Am I the only one Concerned a Crop Circle Predicted a Solar Storm on the day KNOWING hit DVD?

Posted by Peter Hall - July 10th 2009 @ 11:55 am

Note: If you don’t care about my Tantrums & Musings, move along, this has nothing to do with horror other than it freaks me out.  If, like me, you think the world is screwed, this might interest you.

KNOWING, the newest Sci-Fi film from DARK CITY director Alex Proyas, is about a series of numbers found in a time capsule that accurately predicted major disasters around the world, leading up to the last in the cryptic series which point towards a solar storm originating from the Sun that will destroy all life on Earth.  It came out on DVD and Blu-ray July 7th.

As io9 picked up, in June an elaborate crop circle was found in England that looked like a massive Jellyfish, which also happens to be what Earth’s magnetic field looks like when it is struck by the waves of radiation of a powerful solar storm.  Further encoded into the crop circle were an ordinal series of eclipses that, when deciphered, indicated July 7th would be the day that earth’s magnetosphere would once again be blasted into the shape of a jellyfish.

Well guess the apocalyptic fuck what.  The crop circle was accurate.  On July 6th and 7th a solar storm hit the planet, bending our invisible to the naked eye protector into the general shape of a jellyfish.  Obviously life didn’t end, but still, two things frighten me.

One, why is a crop circle accurately predicting a solar storm?  Two, why in the shit does said prediction/storm occur the same day that a movie about predicting an extinction level solar storm comes out?

I’m not saying the two things are related.  If they are, this is both the most elaborate and the worst viral marketing I’ve ever seen since no one covering the weird story has noted the coincidence.  What scares me – and yes, this does genuinely bother me – are the odds of such a coincidence.

I’m terrible at numbers, but I have an instinctual slavish devotion to probability and statistics.  When something as astronomically (and in this case, that’s a literal measure) improbable as this bullshit happens, my brain crawls.  It doesn’t compute.  It freaks me the hell out how because I fear deep down that the universe is giving a sign as to how boned we all are.

If something that proved relatively tame but still phenomenally unlikely happens it only reminds of how much more likely it is that something simpler yet equally as beyond the control of humans is lurking in our future waiting to wipe out mankind.  Like, say, a solar storm from space not predicted by a crop circle.  Or a massive meteor flying in Earth’s blind spot.  Or a superflu virus.  Or the Elder Gods.

I’m not paranoid (though I would really like to know who the hell made the crop circle).  I don’t live in a cave thinking the world is going to get demolished like so many Syfy Channel movies, but I can’t help but see something like the above and muse on how helpless we all are.

Happy Friday!.

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  1. July 10th, 2009 | 12:11 pm | #1

    I always knew Nicolas Cage would have something to do with the end of the world.

    You think I’m joking when I say that don’t you? The sad thing is he will probably try to take all the credit for this in his fucked up mind.

    Peter, don’t give in! I have a theory if we all still call it Sci-Fi, they’ll go back to that and take anyway the needless re-spelling.

    If we are helpless to it all (which we are) who cares? Grab some booze and just play some video games…or something less nerdy. Fuck it, the world is about to end, I don’t care what you think about me.

  2. adam charles
    July 10th, 2009 | 12:15 pm | #2

    I think the crop circles just represented that KNOWING was coming out on July 7th. The sun, being a big fan of the film and all, just got too excited about the dvd release and couldn’t contain itself, hence the solar storm. The release of the dvd and the solar storm weren’t coincidental, it was cause and effect.

    What we should take from this is that the sun has feelings, and that’s MUCH scarier.

  3. July 10th, 2009 | 12:15 pm | #3

    I think that last line made my day, Adam.

  4. July 18th, 2009 | 8:49 pm | #4

    The crop circle that happened a few weeks ago did predict the solar storms. Just goes to show you that there is something out there warning us of whats soon to come.

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