Aussies have a great sense of humour. When our American friend Sara came to visit us the first time, she asked where the bathroom was, being in need of the services there. David, our resident larrikin, replied, "down the hall and the first door on the left." She returned and again asked for the bathroom. He gave her the same directions. So she looked again.
Now desperate, Sara returned saying she couldn't find it. "Ah," David said with a grin on his face, "Do you want to wash your
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hands or use the toilet?" Blushing Sara said, "the toilet", and he gave her directions to it.
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Yes, in Australia, the toilet and the bathroom are often in different places. And yes, he knew exactly what she wanted the first time she asked. As we said, Aussies have a great sense of humour . . . especially at the expense of our American friends.
Aussie town called Burpengary
The truth is that the name comes from Burpen-gar which means "the place of the green wattle tree."
Then there are these interesting names . . .
Banana Queensland is known for it's beef cattle but not bananas.
Orange New South Wales is a place where they grow lots of apples.
Eggs and Bacon Bay Tasmania, however, probably does serve a great brekky at the local cafes.
An then there's Boing Boing in the Northern Territory. The Aboriginal name means "mosquitoes buzzing". We'll take their word for it that they have lots of mozzies.
And if you're ever near Pyramid, Queensland (sorry, no pyramids), you might want to take a short trip to Mount Puffandwheeze just to say you've been there.
Fair dinkum mate. We don't make these things up.