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South Africa coloring pages

Coloring pages of South Africa. South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent.  Here you will find coloring sheets of South African animals, maps. flags and people, and symbols like the national tree - Real yellowwood, the national Bird - Blue crane, the national fish - Galjoen, the national flower - King protea and the national animal - Springbuck. The coloring pages of South Africa should be painted in bright, happy and vibrant colors because it is so rich in colors and nature and the diversity between animals, cultures and topography. On this page you will find a great opportunity to paint the coloring pages of South Africa as you wish. Coloring pages of South Africa flag, South Africa map, South Africa symbols, nature, animals and people. Fun coloring!
Choose the coloring page of South Africa you want to paint, print and paint for your enjoyment. To print the page you would like to color, click on page and then click Ctrl+P. Have fun!
PS- To save paper and help our planet, you can print on used pages, on the blank side ♥
south africa coloring page animals
Giraffe, rhino, pelican and zebra
south africa coloring pages animals for kids
South Africa coloring pages animals Suricata
south africa coloring sheets kids flag
South Africa flag
south africa coloring pages flag heart
South African girl and boy
Zulu tribe people South Africa coloring pages
Zulu people
South Africa zulu tribal people coloring page
South African tribal

Some interesting facts about South Africa:

Johannesburg is the largest city in the country. It has been completely rebuilt four times.

South Africa is the largest producer of macadamia nuts in the world.

The first human heart transplant took place at a Cape Town hospital in 1967.

It is estimated that there are about 3,000 shipwrecks off the coast of South Africa.

Hotels in South Africa - In South Africa there are 71,300 hotel rooms for rent.

South Africa is the only country in the world where two Nobel laureates have come from the same street: Vilakazi Street in the heart of the town of Soweto where two South African leaders lived; Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

Route 62, Western Cape, is the longest wine route in the world: It is 850 kilometers long and leads from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and along its length you will see vineyards and wineries and nice villages where you can stop and drink wine.

If you want to bungy jump in one of the highest places in the world, drive to the Bloukrans Bridge, where there is a 216 meter high bungy jump site.

There are eight amazing world heritage sites in South Africa.

About 20% of the world's gold is mined in South Africa.

Mauritius Independence Day - March 12

On March 12, Mauritius, an island nation in the southwestern Indian Ocean belonging to African countries, celebrates its independence from Britain in 1968.
Mauritius flag
Here are some interesting fun facts about Mauritius:

Mauritius is home to about 1.2 million people and its capital city is Port Louis, home to about 150,000 residents.

Mauritius is a country with a democratic regime and its official language is English. Other languages ​​spoken by the residents: French and Creole.

Mauritius today is a stable and prosperous country in terms of tourism.

The national animal: legendary extinct Dodo.

The area of ​​Mauritius is 2,040 square kilometers, and it has a coastline about 150 km long, all of which are stunning white sandy beaches.

Mauritius has picturesque towns and villages, ancient military ruins and spectacular waterfalls.

The island of Mauritius is a volcanic island. It was formed by volcanic activity more than 8 million years ago.

The highest mountain on the island is the "peak of the Little Black River", the piton de la petite riviere noire, and is 828 meters high.

Mauritius is the most densely populated country on the African continent and also one of the most prosperous and rich countries on the continent.

Things to do in Mauritius 
Visit the Caudan Waterfront, the main shopping and entertainment center in Port Louis (link).
Visit the Post Museum, where you can see the famous "Blue Mauritius" stamp, which is the first stamp printed in Mauritius in 1847. The stamp shows Queen Victoria on a blue background.
Visit the "Seven Coloured Earths" in the village of Chamarel, a place where there are sand dunes in seven different colors: red, brown, purple, green, blue and yellow. It is an attraction that attracts many tourists, located in the Chamarel Plain, River Noir district, southwest of Mauritius.
Visit the La Moran Peninsula southwest of Mauritius and watch the breathtaking scenery. Climb the basalt cliff Le Morne Brabant. The cliff rises to a height of 556 meters. Between the 17th and early 19th centuries there were escaped slaves found on the island and on a hiding cliff on the caves in the secluded and inaccessible mountain.
Go to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden: Explore the tropical gardens, see the giant water lilies and pet the giant turtles.

