I hope an entire luxury cruise across the Atlantic or at least a pound of caviar comes with the price allegedly paid for one 103-year-old cracker auctioned off recently in the United Kingdom. That’s because someone dropped $23,000 on a “pilot biscuit” saved from the Titanic. That is a lot of bread.
You history buffs will recall that the “unsinkable” Titanic sank in 1912 making its way across the Atlantic from London to New York when it hit an Iceberg. You know, 1912, back in the good old days before television and the rap music made everyone depraved. An estimated 1500 people died in the disaster. I bet there are some 3rd class passengers wishing they disguised themselves as a cracker to hop aboard one of those life boats.
Jack could have used that cracker!
The Spillers and Bakers Pilot cracker had been saved in an envelope by James Fenwich, a passenger on the ship, The Carpathia which had been sent to pick up survivors of the Titanic disaster. Fenwick apparently found the cracker in a lifeboat and saved it in an envelope marked “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912.”
The pricey cracker was purchased by a collector in Greece. Although this is the most anyone has ever paid, the weird part is that this isn’t the first time an expensive cracker was auctioned off. Previously a cracker from the Lusitania, the passenger ship torpedoed by a German U-Boat is work upwards of $15,000. So if you are ever on a ship that starts going down, run to the buffet and grab a stack of Triscuits. The tragedy could pay off!
Hopefully nobody eats this thing; we don’t want to find out what happens to your insides if you eat a 103 year-old cracker. Just like when Elaine on Seinfeld ate Peterman’s $29,000 cake from 1937. It will be punishment enough!
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