Explaining the Bermuda Triangle

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Friday, March 14, 2014

SOME people are starting to call the waters off the coast of Malaysia “Asia’s Bermuda Triangle” because of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In this author’s opinion, the area is totally undeserving of that name, since A) MA 370 is the only thing that ever “mysteriously” disappeared over those waters, and B) the Bermuda Triangle is hardly relevant as a “zone where things are lost all the time” anymore. The last disappearance of a vehicle in that area was in 1963.

Now there is at least some good news for the people looking for MA 370 – as of this writing, the Chinese have picked up satellite images of very large objects floating near the suspected crash site, which may be remnants of the plane. So sorry, alien abduction theorists – but your theories have been proven wrong… again.

However as far as the Bermuda Triangle itself is concerned, its fame and reputation are the result of exaggerated reports and sensationalist reporting. Researcher L. D. Kusche of the Arizona State University (author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved) claimed that most of the reports were exaggerated, dubious or unverifiable. Businessman David Crowhurst, for example, was believed to have been lost in the Triangle while yacht racing. The truth is that he was reporting false positions to race officials. When he feared that he might be discovered, he simply abandoned ship and committed suicide.


Another case involves a plane that reportedly vanished off the coast of Daytona on a sunny day in 1937 in front of “hundreds of witnesses” – when in fact, a thorough search of the local papers on that day revealed nothing. Another thing to note is that most of the so-called “disappearances” happened during storms. Ships and aircraft get lots in storms all the time, and not just in the Bermuda Triangle area.

I bet you’re wondering, “What about all the other disappearances?” Well most of the ships that “disappeared” there are likely to be at the bottom of the ocean, and the Bermuda Triangle is one of the world’s most well-travelled commercial sea routes – ships have passed through those waters hundreds of times for the last several decades without incident. As for the total number of disappearances attributed to the Bermuda Triangle: there were 11. Yes, 11. In comparison, Somali pirates have attacked over 170 ships since 2005.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 14, 2014.


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