What does a bushranger, a prawn and fruit have in common?
INTERSTATE rivalry between truckies took a strange twist when drivers from three states got involved in a debate over a famous bushranger, a popular crustacean and a tropical fruit.
That occurred at a roadhouse in early March and the subject of their conversation was Aussie statues, also referred to as monuments or sculptures.
These were the Big Prawn at Ballina in NSW, the statue to famous - or infamous - bushranger Ned Kelly at Glenrowan in Victoria and the Big Mango beside the Bruce Hwy near Bowen in Queensland.
Now readers may think this is a menial subject but having listened to them Spy can tell you I was well and truly entertained.
Some of the debate was downright humorous.
It seemed the trio wanted to gain bragging rights for having the biggest or best statue in their home state.
The Victorian truckie was adamant it was the Ned Kelly statue telling the others it was in tribute to one of the best-known men in our history.
But the NSW driver said the Big Prawn was by far and away the number one.
He pointed out so many people enjoy eating prawns and that added to its attraction.
Which even resulted in a semi debate when the Queensland truckie reckoned more people would eat mangoes than prawns.
"Are you giving me the raw prawn?" he said.
Whilst they all agreed to disagree they had a good laugh at the completion of the yarn before heading to their sleeper boxes.
But the final word which really tantalised Spy's humour buds came from the partner of one who was travelling with him.
"Well at least it got them all off their bloody phones for 20 minutes," she quipped.
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