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The Titanic Exhibit And The Broken Toy


I was visiting family in Missouri years ago, when I was still a teenager. Finding things to do for the majority of your extended family can prove burdensome, so a lot of us were happy to go to the Titanic Exhibit. It was in town at the time, so my aunts, mom, and cousins headed in that direction.

After paying for our tickets, everyone received a card with a name on it. Each name was an actual passenger on the Titanic. A nearby wall listed basic information about each passenger, so you could compare it to the name on your card if you desired.

We were walking through a hallway to get to the artifacts, and I was behind everyone. I suddenly felt a soft tug at the back of my t-shirt. I turned around to see who the culprit was, but the hallway was absolutely empty. I quickly faced forward to catch a potential trickster, but no one was sneaking away and everyone in front of me was far ahead.

I continued through the exhibit without mentioning it. When I later told my mom about it, she seemed intrigued. She told me that others have reported strange things at the same exhibit.

The Titanic Exhibit is now in my town, but I have yet to attend it once more.

I found a pretty interesting online article about the Titanic exhibit being haunted. The one in the article was in a different state, but it is a traveling exhibit: http://www.ghosteyes.com/ghosts-titanic

Perhaps any object can be associated with unexplainable events.

For example, I had this toy pig when I was a kid. I thought it was pretty awesome because its nose moved robotically with each oink, it walked forward, and it even had a leash attached to its shirt. It was something I forgot about, rediscovered, and wanted to play with again.

I tried to make it move and oink, but it didn't work. I ran to my mom for help. She simply changed the batteries, and I watched eagerly as she switched it on.

Nothing happened.

My mom broke the news that the piggy wouldn't be working anymore.

My tiny heart had cracked, and I ran to my room in tears.

I remember crying really hard, just devastated that my pig was "broken."

I was interrupted by a familiar oink, an oink that was seemingly close to my room. Rubbing my tears, I looked up and saw the pig approach my room door.

I sprinted toward the hallway, expecting to see my mom smiling.

No one was there.

I continued down the hall until I found my mom on the other side of the house. She denied even touching my pig, and I have no idea how she could have snuck toward my door and reached the other side of the house in seconds. At the time, I was just happy my toy worked once more.


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madelyn200 (1 posts)
8 years ago (2014-04-07)
When I was at the Titanic expedition in Vegas I experienced something strange as well, I walked into the room where it has a replica of the deck. It was only my family in the room but the minute I walked in I felt like I was in a crowded room, the air seemed very heavy.
Venus_Doom (1 posts)
10 years ago (2012-07-16)
oh my god the titantic scares the shiat out of me! I've had panic attacks just thinking about it. I'm not entirely sure why though. I'm sorry, that really had nothing to do with your story, which by the way, is really fascinating and a little creepy.
lsandhu (2 stories) (360 posts)
11 years ago (2011-10-22)
"Isandhu- I am incredibly open to my situations, or anyone's situation, to be explained logically before even considering the paranormal. However, it is my personal opinion that the toy incident was paranormal"

In the end, your opinion is the only one that matters. Although it's always useful and interesting to hear what others think, we each have to make sense of our own experiences in a meaningful way.
PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-25)
stephyw- Girl, please! In the famous words of Sir Mix a Lot, "I like big butts and I cannot lie- you other brothas can't deny when a girl walks in with an itty-bitty waist and a round thing in your face you get SPRUNG!" Seriously though, own that butt, girl! Big booty biotches- unite! LOL! By the way, I'm sure your butt is fine, I'm really just making fun of my big ol butt for my otherwise normal-ish figure. Since beauty is subjective, I think everyone should embrace their ASSetts and not contemplate poisonous jargon from the haters. But I am hypocrital in the sense that I think I'm uglier than Ursella from the danged Little Mermaid. However, it seems the more terrible things I've endured in life, the less I've cared about my perception of my own external apperance.

