Conspiracy theorists and mystery buffs have been salivating over the Bermuda Triangle for years.

Quick Notes:

  • What started the widespread lore of the Bermuda Triangle?

  • There were so many theories, some scientific, some not so much.

  • The Bermuda Triangle debunking: The truth has finally been revealed.

The Bermuda Triangle, otherwise known as ‘The Devil’s Triangle,’ has been kicking up controversy ever since the early 1900’s when a collier navy ship, the USS Cyclops, disappeared off the coast of Barbados. The ship—carrying close to 10,000 tons of manganese and 309 people—was never seen again. The lengthy search that followed didn’t turn up any remnants, either. Not a single scrap or body was ever recovered.

In the decades that followed, more than 50 ships and 20 airplanes have gone missing in the area, all furthering the theories and speculations about what’s actually going on between the three points that make up the triangle, the Florida Panhandle, Bermuda, and the Greater Antilles.

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The mystery wasn’t headlining news until the ’50s.

Since the disappearance of the USS Cyclops in March or 1918, the only speculations of what happened were of a giant octopus pulling it into the sea or a formed mutiny aboard the ship. Another theory was that the ship was simply too weak to carry all that manganese in the event of a storm and that it was hit and sank because of it.

Still, the mystery of the triangle didn’t make the papers until a journalist, E.V.W. Jones wrote an article for the Miami Herald in 1950, detailing four different accounts of planes and ships disappearing without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. It has been a source for speculative theory ever since.


It wasn’t just the plane and ship disappearances that shocked people.

The disappearance of a full plane or ship could be chalked up to a crash or sinking, but that’s not all that has been found gone from a trip through the Bermuda Triangle. Reports of ghost ships turning up completely abandoned were also noted, as well as the strange lack of any distress signals from those who disappeared. Even rescue planes have vanished while out on recovery missions.

These additional strange occurrences have been responsible for a host of theories, some even suggesting that aliens could have been involved or there is a supernatural entity at play in that corner of the Atlantic.

The Bermuda Triangle Science

Not all theories were all that unlikely. The methane gas theory suggests that due to high levels of the chemical, ships passing over just simply sank due to decreased density. Another explored explanation is that of the Sargasso Sea, a sea area in the triangle that has different currents on all sides. It has been said that it’s possible being inside the three separate currents could stall ships and sailing boats in their tracks, rendering them motionless.


Other theories range from hexagonal clouds causing the formation of giant 100-foot waves that can take out low-flying aircrafts and ships, electronic fog that gets stuck to the plane causing it to malfunction and crash, and the Blue Holes, or whirlpools, that have a strong enough current to suck in a ship and flush it into the ocean as easily as one would flush a toilet.

Others include time portals or wormholes to other dimensions, a magnetic anomaly that causes navigation to go haywire, and even speculation that it has something to do with the lost city of Atlantis.


The most recent disappearance is a little different.

In May of 2017, a small passenger plane carrying a family of 4 disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle just three hours after takeoff from Puerto Rico, heading towards Florida. Miami Air Traffic Control lost sight of it on the radar and radio contact but didn’t see any adverse weather conditions.

The difference in this disappearance, though, was vast. After an exhaustive 30 hour search, debris from the MU-2B aircraft was found, which hasn’t been the case for its unlucky predecessors.

Has the mystery finally been solved?

The mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle has baffled both scientists and conspiracy theorists alike, but the truth might be a lot less interesting than the aforementioned theories of ports to other dimensions and whirlpools. According to Larry Kusche, the whole thing has been one incredibly elaborate ruse, or a “manufactured mystery,” as he called it in his book The Bermuda Triangle Mystery—Solved.


In his book, he details the accounts of the missing ships and planes as not mysteries, but tragic accidents with reliable evidentiary support. He goes on to say that not only have the disappearances been romanticized in the media with their accounts of complete disappearance, but those media outlets had straight up lied to keep the mystery going.

In events of ships and planes disappearing without a trace for no discernible reason, he found that debris from the wreckages had actually been found and climate reports indicated that adverse weather was more often the case. He also discovered that there were no more ship and plane disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle than there were in other parts of the world that experienced the same frequency of traffic.

The Bermuda Triangle Debunked

Because of Kusche’s digging into previous reports of the missing planes and ships, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle is a lot less mysterious. In fact, if what he says is true, the Bermuda Triangle itself doesn’t even exist.

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