The binary-ASCII code from Crabwood 2002: a second message embedded somewhere?

 

On August 15, 2002, a now-famous crop picture appeared at Crabwood in England. It showed the schematic image of a "military grey alien" using an old-fashioned 60-line TV signal from the 1950's, and also the image of a "spiral compact disc".

 

Lucy Pringle (www.lucypringle.co.uk/articles/crabwood),
 Martin Keitel (www.martinkeitel.net/cropcircles/articles/alien.html)
 and Paul Vigay (www.cropcircleresearch.com/articles/alienface.html) have already given excellent analyses of that particular crop picture, which was perhaps the most significant to date.

 

Yet its "compact disc" provided only a fairly obscure message for the inhabitants of Earth, when translated from 8-bit binary ASCII code into English. Thus, its 1368-digit string of zeros and ones read as follows:

"Beware the bearers of FALSE gifts & their BROKEN PROMISES.Much PAIN but still time.BELIEVE.There is GOOD out there.We oPpose DECEPTION.COnduit CLOSING\"

Taken on face value, that ASCII message would seem to: (i) warn us against any possible alliance with the military grey aliens, who may have promised (some governments in secrecy) advanced weaponry systems for nation-state warfare, that turned out later not to work; (ii) warn us that there will be much trouble on Earth in our short-term future; (iii) inform us that there are also good, spiritual extra-terrestrials hanging around Earth today, in addition to the nasty ones; (iv) inform us that they know about media lies and deception concerning the reality of modern crop circles; and (v) inform us that such messages are being sent to Earth by means of "space time conduit" technology, that we later saw depicted in the "wormhole" crop pictures from 2006 (see www.cropcircleconnector.com/anasazi/wormholetechnology.html).

 

So far, so good! But could there be another level of information encoded within that long binary string of numbers, on some deeper level that they did not expect us to immediately understand? Indeed, could a second message be found now in 2008 upon closer scrutiny? Two anomalous features of their original binary code (see below) do seem to suggest a second level of information, not yet decoded.

 

52 examples of false capitalization in their ASCII text

 

First, their ASCII text of 151 characters showed 52 examples of false capitalization, where the first three digits of any ASCII 8-bit letter were changed for no apparent reason from "011" to "010". At least two of those appear as the second letter in otherwise lower-case words ("oPpose" or "COnduit").

 

Details of their false-capitalization scheme seem to vary slightly from one analyst to the next, so I re-inspected the original crop photograph to produce a consensus as listed below. Any informed suggestions to further improve the accuracy of this binary consensus would be welcome.

 

6 extra binary digits were added within the main text

 

Secondly, their binary code contained 9 extra digits beyond what was necessary to supply 151 x 8 = 1208 digits of ASCII text, plus 151 half-width separators "S" for a total of 1359. Three of those extra digits lie on each end of the binary code to help start or end it correctly.

 

But six others lie within the main text! Two of them create 9-digit "letters" as shown below, while one creates a 12-digit "letter" within the hard-to-read word "BELIE-0101-VE".

 

Various "space", "period" or "ampersand" symbols have been labelled below in italics, to help the reader find "words" within different parts of the ASCII text by visual inspection.

 

Six other crop pictures from the summer of 2002 showed CD-like spirals or double spirals

 

In order to help us better understand their Crabwood message, our crop artist friends also drew six other CD-like spirals in English crops during the summer of 2002. Some of these were: (i) a two-start spiral at North Farm on June 23; (ii) a nautilus-seashell spiral at Pewsey on July 17, (iii) another two-start spiral at Stanton on July 26; (iv) two overlapping arrowed-circles at East Field on August 14; (v) two connected-spirals at Ridgeway on August 18, or (vi) a DNA double helix at Crooked Soley on August 28 (see www.cropcirclearchives.co.uk, 2002 or www.lucypringle.co.uk/photos/2002/jun.shtml).

 

All of those highly symbolic "double spiral" crop pictures would seem to suggest a second level of message within the Crabwood spiral CD, not yet elucidated.

 

No obvious hidden "second code", but let's keep trying!

