Crop circle depicting alien smoking a pipe appears near Stonehenge


Blackleaf
#1
A crop circle depicting a Grey alien smoking a pipe has appeared in a field near Stonehenge.

The bizarre 200ft design in Wiltshire - the crop circle capital of the world - has appeared near the 18th Century image of a white horse - one of several such white horse figures in Wiltshire, which have probably been modelled on the Bronze Age Uffington White Horse - carved into a hillside at Cherhill.

And an Amerian scientist believes that many crop circles are now created using an ordinary microwave oven.

Professor Richard Taylor, a physicist, claims to be able to reproduce the intricate damage inflicted on crops using such a gadget developed by his team at the University of Oregon.

He believes similar advances have been made by others – despite avid UFO spotters insisting that the growing phenomenon is beyond scientific understanding.

Prof Taylor said microwaves – the radiation waves that are capable of heating food when utilised in an oven - cause crop stalks to fall over and cool in a horizontal position.

The technique could explain the speed and efficiency of the artists and the incredible detail that some new crop circles exhibit.

For some unknown reason the county of Wiltshire, famous for Stonehenge, in south west England is the world's crop circle capital.

Every year, 50 to 60 circles materialise in the rolling chalk downlands of Wiltshire - as well as several elsewhere in England.

In the rest of the world put together, only 40 to 50 appear annually.

One theory is that the British military, which has a large presence in Wiltshire, is somehow and for some reason responsible.

Tim Carson, who owns the land where the recent alien design appeared, has had 125 circles - which are becoming an English summer tradition - on his land since 1990 (a 1990 crop circle on his land appears on the cover of a Led Zeppelin album).

And, in recent years, a booming tourist trade has developed. From Belgium, Holland, America, Norway and Australia, crop-circle enthusiasts come in their thousands — each with their own theory, each rushing to a new site as soon as it is reported.

This week, within hours of the first reports of a new circle on Windmill Hill — near the neolithic stone circle at Avebury (which is larger than Stonehenge and the largest in Europe) — a Dutch (appropriately) tour party of nine people rushed to the spot. Many crop circles have appeared on or near Windmill Hill over the years.

Now even ET is making crop circles (with a little help from GPS and MICROWAVES)


By Daily Mail Reporter
2nd August 2011
Daily Mail

UFO fanatics clinging to the belief that extra-terrestrials are responsible for crop circles sometimes like to echo the X Files catchphrase: ‘The truth is out there.’

But, as it turns out, the answer might actually be much closer to home - inside your kitchen in fact.

Because, for example, this 200ft image of a pipe-smoking alien – carved into a Wiltshire field – could have been created using an ordinary microwave oven, according to scientists.


From kitchen to field: Microwaves may have created this 200ft alien crop circle which appeared recently near Cherhill, Wiltshire

A handheld device called magnetron – made using parts from the common household cooker and a 12-volt battery – may have ushered in a new generation of crop circles.

Professor Richard Taylor, a physicist, claims to be able to reproduce the intricate damage inflicted on crops using such a gadget developed by his team at the University of Oregon.

He believes similar advances have been made by others – despite avid UFO spotters insisting that the growing phenomenon is beyond scientific understanding.

Prof Taylor said microwaves – the radiation waves that are capable of heating food when utilised in an oven - cause crop stalks to fall over and cool in a horizontal position.

The technique could explain the speed and efficiency of the artists and the incredible detail that some new crop circles exhibit, such as the alien, which was created two weeks ago alongside an ancient white horse at Cherhill, near Stonehenge.


Strange goings on: The two-week-old alien appeared alongside an ancient white horse, near Stonehenge

Dispensing with rope, wooden planks and bar stools that have traditionally been used to create such designs, Prof Taylor suggested these spectacular patterns could also be carved with lasers.

And he believes the satellite Global Positioning System could track the markings.

Mathematical analysis of some of these ever-more complex designs has revealed the use of constructions lines, invisible to the eye, that are used to design the patterns.

Writing in Physics World, he said: ‘Crop-circle artists are not going to give up their secrets easily.

‘This summer, unknown artists will venture into the countryside close to your homes and carry out their craft, safe in the knowledge that they are continuing the legacy of the most science-oriented art movement in history.’

Physics World editor Matin Durrani said: ‘It may seem odd for a physicist such as Taylor to be studying crop circles, but then he is merely trying to act like any good scientist - examining the evidence for the design and construction of crop circles without getting carried away by the side-show of UFOs, hoaxes and aliens.’

But as fascinating as the patterns are to scientists, farmers find crop circles infuriating.

