The Legend Of The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle first leapt into the public consciousness in an Associated Press release in 1950. It took note of mysterious disappearance of ships and planes between the Florida coast and Bermuda.

The "Hoodoo Sea", "Devil's Triangle", and "The Bermuda Triangle" are all names referring to an expanse of water that roughly forms a triangle. Bounded by the southern coast of Florida, The island of Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. This area has been a source of controversy for at least half a century.

The Bermuda Triangle first leapt into the public consciousness in an Associated Press release in 1950. It took note of mysterious disappearance of ships and planes between the Florida coast and Bermuda. It was not long before other media agencies were focusing their attention (and the public's) on this area off the south Florida coast. Over the next 20 years a veritable explosion of "Triangle" articles, books, television specials, and movies was realized.

Alien visitors, lost civilizations, and the supernatural were all hypothesized as the cause(s) of the strange disappearances and occurrences that transpired within the area designated as the Bermuda Triangle.

However, if you closely examine most of the literature available, it becomes apparent that there is very little in the way of research done on the subject. In fact, almost to a man, all of the books and articles relied on popular information rather than fact. There is very little variation from one book to the other. In all cases, the authors, exercised "Poetic License" to distort the facts such as: Sea states described as "Calm" in the books were, according to U.S. investigating agencies (Coast Guard) and official weather records indicated a "Raging" sea state existed.

Many of the ships that were listed in the literature as "mysteriously" disappearing were actually sunk or damaged by explainable and earthly causes. In fact, Lloyd's of London reported in an article published in Fate magazine in 1975, " According to Lloyd's records, 428 ships have been lost throughout the world since 1955, and it may interest you to know that we can find no evidence to support the claim that the Bermuda Triangle has more losses than anywhere else."

The Bermuda Triangle controversy has made a considerable fortune for many authors and in return has provided the public with a continuing source of entertainment for 50 years. In that respect, it has provided a service. As to the Bermuda Triangle's claim to being a true anomaly, it does not pass the test of scrutiny.

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