Crop Circles. How two friends from England spawned one of the longest-lived myths
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Intricate patterns in wheat fields have long been associated with the appearance of UFOs.
Crop circles are a very unusual phenomenon. Many believe that they were created by aliens. However, science tells a different story. Today there is a lot of evidence that it was people who created these forms of landscape art, writes Live Science.
These circles are often associated with England. And this is not surprising. A couple of friends, Bauer and Chorley, once lived near Winchester. In 1978, they were inspired by numerous reports of UFOs to make an artificial alien landing site.
In this they were helped by several boards, ropes and bundles of wire. With these tools they created a masterpiece in the field. It took the friends only a few raids to complete the job. Later, these circles were noticed by the world media. The story received global publicity, and the artists recognized themselves as the creators of the circles.
After that, many other enthusiasts appeared. Crop circles have become a form of landscape art. In addition, they began to attract tourists. Crop circles continue to appear. These large scale patterns are created by leveling crops such as wheat or barley. At the same time, artists use wooden boards for patterns in the future. And traces from tractor tires are hidden. This helps to create the illusion that the crop circles really “fell” out of the sky.
Today, these works of art are divided into simple and complex. On the territory of Southern England, patterns in the form of triangles, crescents, etc. reign. Similar things happen in other countries too. For example, one of the most famous modern cases is the opium fields in Tasmania. Patterns appeared there in 2009. According to local officials, they were created by wallabies, animals of the kangaroo family, when they trampled across the field.
But some still talk about natural causes. It is associated with stories and fables. The first case was recorded back in 1678. Then the appearance of circles in the field with oats was attributed to the devil. According to available records, the farmer refused to pay the worker to mow the crop. Therefore, the oats were mowed overnight. And although the oats were cut, the mysticists used this fable to confirm their supernatural intervention.
Lastly, even Cherley and Bauer drew their inspiration from the circles found in Australia. They were created on floating reed located in the north of Queensland. The farmer claimed to have seen a flying saucer. But locals reported that this was a common occurrence during the rainy season. Most likely, the circles created wind currents or small whirlwinds.