Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's the end of the world as we know it...

It's been really windy here. Seriously windy. They had to postpone the Australian Open for golf because things were being blown over and they couldn't play.  But that was a minor story here because everyone has been talking about the radio DJ's and their crazy prank.  Seems like everyone in the world is talking about it. My mom says it's amazing how much she hears about Australia since I've been living here but I think it's probably just because she's noticing more.  Remember the whole forgotten country thing.  Start paying attention and Australians are everywhere!

But now that there is a major story and everyone is talking about those crazy Australians.  I did not hear the radio program but they were talking about it immediately and bragging about it until the nurse unfortunately took her life.  The whole thing seems unfortunate.  It was the male DJ's second day on his dream job.  He pulls an amazingly epic prank and is on top of the world before everything comes crashing down and now he will probably have to find a new career.  But, Australians joke about everything.  Not just royal baby news.  They have a "don't take yourself too seriously" kind of attitude. 

Just last week the Prime Minister Julia Gillard taped an "end of the world" video address as a joke.  She got up and seriously predicted the end of the world due to the Mayan prediction to promote a radio show.  Watch it here  Seriously, this is a people who don't take themselves too seriously.  Gillard is the first female Prime Minister of Australia not to mention the first openly Atheist world leader and nobody seems to notice.  Can you imagine if President Obama tried to do something like this? 

So, my point is this "radio dj" story is a tragedy.  But, they didn't purposely mean to harm anyone.  You could live here for a week and know that.  For real, because that's all I've lived here and I could figure that out.  Australians are funny.  Even when it's not funny they are trying to be funny.  And if you know me at all you know that this is my favorite kind of comedy.  I think I'll probably like it here. 

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