Jackie Chan got his name “Jackie” in Australia. In 1976, Chan migrated to Australia to join his parents. There, he started working in construction. A construction worker named Jack took Chan under his wing, earning him the nickname “Little Jack” which eventually was shortened to “Jackie” — thus, Jackie Chan.
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There is a giant, hot pink slug. It is only found in a single, isolated forest on an extinct volcano in Australia.
Knowing he was the slowest competitor, Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics by cruising behind and simply avoiding group crashes in both the semi-final and final.
The very unmuscular Australian comedian Hamish Blake once won the heavyweight category in the Mr. New York State Bodybuilding competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify.
In 1932, the Australian Army went to war against emus that were destroying farmland. The Army lost.
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The Emu War, also known as the Great Emu War, was a nuisance wildlife management military operation undertaken in Australia over the latter part of 1932 to address public concern over the number of emus said to be running amok in the Campion district of Western Australia. The unsuccessful attempts to curb the population of emus, a large flightless bird indigenous to Australia, employed soldiers armed with Lewis guns—leading the media to adopt the name “Emu War” when referring to the incident. While a number of the birds were killed, the emu population persisted and continued to cause crop destruction.
About 50 percent of the world’s legally-grown opium comes from Australia, and a government official says they have a problem with wallabies eating the poppies. They get “as high as a kite,” and go around in circles, leaving crop circles in the poppy fields.
An Australian infant vanished in 1980, and her mother served prison time for her murder. Thirty-two years later it was declared she had actually been taken by a dingo.
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McDonald’s is called Macca’s in Australia. The nickname became so popular, they’ve registered it and in 2013, they even changed the signage.
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A packet of cigarettes in Australia will cost $40 by 2020.