Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Americans Are Below Average When Talking About Down Under

MILWAUKEE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It looks like all of Paul Hogan’s Crocodile Dundee movies were for naught: Half of Americans can’t name the hemisphere where Australia lies.

That’s according to a new survey of Americans by Foster’s beer to celebrate Australia Day on Jan. 26 – a national holiday Down Under.

In addition, one-third of Yanks don’t know Australia was once a prison colony. One in five women ages 21-39 thought the country was originally founded as a koala preserve, and 19 percent thought it was an aquatic research center before becoming a country.

Despite their ignorance, Americans do have a fascination for those saucy Aussies: Ninety-one percent of Americans say they’d like to have an Aussie drinking buddy, neighbor or significant other.

Finally, 82 percent of Americans say that Australian rugby players are tougher than American football players.

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