[Editor: A humourous story published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.]
The Flea Farm.
I’ve heard Aussies tell stories to the unsophisticated of many different kinds of farms we have “out there” — there’s the Jackeroo farm, the Nullanulla farm, the Wombat farm, etc., etc. But the boy with the Flea farm is the best novelty I’ve struck. He was a badly-wounded inmate of an English hospital. At every opportunity he would tell the nurse about his wonderful flea farm. Finally the nurse concluded that he had gone off his block and reported the matter to the doctor. “What do you do with this flea farm of yours?” the doctor asked him. “Oh,” replied the Aussie, “we make beer out of the hops!”
Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918, page 9