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2012-06-27 08:07:58 AM  
Thing Number Nine -- they talk funny down in Oz. WTF is a digereedo, eh?
 
2012-06-27 08:08:17 AM  
Well, obviously; the Canadians don't come from a land down under, where women roll and men thunder.

/ they better run, they better take cover
 
2012-06-27 08:11:01 AM  
I'm not entirely sure I'd be claiming "the food is too damn plentiful and cheap!" as a negative.
 
2012-06-27 08:15:51 AM  
8. Better Value on Mobile Phone Services - This one surprised me the most

You're not kidding. Wha???
 
2012-06-27 08:15:58 AM  

MAYORBOB: Thing Number Nine -- they talk funny down in Oz. WTF is a digereedo, eh?


It's a tube that you blow a raspberry into, and it makes a cool buzzing sound.

/Second best didg player in my town.
 
2012-06-27 08:16:01 AM  
7. Universal Healthcare

Australia's publicly funded healthcare system is routinely ranked as one of the best in the world [PDF]. Getting treatment under Medicare in Australia might involve long waiting periods, but the whole point of universal healthcare is that it's accessible to everyone. Canada also has universal healthcare, as do some European and South American countries. But you're out of luck in China or the US. I've heard enough horror stories about Americans who couldn't afford private health insurance being left to die, so I'm grateful for the system we have in Australia, as flawed as it may be.


See? That's the kind of miss information that give U S America healthcare a bad name. That's just Darwinism. If you are too stupid to live, you gotta die.

In the U S America healthcare system, getting free healthcare is incredibly easy. Just walk in to any Emergency Room with your ouchie, gunshot wound or pending overdose. Tell the nice lady at the counter that you need a doctor and give her a fake name. Doesn't even have to be a fake sounding name. If asked, tell them you don't have any identification.

You will get a world class treatment by top notch foreign doctors who will use a lot of nonrenewable resources on you. You can then walk out, knowing that Mister Fake of 1234 Loser Street will be getting the bill.

And when the Hospital and collection agency can't find Mister Fake, they'll just pass your expenses on to the next guy who has health insurance or cash. You aren't paying $600 for a bandage, Mister Freakstorm. You are paying for Mr. Fake's stitches and Mrs. Justmakeupaname's emergency D and C.

See? We already have socialized medicine.
 
2012-06-27 08:17:25 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

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2012-06-27 08:18:11 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: See? We already have socialized medicine.


So what you are saying is that it won't be any cheaper under any other system? Duly noted.
 
2012-06-27 08:21:00 AM  
Our money looks similar to theirs now.

www.610cktb.com
 
2012-06-27 08:21:41 AM  
Number 7 doesn't really look like a difference.
 
2012-06-27 08:22:01 AM  
9. Your accent gets the American chicks. From the comic Luann to Hawaii, your accent makes the ladies shiver and shake. I had the absolute honor to wingman for a couple of Aussie soldiers once and their throwaways were keepers. All they had to do was ask a lady a question and panties flew off. "Ay, Ahm new to yer land 'n ah a-wonderin' if you could give a lad a pointer on yer beers. What would yew suggest a thirsty bloke should order, adinka?"
 
2012-06-27 08:23:06 AM  

Gunther: I'm not entirely sure I'd be claiming "the food is too damn plentiful and cheap!" as a negative.


When it comes to things to complain about, I certainly wouldn't include cheap and plentiful food either. Some people are just weird I guess.


Harry Freakstorm: 7. Universal Healthcare

... I've heard enough horror stories about Americans who couldn't afford private health insurance being left to die, so I'm grateful for the system we have in Australia, as flawed as it may be.

See? That's the kind of miss information that give U S America healthcare a bad name. That's just Darwinism. If you are too stupid to live, you gotta die.

In the U S America healthcare system, getting free healthcare is incredibly easy. Just walk in to any Emergency Room with your ouchie, gunshot wound or pending overdose. Tell the nice lady at the counter that you need a doctor and give her a fake name. Doesn't even have to be a fake sounding name. If asked, tell them you don't have any identification.

You will get a world class treatment by top notch foreign doctors who will use a lot of nonrenewable resources on you. You can then walk out, knowing that Mister Fake of 1234 Loser Street will be getting the bill.

