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According To This 'Titanic' Theory, Jack Is From The Future

Updated July 3, 2019 2.4k votes 409 voters 25.5k views13 items

List RulesVote up the strongest evidence that Jack Dawson is, in fact, a time-traveler.

Do you like to have your mind blown into a million pieces by crazy fan theories? What if the theory concerns some of the most popular movies of the '90s? Some fans who have watched Titanic closer than James Cameron ever did have come to the conclusion that Jack Dawson is a time-traveler. Ludicrous? Maybe, but there are just too many facts to back up the theory for there to be any other explanation. 

This Titanic fan theory combines elements of Cameron’s Terminator films with anachronisms in Jack’s dialogue - and even a little bit of Doctor Who just for fun. Be warned, this theory gets weird. Are you ready to jump in?

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    Jack Talked About A Nonexistent Roller Coaster On Santa Monica Pier

    One of the most romantic moments of Titanic may hold the key to Jack's history as a time-traveler. When he's holding Rose at the bow of the ship, he tells her they'll ride a roller coaster on the Santa Monica Pier until they puke. 

    That's romantic and all, but the roller coaster on the Santa Monica Pier wasn't constructed until 1916 - four years after the sinking of the Titanic. Maybe Jack got his dates mixed up, or maybe he didn't think he was going to go down with the ship.

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    He Said He Ice Fished At Lake Wissota, Which Didn't Exist Yet

    While wooing Rose, Jack throws out a lot of game. He tells her about being an artist in Paris, the women he met and France, and some time he spent ice fishing on Lake Wissota. Here's the thing: Lake Wissota didn't exist until 1917 - five years after the Titanic sunk.

    The only way Jack could have gone ice fishing in 1917 and been on the Titanic is if he traveled back in time to do so.

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    He Stopped Rose From Jumping To Keep The Crash On Course

    If Jack Dawson really was time-traveling back to 1912 to make sure the Titanic had its fateful run-in with an iceberg, his first task would be saving Rose. There's a belief that if Rose had jumped from the ship, the Titanic would have attempted to stop and look for her. It's not easy to stop a ship the size of a building, but it would have been delayed one way or another. 

    Any delay in the Titanic's journey could have kept it from sinking - and changed history in myriad ways as a result.

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    His Haircut Was Not Appropriate For The Period 

    Most fan theories split hairs, but this one does it literally. One of the sticking points over Jack for some fans of Titanic is that his hair doesn't make sense for the period. For the most part, men at the time kept their hair short and combed out of their eyes - but not Jack.

    He has a definite 1990s thing going on, and it's not like he couldn't afford a haircut. He's clearly styled it to be expertly messy.

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