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.
20,000 year-old fossilized human footprints were discovered in Australia, which indicate the man who made them was running at the speed of a modern Olympic sprinter, barefoot, in sand.
Australian Redback Spider captures a lizard.
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An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to investigate an emergency beacon. The plane, with 270 people, flew at 4000 feet as crew and passengers used binoculars to locate a stranded sailor, who was later rescued by police. The flight landed safely in Sydney, 90 minutes delayed.
In 2012, an Australian was kicked out of a televised darts match in England because of fears his appearance could distract the players after the crowd started chanting ‘Jesus’ at him, due to him looking like ‘Jesus.’
Vegans in Australia almost killed their pet kitten when they tried to turn the poor feline into a vegan. The kitten was fed rice milk , pasta, potatoes which made it critically ill. However, it was fortunately brought into the vets where it recovered fully under a diet of meat and a drip.