Monday, May 9, 2011

Crop Circles

Crop circles are one of those things that keep popping up in discussions on the paranormal. If you aren’t familiar with them, they’re basically large areas of terrain that have been flattened or rearranged to form some sort of geometric design or drawing. People love to debate their origin and meaning, despite the fact that both pranksters and a small group of artists admit to creating them.

Crop circles started appearing in the 70’s and still occur to this day all around the world. Originally, people believed that aliens or other supernatural creatures had to be responsible because of the beauty and detailed design elements of the circle. Besides, who else would create something that could only be seen from the sky? Then, in 1991, two men came forward and admitted to building them, using nothing more than some rope and a flat board. They started in 1978. Other’s have since started creating them as well, increasing their frequency of their occurrence and the variety of their design. Over the years people have come up with new techniques for building them and there are even contests held to see who can design the most impressive crop circles. They’ve also developed a bit of a bad reputation, as the people creating them often trespass on other’s property and destroy farmer’s crops.

For the most part, the general public has finally started to accept that this phenomenon is probably not paranormal. A small group of people still occasionally argue that some of them are too impressive to be human-created. But until they have strong, real evidence to support their theory, it’s going to be little more than a theory.

What do you think about crop circles? Do you think they are works of art or a weird, rural graffiti?  Or do you think they are the work of something supernatural?

1 comment:

  1. You explained it above pretty well. Crop circles are man-made.