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Category: Crop Circles
Salinas Crop Circle Update
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 07, 2014
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 reference to the number of cores in the company's new processor. This isn't the first time a company has…
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Salinas crop circle
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 31, 2013
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]
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Crop circles from 1945?
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 06, 2013
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 artists to be the sole creators of crop circles are themselves a hoax. It just goes to show that the circles remain unexplained. I hope this discovery will stimulate renewed interest in crop circles by serious scientific researchers who have been…
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Crop Circles and Ostension
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 23, 2009
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 it was intended to represent. Faked photographs of UFOs, Loch Ness monsters and ghosts generally fall under the heading of ostension. Another example is the series of photographs of fairies taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths at Cottingley, Yorkshire, between 1917 and 1920. These show that the motive for producing such evidence…
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Stoned Wallabies Make Crop Circles
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 25, 2009
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 Giddings said yesterday the drugged-up wallabies had been found hopping around in circles squashing the poppies, creating the formations. [Link]
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Sheep Circle
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jan 26, 2008
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 happened... I think there was a chap in Yorkshire who spelled out 'will you marry me' to his girlfriend in sheep by…
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Rude Crop Circle
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 21, 2007
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 anatomically correct. What kind of message are the extraterrestrials trying to send? Unfortunately I couldn't find an aerial picture of this…
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Quick Links: 3D Crop Circle, etc.
Posted by Boo on Tue Aug 15, 2006
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 went wrong, leaving him…
Crop Circle Beer
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 30, 2004
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 sure beat selling Loch Ness Water (though that gives me an idea... what about a taste contest pitting Crop Circle Beer head-to-head with Nessie's Monster…
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AMD Crop Circles
Posted by The Curator on Sun Oct 19, 2003
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).
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Soy Circles
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
Crop circles are appearing in soy bean fields in Adams County, Ohio.
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The Crop Circle/Beer Connection
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 17, 2003
Some new crop circles in Devon may be inspired by a potent new beer.
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Crop Circle
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 08, 2003
A radio station admits to being the creator of a crop circle.
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Why do we believe in crop circles?
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 22, 2003
Crop Circles
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
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.
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