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Crop Circle Phenomena - The Alien Theory The Only Believable One?

One of the most talked-about topics and phenomena are crop circles. Strange patterns that appear mysteriously overnight in farmers’ fields and more often than not are attributed to aliens or UFOs. The mystery has inspired countless books, fan groups, researchers, and even Hollywood television series and films such as The X Files and M Night Shyamalan's Signs. But they are not just wild fantasies of Hollywood directors, they are real. And the phenomena provokes not only puzzlement, but also a delight, and intrigue among the press and public alike. One of the most recent appearances that had people talking about crop circles happened in a Japanese forest. Could it be that they are the result of extraterrestrial beings? Or is there a simpler explanation? And what is the history behind crop circles in general? Read on until the end to find out.

Japanese Forrest Crop Circles?

A forest in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture has created quite a stir with its unique shape. Groups of Japanese cedar trees swell toward the sky, creating mysterious concentric circles. An aerial photo spotted these “crop circles” and it left many wondering just how they were formed. Though, they were not the results of an alien invasion, as many would have thought, but rather a well-thought-out plan.

A Simple Explanation?

About 50 years ago, according to a document by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries the area was designated as “experimental forestry” and one of them saw researchers planting trees in 10-degree radial increments to form 10 concentric circles. The original plan called for the trees to be harvested in 5 years, but given the new interest, officials are considering saving the circular forest. But what about other crop circles? How far do they date back? Read on to find out.

Early Records Of Crop Circles

While many associate crop circles with recent years, as it turns out there have been reports of them for centuries. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the earliest evidence is woodcutting from 1678 that depicted a field of oat stalks that were laid out in a circle. While there was no accompanying description, many believe that it was a first-hand eyewitness account of a crop circle, though some historical investigations seem to prove otherwise.

Australian Crop Circles Started It All?

But when it comes to more modern times, according to the Australian Geographic, the worldwide crop circle phenomenon was started by an event in Tully, Australia, in 1966, when a farmer said that he witnessed a flying saucer rise up from a swamp area and fly away. The man then decided to go and investigate and when he did, he saw a roughly circular area of debris and apparently flattened reeds and grass. He came to the conclusion that it must have been made by the spacecraft. Though to try and make sense of the phenomenon the Australian publication had suggested that it might just have been due to unusual behavior exhibited by animals.

It’s Not Even CROP circles

When it comes to the Australian example, and many others around the world, it has been noted that the idea of them being linked to crop circles was weak because the formation wasn’t even formed on crops but on ordinary grass instead. Many had pointed out that this is not a difficult thing to do as anyone who has ever had a kiddy pool in their backyard can attest to. While in different cultures mysterious circles that appeared in the grass were thought to have been caused by fairies, researchers had commented that the most common explanation would be fungus.

The Real Crop-Circles

As it turns out circles appearing in crops did not happen or were not reported on, until the 1970s. At the time, simple circles began appearing in the English countryside. In the 80s and 90s, the complexity and amount of the circles had reached their peak and some had theorized had they were illustrating complex mathematical equations.

Most Famous Crop Circles

It was in 1996 that, according to a book titled Crop Circles for Beginners, one of the most complex and spectacular crop circles appeared in England. It was located across a highway from the world-famous Stonehenge monument. It was described as being a fractal pattern which was named Julia Set. While there were some that said they could have been explained by being the result of a strange weather phenomenon, those who researched the phenomenon had stated that the simpler or rougher circles could have been explained in such a way but the rest was unmistakably demonstrated intelligence. Though one of their main questions was if that intelligence was terrestrial or extraterrestrial.

The Cause Of Crop Circles

When it comes to comparing crop circles to other mysterious phenomena such as Bigfoot or ghosts, there is no doubt that crop circles are real, no matter what their origin is. And it is the origin of them that is the big question in this case. According to reports in National Geographic, enthusiasts of this phenomenon have come up with many theories, some more plausible than others. One explanation that was suggested in the 80s was that these patterns were accidentally created by “the especially vigorous sexual activity of horny hedgehogs”. Others have suggested that they were created by localized and precise wind patterns of scientifically undetectable Earth energy fields called the lay lines.

Biblical Or Human Prank?

(p.9) But there were other explanations, ones looking more towards the extraterrestrial. One molecular biologist had suggested that the real answer lies within time travel or alien life, with the patterns being either made by human time travelers from the distant future or visitors from outer space. The man believed that they were trying to send messages such as “believe”, “there is good out there”, and “Beware the bearers of false gifts and their broken promises”. Though many had dismissed these claims and suggested that they undermine the credibility of crop circles. While some are unexplainable, some can 100% be attested to not be the result of divine power. While there have been countless theories, some more scientific than others, there have been several that were proven to have been to be the result of human action. In 1991 two men confessed that they had created such patterns for decades as a prank to make people think that UFO had landed. According to an article by Australian Geographic, they were inspired by the 1966 Tully UFO report. While they never claimed to have made all the circles, many were copycat pranks done by others, but their hoax launched the crop circle phenomena.

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