Around the world, Australians are known for many things. The land of dusty red plains, white sandy beaches, deep blue waters, and unique (usually pretty lethal) wildlife.
It is also the land of big, big things. Peppered across this vast land are giant statues, novelty archicture and absurd sculptures that are one part iconic, another part, well, plain weird.
From the big prawn in West Ballina NSW to the world's tallest bin in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, let's be honest, our obsession with these big things is a little unusual.
And, apparently, it's taken one from across the pond - a Kiwi no less - to point out that absurdity.
On a quest to determine which is the strangest big thing, New Zealand-born co-founder of the satirical website Sh*t Towns of Australia, Geoff Rissole, has compiled a list of the 32 weirdest big things.
They're all a little weird, but only one can be crowned victorious in the inaugural Sh*ttest Big Thing contest.
"I think what's really great about it, is it shows that Aussies are really passionate about their big things ... people really seem to get behind it, they're really invested in voting and the outcome of who's going to be the sh*ttest big thing in Australia," Mr Rissole told ACM.
Australia has about 230 big things, with one in every state and territory. Each one has developed its own iconic status and a cult phenomenon.
But in order to make the contest doable, Mr Rissole has had to cut the list down considerably. Having started from a short-list of 32, there are now eight contenders vying for ultimate sh*t status.
The eight remaining contestants are, The Giant Koala in Dadswell Bridge, Victoria, The Big Ant in Broken Hill, NSW, The Big Oyster in Taree, NSW, The Big Easel in Emerald, Queensland, The Big Potato in Robertson, NSW, The Big Mango in Bowen, Queensland, and The Big Captain Cook in Mount Molloy, Queensland.
Of course, Mr Rissole has received some backlash. Although, not from towns that may have taken umbrage over their beloved big thing being described in such vulgar terms.
No, in fact, people have been disgruntled that their particular sh*t thing didn't make the cut.
"Most of the negative feedback I've had this time has really been [from] people we've excluded the big thing in their town ... I think most people are wanting their particular big thing included in the showdown," Mr Rissole said.
Many imposter big things tried to make a case for their inclusion on the list, Mr Rissole said.
But these imposters were sadly relegated to the mediocre list. They are simply just not sh*t enough to make the cut.
"It had to sort of be unique and specific to the area. There's a lot of quite generic things that don't really reflect the community where they're from, and it had to just be like overall just a bit sh*t," he said.
"I think you know it when you see it, it's just got a quality to it where it's just a bit off and not quite right."
While it is too early to tell what will take the prize, Mr Rissole is keeping his expert gaze on a few, including the Big Koala.
"I love that one because it's got a gift store inside the koala. It's just an enormous koala with like a dead, listless stare. It's quite horrifying," he said.
And then there's also the world's tallest bin, which is, in Mr Rissole's opinion, chief among the sh*ttest things Australia has to offer.
"Obviously I don't really get the whole point of the bin or what that has to do with Kalgoorlie specifically, but yeah, it's definitely pretty crap," he said.
But as Mr Rissole points out, it's ultimately up to the public to decide.
Mr Rissole hopes the towns will take the competition under the chin and recognise it in the spirit in which he intends it.
"We have had a lot of people that have followed our books around and actually gone and visited places that we've written about before on the basis of our reviews, so it's sort of taken with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, as intended, I think it can be quite a good thing," he said.
Voting closes Monday June 20. Have your say.
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