Headlines were made back in May, when a post that was made even further back, it appears in 2017, again was reported on in the media: someone actually believes Australia does not exist.
The post seems to have been made to Reddit first, but went viral on Facebook, energetically claiming that Australia doesn’t exist and that everyone who has ever been there was lying.
It even claimed that Australian people are just computer generated personalities, to cover up a genocidal event.
A person named Shelley Floryd posted this to Facebook and it went viral, but was since deleted with the attention being unwanted:
“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. Australia does not exist. 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.”
For the past three years or so, since around the very middle of 2015 people have been talking about the Earth being flat. At least for the past three years, it has been talked about so much you can look it up on Google Trends and from that point on, the popularity of the idea exploded.
An article from the Mirror provides the usual take:
“Flat Earth theories have been shot down by just about everyone capable of rational thought, but the theory is still enjoying a current resurgence. Over 200 conspiracy theorists gathered at a hotel in Birmingham for the UK’s first Flat Earth Convention. The convention, which took place over three days, saw nine speakers take to the stage to explain their theory as to why the Earth is flat.”
“While NASA has proved that the Earth is round using GPS, satellites, and images from space, Flat Earth believers claim that they have evidence that the space agency is lying.”
Earlier this month, an NBA player apologized for claiming the Earth is flat. Kyrie Irving, of the Boston Celtics ruffled feathers earlier in 2018 when he started talking about some conspiracies. According to Patheos:
“In a podcast with teammates in January 2018, Irving admitted to being a flat-earther. The media went wild with Irving’s statements. Irving admitted he learned about the Earth being flat, chemtrails, and other conspiracies on Instagram. Last week at an event for Forbes Under 30 summit, Irving apologized for the comments.
Irving’s statements appeared on the podcast Road Trippin’ at the beginning of 2018. He told teammate JJ Reddick that he believed the earth was flat. Numerous reports came out to challenge Irving on his outlandish claims. A professor from Duke’s astronomy department even invited Irving to sit in on one of his classes.”
Whether the Earth is shaped like a doughnut or a pyramid, this topic knows how to draw controversy.