If you use Twitter, you might have seen some really strange references on the social media platform lately — references that won’t make much sense to those outside Australia. People are talking about Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a place called Engadine, pants filled with shit, and Maccas. What’s this all about? We’re here to help.
As you know, Australians are heading to the polls today to vote on whether they’d like the prime minister to remain the Liberal Party’s Scott Morrison or to hand power to the challenger, Labor Party leader Bill Shorten. That means Australian Twitter is especially focused on politics lately.
But what, might you ask, does any of that have to do with people talking about shit and Maccas?
If you translate the tweets from Australian for confused English-speakers abroad (and frankly this would be a useful translation feature for all of the internet) these Twitter users are talking about Prime Minister Morrison supposedly shitting his pants in a suburban McDonald’s on 13 September 1997.
Did you know that the current prime minister shit his pants at Engadine maccas in 1997?
— Frankie (@frankie_1987) May 12, 2019
Maccas is the nickname that Australians have for McDonald’s, and Engadine is the name of the Sydney suburb where Morrison allegedly unloaded a filthy deuce into his pants in 1997.
Morrison was allegedly at the McDonald’s after his favourite Australian-rules football team lost the Grand Final. And following the loss, Morrison “wantonly and violently” emptied his bowels into his pants while in the fast food establishment, according to the always reliable folks of the internet.
Morrison became prime minister less than a year ago during an inner-party power squabble between leaders of the Liberal Party, and the day before he became prime minister, on August 24, a Twitter user came forward with the story that Morrison had shit his pants at the Engadine McDonald’s in 1997.
And “Engadine Maccas 1997" has become a popular Australian meme ever since.
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╬═╬ just dropped down to say
╬═╬ Engadine Maccas '97
— Nathan - Fulfilling The Promise of Australia???????? (@nathanfraz) March 25, 2019
*entering "Engadine Maccas 1997” into my time machine's destination console*
Timmy the sidekick: Umm?
Me: You'll see. Just get the camcorder ready ok?
— Mitch Feltscheer (@mitchfel) March 26, 2019
me going back in time and waiting in engadine maccas on september 13th 1997 pic.twitter.com/zKNcbQkYKa
— mads ♉︎ (@mandlens) May 17, 2019
The story has even made its way into the political mainstream, albeit through tricky ways. Mehreen Faruqi, a senator with the Greens party, sent out a series of tweets yesterday that look pretty normal at first glance. In fact, it looks like she’s just discussing the federal election and the importance of voting Green.
Election day is tomorrow and I want to take a moment to talk about why Voting 1 @Greens in the Senate is so important...
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) May 17, 2019
But if you take a look at the first letter for every tweet in that thread, it spells out “Engadine Maccas”.
Prime Minister Morrison has never directly addressed whether he ever shit his pants in McDonald’s, but his defenders say that it didn’t happen. Or, at least, that it probably never happened.
The McDonald’s in Engadine has even become quite a spot for illicit art. For example, people keep putting up stickers of the prime minister’s face with things like “1997" across his forehead.
— ME!ry Kate ???? (@_maryjordan) May 10, 2019
And some pranksters even installed commemorative plaques at the McDonald’s location where Prime Minister Morrison allegedly defecated in his pants, or “shit his dacks” in local parlance.
I’d like to nominate whoever went to the trouble of having this plaque made and placing it at Engadine McDonald’s for Australian of the Year. #EngadineMaccas #auspol #ViolentShart pic.twitter.com/YKureFdaRl
— Stig Martyr (@owmyhands) May 17, 2019
So there you have it. The Australian internet can be pretty weird sometimes but at least this story should make more sense to you now. Well, as much sense as a pants-shitting political rumour can make.
Also, don’t forget to vote today. It’s compulsory, as you know. And even if you don’t mind paying the $180 fine, just remember that there are plenty of people in other countries who would love to have the right to vote.
Because voting is far from compulsory in many other parts of the world. It’s often barely allowed at all.