Cape Town - 9 January 2015 would now and forever more mark the day an entire new country, Kyrzbekistan, was found.
So popular was this new country that Condé Nast Traveler even put together a list of need-to-knows before your visit there.
The new destination immediately leapt onto the bucketlists of many world travellers, but, to much disappointment, it was later realised that Kyrzbekistan was actually accidentally created by journalist John Branch, a New York Times' sports reporter.
Branch owned up to his slip-up quite ingeniously, tweeting about his new invention.
Just got a follow from @kyrzbekistan, and named honorary president. Considering all I've done for that country, it's the least it could do.— John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT) January 8, 2015
An unique Twitter account was even created for Kyrzbekistan, to where many tongue-in-cheek tweeters post their views on the new destination:
My 2015 travel wishlist begins with #Kyrzbekistan— Eelin Reily (@EelinReily) January 8, 2015
next thing you know, Putin will be claiming that #Kyrzbekistan has no history of statehood— Christian Caryl (@ccaryl) January 8, 2015
The original article, that's been corrected on the New York Time's website, meant to reference the Central Asian nation Kyrgyzstan in an article on two rock climbers in Yosemite.
See: 2 men attempt most difficult climb in world at Yosemite
The correction of the article was Tweeted by NYT followers:
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