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

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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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    561 VOTES

    12 Dogs Were Onboard The 'Titanic' When It Sank

    From Redditor u/Bergdorf0221:

    TIL 12 dogs were on board the Titanic when it sank, three of whom survived.


    Surprising fact?
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    The 'Titanic' Actually Had More Lifeboats Than It Was Legally Required To Carry

    From Redditor u/rocklou:

    TIL Titanic actually had more lifeboats than was required of her. Its 20 lifeboats could only carry 38% of its passengers at full capacity, but safety regulations were so outdated at the time that it legally required only 16 lifeboats.


    Surprising fact?
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    553 VOTES

    The Last Survivor Of The 'Titanic' Passed In 2009

    From Redditor u/tyler_wayford:

    TIL that the last living survivor of the infamous RMS Titanic incident [passed] just 11 years ago.


    Surprising fact?
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    388 VOTES

    Cruise Ship Hulls Were Painted Black To Hide Coal Dust

    From Redditor u/Sonofred248:

    TIL that old cruise ships like the Titanic had black hulls to hide coal dust.


    Surprising fact?