Thanks to the Terminator guy, we know all about the most dramatic parts of the sinking of the Titanic: the slow snap of the ship, the hot mess of the lifeboats, the literally steamy sex that didn’t happen between two movie stars but definitely happened for someone. But at three and a quarter hours, there was simply no room to cram in some of the most bizarre elements of that doomed journey.

Lunar Interference

Even outer space seemed to be conspiring against the Titanic. Four months earlier, the moon got closer to the Earth than it had in 1,000 years or will for 200 more, causing “unusually strong tides that sent a flotilla of icebergs southward—just in time for Titanic’s maiden voyage.” Maybe instead of “once in a blue moon” we should say “once in a Titanic supermoon.”

Missing Keys

Finally, the keys to the locker containing the lookout crew’s binoculars walked off the ship with a crew member who was replaced at the last minute by someone with more experience. He forgot to hand them back, forcing the lookouts to rely on eyesight alone, and probably felt really bad about it forever.

There Was a Much Closer Ship

SS Californian

(Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons)

The SS Carpathia was more than twice as far away from Titanic as the SS Californian, but even though the ship had taken a little rest stop on account of all those dangerous ice bois, its captain dismissed reports of flares from Titanic as insignificant and went back to bed. To be fair, the Californian’s crew had earlier warned Titanic about the ice and were told to “shut up,” so at least they tried.

Nazi Propaganda

Nazi Titanic movie

(Deutsche Filmvertriebs)

In 1943, Hitler’s crew made a movie about how those idiot Brits sank the Titanic despite the (fictional) heroic efforts of the Germans. With a budget equivalent to $180 million in today’s money, it was the most expensive propaganda film ever made.

It Was Predicted By a Novel

Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, an American writer published a novel about a supposedly unsinkable ship that was the largest in the world taking off from England to New York in April, hitting an iceberg, and killing most of its passengers thanks to a lack of lifeboats. The boat was even called the Titan.

The Real Jack and Rose

Jack and Rose

(20th Century Fox)

There really was a forbidden love story involving an expensive necklace onboard the Titanic, though it was a bit more sordid than class-crossed lovers. Kate Florence Phillips was traveling to America to start a new life with her married boss, who had sold his businesses to give the money to his wife and child and, of course, buy his mistress a diamond and sapphire necklace that he made sure she was wearing before she boarded her lifeboat. He didn’t make it, but he left his legacy in the necklace and the baby they apparently conceived on the ship. Their daughter sold it in the ‘90s instead of dropping it into the ocean like an asshole.

Top image: 20th Century Fox

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