As every Extreme Ghostbuster knows, areas containing concentrations of ghostly energy can often cause mysterious, inexplicable events to occur. Some of these paranormal locales are rumored to imbue visitors with special powers or positive energy -- attracting hopefuls seeking healing and good fortune for centuries. Others are known to be less beneficial, even evil in nature. These locations (the good and the bad) are spread throughout the globe. Sedona (Arizona), The Ganges River (India), and the countryside of New Zealand are all rumored to contain positive spiritual energy. But, it's the concentration of negative energy that most concerns paranormal experts.
One of the best known of these "devil zones" (as they are sometimes called) is the notorious Bermuda Triangle.
During the past 100 years, more than 20 planes and 50 ships have apparently met their doom in the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Caribbean that is bordered on its corners by Bermuda, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Also known as the "Devil's Triangle", this unexplained geographical phenomena has provided an ample battlefield for a fierce controversy that has raged since the early 1960's.
The Bermuda Triangle phenomenon was first recognized in 1950 by E.V.W. Jones, commenting on the many ships that had been lost in its general area. Since that time, the zone has provided more than it's fair share of additional mysterious disappearances and magnetic disturbances (remember our old pal S.I.D.N.E.E.?). Numerous books on paranormal topics in the late '50's also spoke of the triangle, suggesting that it had extra-terrestrial roots. The term "Bermuda Triangle" was not coined until 1964, when it was brought to light as "The Deadly Bermuda Triangle" in a magazine article investigating mysterious events in the area. Bermuda Triangle fever peaked in 1974, with a number of books (mostly just re-written versions of the older books) getting national press attention.
One of the most famous disappearances involved an entire team of planes known as Flight 19. Five well-fueled Navy jets were somehow lost at sea on a routine training mission. Even the rescue plane with 13 crew members sent after them disappeared. To this day, the planes have not been found.
Skeptics chalk the "mystery" up to the strong currents of the region; the gulf stream forcing a large portion of the Triangle's tides to flow directly north, throwing many would-be sailors off course and out to sea. Also worth noting is the great discrepancy between Magnetic North, and the North Pole in the region (a fact noted by Columbus on his voyage, but unexplained to this day); such navigational challenges might throw inexperienced sailors for a loop.
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