Legends of the Bermuda Triangle
Where Is the Bermuda Triangle Located?
The legendary Bermuda Triangle is a place where both ships and planes have disappeared with no sign of ever being found again. Some believe there is a mystery in this area that we have yet to solve; others believe it is all nonsense. The Bermuda Triangle gets its name from the triangular area it covers. One point begins at the very tip of the coast of Florida and reaches across the Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas in a triangular fashion. The second tip touches Puerto Rico, and the third touches Bermuda—this comprises the "devil's triangle."
Theories Behind Mysterious Disappearances
Probably the most outlandish—but most widely believed—reason for these strange disappearances is the belief that the Bermuda Triangle contains an entrance to another dimension. This belief was generated by sightings of strange swirling lights that corresponded with a sound and an "electronic fog." An electronic fog causes electronic equipment to fail.
Some dismiss the theory of another dimension and believe that there is contact with aliens through this area. A few people shared stories of aliens or alien experiences. They claimed they had entered a parallel universe, which pulls both theories together into one possibility of belief.
A third belief (that is similar to the first one) is that there is a portal that allows time travel located at the Bermuda Triangle. Those who adhere to this theory believe that what is happening in this area is something called slipstreaming. Even Einstein—who was not a dummy—thought that time travel was a possibility through this method, but whether he had ever heard of the triangle or not is unknown.
Do you think there is anything mysterious about the Bermuda Triangle?
Compasses Stop Working and Other Phenomena
One of the most peculiar things that frequently happen in this area is that compasses stop working. Some believe the reason for this is because of a unique magnetic force in this area. Ironically, no one has yet to find an unusual source of a magnetic field that would explain such confusion to a compass.
The military also has experienced this phenomenon several times as they make flights over this area. Not only will their equipment stop detecting the aircraft that flies over this area, but people who are watching the planes flying will also lose sight of them. Then, spontaneously, the aircraft will reappear.
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The Log of Christopher Columbus Supporting Strange Phenomena
The Bermuda Triangle is not a relatively new belief; in fact, the first experience with possible paranormal experience in this area is written in the logs of Christopher Columbus on his accidental journey to America. In his journals, he reports that he had compass failure, as well as seen dancing lights. Here is one excerpt from his memoirs:
The land was first seen by a sailor (Rodrigo de Triana), although the Admiral at ten o'clock that evening standing on the quarter-deck saw a light, but so small a body that he could not affirm it to be land; calling to Pero Gutierrez, groom of the King's wardrobe, he told him he saw a light, and bid him look that way, which he did and saw it; he did the same to Rodrigo Sanchez of Segovia, whom the King and Queen had sent with the squadron as comptroller, but he was unable to see it from his situation. The Admiral again perceived it once or twice, appearing like the light of a wax candle moving up and down, which some thought an indication of land. But the Admiral held it for certain that land was near...
Nowadays, they believe they may have genuinely been seeing the land, and the compass problem was not a compass issue. They think it was an error of the sailors traveling with Christopher Columbus based on a false reading of the stars.
Although Christopher Columbus did not point to the paranormal for the peculiar happenings in this area, George X was the first to suggest paranormal activity in Sand in Fate magazine in 1952. He wrote an article entitled "Sea Mystery At Our Back Door" in which he wrote about Flight 19 that went missing. Before it was lost, the flight leader said, "We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don't know where we are, the water is green, no white." These words were his last ever heard. Later, Vincent Gaddis wrote a book about Flight 19, expanding on some of these paranormal beliefs. It was entitled Invisible Horizons.
What the Skeptics Believe
Many who reject the paranormal as a possibility for the frequent loss of planes and ships attribute the loss to more common and natural causes, such as hurricanes or methane gas. Apparently, in this area, there are areas called Methane Hydrates. In these areas, methane bubbles come to the surface. When a bubble comes to the surface, it briefly changes the density of the water and can change the buoyancy of the ship in that area. The change in buoyancy could cause the boat to sink without warning. This same change can disrupt the sky as well, causing planes to suddenly lose lift in the air due to these abrupt changes in the water and the air's density. Ironically, in 1981, scientists investigated this possibility and published a journal stating that there have been no significant methane releases in this area over the past 15,000 years!
Were the Disappearances Exaggerated?
Just like any legend, many of the stories were embellished, and few can be believed to be 100 percent truth. As the stories spread, they get more outlandish. Statistically, there is the same percentage of reports for aircraft and ships lost in this area as any other part of the ocean. This area is a very heavily traveled area for cargo ships, cruise ships, and planes; therefore, there are a lot more reports of missing crafts in this area only because of the large amount that travels here.
In 1975, Lawrence David Kusche, author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved, expressed great cynicism towards these beliefs and later wrote a book discussing the embellishments and inaccuracies regarding Flight 19. He shows how not only were the disappearances exaggerated, but often its eventual recovery would not be posted in the statistics. Then some were utterly false such as a 1939 disappearance that occurred in front of hundreds of people. Despite its bizarre occurrence, there is no newspaper report of this during that time.
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