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    Default OT: 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

    I just read this book - one of the best survival accounts next to Shackleton's Endurance

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25111328-438-days

    Condensed version here:
    https://www.rd.com/true-stories/surv...-sea-438-days/

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    Thanks. Sounds like a worthwhile read. I can vaguely remember when that story broke in the news, and all the skepticism that followed.

    Another similar, fascinating story is to be found in Angelina Jolie's book, "Unbroken," - the story of Louie Zamperini, a USC (Trojans) track star. After running in front of Hitler in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a few years later he was left adrift on a raft in the Pacific after his plane went down. He was (only?) adrift for 47 days, but subjected to Jap strafing attacks a couple of times, before finally drifting ashore and into the hands of the Japs on Wake Island. That's when his real troubles began!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnl View Post
    ... Angelina Jolie's [sic] book, "Unbroken" ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Engelhardt View Post
    Laura Hillenbrand
    Oops..., you're right. I have the book, and would've bet money it was by Angelina Jolie. But it was Jolie who made it into a movie, which I haven't seen.

    "... Angelina Jolie's [sic] book, "Unbroken" ..." What's with the [sic] ? The spelling is right. Are you implying the possessive form is incorrect?
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    Tami Oldham Ashcraft, a neighbor of ours, had an incredible experience. She and her boyfriend sailed into a hurricane on a boat delivery. She went below while her boyfriend sailed the boat on deck. The boated pitch-poled in the night knocking her unconscious for more than a day. She awoke alone on a boat with no mast in the middle of the pacific. Thru force of will she rigs a mast and sail and delivers the boat to Hawaii.

    Her book is Red Sky in Mourning. It was a worthwhile read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnl View Post
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    "... Angelina Jolie's [sic] book, "Unbroken" ..." What's with the [sic] ? The spelling is right. Are you implying the possessive form is incorrect?
    "[sic]" simply indicates an error. Of any nature.

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    Yes, I know the meaning of [sic] ...it's a way of saying "hey, don't blame me, I'm just repeating verbatim the error of that other numbskull."

    But I was asking, what error were you referring to? (and yes I also know my preposition is dangling.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnl View Post
    But I was asking, what error were you referring to? (and yes I also know my preposition is dangling.)
    I took it to refer to the fact that author's name was listed incorrectly in the quote.
    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnl View Post
    Yes, I know the meaning of [sic] ...it's a way of saying "hey, don't blame me, I'm just repeating verbatim the error of that other numbskull."

    But I was asking, what error were you referring to? (and yes I also know my preposition is dangling.)
    Might be a short term memory problem. Might be a short term memory problem.... Might be a short term memory problem.......... Might be a short term memory problem................................... Maybe a memory problem... Maybe a memory problem........ Maybe a memory problem............... Memory problem.. Memory problem...... Memory problem......... Memory... Memory...... Memory.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Bulliss View Post
    I took it to refer to the fact that author's name was listed incorrectly in the quote.
    Ok, that did occur to me after I made my last post.

    But to me, the use of [sic] has always implied something like a grammatical or spelling error, rather than an error in the content. Not to say that it's wrong, just that it's not the way I've normally seen it used.

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