Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ceremonial leaving of the housewarming present



Househunter M. Flavius Aurelius saw this listing in a real estate agent's office window. Sure, from my American perspective it looks... ah... not really all that inviting. But careful research reveals that, in Australia, a house really isn't considered to be "warmed" until a dog has circled it three times, dragging its behind along the lawn.

This photo shows that the house comes pre-christened, which increases the sale price by an average of AUS$10,000. Cheers!

I just spent far too long trying to figure out if the dog was going widdershins, given that this is the Southern hemisphere... almost as long as I spent previously trying to figure out if Australia really was antipodal to me [it isn't]. I need a special vocabulary list just for Austral listings.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's the only picture in the listing? The interior is actually somehow less appealing? That's astounding, and not a little bit frightening.

Stuart said...

"'At ain't a dog there, Ma'am. 'At roight there's a CacaRoo. Quoite rare little fella. 'E's mahrking 'is territry roight now by doin' what we call a Cacabout. It's quite an honah, really. Now, let's get those paypahs drawn up, shall we?"

Sara said...

Psst, Glory von Hathor -- I thought you were just making some terribly obscure joke, and I was hoping someone would explain it...

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opuscule said...

Thanks for being hilarious. Reposted at http://iamhilarious.com/ceremonial-leaving-of-the-housewarming-present/

line_noise said...

I believe the dog is circling with the house on its right hand side, opposite of Widdershins which therefore, in Discworld parlance, would be Turnwise.

The dog is facing a north-northeasterly direction based on the fact that the satellite dish is pointing almost due north, most likely at Optus C1 in geostationary orbit.

Cleanopolis said...

Most crooked house ever in the history of the world.