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The area may have gotten its particular mystique simply due to the enormous amounts of marine traffic in and out of the Caribbean for the past several centuries, much of which was related to the slave trade. Simply by having more ships pass through, the odds are that more "accidents" will occur there.
A research librarian from Arizona State University, Lawrence David Kusche, who has written The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved, points to reasons for the legends of mysterious disappearances:
- sloppy research is one cause of the unexplained disappearances of ships in the Triangle. For, the disappearance may have been reported when the reappearance was not.
- The Bermuda Triangle's being in a tropical storm area makes the number of disappearances not disproportionate,either.
- Some reports were actually fabricated. A plane reported lost from Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1937, for instance was found to be unsubstantiated after a check with the local newspapers.
- The number of ships reported missing in this area is not disproportionate to the usual number of missing ships reported in other areas.
Despite (or maybe in reaction to) scientific advances in understanding the world, we have a need to mystify things. The Bermuda Triangle is one example of this, as are the numerous offerings on cable TV documentaries every night about UFOs, Nostradamus, 2012, etc. It's fun for most of us, but as others have said, the really important element to them is why they still exist. I, for one, think that they persist because they are interesting and because they are perpetuated by people with one interest or another in keeping them alive, even when they are complete fabrications, as in the case of the Bermuda Triangle.
Agreed, it's totally superstitious. There are some places where, due to simple physics, weather can change suddenly, and in such areas accidents are more likely to happen. For example, Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, is touted as having the world's worst weather. However it is a major tourist destination, with an automobile road to the summit, as well as dozens of hiking trails. More than 130 people have died on the summit, and many more have been seriously injured, but it is not due to some mysterious curse. It's simply a place where the weather changes very quickly and is often severe, and where people get caught unprepared for those changes. The Bermuda triangle lies in an area that is prone to hurricanes and shear winds, so some accidents have happened there. I personally have flown through it a couple of times, and have a pleasant and safe trip.
I would agree with post 2 that the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle is nothing more than superstition. Planes go missing over the ocean in many locations. Planes crash in other locations that aren't as well publicized. It is rare, but it happens. I don't think the Bermuda Triangle has any supernatural aura that causes more disappearance or crashes. It is simply a manifestation of media and superstition.
The real mystery of the Bermuda Triangle is that anyone still believes in it. The whole thing is just made up by our human appetite for mystery. Writers have essentially made the whole thing up by overstating things that did happen and by making things up.
The so-called Bermuda Triangle does not have any more unexplained disappearances (when compared to the amount of traffic it gets) than any other place on earth. They just get more publicity when they do happen because it has this reputation.
If you think there is merit to the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon, then you will find proof. However, if you are opposed to this type of paradigm, you will find proof on the contrary.
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