Crop Circles Real vs Fake
Crop Circle is a concept first coined by Colin Andrews in the 1980s, but, before starting talking about crop circles real and fake, what is actually a crop circle?
The term stands for a pattern created by flattening a crop, usually a cereal, in completely unnatural and perfectly done shapes.
These formations are usually created overnight, nevertheless, there’s been a few reports of others that have actually appeared during the day. Although there’s been low activity regarding scientific study of them, all of the circles found in the United Kingdom across the landscape, they do not appear to be spread randomly as they tend to appear near areas of medium or dense population, roads or cultural heritage monument. Yes, such as Avebury or Stonehenge. Coincidence? Let’s keep reading.
How to identify real crop circles?
Since the very first records of crop circles, people have always been skeptical as they think that they can easily be human-made but it is not as simple as that. We all have a certain weight, a specific way of walking and, as human, we can’t be perfect, so identifying real crop circles from the human-made ones is actually very simple but we may have to start paying attention to the small details if we want to indeed, identify the fake ones.
When looking at a real crop circle formation, if we look closer to the ground, we can actually discover that the stems are not broken but are bent at 90° angles about an inch off the ground. Pretty weird right? It is even stranger if we took into consideration that when a man stands on a crop stem, it completely reaches the ground and even breaks as we weight way too much for the plant to stay at an exact 90° angle.
Now, how are the real crop circles made? When analyzing the real formations, many scientists have got to the conclusion that the plants might have been subjected to a short and intense burst of energy, resulting in the folding of the stalks at a 90° angle. What’s really interesting about this process is that, once the effect vanishes and the stalks re-harden, they do not present any damages in their structure and can keep growing. If you were asking, no, stalks usually do not re-harden and continue growing when stepping several times on it.
Reality or Hoaxes?
Although there are studies that confirm how to easily identify the real crop circles form the fake ones, people now and then tend to make their own designs, usually in their own crop fields. Why? Well, as you might know, whether if you are a believer or skeptical, when you heard that there’s been a formation near your town it is very probable that lots of people would like to see them with their own eyes. This way, farmers benefit from micro tourism as they usually ask for tips or even dare to ask you for a mandatory payment before entering the field.
What most of them ignore is that an expert or even an amateur who has done his research, can say after a few test if it is real or fake, but as they don’t know any of this, they keep trying to fool people and even the media in order to make some profits out of people’s curiousness.
What’s still out of the people’s knowledge is that once proven that the crop circle is not human-made, or at least not made by stepping on the stalks, there is no way of knowing for sure who or what put them exactly where they appeared and what do they mean. Of course, they’ve made studies and tried to find out the purpose of this these formations or the hidden message. Although there are some theories, and others that claim to be the exact truth, no one can for sure confirm what they are or why are they there, at least not yet…
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