The Mysterious Canadian Crop Circles - Unsolved Mysteries

Mysterious crop circles appear in Canada.

Edmonton crop circle

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Crop circles have become a well known phenomena all across the globe.  Of the 10,000 documented cases, 80% have been proven to be hoaxes.  But what about the other 20 percent?

Mysterious light near crop circles

Two farmers from outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Rusty Manuel and Thelley
Whitman, woke up one day to find a crop circle formation on their land — seven precise circles pressed into a field of thistle and barley.  Thelley was stunned:

“The grain was all flattened down. It almost looked liked a pattern, like petals, the way the grain came out and then the heads turned back in towards the center again.  It was just amazing.”

The Canadian Crop Circle Research Network, a volunteer organization that documents such cases, wasted no time getting to the site.  Judy Arndt is one of the group’s field researchers:

“It looked like the place had been electrocuted.  It was just amazing.  Looked like there had been a huge force of some sort.”

Skeptics dismissed the Edmonton crop circle as a hoax.  As shown in a documentary,  pranksters can make a crop circle using a piece of wood and some rope. They call their creations, “human land art.”  Paul Anderson, Director of the CCCRN, has studied many of the circles in western Canada:

“Anybody can go out with a board and flatten down wheat.  And yet something you have to take into account is, it’s not just the formation itself, but it’s the complexity of how it’s actually constructed, like multiple layers going in different directions, one on top of the other, and so on.”

Interior view of crop circle

At the Edmonton site, Judy Arndt documented each of the circles within the formation and gathered up crop and soil samples for scientific analysis.  The samples were sent to Nancy Talbott, director of B.L.T Research Team, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Nancy worked with a network of scientists who have studied more than 350 crop circle cases from eight different countries:

“The three major changes in plants in the real McCoy, as opposed to man-made crop circles, are node elongation, expulsion cavities at the nodes, and germination abnormalities.”

Each of these conditions was present in the Edmonton samples.  That means that the characteristics of the crops were profoundly altered in ways that could not be induced by humans using ropes and boards.   Colin Anderews is a researcher and author:

“The geometry is precise.  There are no tracks in or out.  The plants are not damaged,  they’re bent over. They’re not knuckled or broken.  The plants are changed in their internal structure at the cellular level.  You don’t find that in a hoax.”

The soil samples from Edmonton were sent to Dr. Sampath Iyengar in California.  Dr. Iyengar specializes in materials analysis:

“We went ahead and looked at the mineralogy of the clays, using a technique called x-ray powder diffraction.”

The results showed a dramatic difference between soil samples taken from inside the crop circle compared to those taken from outside the circle:

 “This has been seen by geologists before, but this is in a geologic time over several millions of years. And this has to be some kind of a fantastic energy that’s causing this change. And I don’t have any idea what it is.”

Theories on what’s creating the circles ranges from geothermal and magnetic forces, to some kind of cosmic energy.   Colin Andrews has explored many of the theories:

“We looked at meteorology.  We looked at Earth energies.  We looked at chemical application of the farmers, and all of them led to a blank.  It just did not fit. What we now know is we have a solid mystery.  This cannot be explained in the terms of people making them.  We have many hundreds that are absolutely certainly not man made.  And that is a solid fact.”

Judy Arndt has one final theory that connects crop circles to UFOs:

“I was contacted by a young couple who had been driving along in late evening. He looked out the window and saw some lights and rolled down the window to make sure it wasn’t just a reflection on his passenger side window.  And the lights were still there and he got quite excited about it and asked his wife to pull over.  There were two small lights, brilliant bluish. Then they said these two lights were playing tag with each other.  This sighting occurred about a week before the crop circle formation was found.”

Around the same time, Edmonton farmers Rusty Manuel and Thelley Whitman had a similar experience:

“First, you thought it was a helicopter, ‘cause it moved like a helicopter.  But still, there was no other lights on it. It was just bright and would just hover over the field and sort of move off and then come back again. And it just seemed like it passed over the back end of the pickup. And it just disappeared.  It just was so fast.” –Thelley

“I tried to picture it as being an aircraft but it was much too big for an aircraft.”--Rusty

Was there a connection between the strange lights and the sudden appearance of the Edmonton crop circles?  Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, had this to say:

 “I believe that the aliens are out there, but I don’t think they’re visiting here. The fact that so many people feel that there may be something unusual going on here, I think bespeaks a psychological need that we all have to believe that there’s some powers that we don’t understand. And after all, it’s much more interesting to think that this pattern in the wheat here was graffiti from beings from another world than to think that it was students from the local university. That’s not a terribly interesting story.”

However, there are crop circles that simply defy logic, formations that show no sign of human intervention.  One, a giant ‘Star of David’, literally appeared overnight in Red Deer, Alberta, not far from Edmonton.  It measured 422 feet across.  But Seth Shostak is not convinced:

“I don’t understand how they’re all done. But to say that they are something other than humans is a radical or revolutionary claim.  And consequently, I’m not going to be swayed by what amounts to very anecdotal evidence.  It’s got to be better than that.”

Colin Andrews says:

“I don’t think we need, necessarily to be talking or trying to prove that it is or isn’t extra-terrestrial.  I don’t know that either.  What I know is what I’m looking at that has arrived in our fields.  Something knows what it’s doing here.  There is intelligence of some sort. And I know they’re not made by people.”

