The continent has most of the world's most poisonous snakes, not only on land but in the ocean. It has the world's largest crocodiles, and one can be devoured by one in or near the ocean or a river, and then out in the surf great white sharks abound. And I haven't even mentioned box jellyfish, blue ring octopi, stone fish, or the red backed and funnel spiders.

If ever a land was saying "Go away, people," it's Australia.

Add to all this that Sydney, strangely, is one of the most expensive cities on Earth and that you're so far from the United States (where everyone wants to go) and why would anyone live there, much less WANT to live there?

So, why are there people in Australia? What explains it?

Yes, and of course I'm being tongue in cheek. I'm sure there are many reasons to risk the many ways to die there.

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And I thought the main risks here were the rude weather, storms and tornadoes.

@ Strega:

"...rude weather.."


Yes, rude - uncivilised and offensive.  Extremely rude :)

Don't expect common references from a Brit, Greg, just because the language bears certain similarities.

Would that be his "tongue in cheek" crotch guard?

Here's a good reason: 

People live in places for people reasons, not for whether there are dangerous animals or not. At least not as much. 

Fear is a great driver to not do things, evolution selected this as a valuable piece of our survival toolkit. We take risks like braving dangerous animals when we feel that the benefits outweigh the risks. But risk reduction measures can be taken, and when we feel comfortable, or bullish enough, we take action.

I haven't been Down Under, but I read great things about it. It's on my bucket list. 

Being happy is easy, comedy is hard.

Maybe they find the head rush from all the extra blood in their brains to be beneficial.  They get that from walking around upside down all the time.

That is why they are called antipodeans, Steve

Doesn't "antipodean" mean "someone who is against feet"?

anti is 'opposing' - it can be used as 'against' or 'opposite'.  You're right, comedy is much harder :)




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