Questions About Sydney Olympics

Here are some of the classic questions being asked of the Sydney
Olympic Committee via their Web site, and some answers that may
be appropriate.

* Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
(Face North and you should be about right)

* Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Australia? (Sweden)
(And accomplish what?)

* Do tents exist in Australia? (Germany)
(Yes, but only in sporting goods stores, peoples’ garages, and
most national parks…)

* Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? (France)
(Yes. At Christmas.)

* Are there places in Australia where you can make love
outdoors? (Italy)
(Yes. Outdoors.)

* Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
(Yes, except in America.)

* I hear that all Australian women are beautiful. Is that true
and if so, can you send me pictures of the available ones?
(Sure, there’s only 8 million of them)

* I want to go swimming at Bondi Beach on October 20th. Will I
turn blue? (Germany)
(More likely brown, considering the effluent…)

* Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain
on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)
(Upwards, out of the ground, like the person who asked this
question, who themselves will need watering if their IQ drops any

* Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
(Depends on how much beer you’ve consumed…)

* I plan to take some day trips during the Olympics. Which
direction should I drive – Perth to Darwin or Darwin to Perth –
to avoid driving with the sun in my eyes? (Germany)
(Excellent question, considering that the Olympics are being
held in Sydney.)

* I want to walk from Perth to Sydney for the Olympics – can I
follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
(Sure, it’s only seven thousand miles, so you’ll need to have
started about a year and a half ago to get there in time for the

* It is imperative that I find the names and addresses of places
to contact for a stuffed porpoise. (Italy)
(I’m not touching this one…)

* My client wants to take a steel pooper-scooper into Australia.
Will you let her in? (South Africa)
(Why? We do have toilet paper here…)

* Are there any ATMs in Australia? Can you send me a list of
them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
(No, and we use shells for money too)

* Where can I learn underwater welding in Australia? (Portugal)

* Do the camels in Australia have one hump or two? (UK)
(Depends if you get an ugly one or not…)

* Can I bring cutlery into Australia? (UK)
(Why bother? Use your fingers like the rest of us…)

* Do you have perfume in Australia? (France)
(No. Everybody stinks.)

* Can I drive to the Great Barrier Reef? (Germany)
(Sure, if your vehicle is amphibious.)

* Are there killer bees in Australia? (Germany)
(Not yet, but we’ll see what we can do when you get here.)

* Can you give me some information about hippo racing in
Australia? (USA)
(What’s this guy smoking, and where do I get some?)

* Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all
year round? (Germany)
(A blonde?)

* Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can
dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
(Rattlesnakes? There is only serum for the Funnel Web and
Red-Back Spiders. You will need to contend with White-Tail
Spiders, Brown, Tiger and Red-Belly Black snakes, sharks, Red
Kangaroos, Blue-ringed Octopuses and the 3am pub closing
time/taxi change-over)

* Can you send me the Vienna Boys’ Choir schedule? (USA)
(Americans have long had considerable trouble distinguishing
between Austria and Australia.)

* 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)
(Another blonde?)

* I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth.
Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia? (USA)
(From Liz Taylor, perhaps?)

* I was in Australia in 1969 on R+R, and I want to contact the
girl I dated while I was staying in Kings Cross. Can you help?