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James Cameron Sets the Record Straight

Sure, Jack could’ve fit onto that same plank that Rose was floating on in the freezing North Atlantic. Now James Cameron himself responds to the meme and explains how that didn’t make any difference to the story. “It’s not a question of room; it’s a question of buoyancy.  Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he [...]

Ancient Mariners Sailed A Homemade Raft Across The Atlantic

Sailing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic is quite an accomplishment, but what these guys did was a bit more daring. First, they built their own tiny raft out of pipes tied together, and second, the four sailors proved that age is not a limiting factor: Talk about your ancient mariners! British adventurer Anthony Smith, 85, and [...]

Adventure Science: Kon-Tiki, 1950

Six Norwegians, a Swede, and a parrot hop onto a raft…and sail roughly 4,300 miles in 101 days. Not much of a punchline, is it? But it happened, and indeed, the resulting story is riveting. Beset by sharks, whales, flying fish, and a general lack of sailing experience (at one point part of the crew [...]