The HAB Theory has an immediately disturbing hypothesis. There may
be a simple, if catastrophic, explanation to the 5,000-12,000 year
intervals between Ice Ages.
I found the concept in the book so intriguing, and the facts
presented in its support so fascinating, that I took the time to
scan, OCR and quickly proof some of the passages from the book that
are used to support The HAB Theory. I present them here so that any
similarly fascinated reader may enumerate the claims made in the
book and independently research them.
Similarly, if anyone wishes to
trim the elements of plot which remain in this lengthy excerpt and
present a concise listing of claims which may have come from actual
work done in the sciences of archeology and geology; and post them
on the nets others will have a tool to research these claims.
In The HAB Theory the proposition is put forth that the earth falls
over on it’s side or "capsizes’’ about every 3,000 - 7,100 years.
That is to say that about every 5,000 years, during a period of
about 12 hours, the land that was under the North and South poles
move from the cold point at the earth’s axis of spin to a point in
the tropics. This startling phenomena occurs because of the
accumulated weight of the ever-growing polar ice caps.
If you recall that the physical axis of the North and South poles is
not exactly at the same place as the magnetic North and South poles
are; if you recall that the Earth "wobbles’’ on it’s
axis, and that the wobble has been shown to be getting wider;
perhaps you will find a reason to wonder if the "HAB Theory’’ is all fiction or.....?
According to the "HAB’’ theory, during these
earth’s axis shifts from what starts as the North and South poles to
a point that was approximately 10 degrees North/South latitude, with
the former poles now well within the tropics. The "HAB’’
postulates that this is not a gradual movement over centuries, but a
sudden shift taking only half a day. Pause a moment and imagine the
tidal, weather and seismic implications of such a movement.
The "HAB’’ theory states that these
capsizing take place every
4,000-5,500 years and that it has been 5,600 years since the last
one, so we are now badly overdue, and that of course creates a nice
dramatic tension in the book.
The "HAB’’ theory is fed by the same scientific factoids as another
book released about the same time that got a lot more attention:
"Chariots of the Gods.’’ In HAB, these same factoids and others,
suggest that advanced civilizations have flourished and died off on
the earth several times during these 5,000 year intervals.
The book is a good page turner although the early 70’s love lives of
the characters is now politically quite incorrect and/or boring
depending on your point of view. Half of the book is filled with the
love lives of the leading characters, but the other half contains a
long list of scientific anomalies which may be better explained if
the "HAB Theory’’ were true.
Because a lot of plot comes through in the scanned segments below a
quickie plot synopsis is in order:
Herbert Allan Boardman (the
HAB of the book’s title) is an educated
man, 94 years old, who completes a successful, if unspectacular,
career as an Electrical Engineer.
He refines his theory of the capsizing earth, and collects a
mountain of evidence to support it. However, since he has an MS in
Electrical Engineering and not a PhD in geology, archeology, or
anthropology; and because he is neither a compelling writer or
speaker, nobody pays any attention to him except for one small
article that gets published in an obscure journal that nobody reads.
The isolation of modern scientists not paying much attention to
developments or theories outside of their own disciplines is an
interesting sub-plot to the book.
Now in his 90’s, he knows he must take desperate action to get his
theory the scientific scrutiny it deserves. To call maximum
attention to himself, and by extension his theory, he gets in line
to shake the hand of the President of the USA and shoots the
president point blank in the forehead.... with a non-lethal wax
The wound is painful but does not break the skin, and
survives his arrest. Boardman declines to say anything about
Did It to anyone except a noted investigative journalist, named
Grant. The journalist gets the manuscript and buys into the
potential accuracy of Boardman’s theory, as does The President, who
convenes a world symposium to discuss the matter and try to prove or disprove it’s central concept -
that the earth capsizes about every
Many of the books factoids come to ink when the plot assembles the
conference of world scientists to discuss factoids from various
disciplines, and the author uses the vehicle of many different
voices telling of unresolved mysteries and discoveries in all
different parts of the earth, and tying them to the concept of prior
civilizations of humans on earth that were destroyed in a capsizing.
An example is the commonality in a great many cultures of the legend
of The Great Flood (Noah’s Ark).
The time and effort has been invested to scan a great many passages
of the book in order to select the more intriguing factoids for
further research. I think it might be interesting to see if it can
be determined whether many/any of the above mentioned scientific
factoids actually exist.
Since this is a scanner based transcription, there will be various
artifacts of scanning errors and scanner software spell- checking.
Still, it’s a pretty good way to get text into a computer without
developing terminal carpal tunnel syndrome.
I’ve tried to clear out the dialogue related to plot and condense
this file to mostly the references to science, although the book
packages the factoids into conversations and news reports for the
sake of maintaining a plot, so it will be difficult to clear it all
away without a complete re-write.
It now seems appropriate to tantalize the reader with reasons to
read this entire file, so here are a few concepts you’ll find below:
Art-work of ancient South American civilizations which depict
animals from the opposite side of the earth, or extinct for
thousands of centuries
Tales of flying machines and the people who piloted them from
An ancient Chinese legend that the entire country took one great
leap towards the north and later took a great leap to the south.
All that we know about the Ancient Egyptian and Incan civilizations
indicates that these civilizations were in decline from the oldest
discovered artifacts to the artifacts discovered from the later
Identical information-laden stone disks have been found at opposite
sides of the earth in China and Peru.
Whole Wooly Mammoth’s have been found frozen in Polar Ice packs.
Some carcasses were fond whole and the flesh of these beasts were
actually edible after being frozen for 7,000 years. Some have been
found with a half-chewed mouth full of grass. Flash-frozen while
eating lunch 7,000 years ago?
Maps of Africa, Australia and Asia from 1500 BC that appear to have
been drawn from aerial views. Maps of Antarctica (Officially
discovered only in the 1800’s) showing mountains and shorelines
buried under glaciers that we have only found in the last half of
the 20th century via radar mapping.
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