We've explored a lot of unexplained freaky shit on BuzzFeed Unsolved. This week we took on the Bermuda Triangle:
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.
For example, the ship's compass was malfunctioning.
There were mysterious lights over the water.
The sea was rougher than it had been for the entire voyage.
And at one point there seemed to be a fireball that flew through the sky and crashed into the sea.
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.
The Navy's final report of this bizarre incident allegedly reads "We are not even able to make a good guess as to what happened."
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.
A second theory suggests that the Bermuda Triangle is home to a magnetic phenomenon where true north and magnetic north line up.
Another theory claims that those who have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle are actually now residents of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.
A fourth suggestion is that the Bermuda Triangle is a gateway to another universe, or, in scientific terms, a black hole.
And the fifth and final theory is that the disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle are the result of extraterrestrials.
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.
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What do you think explains the mysterious occurrences?
vote votesHurricanes and tropical storms create unpredictable atmospheric conditions
vote votesA scientific phenomenon where true and magnetic north line up with one another
vote votesThose who have disappeared are now residents of the lost city of Atlantis
vote votesThe Bermuda Triangle is a gateway to another universe
vote votesAliens. Plain and simple.