Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/10/giant-profanity/

40-metre profanity spotted from space

Strange goings-on in Yorkshire

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 10th February 2006 12:02 GMT

NSFW Here's a Friday poser for you: you're a member of a highly-advanced alien civilisation and have just travelled to Earth in your hyperdrive-powered craft intending to enjoy a long-weekend break. The trouble is, you can't decide whether to: a) nip over to rural Idaho, abduct a farmhand and anally probe him before modifying his DNA and dumping him back on the highway; or b) pop down to Billingley in Yorkshire and leave a cryptic message for humanity in a corn field…

That giant profanity in full

Well, it beats crop circles for crowd-pleasing entertainment value. Quite who Eddie is and why his name is writ large in rural England, we'll leave that to readers to explain.

Those of you with Google Earth can have a closer look here (.kmz file). The less highly-evolved can try Google Maps here or should look a couple of hundred metres west of the aforementioned village of Billingley. ®

The plot thickens

Further evidence of alien visitation can be found a couple of fields to the south-west. Co-ordinates: 53'31'54N 1'21'24W, Google Maps here, .kmz here. Be afraid.

Bootnote

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