'LOST'There was confusion in the South Pacific today, when O'ahu, the Hawaiian island location for US drama series, Lost, vanished into thin air.
The paradise island, formed by two extinct volcanoes, Wai'anae and Ko'olau, is 71 km long and 48 km across - not just a drop in the ocean - and should be easy to find, but search teams have, thus far, been unable to locate it.
The Gathering Place, as it was known by locals, has been the idyllic setting for Lost since 2004. The show's producers say that, despite much weird bullshit, nothing like this has ever happened before, although the exciting storylines have the island disappearing and reappearing all-too-frequently whilst the survivors of an air crash try to get back to civilisation.
Several theories as to the island's whereabouts have already sprung up. One is that the island is exactly where it was before, but that nobody can see it because it is now made of invisible marshmallow. Lost hardliners have scoffed at the idea.
Another is, that the island is there, but in a different time zone - as much as +7 GMT.
The most interesting, and typically for Lost, complex theory to surface, is the one which surrounds the shoreline around O'ahu. The sandy beaches that skirt the paradise isle stretch for 365 km - one for every day of the year!
One of the show's creators, Jeffrey Lieber, said:
"The disappearance of O'ahu was not in the show's script, but kind of works in its favour. We think that the island might reappear at some stage, and have estimated where and when this might happen, but, of course, you'll have to keep watching to find out!"