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Google’s Crop Circles

Well, I’m sure you all have seen this. There’s a bit of a buzz in the air about it, so I thought I’d mention it real quick.

Google’s logo morphed today into a set of crop circles, complete with hovering UFO. Now, it’s not unusual for Google to change their logo from day to day, but when I logged on this morning, I wondered why they had chosen crop circles.1 And clicking it displayed links to a ton of crop circle information.

Of course, we have discussed crop circles here at Skepchick in the past, and we had a good time with it. And it’s always fun to listen to the explanations for crop circles by people who believe they are made by all manner of wonderfully crazy things, like alien space craft with cloaking devices, or by atmospheric vortexes, electromagnetic fields, plasma storms, or my personal favorite, subterranean earth gods.

But why is Google getting mixed up in this? Has the Googleplex been taken over by aliens? Why would otherwise rational people promote these pieces of artwork that are made with a length of rope and a board?

A Google Twitter post of GPS coordinates (51.327629, -0.5616088) spread across the Internet at about the time the crop circle logo went live, sending tweeple scurrying to Google Earth software, where they discovered that the digits denoted Horsell, U.K., site of the first UFO landing in H.G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds.

And last week, Google ran an alien themed logo, depicting a flying saucer abducting the letter ‘O.’ Clicking on the logo brought Google users to a search page about ‘unexplained phenomenon.’

So . . . Is this all being done simply in recognition of the father of science fiction’s ( H.G. Wells) upcoming birthday? Is Google just having some fun promoting Google Earth? Does it point to some special Google event taking place in the coming week? Or is it Google’s way of saying look to the skies? What do you think?

Sam Ogden

Sam Ogden is a writer, beach bum, and songwriter living in Houston, Texas, but he may be found scratching himself at many points across the globe. Follow him on Twitter @SamOgden

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  1. There don’t seem to be any significant anniversaries coming up, that I can think of, so I’m leaning toward a new release from Google. Maybe something similar to Google Moon and Google Mars.

  2. Google is run by space aliens and the takeover of the world is about to begin. Clearly, no one can create such a fantastic search engine and suite of online tools and be from this planet. The truth is out there, people!

  3. I think this move by Google (getting people worked up by silly stories about aliens) fits in perfectly with the spirit of War of the Worlds. I’m going with Wells tribute.

  4. I thought it was cool. Generally its why I prefer Google as a search page, its simple and fun. Of course sometimes I click on the logo get distracted and forget what I was originally going to search for.

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