Category: Australia

In 2013, there was a train crash in Australia caused by millipedes. There were so many of them on the tracks that a train pulling into a station ended up losing friction from squishing so many of them and crashed into another train.

In 2016, Apple released software that would self-destruct iPhones if a repair was made on it by a third party not licensed by Apple, forcing customers to buy a new one. These practices were found illegal in countries with consumer laws such as Australia, forcing Apple to stop.

Terrified neighbors called the police over a domestic dispute in Australia. When the police arrived, they only found a man and a spider.

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In the remote Pilbara region of Australia, an aboriginal community built a “train” to carry their children to school. The train cars are made from metal barrels and the locomotive is a tractor. The train is meant to keep attendance rates on track by getting kids excited to go to school.

Wild birds in Australia can be heard swearing, having learned the words from escaped pets.

In Australia when it gets very hot, the nectar in some flowers ferments and turns into alcohol. Bees that get drunk from the nectar are not allowed back in their hive—guard bees keep them out to prevent them from making the nectar into alcoholic honey.

Australia’s first cops were all criminals. Their first police force was made up of 12 of the best-behaved convicts.

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The Wrap-around Spider, indigenous to Australia, can flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs like a camouflage.

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An Australian bird called the rainbow lorikeet routinely gets drunk by drinking fermented flower nectar. When intoxicated, these birds make loud drunken noises which many people find bothersome.

Of the world’s top 25 venomous snakes, Australia has 21.