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  • It's arguably the most mysterious place in the world, where great hunks of ships have

  • plunged into the abyss, where pilots and their planes have vanished into thin air. Batten

  • down the hatches and join us on our journey into the deltoid of death.

  • 50. Before we regale you with stories of tragedy

  • and downright dumbfoundedness, for our viewers not exactly educated on the basics of the

  • Bermuda Triangle, here is some practical information. It's an area in the North Atlantic Ocean

  • that has one point touching Miami in the US, going all the way down to Puerto Rico and

  • up to Bermuda. Nonetheless, the exact area is not defined. All you need to know is it's

  • in that vicinity.

  • Since it's not exactly exact, its area is said to be anything from 500,000 to 1,510,000

  • square miles (1,300,000 to 3,900,000 km2). That's a lot of space, somewhere between

  • the size of South Africa and a bigger India. It's a lot of room to get lost in, and as

  • you'll now see, that has happened time and time again.

  • 49. A man named E. V. W. Jones wrote an article

  • in the Miami Herald in 1950 titledSea's Puzzles Still Baffle Men In Pushbutton Age.”

  • It was one of the stories that inspired the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

  • While the article didn't mention a triangle per se, the rather poetic piece did talk about

  • ships and planes just disappearing, and we mean, completely disappearing. The article

  • described one such ship called the Sandra. This 350-foot freighter with 12 men on board

  • was taking 300 tons of insecticide from the US to Venezuela. It didn't get there. Searches

  • were made in vain. Not even a remnant of the ship or its crew was found. It was written

  • down as an official mystery. 48.

  • At 4 a. m. on December 27, 1948, a plane carrying 32 people including two babies radioed control

  • and said it had almost completed its journey from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami. It was

  • just 50 miles (80km) from its destination. Nothing untoward was reported. The plane was

  • fine. The weather was ok. So why did that plane and all those people never get to Miami?

  • How come after extensive searches nothing was ever found?

  • It wasn't a one-off. Just a year later, another plane went missing.

  • This is what was written about the disappearance, “Aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers

  • combed the waters with thousands of pairs of sharp eyes on watch. They found no hint

  • of the plane's fate.” As you'll now see, many stranger things

  • have happened. 47.

  • It was a guy named George Sand that really cemented the mystery with an article he wrote

  • back then. In his story, he talked about the 1945 disappearance

  • of Flight 19. This is one messed up tale if ever there was one.

  • On December 5 that year, five Grumman TBM Avengers set off on a training exercise from

  • the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Not one of those five planes or their 14 occupants

  • was ever seen again. The flight leader, Charles Carroll Taylor

  • had 2,500 hours of flying experience. The other pilots might have been trainees, but

  • they at least had something like 300 hours of flight time under their belts.

  • The training operation should have had three legs, with the first being bombing practice.

  • The base and other planes heard through the radio that this had been completed since one

  • pilot said he'd dropped the last bomb. Part two of the exercise it seems didn't go so

  • well. Sometime during the second part of the exercise,

  • something went wrong, rains and winds came as well as thick clouds. One of the trainee

  • pilots radioed in and said, “I don't know where we are. We must have gotten lost after

  • that last turn.” Taylor also said at one point, “Both of

  • my compasses are out. I am trying to find Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am over land but

  • it's broken. I am sure I'm in the Keys but I don't know how far down and I don't know

  • how to get to Fort Lauderdale.” The last message that came wasn't good news.

  • He said, “All planes close up tight ... we'll have to ditch unless landfall ... when the

  • first plane drops below 10 gallons, we all go down together.” After that, a haunting

  • static buzz could be heard. That was it, gone, everyone was just gone.

  • Flying boats went to the areas where they might have gone down. One of them was manned

  • by 13 crew. It too vanished. Nothing of the planes or the flying boats was ever found.

  • A Navy Lieutenant said about that, “We had hundreds of planes out looking, and we searched

  • over land and water for days, and nobody ever found the bodies or any debris.”