Over the past decades, more than 10,000 crop circles have been reported from around the world.  Assuming that 8,000 were made by pranksters, that still leaves 2,000 that are unexplained, and remain unsolved mysteries.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season twelve with Robert Stack and in season one with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

 

17 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Make sure you put on your tin foil hat before you read these comments. Holy crap!! Some of these are hilarious! “80% hoaxes? More like to other way around!” Oh jeez…. get over it, guys.

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  3. Aaron Asher

    I truly cannot believe that people are still, to this day, believing that some of these could be real. It just blows my mind. Not to be rude here, but are people really that dumb? Or are they just so eager and desperate to prove aliens exist that they will believe just about anything they see, read, or hear?

    ALL crop circles are hoaxes. One of the first of many reported crop circles was back in the early 80’s and was proven to be a hoax.
    So, is it a coincidence that so many started popping up over and over again after that? When they were virtually non-existent before that??? No way.

    UFO enthusiasts really need to put a lid on it when it comes to ctp circle. Such a path joke!

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  4. Anonymous

    out of 10,000 cases, 80% of them have been PROVEN as hoaxes? yeah, right. we’re supposed to believe people have investigated 10000 cases in detail, and not only that but found evidence convincing enough 8000 times to declare them false? uh-uh. what really happened is they checked a bunch, figured that a certain percentage of them were done by local doofuses out to make a prank, and then applied a nice round number (80%) to ALL known cases. I would say it’s more likely to be the other way around, that 20% are fake. but that’s the government for ya, always covering up the facts.

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    • al royce

      Are aliens playing games with us, laughing, especially at the debunkers’ silly attempts to deny that something weird is going on here. The Nasca lines seem also made by visitors.

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  5. Ble

    Ive seen it all

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  6. al royce

    A possible explanation for crop circles derives from a study of an invisibility technique in which a radiation receiver, on top of a craft, connects to an emitter on the underside. Effectiveness depends on the number of receiver/emitters, the number of angles involved, and the distance of the craft from the viewer on the ground. This could be called “poor man’s invisibility, more sophisticated techniques being developed, and it might have been used to make a ship seemingly disappear (The Philadelphia Experiment).
    Suppose a craft, instead of emitting a view of the sky and clouds above, has a “pilot” who, for whatever reason, inserts a “slide” of a design, and the radiation or energy of the emission inadvertently effects the crop below. Could Earthly science be aware of such a phenomenon?
    Some observers say an associated light is smaller in diameter than that of the resulting circle. Maybe an angle study of bent stalks might lead to answers.

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  7. Chanita

    I Wish it Was Real! I wonder What Life On Another Planet Is Like?

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  8. douglas

    I just watched an episode of unsolved mysteries and they said that to date there have been ten thousand xrop circles discovered eight thousand (80%) done by pranksters and the other two thousand (20%) is unexplained. I hate to burst everybodies bubble that likes to believe ita done by something other than humans…AKA.. ALIENS. But i know forsure they are all done by people. I personally know all the ways to makes these crop circles, everything from using a rope and board/2×4 to using an aircraft of sorts to make the crop circles without leaving a trail behind. On the ground for researchers to find. There are more ways than the two i have made mention. Of, but i am going to keep these secret until unsolved mysteries is willing to interview me so i can show them the ways people make the other twenty percent that people just cant explain. You guys will all be amazed at how it gets done. I wanted to take this aecret to my grave, but im now willing too show the worldthe truth. Mainly because im so aick of people saying aliens have some how made it to out planet(earth), yet nobody has ever seen an alien. Yet continue to say they exsist with absolutaly no proof.”UNSOLVED MYSTERIES) contact me if you are willing ro let me show you.

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  9. Witness

    I have seen crop (weed) circles made by a small UFO inside a small square cloud, next to US 19 in the middle of the day. The object dropped into the weeds and went around in an expanding circle, then went up a little and moved a little and dropped down and did it again several times. Most of the circles were round and the same size. Some of the circles were on the edge of the weeds so they were not complete. When the object came down in the weeds it made an extremely loud sound like a weed-Wacker.

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  10. Mark Quigley

    On Friday 17th August 2001 about 5 miles west of St. Neots UK I watched an orange ball of light hover and dart above a field of wheat. There was a kind of crackling sensation and sound all around. There were no houses or farm machinery there, nor road lights or traffic. It was a clear cloudless night. The phenomenon of balls of light being associated with crop circle formation is real and science’s abnegation is arrogant, ignorant and wrong. Ignore the skeptics for they have nothing of value to contribute. There is another intelligance out there; I have witnessed it and it changes your life in a profound and permenant way. Nothing is more important or more profound than this phenomenon. Balls of light create crop circles and there is no longer any doubt about this if you have witnessed it yourself.

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  11. trev

    It says in the Bible that in the end times we’ll see signs in the sky and on the earth – UFOs & crop circles?

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  12. Anonymous

    Extraterrestrials are interfering with crop production.

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  13. Kenneth Kane

    i saw people creating these in the middle of the night. But not humans. About 3 foot 3 inch creatures with massive heads and black holes instead of eyes. Their skin was yellow

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  14. liz

    I like your information that is containing the following: Canadian crop circles. If you ever find any more information on this subject I will be very happy. Thank you and have a nice day.

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We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.