A group of high school sophomores, who were born a few years after 1997’s Titanic debuted, figured out that lovers Rose and Jack would have, in fact, survived the sinking ship if they both shared space on the floating door. Good job, Rose, you selfish B.
The teenagers, from Westminster, Australia, won an award for their findings at the National Maths Talent Quest. Here’s how they did it.
“We looked at how buoyant the door would have been, and how that would have changed if there were people on top of that,” Abigail Wicks, 15, told The Advertiser. “There was a lot of exploring and testing, and we had to fiddle with different buoyancies and look at what materials were realistic for that time.”
Her teammate, Julia Damato, also 15, says they factored in how the door’s buoyancy would have been affected by the water’s salt content.
Along with a third student, Christy Zhang, 16, the three young ladies discovered that if Rose and Jack had both stayed on the door and put their life jackets underneath it to stay afloat, they could have gone on to have beautiful fair-haired babies together. But we all know what happened instead — Celine Dion profited a bazillion dollars off our tears.
It should be noted that Mythbusters did this exact same experiment last year and also found that Jack’s death was absolutely needless and a total publicity stunt for an Oscar. It did make for a great ending, though.