Swim with dolphins in Tamarin Bay.
Visit the fishing village of Cap Malheureux in the north of the island.
Visit Hindu temples: Hinduism is the main religion on the island with almost half of the population of Mauritius belonging to this religion.
And sleep in a stunning turquoise seafront hotel (Link)

March 12 is also Plant a Flower Day

March 1st Independence Movement Day in South Korea - March 1

The March 1 (3-1) movement was one of the first Korean resistance movements against Japanese rule over them from 1910 to 1919. The movement's name refers to an event that took place on March 1, 1919, hence the name of the movement, which means "Movement Three- One "or "March First Movement" in Korean.
This day is a public holiday (in Korean the holiday is called: 삼일절). This is a day off for the entire population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
The movement was formerly called the Sam-il Movement and arose in response to the colonial occupation of the Japanese Empire.
In a speech delivered by American President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in January 1919, he defined "fourteen points" outlining the right to national self-determination. Korean students studying in Tokyo issued a statement following the speech demanding freedom from colonial rule.

Events of March 1, 1919:
At 14:00, 33 activists who founded the Sam-il movement gathered at the Taehwagwan restaurant in Seoul. They read aloud the Korean Declaration of Independence designed by historian  Choe Nam-seon:
"We hereby declare the independence of Korea and the freedom of the Korean people. We hereby declare all the nations of the world as a testimony to human equality. We hereby declare our descendants so that they can enjoy forever their inherent right in the country.
As much as this declaration stems from a history of five thousand years, as much as it stems from the loyalty of twenty million people, as much as it affirms our longing for the advancement of eternal freedom, it expresses our desire to take part in the excellent global reform of the human conscience. , And just action necessary for the coexistence of all mankind. Therefore, no force in this world can block or suppress it! "
After the announcement, they called the Central Police Station to inform them of their actions and were publicly arrested.
At that time, 14:00, and on the same day, crowds gathered in Pagoda Park to hear student Chong Zhang, reading the same statement in public. The activists then gathered for a peaceful procession, which the Japanese military police tried to suppress. Other special representatives related to the movement read aloud copies of the declaration of independence in various places around the country.

As the processions continued to grow, the Japanese military police could not control the crowd. Frightened Japanese officials called on military forces to calm the crowd, including naval forces. As public protests continued to grow, the repression became violent, resulting in the brutal assassination of many Koreans by the Japanese regime.
About 2,000,000 Koreans took part in the demonstrations. Several thousand were massacred by the Japanese regime. Tens of thousands were injured and tens of thousands more Koreans were arrested by the regime. Some of the arrested protesters were publicly executed.
In 1920, a Chunganari battle broke out in Manchuria between exiled Korean independence fighters and the Japanese army.
On May 24, 1949, South Korea declared March 1 a national holiday. General Chu Hong-hoi dedicated the first movement of martial arts taekwondo among the black belts to the Sam-il teul movement.
South Korea was liberated from Japanese rule only at the end of World War II, in 1945, when the United States defeated Japan.

March 1 is also Pig Day Women of Color Day and Compliment Day

Grenada Independence Day- February 7

Today is the Anniversary of Grenada's independence from Britain.
In honor of the holiday the people of Grenada wear red, green and gold, and wave flags. Calypso and Soca music plays everywhere. Folk dances and military parades fill the streets.
Grenada is an island nation in the Caribbean located south of the Gulf of Mexico in the Atlantic Ocean.
Grenada is called the "Spice Island" thanks to the fact that it is a leading producer of some of the most beloved spices in the world: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, Jamaican pepper and citrus peels. Grenada is the second largest producer of nutmeg in the world. There's even a picture of a nutmeg on the flag of Grenada 
Grenada is a small country with an area of 344 square kilometers (134.6 sq mi). It has a total of about 111,000 inhabitants, as of July 2017.
Hotel in Grenada

