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Great Missing the Point Moments in History - Two - Crop Circles

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This is the second in the series (first one here) and the people who missed the point this time were a large part of the public.

In 1991 Doug Bower and Dave Chorley admitted that they had been responsible for the crop circles appearing in part of England and believed that they inspired others around the world. Doug Bower also had to tell his wife.. .from wikipedia

Bower's wife had become suspicious of him, noticing high levels of mileage in their car. Eventually, fearing that his wife suspected him of adultery, Bower confessed to her, and subsequently, he and Chorley informed a British national newspaper. Chorley died in 1996, and Doug Bower has made crop circles as recently as 2004. Bower has said that, had it not been for his wife's suspicions, he would have taken the secret to his deathbed, never revealing that it was a hoax.

They made it quite obvious that it was human work too, even going as far as to write their initials next to some of them. Another act was to make one in anti-clockwise direction instead of clockwise to show up a someone who had been discussing how they were always clockwise in the media.

Other groups like circlemakers.org have also shown that they can create just about any kind of pattern.

A large industry started up around crop circles and it is because of this industry that a lot of the ideas about it being aliens etc are still taken seriously by a few people who obviously missed the point because Bower and Chorley also said that they did it to demonstrate that a lot of pseudoscientists and UFO spotters were gullible.

All of that said, some of them do actually look quite nice and it could be considered an art form. Can't we just enjoy them on that level now?

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? - Douglas Adams

 

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and I wonder how the scientific aspects mentioned ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:21:36 AM
Maybe some have createdsome simpler crop cirlces o... by xxx xxxx on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 11:02:27 AM
Unless Bower's auto can fly like a helicopter, I f... by M.I. Lee on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 11:16:27 AM
he was just having an affair? It'd be one of the g... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 12:13:30 PM
He was caught in one of those "gotcha" moments (... by Dwight Boness on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 12:37:32 PM
Flying over north-central Texas in the spring of 2... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 1:36:37 PM
I've done extensive research on crop circles and h... by Mickey Z. on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 1:51:30 PM
(Scene: Bridge of the good ship Znargh as it hover... by Philip Challinor on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 1:55:34 PM
Lol!! Douglas Adams would be proud. Or, his ghost ... by Taylor on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:54:31 AM
Humankind can not drill a simple hole in rock and ... by Theresa Paulfranz on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 2:43:42 PM
thank you.... by Jeff Poster on Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:41:40 PM
Human beings can go to the moon and back and send ... by Michael Greenwell on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 4:54:47 PM
look that one up and then tell me that men made al... by Jeff Poster on Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:44:54 PM
particularly given that there are several videos a... by Michael Greenwell on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 5:07:08 PM
Read Naomi Klein's article on the top of the page.... by Michael Greenwell on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 5:38:46 PM
was the subject of a documentary about the man in ... by WML on Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 7:12:31 AM
I was reviewing the links in the article and reali... by WML on Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 7:33:02 AM
Some scienists have analyzed wheat stalks from cro... by Jeff Poster on Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38:22 AM
Who in their right mind could imagine that the siz... by Bill Cain on Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 4:18:05 PM
Now the LORD looked down upon the earth, and saw w... by Philip Challinor on Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 at 12:32:38 PM
...we'll just put some bleachers out in the sun an... by Clark on Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 at 8:49:32 PM
Is that the type of device you are talking about?... by Taylor on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:52:15 AM