The Mystery of the Wiltshire Crop Circles
There are so many wacky alien conspiracy theories out on the Internet nowadays that it’s normal to roll our eyes and dismiss stories of anything mysterious, extraterrestrial or unexplained as, well…crazy. We assume there must be some easy explanation, some clear scientific justification, some rational reason. And while most of the time that is the case, some stories are so undeniably compelling, so downright impossible and well-documented, that we can’t help but hesitate for a beat. What if it’s real? What if it’s true and the truth is just so wild that it seems insane? Crop circles are one of those mysteries that are hard to believe.
The Wiltshire crop circles are just one example of these rare occurrences that gives us reason to reconsider our skepticism. Don’t take our word for it though. Read on and decide for yourself if these strange phenomena are the real deal—or just another wacky theory based on pure madness and imagination.
Wiltshire, in Southwest England, is what is known as a crop circle ‘’hot spot’’. Crop circles have been appearing in multiple areas of the region with surprising regularity since the 1960s. The circles are always in fields and take on many shapes.
Every summer, without fail, they appear overnight and the shapes are created without breaking any stalks. The fields are simply flattened. No one ever sees them being created or hears anything. Oh, did we mention that Wiltshire is also home to Stonehenge, another bizarre and unexplained structure?
Many believe the phenomenon to be the result of man-made pranks. In fact, back in 1991, two old pensioners from Southampton, Doug Bower and Dave Chorely, admitted to making crop circles in fields across Wiltshire since the 1970s.
Not bad for a team of best buds who had a couple of beers, grabbed some shovels, and cleverly banked on their county’s reputation to get a few giggles.
They must have been laughing their heads off when people attributed their work to alien beings. However, while many of the crop circles over the years have been clearly debunked,
some of them are so vast, so precise, and done so quickly, that it boggles the mind.
The Big One at Milk Hill
Although not all the formations contain circles, one of the largest on record appeared in the summer of 2001 in Milk Hill, Alton Barnes. It was composed of more than 400 circles, all perfectly aligned, stretching over 1,500 feet across.
A local crop circle expert and hoaxer, John Lundberg, explained that in order for a similar formation to be man-made, it would require about four hours to create. That would allow someone enough time to sneak in under cover of darkness, get the job done, and get out of the field before the farmer came back out in the early morning.
Since the structure in question had over 400 circles, some of which were over 70 feet wide, that would mean that a circle must be made every 30 seconds. Unless an army of people equipped with a truckload of really,
really quiet power tools crept into position and worked like ninjas in a choreographed routine of flattening cereal stalks, measuring out circles and getting airlifted from the site…someone has some explaining to do.
The Mysterious Figures
It gets even weirder, folks. In 2009, an off-duty police sergeant was driving by a cereal field in Wiltshire when something made him stop. He saw three figures standing together, with their backs to the road, inspecting the field. They were each over 6 feet tall, with long, blond hair, and they were dressed in white overalls.
Now, I know what you’re thinking—maybe it was just a family of fashion-forward Norwegians having a casual get-together in front of a pasture in rural England, enjoying the early-morning view of the crops.
Nothing weird about that, right? Well, the sergeant called to the figures, who ignored him. He got out of the car and moved closer to them. Suddenly, the air was filled with a crackling sound, just as all three forms turned to look at him. Then they ran—faster than the sergeant had ever seen a man run before.
Within a second, they were gone. The officer was scared. The sound was still around, and he was feeling uneasy, to say the least. He got back into his car and spent the rest of the day with a pounding headache.
Since the field was the site of a crop circle that appeared a few days before, he quickly did the most logical thing anyone would do in this situation. He went to see the local UFO expert.
Were these strange creatures aliens? Or did the sergeant have a seizure/migraine and hallucinate the whole thing?
The (Rational, Scientific) Theories
Although 80% of the crop circles that appear every summer have been proven to be hoaxes, that leaves another 20% that can’t be explained. Some scientists have put forth possible explanations for them, including freak tornadoes and ball-shaped lightning.
Others have suggested that shifts in the Earth’s magnetic field may cause the crops to quickly flatten, forming the strange and intricate patterns and shapes. Because nothing screams ‘lightning’ and ‘magnetic fields’ like star shapes, leaves, flowers and strange symbols.
The Alien Connection
On Christmas Day 1964, something happened that struck fear in the hearts of the fine people of Wiltshire. A local journalist named Arthur Shuttlewood, writing in the Warminster Journal, reported some strange activity in the sky above the sleepy town.
The air was filled with menacing sounds, he wrote in his article. Sudden vibrations came overhead, filling in intensity…they tore the quiet atmosphere to raucous rags. (Now that is some compelling journalism, folks.)
The following summer, people started seeing perplexing objects in the sky, too, flying and hovering over the town. In September 1965, local photographer Gordon Faulkner even managed to snap a picture of one.
Remember, this is in the days before Photoshop. To this day, there are sightings of flying objects in Wiltshire every year. Are extraterrestrial beings visiting?
It’s Not Over
Crop circles continue to pop up like clockwork every summer…and farmers are PISSED. Shelley Klindt found her first crop circle on her land on August 2nd, 2017. It showed up in a field of wheat near Highworth. Since its appearance, her farm has been inundated with visitors from all over the world, some of which are complete loonies.
‘’On Saturday, we had about 130 people […] this morning I got a call that there was a van with ¨LOVE¨ on it and a man with a magical cape dancing around with incense sticks.¨
Ms. Klindt also points out that the crop circle means she has lost about 8 tonnes of grain from her harvest. I guess the aliens didn’t really think about how they’re screwing over the people, huh? Jerks.
And you know this is a weird situation when there is an actual law against creating crop circles; that’s right, it’s officially a criminal offence in Wiltshire county. Damn right.
What Do You Think?
So are these crop circles all hoaxes and pranks, worthy of a criminal charge? How do you explain that 20% of crop circles are beyond the capacity of human creation?
Were the three strange figures really aliens? Was the sergeant insane?
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Or are aliens really making contact in the sky and on land in this small rural area? And why has no one made an organized watchdog group of people who sit in fields across the county, waiting to catch the culprits, human or otherwise?
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