[quote][i]In September 1991 two English men, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, stepped forward to take credit for the entire crop circle phenomenon.
According to this pair, who were both in their 60s, their activities had begun as a lark back in the late 1970s. They had wanted to fool people into thinking that UFOs had landed. Their hobby had then gradually evolved into an obsession, involving night after night of circular toil in the fields of England.
The tools of their trade were disarmingly simple, being nothing more than wooden planks and string. Armed with this equipment, the two were able to demonstrate the ability to fashion crop circles similar to many that had been found.
But cerealogists noted that it strained credibility to think that the pair had created all the hundreds of circles that had been found in the past decade, and they certainly could not have been responsible for the circles outside of England.
The media hyped Doug and Dave’s revelation, and as a consequence many dismissed the entire phenomenon of crop circles as their work. But over time even circle skeptics began to question Doug and Dave’s confession. What evidence was there to support their claim of having created hundreds of circles throughout the 80s? Were they themselves just publicity seekers? To this day these questions have not been answered, leaving it unclear how many circles Doug and Dave were actually responsible for.[/i]
[i]In 2002, Discovery Channel commissioned 5 aeronautics and astronautics students from MIT to create crop circles of their own. Discovery’s production team consulted with crop circle researcher Nancy Talbott, who provided them with three attributes which she believed set “real” crop circles apart from known man-made circles such as those created by Doug and Dave. These criteria were:
- Elongated apical plant stem nodes
- Expulsion cavities in the plant stems
- The presence of 10-50 micrometer diameter magnetized iron spheres in the soils, distributed linearly
Over the course of a single night the team were able to create a stereotypical “man-made” circle which they then attempted to enhance using the three criteria. The team used lengths of rope to plot their design and trampled the wheat down in a spiral pattern using lengths of wooden board attached to loops of rope. To meet criterion 2, they constructed a portable microwave emitter; using it to superheat the moisture inside the corn stalks until it burst out as steam. To meet criterion 3 they built a device - dubbed the “Flammschmeisser” - which sprayed iron particles through a heated ring. However, the device proved to be too time consuming to use and they were forced to finish the task using a pyrotechnic charge to distribute the iron around the circle. The circle was later analyzed by graduate students from MIT, who declared it to be “on a par with any of the documented cases”. Their conclusion was later questioned by Talbott, noting that the team had only been able to recreate 2 of the 3 criteria. Talbott also expressed concerns that the iron particles were not distributed laterally. Furthermore, she felt that the team’s use of night vision headsets and other technologically advanced items would be out of reach for the average hoaxer.
The creation of the circle was recorded and used in the Discovery channel documentary “Crop Circles: Mysteries in the Fields”.[/i][/quote]
Would hoaxers really go to that extent to make their crops circles so distinguishable? Portable microwave emitter? Pyrotechnic charge? Spraying iron particles? I think we can rule out Doug and Dave out of that one, at least. They used only strings and planks.
I find it spooky. Period.