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Titanic Premonition Addendum

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I also wanted to mention that The Vancouver Province, which is the newspaper I read that carried the story of Lillian Asplund, Titanic survivor, reported that the Titanic sank on April 12. In fact the Titanic hit the iceberg late in the day on April 14 and actually sank on April 15th. So what does that tell you about the accuracy of what you read in the newspaper?

Titanic Premonition

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There was an article in the paper this week about Lillian Asplund, the last Titanic survivor. She died at the age of 99 having outlived 710 other survivors from the sinking ship.

Many strange stories surround that notorious ‘night to remember’. One such story comes from Winnipeg, Manitoba – about as far away from a coastline as you can get. The Reverend Charles Morgan, minister of the Rosedale Methodist Church was taking a cat nap in his study the evening of April 14th, 1912, when he fell into a trace like sleep in which he heard the crushing sounds of water and cries for help. Above the noise he heard strains of an old, seldom sung hymn. He asked the congregation to sing that hymn in his church the next morning. The opening lines were: “Hearing Father, while we pray to Thee, / For those in peril on the sea.” It was one day later that the Winnipeggers discovered that the Titanic had hit an iceberg on the evening of April 14th and the ship’s chaplan was giving an evening service at the time. After they had hit the iceberg, the ship’s chaplan lead his congregant passengers in the singing of “Hearing Father, while we pray to Thee, / for those in peril on the sea.”

The Mysterious Mind

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This is so cool! The mind really is a powerful mystery. It can read this weird message:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed “Typoglycemia”

Point of View

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Mysteries are a paradoxical topic for me. While I abhor violence and injustice, I love a good puzzle and examples of how the world we live in is determined by point of view. Here’s a cute story about just that.

Candid Camera Robbery

While setting up for a “Candid Camera” segment in a bank one day, Peter Funt (the show’s host) was astonished to find himself in the middle of an actual robbery. As Funt looked on dumbfounded, the staff – naturally assuming that the robbery was a practice run of a practical joke – began clapping. So astonished was the robber that he actually dropped his gun and raced out of the bank!

Brand New Mystery Blogger & Oak Island

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Hey Mystery Fans,

I am a brand new blogger, initiated by THE Technology Evangelist, Robert Sanzalone, at an S.C.C. session this morning. It is so exciting! Now I get a chance to share all the mystery jokes, quotes and anecdotes I have been collecting and always on the watch for. Today in the paper I saw that the search for treasure at the infamous Money Pit on Oak Island is about to be started again. Over two hundred years ago, two boys saw a depression in the grass on this tiny island off the coast of Mahone Bay NS and the events connected with that discovery make the Da Vinci Code look like a walk in the park!