Odd-stralia - Some weird and wonderful facts about Australia

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We all know about the stunning beaches, scenic landscapes, and exotic wildlife but there's also a strange side to the land of Oz. 'Odd-oz', 'odd-stralia'. 'au-stange-lia' whatever you want to call it, here's a few facts (that you probably don't need to know) about our friends Down Under.

1.Larger than it looks.

You could travel from London to Berlin and only have covered around half the width of Australia. It's the 6th largest country in the world.

2. Forward thinking! 

Kangaroos and emus can't walk backwards, which is one of the reasons why they're on the Australia coat of arms. 

3. Chug, Chug, Chug... Prime minister!

In 1954 Aussie prime minister Bob Hawke broke the Guinness world record for drinking 2 and a half pints in 11 seconds.

This is him pictured below, presumably before he's done his party trick.

5. Keep left! 

It's against the law to walk on the right hand side of the pavement

6. Talk about a wardrobe clear out...

An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.

7. All in! 

The Aussies love a bit of gambling. Over 80% of the population participate in gambling of some sorts.

8. Na, na, na, na, na, na, BATMANIA! 

In 1835, explorer John Batman purchased 2400 sq km of Melbourne and renamed it Batmania. Unfortunately, the name didn't last long, later that year the name was changed back to Melbourne after the William Lamb, the British prime minister... spoil sport. 

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