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The Top 20 Biggest Lies in History

By Becky Ferreira Jan 9, 2014

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The Unsinkable Titanic

During the lead-up to the RMS Titanic's first—and final—voyage, the ship was described as "unsinkable." Indeed, when news of the disaster reached New York, the VP president of White Star Line denied it, saying, "We place absolute confidence in the Titanic. We believe that the boat is unsinkable." Not only was the Titanic fallible, its safety features were below the standard for the time. The victims of this lie are still remembered with reverence today, as their sacrifice emphasized the necessity of transportation safety for decades to come.

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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