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The Bermuda Triangle

30 Oct

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31 Days of Ghosts presents a story of mystery.

For centuries it has been proclaimed that the Bermuda Triangle, a region of water in the western North Atlantic, has been an area that has captured and destroyed ships and planes.  For unknown reasons, vessels entering this region have been mysteriously lost at sea, with all hands never to be heard from again.

In reality, the earliest notation of the Triangle was in 1950.  Even the boundaries of the triangle have changed depending on the author, as have the square miles that it covers.  Ranging from 500,000 square miles to 1.5 million square miles.

In 1975, research librarian Larry Kusche from the University of Arizona debunked the triangle.  He noted that many of the documented accounts held wild inaccuracies, and that many mysterious disappearances had a wide range of facts that were never presented.  Even eye witness accounts varied and changed with each authoring.  Kusche’s research came to these final conclusions:

  • The number of ships and aircraft reported missing in the area was not significantly greater, proportionally speaking, than in any other part of the ocean.
  • In an area frequented by tropical storms, the number of disappearances that did occur were, for the most part, neither disproportionate, unlikely, nor mysterious;
  • Furthermore, Berlitz and other writers would often fail to mention such storms or even represent the disappearance as having happened in calm conditions when meteorological records clearly contradict this.
  • The numbers themselves had been exaggerated by sloppy research. A boat’s disappearance, for example, would be reported, but its eventual (if belated) return to port may not have been.
  • Some disappearances had, in fact, never happened. One plane crash was said to have taken place in 1937 off Daytona Beach, Florida, in front of hundreds of witnesses; a check of the local papers revealed nothing.
  • The legend of the Bermuda Triangle is a manufactured mystery, perpetuated by writers who either purposely or unknowingly made use of misconceptions, faulty reasoning, and sensationalism.

Even the myth that insurance companies charged more for ships that went through the triangle are completely false.  Asked in a 1992 documentary, Lloyds of London revealed that no greater number of ships are lost there than any other region of the sea, nor do insurance rates increase if shipping lanes travel through the triangle.

Still, popular culture and the love of the unknown has fueled the notoriety of the triangle and many have said the region contains supernatural elements.

But does it really?  Is the triangle any different than any other region of the seas?

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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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