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What You Didn't Know About Crop Circles - This Is Not A Hoax - Crop Circle Research

Updated on January 5, 2014
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Marc Hubs - Writer/Researcher on Mind, Science & Conspiracy. Author of Know Your Enemy: Reflections Of NPD.


During the nineties crop circles started taking the world, and particularly the UK, by storm. Soon after, two supposed hoaxsters, Dave Chorley and Doug Bower, came forward and claimed that they were responsible for making many of the crop circles which had popped up in and around Wiltshire, England.

Chorley and Bower claimed that they had been fooling the public ever since 1978.

Despite the two self-proclaimed hoaxsters coming forward to admit to their pranks, information had already been released prior to their confession, which suggested that genuine crop circles show high levels of radioactivity, in addition to genetic modification of the crops.

Many explanations have been proposed for crop circles including peculiar weather patterns, military experiments and extraterrestrial communication. However, genuine crop circles are still a mystery.

In a later documentary, crop circle researchers caught up with the two self-proclaimed hoaxsters in one of their local pubs to question them and they admitted that they hadn't actually started the crop circle phenomenon in Wiltshire but that they took inspiration from it.

Despite this, the documentary has been swept under the carpet and Chorley and Bower still take credit.

Bower and Chorley also admitted they had taken their inspiration from a real Australian incident that happened in the 1960s, where a farmer had found a flattened circle of swamp reeds after observing a UFO.

In 1966 a farmer claimed he had seen a saucer-shaped craft rise between 30-40 feet from a swamp then fly away. When he observed the location where the saucer had allegedly landed, he discovered a circular area measuring 32 x 25 feet in length and width. The grass had been patterned in clockwise curves and the reeds had been uprooted.

Official investigations showed that the incident was most likely a result of natural causes and later, in a journal, the Director of Public Relations for the Department of Defense (DoD) stated that the saucer was probably debris being lifted by a waterspout or a dust devil.

Crop circles have become so popularized that they are now considered to be a modern form of art. Many people actively participate in the creation and design of crop circles worldwide in an artistic capacity. However, such artists are certainly not known to also create high levels of radiation using microwave technology and to genetically modify the crops.

Crop Circles In History

In January 2013 historian Gregg Jefferys, who has a degree in archeology, decided to carry out research into crop circles after seeing a report on them in an 1880 edition of Nature, a science journal.

Jefferys spent over 300 hours studying images from Google Earth's new 1945 overlay, which is a series of photographs taken by the RAAF near the end of World War 2.

In his research Jefferys states:

“Using aerial photographs primarily from the Google Earth 1945 overlay, that the number of crop circles appearing each summer has been relatively constant for at least the last 70 years and that these crop circles cannot be explained by the ‘hoax theory’. This removal of the validity of the hoaxer’s claims means that crop circles remain an unexplained natural phenomenon deserving of serious investigation by academic institutions and other research organisations.”

In actual fact, Jefferys claims that crop circles can be traced to the countryside as far back as 300 years ago. The scientific consensus on crop circles is, probably rather obviously, that they must be man-made.

However, the theory has been criticized because at many crop circle locations there appears to be absolutely no evidence of human activity left behind and there are also anomalous alterations to the crops at some locations.

It has also been proposed that unusual weather patterns and/or phenomena could be responsible for the natural formation of crop circles, such as meteorological phenomena, tornadoes and ball lightning.

Many people argue that the new age crop circle movement has resulted in genuine anomalous crop circles not being taken seriously. Other proposed theories for crop circles include extraterrestrial communication, balls of light or ball lightning being somehow intelligently controlled and the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania even claimed that Australian wallabies had been found creating crop circles in a medical opium poppy field, after consuming poppies and running round in circles.

Crop Circles In 1600's

In 1678, an English woodcut called the Mowing-Devil depicted what looks like a small devil, walking around a field with a scythe, apparently mowing "fairy circles".

The pamphlet which contained the image stated that a farmer who was disgusted at the wage his mower was demanding, claimed that he would rather have "the devil himself" do the mowing. The farmer therefore believed that the circles had been created by the devil.

Although the Mowing-Devil could be the first ever documented activity of crop circles throughout history, it was established that, according to the pamphlet, the stalks were cut and not bent down, as they are in many recent crop circles.

In 1998 the following drawing of a spacecraft creating a crop circle was sent to the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD). The gentleman who drew it even provided a detailed description of exactly how the craft makes crop circles.

Amazingly, the craft looks uncannily similar to the UFO that the Ecuadorian military took official video footage of in 1995.


Scientific Evidence

Despite the currently accepted belief that crop circles are man-made, scientists have indeed found anomalies in the crops, which they are still studying.

