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People Share Dumb Myths About Their Countries & Continents

Every single place on Earth has its fair share of dumb stereotypes and myths. Many people believe that everyone in the United States is an overweight gun-toting Karen. An embarrassing number of Americans believe the French are anti-shower, unshaved chain smokers. The reality of most stereotypes is that they are woefully overblown. This r/AskReddit threaddoes a really good job of debunking some of the world's most misguided assumptions. And helps people from pretty much everywhere bond over the misconceptions.  

Reddit users share common myths about their counties that are false, incorrect stereotypes
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Twelve Times Americans Were Iconically Trolled By Australians Via Tumblr

Americans seem to have a special relationship with Australians. Maybe it's because we speak the same language, or because we've never been at war against each other, or maybe it's just because of Finding Nemo. We may never know. But one thing is for sure, Australians sure know how to troll Americans really well. Are we really that gullible? Or do we just trust Australians too much?

Either way, whether you're American, Australian, or really anything, you will probably find these Tumblr posts of Australians trolling Americans hella amusing.

Twelve Times Americans Were Iconically Trolled By Australians Via Tumblr| thumbnail text - tumblr Follow killowave Hey where are you from? I'm from Australia Oh sorry I had no idea is this better? Delivered yes, thank you mate
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Thirteen Reasons Why People Are Obsessed With Australians And Their Culture

I don't know about you, but I don't really know anybody who doesn't like Australia (except for maybe Kiwis from New Zealand). Yes, this is 100% a generalization, but the people seem so unproblematic compared to Americans. What's not to like about Australian culture either? You may find that many people have very strong opinions on Vegemite, but personally, it doesn't get in the way of my appreciation for the land down under. So, Australia, keep doing what you're doing, Americans seem to be loving each and every bit of it. 

And if you don't give a sh*t about how American's feel about you that's cool too, you can just laugh at these Tweets.

13 Reasons Why People Are Obsessed With Australians And Their Culture| thumbnail text - Scooter - Amaz... · Nov 23, 2020 •.. I love when bad things happen to Australians and they're like "ooouuurrrrh noeeerrrrurrr" 1
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Australia is widely known as a land of mortifying nopes, but usually those nopes come in the form of giant lizards and horrifying spiders. In this case, it's believed some heavy rains brought on an extra big helping of mice in agricultural parts of the country. Some farms basically have moving outdoor carpeting now. Who knows if those mortifying nopes will move in on the action.

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Ten-Foot-Long 'Dinosaur' Shows Up At Student's Backyard

If a ten-foot-long dinosaur-looking creature showed up at your house one day, what would you do? Knowing ourselves, we would probably do exactly what this university student did honestly - pick up our phone and film the whole thing. It is not every day, of course, that one gets to encounter a 'dinosaur'.

Of course, the video of the incident that was posted on TikTok that went viral terrified some people while being very amusing to others, specifically, to Australians. As Daily Mail reports, Isabell Ryan who is 18 and lives near Warrigal, was studying when she noticed the enormous reptile - which is either a lace monitor or a tree goanna - come to her glass door. The video, which you can watch below, went viral, and the response was hilarious. 

story about a huge goanna showing up at someone's backyard and going viral thumbnail includes two pictures of a large reptile standing near a glass window 'Adaptation - I was just at home the other day trying to do some uni work and this thing shows up at my house © sabellryan TIKTOK'
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Entitled Dude Gets Trolled By Amused Car Seller

Unfortunately we live in a world where a lot of people think it's totally fine to act like self-righteous a-holes. This dude in particular thought he could purchase a car for far cheaper than what the seller was listing. Fortunately for us though, the troll-y seller had a sense of humor about it. 

Click here for more instances of entitled douchebags via Fail Blog!

Funny story about a car seller who tries to troll an entitled buyer | like car also, which is why won't be letting go 9k less than s worth. And not being dik s 7am and got stuff do ready make serious offer let know 07:12 Waste fukin time Absolute dikhead 07:13
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The Aussies are full of surprises. It sounds like this guy responded to quite the intense, sketchy turn of events in the kind of way that has people singing his praises. Some folks freeze and others act. 

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Diver Captures Rare Photos Of The Elusive "Penis Fish"

Here's an interesting story you don't read or see everything. Apparently, there is a rare fish out there known as the "penis fish." Why is it called the "penis fish," you might ask? Well, we think that's pretty self-explanatory. 

Off the coast of Rye Front Beach in Victoria, Australia, one lucky diver got incredible images of the ever-elusive "penis fish." It's known to be incredibly rare to come across, even though thousands of the fish washed up on the California shore some years ago. The free diver, Josie Jones, was scouring the waters when she came across the strange and unique look moniker. 

To be fair, it is scientifically called a 'priapulida', but "penis fish" just sounds more accurate. Josie Jones shared the images on the Facebook page, Marine Research Group of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, with the caption, "Now we're all adults right?"

Yes, we are. But such a thing will never not be funny, even to adults. 

diver captures rare images of elusive penis fish - thumbnail of penis fish "wait is that the beloved one eyed willy?"
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Australian Dentist Creates First Prosthetic Foot For Koala

This handsome Koala certainly lives up to his name -- Triumph. Meet the adorable koala Triumph, who was born with a foot missing. Triumph was taken into care back in 2017 after being spotted with his dying mother in New South Wales. 

