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Twitter Backlash for People Who Did Not Know ‘Titanic’ Was Real
news.yahoo.com ^ | April 13, 2012 | Melissa Knowles

Posted on 04/13/2012 9:56:24 PM PDT by grundle

The social news-sharing site Reddit has a knack for exposing people and situations. The latest topic of discussion to generate controversy is a series of tweets from people who did not know that the sinking of the Titanic was a real historical event.

Apparently, an entire generation of people associate "Titanic" with the Hollywood blockbuster starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Here is the disambiguation for you. The RMS Titanic sank April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg. The tragedy is considered one of the deadliest of peacetime maritime disasters. More than 1,500 people died.

"Titanic" the film was released December 19, 1997, and was an instant success. It became the highest-grossing film of all time for 12 years, until "Avatar" debuted in 2009.

For all the history buffs reading this, the next couple of sentences may be too painful to contemplate. A couple of the tweets from the uninformed read, "Nobody told me titanic was real? How am I just finding this out?" Another tweet read, "Guys, the Titanic was real! #mindblown."

Most people aware of the existence of the RMS Titanic are in disbelief. One such person tweeted, "The ignorance is astounding." Another person said he was "weeping for the future" at finding out that so many young people are unfamiliar with such a well-known fact.

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To: PeteB570
Hmm... Sultana? Mississippi riverboat, end of Civil War, overloaded with freed Union POWs, sloppy boiler repairs at Vicksburg, boilers exploded somewhere upstream of Vicksburg, news swamped by news of Lincoln's assassination.

Largest maritime loss of life in the US?

For more detail than that, I'd have to look it up...

101 posted on 04/14/2012 10:20:07 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: dr_lew

Root Mean Square


102 posted on 04/14/2012 10:24:07 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: FreedomPoster

Sure do, I incorporate his material, (along with other sources) into what I teach. :)


103 posted on 04/14/2012 10:40:22 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: JCBreckenridge

< high-5>


104 posted on 04/14/2012 10:45:00 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Like I said, I have an excellent boss. :D


105 posted on 04/14/2012 10:46:39 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: arasina

Thank you. I’ll do that. Sounds like something she’d watch many times.


106 posted on 04/14/2012 11:03:30 AM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: re_nortex; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
And, everyone, here's one final reminder: Don't forget that A Night to Remember will be shown tonight at 10:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) on TCM.

Thank you for the Titanic pings and for this movie reminder, re_nortex! I've got our DVR set for the movie, tonight on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

107 posted on 04/14/2012 11:04:25 AM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, and THANK YOU, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: grundle

This is just too painful to even read...those poor ignorant fools who “teach” our children history and geography should be put out of our misery, and the public schools and given a job where they can’t hurt anyone but themselves. Making marshmallow by hand...maybe.


108 posted on 04/14/2012 11:21:08 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Beware of people who don't like cats. -- Irish proverb.)
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To: grundle

Do you suppose this means that World War II really happened, too?


109 posted on 04/14/2012 11:24:32 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: grundle

Years ago, I was showing my daughter pictures of my mother and father along with others from the rest of my family that constituted 5 generations of inhabitants of Cobb County Georgia.

We came upon a picture of my mother and father on a boat in Germany. A little preface here. My father served in the AAC in the Med, Siciliy and in the Battle of Rome according to his DD214. He enlisted in 1939 because he was from a sharecropper family in SC (Clinton) having only got through grade 5, and this was a step up for him. He was with the AAC through VE day and was part of the Occupation Forces in Germany (Frankfurt) on through 1949. Along the way, he was transferred to the AF in 1947.

This picture was of him and my mother (who he’d been lucky enough to have join him) on Hitler’s former yacht on the Rhein River that had been turned into a floating restaurant.

My daughter asked, “Where is this?”

I said “Hitler’s Yacht”

She said, “Who’s Hitler”.....

That is when I knew we have enemies running our schools.


110 posted on 04/14/2012 11:34:09 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: grundle
Don't tell me, let me guess.
These people tracked exactly those identified as voting for the Barack.
111 posted on 04/14/2012 12:40:46 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: dr_lew
What’s the sine of forty five degrees?

Here is a sine of 46 degrees.

(What do I get?)

112 posted on 04/14/2012 12:50:49 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: grundle
Twitter Backlash for People Who Did Not Know ‘Titanic’ Was Real

And this is a big surprise because?