Not much is known about the early history of the island of Grenada . Before Christopher Columbus came to it in 1498 it was inhabited by Indians of the Caribbean tribe. Columbus gave Grenada  the name "Concepción" (Spanish: Concepción), and the name Grenada was later given to it by Spanish sailors who probably came from the city of Granada in Spain. In the 18th century the name "Grenada" became the official name of the country.
The Europeans were in no hurry to settle on the island for over a hundred years after discovering it, because of the Caribbean Indian tribes who were warriors and cannibals. In 1650 the French shipping company of the cardinal Richelieu purchased the island and established a European settlement there, after many wars with the Indians and bringing an army from the island of Martinique as reinforcements. The French established the city of Fort Royal which today is the capital of the island, St. George's.
In 1762 Britain conquered the island from the French during the Seven Years' War.
Until 1782 the island's economy was based on growing sugarcane done by forced labor of slaves. In 1782, botanist Joseph Banks discovered that the soil and climatic conditions in Grenada were ideal for growing nutmeg. The demand for this nut was very large in the European and American markets and established the economic status of the island. In 1834, as part of the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire, slavery in Grenada was also outlawed.
On 7 February 1974, Grenada gained full political independence from Britain. It joined the Commonwealth of Independent States and adopted the model of the constitutional monarchy. The head of state of Grenada is the British Queen Elizabeth II.
In Grenada there is significant negative migration. 50% of its population are under 30 years old.
The origin of most of the inhabitants of Grenada is Africa. The official language of the country is English, and the other languages ​​spoken there are Creole, French and Patua. The dominant religion in the country is Christianity.
If you want to travel in Grenada, you will need to get to Maurice Bishop International Airport or its port. The city of St. George's is one of the most picturesque and beautiful cities in the Caribbean. St. George's Harbor is a harbor with a magical and picturesque view of the city built on hills. It has a modern wharf of cruise ships, a market and a promenade with plenty of shops and restaurants. The residents are kind and welcome the tourists cordially. The beaches of Grenada are quiet, clear and clean. Grenada is a paradise for diving enthusiasts - it has coral reefs, a sunken ship and an underwater sculpture garden. The sunken ship is the "Bianca", a holiday ship that burned and sank in 196 near the coast. Today it is home to giant sea turtles, eels and barracuda.
Grenada has beautiful waterfalls, parks and lakes and an abundance of interesting birds.

Sri Lanka's Independence Day - February 4th

Sri Lanka's Independence Day, also called Sri Lanka's National Day, is a national holiday of Sri Lanka celebrated annually on February 4 to mark the country's political independence from British rule in 1948. It is celebrated all over the country through a flag-raising ceremony, dances, parades and performances. The main celebration usually takes place in the capital city of Colombo, where the president waves the national flag and delivers a national television speech. The main celebration takes place in the center of Colombo at the Navam Perahera Festival where the traditional art performances of Sri Lanka are held.
In the history of Sri Lanka many struggles have taken place and on Independence Day all of these are remembered and celebrated. But the independence movement against the British is especially mentioned.

In the President's speech, he emphasizes the achievements of the government over the past year, raises important issues and calls for the further development of the country. As a tribute to the national heroes of Sri Lanka who fought and gave their lives for the country, the President is holding two minutes of silence in their memory.
The Sri Lankans are celebrating their Independence Day with great pride. In many places of worship around the country, religious prayers and ceremonies are held for peace and prosperity for the country, the people and the forces of the army, the police and the civil defense. The national media tries to promote ideas like heroism, security, dedication, national unity, patriotism, nationalism, peace, national responsibility and awareness of national history in people’s minds.

In honor of Sri Lanka's Independence Day, here are some interesting facts about it:

Sri Lanka is an island nation located southeast of India in the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka is also known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" and the "tear of India". These beautiful names were given to it both because of its amazing natural beauty, the extraordinary biodiversity and precious gems that are in it, and also because the island has the shape of a tear and when looking at the map it looks like the island is a drop of tear flowing under India.
Sri Lanka is home to the oldest tree in the world planted by humans. The oldest tree planted by man is in Anuradhapura, one of the oldest cities in Sri Lanka and the world. This is a 2,300-year-old sacred ficus tree called Jahah Sri Maa Bodhi. The tree was planted in 236 BC. His mother tree is the famous Buddha tree in Bod Gaia in India under which Buddha attained enlightenment while meditating.
Jetavanaramaya Stupa, an ancient structure built in the third century AD and located in Anauradapura
In Sri Lanka a large variety of animals
Sri Lanka covers an area of only 65,610 square kilometers and has a very large variety of wildlife. The island is home to 123 species of mammals (such as elephants, tigers and crocodiles), 227 species of birds, 178 species of Reptiles, 122 species of amphibians, and many other species of other animals.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Yala National Park is a must-visit on a trip to Sri Lanka. For travelers interested in whales, it is advisable to take a walk in Mirissa or Trincomalee.

