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Citations Edit

  • The segment involving Adolf Hitler refers to a conspiracy theory that he survived World War II and escaped to Argentina. However, Hitler is shown appearing the same as he did when he was in power. Had Hitler indeed survived, he would have been 105 years of age at the time the episode aired.
  • While taunting Bruno Dundridge on the phone, Bart says, "Hey, I think I hear a dingo eating your baby." This is a joke about the Azaria Chamberlain disappearance.
  • "That's not a knife: This is a knife!" is a famous line from the film Crocodile Dundee, said by the title character after a robber uses a pocket knife to try and rob him; Dundee pulls out a Bowie knife as he says the quote, intimidating the robber himself.
    • Earlier Bruno asks his son if there's anything wrong with the bidet, which is another reference to this movie.
  • The "South O' The Equator Gift Shoppe" is a reference to the tourist attraction "South of the Border", located near the North Carolina/South Carolina border. Their mascot Pedro and his love for bad puns are on display here as well.
  • During the chase scene from the Australian Parliament, a Mad Max motorcycle gang member can be seen in the crowd.
  • During the slide show presentation, a slide with plan "B" depicting Fidel Castro in crosshairs is seen (which the government official promptly eats). This was a reference to a conspiracy theory that the U.S. Government, after the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, attempted to have Fidel Castro assassinated.
  • The bullfrogs destroying the Australian's crops is a possible reference to rabbits and cane toads which were introduced to Australia and destroyed many of Australia's plants.
  • The booting punishment is a reference to the 1994 caning of American teenager Michael Fay, who was caned several times by Singaporean authorities for vandalizing cars.
  • The beer brand that the Australian adults are frequently seen drinking is Foster's (which is, in real life, an Australian brand), except with a kangaroo instead of the "F" on its logo.

Trivia Edit

  • Despite Homer being very much against the Australians' proposed "booting" punishment, Homer was previously amused when a very similar looking boot struck Bart in the butt in "Burns' Heir".
  • While The Simpsons is prone to some errors simply for comic effect, in this particular episode, the supposed scientific knowledge of drains flowing differently in the Southern Hemisphere is actually a myth. The Coriolis effect is indeed accurate, but it is only seen in large systems such as eddies, whirlpools in the ocean, and cyclonic storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes. For small-scale cases such as drains and toilets, there are too many other more-important factors for the effect to make a difference (spin imparted by water's flow, angle, friction, etc.).
  • Contrary to the implication in the last shot of the episode, koalas would not do any harm in America. They would likely die of hunger due to the fact that they only eat eucalyptus leaves.
  • It would later be revealed that the Simpsons' ancestors were exiled from Australia.
  • The Simpson family flies by airline "Transhemispheric Airlines".
  • In this episode's French version, Tobias the Australian Boy is Named Toby by his father.  
  • In this episode, the Australian's way of economy-- the "Prime Minister" and barn (partially)-- and speaking are stereotypes from other countries. In fact, pretty much everything in this episode is an Australian stereotype.

Goofs Edit

  • Toilet bowls are too small to be affected by Coriolis forces.
  • Lisa demonstrates "counterclockwise" by making a clockwise circle with her finger.
  • Bart called for Burkina Faso during his search for answers about the toilet spinning clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Burkina Faso is in the Northern Hemisphere. Obviously, Bart doesn't know this.
  • Homer didn't particularly oppose booting in Burns' Heir.
  • The flag at the embassy has 14 stripes.
  • There is no such thing as a laundry ship.
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