posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 11:13 PM
Sauron, you beast. I was recently reading about this theory and I thought it would be a heck of a good thread. You've beaten me to it!
But I find the logic behind this theory totally plausible. And then... as if by magic, this week there was a TV special where metallurgists
researching the true cause of the sinking of the Titanic, analyzed some of the rivets recovered from the wreck and found them very contaminated with
The reason for the poor quality rivets took some research, but a female researcher went to Ireland to research the "buy orders" for the steel and
discovered that the steel for the rivets had purposely been ordered a full grade lower than what would normally be used. The result? Rivets that
were considerable weaker than they should have been. They even went to the trouble to duplicate new rivets out of the same grade metal and tested
them to destruction in a lab. Lo and behold, they found that the rivets "popped" relatively easily... easily enough that even a relatively gentle
rub against an iceberg could cause them to pop. And of course that caused a huge gash in the side of the ship... not a tearing of the metal plates,
but separation of the plates from each other.
This is a very interesting theory. Thanks for posting it, because I think it's an important possibility to research.