All the good croppies have retired and it shows

Crop circle professionals lament that all the new versions are more like “crap circles”.

Crop circles slammed as the work of ‘amateurs’ as their numbers plummet – Telegraph.

Just 15 were counted in July compared with more than 50 last year, and according to experts they pale in comparison to their predecessors, leading some to rename them “crap circles”.

The impressive designs have previously drawn thousands of tourists to southern England but this year visitors have been left underwhelmed by simple patterns including a heart, a small uneven circle and a square.

A scheme by farmers to help make a profit from people venturing on their land to view crop circles may now be scuppered by the poor quality of this year’s designs.

Mr Williams, a computer programme from Devizes, Wiltshire, said he retired because of hay fever.

“Julian Richardson, one of the best croppies ever, has moved on to making sand circles instead”, he added.

“He wants to try something different and I think he’s fed up with believers trying to make money from his hobby – that he never made a penny for.”

This article is awesome! Please go read it. Crop circles are art from cereal – I love them. But the farmers don’t as they destroy their crops. But, some have taken it upon themselves to capitalize on the crop circle craze by charging admission. The best crop circles are the ones made by people who KNOW what they are doing and create fabulous designs. I’ll miss those.

Circlemakers site.

Photo credit: SWNS

Photo credit: SWNS

  2 comments for “All the good croppies have retired and it shows

  1. Matt Crowley
    August 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    I’m surprised agrarian artists haven’t transitioned to application of fertilizer to make more permanent marks. Clearly this would not work in a cultivated field, but it does work in the wild:

    http://orgoneresearch.com/2009/10/19/peace-signs-fertilizer-crop-circles-and-sigma-chi/

  2. terrythecensor
    August 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    If you go through the early crop circle books, those patterns look crappy as well: the classic “UFO nest,” a bland circle of mushed down grasses (see the book “Circular Evidence,” if only for the unintentionally hilarious title).

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