At long last, something that the entire Northern Hemisphere can join together and feel mutually superior and smug about - and, of course, it's all true because it was on the BBC.
Australians top the list as the world's most envious people in a global tally of the seven deadly sins. They also score highly for the other six, making Australia the "most sinful nation" on earth, according to a BBC magazine show. The tally compared national statistics for plastic surgery (pride), theft (envy), violent crime (wrath), number of annual holidays (sloth), annual salary (greed), money spent on fast food (gluttony) and porn (lust). Australians gained the dubious prize of being named "the most sinful nation on earth" for scoring highly in every one of the seven categories, the report added.
Popular Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire said Australians had their vices, but they were also very virtuous.
"Australians like to indulge and enjoy the good things in life - we are open about that. But people forget that the mirror image of the sins are the seven virtues and Australians also have a lot of virtues on balance. We're just too laconic to talk about the things we do right."
COMMENT: Too laconic? I think that what Father Bob (who's a good bloke) really means to say is that Australians are too pissed all the while to talk about "the things they do right." Either that, or they are too busy surfing the net for sheep porn. Good on yer, mates!