Twits can be generally assumed to vote for Obama. After hydrogen, ignorance is the most abundant thing in the universe.

113 posted on 04/14/2012 12:51:18 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: Gaffer

I’ll have to tell you about the time I rode in the Ruby Yacht of Victor Kiam.


114 posted on 04/14/2012 12:54:25 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: lurk
One of the girls asked if France is in our country.

Conversation from 2 days ago:

A friend of mine just got back from 85 days in Nigeria. We were sitting down at the marina having a cold beer talking about it. A guy that was sitting close asked what country Nigeria was in. Before my friend could answer, his wife chimed in that it was a state in Africa.

She told him that Africa was like the United States, a country comprised of many different states. My friend responded. He said, "Ok, my wife thinks that Africa is a country. It is time for us to go home."

115 posted on 04/14/2012 2:00:22 PM PDT by houeto
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To: TXnMA

And in the “Mass Killings” category there is always the Bath School Bombing from 1927.


116 posted on 04/14/2012 2:14:41 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: decal

Actually, that describes him pretty well.

He saw no need for learning geography, or any subject other than sports and Accounting. Accounting he needed to know to graduate and find work. Sports was for fun.

Everything else was unnecessary to him.


117 posted on 04/14/2012 2:28:50 PM PDT by guinnessman
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To: dr_lew
OK, here’s my question for everybody: What’s the sine of forty five degrees? Exactly.
Of course I realize that a small fraction of adults can answer that question off the top of their head, but that just means that very few people know anything about anything, because if you don’t know this, you don’t know nuttin’ about nuttin’

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118 posted on 04/14/2012 2:41:04 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: Larry Lucido

Was Victor Omar’s Cousin?


119 posted on 04/14/2012 4:13:04 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: Rutabega

I can one up everyone here, I work for an international freight forwarder. We move freight in cargo containers world wide. Most of the young kids who come to work don’t know the difference between Australia and Austria. We’re now in the process of training the entire team as to what countries are in Asia as opposed to Europe etc. It’s pathetic how these kids have no knowledge of geography, history, spelling or know how to construct a simple sentence without it reading like a text message. Most are simply illiterate and can barely speak English and they were all born here! I’ve even had to explain to a team lead what communism is. It’s like hiring kindergarten students but we pay crap so this is what we end up with!


120 posted on 04/14/2012 4:25:53 PM PDT by Lucky2 (OMG - 0BAMA MUST GO!)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Now for my point. In 1983 the educational system was teaching once 3rd grade material to 11th graders.

Indeed. Even The Federalist Papers, which were given away as pamplets to anyone when they were written, is now graduate level material!

BTW, I graduated high school in 1990. And though I'm not Catholic, I graduated from a Catholic school.



Where there's a shell, there's a way.

25 years ago, we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.
Today we have Obama, no cash, and no hope!

If you can't appreciate the pure beauty of the violin after hearing this, something's wrong with your ears.

Or you can get raw with these strings.

How about this gamechanger from America's Got Talent (which they SHOULD have won).

And finally, this, dedicated to the one and only rdb2, whose eyes are growing dim.

Either way, the violin is sweet yet LETHAL.

Do it!

121 posted on 04/14/2012 5:53:07 PM PDT by rdb3 (If you were tried in court for being a Christian, is there enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: grundle

I not suprise

I have friend who daughter didn’t know that Ronald Reagan was actor LOL!


122 posted on 04/14/2012 5:57:25 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Yeah tell me about it somebody said it was George W Bush I hear that one comment
Also I hear comment that Peter O’Toole was real Henry 2 in Lion in Winter


123 posted on 04/14/2012 6:00:56 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Yeah tell me about it somebody said it was George W Bush I hear that one comment
Also I hear comment that Peter O’Toole was real Henry 2 in Lion in Winter


124 posted on 04/14/2012 6:01:30 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Publius6961

He liked Omar’s yacht so much he bought the company!


125 posted on 04/14/2012 7:21:59 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: beaversmom

Your kids like wine? :p


126 posted on 04/14/2012 8:13:52 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Hulka

Having been told that Apollo 13 was real, she is going to be very worried after seeing Apoll 18.

:p


127 posted on 04/14/2012 8:26:16 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Oh my God! This means Leonardo DiCaprio is dead!

