Just in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, a TV commercial is advertising a necklace that contains an authentic piece of coal from the sunken liner. Personally, unless that coal comes with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to it, I don’t want it. But that is just me.
However, for $19.95, you can give your beloved a special remembrance of this horrific event. I don’t understand why this disaster inspires romantic emotions, but it does for many people. If I got this lump of coal, I would have to wonder what the symbolism behind this gift is. Does it say “Our love transcends time and space” OR “I think of our love as a doomed ship sinking hopelessly into the black and cold abyss, and that is why I am giving you this cheap necklace instead of a ring”? Hm. I guess this is an example of the old “You say Potato – I say Pototo” dilemma.