circles and physical traces
circle! What are they? The question should really be "What
aren't they?" For one thing, they are not actual
physical traces left behind by flying saucers. And most
important, they occur only at night and only in crop fields
and such, never on hard surfaces like rock, sand, gravel,
etc. I think there should be a distinction made between
crop circles and flying saucer landing sites. A physical
landing trace case usually includes the sighting of an
object (flying saucer) on or near the ground. After it
leaves, there is visible evidence of interaction with
the environment, such as burnt patches of grass, scorching
of the soil, sand that's been blown away, pod marks, etc.
years ago, in mid-September 1990, a physical landing trace
was discovered on Manitoulin Island. It is located ¼
mile from the main road, in an area consisting of gravel
and limestone, that is surrounded by trees. There were
two donut-shaped indentations, each measuring 9 feet in
diameter and both were 16 feet apart. from center to center.
The people who took the first photographs described them
as having a sand-blasted effect on the spot where the
gravel was blown away, revealing the limestone underneath.
Although they were reported to a radio station as being
crop circles, they were not part of the same phenomena.
One of the four photos appeared in last month's issue.
circles are a different matter. British researchers are
baffled at the fact that bent-over crops keep growing
and show no signs of any physical contact. They say their
evidence does indicate the circles are formed in about
5 to 10 seconds and are caused by some tugging force,
though the roots are not pulled from the soil. If the
crop circle makers are really hoaxers, then they would
have to be faster than a speeding bullet to accomplish
their task! Personally, I feel that there is an extraterrestrial
intelligence at work here. There is sufficient evidence
to indicate that this is so: complex patterns, enormous
size and striking biological and radiological anomalies
in the plants and soil. There are videotapes showing unidentified
lights descending into the crops! And eyewitness reports
of strange objects shining beams of light into the fields!
one was willing to look at the facts. People jumped on
the bandwagon, spreading rumors and "far out"
explanations: hoaxers, electro-magnetic forces from within
the earth, atmospheric conditions, and so on. Soon after,
a couple of self-proclaimed hoaxers came forward and "admitted"
to the world that they were the ones creating "wheat
patterns." As soon as the word HOAX was put forth,
the media dropped the story and left researchers holding
the bag! But why the emphasis on British crop circles
when this is a worldwide occurrence? Countries such as
Germany, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the United
States and Canada are also hosts to the crop circle phenomena.
And last year, a new twist to the phenomenon was revealed.
Dead, crushed and strangely desiccated porcupines have
been found in two crop formations on the Canadian prairies.
If hoaxers were involved in creating these formations,
hod did they convince the poor animals to simply stay
there and take the abuse while they walked over them with
their ropes and boards? Maybe they had help from Dr. Doolittle,
the only man I know that can talk to the animals! Or perhaps,
they are frequent flyers who have collected enough free
air miles to fly to these countries in order to create
their masterpieces! Some of the crop formations are so
enormous that it would take hundreds of hoaxers to create
them. For instance, in the last five months, two crop
formations appeared in Northern Spain, one of which measured
1 mile in length! Quite an undertaking, wouldn't you say?
one more thing. During my research at the local Reference
Library, I came across a newspaper article dated July
24th/63. The headline reads as follow: Says Crater Shows
Landing Craft From Another Planet? It mentions the discovery
of a 10-foot crater in a farmer's potato field (possibly
made by a flying saucer) and a 50-foot circle of flattened
barley in another field, in Wiltshire, England. This indicates
to me that the crop circle phenomena began long before
1978, the year that the hoaxers claimed as the starting
point for their crop circle-making careers. (Maybe we
should give the hoaxers some of those giant peanut butter
cups. They could use the help.)
Provincial Section Director for Sudbury, Ontario
MUFON (Mutual UFO Network, Inc.)