Elephants in the wild in Sri Lanka
Tea is one of the main agricultural industries in Sri Lanka. If you drink tea, it may have come from Sri Lanka, formerly called Ceylon, and it has tea in its name, Ceylon tea.
Sri Lanka is home to cinnamon. Sri Lanka is famous for its cinnamon, a necessary ingredient for many of its wonderful dishes. The Ceylonese cinnamon, also called "real cinnamon", originates in Sri Lanka and today the country is still a leading exporter of cinnamon in the world.
Adam's Peak is the holiest mountain in the country. The mountain is part of the Samanella mountain range in southern Sri Lanka. It has been a place of pilgrimage for believers from different religions in Sri Lanka for over a thousand years. In Buddhism the summit of the mountain is called Sri Fada, meaning a sacred footprint, and they believe that the Buddha remained there when he ascended to heaven. For the Hindus this is the footprint of Lord Shiva. When asked by Christians and Muslims, they say that this is the footprint of a person when he was expelled from heaven.

Sri Lanka gave the word "Serendipity" to the English language. The word serendipity is derived from the word "serendip", the old name of Sri Lanka so named by the Arabs and Persians. The word, invented by the English writer Horace Walpole in 1754, was based on a Persian fairy tale called "The Three Princes of Serendip", in which the princes "always made discoveries, by accident and mistake, of things they did not seek at all." August 18th is Serendipity Day.
The national flag of Sri Lanka is one of the oldest flags in the world. The Sri Lankan flag, also known as the lion flag, is considered one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 162 BC. It is also considered to be the only flag in the world that recognizes different religious beliefs, with the leaves in it representing Buddhism, the orange stripe standing behind Hinduism and the green one representing Islam.
Sri Lankan flag
One of the Buddha's teeth is located at the Tooth Temple in Kandy. A relic from the teeth of the Holy Buddha, brought from India in the 4th century AD, is still preserved in the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Every summer there is a glorious festival known as Esala Perahera (Dental Festival), and it is one of the seven best festivals in Sri Lanka, designed to honor the tooth.
This is the first country in the world to have had a female prime minister. In July 1960, Sirimabu Bandarnaika, the leader of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party, won the general election and became the first prime minister in the world. She served the country for three terms before resigning in August 2000 due to health issues. At the age of 84, Sirimabu Bendernaika died of a heart attack.
This is where the locals shake their heads to say yes. In most cultures, to show consent, people nod their heads up and down and to say no, they shake their heads left and right. This is not the case in Sri Lanka. To say yes, people shake their heads from side to side. It can be confusing for foreign visitors, but they will get used to it.
The word "Hotel" does not necessarily mean a hotel. If you travel around Sri Lanka, you may see signs that say "Hotel", but it is very possible that they do not mean places where you can stay at night, as the word also means restaurants, cafes and bars that are so named. The exact reason for this is unknown. If you ask the locals, they will probably say it's just a cool thing to do. This can be misleading. So to find out if this is a hotel or restaurant, you will need to check if the place serves food or there is an option to sleep in it at night.
Volleyball is the national sport of Sri Lanka. Although the most popular sport in the country is cricket, volleyball has become its national sport. Sri Lanka introduced the game in 1916 and it gained immense popularity within a few years. In 1951 the Volleyball Association was established and was officially declared the National Game of Sri Lanka in 1991.

