As summer approaches in the northern hemisphere, people’s thoughts start turning to long balmy days, sundrenched coastal getaways, outdoor festivals and a welcome respite from the cold. Others are more excited about the prospect of another crop circle season kicking off.
Materialising in the dead of night and vanishing with the harvest, crop circles are as fleeting as they are fascinating, as complex as they are confounding.
In 2017, at least 30 of these baffling and intricate formations appeared in fields across England alone. Rumour has it there’s already been one sighting this year, with many more expected as different cereal crops (canola, barley, wheat) reach maturity around Britain and beyond.
So what’s the story? Will we ever know for sure who – or what – is behind them?
We’ve all heard the theories. From the paranormal (extraterrestrials, divine feminine energy, God) to the meteorological (ball lightning, cyclonic wind action); from the scientific (shifts in the Earth’s magnetic field) to the all-too-plausible (really clever humans) – there’s an explanation to satisfy every worldview.
But stoned wallabies? That’s the hypothesis out of Tasmania.
The world’s largest producer of legally grown opium for the pharmaceutical market, the Apple Isle had its own close encounter with crop circles when some of its poppy fields got the treatment a few years ago. But, according to Attorney General Lara Giddings, it was all down to muddled marsupials.
“The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles," she reported to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops.
A retired poppy farmer from the area corroborated her story, telling ABC News: "They would just come and eat some poppies and … go away. They'd come back again and they would do their circle work in the paddock." Sheep have also been spied creating their own circular designs after partaking in the crops.
Quality product, obviously.
(Think that’s weird? Read about another huge, unexplained shape etched into the Aussie outback in Smith Journal Volume 27, on sale now.)
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