  • Ok, so what had happened? What went down in the sky to make those pilots so disoriented?

  • Again, no one knew. It was listed as anunknown cause.” This inspired countless theories

  • back then just as it does today. People talked about aliens taking out the planes, which

  • in this current era of alien fascination would perhaps not sound so inconceivable. Others

  • talked about parallel dimensions where the pilots had been taken.

  • 46. Actually, in 1991 a bunch of treasure hunters

  • shocked the world when they announced they'd solved the mystery of Flight 19. They'd

  • found remnants of WW2 Avenger planes off the coast of Florida. People thought thatThe

  • Lost Patrolmystery was over, but no, the serial numbers didn't match up and so to

  • this day no one knows what happened to those planes.

  • 45. From 1942 to 1945, 95 pilots out of NAS Fort

  • Lauderdale lost their lives, but what's so strange is people and planes often remained

  • missing after extensive searches. Ok, some hard facts now.

  • 44. Did you know that no official map that exists

  • actually has the Bermuda Triangle on it? In fact, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names doesn't

  • even acknowledge it exists. 43.

  • Even though a few people had talked about this deadly area for some time, it wasn't

  • until 1964 that the Bermuda Triangle really got its name. That was after a guy named Vincent

  • Gaddis wrote a story about the mystery in a pulp magazine.

  • 42. Maybe you believe people-snatching aliens

  • are to be blamed for the vanishings or you might think pilots headed off to a parallel

  • world. If that sounds outlandish, some writers have tried to convince us that the lost city

  • of Atlantis is behind it all. One 1974 book that posits this isThe Bermuda Triangle

  • by Charles Berlitz. Just to show you how much people love reading about the mystery, that

  • book sold 20 million copies in 30 different languages.

  • 41. The area is one of the busiest places in the

  • entire world regarding shipping lanes. 40.

  • The Bermuda Triangle is home to the deepest part of the entire Atlantic Ocean, the Milwaukee

  • Depth, and at a point called The Puerto Rico Trench it has a depth of 27,493 feet (8,380

  • meters). Still, that's not quite as deep as the Challenger Deep in the Pacific ocean

  • that is 36,200 feet (11,033 meters) deep. 39.

  • It's not known exactly just how many ships and planes have gone down over this area,

  • although a rough estimate would be 50 ships and 20 planes. In terms of planes, that number

  • is likely low. Most of the time none of the wreckage is ever found and oftentimes there's

  • no explanation as to why the accidents happened. As you'll see later, what's really disturbing

  • is there have been disappearances that involved large vessels carrying many, many people.

  • 38. There have of course been practical theories

  • as to why things vanish out of sight. It's not a theory but a fact that over this area

  • the weather can change so fast you would hardly even see it coming. That's one reason why

  • some people might not send a distress call. It's the naval or aviation equivalent of

  • being sucker-punched. 37.

  • There's another less obvious thing that can happen over this wide area. Researchers

  • have found that deep below decomposing sea organisms create methane gas. When lots of

  • it accumulates it forms methane ice and when that breaks up gas shoots up through the ocean.

  • No vessel would ever know it's coming, so there's another sucker punch for you. But

  • what's really interesting is scientists say this eruption of gas would make the water

  • less dense and a ship could go down. Since the water is so deep, that ship could disappear

  • as quickly as fun did in 2020. Let's stick with the practical but with

  • a guy that actually experienced a weather phenomenon himself when flying over the triangle.

