Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Missed Connections: Sandy Island

A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say.

The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was positioned midway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia.

But when scientists from the University of Sydney went to the area, they found only the blue ocean of the Coral Sea.

we were not on the beach, you were not wearing a wide hat – m4w (Sandy Island)

a pelican followed us and tried to land on your head. i asked the pelican what you were standing on. he shivered and flew away – m4m (Sandy Island)

I poked you and said "isn't this kind of like being in a Magritte painting?" You rolled your eyes. – w4w (Sandy Island)

You wondered if this was where the Bloop was coming from, but I shot you down by knowing it was icebergs calving after all. I'm sorry, I think I came off like a dick. – m4w (Sandy Island)

Please, I love knowing about weird noises too. Don't be mad. – m4w (Sandy Island)

islandsinthestreamthatiswhatweare – islands4islands (Sandy Island)

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<3 u sandie


I liked this. A real high feeling.@y

Judith Slutler

I really hope this island never actually existed and was drawn onto the map as, like, part of an 18th century real estate scam, or something.


@Emmanuelle Cunt A conspiracy of cartographers! A paper island!


@Emmanuelle Cunt I hope the scientists are lying and there totally is an island there they don't want anyone to know about for some reason.

runner in the garden

@anachronistique I remember reading somewhere about how cartographers add fake street names in order to recognize when someone bootlegs their map.


@runner in the garden Isn't there a whole thing in John Green's "Paper Towns" about cities that don't exist except on maps? I feel like that was a thing in that book. Which makes me wonder if it's a thing in the world that he put in his book.


penny, was that your boat i saw? - m4w (sandy island)


ten to one Australia doesn't exist either


@queenofbithynia Oi!


@queenofbithynia Preeetty sure we…exist? But how can one really know for sure?



@queenofbithynia ten to one Australia IS Sandy...


@queenofbithynia excuse me! we are right here!


I am now thinking of all kinds of ways of using "going to Sandy Island" as euphemisms for other things.



RK Fire

@pearlforrester: WE HAVE TO GO DEEPER


I hope it got SWALLOWED BY THE SEA/a kraken.

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