In-Depth Comparison 2; The Return of Comparisons

Trip Start May 31, 2012
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Trip End Aug 08, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The last in-depth comparison was a big hit so I decided to follow it up with a sub par sequel, much like Aladdin; The Return of Jafar. Hope you enjoy it!

Currency
- Australian coins are awesome, they're filled with colourful characters such as emus, kangaroos, playtpus' (platypi?), echidnas and aboriginals. Also they still have 50 cent pieces and, instead of our quarter, they've got 20 cent pieces. I've included a picture of said colourful characters for your enjoyment. Bills are also pretty colourful but I didn't feel they needed their own picture. Also I only have a $5 bill in my pocket. Don't judge me.

Standardized Date Format - It is standard format here in Australia to note the date as follows; 30/03/13 (that would be March 30th, 2013). That is, the day is first, the month second and the year last. Although it took a little while to get used to this format, as ours in Canada are generally month/day/year, I find it actually preferable now. In Canada, depending on where you are and who you talk to, the date format can go either way, but here, if you go with the month first, they look at you like you're an idiot. And not just a regular idiot, an idiot that should know better. But when you've got a monthly folder full of daily spreadsheets, and they're all named with the month first, you pretty much are an idiot.

Fascinating stuff eh? Let's keep going..

Gambling - 21% of the gambling machines (pokies) in the world with only .33% of the population. People here gamble on anything and everything. Although, to be honest I've only heard about this phenomenon and not actually witnessed it first hand. There are two pubs in town with pokies and they're busy enough with people, but not overly so. Not anymore than we'd see at the slots near Peterborough. Although keep in mind, this is a country that has regular stat holidays for horse races. The Adelaide Cup was just two weeks ago. Don't ask me who won, probably a horse of some sort.

My Favourite Mug - A major difference that I've noticed between Canada and Australia is that in Canada, my favourite mug is a mug with a picture of famous movie monsters on it. In Australia, my favourite mug is a mug with a picture of a submarine on it. Interesting...

More Language
- Fun fact! Australians all pronounce 'aluminum' wrong. They say 'aluminium'. I think I've heard this before in Canada as well, so it's not just relegated to the land down under, but I find it amusing nonetheless. Now, if any Australians are reading this and you take offence, well, you shouldn't. I say plenty of stuff wrong. In fact it was just a few months ago that I learned how to spell calamari.

As a capper, here are some more Australian words we've learned;
1) bludger (someone who sits around doing nothing.... example, 'What did you do this weekend?', 'I bludged.').
2) dobber (a tattle tail or someone who gossips, I think just generally talking about people.... example, 'Quit dobbin'' on me!').
3) dole (government assistance or unemployment... can be used as a compound word to form 'dole bludger').
4) cacky handed (left-handed, my wife is cacky handed).
5) grotty (dirty or gross).
6) stroppy (angry or sore)

Now quit bludgin' and get your grotty face back to work, or I'll dob on ya' and the boss'll get stroppy.

UPDATE: I looked up the whole 'Aluminum' thing and it turns out WE are wrong! Well, both of us are wrong really but we as North Americans are wrong-er. The guy who discovered aluminum originally called it alumium, then he changed it to aluminum and then he finally settled on aluminium. So it's almost like a British/American thing similar to colour or doughnut. Well.... I'm glad I never called anybody out on it and made an ass of myself. Other than putting it on the internet.

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