Bermuda Triangle Mysteries
The Great Mysteries of the Sea
While Halloween is about ghosts there are other ways to know they exist, or not. This lens looks at the mysterious disappearance of things at sea, particularly people.
One area of the world where something appears to happen that is unexplainable in normal terms is the Bermuda Triangle. When I first heard of this region and of the things happening there I was a teenager and the imagination ran wild.
Of course everyone's imagination was keyed up by the media and the hype. Extra terrestrials, UFO's and of course the paranormal were all readily blamed and just about everyone wanted answers. "Why can't the government find out what is going on there?" I heard many ask that question. Navy planes had been among those which disappeared without trace and loss of life.
Add to that ships, boats, planes and people and you have the makings of a pretty good mystery. Mass hysteria and untruthful reporting also contributed as did the authorities who failed to explain what they knew about the disappearance.
Wikipedia noted that: "The boundaries of the triangle cover the Straits of Florida, the Bahamas and the entire Caribbean island area and the Atlantic east to the Azores. The more familiar triangular boundary in most written works has as its points somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda, with most of the accidents concentrated along the southern boundary around the Bahamas and the Florida Straits.
The area is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships crossing through it daily for ports in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands. Cruise ships are also plentiful, and pleasure craft regularly go back and forth between Florida and the islands. It is also a heavily flown route for commercial and private aircraft heading towards Florida, the Caribbean, and South America from points north."
While I would listen to the stories about this region on the radio my imagination would race to try to solve the mysteries before I wen to bed and often for days afterwards. The biggest buzz, if you like to call it that, is that when one is unfamiliar with an area you tend to form a picture in your mind and the one I had was rather different to that pictured, courtesy of Wikipedia open source.
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What happened to These Planes?
How can a ship disappear?
There were reports of an aircraft carrier disappearing without trace
There was a lot of media hype and it is known that one radio presenter went all out to fool everyone with a report of UFO sightings and even radio transmissions and so forth. The details are not so well known now but a documentary highlighted how it was done.
Once the planes had disappeared it appeared to be open slather for anyone to bring up new stories and mysteries to fuel the imagination of the public. Lawrence David Kushe published a book titles 'Bermuda Triangle Mysteries Solved' in 1975. His research showed that many incidences were grossly exaggerated with numerous inconsistencies from witnesses, and so forth.
Wikipedia notes that on June 27, 1975 "The NOVA/Horizon episode The Case of the Bermuda Triangle" stated that "When we've gone back to the original sources or the people involved, the mystery evaporates. Science does not have to answer questions about the Triangle because those questions are not valid in the first place... Ships and planes behave in the Triangle the same way they behave everywhere else in the world."
People just love mysteries and hysteria grows when ignorance prevails. But once the truth comes out the thing evaporated into thin air and people wonder what the fuss was about.
Its rather like the witch craze that beset Europe and elsewhere during the Middle Ages. People began to see witches flying through the air at night, thought they were infected with a witch's spell if things went wrong and sadly started to accuse anyone they did not like of being a friend of the devil. All they then had to do was report them to the Church authorities and chances are they would be burnt at the stake.
Humans are led on by fanciful notions and make-believe a lot easier than they are by genuine facts. The problem is who can sort out the difference when mystery and romance is involved?
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