Can we just all agree that high fives are great? They are like gifts; there is joy in both giving and receiving them. April 19th is National High Five Day or NH5D as the kids are calling it these days. In honor of High Five Day, go ahead and accept the virtual high five I have offered above. I’m sure you deserve it. Then watch They Might Be Giants’ “High Five” video (below) and check out WIRED magazine’s “How to: High Five, Treat Beach Wounds, Use Your Computer Remotely”. If you want to show off some of your new high five techniques on High Five Day, the Main Street Library and Eastern Avenue Branch Library will both be open from 9:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. and the Fairmount Branch Library will open from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
When Carpathia, the first ship to reach the disaster site, started loading survivors onto the ship, Captain Arthur Rostron made a decision that no wireless transmissions would be send to land containing names of the survivors or victims. Rostron figured that in a disaster situation it would be too easy to start more of a panic or get someone’s name wrong. Rostron wanted to preserve as much dignity and respect as possible. Rostron even denied a wireless message from President Taft who was enquiring about a friend on the Titanic. Taft would later present Rostron with a medal for his heroic work in a disaster.
Stop by the Fairmount Branch Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. for The Titanic: 100 Years Later.
Titanic's radio operators, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride
Much ado is made about how others ships in the area couldn’t hear Titanic’s distress signal or the only people on those ships who could understand Morse code were asleep (see Titanic Fact # 10.) However, due to very clear weather, an amateur radio enthusiast at the top of a tall building in New York City was able to hear the calls. Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing he could do to get help to the Titanic in time.
Stop back tommorrow for the final Titanic Fact and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m