A “magnetic tape” plus “reading head” were drawn as an overall image in crops near Stanton St. Bernard on June 21, 2013, while series of angular numbers in that “magnetic tape” code for 2-2-3-1-3-9, which is the longitude 2.23139 W of an Alan Turing Building at the University of Manchester

At Stanton St. Bernard on June 21, 2013, we saw a very clever field image which resembles a “reel of magnetic tape”:


Six angular numbers were coded into that “tape” in the order 2, 2, 3, 1, 3, 9 when reading inward from the outside. This scheme of coding is almost the same as that used at Barbury Castle on June 1, 2008 (see, except now each angle of the spiral codes for a number using the formula n x 50o instead of n x 36o.

If we look carefully at the slide above, we can see how the crop artist cleverly varied the width of his first arc-segment twice within the first symbol “2 >”, in order to suggest that an angle of 100o represents the number “2’. Likewise angles of 150o represent the number “3”, 50o the number “1”, or 450o the number “9”. The crop artist also varied width twice within the last symbol “9”, perhaps to suggest a binary coding in real computers? Empty spaces between each arc-segment lie close to either 25o or 50o.

The overall field image at Stanton St. Bernard, including nearby trees and road, looks like a “magnetic tape” plus “reading head”:


This field image also resembles what is known as a “Turing machine” (see, which was the first theoretical computer invented by British mathematician Alan Turing in 1936 (see Alan Turing or What could its six numbers 2-2-3-1-3-9, inscribed onto “magnetic tape”, signify?

One possible solution to this enigma is shown in the slide below, where the longitude of an “Alan Turing Building” at the University of Manchester equals a matching 2.23139o West:


Whether any small standing tuft of crop, between “2” and “2” along the outside, could represent a “decimal point”, cannot be determined from aerial photographs, and at present the farmer will not allow any researchers to inspect that formation closely on the ground.

At this time in 2013, when most of the British public (as well as farmers) seem absolutely convinced, that all crop pictures are made by local hooligans with rope and boards, they may wish to make inquiries of mathematicians at the University of Manchester, whose Alan Turing Building this crop picture seems to represent.

P.S. A pattern of empty spaces between the angular numbers 2, 2, 3, 1, 3, 9 varies apparently as 25o, 50o, 50o, 50o, 25o, thereby suggesting a binary series 1, 0, 0, 0, 1 which is the informational part of an ASCII eight-bit character 001-10001 for the number “1”, or where it all began (with Alan Turing).


Red Collie (Dr. Horace R. Drew, Caltech 1976-81, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge, 1982-86, CSIRO Australia 1987-2010)