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Titanic

Tourists visit the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

“I'm sorry that I didn't build you a stronger ship, young Rose.”

— Thomas Andrews

There are few absolute truths in this world, but one of them is that no one knows what the future holds.

Not me, not you, and certainly not psychics. To me psychics should be taken with the same grain of salt as the daily horoscope — something fun to partake in but not something to be taken seriously. From Miss Cleo to the Long Island Medium people have long since claimed to possess a sixth sense, whether that be talking to the dead or seeing into the future. And for the right amount of money, they'll share their gift with you.

The problem with this phony profession is that at best it gives people false hopes and at worst openly exploits people's trauma in order to rob them of their money. With that being said, I'm having a premonition that I feel might actually come true, and I'm willing to share it for free.

There is an iceberg that is soon to break off the continent of Antarctica that is five times the size of Manhattan — or one Brooklyn depending on how you do the math. To say it's big would be downplaying the obvious. If you're having trouble visualizing just how immense this Popsicle is then try picturing Cayuga Lake. Now freeze it.

So, yeah, that's a rather large ice cube to have randomly floating about the open ocean. But that's not the kicker. The real story is that there is a company called Blue Star Line out of Brisbane, Australia that's currently working on building a really expensive vintage style boat. Mind you it's not just any boat they are building but an exact replica of the R.M.S. Titanic! Maybe you've heard of it. It was a ship that was supposed to be unsinkable yet somehow dipped into the freezing waters of the Atlantic on April 14, 1912 after being tapped by an iceberg.

It was a pretty big story at the time and they even made a Hollywood film about it in 1997 starring that guy that was in the movie "Twister." Spoiler alert: It doesn't involve a twist ending. Well, I don't think you need a crystal ball to see how this updated version is going to play out, because one thing mankind never learns from is the past. Here we have a boat that is going to be toasted as unsinkable in waters that are about to become overcrowded with the one thing it has a weakness to. I don't think you have to be Alanis Morissette to see what's at play here.

Truth be told, I have no idea if this ship is going to sink, and I don't want it to, but if it does and anyone says “Who on Earth could have seen it coming” you can quickly reply, “Brad did. He must be psychic.”

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Auburn native Bradley Molloy’s column appears here each Sunday. He can be reached at lovonian@hotmail.com

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