The news appears to have originated from Ria Novosti, a state-run news agency, which ran the following quote from an unnamed source with no affiliation: “Yesterday, our scientists stopped drilling at the depth of 3,768 meters [12,362 feet] and reached the surface of the sub-glacial lake.”

The same news report went on to discuss an old theory that Nazis built a secret base at Lake Vostok in the 1930s, and that German submarines brought Hitler and Eva Braun’s remains to Antarctica for cloning purposes following the German surrender in World War II.

Wow, that takes me back. My former next-door neighbor, who used to sport an X-Files “Trust No One” t-shirt, had some libertarian/survivalist leanings. I remember one day, shooting the breeze with him out in the yard, where he started talking matter-of-factly about how he had been reading that Hitler wasn’t dead, they were keeping him – or maybe just his brain – alive at a secret base in Antarctica. I think he said it was the CIA behind it, though. I’m not sure. I was trying to edge away imperceptibly at that point while keeping a poker face. He was also big on his 2nd amendment rights, as you might imagine, so I didn’t want to provoke him. Moreover, he told me he didn’t like the fact that so many cops also frequented his favorite shooting range, because he didn’t really want them to have inside information on what his rifle skills were like.

He moved away a few years before I did, but funny enough, I think he lives just a couple miles up the road from me now. No, I haven’t dropped by to see for sure.