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WTF Actually Goes On In The Bermuda Triangle?

Is this science or supernatural?

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We've explored a lot of unexplained freaky shit on BuzzFeed Unsolved. This week we took on the Bermuda Triangle:

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Many will probably agree that the Bermuda Triangle is scary AF. With over 100 disappearances of ships and planes between 1946 and 1991 alone*, the 500,000-1,000,000 square foot area between Miami, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda continues to be one of the most mysterious areas known to man.

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle dates back to at least 1492 when Christopher Columbus (while on a voyage to America) noted some seriously strange shit going down.

Creepy, right? Well, it doesn’t end there.

On March 4, 1918 the U.S.S. Cyclops, one of the Navy's largest fuel ships at the time, disappeared somewhere north of Barbados. What's even creepier, though, is that the captain never sent out a distress signal, and nobody aboard the Cyclops answered any of the calls from the hundreds of ships that were reportedly in the vicinity.

On December 28, 1948, a Douglas Dakota DC-3 airplane disappeared 50 miles from its destination in Florida. After the flight sent out its final radio call to indicate its nearby position, it was never heard from again.

In October 1951, a ship called the Southern Districts disappeared after being seen near the Bermuda Triangle. Four years later, the only piece of evidence was found – a life preserver with the ship's name on it. It was discovered on the Florida coast.

Finally, on December 5, 1945, five military TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers carrying 14 men got lost in the area now known as the Bermuda Triangle.

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Because this was before GPS, the pilots relied heavily on compasses – both of which malfunctioned. Emergency transmissions were picked up by a control tower and a PBM Mariner flying boat was sent on a rescue mission. The rescue plane radioed the control tower one time before also disappearing.

Now that we know some of the strange occurrences that occurred in the Bermuda Triangle, how can we actually come to understand why? Well, one theory is that the Bermuda Triangle is just a naturally dangerous place to sail.

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Most hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic pass through the Bermuda Triangle. Storms in unpredictable atmospheric conditions can cause phenomena such as water spouts. Moreover, the Bermuda Triangle has some of the deepest underwater trenches within it (perfect for hiding wreckage wayyy beneath the ocean's surface). Scientific research shows that there is no concrete evidence that disappearances happen more frequently in this pocket of the Atlantic than in any other parts of the ocean.

A second theory suggests that the Bermuda Triangle is home to a magnetic phenomenon where true north and magnetic north line up.

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Research suggests that a circumstance such as this can effect compass readings. Science also suggests that lightning during storms may intensify the magnetic fields, which could account for compass failures and radio interference.

Another theory claims that those who have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle are actually now residents of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

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Atlantis was written about by Plato. It was supposedly an ancient naval power, but according to legend, the entire kingdom disappeared into the sea in just one day. Hundreds of years later, in the 1970s, a writer named Charles Berlitz hypothesized that the entire city was actually a victim of the Bermuda Triangle and now thrives beneath the sea within the Triangle's bounds. Berlitz theorized that the technology of Atlantis was so advanced that it continues to contribute to the mysterious sinking of ships and planes.

A fourth suggestion is that the Bermuda Triangle is a gateway to another universe, or, in scientific terms, a black hole.

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Some suggest that this may account for the fact that travel times through the region are often unpredictable.

And the fifth and final theory is that the disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle are the result of extraterrestrials.

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Some claim that there is a secret US Navy Base in the Bahamas linked to aquatic alien activity referred to as "Underwater Area 51."

So WTF really goes on in the Bermuda Triangle? Is it a thing of the supernatural, or is it simply an area with a high concentration of unnerving coincidences? We may never actually know.

  1. What do you think explains the mysterious occurrences?

    Hurricanes and tropical storms create unpredictable atmospheric conditions
    A scientific phenomenon where true and magnetic north line up with one another
    Those who have disappeared are now residents of the lost city of Atlantis
    The Bermuda Triangle is a gateway to another universe
    Aliens. Plain and simple.

WTF Actually Goes On In The Bermuda Triangle?

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    Hurricanes and tropical storms create unpredictable atmospheric conditions
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    A scientific phenomenon where true and magnetic north line up with one another
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    Those who have disappeared are now residents of the lost city of Atlantis
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    The Bermuda Triangle is a gateway to another universe
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    Aliens. Plain and simple.

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