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Crop Circle Craze Continues

Trying to maintain our sanity during the current crop-circle flap, we have adhered closely to reports in the conservative Journal of Meteorology, U.K. But don't imagine that wilder accounts are not surfacing in the newspapers. Two accounts should suffice.

Australia.

"Three frightened farmers believe a gigantic UFO landed last week on their Victorian wheat property.

"A pattern of five perfect circles - in which unbroken wheat stalks swirl anticlockwise - have been found on the 9000- hectare farm, West Park, run by Max and Nancee Jolly and their son Stuart, 29.

"The startling discovery comes only weeks after the family's 700 sheep were panicked by a huge yellow object pulsating above the paddocks in western Victoria's Mallee region."

(Pickney, John; "Sheep Panicked by Eerie Light in Fields," Melbourne Truth, December 16, 1989. Cr. P. Norman via L. Farish)

Canada.

"Argyle, Man. - There's a mystery on Ray Crawford's land and stumped investigators say anything from bizarre weather phenomena to visitors from outer space could have put it there.

"Sometime in the past year, an almost perfect circle was gouged out of a remote patch of the elderly cattle farmer's property, 30 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the edge of the rockstrewn scrub and bush that comprise the region between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg.

"There was no sign anything human had a hand in its creation."

Other crop circles have been found in Manitoba, including one close to a barbed-wire fence that had been partially melted by intense heat.

(Blackwell, Tom; "Circle Found Gouged in Field Starts UFO Landing Rumors," London (Ontario) Free Press, December 26, 1989. Cr. B.M Cleveland)

From Science Frontiers #68, MAR-APR 1990. 1990-2000 William R. Corliss