In several outback pubs in central Australia, including Cadney Homestead (below) and Stuarts Well Roadhouse, there's a prominent sign at the bar with the cryptic message "YCWCYODFTRFDTY":

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What does this mean?

And I'll save you the trouble: at time of asking, Google doesn't know! (In the text results, at least, you may find the answer if you scrutinize the images well enough.) But if you do, please use spoiler markup (start line with >!) in your answer.

Update: This is, inevitably, now Google's top hit for the phrase. Some lazy bum ripped it off to Quora, and there's a creative answer there as well!

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    Now Google does know; it returns this as the first result Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 6:54
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    So now pay up!!
    – Strawberry
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 9:18
  • Did you ask there?
    – guest
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 12:59

2 Answers 2


Actually, various sources on Google told me

"Your curiosity will cost you one dollar for the Royal Flying Doctor thank you" . The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides routine and emergency medical services to remote rural communities throughout Australia.

Here's one source, scroll down a little way.


it was my understanding that the RFDS was entirely funded by donations but it seems this is not the case. I've removed that reference from my answer, but don't let that stop you donating!

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    You might want to explain, for those who aren't aware, what the "RFD" is. Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 14:12
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    After traveling in outback Australia, wholeheartedly donate. Everyone out there seems to know someone who is alive or able-bodied because of the Royal Flying Doctor service, and it runs on donations. So by all means, ask when you see the sign, and happily part with a dollar.
    – Jason
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 14:29
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    @Jason While the RFDS does good work, their yearly budget is $340m and they're mostly funded by taxpayers, not donations. Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 6:41
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    Tried to donate $1. Minimum donation is $2...
    – Masclins
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 8:01
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    Another US form is "IITYWIM..." which stands for "If I Tell You What It Means..." and is often followed by things like Will You Buy Me A Shot or A Beer.
    – Ripped Off
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 14:40

Your curiosity will cost you a three dollar donation for the Royal Flying Doctors Thank you.

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    That doesn't match the acronym, does it?
    – Berend
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 10:55
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    @Berend It matches the recent inflation rate in Australia though. Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 11:08
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    @Berend they probably updated the sign to YCWCYTDFTRFDTY or something similar.
    – jcaron
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 13:11
  • @jcaron possible, but that's not in the question
    – Berend
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 13:52

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