February 4th is both Cancer DayHomemade soup day and Facebook Birthday

Canada Day coloring pages

Coloring pages for Canada day. Canada Day is the national day of Canada. This day celebrates the anniversary of Canadian Confederation which occurred on July 1, 1867, where the four separate colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. The coloring pages of Canada day should be painted in bright, happy and vibrant colors because it is a happy day and you should use a lot of red and white colors, which are the flagship colors of Canada. 
Canada is celebrating its Independence Day on July 1st. On this date in 1867 Canada received from the British Empire that ruled it, a right of self-government.
According to historians, the first inhabitants of Canada were the Indigenous peoples who lived there for about 10,000 years. In about 1000, the Vikings came to North America, led by Leifur Eiríksson, and called the Vinland area.
The Vikings, who came from northern Europe, encountered resistance from the Native Americans and were forced to leave. In the 17th century, the French came to the area and established new European settlements.
In 1763, the French and Natives War ended in North America for nine years, from 1754 to 1763, in parallel with the Seven Years' War in Europe. The French Empire decided to hold the Caribbean while the British Empire decided to hold Canada. After the American Revolutionary War, many settlers who were loyal to Britain moved to Canada.
On July 1, 1867, Independent Canada was established, which was a federation of three colonies: the Province of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The old colony of Canada was divided into two: Quebec and Ontario. This union is called the "Canadian Federation". More British colonies joined the union soon after, and by 1880 Canada had all the territory it had today, except Newfoundland and Labrador, which joined in 1949. Canada today is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia. Its area is 9,984,670 square kilometers and its population is about 35 million inhabitants.
On this page you will find a great opportunity to paint the coloring pages of Canada Day as you wish. Coloring pages of Canada flag, Canada map, Canada symbols, nature, animals and people. Fun coloring!
Choose the coloring page of Canada Day you want to paint, print and paint for your enjoyment. To print the page you would like to color, click on page and then click Ctrl+P. Have fun!
PS- To save paper and help our planet, you can print on used pages, on the blank side ♥
coloriage pour Fête du Canada
Kids with Canada flags
coloriage pour Fête du Canada
Beaver with Canada flag
happy Canada day coloring page for kids
Cute beaver- Happy Canada Day
Coloriages Érable du Canada et crêpes
Pancakes and Maple sauce
Canada day maple balloons beaver coloring sheet
Beaver and Maple leaves
Coloriage Préserve les forêts et les ours bruns garde forestier
Park ranger and brown bear
coloriage célébration de la fête du canada castor et crêpes
Beaver and pancakes
coloring sheets canada maple syrup
Canada Day cakes and maple syrup
happy canada day coloring sheet for kids

In honor of Canada Day, here are some interesting facts about it: 

The capital of Canada is Ottawa located in the province of Ontario, on the border of the province with the province of Quebec. The Canadian flag, known as the "Maple Leaf", contains a shaped maple leaf with 11 points. The 11 points of the maple leaf do not stand for the territories or provinces like e.g. the stars in the flag of the USA.
Canada is the most educated country in the world: over half of its residents have academic degrees.
The lowest temperature measured in Canada was -81.4 degrees Fahrenheit (-63 degrees Celsius) on February 3, 1947. It was the coldest day in the history of Canada and was measured in the Yukon Territory in northern Canada.
Canadians' favorite food is macaroni and cheese, and they consume it more than any other nation in the world.
Hawaiian pizza (pizza with pork and pineapple) was invented in Canada.
Residents of the Canadian city of Churchill, leave their cars unlocked to allow pedestrians encountering polar bears to escape. Churchill is a city in the northeastern state of Manitoba in Canada known for the many polar bears in its vicinity and is also called the "polar bear capital of the world".
Prostitution is legal in Canada. Buying the services of a prostitute no.
The first Canadian casualties in the Afghanistan war were an American pilot who accidentally bombed a training exercise.
The license plates of cars in the northern regions of northern Canada are shaped like polar bears.
In 2010, a Canadian man rescued a newborn baby from a trash can, only to find out he was his father.  

Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada is the longest street in the world. Its length is 1,178 km (1,178 mi).

In Newfoundland, Canada, the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freezes and people play hockey on it.

The origin of the name "Canada" is in the word in the Saint-Lawrence Iroquoian language "kanata", which means "village".

The border between the United States and Canada is the longest international border in the world and lacks military defense.

Canada has not had weapons of mass destruction since 1984. It has signed an agreement for its return.

In World War II, after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Canada declared war on Japan before the United States.

Every Christmas, a million letters are sent to Santa Claus at the address: "H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada."
Canada's official phone number is 1-800-O-CANADA.

Police officers in Canada give “positive cards” to citizens when they see them doing something positive.

In Canada, it is illegal to carry a product designed for self-defense against attack, including pepper spray.

Canada has the third largest oil reserve in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, there are banknotes with Braille markings on them for the blind.

Canada has fewer people than the metropolitan area of Tokyo, Japan.

During World War II, Canada distributed buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused for medical reasons, to show their willingness to fight.

Canada's national animal is the North American Beaver.
Canada and Denmark have been fighting each other since the 1930s over an uninhabited island called Hans, leaving each other bottles of alcohol and placing in it, each time a different country in turn, a country flag and a "welcome" sign of that country. Link

In Ontario, Canada, there are more than 250,000 lakes. They contain about one-fifth of the fresh water in the world.

In Canada and the United States there is a service called "Cleaning for a Reason" that cleans the homes of women with cancer for free so they can focus on their recovery.

One of the 13 articles published in 1771 in the Confederate Articles of the United States states that if Canada wants to be accepted into the United States, it will be accepted automatically.

