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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Today in Drowned Dudes

posted by on May 22 at 13:52 PM

John Jacob Astor IV, the richest man to sink with the Titanic.

He made millions investing in real estate, wrote a science-fiction novel (A Journey in Other Worlds, 1894, about life on Saturn in the year 2000), invented things (a bicycle brake, a “vibratory disintegrator” which has something to do with gas and peat moss), loaned his yacht to the U.S. government during the Spanish-American war, and owned a dog named Kitty.


From Wikipedia:

His divorce, followed by his marriage [September 11, 1911] to the much younger Madeleine Talmadge Force, caused a scandal. The couple planned an extended honeymoon abroad to wait out the controversy, but cut it short because of Madeleine Astor’s pregnancy. They booked passage home on the Titanic.
Many exaggerated and unsubstantiated accounts about what Astor did the night Titanic sank appeared in newspapers and books after the disaster. There was a story that he was the one who opened Titanic’s kennel and released the dogs; another story has Astor putting a woman’s hat on a boy to make sure he was able to get into a lifeboat. Another legend states that after the ship hit the iceberg, he quipped, “I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous.”

Tomorrow in drowned dudes: Yusuf Ismail, “the Terrible Turk,” a wrestler who only lost one match in his life but drowned in a shipwreck 1898.

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I don't know what this graph means, but I'm pretty sure it's proof that Jews were involved.

Posted by Aislinn | May 22, 2007 2:31 PM

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Posted by maxsolomon | May 22, 2007 2:55 PM

This is a great new feature! Didn't one of the original beach boys drown? can't wait for that one!

Posted by longball | May 22, 2007 3:04 PM

Dennis Wilson drowned.

Posted by elswinger | May 22, 2007 4:30 PM

I think it's a fair bet that Astor Died of hypothermia.

Posted by Nice try | May 23, 2007 5:40 AM

@5: His body was found crushed and sooty - that doesn't sound like hypothermia to me. While it's possible his body was mangled posthumously, I don't see how you can prove the hypothermia more than drowning (which also can't be proven). Can't hypothermia lead to drowning?

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