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"Signs" on a sugarcane field

This is kind of boring, as the glyph is just a mess. But for the sake of completeness:

“A curious event was recorded on a sugarcane field in Riolandia, near Votuporanga [Brazil]. In an area close to the Rio Grande, the sugarcane was smashed and formed a strange drawing in the field. The image is unexpected. Among the 22 acres of the field, a circle was created with the sugarcane stamped in the ground, in an area of about 60 meters in diameter. No plant was extracted, and around them all remain firm. To ufologist Jorge Neri, the signs show that something very strange happened in the place.”

Click the image above to check the video on TV TEM, a local channel. There are more details in Portuguese on the Diario de Votuporanga news item.

And among those, we learn that the only eyewitness associating the smashed sugarcane with UFOs is the owner of the small hotal near the field. Mauricio Pereira da Silva candidly comments about how “now this place looks like a tourist attraction, everyone wants to see the place where the UFO landed”.

As if this wasn’t convenient enough, around two weeks ago the movie “Signs” was aired in TV. Even though it’s somewhat old already, it caused some commotion, as web searches for terms like crop circles or even the alleged footage of an alien disrupting a birthday party simply boomed.

Ufologists say they plan to investigate the case, but have already expressed their certainty that this involved aliens.

Would the humble hotel owner and sole eyewitness be our Latin Mel Gibson? In any event, we suggest having many glasses of water, and for those interested in visiting the place, be sure to have asthma.

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UPDATE: The event has been all the rage in Brazil. There are many news items about it, and I’ll sort and link them later. For now, let me note that:

1- The whole city, and our Latin Mel Gibson, are exploring the event commercially and have no shame about that;

2- Some other ufologists, from the Brazilian UFO mag, also visited the place, and will probably publish their finds later. But they are not very critical in their approach, having been duped many times before.

And there are more photos here.

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  1. openmindedmori January 25th, 2008 3:34 am

    Have you come across ANYTHING whatsoever that you couldn’t ‘explain’ with a few snide remarks and a smartass attitude? Is the world really as small and mundane as you percieve it to be?

  2. mike January 25th, 2008 8:17 am

    Hi Kentaro,

    Thanks for the precisions. So the two guys who explained (a professor and an engeneer) that the circle could not have been formed by wind or machines are just dumbasses ruining their career by showing their incompetence on TV ? Do we know their names and credentials?

    That the journalists are just creating a buzz seems fine to me, but that these “experts” don’t recognize an obvious fake is unbeleivable.


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  4. Mori January 25th, 2008 9:19 am

    Hello Mike,

    The professor and engineer are probably right. It probably wasn’t made by the wind, as plants around seem intact, and the stamped plants end up on a road, clearly suggesting it was manually created. And it probably wasn’t made by machinery.

    Both experts, though, gave their opinions based solely on video footage. They didn’t visit the place. So, they are not much better than we are to give a verdict on this.

    My post may have sounded just as a cheap debunking attempt, and I admit it indeed is. There’s no conclusive evidence of hoax. But I wrote it that way because the ufologists involved in the “investigation” are just as much careless believers, claiming it was definitely alien in origin. And I seriously suspect we will end up with no conclusive evidence either way.

    Fact is, the circumstantial evidence suggesting a hoax is there.

    One more point: sugarcane plants are very thick. As far as I know, they can’t be practially bent in huge volumes without cracking. And the owner of the hotel, who allegedly saw the UFOs forming the thing, claimed he actually heard the sugarcanes cracking, which supposedly called his attention to everything.

    So much for “bent, not broken” plants for “genuine” crop circles. If the sugarcane was only bent, you bet the ufologists would have showed it. They didn’t.

    In the meantime, the hotel owner continues to embellish his story. Now he is giving more details about the UFO.

  5. mike January 27th, 2008 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the details, to me it seems now indeed very likely that this is a story invented by the owner of the hotel.

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  7. strange rob January 31st, 2008 4:00 am

    Sounds like a strong case for tourism to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that per-se…However… :)

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