POP QUIZ: Is Australia A Country, A Continent, Or Both?

Submitted by: kalron 8 months ago in News & Politics Quizzes


A Southern New Hampshire University professor was replaced after giving a "ZERO" grade to a student who used Australia when comparing the US to another country. The professor argued that Australia was a continent, not a country.  

When the student provided proof to the professor that Australia is both, the professor refused to alter the grade. After working with the school administration, the student was finally given an official grade: B+.
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Male 3,083
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Male 493
jaysingrimm Hahahahahahahahaha.........you win my internet for today. I don't have a fancy ticket thing like Gerry. 
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Like planets is one of those terms as needs to be redefined
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Male 938
1. Oz is an Island. This is simple, its a land mass that is completely surrounded by water.

2. Oz is informally called a continent, this is since the Island of Australia is almost the entire continent on which it sits. It is not the whole continent however, Papua New Guinea also sits on that same continent, and a little bit of Indonesia (previously Irian Jaya, currently West Papua). And unfortunately, so does Tasmania.

3. Oceania is just a region. Not unlike 'Asia', 'Asia-Pacific' or 'Americas', and this is usually more for dividing the globe up for business purposes.

4. Whomever asked the question 'Is it a country?' is a fucking moron. Australia has its own dickhead 'heads of state' (not that our constitution uses that term), its own money (the technology which we invented is where all your new plastic notes are derived, since it has been proven non-counterfeitable so far) and its own bloody stamps, which no one uses since everything is email now and businesses have their own franking machines.


The question usually posed is: 'Is Australia an Island or a Continent?'
  Which we usually taught our kids the answer to be 'Both'. But technically it is incorrect.

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Gerry1of1 Fun fact: when first born, kangaroo babies are tiny nubs of pink flesh, the size of your thumbnail.
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barry9a   Fun Fact:  Female kangaroos have 3 vaginas. 
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Male 938
Gerry1of1 This is true, and they can all hold a fertilized egg (well the uterus attached to them).
What is even weirder, is that they can have those babies at different times. And even if there is months difference between them, the teats inside the pouch where they feed, will produce the correct type of milk for whichever joey is suckling. 

Same nipple, different milk, depending on the customer!!

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Male 44,970
Australia... isn't that where they filmed the Sound of Music ?
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Male 390

Tuition and fees at Southern New Hampshire University are $30,386 USD without financial aid. With room, board, and other fees combined, total cost of attendance is$47,418 USD.

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Male 10,006
Australia is a country.  The Commonweatlh of Australia, which is comprised of the Australian Continent, the island of Tasmania and a few others.

Australia is a continent. The Continent of Australia (aka: Sahul, Australinea or Meganesia) is comprised of  mainland Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, New Britain, and small neighboring islands.

So: Both. 
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megrendel There is more than one definition of 'continent'. The one you describe is an earth sciences one. The nautical one is 'really big bit of land surrounded by water', and tends to be the one that laypeople also use.

It's a bit like how a tomato is both a vegetable and a fruit, depending on whether you're using culinary or botanical definitions.
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Male 42,934
melcervini That is a terrific site! Nice to see such interesting stuff.
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Male 44,970
melcervini     Very cool link!   Thanks
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Male 42,934
I thought it was an island :/

But really, it is both depending on if you're talking about the nation of Australia or the land-mass named Australia.
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Male 1,563
Australia is the country, Oceania is the continent, and bullfrogs are called chazwazzers...
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Male 10,006
doiknowyou   Oceania is the continent 

 Oceania is Geographic Region, not a continent.
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Male 1,563
I stand corrected (something you don't see very often here): Australia is the country, Australia is the continent, and bullfrogs are called chazwazzers
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Male 10,006
doiknowyou No problem. I had to look it up before I opened my mouth. Just wasn't sure..
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Male 1,563
megrendel I should have done the same!
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Male 1,634
Neither.  I've never been there so it doesn't exist.  It's just a figment of my imagination.
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Male 390
waldo863 I cannot trust anything about Australia either. But Australia is proof that the earth is flat. With a spherical earth, Australia should look like.
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Male 164
it's an island. 
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Male 276
MidPacific It's a continent, country AND and island. Not everything is so black and white.
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Male 164
moldysod it is if you're Australian
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Male 7,000
Growing up, i know i was taught Australia was a continent, but that has been changed for decades now.

I hear the term Oceania used to denote the continent.
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Male 390
daegog Yes, this is the name of the continent in French for instance Oceania = Australia + New Zealand + islands.
It helps reduce the confusion.
Still, there are more countries in America than just America
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m3dm3d Oceania is a political region like Asia - yes, it has a big land mass, but Asia includes countries like Indonesia and Sri Lanka which aren't on the mainland, just like Oceania includes New Zealand and a bunch of micronesian states.
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barry9a Yes, I know that in English Oceania is a political region while Australia is both the continent, the country and the island. I was just mentioning that in France, Oceania is the continent and the "political region".
Anyway, "political region" is usually what we mean by "continent". Britain is in Europe, while not "on the continent". Madagascar is in Africa, while not on the continent. Japan and Sri Lanka are in Asia, while not on the continent. And well... Europe, Asia and Africa actually are one single metacontinent.
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Male 927
daegog Oceania includes many of the islands around Australia.   It might be the plate that Aus is on?
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Male 390
muert Nope. Unfortunately, the tectonic plate Australia is on is also called Australia.

That's the thing when you ask British people to name places.
"Sir, what should we call that huge island we just found way South of our own?"
"What about the Southern Island? Australia?"
"Souds good. What about the colonial nation we'll create around it, including Tasmania and other islands?"
"What about the Southern Nation? Australia?"
"A bit redundant but... OK. Kinda makes sense. Our nation is Britain and is the Island of Britain plus a few minor islands... What about the rest of the continent? It had never been named, and we will not settle all of it"
"What about the Southern Continent? Australia?"
"You've got to be kidding me! Anyway, the team geologist mentioned that the island is on its own tectonic plate. Let me guess..."
"What about the Southern Plate? Australia?"
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Male 891
m3dm3d to be fair Australopithecus was coined by an Australian, also the Dutch naming convention isn't any better, they just put new in front of the name.
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