Catherine *is* sexy and curvy. I also love how she doesn't look like a "cookie cutter" actress. Liv Tyler and Anna Paquin are my girl-crushes. I totally think of Michael Douglas in Family Guy every time I hear Catherine mentioned, though! Haha, "I'm married to Catherine Zeta Jones, will yah sleep with me?"

You deserve to feel good about shopping again! I wish you all the very best with your new game and with all your future endeavors. =]

Sorry for trollin' on my own story. I don't know why I'm so blabby online... I'm mellow IRL. So back on track---

Stephyw &Moonwalker- Thank you for the article and information! The necklace thief is so disrespectful. Perhaps there's a Titanic artifact black market?;\ Stealing is really quite low brow, but I will refrain from ranting about whoever just broke into my car. 😠 I think I've been annoying enough for a decade.

stephyw2001 (guest)
11 years ago (2011-09-22)
And here's that link for the stolen necklace:
It is weird huh? What a shame people steal things.
stephyw2001 (guest)
11 years ago (2011-09-22)
Thanks PIP, though I must say there is nothing cute, nor little about my butt. Hense the Biggest Loser game 😆. Yeah, society makes it miserable for women. I don't ever want to be twiggy, that looks sickly. I want to be like Catherine Zeta Jones, curvy and sexy (MEOW). 😜 Mainly, I just want to enjoy shopping once again like I did in High school. I think it will be an ok game, I just started yesterday, but we will see!
PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-22)
stephyw- That sounds like a blast! I bet Jillian will kick your cute little butt, haha! Well, I am a bit upset with society's perception of beauty at the moment. Perfection is boring and beauty is relative. But as long as you're losing weight for *you*, I am happy for you and wish you luck with your lovely gifts!

❤ ❤ ❤
Moonwalker (5 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-21)
lol you are very welcome. I actually just heard a few minutes ago that a necklace from the same exhibit has just been stolen.

Really weird how fast things happen.
stephyw2001 (guest)
11 years ago (2011-09-20)
Thank you PIP! 😁 I hope you had a great birthday too! I got the biggest loser game for XBox (Jillian Michael's hasn't let me down yet) and my boyfriend found me some personal trainer game too. Hopefully I can behave myself and lose that 20 lbs! 🤔 OF course, my Applebees dinner really didn't help me on that course. 😆 Baby steps. Haha
PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-20)
Moonwalker- Haha that's awesome! I think I'm going to try and find a picture of it online, as I know a lot of 80's toys are listed on various sites.

Thank you for the compliment-I very much appreciate it! I hope you get a chance to see the Titanic exhibit! I liked it a lot. The Bodies exhibit is really good, too. 😁

Thanks for reading!
Moonwalker (5 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-20)
I used to have that same piggy! Lol I do miss it 😢 Nice story though its very intresting. I love reading things about the titanic and if it ever comes around maybe ill go take a look since I'm intrested in ghosts too lol! 😁
PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-20)
stephyw- Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear ste-phy! Happy birthday to you! ❤

I hope you have a wonderful day, and that all your hopes and wishes come true!

From your fellow Virgo,
stephyw2001 (guest)
11 years ago (2011-09-19)
[at] DA, you should move to Michigan! Go to Ferris State University in Grand Rapids campus, they have game design there and I'm sure its probably more affordable. We also have Kendall College of Art and Design (Now also owned by Ferris) and they're a fantastic art school (though expensive, I admit). Then I can have a ghost buddy here in Michigan! Haha! 😆

[at] PIP - the Frank's commercial was on the radio, so I haven't seen it either 😜. Darned coffee! I start drinking it, then I want to keep drinking it. I can see how people get addicted. Once I start drinking tea again I'll be fine. ITs just difficult for me to switch right now because or water cooler/heater at work is broken. So everytime I want to make tea I have to microwave water. (How rough!). Its just enough hassle to make me drink coffee. How bad is that? 😜 I'll try to make some today though.:-) hehe
PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-18)
Ello there everyone,

I profusely apologise for failing to reply sooner. Something always seems to come up every time I try. I am offically a quarter of a century old today! I will just jump right in to prevent even more delay--

Indigo~*~ Thank you so very kindly, m'dear! You are so lovely!

