Freaky Friday: Crop Circles

If you like conspiracies, strange occurrences, and unsolved mysteries, then this new series is for you. Every other week I'll be bringing you a new mystery. We’ll dive into exciting theories, strange plot twists, and maybe discover something new. To start us off I'm taking on a classic, crop circles. Let's jump into a short history of these strange symbols.

Occurring most commonly in the southern England countryside, these configurations have shown up since the early 1970s. These flattened depressions most often show up overnight seemingly out of nowhere. The intricacy and size of these patterns have led many to believe the makers are not of this world. While some have come forward as makers of crop circles, many still question if the original patterns were simply another hoax or something more.

Theory #1: Messages and Maps

Many believe that these symbols are coded messages. Those who study the symbols believe they can be translated and used to form a map of sorts. But who are these maps for? There are many ideas, ranging from plausible to outlandish, including instructions for time travelers or even directions for extraterrestrials visitors. Many have translated the symbols into what they believe are clues, but we have yet to see any truly convincing messages.  

Theory #2: Just A Hoax

There have been many reports of people coming forward claiming to be behind crop circles. Most notably, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, who admitted to coming up with the idea in a pub and creating the “flying saucer nest” overnight in 1976. This has resulted in much doubt if any of these configurations are nothing more than a long time hoax. Crop circles popping up all over the world just being copycats jumping on board with the hype. Recently, National Geographic had a group of artist attempt to recreate a complex design overnight in 2009. The group was successful in the recreation. Additionally, crop circles have proved somewhat easy to make. Requiring nothing more than a few simple tools and a dedicated group of people.

Theory #3: Extraterrestrials

To some, this theory is the most ridiculous, however, the idea that aliens are behind these strange symbols has a strong following, The strange circular qualities of crop circles lead many to believe these are landing places for space crafts. The depressions caused by the landing and taking off of some form of ship. A popular detail among believers is the intricacy of the patterns and seemingly gentle way the crops have been flattened. Corn stalks have been recorded to be bent without breaking the stalk itself. As though they were carefully placed in a specific manner.

Yes, a group of people could replicate crop circles in a night. Yet a man-made circle made quickly is unlikely to avoid breaking even a single stalk. It has been suggested that some form of energy has been used to push the crops down, but there is not much scientific basis for this idea. It has also been thought that the fear of discovery is the reason behind the makers of crop circles never being seen in action. Many wonder if these symbols are a means of communicating with us.

Whether crop circles are messages from the future, extraterrestrial maps, or simply a cleverly planned hoax. The true purpose of these symbols may never be discovered. For now, this conspiracy will remain a mystery. Have any mysteries you’d like to see covered? Let me know! Until next time, keep your eyes peeled for the strange and unexplained.