The 26th of April is ‘Hug an Australian Day,’ so for any of you with an Aussie pal, remember to lovingly lock your arms around them today.
As if you need a reason – here are the 6 most worthy of a cuddle we’ve found.
Enjoy, there are some rippers, mate!
1. John O’Sullivan
We’ve all been there. Like a fish out of water in a place where there’s – dare I say it – no network coverage.
But thank goodness for O’Sullivan for making it possible to connect with those loved one almost anywhere on the globe with his invention of Wi-Fi technology.
2. Professor Graeme Clark
Ear ear, now this is certainly cause for celebration. The first bionic ear was invented by Clark of Melbourne University in the 70’s, being implanted in a human patient for the first time in 1978.
The Cochlear Ear implant is currently used by more than 250,000 people worldwide, allowing them to get part of their sense of hearing back.
3. Gordon Meijs and Hans Griesser
The ‘long wear lenses’ were developed in 1999 by Australians Gordon Meijs and Hans Griesser, banishing the frequently replaced ‘short wear lenses.’
These new, snazzy silicone hydrogel lenses could safely be worn for up to 30 days and nights meaning poking your eyes became a little less frequent – music to my ears.
4. Eric Waterworth
Eric Waterworth was the mastermind behind designing the first automatic record changer in 1925, where a total of 6 vinyls could be played in sequence.
Unfortunately, due to some economic trouble at the time, it didn’t get a proper release in Australia or the UK which gave it a bleak chance for survival. The patents eventually expired and were taken by a British company who later released the same product.
5. Dr David Warren
Warren is credited with the invention of the brilliant airplane black box or, if you want to be technical, the Flight Data Recorder (FDR for short). But get this, the box isn’t ‘black’ but a shade of orange called ‘International Orange’ to help people find it in a wreckage.
If that doesn’t warrant a hug, I don’t know what does.
6. Cate Blanchett
Last but by no means least and a personal favourite of mine. From Babel to Lord of The Rings, Cate really knows how to captivate the big screen, winning more awards than mosquito bites I sport in the summertime.
So far, I’ve only received my certificate for swimming 100 metres and a crash course in French.
So, there you have it. A lot to thank the Australians for today – so get cuddlin’!