Jav~*~ Lots of girls at my school were enthralled with the movie. I was in middle school when it came out. I didn't think about the objects being associated with anything paranormal at the time. Then again, there wasn't much information on the subject of parapsychology/paranormal studies at the time, so everything I knew was from my own experiences. That's interesting about the lady that had the coal from the ship. Do you remember what she experienced in association with the coal? I was so thrilled to see the validation of the investigation and read others' similar experiences at the exhibit. Thank you so much for the birthday wish! It means a lot to me. Also, thank you for reading my story and commenting!

Taz~*~ Well dang, thank you kindly! You guys sure have spoiled me with birthday wishes, and I don't take any of that for granted. Thank you for the kind words about my story, I'm glad you liked it. =]

Stephyw~*~ LOL! I don't recall ever seeing that commercial, but it sounds funny as heck! Cucumber sandwiches are the bomb diggity!

Well, there are a lot worse things you can do to your body besides having a frozen coffee beverage. =] I don't think you should be beating yourself up about it, even if it's just for sh! Ts 'n giggles!;D I have read online that the way your body processes the caffiene found in tea is a lot better for you than the way it processes caffiene in coffee.

I agree with Miracles! You are not weird, dearest. You seem to be incredibly level-headed in your quest for answers, and that's imperative.

Spockie~*~ Thanks for the reply. =) That incident with the wife refusing the lifeboat to stay with her husband really is sad. It also sounds like exactly what I would do.

D.A.~*~ Haha YES I do feel older! I love your plan on aging backward starting at 30. The only downfall will be needing diapers in our late 50's!;]

I am so sorry you got stiffed in art school. That really makes me sick. I have a big problem with the whole setup of college to begin with: paying a buttcrap of money for a possibility of a job that won't pay even close to tuition fees for years. I can't believe they charged you even more after you were already enrolled. Working full time and going to school really is exhausting, and I don't blame you for choosing to stop going. I thought I was going to end up in a psycho tank when I was doing both. I admire you for the field you were studying! I had trouble programming a dang pop-up in Computer Science.

The Bodies Exhibit is definitely worth your time. I had a drawing class, and had to draw nudes at the end of the semester. Drawing the human body is really incredibly difficult, so I admire you for enjoying the process! And you're right about needing to understand how it fully works before being able to be successful at drawing or painting it. I've also noticed that I find it nearly impossible to draw from sheer imagination after drawing and understanding still-life items. Thank you for writing me back =o)

KimSouth0~*~ Thank you so very much! You have an excellent point about the liklihood of this kind of thing NOT being haunted. It really makes sense that these objects retain the emotions from that unfortunate event. I'm interested to know about the one you went to! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. 😁 ❤
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-16)
What a great story!

I believe this is very likely; to have an experience around and exhibit of this nature. There were so many emotions and so mnay deaths, it would be a wonder to me if the exhibit WASN'T haunted.

I visited the Queen Mary-same type of thing.

All of the stored energy has to be released,

God Bless!
PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-16)
Waawaaweewa... I like-a you peoples! I didn't expect all the feedback- yet it is all very much appreciated.;D

I'm off to start my replies, so don't lose hope in me yet! 😭
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
PiP - get ready, are you starting to feel older yet? 😉 LOL I told my family that once I hit 30, I am aging backwards. Mind over matter! I have decided this.

When I was going to art school I was studying game art & design. I basically wanted to help in the design process for video games. It was really an expensive endeavor though, one I am still paying for... And unfortunately the school pulled a fast one on me and doubled tuition while I was there, and since I was going to school full time and working full time to support my tuition costs, I was just ready to drop dead. I chose paying the bills over completing my education, unfortunately. But it was a relief to go back to getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night vs 4-5 on average.

