Hi-yi-yi

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Hi-yi-yi (or Hi-Iay) was a fictitious small archipelago in the Pacific Ocean supposedly destroyed by the secret nuclear test of the US military in the 1950s. It was created by Gerolf Steiner, a zoology professor at the University of Heidelberg, to be the habitat of his equally fictitious Rhinogradentia.

Description[edit]

The tropical archipelago measured some 1,690 km2 (650 sq mi), and the highest peak (2230 m or 7316 feet) was on the main island, Hiddudify (Hy-dud-dye-fee). The islands were

  • Annoorussawubbissy
  • Osovitissy
  • Owsuddowsa
  • Noorubbissy
  • Miroovilly
  • Towteng-Awko
  • Nawissy
  • Hiddudify
  • Naty
  • Ownavussa
  • Lownunnoia
  • Mittuddinna
  • Vinsy
  • Shanelukha
  • Mara
  • Lowlukha
  • Koavussa
  • Awkoavussa

Each island was home to a distinctive fauna, dominated by many species of Rhinogradentia or Snouters – the only mammals in the archipelago, besides humans.

History[edit]

Hiddudify was inhabited by the Huacha-Hatchis. The first description of the archipelago published in Europe was provided by Swedish explorer Einar Pettersson-Skämtkvist, who arrived in Hiddudify in 1941, after escaping from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. In the late 1950s, as a consequence of atomic bomb testing, the islands suddenly sank into the ocean, destroying all traces of the snouters.

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