Mushy Mushy wrote: fluffy_little_something wrote:
Mushy Mushy wrote:Yep, this is why I firmly believe Australia is such a useless country. They haven't really contributed anything at all and this is because all there is to do in that heat is drink beer and play sport. The only two attributes of an Australian.
Disclaimer: I was born there and have an Australian passport before anybody says anything.
Well, Australia has temperate climate along the coast (where most people live), Mediterranean even towards the west. Sure, there will never be big cities in the center of that continent
Think about it though, all the countries with temperatures in excess of 40 don't really contribute much to the world. At best they'll export wine.
The only exception I can think of is India.
BTW, please don't get offended if I'm picking on your country
I'm sure it's very lovely indeed and I'm just mucking about.
Well, it was a heat wave, it is not the standard temperature here, either, especially not along the coast where most people live.
Your views regarding contribution to the world and exports are wrong. Without the Portuguese, countries like the US would not even exist. It was Portuguese inventions like those giant sailing ships that made world travel possible. Portugal used to be a world power centuries ago, yet it already had the same climate as today.
Wine?! Here a list of the top ten exports:
1. Vehicles: US$6.9 billion (11.1% of total exports)
2. Electrical machinery, equipment: $5.6 billion (9%)
3. Mineral fuels including oil: $4.5 billion (7.3%)
4. Machinery including computers: $3.9 billion (6.3%)
5. Plastics, plastic articles: $3.3 billion (5.3%)
6. Knit or crochet clothing, accessories: $2.4 billion (3.9%)
7. Footwear: $2.3 billion (3.7%)
8. Furniture, bedding, lighting, signs, prefab buildings: $2.2 billion (3.5%)
9. Paper, paper items: $2.1 billion (3.4%)
10. Articles of iron or steel: $1.7 billion (2.8%)