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When something cannot be explained, people tend to use their imagination. Before science was socially acceptable, religion was the only answer. No matter what the mystery is, people come up with an explanation to feel more secure about the world they live in. The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is one of those mysteries. Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico make up the three sides of the triangle, but the exact coordinates of the imaginary borders are arguable. Myths about the triangle date as far back as Columbus, who documented unusual compass bearings around the area. The stories continued with Shakespeare’s 1609 play, The Tempest, about a ship transporting colonists from England to Virginia. It sank somewhere off the coast of Bermuda, never to be seen again. The myth as we know it today began in 1964, when Vincent Gaddis published a story in Argosy Magazine about Flight 19. In 1945, five U.S. Navy bombers set off on a bombing training exercise from Fort Lauderdale. They sank, with no trace of bodies or a wreck. With his cover story, Gaddis coined the term the Bermuda Triangle. Giant squids sucking down ships and aliens abducting vessels are common answers to the lost voyages. More

reasonable answers stem from the fact that the area is one of two in the world where true north and magnetic north line up exactly, confusing compass readings. Other explanations include methane, one in the form of mile-wide bubbles that sink ships and the other so saturated, it takes the buoyancy out of the water, causing ships to plummet to the ocean floor. Other answers can be found in the high boat traffic cruising around the area. With that many ships sailing in and out, it’s no mystery the 27,500-foot dip below sea level hides ships and corpses under its sandy floors. Unpredictable weather, high waves and the Gulf stream current all add up to missing wrecks. The waves inside the triangle may be bigger than those outside but crews wouldn’t know until the waves rolled high above the masts. Imagine traveling before GPS navigation. Many pilots and captains explored the world with just their compasses and maps. They may have thought they were going in one direction when in reality they were going in the complete opposite direction, making a search-and-rescue impossible. But whatever the reason, the fact remains that something is stirring inside the Bermuda Triangle. Tweet

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