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originally posted by: NightFlight
MSAW, I have a question. Why are they sometimes called drop bears?
originally posted by: LightAssassin
While I respect what myselfaswell is doing, in trying to lessen the fear surrounding a visit to Australia to promote tourism, the danger of drop bears is very real and should not be taken lightly, and especially never be referred to as a falling koala.
Drop bears are smarter than you think, and display some interesting characteristics. One thing for sure is that there are things you can do to avoid the threat of drop bears when visiting Australia. Here are our ten most recommended tips:
1. Avoid drop bear prone areas - Check the danger areas and avoid walking under tall trees
2. Try to avoid speaking in languages apart from English - A drop bear can detect foreign languages and will target the origin of such sounds
3. Use the Aussie Lingo - Words like sheila and crikey will fool your average drop bear
4. Smear vegemite on your armpits - We think this one is a bit of a myth, however many swear by it, so if you want to make sure you don't get flattened by a hairy meat sack, then you may want to go to such extremes
5. Hop on one leg - This is an interesting one. We thing that the drop bear will mistake you for a Kangaroo and leave you alone if they hear hopping. It is not fool proof but a good one to excersize, especially if you hear the rustling of potential drop bear activity
6. Keep Moving - when you move around it is very hard for a bear to follow you up in the trees. If you stay in one place say for a picnic, the drop bear has the chance to edge forward towards you location
7. Wear a broad brimmed hat - Wearing a large hat increases the viewable area of your body to a drop bear looking down from above. We have found that large hats tend to scare off some of the less agressive drop bears.
8. Sing a song - (preferably Australian - see number 2 and 3) Drop bears are known to be very musical creatures and appreciate a good song.
9. Don't declare liberal political views out loud - Drop bears are highly left wing politically and don't like hearing the other side of the story
10. Don't act scared - Seriously, drop bears can smell fear a mile off. Be cautious but confident walking around the Australian bush. Don't let them see the terror in your eyes.
Drop Bear Aware - Ten Tips