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The Sciences

Crop circularity

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJune 19, 2008 12:57 AM


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It's really hard to find anything dumber than crop circles. I don't usually use words like that, but c'mon! Aliens come here from a bazillion miles away just to flatten cereal stalks? And yet there is an astonishing range of dumbosity even within the crop circle field (haha, "field"). The latest, reported on a Faux Fox News website, has one that has -- be prepared to gasp -- the number pi encoded in it. GASP! I've read the description twice, and I still can't figure out what the guy is saying. But it seems suspicious that rounding is involved. Whenever you do that, precision kinda goes out the window. But let's assume, sure, pi is in the crop circle. Then my fave is this:

Crop-circle enthusiasts claim that's just more proof that the barley and wheat stalks have been stomped on by aliens who seem to have a special affinity for southern England.

Y'know, that would be more convincing if humans didn't know what pi was. But since we do, how does that preclude humans from creating this circle? As the great Peter Venkman once said, "No human would stack books this way". That's a skeptical mantra I wish more people would learn. Tip o' the tin foil beanie to BABloggee Rick White.

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