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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I had a prick of a boss years ago, who once, on being told he had a great memory, proudly tapped his temple and said in a broad Scottish accent, "Never forget! (tap tap) I'm anal retentive!".

I never did forget.

Somehow, I can't imagine you with a boss, or anyone telling you what to do, for that matter.

Which end was he tapping?

You're right, I wasn't textbook employee material really...

I bet that made him a real chick magnet.

Actually, you're both right, technically - they came from the French who settled Canada, so indirectly, they came from France, just as many of us came from England, however reluctant we might be to confess it.

Yeah, but she was thought the idea they came to Louisiana from Canada was bunk.

So turn her on to Longfellow, a little culture never hurt anyone.

The usual reason is that the person was born there, and has not yet been bitten by one of those venemous things in or around the continent.  There are, however, a bunch of people who die trying to get there by boat after paying someone their life savings.  Spoils all the fun of dying when you get there.

@ Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM;

"There are, however, a bunch of people who die trying to get there by boat after paying someone their life savings. "

America has those too, they're called Cubans.

Which proves the point that there are countries much worse then countries with dangerous animals and countries with young men who will murder college students for the fun of it.

I wish there was a perfect place to call home. :(

@Archy - the ban on drugs doesn't seem to be working too well. Just get them delivered by your friendly postie, right to your door.

Did you know that if I were only a severed head, I would still have four seconds to read your comment? (But then I likely wouldn't be typing this, would I?)

No, you'd be singing "I ain't got nobody"

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