It Happens in the Best Circles

A pair of British artists claim they are the hoaxers behind those mystifying and intriguing crop patterns

This is without doubt the most wonderful moment of my research," marveled retired engineer Pat Delgado last week, as he stood in a wheat field near Sevenoaks, in the British county of Kent. "No human could have done this."

Delgado was gazing at a large area where the crops had been mysteriously flattened in a remarkable pattern. A large, nearly perfect circle of plants had been bent down in a clockwise direction. Extending from the circle were other shapes: antennae, a ladder-like strip and a semicircle.

The Sevenoaks phenomenon is the latest of hundreds of circular patterns that have appeared in...

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