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San Serriffe islands
« on: March 26, 2021, 04:02:05 PM »
San Serriffe is a fictional island nation created for April Fools' Day 1977, by Britain's Guardian newspaper.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Serriffe
The original idea was to place the island in the Atlantic Ocean near Tenerife, but it was moved to the Indian Ocean, near the Seychelles Islands. The idea for the hoax came from the Guardian′s Special Reports Manager Philip Davies. In a 2007 interview he said "The Financial Times was always doing special reports on little countries I'd never heard of. I was thinking about April Fool's Day 1977 and I thought, why don't we just make a country up?"
The Guardian received hundreds of letters from readers describing memorable holidays to the islands. It also received a letter from the "San Serriffe Liberation Front" critical. A Friends of San Serriffe club was established, with its "life president" writing annual April Fools' Day letters to the paper.

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