The Bermuda Triangle Mystery
Have you ever heard of the Bermuda
Triangle? Also called the Devil's Triangle, it's an imaginary
line drawn from Florida to Bermuda to the Bahamas and back.
Lying right off the east coast of North America, it covers more
than half a million square miles in one of the most heavily
traveled areas of the world so it should come as no surprise
that ships and planes will occasionally go missing. A train with
20 cars and 200 passengers vanishing in the middle of Kansas
would be a mystery but not a ship or a plane being lost in the
Most of today's Bermuda Triangle hoopla
is based on the loss of half a dozen military planes that
“mysteriously” disappeared on December 5, 1945. Interestingly
enough, this was not considered much of a mystery until decades
later when a book referred to The Triangle of Death and Flying
Saucer Review, along with Spielberg's "Close Encounter" movie
added their fictional flourishes to the original account.
What actually happened was that a flight
of five Avenger aircraft on a training mission got lost and flew
in the wrong direction. The officer in command insisted they
continue traveling north, parallel to the coast over empty
ocean, instead of turning west and back to Florida. Subsequent
investigations concluded that this was a simple, though no less
tragic, case of being disoriented over water. And to compound
that tragity, a Mariner Flying Boat (known for accumulating fuel
vapors in its bilge) blew up during its search for the lost
Avengers. In all, six planes and 27 men were lost.
But all this should be old news. Back in
1975, Larry Kusche wrote "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved"
in which he did indeed solved virtually all of the so called
mysteries that took place in the triangle along with a few that
got included despite having occurred on the opposite side of the
planet. And yet, in a Skeptical Inquirer article, Kusche reports
that in doing a Google search for Bermuda Triangle he found
3,650,000 enteries. Searching his own name, the guy who got it
right almost half a century ago, he came up with only 11,000.
Look At It This Way
I recently attended a talk dealing with
the Kennedy assassination. At one point the speaker asked for a
show of hands. How many say Oswald did it and how many say it
was a conspiracy? It was about two-thirds in favor of conspiracy
but that's not the point. I raised my hand and asked: How many
don't know? Dead silence.
The fact is that facts are becoming
increasingly rare. Fake news, social media and special interests
have all but replaced critical thinking, open minds and balanced
debate. You pick a side and you stick with it. Trade belief and
emotion for logic and reason and you're a flip-flopper. I
remember the woman at a dinner party who said: If you have
nothing nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. I'm
waiting for the one who says: If you have nothing nice to say
about anybody – and you have proof – come sit next to me.