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Titanic’s Lump of Coal

April 16, 2012

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.


Donna Cavanagh

Donna Cavanagh is founder of HumorOutcasts.com (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books (HOPress-Shorehousebooks.com). As "den mother" to the more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors, Cavanagh's goal is to allow creativity to flow. She is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine and USA Today. She teaches the how-to lessons of humor and publishing at conferences and workshops throughout the country including The Philadelphia Writers' Conference and Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. The author of four humor books, Cavanagh hopes her latest book, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans, will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well.

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9 Responses to Titanic’s Lump of Coal

  1. April 17, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Maybe it’s just me but I was deeply inspired by Kate Winslet and her talents and not just one of them!

    • April 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

      You were were you? What talents were those exactly?

      • Kathy Minicozzi
        April 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

        Oh Donna, Donna, Donna! Do you really have to ask that question? You know Bill has a dirty mind. 😉

  2. Jack Sass
    April 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I’m picturing someone, somewhere, laughing and saying, “My God, I can’t believe people are actually buying this crap! BAHAHAHA!!! If this keeps up, I’ll be hiring Charlie Sheen as my life coach! WOO-HOO!!!”

  3. April 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I’m going with “sinking ship” metaphor.

    • April 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      I am with you! That truly is the only plausible one.

  4. Phoenix Emrys
    April 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    You’d have Christmas covered.

    • April 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Yes, good point Phee! 🙂

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