In 2015, a Canadian citizen was arrested after tying more than 100 helium balloons to a garden chair and flying over the city of Calgary. Link
The Canadian province of Alberta has had no rats for 50 years.
In Newfoundland, Canada, there is a city called Dildo. 

People from Canada can order a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from the Government of Canada and it will be sent to them for free. Link

An international study has found that infants in the UK, Canada and Italy cry more than elsewhere.

Australia Day coloring pages

Coloring pages for Australia day which observed annually on 26 January. Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. This day celebrates 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove and raising of the Union Flag by Arthur Phillip following days of exploration of Port Jackson in New South Wales. The coloring pages of Australia day should be painted in bright, happy and vibrant colors because it is a happy day and you should use a lot of red, blue and white colors, which are the flagship colors of Australia. On this page you will find a great opportunity to paint the coloring pages of Australia Day as you wish. Coloring pages of Australia flag, Australia map, Australia symbols, nature, animals and people. Fun coloring!
Choose the coloring page of Australia Day you want to paint, print and paint for your enjoyment. To print the page you would like to color, click on page and then click Ctrl+P. Have fun!
PS- To save paper and help our planet, you can print on used pages, on the blank side ♥
kids flags Australia day coloring page
kids with flags of Australia 
happy australia day coloring page for kids
Cute Koala bear
aus day coloring sheets
Kids with Australia flags
Kangaroo mother and son coloring page australia day
Kangaroo mother and son
coloring sheet happy ausy day koala bear
Happy Australia Day Koala
coloring page Ausy day January 26 kids flags
Australia flags
Sydney opera house fireworks coloring page
Emu, Koala bear Kangaroo coloring page australia animals
Emu, Koala bear and Kangaroo

Here are more than just a few facts about Australia that may interest you

·         Australia, extending over an area of 7,692,024 km2 (including inland water bodies), is the sixth largest country in the world.

·         Australia's economy, measured by GDP (Gross domestic product) ranked 12th largest in the world in 2012, with a per capita income ranking 5th in the world.
·         Australia had no economic recession since 1981.
·         Australia's human development index ranks 2nd in the world.
·         Australia's maritime borders contain 8,222 islands that are smaller than the mainland.
·         Australia has more than 10,000 beaches. It would take you over 27 years to spend a day on each beach.

·         Sharks patrol the vicinity of every beach in Australia. Altogether there are 166 species of sharks in Australian seas, but only three of them are a significant threat to humans. To reduce the danger, part of the popular beaches in Queensland and New South Wales are protected by shark nets. However, there is much criticism against these nets, claiming they are not effective barriers (though statistics clearly show a significant reduction in human fatalities due to these nets), and further more they kill all kinds of large fish that are caught in them, not only the dangerous sharks.
·         Excessive shark fishing has decimated the shark population.

·         Australia claims territorial sovereignty of 43% of the Antarctic area, estimated at 5,896,500 km2 and being the largest of all national claims to territories in Antarctica.

·         It is claimed by many that Australia is guilty of genocide among its indigenous natives between the years 1910 to 1970 as part of a policy based on the belief in white superiority.

·         There are more kangaroos than people in Australia.
Australia's unofficial national animal and unofficial national bird are the red kangaroo and the emu respectively.
·         Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
 Howard Edward Holt, Australia's 17th prime minister, went swimming on December 17 1967. He disappeared from view of his friends that stayed on shore, never to be seen again.

·         75% of the animal species indigenous to Australia have not been identified.

·          Ten of the deadliest snakes in the world are found in Australia.

·         The most recent human fatality from a snake bite in Australia occurred in 1981.

·         Mount Disappointment, located 60 km (37 mi) north of Melbourne, was so named by British explorers Hume and Hovell because after an arduous climb to its summit they were disappointed to find that the distant Port Philip Bay which they expected to see from the top was completely obstructed from view by the trees that covered the mountain.

·         Australia has a perennial stream called "Never Never River".

·         Elizabeth's bookshops, with four second-hand bookstores on both sides of the Australian continent, offer online "Blind dates with books". The books are wrapped in an opaque sheet of paper on which only a summary of the contents is printed, to prevent the customer from judging the book by its cover.

     Burger King restaurants in Australia are called "Hungry Jack's".

  The most popular pizza in Australia, Hawaii Pizza (made with pork and pineapple) was invented in Canada.
Australia's largest cattle ranch, Anna CreekStation, which extends over roughly 6,000,000 acres (24,000 km2; 9,400 sq. mi), is the largest cattle ranch in the world. It is more than seven times the size of the biggest cattle ranch in the USA, King Ranch in Texas.

