It’s official, we’ve got a new favorite conspiracy theory. Step aside flat Earthers, with your comparatively sound logic. Meet the hollow Earthers.
Yes, there is apparently a group of people that believe Earth is hollow. This is one of those things where we’re not sure how serious people are being.
Serious enough it seems, though, for a person called Rodney Cluff to write a book called World Top Secret: Our Earth IS Hollow. It’s described as revealing “the secrets of the beautiful land beyond the poles”.
The idea, I think, is that there isn’t really a North and South Pole. Instead, there are openings that lead inside the planet. And we’re, like, all on the interior looking in? Or something. And the stars we see in the night sky are in the middle. Oh and there’s also an opening in the Himalayas for some reason.
No I am not going to explain why this isn’t true.
Anyway, old Cluffy apparently organized an expedition to the North Pole to find out if it was true in 2007. The expedition was cancelled, however, so we might never know the truth.
“I get emails from people learning about it every day,” he said last year. “It’s definitely growing in popularity – certainly not in the millions, but maybe in the thousands.”
It’s not just Earth that’s hollow by the way. Oh no. Other planets and stars are apparently also hollow. And Earth has an “interior Sun” inside it?
Here are some more hollow Earth things. The “shell” of Earth is apparently 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) thick. And there’s also a hidden Nazi base inside Earth, where they’re waiting with flying saucers to one day take over the world.
A more interesting take on this is, what if Earth really were hollow? It’s a semi-fun thought experiment that ends pretty quickly when you realize Earth would collapse, as gravity tries to pull things towards the center of mass. If it somehow would survive, there probably wouldn’t be enough mass to keep you stuck to the surface.
If you’d like to learn more about this thought experiment, check out the video from MinutePhysics below. Just remember, though, Earth isn’t hollow. It’s flat.