  • 36. His name was Bruce Gernon and on December

  • 4, 1970, at the age of just 23, he was flying in his small plane when things got really

  • weird. He and his pop had taken off from Andros Island in the Bahamas with the intention of

  • getting to Palm Beach, Florida. Both men were pilots with lots of flying time, especially

  • the father who was the pilot that day. They'd been informed that the weather was

  • clement and while flying everything was fine, except at some point during the flight they

  • said they seemed to enter what they described as a strange tunnel that was in the middle

  • of a cloud. For about 10 seconds, they said the aircraft

  • became weightless. But even stranger, all the instruments in the plane started to go

  • crazy. There was no blue sky to be seen, just some peculiar grey and that seemed to go on

  • for about two miles. Panicked now, they radioed to Miami and said things had taken a turn

  • for the worse and they were inside some really sketchy weather. Miami responded, saying,

  • nope, we can see nothing on our screens. Later the controller said he spotted their

  • aircraft not far from Miami Beach, to which the guys said that's not possible, we haven't

  • been flying long enough. But it was correct, they soon saw the beach. They were way ahead

  • of schedule and had saved 10 gallons of fuel. So, what had happened? Well, it's not exactly

  • science-based, but Gernon believes that the tunnel they were in was some kind of electric

  • fog and something had happened in there that had propelled their plane faster. Obviously,

  • they couldn't read the speed because the instruments weren't working. Gernon has

  • since appeared in more than 50 television documentaries talking about his theory.

  • This is an excerpt from one of the books written about him:

  • Bruce Gernon is the only person to have witnessed its birth stage through the mature

  • stage, to enter the heart of the Timestorm, escaping through a Tunnel Vortex and resulting

  • in a time warp of 30 minutes forward in time, and 100 miles forward in space.”

  • Ok, so some of you are calling cow dung on this one, but keep watching, things will get

  • freakier. 35.

  • There have also been a bunch of UFO sightings over this particular area.

  • 34. One of them was in 1978 when a Greek Merchant

  • Marine radio operator named Polycarp Spentzas had the fright of his life. These are his

  • own words: “We started from Porto Matanzas, Cuba, bound

  • for Algiers, with an average speed of 11 miles. Shortly before 12 noon local time, the officers

  • of the ship's bridge began to notice that it appeared to them that the ship was sailing

  • at unusually high speedbut the instruments showed a constant speed of 10 to 11 nautical

  • miles an hour.” He said the ship went through the water as

  • it had never done before. He and the crew had no idea what was going on. Then things

  • got weird when a guy came up from the engine room and said all the clocks for some reason

  • had gone forward two hours. A bit later, Spentzas' mind pretty much

  • went to pieces. This is what he said happened: “The cook and I were playing backgammon

  • in the smoking room, when suddenly we looked back and saw, to the left of the ship, i.e.,

  • the northwest side, just a few miles away, a large, white unidentified flying object

  • in the sky.” He said two smaller objects were next to it.

  • He didn't immediately want to think aliens, so tried to calm himself down by telling himself

  • it was the Americans doing some kind of secret aircraft operation. Still, why were the clocks

  • wrong, and he couldn't really explain the movement of the things in the sky since no

  • aircraft could do that. In interviews that followed, he said all of

  • the crew experienced a slow heartbeat at the time, as well as bradycardia and hypothermia.

  • He believed this was down to something he called, “gravitational time dilation”.

  • He said this caused biochemical changes in the crews' bodies.

  • It sounds crazy, but this guy doesn't look like he's joking.

  • 33. Still, for most people, they don't get treated

  • to a strange phenomenon like that. One sailor who's been through the triangle more times

  • than he can count said, “I've raced through the Bermuda Triangle, never has anything strange

  • happened.” 32.

  • The triangle gets the blame for many things it likely wasn't involved in, including

  • the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 - even though it went missing on the

  • other side of the globe. 31.

  • It didn't help matters when a politician from Malaysia tweeted a few years back, “New

  • Bermuda Triangle detected in Vietnam waters, well-equipped sophisticated devices are of

  • no use!” Part of the theory goes that there's another triangle like itself directly opposite.

  • Maybe there's a wormhole thing going on… 30.

  • As to why ships go down so fast, there's another theory that posits it could be something

  • called rogue waves. These can reach 100 feet high. We actually prefer the name monster

  • waves or killer waves. Basically, certain weather patterns can all occur at the same

  • time and great big waves can occur, something big enough to sink a very sturdy ship.

