Today was another unschool day. We decided to do this by way of watching Titanic’s Final Mystery followed by Brain Games. We’ve added these to our Documentary Challenge page, and we’ll keep adding to that as we watch more videos (provided we can get images from Amazon). For full disclosure, I use Amazon Associate links. This is a great way to help support the blog, but also it’s the best way I know for delivering content. Most of what we try to stick to are stuff that’s available free on Prime, so it’s not even generally stuff you have to pay for, and if it’s not on Prime, it’s on Netflix.
Anyhow, the Titanic, right? The kids got all excited about a Titanic documentary, so we decided to check it out. It went into all kinds of detail about the myths surrounding the sinking of the Titanic, as well as why those myths were undoubtedly nothing more. It talked about who was to blame for the sinking of the ship and why things happened the way they did.
I’m not going to go into it in great detail. If you want that, you should definitely check out the documentary. It’s free on Netflix. However, I will share a little of what we found really interesting in the whole thing. In particular, the scientific reasoning behind the sinking of the Titanic.
Long story short, the Titanic sank because they didn’t see the ice burg until an estimated 37 seconds from impact. This gave the ship enough time to turn, but not turn off enough to avoid impact. The reason for this was something called a “cold air mirage.” This made the ice burg almost invisible until the last minute. There’s nothing about the watchmen needing binoculars or the ship going to fast or anything else. It was all a trick of the weather, something that was demonstrated in the video. Watch it. Trust me. It’s pretty darn cool to watch.
But more than just preventing the crew from spotting the ice burg in time, the mirage was also likely the reason why the Californian didn’t come to the aid of the Titanic. They saw a ship off in the distance but thought it too small to be the Titanic. This could be explained by the mirage theory. That also explains why the Morse signals were sent, but neither side got a proper answer. The Californian thought it was just a flickering light on the other ship while the Titanic reportedly didn’t see the return signal at all. Imagine how different things would have been if that signal came through.
That whole thing makes so much sense. If it were all just a mirage, that would explain why so many signals got crossed and why so much information that seems obvious went unnoticed. It all adds up to the whole situation being a huge, unfortunate stroke of bad luck, all at the hands of the weather.
Best of all, they actually go through the documented reports that make this story the most believable of all. They read off transcripts from eyewitness accounts. They study the weather as recorded by other ships that happened to be in the area at the time. They even went out on a ship in modern day to record some of the data that may continue to reflect the situation at the time. It was great to see all that evidence stacked up to actually produce a viable answer to why the biggest ship in the world at the time would sink, and why even modern ships would likely have gone down under similar conditions.
From there we watched Brain Games, which was a really neat show on how the brain actually works. The episode we walked talked about vision, and how the eye focuses on certain things while missing details that would otherwise be useful information. It was actually pretty cool. I don’t want to go too much into that, as I’ll probably talk about it later, but it’s there. If you’re interested in checking that out, it’s also free on Netflix from Season 2. We all thought it was a pretty cool show, well, everyone but Corde because she’s not here.
Then there’s tonight. I get to go to the parents’ orientation at the tech school Corde has opted to attend in the fall. She’s going to an accepted students day and I’ll be walking home with her. I’m so glad this school is in walking distance because it means she can actually go to this sort of thing. If it wasn’t for the fact that they specify the parents or guardians must pick their kids up from school I would just tell Corde to walk home. She knows the way and I trust her to walk it alone.
I’m actually kind of looking forward to Corde going to this school, in a way. It’ll give her a chance to check out different career opportunities. There are some she flat out knows she doesn’t want to pursue, like cosmetology, and others she thinks may be kind of fun, like culinary and “legal and protective services”. It would be a great way for her to really experiment, which is something she hasn’t had much of a chance to do. It will be good for her to see what’s out there and have a chance to try some of it.
So that’s what we’ve been up to. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about accepted students day once we’re all said and done with that. And this weekend the younger three are in for a treat because they’re off on a trip to the zoo. That should make for a fun day. And summer is going to be on us soon, so I’m sure we’ll have all sorts of opportunities for fun and learning, even if we don’t get out as much as we want to. We’ll definitely see how it goes. It all depends on if this summer continues to be so rainy, or if it turns out brutally hot, like last year.
Also, keep your fingers crossed on the whole military thing. We’re in the process of trying to make that happen. It could be so incredibly good for our family, but we could use all the luck on this we can get.
Until later, have a wonderful day, and I’ll likely be checking in with you all again soon!