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Sindy's Blog - April 12, 2007

April 12, 2007

Yesterday at school we got to watch Titanic in our history class. At first I didn't really get why we were watching a three-hour love story in history (not that I minded!), but then my teacher told us that this weekend is the anniversary of when the Titanic sunk. Watching the movie was just the beginning of our lesson...

I'm going to admit it - I like school for the most part, but sometimes history can be so boring! But this whole Titanic thing has been pretty cool. I didn't know anything about it other than the Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet rendition of things. Surprisingly, there's a lot more to it than just what's in the movie.

Like did you know that there were a bunch of millionaires and famous people who died on the Titanic? One of the guys who owned Macy's, a bunch of famous authors and even one of the military aides for presidents Roosevelt and Taft. Milton S. Hershey, the guy who founded the Hershey Chocolate Company had a ticket for the Titanic trip, but he backed out at the last minute - which is lucky for all of us chocolate lovers!

It's also really amazing the kind of stuff that the Titanic was equipped with. I mean, it was built like forever ago and yet it still had a bunch of elevators, a swimming pool, this huge ballroom with a spiraling staircase. To buy a first class ticket on the Titanic cost $4,350 US, which today would equal $90,000 US! Can you imagine paying that much for a trip on a cruise ship???

Yeah, I have totally learned so much in just a couple days. I even skipped watching Lost last night to do my history homework! I know - I was worried I was coming down with something too. Don't worry, I'll be watching the re-run this weekend!

Peace Out,
Sindy

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