And when the Hospital and collection agency can't find Mister Fake, they'll just pass your expenses on to the next guy who has health insurance or cash. You aren't paying $600 for a bandage, Mister Freakstorm. You are paying for Mr. Fake's stitches and Mrs. Justmakeupaname's emergency D and C.

See? We already have socialized medicine.



Tell that to the guy with the uber testicular packaging, the one who has to wear a hoodie instead of pants. Seems he could do with some medical care.

We don't just hear the horror stories, we see them.
 
2012-06-27 08:23:23 AM  

thisispete: [upload.wikimedia.org image 287x240]

[upload.wikimedia.org image 313x240]


Alright, alright you win. I see you've played knifey-spoony before.
 
2012-06-27 08:23:25 AM  
every time someone starts talking about Australia and the outback i think of this.

dakkster.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-27 08:24:39 AM  
One thing that surprised me: The sheep in New South Wales *WEREN'T* actually as big as whales, nor did they have leather necks, daggy tails, or hides as tough as rusty nails.
 
2012-06-27 08:24:53 AM  
One thing I've never understood about the whole "everything in Australia will kill you" meme is that its usually perpetuated by North Americans who have bear and cougars and wolves etc who will actually go out of their way to hunt you if they're in a bind. Over here, you might get killed incidentally, but over there you get HUNTED DOWN. Why the fark are you guys worried about a little snake when a farking bear can fell you in one swipe?
 
2012-06-27 08:27:00 AM  

katerbug72: Our money looks similar to theirs now.

[www.610cktb.com image 580x396]


Aw, you changed your banknotes? Pity you can't have Spock on your $5 bill any more.

/Kiwi
//We have the same kind of polymer notes
 
2012-06-27 08:27:07 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: 9. Your accent gets the American chicks. From the comic Luann to Hawaii, your accent makes the ladies shiver and shake. I had the absolute honor to wingman for a couple of Aussie soldiers once and their throwaways were keepers. All they had to do was ask a lady a question and panties flew off. "Ay, Ahm new to yer land 'n ah a-wonderin' if you could give a lad a pointer on yer beers. What would yew suggest a thirsty bloke should order, adinka?"


Come to Australia, and watch the roles reverse....
 
2012-06-27 08:27:39 AM  

SJKebab: One thing I've never understood about the whole "everything in Australia will kill you" meme is that its usually perpetuated by North Americans who have bear and cougars and wolves etc who will actually go out of their way to hunt you if they're in a bind. Over here, you might get killed incidentally, but over there you get HUNTED DOWN. Why the fark are you guys worried about a little snake when a farking bear can fell you in one swipe?


Because the bear isn't hiding in my shoe?
 
2012-06-27 08:29:25 AM  

SJKebab: One thing I've never understood about the whole "everything in Australia will kill you" meme is that its usually perpetuated by North Americans who have bear and cougars and wolves etc who will actually go out of their way to hunt you if they're in a bind. Over here, you might get killed incidentally, but over there you get HUNTED DOWN. Why the fark are you guys worried about a little snake when a farking bear can fell you in one swipe?


because our animals are easily scared off by noises. over there your animals work on stealth. we wouldn't know when to make noises. assassins if you will. your godless heathen animals hunt in the night and everything over there is poisonous.
 
2012-06-27 08:29:58 AM  
At least Canada didn't give us Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 
2012-06-27 08:31:17 AM  

thisispete: /Kiwi
//We have the same kind of polymer notes


fun fact rarely shared with fark - This is actually my great great koro (grand dad).

johnansell.files.wordpress.com

/papa api's we call 'em
 
2012-06-27 08:32:55 AM  

SJKebab: thisispete: /Kiwi
//We have the same kind of polymer notes

fun fact rarely shared with fark - This is actually my great great koro (grand dad).

[johnansell.files.wordpress.com image 640x307]

/papa api's we call 'em


I'm impressed. He was a great man.
 
2012-06-27 08:32:59 AM  

SJKebab: 8. Better Value on Mobile Phone Services - This one surprised me the most

You're not kidding. Wha???


Canadian mobile services are ridiculous. Even worse is our Internet. One group made the point that if you go over your bandwidth cap and want to watch a movie, it would be cheaper per GB to have the data loaded onto a solid-state hard drive, courier it across the country, then throw out the drive than to pay the big ISPs' ludicrous overage charges.
 
