Saturday, January 19, 2013 9:42:37 PM
A nervous Briton goes to Australia and runs into a pub next to the airport, almost certain that a deadly poisonous spider is going to bite him any second now. He checks under the chair before sitting on it, just in case, and checks the ceiling too, in case there's one up there that could jump off onto his shoulder and bite him in the neck! Deadly poisonous spiders all over the place!
The locals have seen this before. One of them strolls over and says "G`day. Are you checking for deadly poisonous spiders? No worries, there aren`t any around here."
"Really? You`re sure?"
"I`m sure. I`ve been here 20 years and I`ve never even seen one."
The tourist visibly relaxes at this reassuring news...just as the local says "I reckon the deadly poisonous snakes ate all the spiders".
Friday, January 18, 2013 12:44:25 PM
One of my Australian work-colleagues used to talk of 'Flaming galahs` that would rip up the seat of his motorbike for the hell of it. Now I understand. Galah is an "Old Australian" word; an derrogatory term that means a "loud-mouthed idiot." Named specifically for the galah, a native Australian bird that makes a distinctive (and quite funny-sounding) call: The roseate coc katoo