12 Weird & Weirdly Genius Things Only Australians Do
It often takes leaving Australia to realise that as a country we have quite a few habits that no one on this earth understands but us.
There are just some things that only Australians do and looking back at our odd customs, bloody oath us Aussies know how to live our best lives. #Straya
Here are some quirks unique to Australia!
#1. Putting chicken salt on hot chips because yum
A trip to the fish and chip shop is incomplete without a generous sprinkling of chicken salt over everything. The rest of the world is majorly missing out.
THE TWO BEST THINGS TO COME OUT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA WERE UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE AND CHICKEN SALT NOT IN THAT ORDER
— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) March 23, 2017
#2. Only Australians do the Nutbush at school formals and weddings
Where were you the day you realised that outside of Australia no one does or has even heard of the Nutbush dance? It’s especially wild as the song is not even Aussie. I swear I learnt this dumb dance as part of the school curriculum.
did you even go to primary school in australia if you didn't learn the nutbush in PE?
— Jemima Skelley (@jemimaskelley) June 4, 2018
The national dance of Australia is the Nutbush.
— Fake Tonia Todman (@FakeToniaTodman) June 7, 2016
#3. Fill our baths with ice when having a house party
This is something I genuinely thought was done across the globe, but journalist Lauren Ingram posted that we’re the only nation that does this. How do they keep a whole carton of beer cold? Savages.
I have just discovered that Australia is the only place where we fill bathtubs with ice at houseparties for people to put their drinks in and that the rest of the world thinks this is weird when they find out about it
— Lauren Ingram (@laureningram) March 1, 2019
#4. Sing ‘Hey Baby’ at music festivals…for no particular reason
It’s the biggest mystery since The Da Vinci Code, but drunk bros always end up singing 2001 DJ Otzi track ‘Hey Baby’ at any Aussie music festival. Why do we do this? Why this terrible song? We will never know.
if i was in birdbox and i opened my eyes i would be stuck in a crowd leaving an australian music festival chanting hey baby by dj otzi
— cloxic (@cloxic) February 9, 2019
#5. At the pub, we all scream the same reply to ‘Am I Ever Gonna To See Your Face Again?’
If you hear this song and don’t immediately scream ‘NO WAY GET FUCKED FUCK OFF’ to the chorus, then you can’t call yourself Australian. I have no clue where it came from. Sometimes there is something so deeply implanted in your brain that you don’t know how or when it got there.
answering the question “am i ever gonna see your face again?” with NO WAY GET FUCKED FUCK OFF is peak australian culture
— leesh (@hunflwr) March 12, 2019
#6. Have BBQs every weekend at Bunnings and to coincide with all elections
Aussies seize on any excuse to have a barbie. A hardware store is open on the weekend? BBQ! We are all forced to compulsory vote for another pollie? BBQ! Democracy sausages won’t eat themselves.
We have a lot of elections in Australia, but some days there isn’t an election but you still want to eat a sausage. Luckily we have Bunnings. pic.twitter.com/vxj57Odlk9
— Dr Nic (@drnic) November 7, 2018
#7. Drink lemon, lime and bitters at the pub
This drink is usually the gateway to booze as a young teen but apparently ordering it outside of Oz will just confuse TF out of bartenders. Y’all are missing out. It’s delish.
Why have the people of Australia been keeping lemon, lime and bitters secret from us?
— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) March 27, 2016
#8. Eat lollies like musk sticks and Wizz Fizz as kids
This news had me shook but Aussies are the only people who eat musk flavoured lollies. Didn’t we all pretend to smoke musk sticks as children? Australia is a mysterious place.
In other pink-food-related news, did you know that musk sticks and other musk-flavoured lollies are just an Australian thing?
— Hannah Babble (@hannahbabble) June 30, 2011
An Australian person gave me a candy called a musk stick and it tastes like candied perfume/incense — I kind of love it.
— Helen Shang (@helenshang) May 15, 2018
Even weirder, Wizz Fizz is a powdered candy unique to Australia.
IS WIZZ FIZZ ONLY IN AUSTRALIA WHAT OH YM GOD EVERYONE ELSE'S LIVES MUST SUCK
— 💚 (@joey_hhhhh) October 28, 2013
#9. Play the backyard drinking game Goon of Fortune
Any house party growing up was lame without a round of Goon of Fortune, which ICYMI is a game when you peg bags of goon onto a clothesline, spin it and get ready to drink liquid poison. It’s called culture, sweaty.
There's 3 Australian rights of passage.
1. A maccas run when you get your p's
2. Getting a kebab while you're shitfaced after clubbing
3. Playing goon of fortune at a lit houseparty.
Tell me I'm wrong.
— Speety who? (@SpeetySomething) November 19, 2017
Other nations could learn a thing or two from us.
#10. Australians invented the ‘shoey’
The shoey is a sacred act of initiation, so much so that it’s become a weird rite of passage for international guests. That can’t be sanitary.
— Chad Burchill (@SPUNJ) January 26, 2018
#11. Yelling out ‘TAXI!’ when someone drops a glass
Who would have known that this joke wasn’t universal, but apparently it only commonly happens in Australia. What would dads do without this classic gag?
@tomwarren Aussies yell “TAXI!!!!!” whenever *anyone* drops a glass.
— JT (@jtango18) September 2, 2014
For some people, the joke never gets old.
#12. And this last tradition is one we’re not particularly fond of
Can we just go a few months without changing PM, pls?!
only in Australia do we wake up and there’s a new prime minister
— elena⁷ (@billytae_cyrus) August 24, 2018
Australia is truly a unique place to live.