7 Dumb Myths About Australia You Probably Believe

Australians have come to be known for many stereotypical things: throwing another shrimp on the barbie, binge drinking Fosters, and celebrating their convict ancestors. While some parts of the Australians’ reputation are rooted in fact, many are outdated and misleading. Read on to discover the truth about 7 dumb myths you probably believe about Australia.

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It’s All a Desert Wasteland

Although the Outback makes up the largest part of the Australian landmass, it isn’t the only ecosystem on the island. Australia is full of tropical rainforests, mountain ranges, and coastal areas. The bulk of Australia’s population is concentrated in the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth, but there are over 600,000 people that call the vast desert area in the center of Australia home. Many of the inhabitants of the Outback are Indigenous Australians, who have lived in this area for centuries and make huge sacrifices in order to raise their family in their ancestral home.

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All of Their Ancestors Were Convicts

When the first settlers arrived in the 18th century, the found a land populated with Indigenous Australians: a group of people who survived by hunting and gathering. Now, 2.4% of the Australian population self-identifies as “Indigenous.” The majority trace their ancestors back to settlement groups from England, who began settling the land in 1783. Although some of the settlers were shipped over from England in convict transports, many of them were intrepid explorers who settled in a new land of their own free will.

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They All Drink All the Time

This may have been true… in 1831. Many of the first convict settlers in Australia were paid with rum, which was not really that unusual at the time. The water may not have been safe to drink, so the settlers drank either ale, wine, or pure spirits. In the 1830s, Australians drank about 4 gallons of alcohol per person per year. Now, Australians each drink about 3 gallons of alcohol a year, only slightly higher than the worldwide average.

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Styles of Wrestling from Around the World

Most of us are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This brand rose in popularity within the 1980s, thanks to the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who placed wrestling on the pop culture map. As time wore on, the WWE has built a mass marketing and entertainment empire through their larger-than-life personalities, including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. Still, why some out there can state the WWE does profile some wrestling, it is a far cry from the true techniques that are involved in the sport itself.

Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.