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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: JCBreckenridge

You might be interested in my previous post, if you don’t know about LS and his books already.


51 posted on 04/14/2012 2:52:42 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: dr_lew
You asked for it.


52 posted on 04/14/2012 2:58:10 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: grundle

Can I venture a guess that most of the morons who didn’t know the Titanic sinking was real probably (without being forced to) have never read a newspaper, book, or magazine not having to do with entertainment in their short, shallow lives. Further interrogations of these numbskulls would most likely find them not knowing a lot of other things people taken for granted as common knowledge by most people. When I was about seven or eight, I knew about the sinking of the Titanic. And there several movies about the sinking that were making the rounds. In fact I remember seeing pictures of the Andrea Doria on the front page of the local rag as well. Too young to read the story, but I remember the pictures. This is the age we live in where “news” about celebrities takes precedence over hard news.


53 posted on 04/14/2012 3:01:13 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: grundle

How about the SS Sultana?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Sultana

Around 1,600 US deaths. How many US folks know about that one?


54 posted on 04/14/2012 3:19:40 AM 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: rfreedom4u

“She said she didn’t know it was international.”

I often think I’m in Mexico without leaving Maryland.


55 posted on 04/14/2012 3:27:57 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: grundle

No Way!

American people are getting Dumber and Dumberer.

56 posted on 04/14/2012 3:31:11 AM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: guinnessman
A few years ago, I was sitting on the beach with my husband. We were next to three people (two guys and a gal) in their mid to late twenties. All three were particularly loud, and we understood they were in med school in Raleigh, NC. One man and the woman were apparently getting married and talking about their imminent honeymoon. They said they were going to Greece and the woman said excitedly that they were going to an island. The second man asked with wonder, “are there any islands in Greece?” the couple answered very pleased that there were, and that they hadn't known that, either.
Needless to say, my husband and I were shocked that these buffoons had somehow gotten into a fairly prestigious medical school without the basic understanding that Greece ‘had some islands’. Total idiocy.
57 posted on 04/14/2012 4:48:58 AM PDT by Rutabega (No one reads these anyway, right?)
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To: arasina

When teaching middle school social studies and language arts, I would have the kids read that book, and then watch the movie. I had heavily diversified students, most of whom never had heard anything bad had ever happened to anyone who wasn’t black. I am haunted by a scene in that story about a women who secretly gives birth in the camp, and then, of course, gets caught.


58 posted on 04/14/2012 4:56:22 AM PDT by Rutabega (No one reads these anyway, right?)
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To: dr_lew

1.41 sra


59 posted on 04/14/2012 4:58:12 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Rutabega

Women=womAn

Too early to read, apparently :)


60 posted on 04/14/2012 4:58:43 AM PDT by Rutabega (No one reads these anyway, right?)
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To: grundle

THis is nothing. Until just recently, I was under the impression that the movie “Deliverance” was a documentary.


61 posted on 04/14/2012 5:01:31 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Hunton Peck

LOL !


62 posted on 04/14/2012 5:02:56 AM PDT by tomkat (Newt/Sarah '12)
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To: MarineDad; dr_lew
Scorpio?

No, silly. It's either "YIELD" or "NO PASSING ZONE."

63 posted on 04/14/2012 5:03:11 AM PDT by abishai
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To: dr_lew
OK, here’s my question for everybody: What’s the sine of forty five degrees? Exactly.

square root of two divided by two.

64 posted on 04/14/2012 5:18:27 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: Talisker

Regrettably, I can top that.

My introduction to the downside of minority preference in college admissions came via a classmate during my freshman year, in an elective introduction to astronomy course.

After several weeks, this female classmate finally spoke up and asked her first question, which was “Where these places be, up in the sky?”

I just can’t understand how anyone could make it to eighteen years old and not be exposed to this concept, through television alone if nothing else.

It still astounds me.


65 posted on 04/14/2012 5:26:49 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Future Snake Eater
Your question has been referred to the Department of Redundancy Department.

Our courteous staff will contact you during normal business hours.

