A playground rule familiar to all Australian schoolchildren has baffled an American teacher working Down Under.
Kaymie Wuerfel relocated from Florida to Sydney in early 2020 after tying the knot with her Australian beau, and has been ‘learning to live’ in the Harbour City since the first coronavirus lockdown in March.
To pass time during the pandemic, the Clearwater native began documenting the differences between life in the US and Australia in a series of TikTok videos which have drawn an audience of 142,700 followers.
In a recent clip titled ‘things I had to learn working in an Australian school’, Ms Wuerfel said she was confused to see a pupil sitting alone in the shade of the schoolyard while the rest played together in the sun.
When she asked why they were spending lunch away from their classmates, the student replied ‘no hat, no play’ – a policy followed in most Australian schools that requires kids to wear hats in the playground to protect themselves from the sun.
American teacher Kaymie Wuerfel (pictured) was confused by Australia’s ‘no hat, no play’ rule – a policy that requires kids to wear hats in the playground to protect themselves from the sun
‘Why are you not playing with the other kids?’ Ms Wuerfel asks herself as she reenacts the scene in the video.
‘I don’t have my hat,’ she replies, pretending to be the pupil.
‘What does that have to do with anything?’ she says, to which the ‘child’ replies: ‘No hat, no play.’
The exchange led Australian viewers to reminisce on their schooldays, with one writing: ‘No hat, no play, no school today!’
‘Trust me, no hat means NO play,’ added another.
Ms Wuerfel (pictured) relocated from Florida to Sydney in early 2020 after tying the knot with her Australian beau
Elsewhere in the clip, Ms Wuerfel said she was stunned when an Australian student asked her for a rubber during class.
In the US, a rubber is a slang term for a condom, but in Australia it means an eraser used for rubbing out pencil.
On another occasion, Ms Wuerfel was left scratching her head when a student approached her in the playground to tell her the ‘bubbler’ wasn’t working.
Bubbler is the Australian word for a public drinking fountain, though in some states they are referred to as water taps or water fountains.
Ms Wuerfel said she was similarly confused by Australian terms for swimsuits, which include ‘cossies’, ‘bathers’ and ‘togs’.
Earlier this month, Ms Wuerfel told her followers why she believes Australian McDonald’s is better than the US.
To pass time during the pandemic, the Clearwater native (pictured) began documenting the differences between life in the US and Australia in a series of TikTok videos
Ms Wuerfel said she prefers Aussie McDonald’s to the American version because the quality of the food is far superior.
‘I never ate it much in America because when you eat McDonald’s in America you genuinely feel like you are going to die,’ she said.
‘And I know here is probably not much better but it is so, so good.
‘I’m eating those Chicken McPieces and downing my frozen Coke, the last thing on my mind is my health – which probably is a bad thing.’
Ms Wuerfel (pictured) said she never ate McDonald’s when she lived in America because ‘when you eat McDonald’s in America you genuinely feel like you are going to die’
Viewers agreed, with plenty suggesting this could be down to Australia’s premium ingredients such as grass-fed beef, or the oil chips and chicken nuggets are fried in.
Many complained of falling ill hours after eating a meal from an American Maccas.
‘I tried McDonald’s while I was in the US and I literally was sick a few hours later,’ one person wrote.
‘I tried the USA Macca’s too when I was there. It’s so bad, I don’t know how it became so big,’ said another.