Test Your Knowledge: Bermuda Triangle Quiz

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This ocean area has a reputation for devilry and danger. How much do you know about the Bermuda Triangle? Find out with our Bermuda Triangle Quiz.

The Bermuda Triangle is a mysterious place that covers roughly 500,000 square miles in which ocean?

The Bermuda Triangle extends across nearly 500,000 square miles in the Atlantic Ocean. It's located off the southeastern coast of the United States with apexes in the vicinities of Bermuda; Miami, Fla. and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

While the Bermuda Triangle is an imaginary area not formally recognized by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, plenty of superstition and lore surround it. It is also called the _____.

Another name for the Bermuda Triangle is the Devil's Triangle, a moniker that may have been borrowed from Bermuda's own alias: Isle of Devils.

The first highly publicized disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle involved five Navy Avengers in what year?

In 1945, the story of five Navy Avengers disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle virtually exploded when news reporters linked the accident to other strange disappearances in the same area.

Who was piloting DC-3 commercial flight NC-16002 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami when the plane disappeared?

Capt. Robert Lundquist piloted the DC-3 that disappeared somewhere around the Bermuda Triangle. The Civil Aeronautics Board stated that his plane had been having electrical difficulty before take off, and it's likely that he ran out of fuel and crashed into deep waters. No debris has ever been found from the accident.

Of the following vessels, which did not disappear in the Bermuda Triangle?

The Beech Bonanza disappeared in 1981 and the S.S. Marine Sulphur Queen was lost in 1963 -- both accidents are attributed to the mysterious pull of the Bermuda Triangle. The Mary Celeste's crew disappeared in 1872, and while the incident is commonly thought to have occurred in the Bermuda Triangle, it actually happened hundreds of miles from there.

One theory that attempts to explain the powerful pull of the Bermuda Triangle posits that:

While it's a farfetched theory, at least one psychic, Edgar Cayce, claimed that this area is a portal to the lost city of Atlantis. Cayce explained that Atlantis had many modern-day technologies, which ultimately led to the demise of the city. He said that Atlantis could be accessed by a pathway called Bimini Road, in the Bahamas.

A strange cloud tunnel over the Bermuda Triangle has been reported by several pilots, including Bruce Gernon, Rob MacGregor and Don Pelz. According to these pilots, what's so strange about the tunnel?

In "The Fog: A Never Before Published Theory of the Bermuda Triangle Phenomenon," Gernon and MacGregor describe how an electronic fog with time distortion capabilities wreaked havoc on their plane's electrical equipment and mysteriously shaved time off their flight to Miami Beach.

The Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on Earth in which a compass points to true north instead of magnetic north. What's the other place where this happens?

The only two places in the world where compasses point to true north instead of magnetic north are the Bermuda Triangle and the Devil's Sea. According to some theorists, this explains why ships and planes get lost in these areas.

Which of the following environmental effects is NOT thought to account for some disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle?

Waterspouts (more commonly known as tornadoes) and seismic activity from underwater earthquakes are both thought to attribute to disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle region. Full moons are not considered an influence over ships and vessels in this area.

Scientists at Cardiff University speculate that sudden ruptures of ____ could affect the density of ocean water and capsize vessels sailing in or near the Bermuda Triangle.

Dying and decomposing sea organisms build pockets of methane gas that can affect the density of ocean water upon rupturing. Some scientists say that even planes flying overhead during methane explosions can catch fire.

In 1921, the crew of the Carroll A. Deering disappeared. Some reports of the time attributed the loss of men to what?

The Prohibition-era ship may have run afoul of booze smugglers.

A Navy board of inquiry had one official stating that the missing Avenger bombers flew off to WHERE?

Some Triangle believers have seized upon this statement as evidence that extraterrestrials may have been involved in the bombers' disappearance.

What happened to one of the PBM Mariner aircraft sent to located the missing Avengers?

The 13-man crew disappeared along with the plane, which was never seen again.

What is the U.S. Navy's stance on the Triangle?

Nothing to see here, no supernatural Triangle, so move along folks.

In addition to faulty compasses, what factor most likely affected the missing Navy Avengers?

They probably wandered around lost and eventually ended up in the sea.

True or False: Compass readings really do fluctuate as people cross the Triangle.

But this isn't necessarily unusual; it happens in various places all over the world.

In what year did a mainstream media source first publish a story about the Triangle?

Edward Van Winkle Jones wrote a piece about the Triangle for The Miami Herald.

In 1949, for how long did the U.S. Air Force search for a lost British South American Airways (BSAA) passenger plane before giving up?

In spite of the intensive search, no trace of the plane or its 31 passengers was ever found.

In 1949, what unusual circumstance occurred during the disappearance of a BSAA passenger plane called the Star Ariel?

There were radio blackouts of up to 10 minutes in duration that made communications very difficult. This disappearance helped to start the Bermuda Triangle legend.

A former BSAA pilot claimed this factor caused the Star Ariel and an earlier plane, the Star Tiger, to crash:

He claimed that suspicious people were spotted near both planes before their fateful flights.

Christopher Columbus reported that he saw WHAT as he sailed through the area?

It may have just been a meteor; Columbus reported other odd sightings as well.

In 1881, a ship called the Ellen Austin found an empty and drifting ship in the Triangle area. What did the captain of the Austin do with the ship?

But a storm came up and the ships were separated; the ghostly ship was never seen again.

How many men were onboard the USS Cyclops when it disappeared in 1918?

The ship never transmitted a distress call and no one ever learned what happened to the ship or its unfortunate crew.

In what year did two Cyclops sister ships disappear near the same location?

They, too, disappeared and have never been found.

In 1955, where was a ship named the Connemara IV found?

It was found adrift, and its crew had vanished.

How do maritime insurance companies address the risks of the Triangle?

Insurances companies, constant bellwethers of risk, don't see the area as more dangerous than other parts of the ocean.

Since its publication in 1974, how many copies of Charles Berlitz's sensational "The Bermuda Triangle" have been sold?

The book took a sensational idea and made it even more fantastic, which was great for sales.

Why do so many ships and planes disappear in the Bermuda Triangle?

A book called "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved" concluded that the number of disappearances was no greater than in any other ocean. Many of the "disappearances" or crashes took place outside of the Triangle, or else storms were to blame.

The Triangle is most likely born of what?

Once the idea took hold, the Triangle became the stuff of legend, even though real-world findings seem to show that it doesn't' t exist.

What happens to most pilots and sailors who travel through the Triangle's area?

In the end, the Triangle doesn’t seem to be more dangerous than other areas of the ocean.

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