Croppies almost certain THIS one is a “hoax”. Yeah… (UPDATE: Soon to be gone)

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]

Mysterious Crop Circle Spotted in Salinas | NBC Bay Area.

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…

This article gives a bit more information:

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.

Screen capture from aerial video

Screen capture from aerial video

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.”

  11 comments for “Croppies almost certain THIS one is a “hoax”. Yeah… (UPDATE: Soon to be gone)

  1. Angela
    December 31, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    That is what has aggravated me when something explainable is given a supernatural spin–it’s very cool in its own right that people have the patience and precision to do these. Why that in and of itself can’t be appreciated more, I do not know.

  2. December 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    That is some very nice art work. As to the YouTube video….I would have saved my batteries and made the trip during full daylight with a very tall step ladder. The video is the hoax not the field art.

  3. YetAnoutherBrian
    December 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    If the snow circles created in this video just appeared one morning, they would be attributed to aliens as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfFdz9iwhtk

    • December 31, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Thanks for posting the snow art, really awesome. What do you think….Venusian or Martian?

    • Frederick
      January 1, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Nice, they could come and do that in my backyard right now! :-) With the Christmas lights still in my trees that will look cool :-)

  4. John Van Vliet
    January 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    The crop art really dose look like a graphics GPU chip
    if i had to bet … one of the NEW CPU/GPU combos from AMD or Nvidia or intell

    • Frederick
      January 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Amd do not have any FX Cpu coming in 2014, but they have APU coming for sure, Nvidia already release the gtx7XX line, but i guess that could be for a Tegra Chips. But i guess intel is possible also. Also Qualcomm announced a new Snapdragon 805 this week.
      So well, there is a lot of possibility

  5. spookyparadigm
    January 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I wouldn’t entirely dismiss the use of the word “hoax,” though it isn’t quite right either. The mystery/paranormal meaning can’t be divorced from the crop circle, and is part of the appeal. If this wasn’t the case, there would be successful crop artists who would make their pieces with full documentation, or even as a form of performance, rather than secretively and anonymously making the circles in the night. This is analogous to the need for tagging and graffiti to have a guerrilla edge to it (part of Banksy’s appeal is that he is still working on the sides of buildings allegedly without permission and against the law, and under a pseudonym).

    Crop circles aren’t hoaxes at this point, but they still encode the secret and mystery aspects of their origin, and cannot be divorced from their paranormal roots and still have any real impact (a crop circle generates news stories, a corn maze goes in the “things to do with your family this weekend” back pages of the paper).

  6. matt crowley
    January 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    The space aliens bridged vast gulfs of space and time to come here and create crop circles, yet never mastered two point perspective.

  7. Byron brattus
    January 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Just wait til you see a ufo yourself youll be singing a different tune you people ned better ways to spend your time.

    • January 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      We’ve all seen unidentified objects. That’s a given. What’s NOT true is that they were anything mysterious. We just didn’t have the information. You aren’t going to get very far conversing like this.

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