66 posted on 04/14/2012 5:29:03 AM PDT by tomkat (Newt/Sarah '12)
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To: FreedomPoster; LS

Thanks for that info. Just went to Barnes & Noble and downloaded one of his books for my Nook. Will get the others too.


67 posted on 04/14/2012 5:29:55 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: hattend
LOL! And just because it's so appropriate (and hilarious)...

"We landed on the moon!"

68 posted on 04/14/2012 5:31:53 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: central_va

Leftist projection, is what that was.

Take the most offensive behavior to a given group of which you disapprove, and then accuse them of that behavior.

It’s really instructive to look at it in this light. How would one approach such a movie targeted right back at them?

The most frightening thing to the left is to be regarded as stupid and uncool. Take an iconic word freighted with meaning to them, something on a par with the Biblical “Deliverance,” and use that as the title.

What might that be?


69 posted on 04/14/2012 5:46:25 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: xp38
A marketing thing? Come to Saturn! We have rings!

Probably thinking of this:


70 posted on 04/14/2012 5:50:10 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Irish Eyes

Indeed.

True story: Recently my sister-in-law was commenting on the Apollo 13 movie she saw and was talking it up. Some of her comments made me wonder; Was she aware this event really happened? So, I asked her if she was aware the movie was based closely on the REAL Apollo 13 event. Imagine my shock when she was stunned by the question and was adamant it was only a movie and it never happened.

Argh. . .

Oh, and she is 59-yrs old. . .and was alive during the event (but apparently not paying attention to anything).

Sad.


71 posted on 04/14/2012 6:07:35 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: tanknetter
During a teacher conference with my son's kindergarten teacher, she commented on his large vocabulary. She repeated something that he had said in which he used the word "lair" and then asked me if he used the word properly because she didn't know what it meant.

What upset me the most, wasn't that she didn't know the word, but that she was so intellectually un-curious that she couldn't even be bothered to look it up.

72 posted on 04/14/2012 6:08:44 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: MarineDad

You must be from the city.

All us country folk know dried up BS floats.


73 posted on 04/14/2012 6:11:21 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: grundle
The reason is, government teachers union history classes now have become cultural brainwashing.

Students were being taught brainwashed about "Tolerance" the day, the facts of the sinking of the Titanic should have been.

And every other day!

Liberals destroy everything they touch.

74 posted on 04/14/2012 6:17:45 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Hi Mom!)
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To: Talisker

LOL! My jaw went slack when I read what she said. Marketing?! Marketing?!


75 posted on 04/14/2012 6:18:50 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: PeteB570

Me!!!

Although I only learned about it in the last year, when I read a book about forgotten moments in history. I told my husband about it, and he’d never heard of it either. Then again, I’m the history geek in our house. I got excited yesterday when I downloaded ‘A Night to Remember’ on my Kindle for $1.99.


76 posted on 04/14/2012 6:20:53 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: dr_lew; DB

That one’s too easy! How ‘bout the tangent of 45 degrees? (I bet DB knows this one, too.)


77 posted on 04/14/2012 6:32:14 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: grundle

Holy crap! You mean this Twitter thing is real? I thought it was some kind of joke the kids were playing on us adults.


78 posted on 04/14/2012 6:33:37 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: MasterGunner01
I picked up this book in the store a few weeks back and I'm slowly reading it to find out all the stuff I slept through in high school and college. I'm happy to now have time to get a deeper understanding of history and physics.
79 posted on 04/14/2012 6:33:52 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: xp38

LOL!


80 posted on 04/14/2012 6:34:37 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Dianna
What upset me the most, wasn't that she didn't know the word, but that she was so intellectually un-curious that she couldn't even be bothered to look it up.

At the end of 7th grade my family moved to a new town. The second or third day there I was trying to figure out the spelling of a word during English, and asked the teacher where the dictionaries were. He instantly made me the most-hated kid in the class by loudly pointing out that the new kid had actually asked for the dictionary on his third day, while none of the other kids had bothered to ask for it the entire year.
81 posted on 04/14/2012 6:37:34 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Dianna
What upset me the most, wasn't that she didn't know the word, but that she was so intellectually un-curious that she couldn't even be bothered to look it up.

