The Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle is known as one of the world’s most dangerous bodies of water, but science has proven it’s not really any scarier than any other part of the ocean. Sure, ships and planes have disappeared there in seemingly calm weather. But Coast Guard records demonstrate many disappearances were the result of nothing more than human error, boat failure and other natural occurrences that can happen at sea. In fact, based on the sheer size of the triangle, it would be unusual for there not to be some disappearances there.
The legend of Anastasia
Russia’s Czar Nicholas II’s entire family was murdered in 1918. When the body of Nicholas’s teenage daughter, Anastasia, was not found with the other family members, people hoped that Anastasia had escaped. And for most of the last century, people kept that hope alive – a belief that was fuelled in part by a woman’s claim. In 2007, a DNA analysis conclusively identified Anastasia’s body, which had been found in a separate grave, according to Biography.
The sailing stones of Death Valley
In parts of California’s Death Valley, stones sail across the desert floor, leaving trails in the sand – and it seems like they do it all on their own. But Live Science reports that a team of scientists attached motion-activated video equipment to some of the stones and discovered that during the winter, the desert floor develops a thin coating of ice. When the ice melts and begins to break up, the sheets – with the wind’s help – drag the rocks to a new position.