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Chualar crop circles: 8-years-ago mysterious image appeared

On Dec. 30, 2013, a crop circle was discovered in Chualar and only later was it revealed to be an elaborate marketing campaign for a computer graphic chip. The tiny farm town of Chualar attracted a curious crowd after a giant, mysterious crop circle appeared in a remote farm field of barley. The field’s landowner hired armed security guards to keep gawkers wondering if aliens landed in the Salinas Valley from climbing over a barbed-wire fence.DiscoveryTwo friends were driving on Chualar Canyon Road south of Salinas just before dawn Dec. 29, 2013, when they witnessed strange bursts of green light flashing on the horizon. The duo turned on a video camera, pulled over, hopped a barbed-wire fence, and walked toward the lights.”Dude, are you seeing this?” one friend said. “Dude, this is a crop circle.”The friends investigated the field until they panicked and sprinted away. The duo wanted to remain anonymous, and they uploaded a video of their experience on YouTube under the name Cannot Say.No one realized how intricate the crop circles were until professional photographer Julie Belanger took a helicopter ride Monday morning. Belanger had not heard about the circles and she flew in a helicopter over the farm by coincidence.PHOTOS: Intricate crop circle appears in ChualarThe MysteryAlien believers said an extraterrestrial spaceship could have created the circle. Critics scoffed that terrestrial troublemakers had hoaxed Chualar. And conspiracy theorists trusted no one.The crop circle became even more mysterious when a braille transcriber, Debra Falanga, pointed out that the number 192 was written several times in the center.Reveal”We hired some of the world’s best crop circle artists to put an image of our latest mobile processor in a barley field,” Nvidia blogger Brian Caulfield said.In case you’re not a gamer and don’t know what Nvidia is, the company is headquartered in Santa Clara and pioneers visual computing — the art and science of computer graphics. The crop circle was drawn in the shape of Nvidia’s 192-core super chip, called Tegra K1, and the artists said it was challenging to create.Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang made his confession Sunday night in Las Vegas at International CES, the technology industry’s annual gadget show. While news of the crop circles spread as far as Mongolia in central Asia, Huang credited KSBW reporter Michelle Imperato with “cracking the code.”Chualar resident Jake Gavin caught the high-tech team in the act while they were working in the field on Chualar Canyon Road, but he was not sure what he was watching unfold.

On Dec. 30, 2013, a crop circle was discovered in Chualar and only later was it revealed to be an elaborate marketing campaign for a computer graphic chip.

The tiny farm town of Chualar attracted a curious crowd after a giant, mysterious crop circle appeared in a remote farm field of barley.

The field’s landowner hired armed security guards to keep gawkers wondering if aliens landed in the Salinas Valley from climbing over a barbed-wire fence.

Discovery

Two friends were driving on Chualar Canyon Road south of Salinas just before dawn Dec. 29, 2013, when they witnessed strange bursts of green light flashing on the horizon. The duo turned on a video camera, pulled over, hopped a barbed-wire fence, and walked toward the lights.

“Dude, are you seeing this?” one friend said. “Dude, this is a crop circle.”

The friends investigated the field until they panicked and sprinted away. The duo wanted to remain anonymous, and they uploaded a video of their experience on YouTube under the name Cannot Say.

No one realized how intricate the crop circles were until professional photographer Julie Belanger took a helicopter ride Monday morning. Belanger had not heard about the circles and she flew in a helicopter over the farm by coincidence.

PHOTOS: Intricate crop circle appears in Chualar

The Mystery

Alien believers said an extraterrestrial spaceship could have created the circle. Critics scoffed that terrestrial troublemakers had hoaxed Chualar. And conspiracy theorists trusted no one.

The crop circle became even more mysterious when a braille transcriber, Debra Falanga, pointed out that the number 192 was written several times in the center.

Reveal

“We hired some of the world’s best crop circle artists to put an image of our latest mobile processor in a barley field,” Nvidia blogger Brian Caulfield said.

In case you’re not a gamer and don’t know what Nvidia is, the company is headquartered in Santa Clara and pioneers visual computing — the art and science of computer graphics. The crop circle was drawn in the shape of Nvidia’s 192-core super chip, called Tegra K1, and the artists said it was challenging to create.

Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang made his confession Sunday night in Las Vegas at International CES, the technology industry’s annual gadget show. While news of the crop circles spread as far as Mongolia in central Asia, Huang credited KSBW reporter Michelle Imperato with “cracking the code.”

Chualar resident Jake Gavin caught the high-tech team in the act while they were working in the field on Chualar Canyon Road, but he was not sure what he was watching unfold.

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