I know New Yorkers often get justifiably impatient and acerbic with some of the imponderable questions asked by visitors to this forum, so I thought I would share with you some genuine questions and answers from an Australian tourist website. I wish I could provide a link to this, but I received it from my daughter's office in an e-mail so I can't do it. Glad to see responses as witty a as those often seen here. Hope I started your weekend with a chuckle or two.....
Q - I have never seen it rain on TV in Australia. How do the plants grow? (UK)
A- We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.
Q- Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A - Depends on how much you have been drinking
Q- I want to walk from Perth to Sydney -- can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A- Sure, it's only 3,000 miles, take lots of water
Q - Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns,Townsville and Hervey Bay (UK)
A - What did your last slave die of?
Q- Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? (USA)
A - A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not.....Oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked.
Q - Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
A - Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.
Q- Can I bring cutlery into Australia? (UK)
A- Why? Just use your fingers like we do...
Q - Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)
A - Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is... Oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys' Choir sings every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
Q - Can I wear high heels in Australia? (UK)
A - You are a British politician, right?
Q - Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round ? (Germany)
A - No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.
Q - Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A - Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where you come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets.
Q - I have a question about a famous animal in Australia, but I forget its name. It's a kind of bear and lives in trees. (USA)
A- It's called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.
Q - I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia? (USA)
A - Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
Q - Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? (France)
A - Only at Christmas
Q - Will I be able to speak English most places I go ? (USA)
A - Yes, but you'll have to learn it first