In March 1918, a U.S. Navy ship with a crew of 309 departed Barbados and was never seen again. Did the ship capsize? Is there a supernatural explanation?

The area in which the ship disappeared is the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, it is a heavily traveled shipping lane in the Atlantic Ocean where ships and planes have been known to mysteriously disappear. The boundaries vary slightly, but according to the Naval History and Heritage Command, the triangle apexes are usually considered to be Bermuda; Miami, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(The Bermuda Triangle is one mystery, UFOs are another. Learn about the strange circumstances in which ”UFO” and “flying saucer” were coined, here.)

Over time, the Bermuda Triangle has tickled the imagination of armchair travelers and conspiracy theorists, securing itself a place in popular culture. But suspicions of paranormal activity playing a role in the disappearances have been, for the most part, dispelled. For example, the U.S. Navy does not believe in the existence, or unusual attributes, of the triangle.

There are reasonable explanations for the disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle, from human error to piracy to hurricanes. Incidentally, the number of disappearances that occur within the Bermuda Triangle is fairly similar to other ocean areas of similar size, further debunking the myth that mysterious forces are at work in these Caribbean waters.

What is the term for “the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist?” Find out here.

Let us know if there are other popular mysteries of the paranormal you would like us to explore from a word and fact perspective. We’ve spent time with chupacabras (why their name translates to “goat sucker“), a bizarre email hoax about the moon, and the fascinating origin of the word hoax (“hocus pocus” is even stranger than you may suppose.)

Rugby League: Lowes on the Mac attack; EXCLUSIVE.(Sport)

The People (London, England) June 8, 2008 Byline: By Gareth WALKER JAMES LOWES begins his stint as Warrington caretaker coach against Harlequins today – with a familiar face standing in his way.

Lowes and Harlequins boss Brian McDermott spent several years packing down together in the front row for Bradford Bulls.

Now their two teams clash at the Stoop looking to steal a march in the play-offs race – and Lowes is relishing the trip south for the clash with his former Bulls teammate.

Asked if Quins’ style of play truly reflected the style of their coach, Lowes responded: “What, crazy marines? go to website lowes printable coupon

“What Macca has always had is a good work attitude – he was one tough player.

“That attitude he had as a player has been taken into his coaching, and you can see that in his team.

“The Quins are a very workmanlike side, though they have got some quality there.

“I’ve watched their last few games and, like Macca, they never give up. Any team has got to go 80 minutes with them, no matter what the score is.” Lowes, who could be placed in charge until the end of the season, is focused on reversing a run of form that led to previous coach Paul Cullen resigning.

“Confidence comes from your performances – it’s like a big circle,” Lowes said.

“If I had the answer to why teams go on losing streaks I’d be a rich man and would be writing books.

“There have been a lot of things happening at the club – a combination of injuries and players just not settling in, especially early on in what was a difficult start to the season.

“There are a lot of different ingredients that go into teams going on runs, whether those runs are winning or losing ones.

“We’ve just got to tweak things and try little new ideas. Confidence comes from good performances, and the good performances will usually lead to wins.

“I’m not in a great position to make big changes, and we can’t make plans long-term with not knowing what’s going on yet.

“There will be no drastic changes this week.” Despite their disappointing start to the campaign, the Wolves remain just outside the play-offs places, and Lowes is confident they can mount a top six push.

“There’s a long way to go and a lot of points to be played for,” he said. web site lowes printable coupon

“I know it’s been pretty crappy over the last week or so, but if we can get a couple of wins then a month down the line all the lads will be smiling again.

“It’s only a short turnaround … isn’t it?” HUDDERSFIELD Giants are close to confirming the capture of North Queensland Cowboys’ New Zealand international hooker David Faiumu.

FIXTURES engage Super League: Today (3pm) – Bradford v Catalans Dr, Harlequins v Warrington. Friday – St Helens v Bradford (8pm). Saturday – Harlequins v Leeds (5pm); Catalans Dr v Wigan (8pm).


TOUGH: McDermott breaks against Saints in the 2001 Cup Final; LOWES; McDERMOTT


  1. Harmony -  July 10, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    @ me8: Actually, I think perhaps the folks who write the ‘Hot Word’ blog read the comments, and update their entries accordingly… So perhaps the semicolons were added in after the article was first posted.

  2. me8 -  July 10, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Attention, all the people commenting on semicolons:
    The article actually uses them! ” Bermuda; Miami, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico” — I just copied and pasted that.
    Seriously, and this comes from a fellow grammar Nazi, if you’re going to criticize someone’s spelling or grammar, at least read the text in question carefully before you say anything. Otherwise, instead of sounding smarter, you just sound hypercritical and less intelligent.

  3. Arcanis -  April 13, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    one explanation is the hutchison effect, if you read about it it’s really cool
    slash mind-boggling

  4. Curly -  December 18, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    I’ve heard that the Bermuda Triangle contains large concentrations of something that screws up navigational devices.

    Can’t remember what, though.

  5. QUESTcrewFAN -  December 16, 2010 - 10:58 am

    the burmuda triangle is where most cargo ships pass through. So most of them could have CRASHED into each other.

  6. READ THIS -  December 16, 2010 - 9:58 am

    I wonder if any of the ships lost in this area were transporting something of value, like gold or silver?

  7. Beth -  December 15, 2010 - 7:50 am

    Amelia Earhart is thought to have gone down in the Kiribati islands. They’re half way between Hawaii and Australia, on the opposite side of the world from the Bermuda Triangle.

    She’s been in the news recently, in case anyone is interested: http://news.discovery.com/history/amelia-earhart-castaway-clues-island.html

    (And yes, if you use semicolons in place of serial commas, all of them should be semicolons!)

  8. bobby g -  December 14, 2010 - 10:18 am

    no name-dropping amelia earhart? what gives?

  9. R.D. Bhardwaj -  December 13, 2010 - 11:14 pm

    There is one more triangle which is kown as Golden Triangle and it is famous/notorious for smuggling of drugs and narnotics. Why not blog on this golden triangle next time ? – R.D. Bhardwaj

  10. jen -  December 13, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    @ Angel- Are you saying that anyone with an IQ of 160 is an Urban Legend? What about someone with an IQ of 159? or 161?

  11. Anthony Meacham -  December 13, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Personally I like the idea of the Bermuda Triangle being a death-trap to humans. People can bicker all they want if the disappearences are natural or otherwise, honestly I couldn’t care less. Not that anything really sets the Bermuda Triangle particularily apart in ocean dangers since if you’re shippin’ out to sea you’ve accepted the risks already.

    Bermuda, Miami, and San Juan are likely full of people that don’t mind the triangle’s murderous nature since they likely get huge amounts of business and publicity due to it.

    All in all I would definately like to visit the triangle

  12. Amy-lou -  December 13, 2010 - 10:28 am

    THIS IS STILL REALLY DUMB INFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. ...g... -  December 13, 2010 - 10:28 am

    …this site is GREAT! .. uh? did i just say something i didn’t know i meant? …

  14. Rich Durst -  December 13, 2010 - 10:09 am

    khaled, “John Doe” is a generic male name used for unidentified persons in the U.S. I think the earlier poster was just giving an example of the sort of message they were calling over the speakers, without trying to remember the actual names involved.

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