100th Anniversary Of Titanic’s Sinking – And Facts You Didn’t Know Yet

An Anniversary to celebrate?

Doesn’t feel like it to me – but one to be aware of.

There are facts, speculations, theories, rumors, legends, movies – a lot of stuff accumulates in 100 years.

The Titanic sank 15th April 1912 – the Mayans didn’t seem to care much, at least they didn’t care to predict.

Back then it was considered a privilege to be on that ship, it was fancy – all the rich and famous gathered for a trip that was planned to make history, the iceberg was an uninvited party crasher.

In the middle of the night, when usually people prefer:

to sleep (3rd class),

or get drunk (2nd class passengers),

do what they do best – bitching around (1st class folks) –

a frozen bulk of water known as the evil iceberg decided to put an end to this.

The band wouldn’t stop playing – so naturally everybody panicked.

The captain wasn’t much of a help – he preferred to retreat, and drown in private.

Thank God the life vests were white – so nobody declined them because of color issues.

The famous Grand Staircase had a huge priceless clock, which was never meant to operate under water.

The tragedy continued, some passengers were unable to save their jewelry, not to mention the portable safes or the boxes with fine Cuban cigars.

All attempts to retrieve them were in vain.

Old ladies should not be blamed for that circumstance – who knows it may be for the higher good.

But love and loyalty were still around.

I’m not talking about redhead and blondie!

That’s the true love story folks:

Ida and Isidor Straus

She refused a seat in a lifeboat because she didn’t want to be separated from her husband.

Sometimes words are not enough, they need to be filled with meaning.

I will not be separated from my husband,” other passengers heard her say.

As we have lived, so will we die together.”

Isidor begged his wife to go. “Please, please, dear. Go into the boat,” he said, stroking her head, but she resisted again and again, until the crew gave up.

Isidor, my place is with you.

I have lived with you.

I love you, and if necessary, I shall die with you,” she said.

You may cry now!

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123 thoughts on “100th Anniversary Of Titanic’s Sinking – And Facts You Didn’t Know Yet

  1. artblablablablog says:

    Was she one of the ones drinking in 2nd class?

    • Turber says:

      No, Ida Straus was a 1st class passenger, if you’d like more backstory and details, try clicking on some of the images (there is more to discover). 😉

    • asklotta says:

      My grandfather told me, as the radio was playing music during his medical school graduation celebration (1912), news broke in of the Titanic… ceasing all celebration. As divorce rates climb, others shoot up schools…it is wonderful to be reminded of love, loyalty and courage! Thank you!

      • Turber says:

        Yeah, you can never have too much of the good stuff! Love and loyalty would be my poison, if I had to pick. 🙂

      • asklotta says:

        I would drink that kool-aid any day of the week!

      • Turber says:

        Yes, refills are welcome, too!

      • artblablablablog says:

        O.K., I apologize. I want to thank you asklotta for pointing out my attitude for the past few days. I believe there is a reason for everything that happens. I do know, that at the end of the day, all we have is love, it is the answer to almost everything. I don’t really want to be the person who made that earlier comment and after reading the interesting histories of the people who went down by choice it is humbling to think that anyone should have to choose. It makes me think of 911 and how those people in the towers had to choose between jumping out a window or burning. It is awful and so many families changed forever by a simple twist of fate. Please accept my apology given in the spirit of love that binds us all together.

      • asklotta says:

        OMGoodness, nothing to apologize about..I think its our sense of humor (as how I interpeted your comment) that keeps us on many days, from jumping off of the nearest bridge! Thank you for sending kindest my way, much appreciative!

  2. We don’t see that is today’s disposable relationships and those of convenience as long as there is advantage. Everyone is merchandise.

  3. Why are you trying to make me cry?

  4. What a beautiful story!

  5. Even in the movie, that was the scene that got me in a much bigger way then Jack & Rose. Great post!

  6. Christine. says:

    I loved your post. The way in which it was laid out, the content and the colour. Really sad too. 🙂

  7. The beauty of this love story shines above all the dim-wittedness that led to the tragedy.

  8. kayjai says:

    And Celine Dion went down with the ship. Wait, what? Sorry…that was MY dream. *sigh*

  9. Excellent posts..took yer advice and explored all yer different alleyways…really like that idea and might tweak it a bit fer my own dysfunctional purposes…hope ya don’t mind…great posts lookin forward (and back lol) to readin more.

  10. Romantic gestures always make me so giddy. I’ve learned a lot about Titanic that I didn’t know before so thanks for the information. Still makes me sad to think of so many people dieing.

  11. joehoover says:

    She should have got on the lifeboat

    • Turber says:

      Well, I guess some people just prefer not to end their marriage that way.
      Principles or priceless companionship I heard about it – although I’m not sure, if something grand like that happens beyond myth, legends and history.
      I’m mostly surrounded by people, who do not only get into the lifeboat, but do kick everybody else out of it. 😉

      • joehoover says:

        No way! I wouldn’t be mean, I’d help as many as I can. Just as well we are no so glamourous now, those weighty dresses wouldn’t have helped bouyancy. Our generations lack of style could save our lives one day.

      • Turber says:

        One day is far away … I wish the only problem was the lack of style.

  12. Wow. You got a lot of comments. I’m like everyone who commented: I’m facinated by the Titanic stories.

  13. An awesome tribute. Thank you.

  14. I’m really disappointed in the Mayans now. I can’t believe they didn’t feel it was necessary to let us know about the Titanic.

