We've had a good bit of geological activity lately, here on the Earth. Most scientists attribute this to plate tectonics, the shifting of Earth's geological plates relative to one another. Their attitude is that these processes have been going on throughout Earth's history, and that any apparent clustering of tectonic events is simple coincidence, insignificant in the bigger picture.
Neal Adams disagrees.
Adams calls our attention to recent phenomena such as the following:
The Earth is expanding.
Yes, just like a cupcake in the oven, the Earth is getting bigger, and as it does, its surface cracks and splits. The tectonic plates are a mere side-effect of this phenomenon, and are basically the broken up surface of the cupcake, pulled apart as the inside swelled. Now, a cupcake, of course, is only increasing in volume, as the air bubbles in the batter get bigger; its mass remains the same. Is that what's happening here? Some kind of planetary dough rising?
No, says Adams -- the Earth is actually gaining mass.
Wait, you might be saying; what about the Law of Conservation of Mass, which is strictly enforced in most jurisdictions? Simple, Adams says. No problemo. Physicists have demonstrated that empty space can give rise to electron/positron pairs without any violation of physical law, because of the presence of "vacuum energy." "Empty space" is actually, they say, a roiling foam of particles and antiparticles, most of which annihilate each other immediately.
So, Adams says, this sort of pair-production is happening inside the Earth. So it's gaining mass. And expanding.
Of course, Adams conveniently ignores the fact that half of the mass thus produced would be antimatter; if the Earth's middle was producing matter and antimatter fast enough to pop open cracks on the surface, the antimatter would follow the E = mc2 rule (also strictly enforced) and blow us to smithereens. After all, you may recall from scientific documentaries such as Star Trek what happens when antimatter containment is lost -- Captain Kirk strikes a dramatic pose, usually with his shirt ripped open, and they break to a commercial. And heaven knows we don't want that to happen.
So there are some problems with Adams' theory. But this hasn't stopped websites from popping up supporting the Cupcake Earth Hypothesis, and in fact Adams himself has made a video to illustrate the idea. The video, which you should only watch if you are willing to risk your IQ dropping significantly, must be true because (1) it has cool animation of the Earth shrinking and the continents fitting together as you go back in time, and (2) uses dramatic music from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Notwithstanding those points in its favor, it raises a few key questions: