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Saturday marks the 105th anniversary of one of the most iconic tragedies in history: the sinking of the Titanic.

The “unsinkable” ship’s fateful end has since taken on legendary status. In 2012, Smithsonian reported the word Titanic is said to be the third-most recognized word in the world — just after God and Coca-Cola.

Here are 17 things you may not have known about the famed tragedy — including how the Nazis used it for propaganda. Read more

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April 14th 1912: Titanic hits an iceberg

On this day in 1912, at 11.40pm, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg. The Titanic was the largest and most opulent passenger liner the world had ever seen, attracting notable dignitaries to its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The vessel was built in Belfast for White Star Line, with the intention of trumping the company’s rivals at Cunard. The Titanic was lauded as an ‘unsinkable’ ship, but subsequent examinations have suggested some fatal flaws in the ship’s design, in addition to a lack of lifeboats, which only could accommodate half the passengers. Just four days after setting sail, on April 14th at around 11.40pm, the Titanic hit an iceberg. The collision caused a massive gash in the ship’s hull, dooming the vessel to sink. As the ship filled with water and slowly sank, its over two thousand passengers rushed to lifeboats. The panicked evacuation was haphazard, with lifeboats lowered despite not being at full capacity. The ship’s final hours saw a number of particularly touching stories, including the elderly Straus couple who stayed in their cabin to die together, the violin players continuing to perform as the ship sank, and Benjamin Guggenheim changing into his formal dress and declaring “We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.”  The Titanic finally sank at around 2.20am, leaving thousands to die of hypothermia in the freezing ocean. Over 1,500 people died in the tragedy, with around 700 survivors rescued by the Cunard’s Carpathia. The demise of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic shocked the world, and the tragic fate of a symbol of early twentieth-century optimism continues to captivate people’s imagination.

The Curse of Limbo: Emerald

Occasionally good things will happen to you, but you won’t know how to take care of it. We plot out an elaborate story of doing it right. It was perfect. I just don’t think that I deserve it. You met my thoughts during a strange part of my life. I don’t know if making a right turn will be the wrong turn. I don’t know if being selfish will fix anything. We’re a bit lost. Are you okay with this? Your smile has not changed a bit. So full of life. You’re more scenery than a single painting. How can we embrace the night without shunning the sun for stealing the moon away? How can I take so much of your time without feeling guilty? You’re more than a song of crickets. You are the instruments. You have potential. Do not limit yourself to a single part of the sky. It changes everyday. Change is upon us like lips that will never kiss, but will always be every bit ready. I have said it once. I will say it again. We are not perfect. We see it. We live by it. Imperfections… a human’s unique blemish– the soul. Rose tanned cheeks. A laugh from high garden– some lovers can’t be pardoned. We must learn to protect our emotions. We must learn from the ocean. We must learn from the earth. We must learn from the rain. We must learn from the wind. We just learn from the seasons. We must learn from the roses. We must learn from the leaves. We must learn from art. We must learn with our souls for our hearts. We must bend the tree. We must sail on paper boats. We shall sink some day. Maybe like the Titanic. And like Jack. We shall die some day.