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19 August 2008 @ 11:40 am
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Hey guys, I'm writing a comedy about tourists in Australia and I'm interested to know:

~!~ what you've heard about Australia

~!~ what scares you about Australia

~!~ any horror stories you've heard (or believed) in particular relating to our beaches...

or if you're Australian...

~!~ what are you guests most afraid of

~!~ anything interesting happened to you

I'd really appreciate any feed back!!!!!!!!
this and that...alyssa22 on August 18th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Horror story of a different kind. I had a cab driver in Sydney once who told me about some Americans who'd hailed his cab and asked him to take them to a certain restaurant for lunch. He asked where it was. They said "Perth." His comment? "Um, do you know where Perth is?" Them: "Yes, it's on the other side of the Island".

ellymelly: baltarstarellymelly on August 18th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)

i'd heard the one about not wanting to come to australia because it would be 'claustrophobic' with everyone crammed onto one island...
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Speak softly and carry a rapier wit.: Courage the Cowardly Dogcannibalcake on August 18th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm slightly afraid of Australian beaches after taking a marine biology class and finding out that just about anything particularly poisonous seems to reside off the coast of Australia.

I also have an animal trainer friend at the San Diego Wildlife Park who was bitten by a kangaroo. Don't know if that helps, but goddamn was it funny.
ellymelly: are you gameellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
bitten by a kangaroo? i've only ever heard of being scratched/disembowled by a kangaroo lol!!!!
liz1015liz1015 on August 18th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
i just saw this post and laughed. my friend is going to australia and so soo freakin excited and thats literally all he can talk about,but last night we were at this party and i think he was a little....well you no..... and he started going on and on about how he wasnt scared of sharks but was terrified that a spider was going to like kill him or something. it was so funny. you country (i'm assuming your australian has reduced our football quaterback into hystarics. thank you soo much for it. one of the funniest moments
<3 lizzie
ellymelly: are you gameellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Re: hey
must include sharks! :D and spiders killing him... (lmao, which is entirely possible)

I really hope your friend has a wonderful time in australia. i live on the mid north coast and we have THE BEST beaches anywhere in Australia. Seriously, Port Macquarie and Crescent Head (with the bonus being that we're not too far north where the really scary shit lives). even aussies are scared of queensland...
A work in progress: American liberalancarett on August 18th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
You're familiar with the Simpsons episode where they go to Australia? That's pretty much a wrap-up of the extremes that American attitudes about Australia can take (just add more liberal doses of The Crocodile Hunter for updating purposes).
ellymelly: blameellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
oh yes, i must go back and re-watch that!
Courtkneecourtknee on August 18th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hey, remember that movie Wolf Creek? INSPIRED BY REAL EVENTS.

ellymelly: australiaellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
that was so scary! my brother made me watch that late at night and the next day we were on the highway north (which admittedly isn't very scary) at night when we ran out of fuel and he left myself and his girlfriend in the car all alone while he went off to find the nearest fuel station. It was still scary after the movie... lol
sidhe1sidhe1 on August 18th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
HEARD a ton about Oz. My stepdad spent a year there once, and I've heard about it ever since my mom met him. I want to go sooo bad!

What SCARES me are the crazy ass spiders and shit! I can deal with snakes. No problem. But spiders in general are a bad idea, and ones that are uber poisonous are definitely unnecessary.

Haven't heard any horror stories to speak of. Unless you count the time when an emu attacked my stepdad and he had to beat it off him with his bicycle tire pump. LOL.
ellymelly: i would bowellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
emu attack! LMFAO!
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ellymelly: are you gameellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: Maybe the dingo ate your baby?
Dingos! I almost forgot about those!
This letter comes with all my love - Please eat it: BSG:Tigh:Wooooooooow...whale_in_space on August 19th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Well, I went to Asutralia on a class trip a couple of years ago and what everyone was most scared of was the fact that the deadliest spiders lived there and they were basically hanging out in bedrooms and showers all day.
The second thing we were warned about was the Bluebottles, not enough it seems because someone from my class still managed to be stung by one. It was nasty.
I was especially afraid of the strong current of the ocean, never set more than a toe into it,it was too strong.The Baltic sea is like a swimming pool in comparison.
ellymelly: don't look at meellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Spiders seem to be a common theme! and ouch - actually getting stung by a bluebottle is rough!


I remember when we were in italy and swimming in the 'ocean' how flat it seemed in comparison lol Here, it's a little more 'touch and go' in a sense. ie. you touch the water and - there you go... dragged off out to sea :D
KosmikDawg: bibikosmikdawg on August 19th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
What have I heard about the land of Oz....that it's beautiful! Have had a few friends that have visited and continue to rave about it.

What scares me...the damn spiders but then again spiders just scare me in general. Other than that I think the only thing that would scare me would be the flight over...since I don't particularly like flying. :)
ellymelly: making friendsellymelly on August 19th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
more spiders! we seem to have a name for them! lol
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myinkyfingers: Jamie lolzmyinkyfingers on August 19th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Loving this thread.

With reference to things people are scared of, check this out...
and have a listen to "The Deadly Animal Song" it's hilarious.

I remember being asked if there were crocodiles and kangaroos in the streets of Sydney (this was not long after "Crocodile Dundee" came out).
Another that amuses me no end is when you tell someone you're from Australia, they ask if you know their friend Bill who lives in Adelaide or Perth or Brisbane, *after* you told them you're from Sydney, like there are only 20 people living in Australia and you know them all by name.
this and that...alyssa22 on August 19th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
My mum had some American run up to her, pick her up, swing her around and then put her down again when she was in Israel.

Then he says "Are you from Australia?" She said yes. He said "Do you know ...." (can't remember who... some guy) She said "Yes". He was in her year at Burwood High or something. So bizarre....
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hypercazhypercaz on August 19th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
don't forget DH and the jellyfish!! *giggles*

I'm amused that tourists are frightened of being attacked by animals, rather than busting up a rental car on a kangaroo.

ellymelly: blameellymelly on August 20th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
OMGZ YES MUST NOT FORGET. What else were they frightened of?
fellowshipperfellowshipper on August 19th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
What scares me about Australia: Deadly spiders, deadly snakes, sharks, jellyfish, dingos, fat hairy old dudes in Speedos, Steve Irwin.

ellymelly: damn your logicellymelly on August 20th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
old dudes in speedos - must include!
ubiquitous_girl: atlantisubiquitous_girl on August 19th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh I remember a friend of mine went to Japan for this youth singing thing, and there were a few Americans there, and one of them asked if she went to school on a Kangaroo. :p
ellymelly: are you gameellymelly on August 20th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
LMAO :D it'd disembowel anyone that tried :D lol
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