As a species, we are absolutely obsessed with discovery – and for good reasons, too. Everything we’ve managed to accomplish so far is owed primarily to our curiosity. And knowledge truly is the be-all and end-all of resources. So naturally, we’ve grown to love a good mystery.
Be it in the form of countless TV shows, tabletop games, novels, and even tabloid news stories, mysteries will most likely always be appreciated by the members of our species that are so hungry for information. But sadly, this brings us to one of our biggest follies – our tendency to believe a great many things as long as they are in tone with what we want to believe.
In one of the most perfect examples of a cognitive bias, tabloids explode with news of a possible explanation for the mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda, even though there is no mystery to solve in the Bermuda Triangle. How can that be, you might ask? It’s a simple matter of blowing stuff out of proportion, as we so often tend to do.
Everything started as a team of researchers from the Arctic University of Norway published a paper detailing the discovery of several underwater craters at the bottom of the Barents Sea. The craters were describes as being 131 feet deep, 3,280 feet across, and they believed to have been created by high pressure methane gas resulting from oil deposits accumulated in the Triassic period.
Newspapers immediately focused on the paper, claiming these craters to be the cause of all of the mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda triangle. However, upon finding out that their paper was being used completely out of context, the team issued a statement saying that they at no point tied their discovery to the triangle.
Now that the current events are out of the way, let’s talk about how the Bermuda Triangle isn’t even actually a mystery.
The location got its name from a 1964 article in the Argosy magazine, after a ship mysteriously disappeared there. Its popularity started growing, aided particularly by the 1974 bestselling novel and its subsequent novelization, both titled “The Bermuda Traingle”. Ever since, the media loved jumping on a good Bermuda Triangle mystery.
But it gets even better. According to NOAA, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose job description includes monitoring the world’s oceans,
There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean.
In conclusion, even though we’ll always love a good mystery, most things are generally either very easy to explain or there is nothing there to be considered mysterious in the first place.
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