Crop circles. Fairy rings. Saucer Nests.
The earliest mention of crop circles in Europe dates back to 815 CE, AD if you prefer; by Agobard, archbishop of Lyon to a parish priest. In it he
warned of pagans using seeds collected from "flattened circles" for use in fertility rites.
Later, some eight centuries later, in 1678 a woodcut from England mentions the work of a "mowing-devil" which had burned and mowed a farmers field.
Whatever crop circles are, or are not, they are not a recent phenomena.
Explanations, or not so much...
are as numerous, it seems, as the circles themselves.
The mowing devil of Hartfordshire. Fairy rings created by the "wee folk". or messages from Gaia, or ET. Both usually forecasting the doom of
mankind if we don't mend our ways.
In an 1880 issue of Nature, J.R. Capron put forth the hypothesis, later supported by no less an authority than Stephen Hawkings; that crop circles
were the result of
cyclonic wind action.
. Hawkings, a century or so later, said
J.R. Capron/Stephen Hawkings
Corn circles are either hoaxes, or formed by vortex
movement of air.
Common circles are easily made using an anchor point, and rope, as a guide. For the more complex formations, scientists suggest that GPS, lasers, and
portable microwave generators may be used.
Though left unsaid, is where these pranksters would get a portable microwave generator...
In Tasmania, wallabies were found to be running in circles in a field of medical opium poppies...
Twenty-nine countries have reported crop circles, with the vast majority appearing in Southern England. Ten thousand in the final thirty years of the
I make no great claims to insight here... I do, however, find the crop circle debate endlessly fascinating.
If hoaxes? They can be appreciated for the sheer amount of artistic ability and labor involved in making the darned things.
If not hoaxes? Well then, that opens up an entire Universe of possibilities, doesn't it?
Work of a mowing-devil? People with far too much time on their hands? Aliens? Mother-earth? Capricious atmospherics? Doesn't matter. The subject
is endlessly fascinating, whatever the truth of the matter.
Enjoy. ...and keep it civil.
For your enjoyment
edit on 1/14/2012 by seagull because: spelling...again...and again...and again.