New evidence released today by an Australian researcher has revealed that the English tradition of waiting in a queue may not always be the best idea! The research attempted to explain why more English people than Americans died when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. It seems that the English waited in a polite queue whist waiting for instructions about the evacuation of the ship whilst other nationalities adopted an “every man for himself” attitude. Those people that made their own decisions and made their way to the lifeboats rather than queuing were more likely to survive.
I’m not sure what the moral of this story is though. I always make a polite queue in a shop or when I wait for a bus but I think I will remember this story for the time I might be in a sticky situation on a north Atlantic cruise, or maybe I should just stick to cruising the Caribbean !