Tuesday 21 November 2017

This insane conspiracy theory will have you wondering whether Australia even exists

By Zaina Alibhai

For the record: it very much does.

An insane conspiracy theory is sweeping the internet suggesting Australia does not actually exist.

The theory proposes Australia is a hoax that exists as a cover-up for one “of the greatest mass murders in history”, but before we elaborate any further, we suggest you take a deep breath.

Shelley Floryd

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…

The theorist, Shelley Floryd, claimed Britain fabricated the fictional Australia to hide the fact it killed thousands of convicts, instead of shipping them over as is commonly believed.

She wrote: “Australia does not exist. All things you call ‘proof’ are actually well fabricated lies and documents made by the leading governments of the world.”

And all those Australians you’ve met on a drunken night out? That year you spent travelling around the land of Down Under? Lies, Shelley said.

“They’re all actors and computer generated personas, part of the plot to trick the world. 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.”

Shelley, who lives in Stockholm, Sweden, urged people to open their eyes to the deception, and said: “Australia is one of the biggest hoaxes ever created, and you have all been tricked.

“Tell the truth. Stand up for what is right. Make sure to spread the world – Australia is not real.”

Shelley shared her colourful hypothesis on Facebook and, needless to say, it has been met with some outrage – mainly from angry Aussies.

Before you completely lose faith in humanity, it appears Shelley was just pulling our leg…

Shelley Floryd

It’s time to end this now, aye. Yes, I’m 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. The long…

She later wrote on Facebook: “It’s time to end this now, aye.

“Yes, I’m 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.”

In fact, she is set to spend three weeks in the country this summer. So that’s that then.

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