Tuesday, December 05, 2006

the bermuda triangle

The first thing that comes to mind when you mention Bermuda is The Bermuda Triangle. Yet most don't know what area really forms the triangle. It is the ocean area between Bermuda, Miami-Florida & San Juan-Puerto Rico. A map has been included for your visual pleasure. This triangle brings about a certain level of apprehension for most people. Their minds delve into their archived knowledge of what they know about the Triangle as gleamed from the documentaries they've watched or the articles they've read. I was one of those people, as I am sure like most are before they come to the island. Coincidentally, there was an explosion of Bermuda Triangle documentaries on the Discovery Channel the month before our move to Bermuda. It didn't really ease any of our fears but rather magnified them.

Fast forward to 2 years later: now let me indulge you in what we in Bermuda think the triangle is about. It's nothing. Nada. It's basically just an electromagnetic anomaly. If you're in the water in the triangle, it's your compass needle that veers approximately 15° east of where it's supposed to be. So obviously this wreaked a lot of havoc with those old airplanes & ships but not anymore. We've been told that with the sophisticated compasses & monitoring systems that now outfit the ships & planes, there's nary a an occurrence like the ones of yesteryear.

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