Braille Crop Circle Mowed Down By Annoyed Farmer In Silicon Valley: Design Was Braille For The Number 192, Found In IP Addresses

By Gabrielle Jonas on January 2, 2014 12:25 PM EST

Crop Circle in California
A farmer mowed down this crop circle after it attracted too much interest from onlookers and the media. (Photo: Charles Watson/YouTube)

A farmer mowed down a 1.5-acre crop circle Tuesday that skilled pranksters had pressed into their barley earlier this week, because the interest it generated caused too much disruption, Debbie Anthony, who co-owns the property two hours south of San Francisco, told the International Science Times. Hundreds of rubberneckers came to her farm earlier this week, some of them standing on fences. As a result, Anthony's husband, Scott ordered a crew to plow it, but fortunately, not at a loss to the Anthonys. "We grow the barley as a cover for our vegetables, she said, "so we really didn't lose anything." The Anthonys grow broccoli, snap peas, and lettuce on their two thousand-acre farm near Chualar, 10 miles southeast of Salinas.

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Scott Anthony described the design to CNN Tuesday as resembling "a computer chip," adding, "It just looked like it was pushed over." After news vans appeared, Anthony called security guards to keep people from trespassing. "It's a food safety issue," he told CNN. 

Photographer Julie Belanger, who originally spotted the crop circle Monday as she and her husband flew above it in a helicopter, told CNN affiliate KSBW it was "quite beautiful," adding, "it's possible that aliens exist, but I don't know if they would bother making a crop circle to give us a message." But Debra Falanga, a crop circle enthusiast from New Jersey believes "they are created by other-than-human-beings," and told CNN Wednesday she's disappointed Anthony destroyed the crop circle, as now people can't "go in and experience the energy." Falanga, a certified Braille transcriber, told KSBW she recognized it as a "very detailed" depiction of the number 192 written repeatedly in Braille. "The Braille was so accurately portrayed," Falanga, who saw the crop circle in a photo, said. She added that the number could be an allusion to the 192 found in Internet Protocol addresses, or in the symbol Ir-192, produced from an isotope of Iridium, used used as a radiation source in certain cameras and in brachytherapy procedures to treat cancerous tissues.

Local Jim Gillott told KSBW that he had seen about 25 people with ladders in the field the weekend. And local Jake Gain said he had seen "people in the field just walking around, and it looked like they had little GPS'es." Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer was predictably skeptical.  "It looks like a couple of kids did this," he told CNN, pointing out that crop circles can be made easily by dragging a board over a field. "We have zero evidence of aliens landing anywhere; we have lots of evidence of pranksters hoaxing. People seem less intrigued by pranksters than they do by aliens, so it's a compelling story for people to think that we're not alone."

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