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05-02-2012, 06:54 AM
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It gets the Circus because it was yet another example of mankind's hubris. The ship was built, it was massive, it was said to be unsinkable. Mankind tried to fly too close to the sun and just like Icarus, we were slapped down by mother nature. If Aesop had written the story of the Titanic, it would have been called a fable.
This is part of the circus I'm talking about.
It's a ****ing boat. It's not a mythological event, but it gets this mystique about it that, looking at it from my perspective now, should be a footnote in history, but it gets this big treatment like there's some mystery to it, or that it's a major event in the scheme of things.
The Titanic sank during the age of yellow journalism, so it's no surprise that the media of the day would sensationalize it, but why has it ascended beyond that and somehow still holds this magical reverence with the public? Is it because westerners died, and that's why we put it on a pedestal?
The Titanic got lucky in some respects, not in hitting the iceberg, but in that it's such a large part of the general public's knowledge of history.
And another thing, can people drop the 'Mystery of Roanoke Colony' crap?
The colonists of the lost Roanoke Colony may have relocated to Hatteras Island. When John White returned to Roanoke on a re-supply mission, the settlement was found empty, the only clue being the word "Croatoan" carved into a post of the fort and "Cro" carved into a nearby tree. All the houses and fortifications had been dismantled, which meant their departure had not been hurried. Before he had left the colony, White had instructed them that if anything happened to them, they should carve a Maltese cross on a tree nearby, indicating that their disappearance had been forced. As there was no cross, White took this to mean they had moved to "Croatoan Island" (now known as Hatteras Island), but he was unable to conduct a search. A massive storm was brewing and his men refused to go any further. The next day, they left
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