The stunning Greek island of Amorgos is currently trending online, but not for its rugged natural beauty and secluded beaches, for its name.
Searches for the Cycladic island have surged in the past few days, and it has nothing to do with summer holiday bookings or a new wave of interest in the Greek islands.
No, Amorgos has become a meme due to its links with an incredibly popular video game.
After noticing references to Amorgos everywhere, Internet sleuths have linked the searches to a meme raging across Twitter in which users urge each other to search for “the 25th island of Greece.”
On the list of Greek islands by size, Amorgos is ranked 25th. The meme is a play on the name “Amorgos,” which users think resembles the name of the extremely popular game “Among Us.”
Amorgos is trending because it sounds like “Among Us”
Although released in 2018, “Among Us” took the world by storm last spring, when those in quarantine and lockdown were searching for new games and activities to cure their boredom, and remains quite popular to this day.
The game involves a group of spacemen moving around a rocket ship doing menial tasks. There is, however, an imposter among the crew, set out to sabotage the safety of the ship and kill the members on board.
Each time a player dies, the whole group, which can be full of strangers from around the world, convenes to discuss who they believe the imposter is, and then vote them out.
The imposter must try to deceive the rest of the group, by flying under the radar or casting blame on another player.
This continues until the imposter kills all the other crew members or is found out and voted off the ship.
The widespread popularity of the game has caused social media users to see references to it in their daily lives, whether it be words that remind them of its name, or shapes that recall the iconic figures of the crew members.