Australian sports shirts have a habit of popping up where you least expect them – and the latest global mystery is a corkscrew.
An eagle-eyed Reddit user saw South Korean pop star Haewon “inexplicably” wearing a Queensland Maroons sweater during a performance by girl group Nmixx, in a video posted by Mnet K-POPwhich has nearly 20 million followers.
Photos of Haewon wearing the jersey were also posted to Nmixx’s Instagram account, which has nearly 3 million followers.
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With little context about the bizarre clothing choice, social media users speculated what was going on — with one theory that it could have something to do with the fact that one of Haewon’s bandmates, Lily, was born in Australia. Others suggested it could bode well for the North Queensland Cowboys if they try to reach the NRL grand final.
It brings back memories of some of the other great Australian jersey mysteries of recent years.
The Curious Case of John Cusack Wearing a Kangaroos Sweater in the 1985 Movie The sure thing was a bizarre only resolved (sort of) a few years ago.
Then there was the mystery man who wore an Australia A cricket shirt at Super Bowl 30 – a case that has also been closed thanks to the marvels of social media.
Perhaps Haewon, like many others, is simply an admirer of Origin’s remarkable revival in this year’s series, or a fan of the Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater-led dynasty of the past decade. Can you blame her?