In reading my local magazine, Le P'tit Cagouillard (the roughly "the Little Snaily"), I came across an article talking about the Bermuda Triangle. It talked about the odd events that have occurred there, such as the disappearance of the USS Cyclops and a training flight of TBM Avenger bombers that went missing called Flight 19. The article offered several possible scientific explanations including methane hydrates causing dangerous gas bubbles.
It's interesting how legends and tall tales and mysterious stories can be used as inspiration. The Bermuda Triangle has had numerous books and films such based off of it, as a 2009 British-Australian film, The Triangle.
Is it the mélange of folklore and the smidgens of science that make a legend alluring? You could start with a scientist who goes to prove what really happened, throw in a monster or some mermaids, wrap some mist around and have the scientist come out with a story no one will believe...or start with someone who believes it and then finds the real hard evidence of an amazing branch of science that no one has ever explored, which goes on to cure cancer.
What makes science fiction interesting and difficult is this possible explanation. Will your hold water? Do you have a magical/amazing/creepy enough setting or tall tale? Then let that imagination run wild..;;
So what do you think is going on in the Bermuda Triangle?