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Crop circle feud leaves farmer fuming
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Crop circle feud leaves farmer fuming

Published: 26 Jul 2012 17:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jul 2012 17:18 GMT+02:00

A feud between crop circle aficionados left a furious German farmer with a huge internet address squashed into his wheat field.

The 300-metre long address, which is more than 20 metres wide, appeared in the field near Göttingen, just two weeks before the wheat was due to be harvested.

The damage will probably cost the farmer around €1,500, Die Welt newspaper reported on Thursday.

But the owner of the website – which is dedicated to crop circle research – is also angry at what happened.

Andreas Müller said he had nothing to do with it. “I fully distance myself from this act, which can be described as nothing short of vandalism,” he wrote in a statement posted on his website.

He suggested the “crop website” was an act of revenge by people whose crop circles he had revealed to be the work of humans rather than aliens.

“I very much regret that the incident has taken place and don’t consider it an advert [for my website].”

He said both he and the farmer concerned were considering legal action against whoever it was who put the website into the field.

Police said there was no extraterrestrial involvement in this case – unless aliens were using a roller of the kind often found in ordinary back gardens.

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22:32 July 26, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
Is this really news?
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It is silly season all year round at The Local. Now we have silly silly season.
17:36 July 27, 2012 by Kennneth Ingle
This is what happens when young people are brought up to know all their rights, but not their duties to others and the society they live in.

The chances are, even if they are caught, they will receive no punishment. The courts in Germany just do not take such crimes seriously enough and in most cases the victims are left without any support from the political administration or the department of justice.
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