 

For all of these reasons, I recently compiled a fairly accurate digital representation of the Crabwood CD message as listed below: because it is our only known, authentic, SETI-type message to the inhabitants of Earth. Various sceptics have derided crop circles in general, and the Crabwood message in particular, because it was not sent to us by means of expensive radio-telescopes. But one year earlier in 2001, they did send a long message in the field next to a radio-telescope at Chilbolton, and no one cared (see www.cropcircleresearch.com/articles/arecibo.html)

 

Okay, guys, let's end all of this xenophobic, fearful denial and get serious. Does anyone really believe that two old guys with rope and boards made the 1368-digit Crabwood CD message by hand, late at night while no one was looking, and contrary to all other eyewitness accounts of its creation? You might as well believe in Santa Claus or the Easter bunny!

 

 

I have already tried to find a second message within that Crabwood binary string using: (a) 5-bit, 6-bit or 8-bit character codes from our past (Baudot, CCITT2 or EBCDIC, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_binary_codes); or (b) a reflected 8-bit binary code invented by Gray in 1947 (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_code). Those early attempts produced little to no success, but then am not a computer expert.

 

Come on, all of you geeks and nerds worldwide: let's get to it! You can be even more famous than Jodie Foster in Contact if you succeed! (Carl Sagan used a wormhole there too, because his friend Kip Thorne told him they were possible.)

 

 

START OF THE CRABWOOD 2002 MESSAGE

 

01

01000010S

01100101S

01110111S

01100001S

01110010S

01100101S

00100000S

01110100S

011010000S

01100101S

00100000S

01100010S

01100101S

01100001S

01110010S

01100101S

01110010S

01110011S

00100000S

01101111S

01100110S

00100000S

01000110S

01000001S

01001100S

01010011S

01000101S

00100000S

01100111S

01101001S

01100110S

01110100S

01110011S

00100000S

00100110S

00100000S

01110100S

01101000S

01100101S

01101001S

01110010S

00100000S

01000010S

01010010S

01001111S

01001011S

01000101S

01001110S

00100000S

01010000S

01010010S

01001111S

01001101S

01001001S

01010011S

01000101S

01010011S

00101110S

01001101S

01110101S

01100011S

01101000S

00100000S

01010000S

01000001S

01001001S

01001110S

00100000S

01100010S

01110101S

01110100S`

00100000S

01110011S

01110100S

01101001S

01101100S

01101100S

00100000S

01110100S

01101001S

01101101S

01100101S

00101110S

010000101S

01000101S

01001100S

01001001S

01000101S

0101

01010110S

01000101S

00101110S

01010100S

01101000S

01100101S

01110010S

01100101S

00100000S

01101001S

01110011S

00100000S

01000111S

01001111S

01001111S

01000100S

00100000S

01101111S

01110101S

01110100S

00100000S

01110100S

01101000S

01100101S

01110010S

01100101S

00101110S

01010111S

01100101S

00100000S

01101111S

01010000S

01110000S

01101111S

01110011S

01100101S

00100000S

01000100S

01000101S

01000011S

01000101S

01010000S

01010100S

01001001S

01001111S

01001110S

00101110S

01000011S

01001111S

01101110S

01100100S

01110101S

01101001S

01110100S

00100000S

01000011S

01001100S

01001111S

01010011S

01001001S

01001110S

01000111S

01011100S

0

 

END OF THE CRABWOOD 2002 MESSAGE

 

Notes

 

Spaces, periods or ampersands have been labelled in italics.

 

9 extra digits 0 or 1 have been labelled in bold italics.

 

52 examples of false capitalization have been labelled in bold.

 

50 of those are full-word, while 2 are second-letter (“oPpose” or “COnduit”).

 

Other reported false capitalizations such as “But”, “Still”, “Oppose” or “OPpose” seem less likely upon careful examination of the original crop photograph. Revisions will of course will be considered if better evidence becomes available.

 

END OF NOTES

 

P.S. These ideas were discussed at a recent crop circle workshop held in Narooma, NSW by the famous researcher Janet Ossebaard (see www.circularsite.com). They stirred so much interest there, that I was encouraged to make the complete binary code available to other researchers worldwide.

RED COLLIE


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