  15. elliebloo says:

    you don’t have to tell me to cry twice… what a beautiful true love story. thank you.

  16. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    Would I have cried if you hadn’t given me permission? And now I shall gently dab off my tears and eat a cookie.

  17. viewsfromsue says:

    My son is a Titanic fanatic. I’ve emailed this to him, as I know he’ll greatly enjoy your post. Don’t be surprised if an obsessed 14 year old boy logs in to talk about your post. 🙂

    • Turber says:

      Oh, I love new stalkers!
      Thanks for spreading my stuff around. 😉
      He’s very welcome, but I won’t take care of his curfew – don’t want to interfere with your authority.
      Everbody is welcome to hang around my humble abode as long as they like. 🙂

      • viewsfromsue says:

        Does that include delightfully daffy old ladies like me? 🙂 You’re writing is fun. I need a few smiles with this insane asylum I work in, or am I a resident here? Not sure….. Must go ask the man jangling the keys!!

      • Turber says:

        Lovely people can reside here with me – if necessary I can provide straightjackets, too. 😉

      • viewsfromsue says:

        Thank you. My next post is going to be about my partial squirrel personality. You’d probably really think I need a straightjacket after that! Thank you for replying, so many people don’t and I love to chat with funny people. So please don’t be a deranged anyone. That would just rain on my squirrely girl’s day. 🙂

      • Turber says:

        No, I’m quite chatty, I’m afraid – me not replying is very unlikely, although sometimes folks would wish so.
        I’m just mad, but pretty sure no derangement so far. 😉

      • viewsfromsue says:

        Ahh, thanks, I thought I might have gone too far with that last quip. It’s been a long day. I’ll enjoy looking through your blog. 🙂 Cheers!

      • Turber says:

        Enjoy yourself, dear, that’s what this blog was made for. 😀

  18. Producers of the movie “The Titanic” will be doing some celebrating as people flock to the theaters on the 100th anniversary.

  19. Love your take/response to Titanic madness – which like the plague has resurfaced. thanks

  20. H says:

    Thank you for your like. Titanic is also an anagram of “i … it can’t”

  21. The humor in this post I just love. Nice twist on things. Very refreshing from all of the movie re-release hype.

  22. Fay Moore says:

    In the midst of your tragic tale of undying (too bad the people involved weren’t) love, I got into a fit of laughter over your reference to the white life jackets and your color issue. Oh, I am getting twisted-er and twisted-er. For the remainder of Friday the 13th, I am locking myself in the closet.

  23. Purely.. Kay says:

    Thats amazing courage and a woman who took her vows seriously. All I can say is.. we need more marriages like that one

    • Turber says:

      Really? I’m not sure marriage is the key!
      I think an healthy amount of obsession is – Alan, dear, save yourself, I’m just a Rickmaniac, but you gotta live on.

  24. seriously touching.. so nice of you to share it. People might have not cared to notice that 100 years back many people fought back to live but failed and death separated the lovers. :/

  25. Lynn says:

    Jack and Rose … I watched I documentary based on reliable evidence where it shows that Jack wasn’t the real name of that guy but Joseph. It is evident that he lied to her. He was probably also married. But in any
    case he was very handsome and their story on that ship was very romantic. I only feel sad about all those poor people from 3rd class who weren’t allowed to leave the ship and remained locked inside until death. Very sad. Human race is sometimes abominable.
    I would be one of the ones to remained in the ship if necessary to save lifes, anyway. My element is water. I’m a fish … a golden fish 🙂

  26. Beautiful story…*sniff*

  27. Rhey says:

    Yes I’m bawling… Hormonal when I read this…

  28. Felicity Fox says:

    Liked your post, Rose should have moved over a bit..

  29. Jennifer Worrell says:

    What a wonderful story! I needed someone to strum my heartstrings a little today…thanks!

  30. freddyflow says:

    “The band wouldn’t stop playing – so naturally everybody panicked.” Must’ve been karaoke night… Third rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin'” (in this boat) did the trick.

  31. thevanbrown says:

    After 100 years, stories of the Titanic still intrique us, and stories of people committed to each other even in the face of death itself override all of my own petty problems. thank you for sharing.

    • Turber says:

      Yes, it makes you aware that you’re lucky not meeting icebergs in the middle of the night – all your regular nightmares become so meaningless compared to that. 🙂

  32. Thanks for a different Titanic! 🙂 “the Mayans didn’t seem to care much, at least they didn’t care to predict”, ha, ha, ha, ha! 😉

  33. aFrankAngle says:

    Wonderful tribute with twists of humor!

  34. 68ghia says:

    Thanks for the permission to shed a tear 😉
    As if I needed it!!
    Good read…

  35. dhamma mama says:

    Ok, I had to ignore my kid for a moment to read this! I typically avoid Titanic stories because James Cameron & Celine Dion ruined it for me (well, maybe she’s not to blame but that song is). However, I did watch an anniversary story (60 Minutes, I think) that spotlighted this couple’s generosity and fearlessness, which allowed others to survive. I was moved by that and also gained a new appreciation for the real-life legacy of the Titanic when I learned that the descendants of those who were lost and those who survived have gathered to remember and recognize this epic moment in our history.

  36. offdadome says:

    thanks,I’m a tearful fool now
    😉

  37. This is one of the most intriguing historical events, to me – wow, and to go along with it, one of the sweetest love stories. Maybe the 3D came out to celebrate the anniversary?

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