2012-06-27 08:35:33 AM  
So Australia is the most advanced county when it comes to cell phones because of the new galaxy s III? This guy is an idiot.
 
2012-06-27 08:36:19 AM  

angrycrank: SJKebab: One thing I've never understood about the whole "everything in Australia will kill you" meme is that its usually perpetuated by North Americans who have bear and cougars and wolves etc who will actually go out of their way to hunt you if they're in a bind. Over here, you might get killed incidentally, but over there you get HUNTED DOWN. Why the fark are you guys worried about a little snake when a farking bear can fell you in one swipe?

Because the bear isn't hiding in my shoe?


ROFL. I was of the same mind as SJKebab, sure we have some spiders and snakes here in Australia but wtf are they compared to freakin' BEARS!
But yeah, bears don't get to hide in your shoe.

On the other hand, you can't squish a bear with your shoe either.
 
2012-06-27 08:36:25 AM  
I live in Ontario and the grocery stores I shop at show the same price per unit comparison.

I also don't fully understand their BPAY argument. You can still set up your bill payments online through your banking website. You can set up autopayments on them too. You can also add a personal payee to your bill payments, you just need the banking info. So you could technically pay your landlord through your banking website in the same way.

Oh and having lived in Canada my whole life, I agree with her argument about taxes. Just include it in the price and we'll all be happier.
 
2012-06-27 08:43:55 AM  

Nidiot: angrycrank: SJKebab: One thing I've never understood about the whole "everything in Australia will kill you" meme is that its usually perpetuated by North Americans who have bear and cougars and wolves etc who will actually go out of their way to hunt you if they're in a bind. Over here, you might get killed incidentally, but over there you get HUNTED DOWN. Why the fark are you guys worried about a little snake when a farking bear can fell you in one swipe?

Because the bear isn't hiding in my shoe?

ROFL. I was of the same mind as SJKebab, sure we have some spiders and snakes here in Australia but wtf are they compared to freakin' BEARS!
But yeah, bears don't get to hide in your shoe.

On the other hand, you can't squish a bear with your shoe either.


Yeah, any country (Canada) where you can just buy bear spray is a country with issues.

Of course, I grew up in Florida, and you can buy snake bite kits just about everywhere down there. This fact horrified my Canadian wife as much as the prevalence of bear spray horrifies me.
 
2012-06-27 08:43:56 AM  
As a Canadian...
I agree with everything on this list.
 
2012-06-27 08:49:54 AM  
Nidiot
Tell that to the guy with the uber testicular packaging, the one who has to wear a hoodie instead of pants. Seems he could do with some medical care.


Didn't he turn down a free operation because his huge nightmare causing I-will-never-touch-myself-again testes made him famous? Sorry, sir. I'm not gonna Google it and see those photos.

Nightmares returning. Gonna have that one where Harry is stuck in his Miata because his testicles grew while he was driving.
 
2012-06-27 08:51:27 AM  

reillan: At least Canada didn't give us Arnold Schwarzenegger.


i0.kym-cdn.com

/hot
 
2012-06-27 08:54:34 AM  

thisispete: I'm impressed. He was a great man.


Indeed he was.

Nidiot: But yeah, bears don't get to hide in your shoe.

On the other hand, you can't squish a bear with your shoe either.


What he said.
 
2012-06-27 08:58:34 AM  
#9 Australia is filled with criminals and Canada is full of French people?

/got nothin
 
2012-06-27 08:59:21 AM  

ModernLuddite:
Yeah, any country (Canada) where you can just buy bear spray is a country with issues.

Of course, I grew up in Florida, and you can buy snake bite kits just about everywhere down there. This fact horrified my Canadian wife as much as the prevalence of bear spray horrifies me.


Not terribly comforted by the thought that the only thing I have as a defence against bears is "bear spray". Figuring that if a bear is close enough for me to have to pepper spray it in the face then it is probably too close for comfort, I did a little googling...

...and I found this gem:

"In most cases a grizzly bear will run away even after they have knocked a person down and mauled them."


