About a week ago, I got up in the morning and fired up the old lap top. This is a morning ritual for me as the new day in America has dawned while I was sleeping and the American news cycle is in full swing. My computer is set to open the Yahoo homepage initially when I connect to the Internet. As soon as the page opens, I scroll down to the news section and read the day's headlines. Lately the headlines have been dominated by Iraq, Pakistan and Obama. There are often a few sports stories or other "light" news items thrown in for good measure. (I think it's important to note here that I'm looking at the USA version of the Yahoo website so the news stories are mostly USA related)
On the particular morning in question, I was greeted with the following headline, "Australian Kite Surfer Struck by Whale". Of course I immediately clicked on the story and saw the following video.
Not long after, the Handsome Australian walked in the room and put the television on. The same story was running on the local morning news program.
HA: "Hey, have a look at this."
Me: "I know, I already saw it on the net. The headline is Australian Kite Surfer Struck by Whale. It made the US Yahoo site."
HA: "Of course it did."
Me: "Yeah I guess getting struck by a whale is a pretty big deal."
HA: "It's not that, it's that Americans love this kind of a story. It fulfills all of their stereotypes of Australia."
Me: "Oh yeah, and those would be?"
HA: "Well, firstly the guy was surfing. We're all surfers didn't you know?"
Me: "Kite surfing. He was kite surfing."
HA: "Kite surfing, surfing, whatever--the guy was surfing in some form."
Me: "Okay, what else ya got?"
HA: "He got struck by a whale. Americans love a good Australian wildlife story. People think that only in Australia would you ever come into contact with such bizarre wild life, or have a close encounter with it. Americans think we are all wrangling crocs or riding kangaroos all the time. We are all the Crocodile Hunter."
Me: "Aren't you?"
Got that folks? Australians are not surfing wildlife wranglers. They are that and so much more. Unfortunately, that's the only type of news that ever seems to make international headlines. Lucky these wacky Australians are out there kite surfing over whales--that way Chris Cuomo can make his goofy, "New South WALES" jokes while Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts chuckle like school girls in the background.
Tomfoolery by Ree
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