What Do We Really Know?

When dinosaurs looked up and saw a fiery meteorite shrieking into the atmosphere they had no idea their world was coming to an end. And I’m sure Romans couldn’t believe that a thousand years of culture were ending when barbarians were sighted near the gates of Rome. We are often incapable of recognizing or comprehending the important moments of our lives as they happen. What do we really know? I’m asking this question on the Fourth of July but I’m thinking ...

Gardening: An Instrument of Grace…

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” May Sarton Gardening: An Instrument of Grace... Gardening: An Instrument of Grace... Gardening God‘s Way by: Author Unknown Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind Peace of heart Peace of soul Plant four rows of squash: Squash gossip Squash indifference Squash grumbling Squash selfishness… Contd The weather has been quite warm of late… and naturally, many of us have turned our eyes and minds ...

Flowers Available in Winter

Even though many of us have already experienced snowfalls in the last couple of months, today is the official first day of winter! But should we really celebrate the season? If you live in Canada, winter has a reputation for being cold and miserable. As much as we complain about the weather and all the shoveling we have to do, winter is a beautiful, magical time of the year.  Cities and countrysides are covered in bedazzling blankets of snow and are ...

Phoneography Challenge – Macro

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Inspiration: How Do You Relax?

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” Osho Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Rest with soothing music... Inspiration: How Do You Relax? Relaxation techniques work... We’ve had a long and challenging day. Our muscles are taut, our mind is stressed, and we desperately need to unwind… How do you relax? What props/tools help you achieve a state of relaxation?  ...

Reflections: Education & Emancipation Denied…

“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”Rabindranath Tagore Reflections: Education & Emancipation Denied… Female Education: World: Class Dismissed in Swat Valley – A nytimes.com/video Pray for Malala Yousafzai Women’s Education Worldwide: Student Leadership Conference 2008 My uneducated paternal grandmother was a visionary. When the missionaries arrived in her farming village, she knew everything around her would change whether she liked it or not. She sent her youngest son, my dad, to the missionary school because ...

French Lessons

Mrs. Chatterbox and I were recently discussing our trip to France last year. We had a great time and experienced none of the snootiness for which Paris (excluding the rest of France) is famous. This wasn’t so in ’76 when we were newlyweds and backpacking through Europe with a copy of Frommer’s Europe on Ten Dollars a Day. Back then we had several interesting experiences in Paris that involved ordering food in restaurants. First, I need to confess that I speak ...

How to Preserve Flowers

Fresh flowers are so beautiful, so fragrant and so vibrant. If only there was a way to preserve their beauty and elegance, so that the flowers can be enjoyed year round. But wait a minute! You can do this! Preserving flowers is easy. Here are two methods to try: Air drying Air drying is one of the easiest methods to preserve flowers. Most flowers  do well in the air. Flowers are gathered just before the petals have fully opened, tied into small ...

A Lot to Worry About Along Side A Lot of Nonsense...

They Fight - We Lose It seems that the looming legislative logjam in our nation’s capitol regarding a new budget may very well shut down the federal government – with the potential to cascade down to the state level and beyond. Don’t be fooled. The main obstacles to an agreement are political – not substantive. The story behind the story is simply a case of which party can do the most damage to the other party heading into the 2012 presidential and ...

What did you call me?

[Our family recently delivered our third child. As such, some blogging buddies of mine have graciously offered to write a series of guest posts to allow my family to spend a little time together - away from this blog. I'm deeply grateful for such friends, and I hope you enjoy their writing!] I would like to thank Tor’s wife for the opportunity to guest post on his blog today. Sure it is his blog but without her heroic dive back into ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 10

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Well Below The Surface

Sometimes…. Uh-oh. Whenever I start a post out with “sometimes” I turn all reflective and deep. I’m tired of reflective and deep. I want some shallow fun. I want giggles and twinkies. I want window shopping and red toenails. I want my favorite movie with extra buttery popcorn. NO MORE DEEP! I should have been born with scuba gear on because my soul isn’t content unless it’s well below the surface, being carried away by mystical currents to esoteric places. I ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 12

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest  two weeks ago. Once again the entries were over-the-top funny. But one entry stood out by “Bryan” with his genius, cultural-melding of Psy’s Gangnam Style reference with Cinco de Mayo – check out his awesome caption below. Piñata gangnam style Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address. That will allow me to ...

Brag on Your Pet (because I can’t brag on ours)!

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The Tradition and Basics of Spring Cleaning

If you’re like me, you may think the tradition of “spring cleaning” started with some overzealous June Cleaver type. But spring cleaning has actually been around for millenniums and for good reason. There are many religious customs associated with spring cleaning, but it also clearly originated out of necessity. Prior to the twentieth century, the cooking of food and heating of the home had to be done by coal or wood burning stoves. The soot and smoke from the stoves blackened ...

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April 3, 2012, 4:05 am

Titanic Memorial Cruise & 5 Worse Ideas….

Titanic Mania

April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated sailing and sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic, which rammed into an iceberg nearly a century ago.

Here are some interesting facts surrounding that horrific tragedy that you might have forgotten.

  • Of the 1517 people who perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered.
  • The largest percentage of survivors came from first class passengers.
  • Even though directions had been given for women and children to board the lifeboats first, a number of men were reported as survivors while a surprisingly large number of women and children perished in the disaster.
  • Most of the women and children lost in the sinking came from second and third class.

Again, this was a tragedy of epic scale.

A Truly Tasteless Travel Tour

So imagine my surprise when the Miles Morgan Travel agency announced its Titanic Memorial Cruise. This is not a post-April Fool’s joke.

Apparently, the cost of a single ticket on the 8-day cruise  ranges in price from $999-$2,999 with the excursion leaving New York City for Halifax, Nova Scotia [see map below].

Then the ship travels to the site in the Atlantic where the unthinkable sinking occurred, and then they turn the ship around and head back to NYC – thankfully skipping the distance the original Titanic cruised….to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.

Route of the “Titanic Memorial Cruise” – image via www.titanicanniversarycruise.com

Now I may be a bit overly sensitive, but this memorial cruise idea seems a tad bit ill-conceived. As such, I’m curious as to what other possible ideas didn’t make the cut.

What’s Worse Than a Titanic Memorial Cruise???

So here are five other little travel excursions that they might have thought up but nixed because they were tackier and more exploitative than a Titanic Memorial Cruise.

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Chicago River Boat Tour- nothing says “I Love You” like a smoking Tommy gun from Prohibition Chicago over a berry salad with champagne as you’re “taken down” the Windy City waterway.

Kent State University Shooting and Campus Tour – all the exuberance and turbulence of the 60′s recaptured for high school seniors considering this bucolic  Ohio campus, with each paid trip students get a free commemorative flack jacket.

Branch Davidian Bed & Breakfast Siege - the former compound of cult leader David Koresh in Waco, TX was renovated into a quaint B&B where actors dressed like ATF and FBI agents use jelly-filled squirt guns to coat the freshly-made biscuits each morning.

The Philadelphia Police Block Party and MOVE Organization Barbecue – this festive annual event (and savory barbecue) commemorates the 11 people who died, along with the 60 houses destroyed when police firebombed a MOVE house.

Hindenberg Disaster Hot Air Balloon Rides - the carnival like atmosphere of the original dirigible is recreated along with face-painting, fried dough and fire resistant balloon animals. The first 100 registrants get their very own “OH, THE HUMANITY” tee shirts!

Question: Are there any other events or travel packages that might be tackier than a Titanic Memorial Cruise?

Titanic – image via Wikipedia Commons

Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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