Why aliens stopped leaving circles in the fields and who actually drew them

Dmytro IvancheskulLife
Circles in the fields turned from a natural phenomenon to an alien joke

The mysterious circles in wheat fields that captured the imagination of the world in the 1990s and early 2000s have completely disappeared from the media in recent years, despite the fact that social media is the perfect environment for such viral stories. It was believed that the amazing drawings were either messages from alien visitors or a trace left by their spaceships during landing or take-off.

They have been hunted, studied and attempted to be reproduced using various methods, but now it seems that no one wants them. And this is despite the fact that the topic of UFOs continues to be in the news. IFLScience recalls the history of this phenomenon and explains who was really behind the alien messages.

Circles on a field near Salisbury on 23 July 1990

In the 90s, when UFO-mania took over the world (not without the help of the hugely popular Top Secret series, of course), strange circles in the fields were discussed by everyone from teenagers on the streets to the national media. And this is despite the fact that the world lived in an era before social media, blogs, and the Internet was not very accessible. Nevertheless, it was reported that "greetings" from aliens were seen literally all over the world.

But they appeared not 30 years ago, but much earlier. Back in 1678, strange signs appeared on grain crops in Hertfordshire, England. At that time, evil spirits were blamed for everything, and later it was considered the first recorded case of "alien" circles on the fields. However, it should be noted that, unlike traditional circles, the stalks of the crops in Hertfordshire were cut, not bent. Therefore, it is likely that this case should not be associated with the phenomenon at all.

Laps on the pitch in Dorset (England) on 5 July 2019.

Another mention of circles in the fields appeared in 1880, when the journal Nature published a letter from John Rand Capron, who had seen several "round spots" appearing in the field with his own eyes. He believed that the circles were caused by cyclonic winds.

In the second half of the twentieth century, circles in the fields began to appear more and more often and attracted more and more attention. In 1963, the English astronomer Sir Patrick Moore described a crater seen in a field in Wiltshire. He suggested that the crater was the result of a meteorite impact. He also said that in some neighbouring fields he had noticed spiral-shaped formations on the crops. Moore suggested that they were probably caused by "strong air currents caused by the falling body" and also claimed that all the patterns on the wheat led to the crater.

Laps on the pitch in England in August 2009.

Despite Moore's attempts to find a natural explanation for the phenomenon, alien theories began to grow around it. Later, similar circles appeared in Australia, and no one was even ashamed of them - they were immediately recognised as the work of aliens. At the same time, stories about circles in the fields that resembled a giant alien ship's engine began to appear in the UK.

People's curiosity about aliens reached its peak in the late 1970s, when a retired US Air Force officer told of the 1947 Roswell incident, when a spaceship allegedly crashed in the New Mexico desert.

Meanwhile, two Englishmen from the countryside were bored one evening and came up with what would be called a prank. Doug Bauer and Dave Chorley came up with a fairly simple method that allowed them to create circles in fields of varying complexity, and their remoteness from urban life left their nocturnal activities unnoticed. The men used wooden planks with ropes attached to them to create circles in fields on the border between Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Circles measuring approximately 70 metres in a wheat field in Hampshire, England, on 29 July 2023.

By stepping on the board, they created wide lines and bent the stems rather than breaking them, making it look like they had been bent by a powerful wind.

Over the course of almost 20 years of pranking, Bauer and Chorley created more than 200 circles, until they admitted to it in the early 1990s. Despite the fact that the human hand behind the alien drawings had been exposed, ufologists continued to believe that aliens were behind it all.

The confessions of Bauer and Chorley not only did not put an end to the appearance of these drawings in the fields, but also went viral around the world. People from other countries, using the idea of the British, began to draw even larger and more amazing circles in the fields.

Eventually, however, interest in this phenomenon gradually waned as it became increasingly difficult to interpret it as reliable evidence of the existence of aliens.

Today, crop circles have rather become an art form that no one associates with UFOs.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL also told about a Harvard physicist who claims to have discovered fragments of an alien "spaceship" in the Pacific Ocean.

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