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Billy_Dean
01-01-2004, 11:47 AM
David Fickling in Sydney
Thursday January 1, 2004
The Guardian

You may not be bitten by a snake or snapped up by a shark while visiting Australia but the country is fatal to nearly 400 tourists a year.

A report by the government's statistics agency shows that 363 tourists died in 2002, 377 in 2000 and 371 in 1998.

It says that deaths were most common in over-55s suffering heart attacks, strokes or similar conditions, accounting for two out of five.

But the popularity of extreme sports makes visitors five times more likely than natives to die in a violent manner, nearly one in three tourist deaths resulting from external factors such as crashes or drownings.

Men are twice as likely to die as women, and visitors are most at risk between the ages of 25 and 34 and over the age of 55.

Younger visitors are liable to suicide as well, with 45 occurring in the past six years, mostly among people younger than 24, in the drab winter months of July and August.

Nearly 100 people drowned in the same period, and 283 were killed in traffic accidents and 22 by assault.

More of the fatalities came from Britain than anywhere else, but with 63,000 Britons visiting Australia every month the death rate is relatively low.

The report says the overall death rate remains relatively good, at only 0.01% of the 430,000 people who arrive in Australia every month.

The country has acquired the reputation of a tourist hazard spot in recent years, thanks to several prominent if atypical cases.

Last year a British swimmer was killed by a tiny and little-understood jellyfish in northern Queensland, and a German tourist was killed by a crocodile in Kakadu national park in the Northern Territory.

The previous year the British tourist Peter Falconio was killed and Robert Long was jailed for 20 years for murder and arson after killing 15 people by setting fire to a Queensland backpacker hostel in 2000.

Two British surfers were airlifted to hospital with spinal injuries on Tuesday after being dumped by heavy waves at Bondi Beach and Stanwell Beach, south of Sydney.


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james_bond_rulez
01-01-2004, 11:54 AM
the dangos ate ur baby..... :(

Evil Gemini
01-01-2004, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by james_bond_rulez@1 January 2004 - 12:54
the dangos ate ur baby..... :(
its dingo :lol:

3rd gen noob
01-01-2004, 11:59 AM
and to top all of the above, it was started for british prisoners :lol:

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Billy_Dean
01-01-2004, 12:02 PM
In Australia you've got your choice of horror stories. The saltwater crocodile, for example, will attack even when unprovoked. The tentacles of the box jellyfish supposedly contain enough poison to kill three adults. Of the world's top 25 venomous snakes, Australia has 21, including sea snakes with venom two to ten times as deadly as a cobra's. The cassowary, a large tropical bird, has a daggerlike forward toe it uses for kicking. Some cone shells contain a mix of toxins that can cause pain, paralysis, and collapse. Fairy penguins have been known to maul tourists (try explaining that to the folks back home). A thousand species of Australian plants are toxic to livestock and humans.

@ James Bond ...

The Dingo ate her baby. (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/000922.html)


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Evil Gemini
01-01-2004, 12:14 PM
Fairy penguins have been known to maul tourists

:D

Billy_Dean
01-01-2004, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by Evil Gemini@1 January 2004 - 21:14

Fairy penguins have been known to maul tourists

:D
Yeah, imagine being repatriated by air ambulance and having to tell your mates you were mauled by a fairy penguin!


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bigboab
01-01-2004, 12:25 PM
I vaguely remember getting mauled by a penguin last night. Maybe it was just someone in a dinner suit. I am not sure anymore. :unsure:

Keikan
01-01-2004, 12:54 PM
aus don't like brits???

Billy_Dean
01-01-2004, 12:55 PM
It wasn't this bloke, was it BB?

http://www.uploadit.org/BillyDean/penguin.jpg


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bigboab
01-01-2004, 12:59 PM
Thats thats got to be him Billy. ;) I feel as if I've been hit with a Bat man.

cowswithguns
01-01-2004, 01:06 PM
http://www.frogandtoad.com.au/genimages/photos/sasv/fairy.gif


Scary aren't we? :lol: :lol: :lol:

junkyardking
01-01-2004, 01:13 PM
Originally posted by Keikan@1 January 2004 - 12:54
aus don't like brits???
In Australia we call the english, poms. :lol: :lol:

3rd gen noob
01-01-2004, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by junkyardking+1 January 2004 - 12:13--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (junkyardking @ 1 January 2004 - 12:13)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Keikan@1 January 2004 - 12:54
aus don&#39;t like brits???
In Australia we call the english, poms. :lol: :lol: [/b][/quote]
that&#39;s funny because POM started as Prisoners Of Mother england, i think...

