Turns out, it wasn't an alien creation.
We now know the source of the mysterious crop circle that turned up in the small town of Chualar, about two hours south of San Francisco. And it turns out a lot of the speculation about what the viral photo might be was correct.
We were originally tipped off by an anonymous source, who said Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia was behind the crop circle, first spotted toward the end of 2013 by a photographer named Julie Belanger. We now have confirmation from the inside. The company plowed through the farm to (eventually) get publicity for their new mobile chip. Officially, Nvidia said it would detail how they came to create the circle that got so much attention at an 8 p.m. press conference Sunday night at CES.
Nvidia's website will also be taken over by the crop circle image.
Nvidia also says that all those theorists who somehow saw the numbers 1, 9, and 2 in the crop circle were right. 192 was put, via Braille, into the design, Nvidia says, to represent the number of cores (192) in the company's new mobile chip. A chip that will also be introduced sunday night at CES.
Would a bunch of aliens have thought of that?
The circle got huge coverage all over the place, with a ton of speculation as to what it all meant. Nvidia is still keeping the specifics under wraps - we'll have to check back for the 8pm news conference to get those.
It arrived, and then, like a snapchat, it disappeared. A viral move that got a lot of people talking ... about a chip.