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The term Down Under is a colloquialism differently construed to refer to Australia and New Zealand, or the Pacific island countries collectively. The term comes from the fact that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, “below” almost all other countries, on the usual arrangement of a map or globe which places cardinal north at the top.The term has been in use since the late 19th century, and the persistence of the media use of the term has led to its wide acceptance and usage, especially in reference to Australia. The Men at Work song “Down Under” became a patriotic rallying song for Australians. The Russian-Australian boxing champion Kostya Tszyu was nicknamed “The Thunder from Down Under”, as is Australian snooker player Neil Robertson. When the then Miss Australia Jennifer Hawkins was crowned as Miss Universe 2004 in Quito, Ecuador, she was called by the same nickname by host Billy Bush.According to Roger Ebert's tongue-in-cheek Glossary of Movie Terms, the Down Under Rule:

No film set in Australia is allowed to use the word Australia in its title where “Down Under” is an acceptable alternative. For example, we don't get The Rescuers in Australia or Quigley in Australia.
The Tour Down Under is a cycling race in and around Adelaide, South Australia, and since 2009 has been the inaugural event of the UCI World Tour Ranking calendar, which culminates in the Giro di Lombardia.

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    Men at Work's 'Down Under' Hits #1 on US Billboard Charts Again

    On this day February 12, 1983, "Down Under" by Men at Work reclaimed the top spot on the US Billboard Charts for the second time. It reigned as the #1 song in America from January 15 to 29 and again from February 12 to 18.
  2. Men At Work - Down Under (Official HD Video)

    Men At Work - Down Under (Official HD Video)

    Men At Work's official HD music video for "Down Under"As featured on Contraband: The Best of Men At Work. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: http://...