I don’t know if anything I read today will come close to this story in terms of entertainment value for me. Maybe it’s because I had a slight obsession with the movie Signs when I was twelve. Maybe it’s because I’ve always wanted to use a lawn mower like a pen and write a message on lawn paper. Whatever it is, I am in love with this story about the crop circle that welcomed Taylor Swift to Rhode Island.
Okay, so it’s technically not a crop circle, if you believe the story behind it, but I’m still not willing to rule out aliens. Chalk it up to losing my remote control and being forced to watch History Channel nonstop that one weekend, but I’m just not ready to believe that there isn’t at least one alien in outer space who listens to Taylor Swift and took this as an opportunity to declare their undying love and support for her. But I suppose before we discuss this theory any further I should tell you the “real” story behind this slightly creepy but very impressive project.
Upon learning that Taylor bought a home in Westerly, Rhode Island, a farmer named Richard Manfredi decided to mow the message “Welcome Taylor” into his corn maze. The photo was shared on the Manfredi Farms Facebook page, and the rest is history. Extra points for the guitar. While we don’t know if Taylor Swift actually saw this, it’s the thought that counts. Oh, and if you’re in the area you can visit the maze for $8. But if you’re named Taylor Swift, I’m betting you’ll get in free.
Still, how do we know Richard Manfredi isn’t a former reverend who looks suspiciously like Mel Gibson and who just wants to cover up an alien invasion and protect his asthmatic son and adult brother who should probably have his own place? How do we know that alien Swifties haven’t landed in Rhode Island blasting “22″ on their UFO radios? Rhode Island, if this is the truth, read my next instructions very carefully. If you want to get rid of them, just demand they wear bathing suits that won’t cover their belly buttons. This is assuming, of course, that the alien Swifties even have belly buttons. If they don’t, I don’t know how to help you. Maybe aluminum foil hats?
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