Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You think we do WHAT??

When you travel a lot as an Australian, you get asked a lot of weird shit. This is probably common to a lot of nationalities, but due to the tyranny of distance or whatever, Australians seem to cop the worst of it. That whole "tons of weird animals that don't exist anywhere else" thing probably doesn't help...

Anyway, I put together a list of questions/misconceptions that I've heard over the years, and figured that it was time to answer some of them. In vlog form, because obviously.



What misconceptions or weird questions have you had to deal with while travelling?

K xx

PS. My thanks to Youtube for once again selecting the most ridiculous screenshot on earth.

16 comments:

  1. The seasons. THE SEASONS AAARRGGGHHHHHH *shakes fist*

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  2. Thank you for sharing my pain over the seasons. #antipodeansolidarity

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  3. To be fair to that one person, most people realize that we have 50 states, but "51st state" is a thing. Usually it's referring to Puerto Rico, though.

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  4. Also, fun fact about the seasons: the northern hemisphere actually gets summer when the earth is slighty further away from the sun, and its winter when it's closer. It's always fun to tell someone from the northern hemisphere that, and watch them struggle to understand why getting away from the sun still means higher temperatures. The answer being indeed the slight axis tilt.


    Which I guess should mean the southern hemisphere as a whole gets warmer summers and colder winters, but not only don't I have any actual data to back this up (and am too lazy to look some up), but there's probably a metric shit ton of other factors involved (just need to watch the temperature difference between, say, Spain, France and England to convince someone of that), so it's not even necessarily true.


    Isn't science fun.




    And thanks for the answer concerning DST, it was very weird to see this when I looked it up on wikipedia. Must be fun though, you drive for an hour and arrive at the time you left. The trip back will take 2 hours though, which sucks.

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  5. Which would make perfect sense if it was only one person. Unfortunately it's something I've heard at least a dozen times in my life from different people, and in numerous permutations from 49th state to 52nd state... O.o

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  6. Yeah, that's a situation that would only apply to a very select percentage of the population. Because for me to get to a state that doesn't have daylight savings would require a 1,600km drive... So sliiiiiiiiightly more than an hour. But yeah.

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  7. Inspector Climate says "that's not a knife this is a knife" all the time.

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  8. I feel really smart right now. But we've been friends for awhile so I feel like I know a lot about Australia. (Even though I probably don't.)

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  9. Now I kind of want to do an entire vlog entirely in Australian English and see how much of it you can understand...

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  10. This is great! Us Brits often get asked random questions too, the most common being, "Does it really rain all the time?" (yes, the sun never shines here and we all have webbed feet), and "Do you know the Queen?" (yep, she's my best friend!)

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  11. Ugh. I am embarrassed at the stupidity of my fellow Americans.


    I did only recently learn that parts of the US don't observe Daylight Savings, either. I want to say Indiana and Arizona are Daylight Savings-free bubbles.


    I've had people, when told I'm from Boston, say, "But you don't have an accent!" Although I've also been told I do have a slight Boston accent.


    And on a tour bus in DC once, when I said I was from Boston, a bunch of people from Idaho in the back of the bus were like, "Baahstin! Pahk the cah in Hahvad Yahd!"

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  12. The "do you know [famous person]?" questions are always the weirdest for me. I just want to stare at them and be like "Do you know Robert Downey Junior? No? BUT YOU LIVE IN THE SAME COUNTRY, YOU MUST KNOW HIM!"

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  13. I still find it kind of hilarious how many of the comments on my first vlog were "OMG, you have an accent!!". Um, yes?

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  14. OH MY GOSH. THIS IS THE BEST EVER!!!! First of all your sarcasm is AWESOME. (Finally. Someone who speaks my language.) XD And yes, yes, to all these stupid questions. Honestly, I think Americans think they really ARE the centre of the world?? ;)

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