  • They are scary, too, as you'll now see. 29.

  • It took some time for science to actually record a rogue wave, but when it did, there

  • certainly was another thing to fear for sailors. When the master of the RMS Queen Elizabeth

  • 2 was hit by one in 1995, you could say he got a shock. His exact words were, “It came

  • out of the darknessandlooked like the White Cliffs of Dover.” It had to kind

  • of surf the almost-100 foot wave to avoid sinking.

  • 28. There are also liars when it comes to the

  • Bermuda Triangle. That writer we mentioned earlier named Charles Berlitz wrote about

  • ships and planes that went missing that actually never existed.

  • This next one counts, though. 27.

  • In 1969, two lighthouse keepers were busy at their jobs at the Great Isaac Lighthouse

  • in the Bahamas. Ok, so there was bad weather, but the guys one day just went missing and

  • were never found. 26.

  • In 1963, the SS Marine Sulphur Queen went missing and all 39 people on board were never

  • seen again, although in this case there were ample reports stating that the vessel was

  • not fit to sail. Still, the families of the sailors wanted to know where their loved ones

  • had gone and a huge investigation ensued. But like many ships and many men, all the

  • searches came up with nothing. This next one is very sad, indeed.

  • 25. It's the story of two 14-year old boys who

  • went fishing off the coast of Florida. They never returned home and a search of 15,000

  • square nautical miles found nothing. One of the guys prior to their disappearance wrote

  • a message on Instagram to another friend. It read, “Me and Austin are crossing to

  • the Bahamas tomorrow. Come with us.” Later, via Snapchat, one of them wrote, “Peace

  • Out Jup.” That was said to be their last message, although a friend of the guys said

  • they posted a video with a huge dark storm moving towards their boat. The words next

  • to the video were, “We're...”… The next word is a well-known expletive.

  • Their boat was recovered about one year later around 100 miles from Bermuda. There was no

  • sign of them, although an iPhone was found. People said there may have been foul play

  • since the ignition and battery were turned to the off position, although storm damage

  • is the most likely scenario. Unfortunately, Apple couldn't open the phone.

  • Let's now go way, way back. 24.

  • In the year 1800 the topsail schooner, USS Pickering, met its match in the Bermuda Triangle.

  • It left from the US on its way to the West Indies and somewhere in between just vanished,

  • along with its 90 crew. Nothing of it was ever seen again. It's believed a storm was

  • to blame, but that's only a hunch. You can put that one in the mystery folder.

  • 23. The same thing happened the very same year

  • and also in the West Indies to the USS Insurgent. It just vanished without a trace, as did its

  • 70-something crew. People have put two and two together, saying that maybe one particularly

  • nasty storm wrecked both ships. Other than that, the crews of those ships could right

  • now be laying back in Atlantis or hanging out on the planet Okeanon. In both cases,

  • you don't age. Ok, so let's now talk about ghosts.

  • 22. Has a ghost ship ever been found in the triangle?

  • The answer is yes, although we can't find much information about it. The ship was called

  • the Roselie and it was found empty in 1840 somewhere in the area. She was bound for Havana

  • and the crew vanished somewhere on the way. We found one article that said when she was

  • found, “Her sails were set, everything shipshape. The only living thing aboard was a half-starved,

  • caged canary.” 21.

  • Then there was the story of the ship Ellen Austin.

  • The legend had it that she left Liverpool in the UK to head to New York in December

  • 1880. She sailed for many weeks and at some point, the captain thought it would be a good

  • idea to sail through the Sargasso Sea. That's located in the Bermuda Triangle

  • On the way, they found a schooner and no crew was on it. Ok, spooky, but the captain wasn't

  • scared and told his men to sail it back to the US. There was a huge storm, but after

  • it cleared the captain got close to the schooner and called to his crew. No answer.

  • Where had they gone? US newspapers started writing about the story,