What are Crop Circles?
Crop circles is a term used to describe patterns created by the flattening of crops such as wheat, barley, rapeseed, rye, corn, linseed and soy. The term was first used by researcher Colin Andrews to describe simple circles he was researching.
Since 1990 the crop circles evolved into complex geometries, but by then the term had stuck. Examples can be found worldwide. Various hypotheses have been offered to explain their formation, ranging from the naturalistic to the paranormal. Naturalistic explanations include man-made hoaxes or geological anomalies, while paranormal explanations include formation by UFOs. Many circles are known to be man-made, as those created by Doug Bower, Dave Chorley, and John Lundberg, and a 2000 study into circle hoaxing concluded that 80 percent of UK circles were definitely man-made
Tennessee Crop Circles
Man-made or alien-aligned? For the second time in two years, a crop circle's appeared in Monroe County.
Does anyone know what made this? Not just yet, but everyone has their own theory. This new designs just down the road from the first crop circle. That appeared last May also in a wheat field. Neighbors say whoever, or whatever did it worked quickly and quietly. Beyond still-standing blades, there are others pushed in a perfect pattern.
"I don't know whether it's man-made or not," resident Johnnie Helm said.
It's the second Monroe County Crop Circle in two years. These lines and curves appeared in Johnnie Helm's 50-acre wheat field Monday morning.
"I didn't hear nothing. And I'm up and down all night," Helm said.
Her neighbor, Jean Merrell first spotted the bent blades.
"I always look out the window, and I thought, my goodness, what's in the field? What's happened?" resident Jean Merrell said.
The "what"? Well, the crushed crops form a triangle. At each corner a pair of circles, but "how" and "who" wilted the wheat is a crop quandary.
"I really don't think it's man-made. I don't believe anyone could do that, that quick and so perfect," Merrell said.
These thin lines are the only paths in and out. Helms says they're from crop fertilization and they've been here months. The new field phenomena's less than a half mile from last May's Crop Circle just outside Madisonville. Investigators ruled that design "non man-made." Crop circle researches came to investigate last year's design. As for this one, they want to come back.
"They'd have to be very careful, cause I ain't talked to the man I rent it to," Helm said.
"I think it's something fantastic myself," Merrell said.
"If it's aliens and they want me, they'll come and get me. Will you put up a fight? No. Why? I'll talk to them. What if you don't speak Alien? They better speak English," Helm said.
And Helm wants to know...why her backyard?
Investigators with the independent crop circle researchers organizations plan to scientifically test this design next week, but they still have to get helm's permission.
We've haven't revealed the exact location on purpose. Her land's private property. She doesn't want strangers trampling the crops. So public visits are off-limits, for now.