One of the more amusing What If posts in a while.
What would happen if all the bodies of water on Earth magically disappeared?
The quick answer:
As is often the case with these questions, everyone would die.
Now I read stuff like this via RSS. He must have edited the post after the feed went out. Here’s the Titanic paragraph in the post:
The Titanic sank in about two miles of water. After it disappeared beneath the surface, the two halves of the ship took between 5 and 15 minutes to reach the bottom. Without the ocean there, it would have reached the bottom in about 30 seconds, striking it at airliner cruising speed.
The RSS feed adds this to that paragraph:
Although no one has ever dropped a cruise ship from a high altitude, their terminal velocity at the surface is probably a little below the speed of sound.
Citation needed! That’s the funniest part of the whole thing.