April 15th, 2012 marked the centennial commemoration for the sinking of the Titanic. What makes the tragic story of the Titanic disaster so compelling, even 100 years later? You can study the disaster for social commentary about class distinctions (since a majority of the passengers killed were from the 3rd class passages — including women and children). The Titanic was a ship that clearly catered to the wealthiest of clientele, with services ranging from Parisian bistros to multi-room cabins that were probably larger than most New York City apartments. Third class passengers were restricted to the lower levels of the ship and prevented from even entering certain walkways onboard ship … which likely also prevented them from recognizing the urgency of the sinking ship. You can study the flaws in shipbuilding standards in the early 1900s and remark on how outdated benchmarks led to a sinking ship with only enough lifeboats for about half its passengers. You can shake your head at the unchecked ego of the captain and others who misread or ignored all signs that begged for caution. But really, what makes this story grab attention year after year (in my opinion) is the absolute tragedy of a truly doomed voyage across the Atlantic, where not one, but dozens of bad decisions and situations compounded to guarantee the Titanic would never reach New York City on its maiden voyage.