posted on Jul, 7 2009 @ 06:03 AM
Originally posted by warrenb
reply to post by grapesofraft
Thanks for another amusing post
here's evidence to the contrary
1678 pamphlet on the "Mowing-Devil"
The earliest recorded image resembling a crop circle is depicted in a 17th-century English woodcut called the "Mowing-Devil". The image depicts
the devil with a scythe mowing (cutting) a circular design in a field of oats. The pamphlet containing the image states that the farmer, disgusted at
the wage his mower was demanding for his work, insisted that he would rather have "the devil himself" perform the task. That night, the crop
appeared as if it were on fire, then in the morning a circular pattern had mysteriously appeared.
A more recent historical report of crop circles was republished (from Nature, volume 22, pp. 290–291, 29 July 1880) in the January 2000 issue of the
Journal of Meteorology. It describes the 1880 investigations by amateur scientist John Rand Capron:
"The storms about this part of Western Surrey have been lately local and violent, and the effects produced in some instances curious. Visiting a
neighbour's farm on Wednesday evening (21st), we found a field of standing wheat considerably knocked about, not as an entirety, but in patches
forming, as viewed from a distance, circular spots....I could not trace locally any circumstances accounting for the peculiar forms of the patches in
the field, nor indicating whether it was wind or rain, or both combined, which had caused them, beyond the general evidence everywhere of heavy
rainfall. They were suggestive to me of some cyclonic wind action,..."
Of course this comes from a time when even mentioning the devil was considered likely to raise him from the ground on the spot & have him whisk you
away, so here's an alternative solution to this story:
The farmer, disgusted at the wage his mower was demanding for his work, insisted that he would rather have "the devil himself" perform the task.
The mower, disgusted that the farmer preferred the devil to him decided to get his own back.
That night, the mower returned with torches so that he could see in the dark (the kind you seee in Frankenstein movies - a stick with flaming material
on top - this was the 1600's after all, the most common form of lighting was tallow candles - yuck!) making it appear that the crop was on fire - a
happy coincidence since it was supposed to be the devil, then in the morning a circular pattern had mysteriously appeared.
The farmer, being an avid member of ATS, UFO believer, & general non critical thinking man instantly recalled how he had said he'd prefer the devil
to do it, & now look! THAT must be what happened.
People said to him "come on the mower was in town telling us how he did it, it was just a prank," but the farmer in his true beleiver & wiser higher
frequency dimension wisdom replied:
"that may be the case, but you PROVE that it wasn't the devil - you can't and so it WAS the devil."
Victory for the farmer.
And so ends another rip roaring scientifically &/or logically argued case for crop circles on ATS.