A Canadian who frequently visits Australia has issued a hilarious warning to tourists, telling them to prepare to be “trolled”.
TikToker Chris Zou says Aussies have a cheeky habit of pranking foreigners by trying to get them to believe outrageous lies about their own country.
Many of the jokes appeared to take advantage of Australia’s international reputation as a land of dangerous and deadly wildlife.
Zou said, on a past trip, an Australian friend successfully convinced him that koalas were poisonous. He shared the fake fact in an older TikTok video, garnering a comment section full of amused Aussies.
“The comment section was full of Australians being like: ‘There go our people again, just tricking the tourist, we’re so funny’,” he puzzled.
“I’m like, why the f**k would my friend lie about this? Why would he be okay with me making a fool of myself in front of hundreds of thousands of people?”
He warned other tourists not to fall for similar tricks.
“For any of you planning to visit Australia in the future, let me heed you a warning,” Zou said.
“Take what Australians say with a grain of salt because for some reason one of their favourite pastimes is trolling tourists.”
The Canadian said he was visiting Australia for the third time later this year and was determined not to fall for any “misinformation”.
“You know how in basically every other country, if someone says something incorrect about that country, everyone in that country will correct that misinformation?” he asked.
“For some reason, Australians don’t really like to do that. They like to just play along with the misinformation.”
Zou also noted that many Aussies speak in “confusing” slang, such as the twin phrases “yeah, nah” and “nah, yeah”.
“The conversation keeps going and then I’m sitting there like a f***ing idiot wondering wait, did he mean yes or did he mean no?” he said.
Zou’s new video was viewed more than 460,000 times and attracted Australians and tourists alike.
“Sarcasm is our unofficial language. We also get overexcited by tourists because they have so far to travel here,” one Aussie said.
“To be fair, a lot of people come here with some whacked out ideas about how things work here. So we just … don’t correct them,” wrote another.
And a gullible tourist puzzled: “I still don’t know if drop bears are real”.