Handheld magnetrons for making crop circles?

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23 Responses to “Handheld magnetrons for making crop circles?”

  1. Jörgen Jönsson says:

    Swedish competition on the subject
    Farmers are allowed to borrow differential GPS systems, then using brushcutters…
    http://farmerdesign.eu/
    (In Swedish only)

  2. Their feldspars says:

    Well, that’s as good as any other explanation. Which is to say, not really any good at all.

  3. So crop circles really are made by sneaky things with rayguns, then?

  4. Mark says:

    Or it could just be, well, a horizontally held stick.  

  5. corydodt says:

    Do farmers just not care that their crops are roont? Surprised we’re still treating this activity as mystery or art, instead of vandalism.

  6. nixiebunny says:

    I’ve always wondered why anyone thinks that crop circles are made by any method other than strings and boards. The plants are bent at the base, but rays from above would have a very difficult time reaching the base of the plants while leaving the upper part intact. 

    Discuss.

  7. HenryPootel says:

    Fucking crop circles, how do they work?

  8. wylkyn says:

    Humans have been making giant designs on the ground for thousands of years. Recent humans have demonstrated techniques for making such designs. I don’t see why anyone is astonished by this. Is it cool? Sure. Is it baffling? Not really, except as to how people see it as proof of supernatural or extraterrestrial entities.

  9. Rich Keller says:

    I vaguely remember some cable TV show that had physics students do a crop circle in the middle of the night. The idea was that they were trying to reproduce one based on evidence found at other crop circles, reverse engineering one. They used string and plywood sheets for flattening and a magnetron with a wave former attached to it to cook or “pop” some sections of the plant stalks. This might be that “intricate damage”.

  10. awjt says:

    If I had a field of corn, I’d have some game cams and IR tripwires set up to catch those bastards cutting into my bottom line, whoever they are, green, gray or otherwise.

  11. Chuck says:

    Handheld magnetron?  I don’t think so.

    I heard that these pranksters have actually developed some kind of flying saucer-like apparatus that they mount their magnetrons on.

  12. snakedart says:

    Crop circles: an explanation in search of a mystery

  13. entheo says:

    Antinous, over here in Australia we have a different way of getting crop cirlces made http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8118257.stm
    “Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around “as high as a kite”, a government official has said.”

  14. Scixual says:

    Because it doesn;t actually hurt the crops. Farmers will actually pay people to do crop circles, to make a little extra cash from tourists — who trample crops anyway, if they’re not controlled.

  15. William says:

    It’s the ghost of Sandy Duncan, making circles “one after the other”…

  16. Ben Ben says:

    Please no more tilt-shift pictures … please ! Over used and really bad effect, as bad as a lady gaga song !

  17. gordonjcp says:

    A normal domestic microwave draws pretty close to 1.5kW (around 6A at full power).  You’d need 125A at 12V to feed your inverter to run the magnetron, which is about what a car starter motor draws.  So, you’d get a couple of minutes of microwaving out of a car battery.

    Long enough to give yourself cataracts, I suppose.

  18. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Video or it was planks and ropes.  ^_^

  19. Mark Dow says:

    I recently had the opportunity to disassemble a cavity magnetron from a  ’89 Panasonic microwave oven. How do they work? Fuckin’ magnets!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavity_magnetron

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