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22nd Nov '16 4:03:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* And then there's the founding father of Aussie {{Badass}}ery, UsefulNotes/NedKelly himself. Starting with the 45kg suit of armour. Then there was getting a friend to reload his rifle so he could keep firing even with his left arm disabled by police fire during the siege at Glenrowan. Finally, when he was eventually brought down, he had ''twenty-eight'' gunshot wounds. They weren't what killed him, either. He was hanged. Long story short, imagine a cross between Butch Cassidy and Comicbook/IronMan.

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* And then there's the founding father of Aussie {{Badass}}ery, badassery, UsefulNotes/NedKelly himself. Starting with the 45kg suit of armour. Then there was getting a friend to reload his rifle so he could keep firing even with his left arm disabled by police fire during the siege at Glenrowan. Finally, when he was eventually brought down, he had ''twenty-eight'' gunshot wounds. They weren't what killed him, either. He was hanged. Long story short, imagine a cross between Butch Cassidy and Comicbook/IronMan.
15th Nov '16 12:23:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** Wombats. Although they can be tamed to some degree, they can reach 40km an hour, albeit only for a minute and a half. They're also pretty heavy, so they can knock over grown men if angered. Then they can deliver a bite through your trousers, socks, and gumboots, and still go nearly an inch into your leg. For sheer WTF value, however, there's their main defence against predators like dingos: they run down a hole and present their asses. (No, it's not {{Fartillery}}). Their backsides are heavily padded with cartilage and they have really short tails, ensuring that it takes a hell of a lot of effort to get them out of that hole. Unfortunately, this means that wombats are the one exception to the 'don't swerve to avoid an animal in the road' rule - hitting a wombat can total your car so completely you're actually better off ''swerving''. 120tonne road trains taken been out of action by hitting a wombat. Wombats can also use their butts to crush, suffocate and kill their attacker. You read that right. Cute little Australian native animals are so damn {{badass}} [[AssKicksYou they can use their butts as offensive, lethal weapons.]] They also have cubical faeces.

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** Wombats. Although they can be tamed to some degree, they can reach 40km an hour, albeit only for a minute and a half. They're also pretty heavy, so they can knock over grown men if angered. Then they can deliver a bite through your trousers, socks, and gumboots, and still go nearly an inch into your leg. For sheer WTF value, however, there's their main defence against predators like dingos: they run down a hole and present their asses. (No, it's not {{Fartillery}}). Their backsides are heavily padded with cartilage and they have really short tails, ensuring that it takes a hell of a lot of effort to get them out of that hole. Unfortunately, this means that wombats are the one exception to the 'don't swerve to avoid an animal in the road' rule - hitting a wombat can total your car so completely you're actually better off ''swerving''. 120tonne road trains taken been out of action by hitting a wombat. Wombats can also use their butts to crush, suffocate and kill their attacker. You read that right. Cute little Australian native animals are so damn {{badass}} badass [[AssKicksYou they can use their butts as offensive, lethal weapons.]] They also have cubical faeces.
9th Oct '16 10:57:54 PM Abodos
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* ''Film/TheRightStuff'' shows Gordo Cooper going to a station near Perth where he is to communicate with John Glenn by radio as the latter's orbital flight passes over. While there, he meets some Aboriginal men who dance and play the didgeridoo around a fire.
9th Oct '16 5:09:25 PM Mullon
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* If one admits to being Australian on [[ImageBoards /tg/]], the first question asked is almost inevitably something along the lines of "How do you find the time to play ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]]'' with all the poisonous snakes?" The answer, of course, is that it's a good idea to have a hobby when unable to leave the house due to the town being knee-deep in funnelweb spiders.

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* If one admits to being Australian on [[ImageBoards [[Website/FourChan /tg/]], the first question asked is almost inevitably something along the lines of "How do you find the time to play ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]]'' with all the poisonous snakes?" The answer, of course, is that it's a good idea to have a hobby when unable to leave the house due to the town being knee-deep in funnelweb spiders.
24th Aug '16 1:35:54 AM Morgenthaler
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Surprisingly, one aspect of Australia that is rarely (possibly never) played up is how important the Aussie mining industry is both historically and economically. In fact, as they have [[AussiesWithArtillery the best military in their hemisphere]], perhaps the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf checklist]] should be consulted. ''Gruff, gold-loving, blunt-speaking, funny-accented, alcohol-swilling, Elf-hating, boastful of their battle prowess and mainly just the fact that they are Dwarves.'' In comparison, [[http://www.economist.com/node/15763381 some have noted]] New Zealand's '[[OurElvesAreBetter elvish sensibilities]]'.