Vets soon realized Triumph was missing a limp, due to an inexplicable birth defect. They could also tell that his missing limp would sometimes cause him pain. His rescuer and vet nurse, Marley Christian, from Friends of Koala, began to dress Triumph's stump in dolls' socks and little booties. They have discovered that when doing so, it helped relieve some of the sensitivity Triumph was feeling. 

Marley Christian searched the globe for someone to make a prosthetic, unfortunately, no one was willing to take on the task. "We were told it had not been done and it could not be done," Marley Christian told ABC

An American company that specialized in animal prosthetics decided to take Triumph's case, but sadly, they could not manufacture a design that would comfortably stay on. It wasn't until Marley Christian mentioned Triumph's case in passing to an Australian dentist, Lismore dental prosthetist Jon Doulman, who then volunteered to help build Triumph a prosthetic foot himself. 

And he succeeded. 

Story via ABC

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Wombats Are Saving Other Animals From The Drought in Australia By Digging Craters

An unlikely hero showed up in Australia - wombats have been seen helping other animals in drought-ravaged areas in Australia.

As Newsweek reports, "[t]hese accidental heroes have been burrowing into an underground pool of water located on a beef farm southwest of Merriwa, New South Wales," and "[i]n the process, they have opened up the water hole for other species to enjoy." 

Read more about these heroic wombats and check out pics of adorable wombats below!

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Australian Zookeeper Reveals Behind-The-Scenes Look Into His Wild Job

Meet Chad Staples! A man who loves what he does, and what he does is love and care for wild animals at the Mogo Wildlife Park in Syndey Australia. His love for the animals he cares for is endless and his goal is to share that love he has for animals and to ignite those same feelings in you. 

For those who follow Chad on Instagram, you'd know just how meaningful each animal is to him and the special bond he creates with each creature is truly something you can see and feel within his images and/or videos. 

Here's Chad's story:

Story via Brightside.Me

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We love it when animals within zoos get a special treat for any occasion or holiday. Sometimes, zoos provide animals with popsicles when it gets way too hot out! It's the little things and we're positive these animals are thankful for any little gift or treat that comes their way. 

This year, Syndey's Taronga Zoo, in Australia, has decided to get the animals into the holiday spirit with some classic Christmas decor, and an early delivery of Christmas-themed food! 

Happy Holidays! 

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Almost Wiped Out By Bushfires, World's Smallest Possum Discovered

After the horrendous bushfires in Australia that burnt almost half of the island, killing a significant number of wild animals, we finally have some good news! As reported by ABC news, in the recovery efforts, the conservation group Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife found a tiny creature that they feared might have been wiped out by the fires - the world's tiniest possum, the pygmy possum.

These tiny guys who weigh no more than 7 grams and who can easily sit on top of your finger are found in very few places in the world - that is, if you can find them at all. Their size not only makes them hard to study, it also makes them quite elusive little beings. 

Pat Hodgens, a Fauna ecologist, said that the little possums' discovery is really exciting, and we agree! "There's only really been 113 formal records of the species [ever on Kangaroo Island]," he told ABC news. "So certainly not very common and, obviously, the summer bushfires burnt through much of that habitat that species had, but we were certainly hopeful that we would find them."

Their conservation group is going "to try to do everything we can to protect them to ensure that they hang around during this pretty critical time". He added: "It's very important now because it is kind of like the last refuge for a lot of these species that really rely on very old long, unburned vegetation."

There are still many other rare species who have not been spotted after the fires, but this is wonderful news, and we wish Mr. Hodgens and all the other people doing amazing work luck with finding all the species they're looking for. And sometimes, in Australia, people manage to find species they weren't look for

story about the world's smallest possum being rediscovered on Kangaroo Island despite fears of it being wiped out by bushfires thumbnail includes a picture of two tiny pygmy possums held in someone's hands
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Australian Family Discovers A Koala Chilling On Their Christmas Tree

We're calling it the greatest Christmas gift ever! One lucky family in Australia had quite the unexpected visitor this holiday season, all thanks to one unusually large and furry ornament hanging from their Christmas tree - a real-life koala! 

The McCormick family discovered the koala tangled in the lights and the plastic branches of the tree last Wednesday, Amanda McCormick shared in a Facebook post, "Well that's something you don't see every day... we just came home to a real-life koala up our Xmas tree in our lounge room!"

McCormick told The Guardian how she believes the koala found its way into their home and tree, "must have crawled in when the doors were open. It would have been in our house for at least three hours." 

So, what do you do when you happen to find a koala in your Christmas tree? The family called the local Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue, and when the rescue first heard their story, they thought it was a prank call. Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue wrote on Instagram, "But no, a koala desperate to get in the Christmas spirit had wandered into Amanda McCormick's house and decided it wanted to be the fairy on the Christmas tree. Tis the season to be jolly... Koalalalala Lalalala."

And this past Friday, McCormick's daughter shared a video of the koala on TikTok which has since gone viral because let's face it -- a koala in your Christmas tree is pretty darn special! 

Story via The Guardian

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James clearly has it all figured out. There was a little bit of stress over that language question, but the dude still managed to glide right through it like a true champion. 

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Two New Fluffy Marsupial Gliders Discovered In Australia

Somehow, Australia managed to get yet another adorable creature. Actually, 2 of them!

Up until last week, it was assumed that there was only one species of the great glider - a possum-sized marsupial. But, as the
Sydney Morning Herald reports, "there are actually three species of greater glider, not one," explaining that the marsupials are "squeezing into tree hollows during the day and at night soaring up to 100 metres through the air on the hunt for its favourite eucalyptus leaves." And yes, Australia did indeed just get cuter. 

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