'MythBusters' Floats Nagging 'Titanic' Theory
James Cameron helps determine if plank could have held two
Apparently, there are no more myths left in the real world, because the upcoming season of "MythBusters" will explore whether there was room for Jack to fit on Rose's floating hunk of wood at the end of James Cameron's "Titanic." Couldn't she just have moved over and saved his skinny butt?
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cameron is even boarding the episode, which could forever rob hack comedians of one of their favorite punch lines.
"We're gonna put it to rest," the director tells the trade magazine.
A widely circulated series of photographs clearly illustrates that the makeshift raft included ample space for both Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio -- at least the 1997 Winslet and DiCaprio. However, Cameron is adamant that he did not ignore a logical flaw.
"It's not a question of room, it's a question of buoyancy," he says. "When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He's not an idiot, he doesn't want to die. And the raft sinks and kind of flips. So it's clear that there's only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down."
Gee, considering that Cameron is so actively promoting this episode, we wonder which side wins -- the one that makes him look like a bad director and turns the beloved Rose into a selfish murderer, or the other side?
Check out a preview of the new season, which includes a snippet of the episode:
Next up for "MythBusters": Why the Professor didn't just patch up the "Gilligan's Island" boat. Just kidding (but barely).
"MythBusters" returns this fall on the Discovery Channel.
Oops! MythBusters got it wrong. As scientifically brilliant as Jamie and Adam are, they made a fundamental mistake when "proving" that 'Jack' from "Titanic" could have lived, too. Where they were mistaken, (and I can't believe they didn't check this) was in the mis-calculation of 'Rose's' weight. Even with the life-jacket-under-the-floating-wood-panel option shown on the progam; the panel still would not have held 'Jack' and 'Rose'. This time, the science boys got it wrong. 'Rose', wet, would simply have weighed too much.
Even a tiny, sopping wet woman, in 1912, would have weighed at least as much as the average man. Before screams of outrage errupt at that statement, let me explain. Underpinings. The guys didn't take into consideration that a female of 'Rose's class' would most likely have been wearing; bloomers, a camisole, a corset (with either whale bone or steel stays) stockings (probably silk), and at least one, but probably two, petticoats. Additionally her dress (made for wear in the evening) would have been made from heavy sumptuous fabric, almost certainly with a lining. Therefore, 'Rose' would have weighted a lot fully dressed dry, even more soaking wet. Mr. Cameron, you sir, were correct!
Looks like the picture proves it not only would hold two but possibly three, Remember James did more than see if kate would float the more intresting question was it also a casting (couch) raft.