I will DEFINITELY have to check out that exhibit now... I remember taking an anatomy class and seeing pictures of some of the plastification exhibits, and wanting to check it out for myself. My favorite thing about art is drawing and painting the human figure, and I really do not think that it is possible to grasp the figure without a complete understanding of the kinetics of the human form!
Spockie (8 stories) (202 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
I really don't know who or what it was that touched me during the Titanic exhibit. I remember just reading in the same room about a woman who refused to get on a lifeboat but chose to die with her husband, which nearly made me cry. Maybe it was related to that. I guess I'll never know.
Miracles51031 (39 stories) (4999 posts) mod
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
stephy - weird? 😆 Nah, just looking for evidence to prove the existence of ghosts. You're not satisfied with someone else's "oh, look it's a ghost."
stephyw2001 (guest)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
PIP, haha crumpets... For some reason that made me thing of the Frank's Red Hot commercial with the Queen asking how the cucumber sandwiches were made. "Frank's Red Hot, your majesty, I put that $hit on everything". 😆

Yes, I do think the coffee has not only stunted my growth, but now my dreams. And what do I do? I go to McDonalds this morning and get a large Caramel Mocha. 😕 I need to quit! But admitting that I have a problem is the first step to recovery. (haha, now I really sound like an addict). I am going to drink green tea this afternoon to make up (which is really just adding on a little more caffeine, and not fixing anything).

Awww thank you for saying I'm brave. I try. However, I usually don't go looking for trouble either. Ghosts, but not trouble. Does that even make any sense? 😜 I guess an example is, I won't break into a house that is supposedly haunted. Or if I think its a natural cause of noise (like an animal in the woods) I'm not going clamboring through the woods at night just to get bitten by a rabid raccoon or something. Nope, not I. But if there are haunted tours, or hotels or something, I'm all about it! (Hmmmm... Maybe I really am weird. Eh oh well. I'm ok with that).
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
wonderful story pip thanks for adding 😊
Read this the other day but had to wait for today to say~

DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
PrettyInPain: your most welcome, I find it quite interesting aswell definitely something to look into! 😊 Enjoy the rest of your day! 😊

Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
Very cool experience. I have always wondered about those artifacts from the Titanic, at least since that movie came out. I had seen a program on TV a while back about a woman who'd purchased a piece of coal that was supposedly from the Titanic. Can't remember the show, but the coal was apparently a haunted object.
I think it was sweet that your shirt got tugged. Someone obviously knew that you could handle it and was being playful.
Great experience, and thank you for sharing.

Jav 😊

OH WAIT! Did I hear something about a birthday?
Have a very happy one lady, many happy returns too! ❤ 😊
Indigo (263 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)
A very happy birthday to you PiP! And many many MANY more to come!
PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-15)

Thank you so much for the happy birthday wish, sweetheart.
I appreciate your kindness to me and everyone else on YGS. It's a breath of fresh air in these times. The way I see it is we never know what others are going through in their everyday lives, so it's always best to be respectful. A lot of people could benefit from your positivity. 😁

That's an excellent theory about residual feelings being attached to certain objects instead of visual recurring events. I am interested in further exploring this topic. I very much appreciate your input! =o)
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-14)
PretttyInPain: Thank you for your reply and a very Happy Birthday to you aswell dear!😁

Residual activity connected to certain object hmmm yes I would say, but not like a home where you can witness the same activity repeating itself, I think an object would project forth a kind of energy that was related to it. An object from the titanic perhaps a feeling of sadness and coldness perhaps? Great question PIP you have me thinking here!