So nice to know that the bear is likely to run away after I have been mauled, I guess I am just fussy in not wanting to be mauled in the first place.
 
2012-06-27 08:59:40 AM  

SJKebab: One thing I've never understood about the whole "everything in Australia will kill you" meme is that its usually perpetuated by North Americans who have bear and cougars and wolves etc who will actually go out of their way to hunt you if they're in a bind. Over here, you might get killed incidentally, but over there you get HUNTED DOWN. Why the fark are you guys worried about a little snake when a farking bear can fell you in one swipe?


Because North American animals rarely go near human habitation.

The Sydney funnel web spider can go farking anywhere.
 
2012-06-27 09:01:20 AM  

gravebayne2: your godless heathen animals hunt in the night and everything over there is poisonous venomous.


FTFY.

/small peeve: Poisonous means it's not safe to eat. Venomous means it's not safe to bite you.
 
2012-06-27 09:03:35 AM  

Jim.Casy: #9 Australia is filled with criminals and Canada is full of French people?

/got nothin


Interesting dilemma.
 
2012-06-27 09:03:50 AM  

Bedstead Polisher: I live in Ontario and the grocery stores I shop at show the same price per unit comparison.

I also don't fully understand their BPAY argument. You can still set up your bill payments online through your banking website. You can set up autopayments on them too. You can also add a personal payee to your bill payments, you just need the banking info. So you could technically pay your landlord through your banking website in the same way.



You can send an Interac payment in Canada to anyone with an email address. I use the service frequently and the fee is $1.50. I do use it to pay rent to the landlord, as well as transfer funds to my son. I liked the Visa ATM card that I used while living in the USA and would appreciate having the same service in Canada. However, Canadian bank cards that are part of the Cirrus system (for example) can be used in the USA and many other countries. The author of the article clearly didn't understand what banking services are available.

Nidiot: On the other hand, you can't squish a bear with your shoe either.


Sure you can - just hope they don't notice while the deed is underway. In any event, get them really young while the mother isn't looking and it won't take too much squishing.
 
2012-06-27 09:03:53 AM  

angrycrank: SJKebab: 8. Better Value on Mobile Phone Services - This one surprised me the most

You're not kidding. Wha???

Canadian mobile services are ridiculous. Even worse is our Internet. One group made the point that if you go over your bandwidth cap and want to watch a movie, it would be cheaper per GB to have the data loaded onto a solid-state hard drive, courier it across the country, then throw out the drive than to pay the big ISPs' ludicrous overage charges.


Only if you're too stupid not to switch from Bell, Rogers, or Shaw. Check out Teksavvy.
 
2012-06-27 09:05:28 AM  

dittybopper: Jim.Casy: #9 Australia is filled with criminals and Canada is full of French people?

/got nothin

Interesting dilemma.


I bet your Aussie criminals are more polite than our Frenchies, who make Americans seem gracious and sagacious. Trade ya.
 
2012-06-27 09:11:31 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: angrycrank: SJKebab: 8. Better Value on Mobile Phone Services - This one surprised me the most

You're not kidding. Wha???

Canadian mobile services are ridiculous. Even worse is our Internet. One group made the point that if you go over your bandwidth cap and want to watch a movie, it would be cheaper per GB to have the data loaded onto a solid-state hard drive, courier it across the country, then throw out the drive than to pay the big ISPs' ludicrous overage charges.

Only if you're too stupid not to switch from Bell, Rogers, or Shaw. Check out Teksavvy.


Yeah, I'm not sure what he's babbling about either. I'm with CIA/3Web (Distributel). Rogers back bone 20/1 speeds, no bit cap, $37 a month (gold plan) (they offer DSL/dry/cable and VOIP). If you get soaked because you're with one of the mainstream providers you deserve it.
 
2012-06-27 09:12:18 AM  

Ishkur: Because North American animals rarely go near human habitation.

The Sydney funnel web spider can go farking anywhere.


Black widow, brown recluse, hobo...your arguement is invalid.
 
2012-06-27 09:16:34 AM  
That article should have been titled, "Eight things I haven't figured out how to do yet in my new country."

