The truth is out there…in a Washington state wheat field.
Wilbur, Washington has its own X-File. Crop circles have been appearing in the fields near Wilbur once every couple of years, reported KHQQ, the local NBC affiliate. This year, the circles are in the field farmed by Greg and Cindy Geib.
There are no suspects, either extraterrestrial or human, in this case.
Despite conspiracies about intergalactic grain vandals, the circles are more likely public art than alien calling cards. The BBC broke the story when an elaborate series of crop circles in southern England were revealed to be hoaxes by their makers, the very much human team of Doug Bower and Dave Chorley. The team had been making the designs since 1978. There was no Area-51 technology involved; a rope and plank contraption was all they needed to create their agricultural art.
This year might be a perfect one for crop circle do-it-yourselfers. Crops across the Mid-West and South of the U.S. are being lost to the drought. Those withered stalks need not go to waste. Follow these directions from How Stuff Works to make your own crop circle.
IMAGE: Crop Circle near Chartley Manor Farm, England (Peter Gwenlan, Wikimedia Commons)