Here's a "triangle" that is not really a triangle, but may be just as mysterious and perhaps dangerous as the one purportedly devouring ships and planes in the Bermudas. It is the name the locals give to a densely wooded area covering about 40 - 50 km2 around the lake Bohinj (pron. BAW-Hin) in the heart of the Julian Alps, in Slovenia.
Unfortunately, there is very little information about the mysterious goings-on to be found online, and practically none in languages other than Slovene. That means we can only offer you a very brief "briefing" on the place, based on what we know from reliable local sources.
Apparently quite a few people have vanished in this area. Not really surprising considering the terrain: lots and lots of unpredictable twists and turns and holes in the ground, some possibly leading to subterranean caves, not to mention the extensive woods themselves. And it is significant that most of the vanished seem to have been visitors, i.e. people foreign to the area. But not all of them. Some were reputed to be very familiar with those woods.
And while the remains of some were found, years later (and in some cases unusually far away from the place they had been last seen), there seem to be quite a few cases where no trace of the vanished was ever found.
(Among the latter is - so far - a British minister, Rev. David Fox, who disappeared in 2008. There are much older disappearances that remain unsolved, with no leads or traces.)
What caught my attention most of all was the following story. (It seems to be at least two decades old, possibly much older.)
A couple - husband and wife - were walking along a path in the woods. Suddenly they encountered a rock barring their way. They walked around it - the wife from one side and the husband from the other. In doing so the husband allegedly vanished into thin air. Just like that. According to his wife, he never emerged from the other side of the rock.
Naturally the area was searched, but apparently no trace of the husband - or his remains - was ever found.
Does it sound familiar?
If you've been reading this blog, it must have rung a bell. Exactly the same is said to have happened in the famous case of Paula Welden's disapperance in the "Bennington triangle", in Vermont, USA.
The Alps, as mountains in general, can be notoriously "voracious" when it comes to unsuspecting - and reckless - humans roaming around. (Read about the Untersberg if you dare.)
But some disappearances truly are baffling.
Is there something in the composition of the rocks - their geo-magnetic forces, perhaps - that messes with people's minds and/or obstructs the search for them afterwards?
(Magnetic fields can do such things. See Is it the fault lines' fault? for more on this.)
More on the possible causes for such phenomena on some other occasion.
Meanwhile, if you know specific stories of unexplained disappearances in this area, please do let us know.
This stone-faced pretty gal gazing languidly on the hikers below - a wonderful mimetolith that nature carved into the face of a mountain (Prisojnik) - is not actually visible from Bohinj, as far as I know, but it is so picturesque, and relatively nearby, that I just had to include it here. It is the so-called Heathen Maiden (Ajdovska deklica), and there is a legend attached to it. Of course. However, the legend transcends the scope of this blog.
If you want to report a perceived dimensional anomaly, please do, but read this first.