Billy_Dean
01-01-2004, 01:33 PM
That&#39;s right, it&#39;s POME actually. Another one is POHM. Prisoner Of Her&#092;His Majesty.


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Honey
01-01-2004, 01:37 PM
ah but BD..

did any of those nasty things happen here in Western Australia?.. :o

Im sure the only things I can remember that seem to happen here is that tourists get eaten by crocs... :o (mind you if they read the signs which clearly state, no swimming .. crocs here, they&#39;d be alright&#33;)

and we&#39;ve had a few tourists go crazy, running around up north with guns shooting Aussies&#33;.. :rolleyes:

shella
01-01-2004, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by Honey@1 January 2004 - 13:37


and we&#39;ve had a few tourists go crazy, running around up north with guns shooting Aussies&#33;.. :rolleyes:
They were looking for billy I heard. :)

Billy_Dean
01-01-2004, 01:45 PM
Originally posted by shella@1 January 2004 - 22:42
They were looking for billy I heard.&nbsp; :)
Boy, I wonder who Shella could be? I&#39;ll just phone one of my mod mates, :phone:, oh ... really? That explains it&#33;


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shella
01-01-2004, 01:51 PM
yes i wonder too. :) we dont need crocs to scare anyone away cause we have our billy :)

mrlessk
01-01-2004, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by Evil Gemini+1 January 2004 - 02:57--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Evil Gemini &#064; 1 January 2004 - 02:57)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-james_bond_rulez@1 January 2004 - 12:54
the dangos ate ur baby..... :(
its dingo :lol:[/b][/quote]
Ate the baby?? (http://www.andrewnixon.com/movies/dingo.wav).....http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:jJ9jgnop8q8C:www.seeing-stars.com/Images/People/JuliaLouisDreyfus(small).JPG.....http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:cos99QwXHKIC:www.ebabka.com/lib/ebabka/Seinfeld.gif


or perhaps it was the baby-eater himself.....

:devil: ....................McrslV.................... :devil:

http://members.myactv.net/~microsoulv4/Antichrist.gif

http://www.franksworld.com/scrape/gfx/ac_o_the_week.jpg

:w00t: :lol: :P

Billy_Dean
01-01-2004, 03:30 PM
Brisbane, Australia - Tourists are at extreme risk of being attacked by wild dogs on a popular island off the coast of eastern Australia, according to a report presented on Thursday.

The Queensland state government commissioned a month long risk assessment of wild dogs, known as dingoes, following the fatal mauling of a 9-year-old Australian boy on Fraser Island.

It concluded that travellers camping at two sites on the island are in extreme danger of being attacked by the dogs, while another 16 sites are high or medium risk areas.

One of the grounds listed in the extreme risk category was Waddy Point, where 9-year-old Clinton Gage was attacked and killed by dingoes on April 30. His 7-year-old brother was also savaged but survived.

Rangers on the island were immediately given orders to shoot any dingoes found in the camping grounds. More than 30 of the islands&#39; estimated 200 wild dogs have since been destroyed.



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AmberLee
01-01-2004, 06:36 PM
Originally posted by shella+1 January 2004 - 13:42--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (shella @ 1 January 2004 - 13:42)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Honey@1 January 2004 - 13:37


and we&#39;ve had a few tourists go crazy, running around up north with guns shooting Aussies&#33;..&nbsp; :rolleyes:
They were looking for billy I heard. :) [/b][/quote]
;) Uh huh&#33; I heard that too.

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junkyardking
01-02-2004, 01:54 AM
Originally posted by 3rd gen noob+1 January 2004 - 13:26--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (3rd gen noob @ 1 January 2004 - 13:26)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by junkyardking@1 January 2004 - 12:13
<!--QuoteBegin-Keikan@1 January 2004 - 12:54
aus don&#39;t like brits???
In Australia we call the english, poms. :lol: :lol:
that&#39;s funny because POM started as Prisoners Of Mother england, i think... [/b][/quote]
Some say it originated from pommigrante(fruit).
Some say poms and some say pome ;)