Hollow Earthers Say Our Planet's Core Is Filled With Aliens and Immortal Nazis Because OK Why Not?
It often seems like the line between conspiracy theorist and pulp science fiction is quite thin, as endless streams of new fantastical claims flood tabloids and internet forums that cause us to ceaselessly wonder, "what if?"
The latest claim comes courtesy of UK tabloid The Daily Mail's profile on "hollow-Earthers," a group that they say numbers in the thousands. As their name suggests, these hollow Earthers believe that the Earth is hollow inside, "and that superior 'alien' humans, Vikings and Nazis live inside. Instead of thinking that the world is flat, they are convinced that it actually contains a paradise at its core that resembles the Garden of Ede."
Led by author Rodney Cluff, the "hollow-Earthers" have also expanded their theory to accommodate UFO sightings, claiming that UFOs are sent from the globe's interior by "guardians of the planet" in order to spy on humans and prevent nuclear war. So... they're on our side?
"I don't know how the flat-Earthers can be so confused," said Cluff. "They are obviously wrong. The world is not flat—it's hollow."
Cluff is so confident in this claim that he organized a voyage to the inside of the Earth via a supposed opening in the North Pole in 2007. The expedition, which would have cost 15,000 pounds per head, was unsurprisingly canceled. He also maintains there is a portal at the South Pole. The closest point of reference for this claim seems to be based on the accounts of a Norwegian sailor named Olaf Jansen, who claimed he had sailed through an entrance to the inside of Earth at the North Pole. Of course, that was in 1811, and we know much more now about our planet's composition.
Working off the fact that the occult arms of the SS once scoured the Himalayas, Cluff is also certain that there is another portal in the Himalayas, and that the Nazis, along with the Vikings, escaped into the portal to become immortal.
Nevermind that explorers thoroughly scoured both poles of our planet or the years of scientific research we've amassed as to our planet's make up—with a crust, a mantle, a liquid core and a solid core at the very center. There's also the fact that a truly hollow Earth would make the planet so light that gravity would be too weak to hold us on the surface. That said, it sounds like Cluff floated away long ago.
In 2016, researchers found that the Earth's core is younger than its surface on account of the fact that time moves about 0.0000000003 seconds slower at the center. Not much until you remember that our planet is 4.5 billion years old. All told, that's just another reminder of the extensively documented truth that not only does the Earth's core exist, but it's likely about 1.5 years younger than its crust.