Crop circles might be known for their beauty and paranormal allure, but the giant phalluses etched into the field of a New Zealand high school hold no such mystique. Fairfield College, in the North Island town of Hamilton, has been snapped by satellite cameras with six huge penises burnt into the grass. The x-rated images, immortalised on the website Google Earth, were spotted by Kiwi David McQuoid while scanning the neighbourhood online looking for a property.
"At first I thought it was a large piece of artwork," he said of the shot, which shows cartoon-like phalluses of various sizes, some several metres across.
Publicity around the so-called Fairfield Phalluses has embarrassed the school's acting principal who told the Waikato Times it was hard enough to deal with when the prank was pulled back in 2009. It happened over a weekend but it wasn't until the grass died off bit by bit that phallic symbols started to pop up around the school grounds.
Every week another crude image revealed itself, much to the dismay of staff.
"There's not really much we could do about it," he told the newspaper. "The caretaker took some more weedkiller and tried to camouflage it a bit."
The Acting Prinicipal said the culprits were never caught and the prank would no doubt have passed into schoolboy folklore had it not been captured by Google Maps.
The Acting Principal's name is: Gerhard van Dyk. Does anyone think that some of the students may have been seending Mr van Dyk an artistic message?