Wednesday, April 11, 2012

10 Things You Didn't Know About Titanic (Real-Life & Movie)



As the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking approaches this weekend, and the classic movie was recently re-released in theaters, the story has been getting a lot of coverage. So in honor of the anniversary, here are 5 things you didn't know about the ship, as well as 5 things you didn't know about the movie.

5 Things You Didn't Know About The Ship
Original Photo of the Titanic
  • There were 6 warnings of icebergs prior to the Titanic's collision.
  • Passengers in third class on the ship only had 2 bathtubs in their class to use amongst the 700+ passengers in their cabin.
  • 10 Titanic survivors later committed suicide, including the lookout on the ship who first spotted the iceberg.
  • Only 31.6% of the passengers and crew survived, even though, according to experts, 53.4% should have survived.
  • The most expensive suite (first-class, of course) on the Titanic cost $4,350-- that would be $75,000 today!

    5 Things You Didn't Know About The Movie

    • James Cameron (the Director) originally did not want to include any songs in the movie.
    • Titanic was the first film to be released on video while it was still being shown in theaters.
    • After the script was finished, it was discovered that there had been a real "J Dawson" who died aboard the ship. 
    • The movie studios wanted Matthew McConaughey to play the role of Jack Dawson, rather than Leo DiCaprio. However, James Cameron insisted on Leo playing the role.
    • The elderly couple hugging on the bed as the ship sinks at the end of the film are Ida and Isidor Strauss, the owners of NYC Macy's department store, both who died on board. 

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