Do Not Open: An encyclopedia of the world’s best-kept by Dorling Kindersley

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1925 There was nothing mysterious about the disappearance of the Raifuku Maru. It was caught in a severe storm some distance outside the Bermuda Triangle. Another ship, Homeric, witnessed the Raifuku Maru sinking and made an unsuccessful rescue attempt. 1948 Documents at the time show the aircraft’s batteries were not fully charged before the flight, but the pilot insisted on taking off. However, there is no way of knowing if this had any effect on the plane, which was powered by gas engines. 1872 The Mary Celeste was actually found off the coast of Portugal, thousands of miles across the Atlantic, and not in the Bermuda Triangle at all.

They unleashed a reign of terror on the native people. By the time he left, millions of Native Americans had perished through torture, murder, forced labor, and starvation. The terrible tyrant Columbus was a harsh captain who whipped his crew. He even claimed the reward for being the first to spot land, even though it was lookout Juan Bermeo who saw it. Columbus was taken to Spain in chains because his colonies were in chaos and his cruel crimes had been discovered. However, his influence, smooth talking, and gifts of gold ensured his release from prison after six weeks.

Take a look at Human genome on pp. 152–153 and Unconscious mind on pp. 180–181.

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