Scientists report that the pulvini of wheat in 95% of crop circles investigated, were elongated in a pattern falling off with distance from the center and seeds from the bent-over plants grew at a much more gradual rate under controlled conditions.

Furthermore, investigations also show that there is long-term damage to the crop field consistent with Levengood's observations of stunted seed growth.

This leads scientists to believe that crop circles may be more than just the work of new age artists and that some kind of microwave technology must have been used by whomever it was that created them.

Recent Activity

Remarkably, in 2012 in Wiltshire, the very area that was targeted by Bower and Chorley, a series of new crop circles surprisingly kept "cropping" up overnight.

On 1st August 2012 two crop circles appeared overnight then another one appeared on 9th August, just eight days later.

On 12th August yet another one popped up and then another one again on 15th August 2012.

Two more then appeared on 20th August and 23rd August, respectively. Nobody was caught in the act and there was no evidence left behind.

Seven crop circles in Wiltshire in just over three weeks!

And here they all are:

* Book by this author in progress: Secrets Behind The UFO Disclosure Movement


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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is an intriguing article about a so far unexplainable phenomena. Great work.

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      whonunuwho 14 months ago from United States

      These circles have been filmed and a silver orb seemed to be forming the intricate details. Some believe that the ETs are warning of our negligence in care of our planet or that they now want to come forward once more to communicate in person...some perhaps to show where their home planets are in space...

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      #alienenthusiest 2 years ago

      I liked you're article, it is interesting and has a lot of valuable info. I myself believe that aliens most definatly are real as it gets, and that they mist be responsible for the crop circles. In your article you state that anomalous altercations where made to the crops. What are these altercations? I read and article , i forget where now but it said that many ginuine crop circles where found to have genetic altercations and that the dna was changed to resemble the image of the crop circle itself. Is this what you are refering to? If not then what? And if so then what is your theory on this subject?

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing such an interesting hub. The pictures are very amazing.

      Voted up!

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Indeed crop circles can be unnecessarily costly due to the damage caused, generally though most farmers and crop owners lighten up a bit after a while and get into the mood of things - after all, it's an attraction.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      A very interesting hub. I always want to know about crop circles and this hub has given a lot of information about them. The pictures of man-made crop circles by Bower and Chorley are beautiful although the owners of the "media" must disagree with the way they vent their creativity.

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Indeed, if they were all pranks then it's a miracle how no-one has ever been caught in the act and how they spring up in various different areas (too far to travel overnight).

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I do think some are pranks but the very intricate ones I do not believe they are. How can anyone get that much work done overnight. I have no idea where they're from but I don't believe they are pranks. Voted up.

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Indeed Randy... unless the pranksters have got some seriously advanced technology responsible for the alterations to the crops! I'd say about 98% of them are pranks, I think the other 2% are genuine.

      Thanks for the comment Sonali.

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      Sonali Singh 4 years ago

      Nice hub, loved to read it from start till finish. Voted up

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      My mind is open as to the crop circle's origins. Certainly some are mere pranks, but others............?

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      emailed you the link.

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Yeah I saw that video in which the balls of light quickly flew over the field and created the crop circles.

      Zeta Talk also has many pictures of CC's and their meaning or message, mostly to do with the Pole Shift, as a matter of fact I just added one to the Debunker story.

      don't forget that link, I'm looking forward to it . . .

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hmm interesting. There is one incident where balls of light were caught on video over a field and the next morning there was a crop circle there. Similar balls of light, which seem to be either intelligent or intelligently controlled, have also been recorded on video by one university (I can't remember which one at the moment).

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I consider them UFO Graffiti that only last a season but I also read in the book Two Thirds, awesome read BTW, that they were created thousands of years in advance and are triggered at certain times to deliver key information on a planetary scale of our solar system.

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, personally I believe a very small majority of them are indeed attempts at communication from an extraterrestrial civilization, the difference between hoaxed crop circles and genuine ones is fairly easy to see from a height. Unfortunately, the new whole new age crop circle movement has taken off so much that you rarely get to see these genuine crop circles any more.

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Yes, Sparkster you write well but I will agree that they are often linked to UFOs and might I suggest that they are left by Aliens that wish to leave records behind of their visitations.

      What better way to leave a sign for other visitors than to do so in a field so that they are not permanent and can only be read by those of their kind.

      Great article!

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your comment and opinion Larry. They could very well be made by pranksters, after all, many of us have microwaves! Personally I've always been able to see clearly the difference between crop circles which show alteration and crop circles which are just a hoax. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean they were caused by a different culprit, but the difference is there and does exist.

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      You write well, but I have to disagree. I think crop circles are pranks.