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Category: Crop Circles
Salinas Crop Circle Update — To almost nobody's surprise, that crop circle near Salinas has been revealed to be a marketing stunt. It was created in order to promote a new mobile processor by NVIDIA. The CEO of NVIDIA admitted to the stunt during a presentation in Las Vegas. There were some clues. Small dots inside the circle spelled out the number 192, in braille. Also, three large dots on the outer perimeter of the circle were positioned at the clock-hand positions of 1, 9, and 2. The number 192 was a…
Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014.   Comments (0)

Salinas crop circle — A crop circle has appeared in Salinas, California. It looks vaguely like a microchip. I assume this must be a publicity stunt of some kind. [links: nbcbayarea, mercurynews]
Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013.   Comments (1)

Crop circles from 1945? — Greg Jefferys, a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania, recently claimed to have found evidence that crop circles were around long before the crop circle craze of the 1990s focused attention on them. He studied images in Google Earth's 1945 overlay, showing historical pictures of British locations 68 years ago, and found numerous circular patterns in the British countryside. [link: Birmingham Mail] Jefferys is quoted as saying, "This discovery proves that claims by various…
Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2013.   Comments (2)

Crop Circles and Ostension — An article on smithsonian.com discusses the history of crop circles and why people believe in them. Part of the reason is the paradox of ostension. Fake evidence, even if proven fake, nevertheless tends to reinforce belief: False evidence intended to corroborate an existing legend is known to folklorists as “ostension.” This process also inevitably extends the legend. For, even if the evidence is eventually exposed as false, it will have affected people’s perceptions of the phenomenon…
Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009.   Comments (21)


Stoned Wallabies Make Crop Circles — Traditional explanations for crop circles: 1) Drunken pranksters; 2) tourism councils; 3) UFOs; 4) whirlwinds; 5) magnetic vortices. To this we can add a sixth: stoned wallabies. Posted by Beasjt in the forum: WALLABIES are hopping into Tasmania’s opium poppy fields and getting high. The revelation has also solved what some growers say has spurred a campfire legend about mysterious crop circles which appear in the state’s poppy paddocks. In true X-Files style, Attorney-General Lara…
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009.   Comments (4)

Sheep Circle — About 100 sheep in Kington, Herefordshire spontaneously formed a ring in a field. Apparently they did this entirely on their own. A photographer was on hand who captured the strange scene. The Daily Mail interviewed Dan Seaborne, farm manager at Herefordshire College of Technology, who speculated: "I just think they've been fed with dry feed in that shape - you can get snacker feeders now and you tow behind a quad and it drops pellets on the ground. I would imagine that's what's…
Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008.   Comments (4)

Rude Crop Circle — The Smith family, owners of Hee Haw Farms in Utah County, weren't too pleased when they found a crop circle in their corn maze. According to the Deseret News: Two strategically positioned circles, each measuring 36 feet in diameter, and a 100-foot-long rectangle appeared near the maze entrance in the southwest portion of the nine-acre corn field over Labor Day weekend. From the ground they appear random, but from above the shapes' placement appears more strategic, not to mention…
Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007.   Comments (2)

Quick Links: 3D Crop Circle, etc. — 3D Crop Circle Seeming to look down on skyscrapers, experts are impressed by what is being touted as the world's first 3D crop circle. Swiftly followed by: Pig Circle A pig-shaped crop circle measuring more than 250m across has been discovered in a field in the English countryside. Two-faced Kitten A kitten with two faces has been born in Ohio. Man Wins Lawsuit Over Decade-long Erection Charles "Chick" Lennon has won his $400,000 lawsuit after his steel and plastic penis implant…
Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2006.   Comments (6)

Crop Circle Beer — Here's something I'd really like to try, but sadly it doesn't seem to be available anywhere except a few bars in the New York region. It's Crop Circle Beer, dreamed up by Dudley Cates, Jr. who, according to this Newsday article, has always had a passion for crop circles and beer, and finally found a way to join the two interests. The beer is brewed with barley collected from fields in which crop circles have appeared. Hmmm. This is an idea I wish that I had thought of first. It would…
Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2004.   Comments (6)

AMD Crop Circles — Last month Advanced Micro Devices debuted its new 64-bit micro processor. Apparently it helped promote the launch of this new processor by hiring a group of crop-circle experts to create circles throughout the UK and America. Pictures of their efforts can be seen here (Thanks to Geoduck for the link).
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2003.   Comments (0)

Soy Circles — Crop circles are appearing in soy bean fields in Adams County, Ohio.
Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

The Crop Circle/Beer Connection — Some new crop circles in Devon may be inspired by a potent new beer.
Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2003.   Comments (0)

Crop Circle — A radio station admits to being the creator of a crop circle.
Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2003.   Comments (0)


Crop Circles — Four teenagers confess to having made the crop circles that appeared in the Sacramento Valley a few weeks ago (the largest circles ever to appear in the US). But others think the teenagers are lying.
Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2003.   Comments (0)

Crop Circles — California farmer annoyed by crop circles that are destroying his wheat.
Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2003.   Comments (0)

Kew Garden Crop Circle — Strange crop circle mystery in London's Kew Gardens. A flower-shaped crop circle appeared in a field of wheat that had been specially grown there as part of an exhibit.
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2002.   Comments (0)


Crop Circle Analysis — Simon Jeffery of The Guardian offers a comprehensive guide to the phenomenon of crop circles.
Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2002.   Comments (0)

Crop Circles: Quest for Truth — There's a new documentary movie out called "Crop Circles: Quest for Truth." It's got a pretty cool website. Apparently it argues that crop circles are the work of extraterrestrial beings of natural forces. But the San Francisco Chronicle reviews it and calls it a "credulous bore."
Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2002.   Comments (0)

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