Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

If You Meet An Australian With A Ned Kelly Tattoo, Politely Excuse Yourself

"Kelly is a dominant figure in the popular perception of Australian colonial history with quite disparate opinions being voiced. On one hand he is viewed as a common criminal given to cattle rustling and armed conflict with the police, while on the other he is viewed as an Irish freedom fighter standing up to the oppressive British authorities. On either side of the debate his image is generally taken as representing an anti-establishment position."
—Roger Byard, professor of pathology at the University of Adelaide, discusses a study in which he found that Australians who have tattoos of legendary Prison Island bandit Ned Kelly "are more likely to die as a result of suicide or homicide."

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What if you can't see their tattoos for the armor?

deepomega (#1,720)

@sorry your heinous: An Australian cannot resist a challenge to wrestle a gator in the nude. Use this to your advantage!

Phred (#14,031)

@deepomega – Where do Australians find gators that aren't nude?

deepomega (#1,720)

@Phred: Clearly you've never seen a gator opera.

scrooge (#2,697)

First ask them if they've read the Peter Carey book. If they have, and they approve it, it is safe to proceed. Otherwise, tell them that's not a knife, this is a knife

Mr. B (#10,093)

@scrooge: All I know about Ned Kelly I learned from that novel. Still, I'd wager there are at least some people (hopefully not many!) who took their inspiration from the Heath Ledger movie.

scrooge (#2,697)

@Mr. B If you want a good laugh, get hold of the 1970s movie starring Mick Jagger. Complete with wacky theme song ("Blame it on the Kellys"), which has a certain appeal not unlike the one they used in Oh Brother Where Art Thou.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@scrooge: That sounds like vastly superior tattoo material.

BadUncle (#153)

Meanwhile, Yankees with Kelly Ripa tattoos are more likely to suffer hip injuries.

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