(I myself had long believed the myth of Western Australia, until my eyes were opened by the following passage, originally posted on Slashdot.)
Once again we are plagued with stories originating from this so called “Western Australia”. As an Australian I am probably most aware of the myth of Western Australia, for those of you not in the know I’ll lay it out for you.
Have you ever been to Western Australia? No you haven’t. Have you ever met anyone who is from Western Australia? No, I didn’t think so. Seriously ask around your office, no one has been there. Sure you hear about it in the news (such as the article) but finding good hard evidence of its existence just isn’t possible.
Why you ask? Because Western Australia doesn’t exist. Think about it. The supposed state is massive, too large to practically be governed by one single state government. Furthermore it is conveniently placed about as far away as possible from any other people, people who could verify its existence.
As far as I can tell the whole myth of WA started as an inside joke between cartographers. Soon many other professionals, publishers, politicians, journalists, photographers etc. took notice and they all created their own versions of the joke. Together they created a vast tapestry of “evidence” of its existence and culture. Over the years this myth grew and the various versions merged together. Today many people just assume the state exists.
A good repository of false evidence can be found at wikipedia.org. Unfortunately some people are so convinced of this preposterous notion they relentlessly revert my many edits to the site. Think about it people! A black swan? That doesn’t make any sense at all, swans are white not black. OPEN YOUR EYES SHEEPLE!!