It is a truth universally acknowledged that at the end of James Cameron’s 1999 epic Titanic that there was 100% enough room for both Kate Winslet’s Rose and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack, and that there was literally no reason for him to freeze to death and sink into a watery grave.
Now, three Australian teenagers have proven what we all already knew to be true: that the end of Titanic was bullsh-t. Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang and Julia Damato chose to crunch the numbers around how likely it would have been for the door holding Jack and Rose to remain floating for a national maths competition.
Talking to the Adelaide Times about the project, Abigail said: ‘We looked at how buoyant the door would have been, and how that would have changed if there were people on top of that. 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.’
Finally, we feel vindicated.
Last year, Kate Winslet weighed in on the popular film gripe when Jimmy Kimmel probed her about it, saying: ‘I know, I know. I agree, I think he could have actually fitted on that bit of door.’
Her admission was in response to Kimmel previously questioning director James Cameron back in 2012, when he said: ‘Wait a minute, I'm going to call up William Shakespeare and ask why Romeo and Juliet had to die.’