In my opinion, there are topics that make good conversation starters at parties. Asking a person what his or her interests are is good. Maybe asking someone to describe a favorite vacation spot is also good. Subjects that are non-controversial and non-goofy are usually preferred.
Talking about “Area 51” and the government coverup of alien visitations to Earth is probably less preferred. Attempting to discuss Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster with a stranger will probably have him or her doing that thing where the eyebrows are raised a bit and the eyes drift a little up and to the left. And talking about how the Earth is hollow will have your listener glancing at a watch and saying, “Well, look at the time…”.
Fortunately we’re not at a party, so I’m safe to at least mention one of them.
The Bermuda Triangle is a bunch of hooey. There…I said it…and I’d say it again if I had to. It does exist in a geographical sense. To kind of place it, put a pencil on a map where the southern tip of Florida meets the water. Then drag it northeast to the island of Bermuda. Then go south to Puerto Rico and back northwest to your starting point at Florida. That’s the Triangle and, since you can put it on a map, it’s real.
What isn’t real is all the “paranormal” activity that has supposedly occurred over the years. People believe that an unusual number of ships and planes have disappeared there, most of them vanishing without a trace. One of the more famous incidents took place on December 5, 1945. Flight 19, a group of five Grumman TBM Avengers, took off on a navigational training flight from Fort Lauderdale, flew into the Triangle, and was never seen again. And then a search plane sent out toward the flight’s last known position also disappeared.
These stories, among many others, have fueled lots of theories about aliens snatching planes from mid-air, residents of Atlantis pulling hapless ships below the surface, Amelia Earhart blinding pilots with her signal mirror, and who knows what else (I don’t know all the stories because I clearly haven’t attended enough parties).
But while I’m not a scientist, others that know more about it say that the numbers of ships and planes lost there, on a percentage basis, isn’t any greater than any other aqueous place. The reports of the horizon becoming one with the water inside the Bermuda Triangle probably have some merit, but again, that’s probably possible outside the Triangle as well.
Anyways, you read the little bit about Flight 19, so you got what you needed for tonight. And I’m kind of tied up with football and work as it is, so there you are. Not very good I suppose, but maybe tomorrow we’ll discuss crop circles and ancient alien runways in South America.