- MONTREAL - A dairy farmer
near Montreal is trying to figure out how a series of mysterious circles
appeared in his barley crop.
- John Peddie chuckles at all the attention his field is
drawing. "I've no idea how they were made, but they're certainly well
made. It's a mystery to me," he said.
- Peddie says, however, that he doesn't believe anything
extraterrestrial is responsible like flying saucers. Neither does
Andre Bordeleau, a lecturer at the Montreal planetarium. He says the circles
are man-made, someone used a plank to flatten the grain.
- It's the repetition of a hoax started decades ago by
two artists in England. But Bordeleau admits there isn't a lot he can do
to stop people from believing UFOs are responsible.
- "That's why The X Files was nine years on TV. People
are interested in that kind of stuff. They'd like to believe that there's
unexplained events, that there's a paranormal aspect of their lives. It
makes it exciting, I guess."
- Bordeleau notes the crop circles have appeared suspiciously
close to the release of a new Hollywood movie based on the practice.
- Written by CBC News Online staff