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Eight Crazy Ways to Commemorate the Titanic’s Demise

Nearly a century ago, on April 14, 1912, the infamous R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg sending more than 1,500 people into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. For 160 horrifying minutes, the supposedly unsinkable ship plunged beneath the water’s surface, eventually settling on the ocean’s floor. As the100th anniversary of the sinking approaches and people’s enthrallment with the lux liner magnifies, the ways in which Titanic enthusiasts can commemorate the legendary disaster are multiplying, too. From a rerelease of the blockbuster movie Titanic in 3D to an opportunity to dine like the doomed passengers, we’ve rounded up eight dark (yet educational) ways you can celebrate the centennial of Titanic’s doomsday.
Dine Like the Doomed Passengers
Dance Like It’s Your Last Dance, Ever
Drop Millions on Water-Damaged Artifacts
Watch the Blockbuster Classic in 3-D
Experience the Terror via Twitter
Tempt Fate by Retracing the Titanic’s Route
Throw a Child’s Birthday Party Complete with Sinister Slide
Go on a Grim Graveyard Tour

Go on a Grim Graveyard Tour

For those with a soft spot for history, or for those who are just kind of creepy, this 1.25 hour guided tour takes you through the streets of Halifax to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the best known final resting place for over one hundred victims of the ship’s sinking.

_Photo source: grayline.com

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Dance Like It’s Your Last Dance, Ever

Visit Cobh, Queenstown, the ill-fated ship’s last port of call for an event called Titanic’s Last Waltz. Beginning at noon, Flemish ensemble Grupetto will play authentic and historically truthful music to reincarnate the tunes played during the last night aboard the ship. You might not end up kicking off your heels and dancing with Leonardo DiCaprio on a tabletop, but if you like music with a hint of morbidity, this event is your cup of tea.

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Drop Millions on Water-Damaged Artifacts

Guernsey’s auction house in New York City is selling a 5,500-piece collection of artifacts recovered from the wreck, in addition to photos and intellectual property. The only catch is, the winner must buy all of the artifacts and, by court order, must maintain and keep them on public display. If you’d rather not have people lurking outside your window to catch a glimpse of your prized piece of the hull, there are several other items up for auction around the globe. If you’re name is Amy, you might be interested in a $200 million dollar bracelet with the name “Amy” spelled out in diamonds. Or perhaps a $200,000 handwritten manuscript in illegible chicken scratch might strike your fancy.

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Watch the Blockbuster Classic in 3-D

Director James Cameron is marking the tragedy by rereleasing his 1997 cinematic epic, Titanic, in 3-D. It’s safe to say the release will draw a diverse crowd, from diehard fans of the original to teenage boys eager to see Kate Winslet’s breasts in 3-D. The movie set sail on April 6 and is said to be exactly the same, except for one minor tweak. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson questioned the position of the stars during the time of the sinking in the original version provoking Cameron to concede, “All right, you son of a bitch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.”

Experience the Terror via Twitter

Thanks to a new Twitter handle created by The History Press, @TitanicRealTime, you can follow the Titanic’s journey in “real time.” The account describes events with historically accurate up-to-the-minute tweets as if on board the ship in 1912. The account began tweeting on March 10 and will continue through the ocean liner’s doomsday.

Tempt Fate by Retracing the Titanic’s Route

If experiencing the Titanic’s journey via 140 characters isn’t enough, aficionados can take to the seas themselves to trace the Titanic’s route. British travel agency, Miles Morgan Travel, is offering two Titanic Memorial Cruises one eight-day journey that leaves from New York City on April 10 and one twelve-night voyage that leaves from the Titanic’s actual departure point in Southampton, England, on April 8. The Southampton cruise aboard the Balmoral will sail the exact route of the infamous ship, eventually meeting the other liner at the Titanic’s sinking site for a memorial service at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. In an odd, rather eerie twist, the Balmoral is owned by Fred Olsen, whose parent company is Harland and Wolff, who built the Titanic. Too close for comfort? Not for 1,300 plus fate-tempting enthusiasts. We can only hope they hired a few more watchmen to be on iceberg duty.

Throw a Child’s Birthday Party Complete with Sinister Slide

Want to capture the feeling of sliding down the deck of the Titanic as it was sinking without getting hypothermia and meeting your demise? Enter the Titanic Adventure Slide: a thirty-three foot high, fifty foot long inflatable slide, complete with triple screw propellers and rudder. According to the description on the Party USA website, “One could almost believe the ship is sinking! Who will survive the slide down? This dual slide captures all the excitement of the famed ocean liner on its maiden voyage.” Nothing like a little morbidity at a child’s birthday party!

Go on a Grim Graveyard Tour

For those with a soft spot for history, or for those who are just kind of creepy, this 1.25 hour guided tour takes you through the streets of Halifax to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the best known final resting place for over one hundred victims of the ship’s sinking.

_Photo source: grayline.com

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