Conspiracy theorists exist everywhere, and the internet has given them a new outlet. Whether they're claiming that 9/11 was an inside job; that the Moon landing was faked; or that the Earth is hollow and run by lizard people (or Freemasons, or the Illuminati, or the Bilderberg Group, or…), proponents of these theories can be found in every corner of the net.
The relatively-harmless-but-also-quite-stupid Flat Earth Society repeated possibly its most hard-to-swallow conspiracy at a recent meeting in Birmingham - and that's coming from a group that disputes the existence of gravity.
This particular theory was first put forward in a viral Facebook rant (since removed, but immortalised here) last year, and states that Australia is a hoax.
Yup, it's made up. Never existed. Move along, nothing to see here.
The post goes on to claim that the ‘idea' of Australia was "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 [sic] for one of the greatest mass murders in history."
"But I've been to Australia," I hear you cry. "It's big. Sandy. Lots of rocks and I got bitten by a sheep. It definitely exists." Well, Shelley Floryd - the Flat Earther responsible for the theory - has an answer for you:
"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."
Flat Earthers ignore the evidence put forward by NASA, insisting that they won't accept the truth until they see it for themselves. Seeing as very few of them have the money and means to launch themselves into space, they're going to continue thinking in two dimensions for a long time to come.
So there you have it: Australia out, South America in. Joke's on you, backpackers.
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