What with all the Royal weddings, Presidential birth certificates and dead terrorists being flung into the sea lately, a story has slipped beneath the radar that really deserved a quieter news week to do it justice.
Now we know Australians like a drink and often they get drunk and make drongo's of themselves but an Aussie submariner has once again revived that well-worn British past-time of mocking our Aussie cousins.
The Australian Government, as part of a campaign to stamp out alcohol abuse in the Australian Defence Force, released a video of a half naked Aussie seaman, paralytic drunk on a US naval base being restrained by US guards after he began scuffling with police, ambulance and even fire officers called to help him while attempting to put him on a stretcher.
After he was packed off to hospital, an ambulance driver sighed 'It isn't even midday and he was the second Australian to be taken to hospital for intoxication today.'
The incident reportedly led to strict new drinking rules and a spokeswoman for the Defence Ministry stating 'The Government has made it clear that the highest standards are expected from ADF personnel, whether they are serving at home or overseas.'
So far no surprise, a drunken Australian, what's so unusual about that?
Here's the kicker.
When he got back down under, the Australian Defence Ministry decided not to charge him with disciplinary action and promoted him instead! High standards indeed. Classic but it doesn't top the story of the Australian a while back who was stopped by the police and found to have the cars safety belt wrapped around his crates of beer while his young child sat wobbling and untethered on top.
We salute you Australia, or we will once you have sobered up.