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16 Facts We Just Learned About The Titanic That Made Us Say 'Really?'

August 3, 2020 5.7k votes 641 voters 20.9k views16 items

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The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the defining tragedies of the 20th century. During the ship's maiden voyage, it collided with an iceberg in the early morning hours of April 14, 1912, and more than 1,500 souls were lost. The event has taken on a near legendary aspect, and has been depicted many times in books, plays, and films.

Despite the preponderance of Titanic trivia, there are still a few weird Titanic facts that remain obscure. Other strange Titanic facts encompass the odd coincidences and smaller tragedies hiding within the grander story. On Reddit, people are posting obscure Titanic facts that they recently learned ("Today I learned..."). These are a few of those stories, as shared by the amateur historians.

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    The 'Carpathia' Only Heard The Distress Call Because Its Wireless Operator Was Listening After Hours

    From Redditor u/WingedBadger:

    TIL that the RMS Carpathia only heard the Titanic's distress call because Carpathia's wireless operator, Harold Cottam, was listening to his telegraph while getting into his pajamas, several minutes after his shift had ended. Had he signed off when he was supposed to, there may have been no rescue.

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    One Of The Unlikeliest Heroes - And Survivors - Of The Disaster Was A Very Drunk Baker

    From Redditor u/semsr:

    TIL that during the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn.

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    One Young Passenger Wasn't Identified Until A DNA Test In 2007

    From Redditor u/Sansabina:

    TIL a rescue ship at the Titanic sinking pulled a dead infant from the sea who wasn’t able to be identified. The ship’s sailors paid for a graveside monument dedicated to The Unknown Child. In 2007, DNA testing showed the child to be from an English family of six, the Goodwins, who all drowned.

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    The First Movie About The 'Titanic' Was Released 29 Days After It Sank

    From Redditor u/Haircutchet:

    TIL that the first movie about the Titanic came out 29 days after the actual ship sank, starred a real life survivor who wore what she had on the night it sank in the production, and resulted in her suffering a mental breakdown shortly after its completion.

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