Test Your Knowledge: Bermuda Triangle Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Atlantic
  • Pacific
  • Indian

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 _____.

  • Trifecta of Demons
  • Devil's Triangle
  • Abyss of Despair

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

  • 1939
  • 1945
  • 1951

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

  • Capt. Robert Lundquist
  • Capt. William "Bud" Hammill
  • Capt. John Herschel Overing

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

  • Beech Bonanza
  • Mary Celeste
  • S.S. Marine Sulphur Queen

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

  • The area is a haunted by drowned sailors who are looking for others to join their colony.
  • These waters are a gateway to the lost city of Atlantis.
  • A sea creature related to the Loch Ness monster devours the crews of encroaching ships.

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?

  • It's an electronic fog that distorts time.
  • Passing through it causes tiny ice crystals to form on the plane.
  • There's a zero-gravity atmosphere inside it.

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?

  • in the center of the Canary Islands
  • Antarctica
  • Devil's Sea, off the coast of Japan

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

  • waterspouts
  • underwater earthquakes
  • full moons

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.

  • underwater volcanoes
  • methane gas
  • icebergs

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

  • aliens
  • a storm
  • piracy

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

  • Africa
  • China
  • Mars

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

  • It disappeared.
  • It exploded.
  • It located a single Avenger wing.

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

  • It doesn't exist.
  • It is potentially dangerous.
  • It's the Russians.

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

  • storm damage
  • low fuel
  • electrical system malfunction

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

  • true
  • false

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

  • 1950
  • 1960
  • 1970

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?

  • five days
  • five weeks
  • five months

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

  • bright, unidentified lights on the horizon
  • radio blackouts
  • category 3 hurricane

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

  • sabotage
  • aliens
  • Nazi holdovers

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

  • mermaids
  • a miles-wide waterspout
  • a huge lick of fire

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?

  • Set it on fire.
  • Nothing, because it frightened him.
  • He began towing it.

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

  • 80
  • 300
  • 700

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

  • 1923
  • 1941
  • 1920

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

  • south of Cuba
  • south of Puerto Rico
  • south of Bermuda

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

  • Rates are lower.
  • Rates are higher.
  • Rates are about the same.

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

  • 5 million
  • 20 million
  • 10 million

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

  • Sinister alien forces grab them.
  • Strong ocean currents suck them under.
  • The number of disappearances there is about the same as in any other part of the ocean.

The Triangle is most likely born of what?

  • media frenzy
  • government conspiracy
  • aliens

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

  • nothing
  • Their compasses point west.
  • They feel disoriented.