This is the fatal flaw. There is very little curiosity. When children are very young, say five or six years old, they want to learn everything and they want to know how everything works. At the end of their twelve years of public education, they want to know nothing. It never occurs to them to look something up. We graduate wonderful consumers, people who know how to covet, and people who have no problems obtaining life-long debts. We do not graduate learners. An interesting read is The Dumbest Generation. I'd also recommend Weapons of Mass Instruction. Both are eye-opening.
82 posted on 04/14/2012 6:39:59 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Irish Eyes
History and geography are no longer taught in the public school system.

So true. There are generations that don't have a clue due to teh indoctrination going on in publick sckrules.

83 posted on 04/14/2012 6:48:02 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: dr_lew

Libra?


84 posted on 04/14/2012 6:49:21 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Dianna

Homeschool. Quickly, before it’s too late.


85 posted on 04/14/2012 6:57:53 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Dianna
When my daughter was in elementary school her 6th grade teacher thought Saint Patrick's contribution to the world was he brought the potato to Ireland. My daughter who know better came to me and said, ‘Dad you know what stupid thing Mrs So-n-Son said to day?’. It was a year of “huh” coming out of that lady's mouth, but that's the one I remember best.
86 posted on 04/14/2012 7:01:21 AM PDT by Reily
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To: Republican1795.

The movie “Idiocracy” pretty much nailed it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DueSvcjn810


87 posted on 04/14/2012 7:06:39 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Mmogamer

The best thing I ever did as a kid to learn history was being a Stamp Collector, especially foreign stamps, if I saw something on a Stamp, I wanted to know everything about it.


88 posted on 04/14/2012 7:12:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
The best thing I ever did as a kid to learn history was being a Stamp Collector, especially foreign stamps, if I saw something on a Stamp, I wanted to know everything about it.

I heartily agree. I collected stamps as a kid, and learned so much geography and history. A country's stamps portray its history and famous people and events. A great hobby for any kid.

89 posted on 04/14/2012 7:16:36 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: exit82

for me as a kid it was coin collecting and Avalon Hill War games and I just plain liked to read!


90 posted on 04/14/2012 7:24:58 AM PDT by Reily
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To: Reily

“Jutland” was my intro to AH in the 70’s. Fond memories.


91 posted on 04/14/2012 7:51:48 AM PDT by AnTiw1
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To: Republican1795.; All

This may be a minor quibble, but IMHO, teachers are not there to teach; they are there to help you learn.

To my mind, it is not that the younger generation is not taught, it is that the teachers, to a large extent, fail to inspire a love of learning.

While the end result is the same, I think the responsibility for learning always is on the student, who, after all, must live with the consequences...


92 posted on 04/14/2012 7:55:24 AM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: grundle

Bfl


93 posted on 04/14/2012 8:31:58 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: grundle

Bfl


94 posted on 04/14/2012 8:33:00 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: FreedomPoster

I doubt that it’d do much good for these twits. You need to look up the twitter profiles of these young skulls full of mush. One is obsessed with Zach Effron. Another is so embarrassed that she was made fun of on tosh.0.


95 posted on 04/14/2012 9:20:55 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Fighting the Left does not mean that we have to adopt all of their tactics.)
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To: grundle

Oh my God! This means Leonardo DiCaprio is dead!


96 posted on 04/14/2012 9:35:49 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: grundle
“The RMS Titanic sank April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg.”

What? I thought it hit Guam and temporarily tipped it over...

97 posted on 04/14/2012 9:42:30 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Right Wing Assault

One does.


98 posted on 04/14/2012 9:57:36 AM PDT by DB
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To: DB

You 1!


99 posted on 04/14/2012 10:05:04 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: grundle
If anyone wants to be really scared, start asking high school kids what brought down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
100 posted on 04/14/2012 10:08:48 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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