A few months ago the internet was shocked to learn that Finland doesn't exist
, now it seems we've lost another country to online conspiracy theorists.
This latest vanishing country has caused quite a stir on Facebook with 55k people commenting on the post which made the claim that Australia is a hoax, the post itself has been shared almost 25k times.
The theory that the world's sixth-largest country doesn't actually exist was posted by an 18-year-old, Swedish girl, named Shelley Floryd. The basis of her claim is that the country was made up in the 17th century by the British. She says the Brits claimed they were using Australia as a penal colony and taking boat loads of convicts there, however in reality the criminals were being dumped at sea. The British government kept up the pretence of Australia to cover up what they had done.
"All these criminals were loaded off the ships into the waters, drowning before they could see land ever again."
In her post, Shelley broke the news to the world that "Australia is not real. It's a hoax, made for us to believe that Britain moved over their criminals to someplace. In reality, all these criminals were loaded off the ships into the waters, drowning before they could see land ever again. It's a coverup for one of the greatest mass murders in history, made by one of the most prominent empires."
You may be wondering how anyone could have pulled this off, well Shelley goes on to explain how maps, documents and even the people of Australia are a lie. She says, "all things you call 'proof' are actually well fabricated lies and documents made by the leading governments of the world. Your Australian friends? They're all actors and computer generated personas, part of the plot to trick the world."
I have family in Australia, I've been there to visit them several times... or so I thought, Shelley thinks differently, "f you think you've ever been to Australia, you're terribly wrong. The plane pilots are all in on this, and have in all actuality only flown you to islands close nearby - or in some cases, parts of South America, where they have cleared space and hired actors to act out as real Australians."
According to Shelley, "Australia is one of the biggest hoaxes ever created, and you have all been tricked." She encourages readers join her cause and share her theory using the hashtag, #AustraliaisNOTreal. The post continues, "join the movement today, and make it known that they have been deceived. Make it known, that this has all just been a cover-up."
Understandably, many patriotic Australians have had plenty to say about Shelley's post, especially the part which says, "the things these 'Australian' says to be doing, all these swear words and actions based on alcoholism, MDMA and bad decisions, are all ways to distract you from the ugly truth that is one of the greatest genocides in history. 162,000 people was said to have been transported to this imaginary land during a mere 80 years, and they are all long dead by now. They never reached that promised land."
Shelley ends the post by saying, "tell the truth. Stand up for what is right. Make sure to spread the world - Australia is not real. It's a codeword for the cold blooded murder of more than a hundred thousand people, and it is not okay. We will not, accept this."
"Stand up for the ones who died. Let it be known, that Australia does not exist."
The comment section of the post has been flooded with comments from angry Australians, some questioning the intelligence of Shelley. One comment read, "what is wrong with this person? She lost the plot completely."
However, the most common theme in the comments were accusations that Shelley must have been high to write this, with comments like, "whatever LSD you're taking I want some," "is this bitch on drugs??," and "Shelza, mate get of the crack you druggo, go down to Macca's get a bite, go to the servo buy some durries and you'll be seein straighty 180 in piss all time."
Just under a week after Shelley posted her theory, she came clean admitting that she is fully aware of the fact that Australia exists, "everything I've said has been complete jokes, which you all kept adding fuel to and made it blow up."
She says her original post "was made up on the spot as I was laying in bed the other day" and is based on the fact that her Australian best friend said he hated the 80s British pop group, The Smiths. Shelley said, "no one hates The Smiths, so I simply came to the conclusion that Australia doesn't exist."
So, it seems the 24.4 million strong population of Australia and their beautiful country does exist after all, which leaves me slightly confused as I'd come to the conclusion that the reason why flights to Australia are so expensive is because part of the ticket price goes towards the fees for the thousands of actors playing the roles of Aussies.