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Surprisingly, one aspect of Australia that is rarely (possibly never) played up is how important the Aussie mining industry is both historically and economically. In fact, as they have [[AussiesWithArtillery [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery the best military in their hemisphere]], perhaps the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf checklist]] should be consulted. ''Gruff, gold-loving, blunt-speaking, funny-accented, alcohol-swilling, Elf-hating, boastful of their battle prowess and mainly just the fact that they are Dwarves.'' In comparison, [[http://www.economist.com/node/15763381 some have noted]] New Zealand's '[[OurElvesAreBetter elvish sensibilities]]'.
10th Aug '16 4:13:45 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so that potential invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.

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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is the capital of the Unified Earth Government, and is also home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is Hive), the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and military. This was presumably built in Australia so that potential invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.
7th Aug '16 1:52:43 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.

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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so that potential invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.
7th Aug '16 1:51:20 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* One of the minor factions in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' was the Tasmanian Liberation Army, who take over Australia at least, but are [[AllThereInTheManual described]] as always being too drunk to be a major player for world domination. The world map in the sequel ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} Wars'' asserts the language of Sydney is "Low English" (compared to "High English" in London) and their main industry is brewing.
** As a Tasmanian myself, this isn't necessarily too far removed from the truth...

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* One of the minor factions in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' was the Tasmanian Liberation Army, who take over Australia at least, but are [[AllThereInTheManual described]] as always being too drunk to be a major player for world domination. The world map in the sequel ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} Wars'' asserts the language of Sydney is "Low English" (compared to "High English" in London) and their main industry is brewing.
** As a Tasmanian myself,
brewing. Tasmanians themselves might say that this isn't necessarily too far removed from the truth...



* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSCDF (i.e. top of the human military heap) and was presumably built in Australia so the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife.
** Probably to do with the fact that even if they conquered it they have to travel halfway across the continent to get to the nearest major city, and if we wanted to defend Sydney they have no idea how to fight in terrain that can go from ocean to city to desert to farmland in less than 50km's.
*** Agreed, Have you ever been to adelaide?Less than one kilometre off the beac can be desert, then some large hills, then farmland, It's absolutely mental.
** And let's not forget Private Chips Dubbo. His Australian origins are probably why he survived the whole freaking war.

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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSCDF (i.e. top of the human military heap) UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife.
** Probably to do with the fact that even if they conquered it they have to travel halfway across the continent to get to the nearest major city, and if we wanted to defend Sydney they have no idea how to fight in terrain that can go from ocean to city to desert to farmland in less than 50km's.
*** Agreed, Have you ever been to adelaide?Less than one kilometre off the beac can be desert, then some large hills, then farmland, It's absolutely mental.
** And let's not forget
wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo. His Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins are probably why he survived the whole freaking war.origins.
30th Jul '16 12:11:41 PM nombretomado
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** Special mention goes to dancer and ''DancingWithTheStars'' veteran Kym Johnson, who's begun to acquire a reputation of being damn near indestructible. In one season of the American version, she endured a pretty nasty knee injury and continued to dance with partner Jerry Springer. That, however, is nothing compared to the season with Hines Ward. She suffered a difficult-to-watch neck injury while rehearsing, where she was in an awkward position on the floor, and Hines (who's over twice her size,) ''fell on top of her.'' She went on, not only to dance later that week, but to win the whole damn thing. Said attempts have only seemed to anger her.

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** Special mention goes to dancer and ''DancingWithTheStars'' ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' veteran Kym Johnson, who's begun to acquire a reputation of being damn near indestructible. In one season of the American version, she endured a pretty nasty knee injury and continued to dance with partner Jerry Springer. That, however, is nothing compared to the season with Hines Ward. She suffered a difficult-to-watch neck injury while rehearsing, where she was in an awkward position on the floor, and Hines (who's over twice her size,) ''fell on top of her.'' She went on, not only to dance later that week, but to win the whole damn thing. Said attempts have only seemed to anger her.
26th Jun '16 10:24:05 AM Docduggery
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** Emus. Not only can they kick the crap out of you, but they are one of those species who does the same thing all those huge sauropods used to do - eat ''solid god-damned rocks'' to grind up their food.

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** Emus. Not only can they kick the crap out of you, but they are one of those species who does the same thing all those huge sauropods used to do - eat ''solid god-damned rocks'' to grind up their food. Also they [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War had a war]] with the above-mentioned badass Australian military and WON!
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