Posts Tagged ‘Titanic’

Fifth Grade Student Corrects The Washington Post

In Interesting and funny, Media on July 12, 2012 at 20:49


Good letter and a suitable acknowledgement.

Washington Post editor and book critic Ron Charles tweeted this photo of colleague Dennis Drabelle holding up a correction letter he received from elementary school students in Bethesda, Maryland, calling it “our favorite correction letter ever.”

Correction By a Student.

Fifth Grade student corrects The Washington Post.

The letter, penned by “Mrs. Reed’s fifth-grade class,” takes issue with an article Drabelle wrote back in April, just before the Titanic’s centennial, which incorrectly states that the ship’s fateful collision with the iceberg occurred on April 15th.

“Based on our research,” the students wrote on a supersized piece of paper, “the Titanic hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.”

“Isn’t that letter adorable?” Ron Charles rhetorically asked Poynter. “Most of the correction letters begin with some kind of irate statement, ‘Isn’t anyone reading the paper over there?’ This was a nice change of pace.”

Drabelle said he responded to the letter, thanking the students for being “diligent and friendly.” A correction is reportedly forthcoming, and photos the fifth graders sent along with their letter may be reproduced in the Post’s kids section, KidsPost.



James Cameroon Dives Releases Video 7 Miles Deep Mariana Trench

In Interesting and funny, movies english, videos on April 1, 2012 at 19:47

It is one thing to be a good film maker, but to go to such lengths for authenticity,awesome!

“The film director James Cameron was today described as a real-life Avatar after he returned safely from a one-man mission to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of Earth’s oceans.

Cameron emerged from his 12-tonne, lime green submarine, Deepsea Challenger, early this morning after travelling nearly seven miles down to the desert-like bottom of the trench. His ship was equipped with 3D cameras to shoot footage for a planned documentary, using lighting from a spectacular eight-foot tower of LEDs. The director of Titanic andAvatar, who has maintained a long-term interest in the secrets of the oceans’ depths, was able to direct and film the action from within the sub.

“There is scientific value in getting stereo images because … you can determine the scale and distance of objects from stereo pairs that you can’t from 2D images,” Cameron told National Geographic News ahead of the dive. As he reached the bottom of the trench, which is about 200 miles south-west of the Pacific island of Guam, Cameron sent out a tweet reading: “Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you”.


Related Video:

Oceans: Cameron’s Long Way Down: Mariana Trench


6 Insane Coincidences You Won’t Believe Actually Happened

In Interesting and funny on February 28, 2010 at 21:03

Truth is Stranger than Fiction.
We’re not going to bullshit you. Look hard enough, and you can find “amazing” coincidences anywhere. With a whole universe to work with, sometimes the stars are going to align just right.

But, even cynical types like us have to admit that sometimes this stuff can get downright creepy.


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