10 Titanic Facts You Probably Didn't Know

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sunk, taking a place in both world and cinematic history.  Beyond what you may have known from the movies and read in history books, there are still some facts you didn't know about Titanic – even more than 100 years later.

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Just HOW gigantic the Titanic was

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When completed, the . It took three years to make, was 882.5 feet long, 92.5 feet wide, 175 feet high, and displaced 66,000 tons of water. It should have been unsinkable, but history proves this was not the case.

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Just what was found in the ship's wreckage

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While "The Heart of the Ocean" blue diamond in the movie may not be real, there were in fact thousands of artifacts recovered from the wreckage, and many were auctioned off for quite a pretty penny. Take a look at some of the precious jewelry that was found, here.

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How the ship's wreckage was found and what's happened since

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Did you know the ship slumbered on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean for ? American oceanographer, Dr. Robert Ballard, found the Titanic over two miles below the ocean’s surface on September 1, 1985. On the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic sinking, the wreckage site came under the protection of UNESCO.

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What people had for their last meal aboard the ship

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Yes, we know how much people drank aboard the ship, what the menus for the different classes were, and how much it all cost. Aren't you at least a little bit curious what life was like aboard this infamous vessel?

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That people thought the Titanic was cursed

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We kid you not. According to Urban Legends Expert, David Emery, "viral tale claims that the Titanic sank because it was carrying a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy case containing the cursed remains of the Princess of Amen-Ra." While we know there probably was no such curse, was said mummy case on board the ship? Guess you'll just have to read some more to find out.

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The radio operators' role during the disaster

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While many things about the Titanic have been glorified over the years, many of the real heroes of the night are often forgotten. Among these are those who operated wireless radios sending Morse Code, which ultimately helped bring about the rescue of many aboard.

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These other 10 crazy facts

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Do you know what RMS in the RMS Titanic stands for? Or how many bathtubs third class had to share between 700 people? These 10 crazy facts about the .

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One Titanic survivor became the subject of a film and broadway show

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Margaret Tobin Brown earned the nickname "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" when she played a heroic role both during the disaster and in its aftermath, truly making her story movie-worthy.

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Before the more famous movie...

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There was the 1958 classic, A Night to Remember. This British production featured a huge ensemble cast with over 200 speaking parts, and was hailed by critics as being an accurate accounting of the ill-fated ship’s unthinkable sinking. 

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Bonus: Some questions about the movie we know and love

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While the movie wasn't 100% historically accurate, it did capture some of the essential elements of the movie, like the separation of the classes, the unfilled rescue boats, the dire situation, and more. But although  was the highest grossing film at the time, should it really have won the Academy Award over these top contenders? How many Oscar wins did the movie get? Does it deserve its spot on this list of top 10 Oscar winning songs?

And most importantly... was there really room for Jack on that door?