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Everything you always wanted to know about Australia, but were too smart to ask: A site full of the dumbest questions and best comebacks you'll ever hear on the topic of travel in Australia. These supposedly were questions posted by real potential visitors on an Aussie tourism Web site, and answered by good-humored officials.

A few of my favorites:

Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street?
A: Depends how much you've been drinking.

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in
Australia?
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?
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 you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule?
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which
is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday
night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

These remind me of a travel agent I spoke with a while back, who said she wished she had a nickel for every U.S. citizen who asked her if they needed a passport to go to New Mexico!

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Everything you always wanted to know about Australia, but were too smart to ask: A site full of the dumbest questions and best comebacks you'll ever hear on the topic of travel in Australia. These supposedly were questions posted by real potential visitors on an Aussie tourism Web site, and answered by good-humored officials.

A few of my favorites:

Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street?
A: Depends how much you've been drinking.

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in
Australia?
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?
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 you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule?
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which
is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday
night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

These remind me of a travel agent I spoke with a while back, who said she wished she had a nickel for every U.S. citizen who asked her if they needed a passport to go to New Mexico!

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