·         The areas of Australia and of continental USA (all states in North America) are practically the same.

·         In November 2009, about 6000 wild camels invaded Docker River, a small town 370 miles west of Alice Springs. They were desperately seeking water.

·         Koalas, among Australia's favorite tourist attractions, are in danger of extinction because more than half of them suffer from chlamydia infection which causes them a very painful death.

·         There were more than ten million koalas in Australia before the British settlers arrived. Now there are less than 43,000.

·         The boomerang has been used as a weapon by the aborigines for thousands of years. However, the oldest-known boomerang, estimated to be about 20,000 years old, was found in Poland.
One in ten people polled in a survey conducted in Britain in 2013 by a deodorant manufacturer believed that the distance from Britain to the moon is shorter than it is to Australia.

·         Australia's Highway 1 is the longest national highway in the world. It is about 14,500 km long and circumvents the entire Australian continent. It is second in length to the Pan American Highway which is an international highway.

·         Australia's national science agency won a $229 million suit against nine American companies based on the claim that its scientists invented essential components of WI-FI technology which those companies used in the production of hi-tech devices.

·         A law in the Australian state Victoria permits only certified electricians to change a lightbulb.

·         The law in Australia imposes a fine on citizens who fail to vote.

·         Mount Wingen, a hill in New South Wales, is commonly known as Burning Mountain because of natural coal that that is burning under its surface. It is estimated that the coal has been on fire for the last 6,000 years.

·         In 1892, 238 Australians left the continent and immigrated to Paraguay, where they founded a utopian socialist settlement called "Nueva Australia" (New Australia).

·         In Australia, as well as in 22 other countries, it is illegal to declaw cats.

·         Australia's countryside offers the traveler a rich diversity of wild flourishing plants, many of them endemic to the continent. Not a few of them are poisonous plants, some of them deadly to humans. For example, it is strongly advised to beware of skin contact with the leaves of the gympie-gympie (Dendrocnide moroides), which is a sort of nettle. A person who was exposed to the leaves of this plant reported extremely acute pain that lasted for several days, followed by stinging that was felt for two years.

·         In 2009, a squad of sharp-shooters was stationed on a beach near Sydney harbor to protect penguins from predators.

·         In 2009, a wild pig sneaked into a campsite in Western Australia, stole 18 bottles of beer which he guzzled. Totally plastered, he then picked a brawl with a cow that finally chased him off.

·         Australian Kangaroo One Ton Gold Coin, comprising 1000kg of 99.99% pure gold, is the most expensive legal coin in the world. Its worth is estimated at more than 50 million Australian dollars.

·         In 2004, a group of Australian gay-rights activists founded what they called the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands in Australia's uninhabited Territory of the Coral Sea Islands.

·         The color of the water in Lake Hillier in Western Australia is bright pink. So is the color of samples taken from the lake. Scientists suspect this phenomenon to be due to the presence of algae in the water that produce carotenoids (the pigment contained in carrots).
In 1859, a landowner in the state of Victoria released into the wild 24 rabbits which he had imported from England for sport hunting. Within a few years, those 24 rabbits multiplied into millions. Nowadays the descendants of those first few rabbits are flooding Australia's croplands, causing significant damages in loss of crops and erosion of land across the continent.

·         The Australian political SEX party, founded in 2009, is active in promoting liberal issues such as legalization of cannabis, euthanasia (mercy killing), abortions, abolishment of censorship and cancellation of tax exemption to the church and other religious organizations.

·         Australian police was initially manned by prisoners who were accredited with good behavior.

·         The first "dead heart" transplant in the world was performed by Australian surgeons in October 2014.

·         The number of Australians that gamble in one way or the other exceeds 80% of the adult population, the highest rate in the world.

·         Australia harnesses the motion of ocean waters to produce electric power and to desalinate water at the same time.

·         Australia produces 31% of the world's uranium supply.

·         Australians break the world record of meat consumption. They eat an average of 90 kg of meat per person annually.

·         Two thirds of the Australians are diagnosed as having skin cancer by the time they reach the age of 70.

·         In 2015, a new species of fish was discovered in North Australia, receiving the name "Blue Bastard". The fish, whose scientific name is Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus, turns blue on adulthood. It is also elusive and combative, "a bastard to catch", as fishermen say.

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