19 Fascinating Facts That Prove Growing Up In Australia Is Way Different Than Growing Up In America
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Hey there! I'm Mary, and I work in the BuzzFeed NYC office. (Well, right now I work in the BuzzFeed "the desk in my bedroom" office.) I was born in Australia to Australian parents, but I grew up in the US, so naturally I have a lot of questions about what the childhood of Parallel Universe Aussie Mary would be like.
Luckily for me, my fellow BuzzFeeder Jules Willing was kind enough to answer my questions about her Aussie youth, and help me solve that eternal mystery: Are Australian children taught how to fight off a shark?
1.So, you all have to wear school uniforms?
2.How popular is the whole "fairy bread" thing? Is it overrated?
3.Bread with sprinkles aside, what were the most beloved or ~iconic~ childhood snacks?
4.How about ice cream? I've heard rumors about something called a "Golden Gaytime."
5.Are you taught to fear spiders? And jellyfish? And snakes? And the sun?
6.In that same vein, have you ever had to fistfight a magpie?
7.Are Australian elementary schools filled with tiny children calling each other "mate"? Please say yes.
Honestly, because I'm as old as dust now, I can't remember how ocker (stereotypically Aussie and male) the youths of Australia really are. But I do know that in high school, kids really do seem to ascend into their most Aussie selves. Lots of "mates", a few "cunts" — you know, just CuTe, AuSsiE tHiNgS.
8.How big of a deal are sports in school? And how do you get through gym class without passing out from heatstroke?
9.What games did you play during recess?
10.What's it like celebrating Christmas during the summertime?
11.Is it true that you don't have middle school? If so, jealous.
Okay, see, this is what I was talking about in question eight. I can vividly remember in primary school, you'd wait for it to reach, say, 35° Celsius (or 95° Fahrenheit) — because there was a rumour that schools were legally required to send you home.
It never happened, of course, and trusty old google reveals that there actually isn't a magic number that the mercury has to hit before kids get sent home. And that realisation makes me kinda sad.
14.Do kids eat Vegemite, and if so, why?
15.What TV shows did you and your classmates grow up watching?
Yeah, we just call it a "formal" though. Everyone gets dressed up — but not in ball gowns or some of those OTT outfits I've seen in American films — and then smashed on bags of goon. Ah, sweet, summer nights.
18.When do you get to learn to drive, and how hard is it to get a license?
19.Okay, final question: Were you taught how to fight off a shark?
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