Why The Bermuda Triangle Craze Of The '70s? The Hoax And Hysteria Explained

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Left: The legendary Lost Squadron & plane 'Flight 19' that supposedly vanished into Bermuda Triangle shortly after WWII. Right: cover art from Argosy, August 1968.Sources: The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images; eBay

The Bermuda Triangle, that plane- and ship-swallowing mystery zone in the Atlantic, fascinated us in the '60s and '70s. Magazine articles, books and TV shows looked into the phenomenon -- along with quicksand and killer bees, the Bermuda Triangle was cause for concern and wild speculation, including paranormal theories about sea monsters and aliens. But should it have been? While some people fretted over the causes of the bizarre phenomenon, others began to question whether it was a phenomenon at all.