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'MythBusters' Floats Nagging 'Titanic' Theory

James Cameron helps determine if plank could have held two

By Corey Levitan Sep 14, 2012 9:32AM

joblo.comApparently, 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.


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"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.

Oct 8, 2012 11:18PM

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!

Sep 14, 2012 1:54PM
Mythbusters have gone down the toilet ever since their "results" could be bought and paid for.  There are so many hilariously bad calls that they make saying "this is busted" when I've personally seen it happen in real life.  

They were awesome at first, but ever since they started taking sponsors and etc, their results have been fixed to whoever paid for it to be busted or confirmed.  Perfect example is this.  Wonder how much Cameron paid them to say "Myth Busted, no way Jack could've gotten on that plank without killing them both". 
Sep 14, 2012 1:45PM
I think we can all agree, in hindsight, that if Rose would have just stayed on the lifeboat in the first place, Jack would have been the only one in the water and free to punch his way to the lifesaving plank.  Sadly, Rose's weak nature and ditzey brained act of jumping out of the life boat forced Jack to find another way to save Rose; ending in the loss of his own life.  I guess this is meant to portray "stupid love".
Sep 14, 2012 1:36PM
A better ending to the Movie is where she should of thrown herself into the Ocean instead of the diamond.
Sep 14, 2012 12:46PM
I wonder if Corey Levitan has ever actually watched MythBusters.  In addition to real life myths and urban legends, they have taken on TV and movie myths including MacGyver, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Seinfeld, etc.

I'm also a MythBuster fanatic, and what Mr. Levitan doesn't know is that the furor on the MythBuster forums over the room-on-the-plank issue has been more heated than Democrats v. Republicans, Crips v. Bloods, Bieliebers v. non-Bieliebers, etc.  Watch the video being shown to a roomful of MythBuster fans at ComiCon and you'll hear the giddy reaction:

I also agree with Cameron that they probably could have fit on the plank, but they would have been lower in the water and would have have died of hypothermia. 

And let's face it...they both live, and for the first few weeks living in poverty with Jack would have been a romantic "you and me against the world" kind of thing, but three weeks of eating beans out of a can, and sleeping on a bedbug infested mattress, the bloom would have been off the rose (ha!).  Then they'd be arguing over whether or not to sell the necklace for money...Rose would be nagging Jack about getting a job (you can still draw your little pictures on your days off...)  I think that "Redemption Road" movie was a symbolic follow-up.

And now that you've mentioned it, why don't they check out why the idiot professor couldn't fix the stupid boat?
Sep 14, 2012 12:17PM
 I think there could be better myths to bust,this is really stupid
Sep 14, 2012 11:57AM
Not sure why this was necessary, considering if you watch the movie, you see Jack think through the entire process. He starts to climb up, sees it start to sink, and nods to himself, making the decision to stay in the water. Probably sad that I can picture the exact scene after not having watched it for several years, but it's always been crystal clear to me why Jack was in the water. Silly Mythbusters.
Sep 14, 2012 11:05AM
hey y didnt the stupid cops just wait at luke and duke's house??????? and i have always said rose should move her fat **** over!!!!
Sep 14, 2012 10:57AM

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. 

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