Tim Carson, who owns the land where the recent alien design appeared, has had 125 circles on his land since 1990.

The price in ruined crops is particularly steep this year because of soaring fuel and fertiliser costs, and a 25 per cent drop in wheat yields due to the drought.


Booming: Crop circles in Wiltshire are attracting tourists from around the world to the area, but farmers are unhappy with lost income


Cropping up: This circle is one of those that has appeared at Devizes, Wiltshire in the last few weeks


Elaborate: This 409 circle creation brought the farmer whose land it was on thousands in media fees and helicopter landing fees

‘I’m beginning to get a bit tired of it all,’ said Mr Carson.

‘Each circle costs me 1,000 in lost income. This year, I decided to destroy circles as soon as I found them, but that means losing more crops. And, whatever you do, the circles affect the growing next year, as the thick mat of crops covers soil, compromising its quality.’

Every year, 50 to 60 circles materialise in the rolling chalk downlands of Wiltshire.

In the rest of the world put together, only 40 to 50 appear annually.

And, in recent years, a booming tourist trade has developed. From Belgium, Holland, America, Norway and Australia, crop-circle enthusiasts come in their thousands — each with their own theory, each rushing to a new site as soon as it is reported.

This week, within hours of the first reports of a new circle on Windmill Hill — near the neolithic stone circle at Avebury — a Dutch tour party of nine people rushed to the spot.

‘There are heaps of biophysical anomalies here,’ said the tour leader, Janet Ossebaard, 45, author of Crop Circles: Scientific Evidence.


Hard at work: Crop circles are often made by groups of six who work at night using basic tools such as bamboo sticks, tape, and 3ft-wide wooden planks

‘This wasn’t made by people, otherwise you’d see damage from board marks [where hoaxers lay planks to flatten the wheat]. It’s been hit by a plasma vortex.

‘You can see the burn marks on the crops and cavities,’ she says, holding up a grain stalk, which does indeed have small holes in it.

‘We also found a half-fried caterpillar. This is a vortex that has been intelligently guided — not by hoaxers, nor the Army [which is heavily represented in this part of Wiltshire].’

Crop circles have been reported in England since 1678, when a Hertfordshire news pamphlet referred to The Mowing Devil, a creature that cut a farmer’s oat crop into a series of concentric circles.

In the 19th century, occasional circles were recorded and the first-known photograph of one appeared in Sussex in 1932.

But it wasn’t until the early Nineties that Wiltshire crop circles started multiplying at an extreme rate.

In 1990, Led Zeppelin released an album, Remasters, with a picture on the cover of an elaborate crop circle created on Mr Carson’s land.


Crop circles: Now even ET is at it (with a little help from mircowaves and GPS) | Mail Online
Last edited by Blackleaf; Aug 3rd, 2011 at 11:56 AM..
 
petros
#2
Gotta love what you can do with a total station.
 
EagleSmack
#3
Do these crop circles cause a lot of damage?
 
Dexter Sinister
#4
Yes they do. Whatever area of the field they cover can't be harvested, it's a loss of planted acreage to the producer, same as if a storm had flattened it.
 
Mowich
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Do these crop circles cause a lot of damage?

I've read a bit about crop circles and watched several docs on the subject - they absolutely fascinate me. Some researchers say the crops continue to grow after being pressed into the circles but how one goes about combining a crop that is bent to the ground is a question for those much wiser than myself. Some of these circles are huge and most are found in crops, though they have been found in ice and hardpan too. As the article states many farmers in the areas where many of the circles appear, have turned a tidy profit on them which probably offsets any loss from not being able to harvest the crops. The US has had crop circles as has Canada and many other countries around the world.
 
Cliffy
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

I've read a bit about crop circles and watched several docs on the subject - they absolutely fascinate me. Some researchers say the crops continue to grow after being pressed into the circles but how one goes about combining a crop that is bent to the ground is a question for those much wiser than myself. Some of these circles are huge and most are found in crops, though they have been found in ice and hardpan too. As the article states many farmers in the areas where many of the circles appear, have turned a tidy profit on them which probably offsets any loss from not being able to harvest the crops. The US has had crop circles as has Canada and many other countries around the world.

I have also watched several documentaries and although some circles can be attributed to human activity, not all of them can. This pipe smoking alien is an obvious forgery of the human kind. Cameras have been set up in fields that consistently produce circles and no human activity has been detected in many of these fields. How they get there and by whom is a mystery, but some people need an iron clad explanation and can't just enjoy something for the joy of it.
 
Bar Sinister
#7
Those aliens should stay away from Earth. They are picking up bad habits.