Hundreds of TikTok users are freaking out after discovering a “creepy” location they previously knew nothing about.
Thomas uses Snapchat’s Snapmap feature to explore the globe, before zooming in on Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The TikToker was shocked to find that, just off the city’s coast, there’s a group of islands shaped exactly like a world map.
“Can somebody please explain this to me?” Thomas asks.
The TikToker, totally shocked, zooms around the mini-earth to find islands named after nearly every major world country, as well as some named after U.S. states.
Thomas’ discovery seemed to shock thousands of other TikTok users, too. Her video has been viewed more than 550,000 times and at least 800 other users have used her audio to create similar videos.
Of course, there’s a perfectly good explanation for her “creepy” findings. The World Islands, constructed starting in 2003, is a collection of more than 300 private luxury islands. Each island is totally artificial and can sell for anywhere between $7 million and $1.8 billion, according to Private Islands Inc.
Most of the islands are still undeveloped, but some have been purchased by major property groups. Some, in the archipelago’s Mini-Europe, are being turned into a massive luxury resort.
The World Islands have been covered frequently in the news since their inception, but many TikTokers claimed they’d never heard of them.
“The fact they never taught this is in school….” one user wrote.
“Ok I’m happy I’m not the only one that didn’t know about this,” another added.
“Parallel universe that they just discovered maybe,” another joked.
Thomas received so many responses that she even posted a follow-up video. In it, she explained more about the islands.
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