For the non-australian amongst us... a bit of information as to why we are just sooooo funny...:
Oi ! - This was made popular by an Australian Football Leaguer (AFL) named Mark "Jacko" (or our "Whacko Jacko") Jackson. His use of this term was prolific, even it related to his 2 (what's another word for not quite a hit?) songs and his battery advertisements. He also appeared in a US made futuristic fugitive style TV series that the name escapes me at the moment...
Mate ! - A definite and distinctive adaption of Mother-England's term "Mate !". The US have "buddy" and "Pal". NZ (See reference "New home of the Acadamy Awards") also use Mate, as they long to be Australians...Just ask every good band or academy award winning actor that has come from there...
Their lame excuse for beer - granted, but at least it's alcoholically stronger that the majority of domestic beers in the US. As someone has already pointed out, we drink an extremely large amount of it for a small nation, but that has something to do with the trauma caused by Drop-Bears...
Koala's - These appear as sluggish as a three-toed sloth, but the buggers can move when there's a bushfire or prodding tourist. You also can't eat them, as they're poisonous - from all the eucalyptus leaves they eat They're male mating habits are extremely vicious, and I'm assuming that's how the drop bear legend became - they fall off sometimes while "doin' it"!
Kangaroo's - A scientist decades ago tried to prove that these animals couldn't possibly leave the ground mathematically, but fortunately, 'Roos can't do calculus. (they can count, just ask Skippy!). They share our national emblem with the Emu (and for all you "ooo" pronouncing types, it's pronounced "Eee'm'Youu"
Steve Irwin - Our favourite baby-dangler... He apparently got the way he is from his father. Crikey! He must've poked him up the clakker with a stick! Holy Smokes!
Flying Doctors - The TV series or the actual service? The service isn't that funny, as it's the most efficient travel method in regional and desert areas of Aus. Stop laughing....Now, OK?
Stupid soaps - granted, but you have to blame our younger population for their poor quality... but then again, how can we compare to the quality of something real and tangible as the goings on in "Days of Our Lives"?
It's a country created by criminals - you forgot "run by criminals, owned by criminals and will be eventually destroyed by criminals"... but that seems to be like every other in the world at the moment. The country was built essentially by people stealing bread to be sent anywhere else other than England. Some of them got good conditions, some got bad, and some died on the way here. Some of those criminals can now be found on our currency both past and present (does that include the Queen???)
The native people think the world was dreamt. - The "DreamTime" references are about how things came to be, not how they are now. You also must take into account that their folklore was pass on by mouth and images, not by writing. We all know how chinese whispers occurs and how bad some people are at pictionary, so go figure!
Other amusing features: We have both the largest proportion of the top tem most deadly snakes and most deadly spiders in the world, we have a former world No. 1 golfer nicknamed after an abundantly found shark in Aus waters, we nowadays eat Kangaroo meat, we invented the Hills' Hoist clothes line, we have tourist attractions that are simply "Big" things (the Big Sheep, the Big Banana, the Big Prawn, etc) and we are not in any way close to being the example of us being set by our Prime Minister, John Howard!
Any other Aussies want to add or correct my list, please do so...
Cheers, mate! Oi! you an' ya Sheila upfra barbi next weekend? I'l bring the VB's!