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What if one day you were an accountant, and the next day you were building intricate mazes across the globe? In the following video, hear the story of famed maze maker and puzzle designer, Adrian Fisher. Then, learn about more amazing mazes.
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Corn mazes, an autumnal American tradition, are usually a creative pursuit. Farmers mow down sections of their corn fields to give visitors a puzzle to navigate, often incorporating geometric shapes or even recognizable images into their designs. But for the corn maze at Warner Farm in Massachusetts, that creativity goes into overdrive. Named after owner Mike Wissemann, Mike's Maze has been designed by Mike's daughter-in-law Jess Marsh Wissemann since 2015 and by landscape artist Will Sillin for the 15 years previous. For the maze's earliest incarnations, Sillin relied on graph paper and detailed measurements, and used a combination of careful planting beforehand and mowing later, to create such designs as a portrait of Charles Darwin, replete with five species of Galapagos finches. Eventually, Sillin was able to use a GPS-guided mower to create a stunning image of Salvador Dalí's mustachioed face. When Jess Marsh Wissemann took over, she added even finer detail to the GPS-aided system by using an aerial drone mounted with a camera to figure out which individual stalks need to be cut, thereby creating ultra-detailed designs featuring Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 2015 and a WPA poster of Yellowstone National Park in 2016. Learn more about how corn mazes happen in the videos below.
This online maze is allegedly the largest ever created, though you can't wander its many hallways physically. Instead, you have to download the 127-megabyte file, then navigate the full 16,383 x 16,383 passageways. There are more than 27 million dead ends to trip you up!