So after this post, I thought I would explain a little more about some of the things you might have seen. I was originally going to add it to that post, but it was long enough, and some of the things didn't need explaining (TV shows) or were too hard to explain and still sound semi intelligent (push pops). But I thought I'd give it ago.
However, what I really meant to convey was that I had an awesome childhood. I loved growing up Australian. Sure, we didn't have it the best - my mum was alone and worked her butt off to give us everything and not go crazy because we were devils. I had some messed up teenage years but I truly believe being Australian is one of the best things about me (there are tons, don't worry) and growing up there was full of fun times, amusement parks, lollies, tv shows, sports and food. I don't know if I will ever move back, but Australia will always be my home, will always be a huge part of me, even if I live in America till I'm 90.
onwards and upwards. er, downwards.
zooper doopers are ice blocks or what I think you guys call popsicles.
next those triangle things are sunny boys and we called them glugs. they are basically ice blocks in a weird shape. because why not.
lastly, freckles. chocolate bud things with hundreds and thousands on them. yummm.
worms. vegemite + butter + vita weats. these vita weat thingys have holes in them so you smush them together and little worms come out. most of the time your vita weats broke though, so you had to be careful and not squeeze too hard.
Never eat soggy weet bix are how we knew our north, east, south and west.
weet bix (below) is the breakfast of champions! HOW MANY DO YOU DO? I don't do any anymore because of the whole 'wheat is the main ingredient' but I did have some when I went home and my inner child cried happy tears. They are like these.. wheat biscuits (our biscuits, not your biscuits) and they are flaky and delish, and you put them in a bowl with some milk (some people like warm milk, ew) and some sugar (optional) and devour. Yummm. My mum used to break them up and make 'crunchy weetbix' or she would put vegemite or peanut butter on them so they were like weetbix toast. but hot damn were they messy that way. What can I say, Aussie kids are weetbix kids!
We use the term biscuit for .. I cannot explain this one. I have no idea how. This is the one thing that always stumps me. Tim tams are biscuits, as are vita weats and everything else you see here... except for the pilsbury thingys of course.
We don't have what you call biscuits, but the closest equivalent would be a scone. They are kind of desserts though, not breakfast.
Snowballs - marshmallows with chocolate and coconut on the outside.
Smarties - kinda like m&ms but different. not like your smarties.
Handball. Do you guys play handball? I googled it but it looks way different and crazy serious, that's not what we played in school. Basically we had these 'courts' that had 4 squares. One kid in each square and you bounced the ball to each other, kind of like in basketball. There were rules (it had to hit your square first, I think) and if you missed you were out. Sometimes you played 1 on 1 and you had 2 squares each. Kids would line up on the side to take a loser's place. you could play forever really.
Kevin Rudd aka krudd or kruddy. He was our prime minister and clearly (below) could not play handball. I liked him until he ate his own earwax. ew.
Wizz fizz! it was sherbet in a baggy thing.
you either had one of these:
or one of these if you had the other brand. it was a candy stick thing that you stuck in the bag and licked the sherbet off and when you were done you ate the stick. yummm.
this guy is a gobbledook and he really really likes chips. or chipppeeees. he was in all the commercials.
I dont think these need explaining but I will. A meat pie is, well, a pie with meat in it. and a sausage roll is not like a sausage in a roll, its just like.. meat (sausage mince) in pastry. my mum makes the BEST sausage rolls in the world.
hot chips. not hot potato chips (though thanks for microwaving potato chips for me, holiday inn columbus, ohio. not what i meant) but just like fries. they are best with tomato sauce (ketchup) and fish (fish 'n' chips yo) but in winter they are fabulous with some gravy.
rage was our version of MTV, I guess. it came on earlier than video hits. just a collection of music videos.
Saturday cartoon connection... was a show with cartoon shows in it. and a weird puppet thing called Agro, quite cheeky.
Netball. Like basketball, only not. you cant run with the ball or bounce it. Netball prepared me for life, yo.
Fairy bread. White bread + butter + hundred's and thousands. I think you call these sprinkles. And it has to be cut like this, not the other way.
Johnny Farnham. Has been around since forever. He's like.. our Elvis or something. There is not a single Australian who doesn't know his name, even the babies.
Healthy Harold. Um, its a giraffe puppet. Telling you about drugs, your body and life and stuff. We had a centre that we went to, but they also travelled around in a van, and did the show in the back of a van. Not weird at all.
Play school. Like sesame street, maybe? But with people. There's a chair in there... and a bear as well.. Sweet theme song.
Blinky Bill. From wikipedia: Blinky Bill is an anthropomorphic koala and children's fictional character created by New Zealand-born Australian author Dorothy Wall. The books are considered quintessential Australian children's classics, and have never been out of print in Australia. Although the books have never been out of print, the Blinky Bill story has also been adapted for television and cinema.
I don't really know how to explain these- paddle pops are up top and the sticks sometimes had prizes on them, or you had to collect them to make a set or something. Also you saved them if you were crafty. Bubble o bill - not as good as it used to be, you get some bubble gum and the ice cream was pretty tasty.
Golden gaytime. If you ever EVER go to Australia YOU MUST HAVE ONE. This is my favourite ice cream in the whole wide world. It is a toffee and vanilla ice-cream dipped in compound chocolate and wrapped in honeycomb biscuits, on a wooden paddle pop stick.
More australian food I miss (from an old post) top to bottom, left to right: fantales (chocolates that had trivia on the wrappers), meat pie, sausage sizzle (sausage kind of like yours with some white bread and tomato sauce), vegemite, cheese and bacon roll (a bread thingy with cheese and bacon on it), pavlova (heaven and one day I will learn to make it), dim sims (I don't even know, fried heaven), weetbix, kebabs (I think these are similar to gyros, the meat at least), curly wurly & flake (chocolates), fairy bread, potato cakes (large scalloped potatoes with batter on the outside and fried - accompanies fish and chips), fish & chips (fish and hot chips / fries), burger with beetroot and egg with hot chips, allens lollies - those red things are strawberries and creams (oh my god i miss allens lollies). lastly, twisties (kind of like cheetos only not)
You had to bring your hat to school (it was part of the uniform) and if you didn't, you didn't play and you had to sit underneath the covered area. Why, you ask? Well because of our national cancer - we have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Two in three australian's will be diagnosed by the time they are 70. My grandfather died of skin cancer, and I am convinced I will get skin cancer, if I don't already have it. It's on my 30 before 30 to get checked and have some moles removed.
I cannot explain Kylie Mole. But if you want to kill some time, search for her on youtube.
Our disneyland (without disney) basically. I am still heartbroken it is closed.
The gumnut babies, snugglepot and cuddlepie. from wikipedia: a series of books written by Australian author May Gibbs. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the gumnut babies, are the protagonists of the story and are modelled on the appearance of young Eucalyptus (gum tree) nuts. The female gumnut babies, however, have their hair, hats and skirts modelled on Eucalyptus flowers.
Spoiler: I don't think these letters actually went to Santa.
Hope you all know a little bit more about Australia now. I love to talk about Australia so if you want me to keep going, just let me know!