I can totally hear a teenager or twenty-something saying that

128 posted on 04/14/2012 8:32:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Do you suppose this means that World War II really happened, too?

Nope, totally implausible. Who would believe something like that can really happen? :p

129 posted on 04/14/2012 8:34:50 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!

Ironically, I hear 1 of those, decked out very fancy, was on the Titanic.


130 posted on 04/14/2012 9:03:20 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Publius6961

That is a great book.

My uncle highly recommended it. He’s very learned.

Of course, he continues to vote Democrat even after all the scathing frothing diatribes against Moslems. He’s in the “so smart there’s no common sense” category.


131 posted on 04/14/2012 9:06:59 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: PeteB570
And for accidental school disasters, the New London School Explosion.

It happened shortly before I was born -- and it is the reason that natural gas -- supplied commercially -- "stinks" today -- by law...

132 posted on 04/14/2012 10:00:07 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


133 posted on 04/14/2012 10:16:41 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: dr_lew

It is exactly the cosine of 45 degrees.

From a surveyor.

[Mr] T


134 posted on 04/15/2012 4:26:34 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: rabidralph
Yep. And if more folks read Ceorge Gamow's little "One Two Three...Infinity", we wouldn't have this pervasive nonsense about a few ppm change in CO2 dominating the entire atmosphere's behavior...


135 posted on 04/15/2012 6:40:56 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: GeronL

HAH!!

You made me spew coffee all over my keyboard.

Good one.


136 posted on 04/15/2012 9:44:04 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

heehee


137 posted on 04/15/2012 12:30:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nutmeg

Saw “Titanic” movie when it first came out. James Cammeron did a great job going into detail.

One CT can boast is that the guy who discovered the sunken Titanic, Robert Ballard.


138 posted on 04/15/2012 5:36:16 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Tublecane
Not in inflation-adjusted gross, or in other words tickets sold. Gone With the Wind will not be beat.

Adjusted for inflation, Star Wars comes closest --$1.39 billion to GWTW's $1.58 billion

139 posted on 04/16/2012 9:33:29 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: TXnMA
Yep. And if more folks read Ceorge Gamow's little "One Two Three...Infinity"

I still have that book from my childhood.

140 posted on 04/16/2012 1:29:50 PM PDT by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: PeteB570
Around 1,600 US deaths. How many US folks know about that one?

I did, but shipwrecks in history are an old hobby of mine.

141 posted on 04/16/2012 1:45:27 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: guinnessman
He just never bothered to learn any Geography.

Perhaps twenty years ago, I read a lengthy, scholarly article on the difference between geography as we perceive it and geography as it exists, and how perceived geography affects us.

The article started off with perhaps a fifty-question quiz, starting with the easier questions such as "which is further north, London or Seattle?", then going into more difficult comparative questions, or questions about distances within a hundred miles, or whether A was further from B than C, or if A was closer to B than C was to D. If you cheated and checked your answers after the first few, you realized that the gut-instinct answer was almost never right.

There's geography as it exists and geography as we perceive it.

142 posted on 04/16/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Reily
for me as a kid it was coin collecting and Avalon Hill War games and I just plain liked to read!

LOL! Tactics II, Panzer Blitz, Panzer Leader, Squad Leader and a bunch of add-ons, 1776 (still have it), Campaign for North Africa (nope, never made it through that one), and a bunch of others that I traded or sold. Then it was Micro Armor and modern naval.

Never got into coins, but as long as there was a library or a bookstore in walking distance, there was *always* something to do.

143 posted on 04/16/2012 2:01:46 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley
I knew about the Sultana!
One of the last great tragedies of the Civil War era.
Many of tht passengers were former prisoners from Andersonville. Think of it, survive the living hell of Andersonville only to die on the Sultana!
Also there is a theory that it was one of the last acts of te Confederate Secret Service. An interesting book that theorizes about that is “April 1865”. I don't remember the author's name.
144 posted on 04/16/2012 3:13:13 PM PDT by Reily
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To: sand88
So do I. I bet they are now worth quite a bit more than we paid for them... '-)

Folks who read Gamow, at least know the difference between a million and a billion, but folks who read Morrison's "Powers of Ten" can't be fooled by eco-freakos quaking in their boots about the minuscule amount of CO2 we put into the atmosphere...

Both Gamow and Morrison are very helpful in helping one gain a sense of proportion and perspective.

145 posted on 04/16/2012 8:03:58 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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