
"Driver stops in the middle of a zebra crossing, windows winded down, to greet us, strangers, good morning."

InertiaCreeping replied:
"I would put money on the greeting being something along the lines of "Howwya goin"??"

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#38

Simpsons themed soft drink in the can

lowflyingsatelites said:
"My friend has recently moved over from Texas, and has said the thing that's shocked her the most is how much Australian millennials love The Simpsons."

BadgerBadgerCat replied:
"It was on Free-To-Air TV just after dinner time for years from the mid-90s to early 2000s and was basically something everyone was watching and enjoying together."

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9 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The whole Texan in Australia reminds me of a joke: A Texan is visiting Australia. He’s served a beer in a pub and says, “Texas is famous for how big their stuff is. In TX, this beer would be twice this size!” All the Aussies around him just roll their eyes. He’s brought a burger. “This is nothing! In TX, we have burgers five times this size. Heck, our cows are bigger than most of the cars I’ve seen here!” All the Aussies just roll their eyes. When he’s finished eating, he notices a kangaroo hop by the window. “What in tarnation was that thing?” One of the locals leans over and asks, “Haven’t you ever seen a grasshopper before?”

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#39

Woman sitting in her car in a drive thru

nothefuzz said:
"Drive through alcohol shop."

subkulcha replied:
"Bottle-o. It's for durrys and tinnies."

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#40

Soda drink isle in the shop

"'Yay, I'm in Australia. Let's get drunk!' 'Time to get a bottle of vodka... checks price... oh... nevermind.' ...and that's when I began my relationship with the goon."

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#41

Escalator going down

"All the random big things. Big banana, giant mango, giant prawn, giant kangaroo matilda.
I just thought of another, I knew you drive on the opposite side of the road there, but I did not expect the escalators to be opposite as well. You go up the left side, that was cool."

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#42

Woman standing with a surfboard in the beach

"Aussie surfer girls... my god the greatest thing my eyes have seen."

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#"I wish they all could be Aussie surfer girls..." Hey, that works.

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#43

Woman sitting and being filmed

Thetford34 said: "The amount of famous Australian actors that have an acting credit in Neighbours and/or Home and Away."
 
Faze_Elmo1 replied: "My substitute teacher was on Neighbours, I'm convinced that most of the population has been on it."

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#44

Multiple people walking on the cross walk

"Your crosswalks.
The CLANGA-CLANGA-CLANGA is terrifying the first few times."

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#45

Man throwing a boomerang in to the water

"Normal people without boomerangs."

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#46

Multiple people sitting and walking in a dock

"I thought it would be like walking on the ceiling with the feeling I could fall up into the sky. Sadly I was disappointed. Earth must be flat after all."

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#47

the ending of a road through the Tunnel

"As a truck driver, the road trains fascinate me, I want to visit and drive one."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not when you're trying overtake one on a rapidly changing single/double lane highway when you're in a van, they're terrifying.

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#48

Person using a filming table

"That they don’t have a thriving film industry yet. So many good actors from there but they all make it big in Hollywood."

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so many films are shot in Australia and a lot of the american films come here... but Aussies dont get the credit. Credit goes to hollywood

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#49

Man playing a guitar on the stage

wembley said:
"That it produces great prog metal bands like Twelve Foot Ninja and Caligula’s Horse."

Stompsie replied:
"True!!! Can’t forget Karnivool, TBE, and COG."

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