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Question #92379 posted on 06/19/2019 1:30 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Was there room on the door?



Dear Celine Dion,

I mean, yeah, there was definitely room for Jack if Rose had just moved over.



But, in Rose's defense, people who are on the brink of dying in freezing cold water aren't exactly at their mental peak. The ocean water during the sinking of the Titanic was 28°F (the freezing point of salt water) at its lowest, and still below freezing at its highest. Someone thrown into 32° water only has 15 minutes before either falling unconscious or becoming so exhausted they can't move, and they'll die within 45 minutes. At those temperatures, Rose and Jack's main concern was just getting out of the water, not finagling weird positions on a splintery piece of wood that might not have even been able to sustain both of their full weights. I'm not a physicist and I'm not going to figure out how much weight a piece of wood floating in salt water can maintain before sinking, but it's possible that if both of them had gotten on the door it would have become at least partially submerged, and at that point they would both die. Speculative physics aside, though, back to my main point! They were in pure survival mode and battling severe hypothermia, not coming up with creative ways to float on a door. According to this article on the effects of hypothermia in cold water, this is what happens to people experiencing it: "Though your body tries to conserve heat by shivering, you will soon experience a loss of motor skills, cognitive impairment, and confusion or panic. Other features of hypothermia include poor coordination and mental sluggishness or slurred words, then after that, lethargy and unconsciousness." I'm don't know about you, but I'm not about to blame people experiencing cognitive impairment, confusion, panic, mental sluggishness, lethargy, and motor impairment for not making the absolute best decisions in the moment.