We talked to Australia conspiracy theorist Shelley Floryd about what's actually going on here
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Over the past four days, Shelley Floryd has become something of an internet celebrity.
Sydney Opera House - allegedlyIt's all down to this Facebook post from 21st March, which lays out Floryd's 'theory' about why Australia - yes, that Australia that you've seen pictures of all over Instagram and probably on the news at New Year; where you definitely know that people have visited if you haven't yourself - is in fact a full-on hoax. Let's just pick out some of the best parts of that, again: Your Australian friends are "all actors and computer generated personas, part of the plot to trick the world." Australia was made up to cover up the genocide of 162,000 transported criminals. Everyone in "Australia" is an actor. "Australia" is actually South America. Pilots are in on it. Lunacy or not, there's a strong plotline here. If this was the opening of a dystopian novel, we'd be listening. There's something extremely Truman Show-esque about it. Clearly, the world agrees - and with over 50,000 comments and 21,000 shares by the weekend, it's not surprising that the internet has picked up Floryd's 'theory' and run with it. After all, you can't go claiming that one of the world's most visited countries doesn't really exist without someone calling you out.
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