PrettyInPain (3 stories) (153 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-14)
I just posted like a zillion word reply to you guys, and accidentally hit cancel instead of preview. That seriously bums me out because I'm typing from my phone-which takes me an embarassing amount of time. Therefore, I apologize if my replies to you lovely individuals aren't anything special. I really appreciate each and every one of you, and I have enjoyed reading all your comments. Thanks for your time and kind words! Now for take two:

Stephyw- Doll, you musn't be serious? Pretty, pretty please, with Earl Grey on top, don't apologize for the tea talk. I'm diggin' this little virtual tea party of ours! Please pass the crumpets! 😁 I will check out your friend's tea store after this. I'm all about supporting independent companies, and I appreciate the suggestion both with the site and the blends you enjoy. Teavanna is lovely, but WAY too expensive. I'm poor, so it's my only splurge for a special treat. My favorite blend is Tranquil Dream, which I drink daily. Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings is a cheaper alternative, but I prefer the former.

I do believe you are probably correct about your coffee consumption being related to your new sleeping behavior. I'm sure you know caffiene is a stimulant, and different substances can change our sleeping habits (even dreams). Do you keep a dream journal? I probably would if my dreams weren't so terribly disturbing. I hope your elaborate dreams continue as soon as possible! About the coffee addict thing- I didn't mean it like that, I promise! I just wanted to prevent any discomfort from caffiene withdrawl- but now I know it doesn't pertain to you. I thibk we might need to look into a tea addicts support group, though.;D

You are so brave and consistant, it's awesome! I was the exact opposite when I was a little $hitbird, and I had a variety of experiences in the home I grew up in. Perhaps your bravery shields most entities, but I have read about people having experiences when they open their mind to them- so I don't know what to tell you.: (

DARKNESS or Dan- Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words. The Titanic incident was very sad and a true indicator to the fact that nothing is unsinkable or invincible, just like us as humankind. I think your theory about souls being attached to the objects is very possible, even though it saddens me to imagine anyone stuck in this world after such a tragic death. Is it possible for objects to have residual attachments? I appreciate your compliment on my piggy story- I was glad to share it with you guys! 😊

Miss Devious Angel- Hey sweetheart! Yes, the Bodies exhibition is in Vegas (last I've checked at least) and I am quite sure you would love it! It's eerie, informative, and an eccentric way to spend an afternoon. I was able to hold a preserved kidney at one of the stations, which was pretty cool. I hope you get to go! It is so crazy to be face-to-face with a human body and see how intricate our insides are.

That is so awesome that you went to art school! Did you study any field specifically? I must admit, I'm really envious!

Thank you for the birthday wishes- you are so dang sweet, I can feel a cavity coming on! ❤
stephyw2001 (guest)
11 years ago (2011-09-14)
Thanks Devious! We actually just had the Bodies in Motion exhibit here in Grand Rapids, MI. It was cool.:-)

PMS begone, haha Phuoung (the owner and my friend) likes that one a lot, she also drinks a lot of "Holy Detox". I personally really like "Mighty Athena" and "Geisha Green" which are both green teas, "Simply slim" which is oolong, and "Serenity Now" which is rooibos. They used to be called ONO tea, I see she changed the name to KONI. That is a recent change. I'll have to ask her what's up with that. Regardless, they're all really good.

Sorry PIP for tea talk on your story! Haha 😁
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-14)
Oooh happy birthday ladies! I hope your birthdays are very special and wonderful~

PiP: I have been DYING to go see the Bodies exhibit. I know they have one in Las Vegas. I saw the billboards when I was out there helping my brother move back home here in Cali. I heard that it was really fascinating. When I was in art school they talked about plastification a lot.

Stephy: I just visited the link to your friends' site because I love tea and I saw PMS begone!? COUNT ME IN!
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-13)
PrettyInPain~ Awesome account, I myself went through a stage where I was truly fascinated with everything regarding the Titanic. The artifacts there would not surprise me if they had souls still attached to them, they would be consistently moving where ever they go, a little sad in a way they really should be helped to move on.

The pig haha that's awesome and wonderfull! Enough said! 😁😊

Thank you for sharing.


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