1. Get a chequing account and use the online bill payment to handle my utilities and student loans.
2. Learn how to use a credit card, and shop at stores that aren't actively trying to scam me.
3. Eat at a restaurant. (What the hell is this guy's problem?)
4. Buy cheap food and cook for 2 without wasting too much of it. (I'm starting to worry about this dude bloke. Get an MRI just in case, is my advice.)
5. Find a store with unit pricing, or find the small print showing the per 100mL price...
6. Add 15% to prices... not too hard.
7. This one is moot. Couldn't think of 8 things, I guess.
8. This guy needs to learn to use a landline again I suppose. Can't argue with the fact that Canada has some of the world's worst mobile phone service.

If we had a good cell phone market with competitive prices, we'd be the world's greatest country for sure... like Sweden with redheads (we have lots of scots/irish immigants) or Finland without all the suicides.
 
2012-06-27 09:17:57 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: Nidiot
Tell that to the guy with the uber testicular packaging, the one who has to wear a hoodie instead of pants. Seems he could do with some medical care.

Didn't he turn down a free operation because his huge nightmare causing I-will-never-touch-myself-again testes made him famous? Sorry, sir. I'm not gonna Google it and see those photos.

Nightmares returning. Gonna have that one where Harry is stuck in his Miata because his testicles grew while he was driving.



He did turn down a free op because the contract involved meant he'd sign away all rights to his story, and he probably figured he should get at least some profit from his peculiar misery.

But in the original thread I asked, if your scrotum was on the way to growing to the size of a prize-winning pumpkin, wouldn't you see a doctor about it before it got to such a state as his was in, the reply was that he probably didn't have insurance. After all it isn't like he woke up one morning and there it was, some wayward beanbag just there in between his legs. Now to my little brain it would seem that the ideal situation would be that he would seek medical attention when his package started to inflate, which might mean it could have been fixed much earlier when it might have been a less risky and expensive procedure. Making medical care something that is difficult to access doesn't seem like a sound plan in the long run to me.
 
2012-06-27 09:19:09 AM  

Odd Bird: Black widow, brown recluse, hobo...your arguement is invalid.


One of the advantages of living in Canada.

/Oh, they do live up here. Just not in any way that would be statistically significant. Can't recall the last time anyone even saw a black widow, much less was bit by one
//the bears probably scared them off
 
2012-06-27 09:22:06 AM  

thisispete: katerbug72: Our money looks similar to theirs now.

[www.610cktb.com image 580x396]

Aw, you changed your banknotes? Pity you can't have Spock on your $5 bill any more.

/Kiwi
//We have the same kind of polymer notes


The five hasn't changed over yet. You can still draw on it. :)
 
2012-06-27 09:29:13 AM  

Bedstead Polisher: I live in Ontario and the grocery stores I shop at show the same price per unit comparison.

I also don't fully understand their BPAY argument. You can still set up your bill payments online through your banking website. You can set up autopayments on them too. You can also add a personal payee to your bill payments, you just need the banking info. So you could technically pay your landlord through your banking website in the same way.

Oh and having lived in Canada my whole life, I agree with her argument about taxes. Just include it in the price and we'll all be happier.


Same thing here in Quebec for the price per unit in supermarkets I go to.

But I do not want the tax being included in the prices in stores, I want people to realise the amount they sent to the government.
 
2012-06-27 09:31:57 AM  
Meanwhile in Canada....
www.tundracomics.com
 
2012-06-27 09:34:04 AM  

Ishkur: Because North American animals rarely go near human habitation.

The Sydney funnel web spider can go farking anywhere.



If you had a choice between being locked in a room with a Sydney funnel web spider, or being locked in a room with a bear, which would you choose?


/there have been no fatalities due to funnel web bites since the introduction of the antivenin
 
2012-06-27 09:40:33 AM  

gravebayne2: SJKebab: One thing I've never understood about the whole "everything in Australia will kill you" meme is that its usually perpetuated by North Americans who have bear and cougars and wolves etc who will actually go out of their way to hunt you if they're in a bind. Over here, you might get killed incidentally, but over there you get HUNTED DOWN. Why the fark are you guys worried about a little snake when a farking bear can fell you in one swipe?

because our animals are easily scared off by noises. over there your animals work on stealth. we wouldn't know when to make noises. assassins if you will. your godless heathen animals hunt in the night and everything over there is poisonous.


And dingos eat babby!!!
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