A technology-themed symbol appears as a crop circle in a Salinas CA field. It’s some sort of viral marketing gimmick but, believe it or not, there are still some people out there who thing some crop circles are made by aliens. Yes, people really do believe this stuff. [UPDATE: Revealed]
An unusual creation has popped up on a farm just south of the Bay Area.
A giant crop circle has appeared on Chualar farm in Salinas, Calif.
Aerial photographer Julie Belanger spotted the crop circle as she was flying over the valley Monday morning.
Guards hired by an unnamed client are taking reporters to the circle but trying to maintain order. Sounds like they are expecting a rush of people. Very good planning…
Stamped in the middle of the field, the design covered about an acre and looked like a strange computer chip with dots in the middle that some Internet observers interpreted as either Braille or Morse code.
Most crop circle enthusiasts were quick to call it a hoax.
That’s my favorite line! It’s illogical. All crop circles are man-made. They aren’t hoaxes. They are grain art! Unless “crop circle enthusiasts” still consider them alien made which is absurd.
The article quotes Jeffrey Wilson of the Independent Crop Circle Researchers Association who said it was a hoax and Nancy Talbott of the BLT Research Team who was pretty sure it was a hoax but not certain.
I’m certain. Certain as I’ll be about almost nothing else. It was man-made, for some good reason. I’m having trouble humoring “crop circle researchers”. Alien made designs are ridiculous when we know exactly how people make these structures and it has been demonstrated multiple times.
Some people like to believe they are mysterious but they are just not. I’m one of those who thinks that neat human acheivements like this are lovely in their own right and don’t need an air of mystery. But this one has just the right bit of mystery. What does the symbol mean and what’s behind it. It certainly does seem like a publicity stunt – one that is working, too.
Here is the YouTube discover clip. Obviously staged.
UPDATE: (2-Jan 2014) CNN has a little bit more. A few people reported seeing crop circle makers in the field days before. (Obviously.) And it appears the crop will plowed over today. It did not cause the farmer any loss.
The founding publisher of Skeptic magazine was unimpressed.
“It looks like a couple of kids did this,” Michael Shermer told CNN. “Short of having a video of it, it’s hard to prove that kids did it. So, in that case, we have to make a choice: what’s more likely? That aliens landed in Chualar, California, or that a couple of pranksters made it?
“We have zero evidence of aliens landing anywhere; we have lots of evidence of pranksters hoaxing.”