I came across this wee gem on the Interwebs yesterday and was in stitches over what a strange and wonderful (strangely wonderful?) place I come from.
The writer (I use the term loosely, the piece was from BuzzFeed after all) compiled a list of, as the title suggests, ’69 Things About New Zealand That’ll Blow Your Mind.’
Mind blown. And I had quite a few LOL moments and chortled heartily right to the end. Which caused a flareup of my homesickness. (Which will likely lead to a very expensive plane ticket being bought soon).
So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite ‘facts’ about that wacky lil’ country at the end of the world.
6. Only 5% of NZ’s population is human- the rest are animals.
17. More people die in New Zealand each year playing lawn bowls than scuba diving.
20. Auckland is one of the most affordable cities in the world to live in. (I’m including this one because it his hilariously UNTRUE! Auckland is more expensive than Manhattan!!).
38. In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in Wanganui and took the manager hostage, demanding that they play the Muppet song “Rainbow Connection”.
40. The Kiwi badminton team name was ‘The Black Cocks’, but after a year, had to change it due to complaints.
41. In 1990, the NZ prime minister appointed a National Wizard.
42. Rugby player Wayne Shelford got his scrotum ripped open mid-game in a bad tackle. He was taken off the field with one testicle LITERALLY hanging out, got stitched up on the bench and continued the game.
46. There is a clock in Dunedin which has been running since 1864, despite never having been wound since it was made. (Shout out to my hometown!)
58. In 2008, Henry the tuatara became a father for the first time at the age of 111. (A tuatara is a reptile native to New Zealand.)
59. New Zealand is the only country with the right to put Hobbit-related images on its currency.
64. In 2007, the NZ courts banned a couple from naming their child 4Real. In the end they named him Superman.
68. Niue, a self-governed island of NZ, has images of Pokemon on its legal tender coins. There is also a limited collection of coins with images from the Star Wars films.
69. There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand.
Ladies and Gentleman, the land I call ‘home.’